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Weekend Planner: August 21


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 21



Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco

8PM, All Ages


Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to San Francisco as part of a brand new North American production. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.



De Young Museum, SF

5 PM, All Ages

Varying Price

Friday Nights at the de Young programs are after-hours art “happenings” that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a special Friday Night menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.


Saturday, August 22



SAP Center, San Jose

11AM, All Ages


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME – It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Ringling Bros.® Presents



San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

11AM, All Ages


The Producers of The Legendary California Beer Festival are proud to brig back the 2nd Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival in Downtown Santa Cruz at beautiful San Lorenzo Park for an even bigger and better experience!

Join us for TWO days of fun in the sun on Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you indulge on gourmet tacos! Enjoy Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer and Art Vendors in a picturesque park setting.

Sunday Funday is Mas Margaritas! Bring the family and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, sipping on an assortment of Margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup! There is no Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

All ticket holders both days will have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer and Margarita Booths, and Live Music.

Tequila Sampling: 11:00 am-3:00 pm SATURDAY ONLY



Presidio, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Ticket Options:

$45 VIP admission: Access to all of the vendors, including a private beer, cider, mead and wine garden, free admission to classes in Alchemist Alcove, Fearless Fermentation Station and Bubbies Ministry of Pickles.

$25 General Admission: Access to all of the non-alocholic vendors, free admission to classes in Alchemist Alcove, Fearless Fermentation Station and Bubbies Ministry of Pickles.

OBSERVATION FREE IN ALL CLASSES (except cider and cheese tasting) With an admission ticket, you gain access to all classrooms for free viewing. Participation requires “add-on” ticket purchase. Only purchase an additional participation ticket if you want hands-on experience and to take your project home.

All of the classes offered in the Fearless Fermentation Station will have “first come, first sit” seating available behind the 24 reserved participation seats.

New this year:

Participation “add on” tickets:  We have limited seating available for hands-on participation classes and private tastings which MUST be purchased in addition to an admission ticket. Please choose between a general admission ticket or a VIP ticket before purchasing your add on class or tasting. Note: Hands-on classes not recommended for attendees under 14 years old.

Highlights of the event:

  1. 60+ purveyors: The 2014 event hosted the most vendors of fermented foods and beverages that we have ever seen. Join us in 2015 as we welcome back over 40 vendors of non-alcoholic goods and another 20 that will pour cider, beer, mead or wine. This event is the only place you can find such a diversity of fermented foods in one place!

  2. DIY classes: We offer classes for everyone! If you’ve never fermented before or if you’re a home-fermentation expert: we’ve got something for you. Pick up some great tips and tricks from the professionals! If you’ve never seen Todd from Happy Girl Kitchen in an Elvis suit making pickles like a rockstar, you’re missing out on some spice in your life!

  3. fermented rootbeer floats: What happens when a keg of Triple Root Beer from The Kefiry and a few gallons of Straus Creamery and Bliss Coconut ice cream meet at the Fermentation Festival? Insanely yummy probiotic root beer floats are created. 

  4. Equipment + books: Don’t forget to bring a few extra bucks along in case you see the perfect hand made crock for your sweetie or want to pick up a book after listening to the author. We’ll have a full book store packed full of the best books on fermenting – as well as a number of authors present to sign and chat with you about their recipes!

  5. DIY classes and tasting classes: In addition to all of our free classes, there will be more opportunities to get some DIY experience. Join Laguna Farm for a kraut-a-thon and take home your own quart of sauerkraut to ferment or purchase a seat in one of our hands-on demo classes! We will also have limited tickets available to tastings and pairings. Pairings and tastings will sell out before the day of the event, so be sure to get your seats as soon as they are available! 


Sunday, August 23



Jack London Square, Oakland

9AM, All Ages


The beautiful Jack London Square waterfront is home to a Farmer’s Market that is organized and managed by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. This market offers the best of California’s agricultural bounty direct from local farmers to you. You can find fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts as well as freshly baked breads and pastries, delicious specialty foods, fresh flowers and much more.



Main Post, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.

Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed

In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.

Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.

The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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