Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
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Friday, April 29
Fort Mason, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its sixth edition. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 25,000 visitors in 2015, the 2016 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers.
Art Market San Francisco 2016 is delighted to announce a continued partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor, the 2016 beneficiary of the Benefit Preview Reception. Working alongside Honorary Chairs Jack Calhoun and Trent Norris, the 2016 Benefit Preview Reception will once again have its own dedicated evening, Wednesday, April 27th, open exclusively for beneficiary ticket buyers. Proceeds from the evening will support the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s New Art Acquisitions Fund.
Paramount Theater, Oakland
8 PM, All Ages
With over 3,000 seats and a meticulously-restored interior, the Paramount offers a true “Movie Palace” experience straight out of the 1930s – with period newsreels, cartoons, previews, live music from the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and the audience participation spinning wheel game of “Dec-O-Win.”
James Bond, Agent 007, is back! His assignment this time is to track millionaire gold smuggler Auric Goldfinger who has hatched a plot to “neutralize” the United States gold reserve at Fort Knox. Goldfinger won’t put up with Bond’s interference with his nefarious plans and unleashes one of the most memorable of all of Agent 007’s adversaries – the mute Korean strongman, Oddjob. Just as unforgettable as the villains are the Bond women – the 24-karat Jill Masterson, and the (unattainable?) Pussy Galore.
Sean Connery’s performance of Agent 007 achieves brutally suave perfection in this, the third Bond film, which set the standard for the entire series and established the hallmarks of the succeeding movies: the action-packed pre-title sequence, the memorable title song, and the incredible gadgets. Bond’s Aston Martin makes its film debut, with its bulletproof windows, front-mounted machine guns, oil slicks, smoke screens, and passenger ejector seat. Goldfinger deservedly took home the Oscar for Special Sound Effects.
Saturday, April 30
Alameda Point, Alameda
1 PM, All Ages
The World’s Shortest Parade featuring Art + Music + Drinks + Food + More!
The Point and Kulturehaus invite you to join us in celebrating the revival of Alameda Point, during a FREE, family-friendly street festival filled with:
Mural paintings by Local Artists: Lindsey Millikan, Jesse Wilson, Madeliene Tonzi & Javi Corellano
Participation by Mark Lewis Wagner, aka The World’s Largest Chalk Drawing Artist
Live music by the amazing Fanfare Zambaleta, Mission Delirium and Blue Bone Express, playing alongside jugglers
Local beer and wine poured by Alameda favorite Lucky 13
DIY Craft Station: Get inspired and build your own costume or wear one!
Acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns, dancers
Art Cars including Chester the Fire-Breathing Horse, Woody Mammoth and Karaoke Rickshaw
Creative vendors selling unique, handmade treasures, such as Alameda Point Studios, Kold Dust Designs, Mad Elegance Designs + more!
Food trucks: Kenny’s Heart and Soul, Fist of Flour, Me So Hungry, YummiBBQ, and Gotta Love Kettle Corn
Gather the troops and see you at The Point, Alameda! Be sure to RSVP!
Produced in partnership KultureHaus.
SF State University, San Francisco
2:30 PM, Ages: 18+
Do you like a game of Tag? Do you like Nerf Guns? How about horror movies? Most importantly, how long do you think you’d last during a Zombie Apocalypse?
Try out your skills in a game where you’ll fight for your lives in the live-action game is essentially a glorified game of tag. Be ready to lock and load as a Human or swarm the enemy as a Zombie.
Check out their video tutorial to get the gist of the game. This game is physically demanding and they do not recommend this event for players who require adult supervision.
What do you need?
Foam Dart Blasters & Darts
Foam melee weapons
Clean balled-up socks
Water & Snacks
Running shoes with traction
A copy of the campus Map
Arrive on time: The group spends the first 15-20 minutes reviewing the rules and any new variations on the game.
Please read this waiver form carefully and bring a signed copy to the game. Copies will be provided at the game, but they ask for you to bring your own signed copy so we can start the game sooner. You will not be permitted to join in the game if a copy is not received by a moderator.
Annie O’s Music Hall, Santa Rosa
7:30 PM, Ages: 21+
Mortified stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassing and real childhood letters, lyrics, journals, home movies and artwork…in front of total strangers. Part comedy, part theater, part therapy.
Participants include a wide range of people, from professional performers (comics, singers, burlesquers) to total amateurs (architects, bakers, candlestick makers) all in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. It’s personal redemption through public humiliation!
Share the shame!
IMPORTANT EVENT NOTES:
COST: $12 advance; $18 at door (all tickets are for General Admission) Tickets at the door are CASH ONLY
SEATING: All seating is first come, first served. Tickets only ensure admission.
DOOR TIMES: House doors open 60 min. prior to an event (usually about 6:30 pm).
If someone buys a large number of tickets, we will not give those tickets out until the person whose name it is purchased in comes to claim them.
If advance ticketing is sold-out, there will be a limited number of tickets at the door.
See you at the show!
***JUST ADDED!!*** All-Prince Dance Party immediatly following the show!! Stay to dance, raise a toast, and all-around honor our Dearly Beloved Prince!
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Sunday, May 1
Howard and 2nd, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
Start the festival season off with a healthy portion of art, music, dancing, shopping, eating, drinking, and a whole lot more at the 17th annual How Weird Street Faire!
Enjoy 10 stages of cutting-edge electronic dance music, an expaned Art Alley, aerial artists above the center intersection, and live bands along the new walkway on 1st Street. Located in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco.
You are invited to participate in the fun! Come in colorful costume as your true self.
THE MAGIC STICKER Enjoy all that the faire has to offer! The Magic Sticker comes with lots of discounts and savings, fun activities, and many free things. Use it at all of the faire vendors and bars, including $2 off each alchoholic drink. It is your way to support the faire, and get something great back in return… more magic than ever before. The Magic Sticker is your ticket to a world of fun and adventure, and it makes you look great. We recommend getting a presale Magic Sticker. Save money, save time when you arrive while avoiding the long lines, and show your early support for the faire. Pre-sale Magic Stickers will be available for $11.11 for a limited time, and after that only $15. Your contributions keeps the faire going!
If you really want to show your support for the faire in style, get the Exceptionally Weird VIP Experience. Treat yourself to a world of comfort with access to a special lounge tucked away from the crowds. There will be couches, tables, chairs, a couple of bathrooms, and a bar. You will get two free drinks and a poster of the faire! Plus there will be some special entertainment for the lounge. The extra weirdness is $50, and comes with the world famous Magic Sticker.
See all of the benefits offered at http://howweird.org/magic-stickers/ MUSIC STAGES + DANCING
Dance music stages by… Symbiosis Opel and Opulent Temple Muti Music and Enchanted Forest and Northern Nights Underground Nomads and Hookahdome CCC and S.P.A.Z. Pulse SF Party Babas Mountain Lion Hi-Fi Think You Can DJ Huntinanny and more!
How Weird features some of the best electronic music played on some of the world’s most advanced sound technology. Local artists from across the Bay Area will provide the ideal soundtrack for your dancing pleasure. This year, there will be 10 stages of dance music, representing the full spectrum of electronic music, as well as world beat and reggae music. Each stage represents different styles and communities. Together they form one of the most diverse and talented music festivals in the world.
The How Weird Street Faire will again participate in National Dance Week. Join people from across the country in a special dance, and watch performances of many different styles on the Dance Stage next to the center intersection. Celebrate the wonders of dancing, and all the many forms dance takes.
You can see the full schedule for the day at http://howweird.org/music-stages/
Art Alley will showcase the visual arts with live and exhibited artwork, interactive pieces, and local craft vendors. See the extreme creativity that San Francisco is famous for, and participate in the creation of exquisite art. Art Alley will expand again this year, filling all of Tehama Street from 1st to 2nd Streets plus an Art Annex off of 2nd Street. Art Alley features fantastic visionary artists from around the Bay Area. You won’t believe your eyes. For your viewing soundtrack there will be ambient and downtempo music along Art Alley, as well as a dub music stage by Mountain Lion Hi-Fi in the Art Annex.
VENDING + FOOD AND DRINKS
How Weird is filled with vendors selling unique and designer goods. From clothing to art to jewelry and accessories, you can find interesting things and new styles for the 2016 festival season.
There will be food trucks with delicious food of all sorts, and bars to quench your thirst. How Weird features an unusually diverse shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. And every vendor will be offering a special deal for those who get the Magic Sticker, including exciting discounts and more. See the Magic Sticker webpage to find out who will be there and what specials they will be offering… http://howweird.org/magic-stickers/
THE FAIRE ENTRANCES
Howard & 1st Streets
Howard & New Montgomery Streets
Mission & 2nd Streets
Each entrance will have a shortened presale line for those that get Magic Stickers in advance online. There will be free bike parking at New Montgomery and Natoma Streets. We recommend taking public transportation to the faire. The How Weird Street Faire is located a short walk from Market Street and the Montgomery BART station, as well as Caltrains Station, Transbay Terminal, and many MUNI lines.
How Weird is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring many different styles of dance music, an open air art festival, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type. The faire is from Noon to 8pm. Get there early to enjoy all of the fun!
Experience the fun. Feel the magic. Be weird!
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization, inspiring peace through music, art, ideas, connections, similarities, raising consciousness, and the benevolent uses of technology. For more information visit http://www.peacetour.org/
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire. Visit the How Weird website for updated details, maps, line-ups, schedules, Magic Sticker specials, pictures, art, and much more… http://HowWeird.org/
Each faire entrance will have a shortened line for presale Magic Sticker buyers. You can pick up the sticker there.
The How Weird Street Faire takes place in the heart of the SoMa district of San Francisco. It is centered at Howard & 2nd Streets, a few blocks south of Market Street, and a block east of Yerba Buena Gardens. The coordinates are 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W
The faire is near the Montgomery BART station, Transbay Terminal, Caltrain Station, and MUNI. We recommend taking public transportation to the faire. There is also a taxi waiting area at 1st Street and Howard. We recommend arriving early, the faire starts at Noon.
If you drive, it can be hard to find parking. For short stays, you can go to the parking garage at 5th & Mission Streets.
This year there will be self-service bike parking on Natoma Street, with an entrance on New Montgomery Street. Park your bike before entering the faire. Please lock your bike over the top of the barricades, not on the side. There will be security watching the bikes.
The designated Flyer Saucer landing zone is at 37°47’16.62″N, 122°23’53.92″W
Yes, the faire is handicapped accessible. It is at street level.
How Weird is a place where all are welcome. The faire is open to all ages, but we recommend ear plugs or headphones for children.
We strongly discourage bringing pets to How Weird, because of the large crowds and loud noise.
What can’t I bring to the event?
Glass bottles are not allowed, nor are weapons. Bags and people may be searched going into the faire.
What can I bring to the event?
Smiles, a colorful costume, and an open mind.
Are costumes required?
Yes, they are. You can go as yourself, or go as someone else. We recommend something colorful, creative, fun, and weird. Weird is always in style. Magic Stickers are the perfect compliment to every costume.
Are there ins and outs?
Yes, there are. And if you have a Magic Sticker, it will make it easier to come back in the faire.
What time should I arrive?
Arrive at Noon. The faire starts at noon, and you don’t want to miss any of the fun. The music will also start at noon. And the vendors will be open at noon. Even Art Alley will be shining at noon.
Lost and found?
Lost and Found is located in the Info Booth, where you will also find answers to all of your faire questions.
The Presidio, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.
Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.
2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.
They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
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