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.
This weekend is Outside Lands, San Francisco’s biggest music festival. It’s sold out, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to do even if you didn’t get your tickets! We’ve got you covered!
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Friday, August 7
Aptos Village Park, Aptos
The Legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) is proud to be back in Santa Cruz County for the 5th Annual California Beer Festival at beautiful Aptos Village Park in Aptos!
Friday, August 7th – Food and Beer Pairing – 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Start your weekend off at CBF’s Food and Beer Pairing…Local Chefs paired with Local Breweries for anExclusive Tasting Event! This VIP event includes food samples, beer, live music and (1) CBF souvenir pint glass! You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Milk Bar, San Francisco
9 PM, 21+
the Milk Bar presents
NAIVE THIEVES (L.A.)
“Performing is the most rewarding and exciting thing we can do,” shares Naive Thieves . “When we are on stage, we are living in the moment and sharing in something we hope will last longer than our set time – if anything we hope that while we are on stage, people can let go and enjoy themselves as much as we are.”
Naive Thieves will have had the chance to do just that while on their full US tours with From Indian Lakes, & The Dear Hunter, which included a stop in Austin, TX for SXSW, where the indie quartet performed as an Official Artist. To date, Naive Thieves has shared stages with the likes of Julian Casablancas + The Voids (Members of The Strokes) Feels, The Dear Hunter, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, O’ Brother and more.
The Riverside, CA-based outfit released their debut full-length album, Vámonos, on April 29, 2014 through Cave & Canary Goods, an Equal Vision Records’ imprint founded by The Dear Hunter’s Casey Crescenzo. The album was recorded in the Greater Los Angeles Area, with Crescenzo serving as producer.
On their ten-track album, vocalist Cameron Thorne’s smooth vocals weave over intriguing instrumentations, creating a shining vintage 50s/60s pop sound. The band’s incorporation of a wide variety of unique instruments – including upright, baby grand, and tac-pianos, a lap steel, an omnichord and alto and tenor saxophones – further contributes to the impressive sonic depth and warmth of the band’s sound, while perfectly placed piano and guitar melodies add crisp, classy tones to their haunting musical ambience.
The album’s title, Vámonos, alludes to the three year gap between the release of their debut, self-released EP, Le Sheik Rhat, and reflects on the sense of hopeless frustration felt when one reaches a point of stagnation in productivity and growth. The album represents breaking through that ceiling of creative limitations and restraints, and references a more optimistic point of a view in finally moving forward. Thorne shares, “We wanted the record to be something like a call to action for ourselves, or a mile marker for our progress. ” Vámonos ” – or “Let’s go!” – is essentially our departure from that time.”
The band is due to self-release two new songs produced and recorded by Mark Reins at Staion House Studio in Echo Park.
Naive Thieves is comprised of Cameron Thorne (vocals, guitar), Levi Audette (lead guitar), Kyle Garcia (bass, backing vocals), and Nick Camacho (drums, backing vocals).
Saturday, August 8
Magnin Rooftop Lounge, Oakland
Come join Toasted Life and our very special guest Casey Veggies, for one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated rooftop day parties. This event will take place at the top of one of downtown Oakland’s 6,000 square foot rooftops, overlooking the cities skyline. Food will also be available, so save space for sliders, shrimp, oysters and other mouth watering dishes. Must join Guest List for entry.
Sounds: Hip Hop & Top 40
Old Sugar Mill Wineries, Clarksburg
The Old Sugar Mill is proud to host the Regional Wine & Cheese Faire!
Saturday & Sunday, August 8th & 9th – 2015
11am-5pm – Both Days!
Reserve Wines – Gourmet Shoppe – Barrel Tastings – Cheese & Wine Pairings – Amazing Music & Entertainment! Be sure to keep checking HERE for updates on food vendors, cheese vendors, musicians & more! $40 at the Door
The “Ultimate Gourmet Wine & Food Experience” in the Sacramento Region. Thousands of attendees LOVE the featured cheesemakers & local producers of gourmet vinegars, oils, nuts, spreads, jams, jellies, honey & wine lifestyle furnishings all showcasing the best of our Region’s Cheese & Wine pairings & award winning local wines. Purveyors of all things Gourmet: specialty chocolates, teas, spices, and other delicious locally made products will also be featured for tasting and available for purchase.
Buy your perfect picnic lunch & wines – enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio and Summer Delta breezes!
Tickets are $25.00 per day in advance and $40.00 at the door for each day and include a winetasting glass & bag for all your gourmet goodies! Enjoy complimentary tastes (up to 4/winery) at ELEVEN wineries, live music, cheese & wine pairing classes & more – Blankets are encouraged for your perfect picnic!
The Old Sugar Mill is happy to accommodate limos and buses. Guests looking to stay the weekend will receive special rates at the Westin Hotel (only 10 minutes north of the Old Sugar Mill) just ask for the Old Sugar Mill rate when booking rooms.
The Historic Old Sugar Mill is home to a unique community of Eleven California wineries and their signature wines: Todd Taylor Wines Inc, Three Wine Company, Heringer Estates Family Estates & Winery, Clarksburg Wine Company, Merlo Family Wines, Rendez-Vous Wines, Due Vigne di Famiglia Wines, Elevation Ten Wines, Draconis Vineyards, Carvalho Family Winery, Perry Creek Wines
The wineries at the Old Sugar Mill are a bridge to the rich agricultural heritage of the region, whose vineyards are staking their claim alongside great wine growing regions of the world.
THE FINE PRINT…Tickets are non-refundable; event is rain or shine. This is a 21+ Event. NO outside food or drink or icechests NO popups/tents/lawnumbrellas/portable tables
We do NOT recommend bringing dogs to this event
LawnChairs/Blankets are OK
General Admission TICKET Includes a tasting glass (while supplies last) w/ tastings at 11 wineries, live music, program and bag for all of your Wine & Cheese Goodies!
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
A Weekend festival showcasing the Philippine arts and culture.
Experience the best of Filipino Art, Dance, and Food at the Yerba Buena Gardens.
The PISTAHAN PARADE is a colorful display of Filipino pride and a celebration of the dynamic Philippine community with festive floats, marching contingents and musical groups along Market Street from the Civic Center to the Yerba Buena Gardens. The PISTAHAN FESTIVAL features:
Filipino American Jazz Festival
World-class entertainment on two stages
Dance Pavilion ..And more!
Sunday, August 2
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland
3PM, All Ages
Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Center for Asian American Media present a rare screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916–17), a silent black-and-white film directed by Marion Wong.
The Curse of Quon Gwon is the earliest known film directed by an Asian American, and one of the earliest directed by a woman. Reflecting the filmmaker’s desire to present authentic Chinese culture to a Western audience, the movie features an all-Chinese cast and Chinese-style interior décor. The melodramatic storyline, which is typical of Western films from that era, is filled with romance and intrigue.
The evening will include a talk with descendents of star Violet Wong.
Pre-sale: $8 CAAM & OACC Century Club members, $10 general. At the door (if available): $12 CAAM & OACC Century Club members, $15 general.
– – – Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. http://oacc.cc/
OACC is centrally located and easily accessible via public transportation as we are only 3 blocks from the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART Station. Parking is available in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza below the center for $2/hour. Simply take the elevator up to the 2nd floor, walk straight ahead, and we are on the left side.
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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. http://caamedia.org/
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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