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Weekend Planner: December 14th

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, December 14th



Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade

Pier 39, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


Come out and see the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on the San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront on December 14, 2018.

A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade typically includes members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet, Golden Gate Yacht Club, PIER 39 Marina, and the Sea Scouts.

Parade Route and Best Viewing Locations:

The parade route will begin just off of PIER 39, proceeding west past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around off of Crissy Field to return along the waterfront.

Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field. In addition to offering a fantastic vantage point, restaurants along the Wharf will be featuring traditional holiday menus.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet will remain lit throughout the holiday season. The best viewing of this display can be found at the Sport Fishing Harbor along Jefferson Street between Jones and Taylor.



Old Oakland Ice Rink Grand Opening

Downtown Oakland

5 PM,  All Ages


Join Oakland Friday, December 14, 2018 to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink with City Of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and District 3 Councilperson Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Entertainment will be provided by Sterling James and DJ Eternal of KBLX.

Oakland Central brings Downtown Oakland its very own outdoor holiday ice skating rink, the Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink on the corner of 9th and Washington, in one of Oakland’s most beautiful and iconic neighborhoods. Celebrate the holiday season and bring in the new year on the ice

Event Info

  1. Dates: December 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019

  2. Location: 9th and Washington in Old Oakland

  3. Time: M-Th 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm

  4. Price: $13 general admission, $5 skate rental, $8 skating aids


There are many parking options in Downtown Oakland including street parking, surface lots, and parking garages. All street parking is $2.00 per hour, and the City recently upgraded its parking meters to Smart Meters that accept credit cards and coins. Parkme is an interactive map on desktop or mobile that can even reserve a parking space in lots and garages. More on parking here.

Public Transportation

Downtown Oakland is not only in the heart of Oakland, it is also located in the geographical epicenter of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also easy to get to and get around once you’re here. It is easily accessible by multiple modes of transportation including train (BART and Amtrak), Bus (AC Transit), Ferry (San Francisco Bay Ferry), Bike Share, and of course, by rideshare or taxi.


Saturday, December 15th



Sweater-con Holiday Pub Crawl

Mayes Oyster House, San Francisco

4 PM, Ages: 21+


Join the Crawl SF Team at the Official San Francisco Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl!

On Saturday, December 15, we will be taking over some of the best bars in the city for a jolly ‘ol Holiday Pub Crawl complete with cheap drinks, sketchy holiday decorations and even a few gifts for some lucky crawlers. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, throwing back beers, holiday drinks and cruising from bar to bar is something that can be enjoyed by all. Feel free to throw on your best ugly Christmas Sweater, Hannukah-inspired gear or whatever tickles your fancy. Santa Costumes, Naughty Elves and other creative get ups are also welcome. Enjoy $3 Drinks, $3 Cocktails and $3 Shots at your favorite Polk Street Bars.



CHECK IN: Pick up your Wrisbands and Pub Crawl Maps at Mayes from 4PM to 8PM. *Tickets will be available at the door

THE BARS: Mayes, Mcteagues, Lush Lounge, Blur, Vertigo & Playland and more!

HOW DOES THIS WORK? Once you check in and receive your wristband and Pub Crawl Map, you can choose your own path. There will be too many people to be on a specific schedule, so you can just follow the crowd at your own pace. Specials will be available at ALL the bars during the event times.


Updated San Francisco Pub Crawl Information on CRAWLSF.COM



Night Bloom

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

9 PM,  All Ages


Night Bloom A light and sound experience

Light up the season with Night Bloom, a five-week light and sound exhibition. Immerse yourself in an illuminated Conservatory bursting with vibrant and luminous displays.

Rooms evoking the tropics will dazzle in this interactive nighttime experience. Journey through the five galleries and be transported with Night Bloom.

  1. Prism: Colorful beams will pique your curiosity and encourage exploration.

  2. Glow: Reflect in the glimmer of glowing ponds.

  3. Bloom: Play and embrace your imagination.

  4. And much, much more!


Learn more about Night Bloom and see the full calendar at

Night Bloom is developed in collaboration with Lightswitch, a consortium of internationally recognized lighting, media, and visual designers, who create unforgettable experiences where people live, work, learn and play. Lightswitch has installed lush light art exhibits at Descanso Gardens Guild, the Morton Arboretum and museums and events all over the world.


Sunday, December 16th



All You Can Eat Crab Feast

SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco

12 PM, All Ages


The most crab-tivating time of the year is back – crab season! You can bet your left claw we’re diving into mountains of crab at SoMa StrEat Food Park!

Satisfy your cray-vings at the 6th Annual Crab Feast with ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Dungeness crab legs, garlic noodles, salad, and iced tea. For an exceptionally clawsome time, pair your tasty crustaceans with thirst-quenching craft beer or house-made sangrias from the StrEat Brew Bar. It’s a feast you don’t want to miss, so grab your friends and family and side-step on up to crab-ulous feast at SoMa StrEat Food Park.


Prepare to be crab-solutely taken away by heaps of HUGE Dungeness crab legs. Caught off the Alaskan coast, our crabs are cleaned, shipped frozen, cooked to coral-red perfection, and served cool, in the shell. Slather your crab in housemade creamy salsa brava or twirl a forkful of sweet crab meat into garlic noodles for the ultimate bite.

– CRAB FEAST DETAILS – Sunday, December 16th | 12pm-3pm SoMa StrEat Food Park | 428 11th St SF 94103 All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness Crab, Garlic Noodles, Salad, and Iced Tea for Crab Feast Ticket Holders Park open to non-ticket-holders all day, with food-for-purchase inside All ages, dogs welcome, rain or shine with plenty of covered, heated seating areas

– TICKETS – Tickets include All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness crab legs, warm garlic noodles, salad, and iced tea from 12pm-3pm. Grab yours before they’re gone with the tide! Join the Facebook Event for more information and live updates!



SF Etsy’s Winter Pop-Up Shop: Final Day

Makers Workspace, San Francisco

12 PM,  All Ages


Get ready for three whole weekends of crafty shopping awesomeness. 

Come get all your holiday shopping done at this winter pop-up shop featuring goods from the SF Etsy Team and tenants of Makers Workspace. They’ll have over 50 vendors selling jewelry, home goods, art prints, teeshirts, candles, bath and body, and so. much. more.

Friday 12/14: Starting at 4 Stained Glass Demonstration with Katie Evans of HartVariations


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