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 9th
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
More than 30 food vendors, with a full bar and bands and DJs? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.
Discover everything from Beijing-style crispy-fried crepes (Jianbing) and Filipino desserts, to handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, and Haitian pork griot – along with sheltered lounge spaces and communal fire pits.
Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor mobile food bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason Center.
Music: Special DJ sets and live music every week. DJs are from 5-8, live music from 8-close.
Many of Off the Grid’s most popular creators have also returned for the 2019 season. Returning guests will be delighted to find favorites including La Cocina alum and momo master Bini’s Kitchen, empanada whisperer El Porteño, and Filipino-Mexican trailblazer Señor Sisig along with a rotating showcase of chefs and 6-week showcases of budding entrepreneurs as part of Off The Grid’s incubator program.
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
6:30 PM, Ages: 13-18
End summer with science: Immerse yourself in the natural world at the California Academy of Sciences’ sixth annual Teen Science Night, a teen takeover night at the museum.
Attendees have the chance to freely explore the exhibits and engage with over a dozen local teen organizations about science, technology, art, and music.
Teen Science Night is a free-choice learning event without scheduled programs. Teens who visit can choose what to learn about and when.
Every Teen Science Night features a local teen DJ and interactive programs designed by youth leaders from across the Bay Area. The evening wraps up with a dance party and raffle.
Only teens (ages 13-18) are admitted to Teen Science Night. Parents and other adults are not permitted (with the exception of chaperones and teachers from partnering organizations).
The event is free and tickets must be reserved in advance.
Guests and bags are subject to inspection.
Saturday, August 10th
Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Go fly a kite. In a nice way, of course! This family-friendly event will have a free “build your own kite” booth, kite demos, people to help you perfect your kite-flying skills, food trucks, and more.
Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The event features a free “build your own kite” booth, hands-on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. Offered in partnership with Highline Kites.
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
The 2019 Hillwide Garage Sale in Bernal Heights is quite possibly San Francisco’s largest single day garage sale with typically 150+ homes. Browse the massive neighborhood garage sale from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019.
The entire neighborhood is open to the public and welcomes bargain hunters, treasure seekers and knick knack enthusiasts. This event only happens once each year and is an annual Bernal Heights tradition. It’s one part scavenger hunt and one part party served Bernal style. Records, vehicles, water toys, collectibles and even baked goods can be found for pennies on the dollar. New and used, worn and pristine – Bernal Heights in bulk.
Sunday, August 11th
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. 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 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.
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.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE
A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid
Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon
Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided
Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
Stern Grove, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
An eclectic international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more, Pink Martini and vocalist China Forbes bring their genre-defying sound back to Stern Grove Festival. This show feeatures special guest Ari Shapiro. Opening the show is local ensemble Barrio Manouche with a swinging blend of global influences.
Founded in Portland, OR in 1994, Pink Martini has amassed legions of fans with a genre-hopping and globe-trotting big band sound. Under the leadership of founder Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini features a dozen musicians and performs its multilingual repertoire in over 25 languages on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world.
Barrio Manouche is an acoustic San Francisco-based international septet with influences ranging from the swing of Louis Armstrong to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt, to flamenco, gypsy soul, and avant-garde jazz.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is a FREE event and seating is first come, first served. There is open seating in a park environment and physical or digital tickets are not required for entry. Tickets reserved through Eventbrite do not guarantee entry if the concert meadow is full upon your arrival. We strongly recommend that you arrive early to ensure entry into the concert meadow.