You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.
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.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, April 7
Presidio Officer’s Club, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
PRESIDIO SESSIONS – Friday Evenings at 6 pm
In the intimate atmosphere of a house concert, experience jazz, contemporary, and classical music, and enjoy opportunities to converse with performers and each other.Offered in partnership with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
Sylvestris Quartet is the exciting new presence on the Bay Area’s bustling early music scene. Its members, however, will be familiar to avid concert-goers interested in historical performance: their individual credits include Philharmonia Baroque, MUSA, Agave Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Musica Pacifica, and Magnificat. They have performed historically informed programs of Mozart, Haydn and others through Marin Baroque and the Berkeley Early Music Festival Fringe.
Anna Washburn and Tyler Lewis, violin | Aaron Westman, viola | Gretchen Claassen, cello
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Directions to Oakland First Fridays Parking is a breeze! Here is a list of parking garages in the area. There are limited parking meters on side streets along Telegraph Ave. Make sure to bring quarters! Feeling lazy? Take BART to 19th Street and stroll a few blocks down to 23rd Street and Telegraph Ave.
Saturday, April 8
Shorebird Park, Berkeley
11 AM, All Ages
The City of Berkeley,Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department and the Marina Experience Program present the Bay Festival.
This wonderful FREE event first happened 80 years ago when the Marina first opened in 1937. The Bay Festival now showcases activities and environmental education that are available here at the Marina and all around the region. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay.
Held outdoors in Shorebird Park, 160 University Ave. Berkeley CA. This event is for all ages, providing information for you. Visit our Straw bale “green” building and pick up information about solar products and insulated windows from the exhibitors here. In addition, groups will have summer program offerings and locations you can go to for educational trips.
Come pick up a Passport to the Bay with all these wonderful groups listed in it. If you go to each table and do the activity they provide, you can learn amazing things!
Come see the E.B.R.P.D. mobile fresh water fish exhibit. These large fish are found locally in the delta and lakes nearby. Make sure you stop by our classroom to see our 200 gallon salt water native fish tanks and fresh water native fish tanks. In 2017, Our food vendors will be: Fist full of Flour- Pizza and Endless Summer Sweets and India Gourmet.
The entertainment will be spirited with Gary Lapow -children’s music in the morning , Dana Smith an entertaining juggler, Lee Waterman Quartet and Downtown Rhythm will be jamming for you. The Adventure Playground will be open for children to build with hammers, nails, saws and paint ( with parental supervision).
ON THE WATER! Paddle a Dragon Boat for all ages with parents, and Cal Sailing Club for 6 years and up with adult supervision. Sailing can be wet, so bring waterproof clothes and get a first hand experience on the Bay.
Jack London Square, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more.
RSVP on Facebook to be entered to win a $100 shopping spree
The every 2nd Saturday market features:
95+ local vendors (makers, artists, antiques, start-ups and more!) DIY Workshops: over half a dozen workshops from “make your own terrarium” to “make your own leather belts” Local Eats: Not only is Jack London SQ home to some of the best restaurants on the water but the market also features local food startups and food trucks. Live Entertainment: free local bands and musical performances, magicians, and street dancers. Need to cool down? Enjoy the beers on the deck at historic Last Chance Saloon. Free Entry & Pet Friendly
Sunday, April 9
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day 2017 at this one-day-only event with a bevy of food trucks serving up their unique versions of Grilled Cheese sandwiches at SoMa StrEat Food Park on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Wash it all down with all-you-can-drink beer and sangria throughout the event. Live Music brought to you by The Stu Tails.
Grilled Cheese Day Food Trucks: Many food trucks are making and selling their own spin on a Grilled Cheese sandwich.
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen: “The Mouse Trap Grilled Cheese” Havarti, cheddar, pepper jack on sf sourdough w/ bacon arugula tomato and jalapeno. Truffled grilled cheese on ciabatta The Grilled Cheez Guy: Grilled Cheese Nachos and classic grilled cheeses Adam’s Grub Truck: 1. Asian Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich 2. Butterflied Hot link and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich Me So Hungry Too: 1. Jalapeño popper grilled cheese 2. Caprese grilled cheese The Sarap Shop: 1. Filipino spaghetti grilled cheese (omnivore version and a vegan version!) No No Burger: Vegan Grilled Cheese Paladar Tropical: Toston Grilled Cheese Sandwich El Calamar: Peruvian Grilled Cheese lomo sandwich Gyros on Wheels: Mediterranean Gyro Grilled Cheese FireTrail Pizza: Four cheese wood fired pizza Sports on TV:
Giants vs. Padres at 1:40pm
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge
Food Trucks / Pop-Ups The list may change throughout the season, but expect to see 30+ vendors like Bi-Rite Creamery, Nopalito, Senor Sisig, Wing Wings, Del Popolo, Hookt Doughnuts, Dum Indian Food, the Grilled Cheese Guy and tons more.
Geting There Use the FREE shuttle: The PresidiGo operates a route from downtown San Francisco to the Presidio and two routes within the park.
The Downtown express route picks up from the Transbay Terminal, Embarcadero BART, and Union Street/Van Ness Avenue before dropping of at the Presidio Transit Center. > Maps & Departures
The Around the Park routes run two-continuous loops within the Presidio. Both routes originate at the Presidio Transit Center and connect with MUNI and Golden Gate Transit at several locations. > Maps & Departures
Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about a great event we missed? Leave it in the comments.