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 11
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place in August with dozens of bands and attractions. From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco’s vibrant cultural community.
This green-conscious event directly benefits the San Fransisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation. The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is becoming one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans, and the fact that it will take place in the great city of San Francisco ensures an unparalleled entertainment experience. Come on out and join in the fun!
• The Who
• Tove Lo
• Sam Dew
De Young Museum, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces.
The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, and more. Plus, the observation tower is open until 8 pm.
There’s also Free Museum Admission during Friday Nights at the de Young which includes access to the permanent collection galleries (Please note that access to any special exhibitions require a separate paid ticket)
Events and Activities:
Abstract Painting and the Psychedelic Experience: An Evening with Bill Ham – Pioneering psychedelic light show artist Bill Ham in conversation with Julian Cox, Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Creativity Station with Linda Janklow
Saturday, August 12
Bernnal Heights, San Francisco
9 AM, All Ages
The Bernal Hillwide, arguably San Francisco’s largest and most famous single day garage sale, is Saturday, 12-August from 9a-2p.
Last year, over 150+ households participated to exchange trash for treasure. This bargain bonanza only happens once each year and is an annual Bernal Heights tradition.
Records, vehicles, water toys, collectibles and even baked goods can be found for pennies on the dollar. New and used, worn and pristine – Bernal Heights in bulk.
Check out the map at hillwide.com to strategize your day and plan your attack.
Yelpers love the 5-Star Hillwide:
“It’s a must see for any vintage or garage sale fan”. – Christoper Scott
“If you’re a bargain hunter like me, you can’t find a better place to be” – Cassidy P
“One of the reasons I love Bernal Heights”! – Mel P
“The shocking amount of americana and other ancient relics people have managed to squirrel away over the years is on display for all to see at this annual event.” – Steve A
Check hillwide.com for more info and see you on the hill!
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
10 AM, All Ages
Experience a massive celebration of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 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 75,000 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. This enchanting parade features colorful floats, marching bands, beautiful cultural dance, and even a Higante of a Giant.
Colorful themed floats
Marching high school bands
A Giant Human Philippines Flag, made up of the next generation of FilAm leaders
An Jeepney driving down Market Street
A Mega-Dance Cultural Contingent
SF Giants Super Fans
Various local celebrities
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.
Sunday, August 13
William Land Park, Sacramento
10 AM, All Ages
Sacramento Banana Festival is a two-day family-friendly celebration of the diverse cultures that use the banana as food.
The Banana Festival is multicultural extravaganza, featuring delicious foods from the Caribbean, Central America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Africa and Pacific Rim cultures, as well as traditional festival foods.
The festival also will feature a Health and Wellness pavilion with free blood pressure, eye exam stations, and heart disease/breast cancer information, and an exhibit on the historical context and health benefits of the banana.
Other highlights include live entertainment including ethnic dancers; R&B, jazz, country and rock performers; a fashion show; interactive hula hoop and hip hop stations; healthy cooking demos and culinary art for kids and families; crowd participation Zumba; community line dance and salsa lessons; arts and culture displays, and a crafts bazaar and vendor fair.
Kid-friendly activities will include arts and crafts, face-painting, storytelling, banana split-eating contest, bounce houses and inflatables, carnival rides and more.
The festival will provide opportunities to more than 200 local artists in visual art (live art demos), performing art, music and dance to showcase their talents and provide artistic experiences to the community.
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.
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.
Getting 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