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Weekend Planner: August 10th

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, August 10th



National S’mores Day

Spark Social SF, San Francisco

4 PM, All Ages


ake a spontaneous camping trip to SPARK to satisfy your sweet tooth with your favorite chocolatey, gooey treat… S’MORES!

NATIONAL S’MORES DAY, come indulge in an undeniably delicious, perfectly golden, graham cracker masterpiece!! With 4 deluxe fire pits and extra toasting stations, you don’t need to leave the city to make memories around the campfire.

Plus, taste the grownup side of this childhood classic with a High Water Brewery Campfire Stout, served with a graham rim and a chocolate dipped marshmallow on top! Camping at SPARK really is s’more fun!


Friday, August 10, 2018 | 4pm to 9pm

SPARK Social SF | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, SF, 94158

– Free admission, all ages, dogs welcome in paved areas of the park

– $5 personal s’mores kits – enough to make three loaded


– Sweet s’more specials from Crepes S’il Vous Plait, Marley’s Treats, and Adam’s Grub Truck

– 4 deluxe fire pits

– Additional toasting stations on the field

– At the bar, special High Water Brewing Campfire Stout, served in a graham-cracker-rimmed glass, with a marshmallow on top!

Visit the Facebook Event for truck list, s’mores specials, and live updates!

Sponsored by High Water Brewing!




Hip Hop Block Party

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

5 PM,  All Ages


Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music along with half-price after-hours museum gallery admission.

This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain weeks in the summer that turn into a massive block party. Check Facebook and their website for updates as most activities are seasonal.

Friday Nights at OMCA Every Friday from 5-9 pm (Museum open until 10 pm) Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland FREE (for food truck access and seasonal outdoor activities) – Museum admission is half-priced from 5-10 pm

  1. After-hours gallery access and half-priced museum admission after 5 pm (Please note, fees for the the special exhibitions still apply). Ages 18 & under are free

  2. Marketplace @ OMCA: Local makers selling handcrafted works and art

  3. Music, DJs, acoustic sets, and dance lessons (Seasonal)

  4. A rotating list of Off The Grid food trucks and featured artists

  5. Family fun at Friday Nights: Every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features free hands-on art workshops for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm

How to get here: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Parking: Free street parking of often available. Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $7 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm. Directions.

Garden Access: OMCA’s garden and terraces are open and free to visitors during Friday Nights @ OMCA from March through November, with the exception of dates when the garden is rented for private events.

The summer season of Friday Nights @ OMCA means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside is back, gallery hours are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street.

Come celebrate the 45th anniversary of Hip-Hop’s birthday (attributed to August 11, 1973) in the final Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party and the last weekend of RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, closing on Sunday, August 12.


Saturday, August 11th



Laurel Street Music Fair

Laurel District, Oakland

11 AM, All Ages


The 19th Annual Laurel Street Fair is a day filled with live music, DJs, street dance, artisan vendors, carnival, a petting zoo, food trucks and local chefs in Oakland’s Laurel District.

The fair has grown every year in scope, and is now known as one of the biggest and best neighborhood events in the East Bay with attendance estimated at 8,000 people. The Laurel Street Fair is a big reason the Laurel was named “Best of the East Bay” by the East Bay Express.

The Laurel Street Fair is proud to be celebrating their 19th year of maintaining an admission free, outdoor festival that is open to all.

2018 Performers

  1. Rupa and the April Fishes

  2. Lagos AfroBeat Ensemble

  3. Orquestra Bembe

  4. In Lak’Ech Danza Azteca

  5. Parangal Dance Ensemble

  6. Cuicacalli Escuela De Danza

  7. Halau Makana

  8. New Style Hustle

  9. Sistahs of the Drum

  10. B-Side Brujas

  11. Brandon Brown

  12. Elika Aird

  13. DJ heyLove

  14. Oakland Youth Poets

  15. BoomShake Music

  16. LadyRyan

  17. Los Alegres Callejeros

  18. DrummerBoy Aaron – DJ Liz B

& more



Salesforce Transit Center Opening Block Party

Salesforce Transit Center and Rooftop Park, San Francisco

12 PM,  All Ages


A free Neighborhood Block Party will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 from noon to 4 pm featuring fun, free activities for Bay Area families including music, fitness classes, games, tours, and performances, as well as exhibits of historic and state of the art buses.

The public will be able to venture out onto the center’s Cable Stay Bridge; a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The event will also include pop-up retail shops, food trucks, and cafes.

The best entrance is the Grand Hall at 425 Mission St. at Fremont which will have escalators to take you up to the bus deck and park. Please note, the Gondola will not be open until September.

The Central Plaza is the hardscape (glass and stone floor) section in the middle of the transit center, adjacent to the Salesforce Tower Bridge.

  1. The easiest way to access it by elevator  on the south side of 1st St.

  2. The easiest way to access it by escalator is from the Grand Hall. Those escalators touch down on the Bus Deck, and if the visitors walk forward to the next group of escalators, those will take them to the park.

  3. Visitors can also access it via the Salesforce Tower Bridge. Take the public elevators, accessed from the lobby on northeast corner of Salesforce Tower (at the corner of the Tower, closest to Salesforce Plaza and the Salesforce Transit Center).

Rooftop Park – Enjoy free music, arts & crafts, fitness classes, and more activities at the 5.4-acre urban oasis Bus Deck – See where the buses roll out and meet transit operators at the new Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall – Explore the beautiful skylit interiors, browse pop-up shops for gifts, enjoy music and more.

Rooftop Park Activities | Opening Day: Saturday, August 11

  1. Noon – 1:00 pm | Welcome Performance by West Grand Brass Band | Main Plaza

  2. Noon – 1:30 pm | DJ Performance by Cold Cutz Music Club | Amphitheater Stage

  3. 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Kids Instrument “Petting Zoo” hosted by Music in Schools Today | Children’s Play Area

  4. 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Yoga Class provided by FITNESS SF | Amphitheater Main Lawn

  5. 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | All Ages DIY Craft: Felt Pennants led by Museum of Craft and Design | Main Plaza

  6. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Redwoods Talk & Touch hosted by Save the Redwoods League | Redwoods Grove (near the Gondola Landing)

  7. 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Zumba® Class provided by FITNESS SF | Amphitheater Stage

  8. 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Filipino Drumming and Dance Performance by House of Gongs | Main Plaza

  9. 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Kids Movement Class led by Epiphany Dance Company | Amphitheater Main Lawn

  10. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Shakespeare Scene Sampler performed by African American Shakespeare Company | Amphitheater Main Lawn

Grand Hall Activities | Opening Day: Saturday, August 11

  1. Noon – 1:00pm | DJ Alex Mejia Lighting & Video Show | Ronnie Reddick’s Bay Area Dance Alliance

  2. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Patton Leatha | Ronnie Reddick’s Bay Area Dance Alliance

  3. 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm | DJ Alex Mejia Lighting & Video Show | Bumpn Beto – Conga King

  4. 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | Danilo y Orquesta Universal | Ronnie Reddick’s Bay Area Dance Alliance

  5. 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm | DJ Alex Mejia | Bumpn Beto – Conga King | Ronnie Reddick’s Bay Area Dance Alliance


Sunday, August 12th



Pistahan 2018

Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

2 PM, All Ages


Experience a massive celebration of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 25th annual Pistahan Parade & Festival in San Francisco.

Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 80,000 people each day. Admission is free and fun for the entire family.

The parade is on Saturday, and the festival is a two-day event on Saturday & Sunday.

Witness a dazzling display of Filipino culture and traditions at the Pistahan Parade heads down Market Street, from  Civic Center to 4th Street. With a mix of marching bands, cultural dance groups and even Stormtroopers, the Parade helps personify the diversity that is San Francisco.


  1. Colorful Themed Floats

  2. Marching High School Bands

  3. A Giant Human Philippines Flag, made up of the next generation of FilAm leaders

  4. A Jeepney driving down Market Street

  5. A Mega-Dance Cultural Contingent

  6. SF Giants Super Fans

  7. Various Local Celebrities

  8. The Bayanihan of San Francisco

The festival features 7 pavilions for exploration, discovery and learning plus 4 food contests for family fun, fame and prizes.



Presidio Picnic

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM,  All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. 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.

Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 25 local vendors, food trucks & pop-ups.

But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.

New for 2018 is a series of monthly cultural performances.

Cultural Performances

  1. March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season

  2. April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history

  3. May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance

  4. June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance

  5. July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance

Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

The rotating lineup of 25 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:

  1. Senor Sisig: A mashup of the best that Filipino food and Mexican taquerias have to offer, serving sisig-style (24-hour marinated pork shoulder) tacos, burritos and fries

  2. Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic

  3. Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi

  4. Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients

  5. Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia

  6. Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas

  7. Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches

  8. Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos

  9. El Pipila: Authentic Guanajat cuisine launched through San Francisco’s culinary incubator for low income entrepreneurs, La Cocina and appearing at Presidio Picnic as a Mexican fruit stand

  10. Cielito Lindo: Mexican Street Kitchen: Mexican street food favorites like tacos and tortas topped with roasted steak ranchero, beef barbacoa, chicken mole and veggie estofado

  11. Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders

  12. DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis

  13. A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails


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