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 16th
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
More than 30 food vendors, with a full bar and bands and DJs? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.
Discover everything from Beijing-style crispy-fried crepes (Jianbing) and Filipino desserts, to handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, and Haitian pork griot – along with sheltered lounge spaces and communal fire pits.
Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor mobile food bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason Center.
Music: Special DJ sets and live music every week. DJs are from 5-8, live music from 8-close.
Many of Off the Grid’s most popular creators have also returned for the 2019 season. Returning guests will be delighted to find favorites including La Cocina alum and momo master Bini’s Kitchen, empanada whisperer El Porteño, and Filipino-Mexican trailblazer Señor Sisig along with a rotating showcase of chefs and 6-week showcases of budding entrepreneurs as part of Off The Grid’s incubator program.
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
6:30 PM, Ages: 21+
Discover the unique tropical collection of the Conservatory of Flowers through the lens of craft brews. The third annual Botanicals and Brews features the Bay Area’s finest craft breweries who will proffer their delicious elixirs. Claim a picnic table and soak up the breathtaking views of the Conservatory and its valley. Then sip the night away in the galleries exploring the world of tropical plants.
Enjoy an illuminated Conservatory, live local music, curated food trucks, and beer and wine service hosted by We Bring The Bar. On select nights, enjoy an exclusively prepared brew developed in collaboration with the craft breweries. For an added thrill, experience a guided flight by expert craft beer makers in our Master Brewer session.
Live music from local acts from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
21 years+ only
New! Want to join us for the full series? Check out our Six Pack ticket level.
Our blooming collection and blooming taste buds mingle at this sumptuous thriller for the senses. Come see what’s new and “in bloom” in our collection and with Triple Voodoo Brewing and Novel Brewing Company. We are also featuring live music by pop/funk fusion Hush Crush and fabulous food offerings from Curry Up Now and SaborCatracho.
See the full lineup at: https://conservatoryofflowers.org/exhibits-events/botanicals-and-brews-beer-garden/
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Please note that this event requires timed ticketing. Timed ticketing allows our guests to enjoy intimate access to the Conservatory of Flowers at their ticket’s specified entry time. Guests are welcome to arrive early, grab a beverage, and enjoy the areas surrounding the Conservatory, and are also encouraged to stay as long as they please after exiting the Conservatory.
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Saturday, August 17th
Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
10 AM, All Ages
FreeFremont’s annual Festival of India showcases India’s rich culture and heritage with a wide variety of dance and food, and is attended by over 150,000 people every year for the past 27 years.
Enjoy the two day fair with over 120 booths and exhibits on products, services, arts, crafts, literature, fashion and design. Highlights include a health fair, a dance competition, “FOG Idol” and a food fest.
2019 Festival of India Highlights
Kids Corner, Rides & Games
Please note that the promoter informed us that they won’t have a Grand Parade this year.
Lowell Park, Oakland
All Day, All Ages
The Umoja Festival promotes the advancement of African communities by inspiring connection. We celebrate our unity.
The Umoja Festival is the bay area’s largest free outdoor celebration of the African diaspora. Our annual music and culture festival is a full day of live local and internationally renowned musicians and dancers, interactive and experiential artists, and marketplace of curated artisan and food booths representing a wide array of different regions of Africa.
Umoja is the Swahili word for unity and represents the belief that through unity we make vital economic and social progress. This grassroots collaboration grew out of a desire to bring together the marginalized voices of prominent African communities to fully participate in Oakland and the greater bay area’s growth.
Sunday, August 18th
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. 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 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.
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.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE
A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid
Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon
Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided
Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
Stern Grove, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
Join us for the final show of our 82nd Season with a free concert starring R&B legends The Isley Brothers.
American R&B/soul group from Cincinnati, Ohio, established in the early 1950s. OKelly Isley, Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and Vernon Isley (died 1956 in automobile accident) comprised the original group. They released their early hit “Shout!” in 1959. In 1963 they started own label T-Neck, and added a young Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar. In 1965 they signed on to Motown where they recorded “This Old Heart Of Mine”. They left Motown in 1968 and re-launched the T-Neck label in 1969 when they released “It’s Your Thing”. In 1973 they added the younger brothers Ernie and Marvin Isley, as well as OKelly’s brother-in-law Chris Jasper to their regular lineup. During this era from 1973 to 1983 the group continued to release hits like “Between the Sheets”, “Choosey Lover” or “For the Love Of You”. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 (Performer).
PLEASE NOTE: This is a FREE event and seating is first come, first served. There is open seating in a park environment and physical or digital tickets are not required for entry. Tickets reserved through Eventbrite do not guarantee entry if the concert meadow is full upon your arrival. We strongly recommend that you arrive early to ensure entry into the concert meadow.
For more info, please visit http://www.sterngrove.org.