Friday’s here again! 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.
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Friday, August 26
Metreon, San Francisco
5:30 PM, Ages: 21+
COME ONE, COME ALL!
Join us at the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Carnival, presented by Jack Daniels and One Brick, celebrating the craft spirits movement! Enjoy a grand selection of handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world in this two-day showcase. Step right up, grab a friend, and enjoy an evening of spirits tasting!
Friday, September 9 + Saturday, September 10 Admission: 5:30-9:30pm
Ticket prices include admission, tasting glass, and UNLIMITED TASTING Tasting ends promptly at 9pm
NO CHILDREN OR BABIES! NO PETS! 21 AND OLDER ONLY! NO REFUNDS!
Tickets are limited for both days and sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Visit our website for an updated list of participating brands!
Oakland Zoo, Oakland
6:30 PM, All Ages
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family as the Oakland Zoo brings you another fun, family movie night.
Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for a specially selected animal or nature-themed movie. Meet some of their movie themed education animals and Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo’s costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare.
Come explore your inner chef this month with Pixar’s Ratatouille.
$6 each for big groups. $7 each is the regular. An RSVP is required.
Saturday, August 27
Pier 35, San Francisco
12 PM, Ages: 21+
The Bay Area Brew Festival returns for its fifth 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 19th.
*** Tickets will NOT be sold at the door
Tickts 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 5pm to 8pm.
10 AM, All Ages
Come to the 29th 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.
Saturday, August 27
12 noon: Get Lucky is one of the hottest bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. They play everything from Jazz Standards, Pop, R&B, Alternative, House & Retro while mixing them with the newest Top 40 songs. If you’ve heard it on the radio, they play it! Get Lucky is successful with astonishing confidence and noticeable ease in keeping the atmosphere fun and interactive with the audience. From the minute they step out on stage, they guarantee to keep the dance floor packed and moving. Get Lucky knows how to get a crowd singing, dancing, and wanting more! Are you ready to Get Lucky?
2 pm: Jest Jammin – Led by the Rev. Norman Fong, Jest Jammin’ aka “Chinatown Soul Band”, has entertained the public for 40 years. In 1968, Norman Fong, Brad Lum, & Ed Toy, got together with a couple of other friends, formed a band that was unnamed until 1971 when they added more members and officially called themselves Jest Jammin’. They are the last of the “Local Chinatown bands” from the ’60s and ’70s, and are still enjoying a popularity from an enthusiastic public. Comprised of “home grown” talent, Jest Jammin’ has been performing their wide repertoire of music from the soulful ’60s and ’70s, including tunes from recent decades.
4 pm: East Wind Band Founded in 1969, East Wind evolved into a funk-based horn band with the likes of Tower of Power, Average White Band and Earth, Wind and Fire. Their popularity soared during the early ’70s as they ignited high school dances, proms and homecomings throughout the Sacramento valley and Bay Area. East Wind became heralded as one of the hottest horn bands in Northern California, performing with renown recording artists such as The Dramatics, Bloodstone and Hiroshima. Their lustrous 8-year stint came to an end at the peak of the disco era when the group decided to call it quits to pursue other interests. Now after 38 years, East Wind Band is back with a vengeance fueled by many of the original members.
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.
Fort Mason, San Francisco
12:45 PM, Ages: 21+
Eat Drink SF’s 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 more than 35 of the Bay Area’s top restaurants, enjoy unlimited pours of over 70 different beers, wines, and cocktails. Watch renown chefs & bartenders do demonstrations on the main stage. Learn about wine in the San Francisco Wine School Beverage Classroom. Play lawn games & hang out in Backyard Bites presented by Super Duper Burgers. 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.
For an even more highly-curated experience, our VIP ticket holders will enjoy early entry (45 minutes prior), access to a special area within the festival to relax (with additional seating and private restrooms), and a selection of exclusive food and beverage offerings.
FEATURED RESTAURANTS: 1300 on Fillmore, Alembic, Brasserie S&P, Cafe Claude, Cathead’s BBQ, Chiaroscuro, Cross Hatch Eatery, Dragon Beaux, E&O Kitchen and Bar, Gaspar Brasserie, Gitane, Hog & Rocks, Humphry Slocombe, Huxley, Konjoe, Lemonade, Luce, Michael Mina, Pizzeria Delfina, Precita Park Cafe, Roka Akor, Souvla, Spaghetti Bros., SPIN San Francisco, Terzo, The Keystone, The Market, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Tratto, Zero Zero
FEATURED BEVERAGES BY: Bass Note Sangria, Beaujolais Wines, Bodega Norton, Buena Vista Cafe, Ca’ Momi Winery, Carpano Antica Formula, Chateau Gassier, Concannon Vineyard, Fernet Branca, FloWater, Joel Gott Winery, Kikori Whiskey, Korbel California Champagne, Junipero Gin, Mr. Espresso, Provenance Vineyards, Pure Leaf Iced Tea: Tea House Collection, Purity Organics, Robert Mondavi Winery, SIMI Winery, Singani 63, Sipsmith Independent Spirits, San Francisco Brewers Guild, S. PELLEGRINO® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Spirit Works Distillery, Stella Artois, Stella Artois Cidre,Templeton Rye, Teeling Whiskey, The Glenlivet, The Hess Collection, Torres Brandy, Trinchero Napa Valley, Trumer Pils, Tullamore D.E.W, Wente Vineyards, Woodford Reserve, Zaya Rum, and Zodiac Vodka.
SAN FRANCISCO BREWERS GUILD CRAFT BEER BAR: Fort Point Beer Co., Holy Craft Brewery, Magnolia Brewing Co., Sufferfest Beer Co. (Low Gluten), and Triple Voodoo Brewery
IN THE BAY BAR: Bear vs Bull with Isaac Shumway presented by Campari America & Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin The Treasury with Carlos Yturria (presented by Aviation Gin) Wildhawk with Jacques Bezuidenhout (presented by Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray Gin and Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Blended Scotch)
ON THE EDSF MAIN STAGE: Emcee: Margo True (Sunset Magazine) 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Elaine Johnson (Sunset Magazine) presented by Sunset Magazine 1:50 – 2:20 p.m. The History of Gin & Tonics with Alex Smith (WhiteChapel) presented by Imbibe Magazine 2:40 – 3:10 p.m. Chef Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s) presented by All-Clad & Fine Cooking
SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL BEVERAGE CLASSROOM: 1:00 – 1:20 p.m. Take the Step Up with Beaujolais Villages with David Glancy, MS, CWE presented by Beaujolais Villages 1:45 – 2:05 p.m. Bubbles, Bubbles, & More Bubbles with Chris Gaither, AS 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Chardonnay: Burgundy, Butter & Beyond with Chris Gaither, AS
EXCLUSIVE VIP LOUNGE PRESENTED BY UMPQUA BANK: restaurants include Black Bark BBQ, Navio at the Ritz Carlton, Piperade, and more! Additional exclusive offerings include Which Winery Wine Bar with Enriquez Estate Wines, Liana Estates, Ramey Wine Cellars, and Sbragia Family Vineyards; Suntory® Whisky Toki™, Clubhouse Caravan Ice Cream Cart with Mission Hill Creamery, special selections from Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Spirit Works Distillery, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates & Valrhona Chocolates, and more…
ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE.
Sunday, August 28
Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, San Rafael
4 PM, All Ages
Marin Shakespeare Company’s most passionate endeavors unite this summer in the theater company’s 2016 production of “Othello,” when former California State Prison inmate, Dameion Brown, makes his stage debut in title role in William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.
Brown, who participated and performed in Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2015 “Shakespeare at Solano” theater arts program at California State Prison, Solano, studied, pursued, auditioned and won the role of Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and enthralling characters.
A complex and powerful tale of betrayal, jealousy and manipulation, “Othello” follows the tragic transformation of a brave and honorable Moorish general driven to rage and regret when betrayed by his opportunistic and vengeful friend and ensign.
The production also stars Cassidy Brown as Iago, Luisa Frasconi as Desdemona, Elena Wright as Emilia and Jeff Wiesen as Cassio.
Performances are presented outdoors 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 4 p.m. Sundays.
The amphitheater opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances.
Parking is free.
The Presidio, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.
Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.
2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.
They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
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