Weekend Planner: April 7th, 2023
Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, March 7th
MORTIFIED TEEN ANGST DIARIES
DNA Lounge, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: 18+
As heard on The Mortified Podcast, & seen on Netflix’s Mortified Nation, check out Mortified – the national comedy/storytelling sensation live!
Hear adults share their actual, embarrassing, & hilarious teen diaries live in front of total strangers. Check out the hilarious comedy/storytelling phenomenon that’s been selling out shows in the bay for almost 15 years.
Plus featuring our fully improvisational house band – Fusciha Psyops – featuring some of the best bay area musicians and Emcees making up songs on the spot between readers. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant.. always shredding.
OFF THE GRID FORT MASON
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Free (Food Separate)
California’s largest nighttime street food festival is back in San Francisco every Friday beginning March 24, 2023! Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center returns for its 13th season celebrating the variety, diversity and passion of the Bay Area food truck scene and beyond.
With over 50 food creators throughout the season, you can find your favorite treats while also discovering new and delicious dishes. Along with a diverse selection of food options, each Friday will also feature the Kivelstadt Cellars WineGarten, full cocktail bar, live music, and more!
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Friday Night Food Truck Party March 24 – June 23, 2023 Every Friday | 5-10 pm – Rain or Shine Fort Mason Center parking lot, 2 Marina Blvd., SF FREE Admission Please note that as of March 2023 Off the Grid has only announced dates through June 23rd but says “The 2023 season will be every Friday 5-10pm from March 24 – June 23 and then we will return in the fall for another round of special events.”
See the food truck lineup (25+ every week from a rotating list of 50 food trucks)
Special Events & Updates
Every 3rd Friday – Fido Fridays – 10% off bar for pet owners during “yappy” hour
Every 1st Friday – Family Fridays – 10% off bar for parents during happy hour
See offthegrid.com for updates
Saturday, April 8th
CASTRO EASTER EGG EXTRAVAGANZA
Market and Noe, San Francisco
11 AM, Ages: All
Fun for the whole Family! Drag Performances all day, DJ’s Easter Egg Hunt, Free pictures with the Easter Bunny, Story time, Contest & More.
Castro Merchants is proud to present the second-annual Castro Easter Eggstravaganza Block Party.
Join us as we turn Noe Street between Market and Beaver into a joyous Easter festival with something for everyone:
For the Kiddos 11 am – 2 pm – Free Photos with the Easter Bunny – Petting Zoo – Drag Queen Story time – Music and Entertainment
For Kids of All Ages 2 pm – 5 pm – Drag Performances – Easter Bonnet Contest – Grand Prize $500 (starting at 4 pm) – Music and Entertainment
Enter our Easter Bonnet Contest! The bigger the hat, the better! Everyone welcome. Contest starts at 4 pm.
We will also be holding a Holiday Art Mart throughout the entire day, along with other fun surprises. Bring the whole family down to experience Easter as only the world-famous Castro can! Afterwards, make sure to explore Castro businesses for those last-minute gifts or to simply toast the season.
Robot Block Party
Circuit Launch, Oakland
10 AM, Ages: All
The Silicon Valley Robotics Robot Block Party is BACK! Join us at Circuit Launch in Oakland for a Saturday full of robot demos, developer workshops, speakers, job fair, show'n'tell, Brazilian BBQ and Bliss Pops, and most of all lots and lots of fun! AGENDA:
Acknowledgement of Land
Robot Demos (upstairs, downstairs & outside - all day)
Play with Spot the robot dog
MechLabs Robot Building Workshop Intro
See full exhibitor list below
Robotics Tech Talks (throughout the day)
more to come
Robojobs Fair 10-12pm & All Day Job Wall
Community Notice Board & Networking for:
IEEE RAS SCV/OEB/SF Chapter
Women in Robotics
Black in Robotics
Brazilian BBQ & Bliss Pops (thanks to AMT, the Association of Manufacturing Technology)
* Demo tables/space is FREE for members of Silicon Valley Robotics OR of Circuit Launch. (check your emails for your promocodes). The Robot Block Party is also free for artists, makers, starving startups and STEM groups - contact me for a promocode.
Sunday, April 9th
EASTER IN THE PARK AND HUNKY JESUS CONTEST
Dolores Park, San Francisco
10 AM, Ages: All
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Host their Annual Easter in the Park Free Party Celebrates the 44th Anniversary of SPI.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., San Francisco’s beloved and storied drag nuns are delighted to announce that they will be back to celebrate Easter in Dolores Park on Sunday, April 9, 2023. Easter also marks the 44th anniversary of the Sisters, who started when a couple gay men donned nuns’ habits and went to the Castro on a lark, and realized there was a need for nondenominational and nonjudgmental ministry.
This year’s theme “Peep Show” will explore all the permutations from sugary sweets to North Beach diversions. This is the second year returning to an in-person event and in keeping with the Sisters’ core values of promoting public health, harm reduction and safety, CDC guidelines for outdoor events will be followed. All attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. Masks are recommended when around others whose vaccination status is unknown.
The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Children’s Easter featuring a special appearance by the Easter bunny, an Easter egg hunt, story time, and other family friendly activities. At the conclusion of Children’s Easter, the community should be advised that the show becomes more adult oriented as the day progresses. While nudity and profanity are prohibited, some parents may find the content objectionable for children under 16 years of age.
At noon, San Francisco trans activist, performer, and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Honey Mahogany will take the Main Stage to host a variety show full of fierce performers, surprise guests and sister miracles. This year’s lineup features San Francisco favorites Connie Champagne, Kitten on the Keys, Polesexual, Baloney, The Cockettes featuring Steven Satyricon, Trixxie Carr, Alex U Inn and The Mommaz Boyz, and a Drag Revue starring Linda Summers, Christina Ashton, Nikita Vega, Theresa Giudcoochie & Tony OMFG! Throughout the day the audience will take center stage as they show off their Easter spirit competing in the colorful Easter Bonnet contest. And of course, Easter in Dolores Park would not be complete without the world-famous Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus Contests.
The contests are open to all! Potential contestants are asked to arrive wearing their Easter bonnet, Foxy Mary or Hunky Jesus looks and line up backstage when the contest is announced from the main stage. There will be an initial screening process to determine which contestant(s) are most divinely fabulous and invited to move on to the stage.
Sisters’ Easter – “Peep Show” is produced by the San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. in conjunction with event partners San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Love Dolores, JK Sound, and Recology. Peep show would not be possible without the support of our amazing allies, platinum sponsor GILEAD, and sponsors Tito’s Vodka, Junipero Gin, Cointreau, and Falcon | NakedSword.
About the Sisters
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns who believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty. Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, ministry, and outreach to those on the edges and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity, and spiritual enlightenment. The Sisters use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency, and guilt that chain the human spirit. To learn more about the Sisters, visit their website, www.thesisters.org, or their Facebook and Instagram pages.
Muni Stop: J line – 18th and Church or Right of Way/20th Street Station Bus Routes: 14R, 33
Please no glass or smoking in Mission Dolores Park.
Media and ADA inquiries Sister Tilda firstname.lastname@example.org
To volunteer, please sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/JC33P
OUTER SUNSET FARMER'S MARKET AND MERCANTILE
37th Avenue, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
A weekly market featuring farmers, ranchers, food artisans, live music, children’s activities, vendors, makers, merchants, artists, and local organizations. Explore all the amazing local businesses surrounding the farmers market at sunsetstrong.com.
You can find us every Sunday 9am-2pm year round on 37th avenue/Ortega and every Wednesday 3pm-7pm (June to August)
The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages.
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.