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 24th
Fort Mason, San Francisco
6:30 PM, Ages: 21+
Eat Drink SF’s signature Grand Tastings are a food lover’s paradise. They feature amazing flavors and one-of-a-kind experiences enjoyed under one roof on San Francisco Bay’s waterfront. Your ticket gets you in the door and no wallet is needed inside. Make your way through tastes from the Bay Area’s top restaurants and enjoy unlimited pours of over 70 different beers, wine, and cocktails.
Play lawn games, hang out in Backyard Bites zone, and meet the chefs and personalities that make the Bay Area a world-class dining destination. Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival, be part of this unparalleled and delicious experience.
ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE.
Treat Yourself to V.I.P.
For a more curated experience, VIP ticket holders will enjoy early access to all the bites and sips of a regular ticket (45 minutes ahead of General Admission), plus caviar, foie gras, premium chocolates, top-shelf spirits, and a cigar lounge in an exclusive VIP area. To top it all off, you’ll have access to private bathrooms.
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
4 PM, All Ages
Outer Orbit is a brand new space age-looking restaurant and pinball arcade located in Mission-Bernal with novel concessions, local beer, fine wine and Hawaiian-inspired meals (including Spam dishes and Shave Ice). Plus they’ve got a beautiful retro vinyl jukebox stocked with oldies and current hits.
The opening roster of nine games has a little bit of everything to please every skill and interest level. The full list of onsite games includes: Guardians of the Galaxy, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Monster Bash, Tron, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Fishtales, Theater of Magic, World Cup Soccer, and Zodiac. Games are subject to change based on customer demand and seasonality.
For eats, Executive Chef Sam DeCamp, formerly of the Gibson and Finn Town Tavern, brings to Outer Orbit a craveable selection of snacks, bites and mains. Patrons can pair pins with bites from the menu of Hawaiian BBQ -inspired dishes evoking the playful feel of the islands.
Musubi $4 – Spicy McFarland Trout, shiso-ume (vg), or house-made spam (with Duroc pork shoulder)
Lomi Lomi Guacamole $8 – Shio koji brined McFarland Trout, guacamole, house-made taro chips, with pineapple dust
Spam & Cheese Hot Pocket $5 – House-made spam, provolone cheese, in a pretzel-dough pocket
Karaage Wings $9 – Six Mary’s chicken wings fried ala karaage
Popcorn $3 – Hurricane-style (house furikake-blend) or buttered
Togarashi Tots $5 – Tater tots with spicy togarashi seasoning (vg)
Edamame $6 – Grilled edamame tossed with chili-garlic rayu (vg)
Hawaiian Nachos $7 – House taro chips topped with cheddar, guacamole, pickled jalapeno, tomatillo pineapple salsa, cilantro, and tomatoes. Add kalua pork or chicken +$3. Add lomi trout +$4 (v or vg available).
Mac Salad Croquette $6 – Wasabi, lime and kewpie Mayo
Hawaiian Po’Boy $13 – North Shore-style garlic shrimp, on a brioche bun, with remoulade, green garlic and onion slaw with a spicy-shoyu dipping sauce
Kalua Pig Melt $11 – Guava-smoked pork shoulder with wasabi-lime aioli, provolone, house-pickled shallots on toasted brioche dipped in au jus
Smoked Cali Wrap $11 – Gluten free wrap with smoked cauliflower, avocado, cucumber, tomato, little gem lettuce and wasabi lime aioli
Little Gem Salad $9 – Persian cucumbers, watermelon radish, citrus zest, miso-cured cream cheese, with charred green onion in a nori vinaigrette
Hawaiian Plate Lunch $17 – Choose two mains: guava-smoked lamb breast, kiawe-smoked cauliflower, guava-smoked kalua pig, or karaage fried chicken with a Hawaiian sweet roll, and two sides
Mini-Plate $12 – Same as Plate Lunch except one main and one side
Grilled Edamame $6 – with toasted garlic rayu
House Made Pickles $3
Tots $4 – tossed in togarashi spice
Little Gem Salad $9 – Persian cucumbers, watermelon radish, citrus zest, miso-cured cream cheese with charred green onion in a nori vinaigrette
Mochi Chicken and Waffles $12 – Karaage fried chicken, mochi waffles, whipped maple butter, matcha sugar
Classic Loco Moco $13 – Ground chuck burger and fried rice with a sunny side up egg, mushroom gravy and chives
Surf n Turf Moco $15 – Grilled prawns, smoked lamb breast and fried rice with sunny side up egg, mushroom gravy
Vegi Loco $13 – Grilled Impossible Burger, and fried rice with a sunny side up egg and mushroom gravy with chives
Spam Beni $14 – Two poached eggs, grilled spam and baby spinach, on a Hawaiian rolls with hollandaise sauce, pickled pineapple, and crispy potatoes
Pancake $9 – Dutch style pancake with macadamia nuts, marinade pineapple, whipped cream and mint
“Aloha” Eggs $11 – Two Eggs any style, crispy potatoes, Hawaiian roll, side salad / Add Bacon or grilled Spam $3
Mazemen Ramen $12 – Brothless ramen with soft poached egg, green onions, pickled jalapenos, Portuguese sausage, baby bok choy and pickled mustard greens
Hawaiian Po’Boy $13 – North Shore-style garlic shrimp on a brioche bun with remoulade and green garlic and onion slaw
Malasadas trio $8 – Hawaiian Doughnuts, Plan, Coconut Filling, Chocolate Filling
To drink there is a rotating curated list of beer and wine for adult gamers including an impressive 12 beers on tap and 15 in the bottle. The list favors sour selections, alongside easy food friendly sippers.
The opening list features brews from Blue Oak Brewing, Fieldwork, Bare Bottle, Far West Cider, Maui Brewing Co., Green Flash, Drakes, North Coast, Allegash, Sonoma Springs Brewing Co., Avery Brewing, Anderson Valley, and more. Rounding out the offerings are a handful of shochu and vermouth-based cocktails. For fans of the grape, a selective list of wines by the glass and bottle are also available.
Saturday, August 25th
Gourmet Ghetto, Berkeley
11 AM, All Ages
The sidewalks along Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 20th Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Make Art: With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk are assigned for you to create your own fanciful chalk drawings. Same-day art registration takes place 10 am-5 pm in event booths where colorful artist’s chalk is available for $10.
A Chalk Art Contest for the best drawing will be judged after 4 pm.
Eat Chocolate: Purchase tasting tickets in advance ($1/ea. or $20/20); also available at the festival. The to-go menu features over 30 items including chocolate rum gelato, English toffee, a chocolate rose des sables, dark chocolate truffles, Oreo shakes, bittersweet chocolate pudding, chocolate ganache cupcakes, or savory menu items such as chocolate-covered pancetta, chocolate mole tacos, or for those over 21, Coffee Campfire Stout. You might even relax with a hand massage with chocolate-scented cream.
Enter your tickets in a raffle for specialty items from Kitchen on Fire, Peet’s Coffee, Poulet, Apriori, and the Vine Street Salon.
Have Fun: Festival booths fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets. Enjoy Singha beer or wine near the CVS Performing Area at 1451 Shattuck where you can hear the Rusty String Express (Bluegrass) and Rolling Thunder (Dylan Tribute Band), and at the Books Inc. Performing Area there’s Michelle Lambert (Indie Singer-Songwriter), Coventry & Kaluza (Circus Arts) and young rocker, Lorenzo Wood.
10 AM, All Ages
Come to the 31st annual Chinatown StreetFest, spanning eight blocks of Chinatown, with more than 200 booths showcasing a myriad of delicious foods and unique Asian products, to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatownhas so diligently preserved.
There will be arts & crafts, live music, cultural entertainment, and attractions for families and children.
On August 25-26, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 31st Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Dog, the Chinatown StreetFest will attract thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to come savor the taste of Asia, and to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has so diligently preserved.
Featuring lead vocalists Jannel Candrice, and the soulful vocals of Johann Michael, aka JoRasp, the Soul’d Out Band is a Bay Area based cover band, specializing in RnB, Top 40 hits, and other genres, from today and yesteryears. They will hype you up to get you dancing and encourage you to sing along. Get ready to jam to some smooth tunes and get down to a funkadelic experience.
Getting There: Festival attendees are encouraged to take BART. Get off at the 12th Street Oakland station and exit to 11th Street. When you get up to the street level, you will be at 11th and Broadway. Walk down Broadway towards 9th Street until you see the festival.
Sunday, August 26th
Drake’s Beach, Point Reyes
9 AM, All Ages
Build your sandy masterpiece at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s annual Sand Sculpture Contest. The event is free for both participants and spectators and prizes will be awarded for all age categories.
Registration begins at 9 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center. Judging begins at noon.
Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 pm in categories including Children (14 and under), Families, Adult Individuals, and Adult Groups, as well as a prize for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic.
This event is family based, but please remember no dogs are allowed on this designated swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty).
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.
March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season
April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
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:
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
Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic
Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi
Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients
Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia
Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas
Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches
Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos
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
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
Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders
DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis
A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails