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 25
Fort Mason, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: 21+
San Francisco’s premier food, wine, beer, and spirits festival. Eat Drink SF (fka SF Chefs) returns for its 9th year to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class culinary community. The festival is four days of delicious events featuring our four signature Grand Tasting experiences that highlight 160+ restaurants and 70+ breweries, wineries, and distilleries throughout the weekend. Guests meet the area’s top chefs, taste their way through more than 35 creative bites from restaurants around the Bay Area (each Grand Tasting features different restaurants), enjoy unlimited pours of wine, beer, and cocktails, learn about wine in the SF Wine School’s classroom, watch demonstrations on the main stage, play giant lawn games in our Backyard Bites zone, and be part of this quintessentially San Francisco celebration of flavor. Your ticket includes everything, no wallet is needed inside (unless you want a witty shirt or cute tote from our merch shop).
Eat Drink SF is a 21+ event. No persons under 21 will be allowed entry (including babies in carriers or strollers). IDs will be checked at the door.
August 24 – 3rd Annual TACO KNOCKDOWN. Join us for the kickoff party for Eat Drink SF festival weekend. Get tickets here.
GRAND TASTING SESSIONS
[Each session’s lineup of culinary programming, restaurants, and beverages are unique.]
August 25 – Friday Evening Grand Tasting. 7:15 PM – 10:00 PM (VIP entry at 6:30 PM)
August 26 – Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting. 12:45 PM – 3:30 PM (VIP entry at 12:00 PM)
August 26 – Saturday Evening Grand Tasting. 7:45 PM – 10:30 PM (VIP entry at 7:00 PM)
August 27 – Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting. 12:45 PM – 3:30 PM (VIP entry at 12:00 PM)
Check out the photo gallery from last year’s event to get a sense of what awaits you.
Participating chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries and the culinary program schedule will be announced during the summer on the website. Check back for updates on Friday Evening’s Grand Tasting, Saturday Afternoon’s Grand Tasting, Saturday Evening’s Grand Tasting, and Sunday Afternoon’s Grand Tasting.
Have questions about Eat Drink SF 2017? Contact Eat Drink SF
101 North Brewing, Petaluma
10 PM, All Ages
It’s been a crazy five years, and they’re ready to celebrate and show their gratitude to their loyal customers. Therefore, on Friday the 25th they are throwing a shindig at their brewery in Petaluma with great food, live music, radically discounted tattoos and haircuts, and of course beer, more beer, and brand new beer. Here are the fun particulars:
All beers will be only $5, and 5% of all beer, food, and merchandise sales will be donated to Sonoma County Vet Connect Inc. a local non-profit which helps veterans receive cost-free assistance.
To help them celebrate, they are extremely happy to welcome Tap Room favorite F. A. Nino’s Artisan Products, the ‘Godfather of Sauce’, to provide the tasty sustenance. Furthermore, there will be free live music by The Mad Men Quintet and Sonoma Aroma, as well as pop-up tattoos and haircuts from their friends at Fairfax’s The Forge Tattoo and Cotati Barber shop, respectively with those proceeds going to the charity as well.
They will be unveiling a special release beer prepared just for this occasion: Unsane Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Ale, aged for over four months in brandy barrels from Stillwater Spirits & Moylan’s Distilling.
Saturday, August 26
San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz
12 PM, Ages: 21+
The Bay Area Brew Festival returns for its sixth year, bringing back dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, dj, photobooth, and much more!. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour.
For more information, please visit http://www.bayareabrewfestival.com
**This is a 21 and over event.
**Tickets can be refunded or exchanged for a different session until Friday, August 12th.
*** Tickets will NOT be sold at the door
Ticktes are valid for one of the two sessions. First session is noon to 4pm (noon for VIP, 1pm for general admission) and the second session is 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
21st Amendment, San Leandro
12 PM, All Ages
With a 95,000 square foot brewery, world headquarters, and production facility (that used to be a Kelloggs Factory) in San Leandro, it was only a matter of time before 21st Amendment launched an annual beer fest worthy of Tony the Tiger and his frosted flakes. Enter 21A AugustFest, an annual anniversary celebration and San Leandro’s newest reason to party.
The 3rd Annual AugustFest is here. This one is not to be missed. They’ve upped their game with a headliner band who will blow your mind–get ready to party down with Bay Area favorite The Stone Foxes.
Admission is free, but you have to purchase food, beer and cigars, because yes, did they mention there will also be a cigar lounge?
As for the children’s entertainment, the Kid’s Zone is your one-stop shop. Last year they had a jumpy house, face paint, and kettle corn. We expect it to be the similar for this year.
Sunday, August 27
Chinatown, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
Come to the 30th annual Chinatown StreetFest, spanning nine to ten 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 Chinatown has so diligently preserved.
There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
On August 26 & 27, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 30th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Rooster, 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.
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.
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