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, December 16
826 Valencia, San Francisco
4 PM, All Ages
Join 826 Valencia, Mixbook and Hello!Lucky for a Jolly Holiday Crafting Party!
Participants will receive a free 826 Valencia pirate calendar brought to you by Hello!Lucky and Mixbook that you can customize on site — craft supplies provided. Bring 12 – 15 of your own printed photos and anchor’s away!
Preview the calendar design here. The calendar makes a great year-round gift for yer best mates!
Giveaway! $150 to Mixbook.com + $50 worth of Hello!Lucky cards
Pirate props and photo printing will be available on site via our Pirate Photo Booth! Arrr!
Space is limited so register now!
Westfield Center, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
Under Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic Dome, the Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar promises to be a magical holiday marketplace and entertainment destination. The Bazaar will feature unique, local artisan gifts and crafts, as well as live entertainment and special holiday food and beverages, all in one festive location for the whole month of December.
Join us on level 4 Under the Dome, as select members of the cast of SHN’s White Christmas will be performing on Friday, Dec 16 at 5pm and Tuesday, Dec 20 at 5pm.
Saturday, December 17
Eli’s Mile High Club, Oakland
8 PM, Ages: 21+
Due to safety codes, there is a strict limit of 192 people allowed in the venue at one time. NO MORE THAN 192 PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE VENUE AT ONE TIME. After 192 guests are reached, the security team will close the doors and a “one out, one in” policy will be in effect. If you plan on getting in, get there early and tell your friends about what you just read. Thank you and we’ll see you on Saturday.
Hey there everyone, we are all in mourning over the terrible tragedy of the Ghost Ship Fires this past weekend, and if you’re like us and want to help out, we’ll be holding a Fundraiser at Eli’S MILE HIGH CLUB on December 17th, due to the overwhelming support of this event, (previously at Independent Brewery).
Z Cioccolato, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
Gingerbread House Building!
All the fun without any of the mess or clean up! Z. Cioccolato is hosting Gingerbread Making Workshops this holiday season in North Beach. Includes gingerbread, candy, frosting, hot spiced cider and hot cocoa. All ages are welcome! Saturdays during December.
Have a group of 6 or more? Weeknight evenings available and BYO Wine! Contact us at info@zcioccolato to reserve a night!
Petaluma River Turning Basin, Petaluma
5:30 PM, All Ages
A flotilla of decorated boats will illuminate the Petaluma River Turning Basin in historic downtown for the annual Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Boats aglow with colored lights and holiday decorations will start from the Petaluma Marina at dusk (about 5:30 pm) and sail into the historic downtown harbor against the darkening sky.
Bring your camera; the thousands of lights reflecting off the water makes the Lighted Boat Parade a favorite event for photographers.
Downtown businesses stay open late for strolling holiday shoppers. Girl Scout Troup 10535 will be selling treats, hot chocolate & warm spiced cider as a fundraiser. Kenilworth Junior High Band will perform outside Taps.
Sunday, December 18
United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
The SF Youth GAA, IIPC, SF Rose of Tralee and UICC collectively invite you to attend our fourth annual Community Christmas Party! A fun, festive and magical afternoon is in store with a selection of children’s activities for all ages!
Kids will enjoy decorating a Christmas cookie, making their own Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree, festive face painting, nail decorating, bracelet making and lots more! Our community favorite spot, Java Beach Cafe will join us this year too, with hot chocolate and delicious baked goods for all!
There will be festive entertainment and a Christmas sing-along led by local artists, which is sure to get everyone in the mood for the holidays. This year’s San Francisco Rose of Tralee, Margaret Harkin, will also be there to greet all budding Roses.
Of course a Christmas party would not be complete without Santa Claus who will arrive with Mrs. Claus from the North Pole at 1.15pm sharp! Children can meet Santa, give their Christmas request and have their picture taken. Mrs. Claus will have a ‘sweet treat’ for each child that she meets!
The Eureka Theatre, San Francisco
3 PM, All Ages
Combined Artform presents The 15th year of
The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris adapted to stage by Joe Mantello Saturday, December 17th, 3 PM through Monday, December 26, 2016
San Francisco, CA—November 7, 2016— This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of everyone’s favorite mall elf, Crumpet, in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted to the stage by Joe Mantello. The very talented Zac Schuman (Avenue Q) and A.J. Roy are back again sharing the iconic role over the course of this limited run. So come see the show that has become the cult classic of the “anti-holiday tradition” for San Francisco’s audiences, come escape the craziness of the holidays with Combined Artform at the Eureka Theatre.
Mission Mission said about Santaland Diaries:
“Sedaris is a hilarious writer. His sardonic dry wit helps us laugh at ourselves, while bringing out moments of heart and humanity to soften the sarcasm. This production at Eureka theater has been running for fourteen years, and you can tell why it’s a holiday staple. The Crumpet we saw was full of energy, and kept the show moving. We left wanting more, which is always a good sign. If you’ve seen the nutcracker, and are looking for something with a bit more of an edge, this show’s for you.” http://www.missionmission.org/2015/12/23/drama-talk-drinks-santaland-super-not-pc/
Talking Broadway – Richard Connema:
“Zac Schumann’s acting is not overly campy but he gives out just the right amount of emotion to handle the clever text of David Sedaris. The show needs a measured pacing to make the words come alive and Schumann skillfully does that within Lux Obscura’s direction, which is sharp and to the point. Abbie Dwelle has set the stage with Christmas flats and holiday lights that will get you in a holiday mood.”
For those not familiar with the Sedaris piece, this production will offer the best opportunity to view what New York Newsday called;
“A sardonic, merrily subversive tale – just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed. Worth more than a photo album full of Santas!”
Called by some as “America’s premiere humorist”, Sedaris creates a brilliant evocation of Christmas as seen from the other side …through the eyes of a Macy’s elf. Our hero confronts the screaming children, bossy parents, flaky elves, and apathetic Santas with hilarious results!
In association with Eureka Theatre Company.
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