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.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, August 5
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place in August with dozens of bands and attractions. From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco’s vibrant cultural community.
This green-conscious event directly benefits the San Franscisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation. The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is becoming one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans, and the fact that it will take place in the great city of San Francisco ensures an unparalleled entertainment experience. Come on out and join in the fun!
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Saturday, August 6
Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose
10 AM, All Ages
If you love Renaissance Faires, this full scale, interactive experience is not to be missed. San Jose Renaissance Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I!
Lose yourself in the magic and merriment of the Renaissance. Rub elbows with nobility, beautiful ladies, and knights. See about 800 costumed performers bring Shakespeare’s England to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety spread throughout the village. You’ll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors drawing you even deeper into the Renaissance.
This year’s San Jose Renaissance Faire will feature three stages of continuous entertainment, action packed shows, music, dancing, jesters, Shakespearian vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery and much more.
Close to 100 merchants selling a wide array of arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork, ceramics, clothing, historic weapons and leather goods.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Please note tickets are not refundable after purchase. No pets are allowed at this event.
Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco
3 PM, All Ages
Whether you’re meeting friends, grabbing a slice on the go, or ordering in for a late night snack, pizza is one of the few things that will never let you down! Explore SF’s tastiest North Beach Pizzerias, learn about the rich cultural history of pizza and SF’s Little Italy, and taste four of the best slices the city has to offer on The Pizza Tour of San Francisco!
Capacity: 25 people per guide
Note: All food is included. 4 slices on the go (sidewalk tastings, or done inside the establishments)
Dress: It’s a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes and clothing
Meeting Location: In front of Saints Peter and Paul Church
Final Destination: Pizza Heaven
PIZZA TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO ITINERARY
Pizza Joints: Each tour visits the best San Francisco pizza joints, with tastings and specials at each. We can’t tell you which ones we visit until the day of the tour, but they’re all great! (Trust us, we’ve done our research…)
Pizza demonstration: One of SF’s best pizzeria’s will show you how to make the perfect pizza, how do they do that?!
History & Trivia: Learn all there is to know about pizza, you’ll definitely impress people with what you learn next time you grab a slice!
Little Italy Sights: We’ll pass by some of the best sights Little Italy has to offer, prepare for stories and photo opps to enjoy on your pizza binge!
While you walk off your slices, explore film locations, historic sites, and modern cultural landmarks on this delicious, fun-filled stroll around North Beach.
San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo
10 AM, All Ages
Get a feel for the islands at the 2016 Aloha Festival with music, dance, food, and culture from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and all over the Pacific.
The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this free two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of August.
The festival will have workshops where people are welcome to participate on a first-come, first-served basis. A few of the workshops are music-oriented, so bring your own `ukulele and sing and play along.
The festival will also feature arts and crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an “Ohana Korner” with simple games for the kids.
Sunday, August 7
The Hive, Oakland
1 PM, Ages: 21+
Join us in celebration of the anniversary of two of Uptown’s now-indispensable establishments: Drake’s Dealership, serving up their delicious brews and inventive cuisine, and Calavera, home of sensuous Mexican food and beverages. It will be a day of Oaktown love and entertainment, and of course the focus, 10 incredible dishes created by the chefs pitted against one another, vying for the title of champion.
Each chef team will prepare 5 dishes, each including a special, “secret” ingredient supplied by Drake’s & Calavera. Guests will have the chance to sample all ten, then vote to choose a “Course Winner” and “Best Overall Dish”.
Tickets include tastes of all the dishes, punch card and winning tokens for you to choose your favorite.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Serenity House in West Oakland. Serenity House is a nonprofit organization with the mission to help women overcome their issues that have been caused by sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse.
Mt.Gay Rum Shack drink tickets also available
Beer and other cocktails for purchase the day of
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
Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about a great event we missed? Leave it in the comments.