Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
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Friday, December 17th
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30 PM, All Ages
Enjoy the most reviewed intimate music experience WORLDWIDE! Lakehouse Jazz, a unique and intimate concert experience in the iconic Golden Gate Park at a hidden and iconic boathouse. As Karl the Fog moves over the lake and covers a slew of colorful boats, we’ll sit inside our intimate and improvised concert venue where the music of the best musicians in the Bay Area and a glass of beer or wine will be the perfect way to unwind your week. By attending this event not only you’ll listen and learn jazz from some of the best musicians in The Bay Area but also, you'll be actively supporting the local art scene and its musicians. Kudos!
Every week we feature new bands. This makes each concert unique and fresh. All things Jazz! From 1920's Swing to Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by The Mellow Sessions.
About the venue
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known mostly to locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a date!]
PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
What can I bring to the event?
Multiple layers of clothing
Your wallet, to purchase drinks. Beer and wine available (Credit cards accepted)
Valid ID to purchase alcohol (only 21+)
Camera or phone for pics :)
You can bring your own food or order it to be delivered.
Is this event indoors?
Absolutely! The concert takes place inside the boathouse. But even then, it can get chilly so we suggest you bring multiple layers of clothing.
What's the seating situation like?
Seating is communal on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:15 pm. There are picnic tables for larger groups and smaller tables for couples, we suggest you arrive early to secure a table for your needs. If you arrive late, you may end up standing until there's a break and you can find seating.
What time does the music start?
The concert will start on time at 7:30 pm - unless we have more than 50% of our guests running late.
Is there food or drinks?
There's a bar with a wide selection of wine and beer. No food, so we suggest you order food to be delivered or bring your own food. Pack in and pack out, we ask our guests to clean up after themselves.
Is there free parking?
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, we welcome dogs but you need to make sure the other guests you'll sit close to are ok with a pet. As long as your dog behaves and doesn't bark, they are always welcome.
What's the refund policy?
You may be eligible for a full refund if you have an unforeseen emergency if you request a refund more than 24 hours before the event starting time. Cancellations within 24 hours are not eligible for a refund.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You don't have to ;) just bring your cellphone to show us your e-tickets
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Absolutely! Just let us know well ahead of time
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes, 100% ok - we check for codes used previously.
Can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach out to us with any other Q's you couldn't find here :)
Misión San Francisco de Asís, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
Meet your guide in front of the Misión San Francisco de Asís. Established in 1776 under the direction of Father Juniper Serra, the Mission is the oldest intact building in San Francisco The Mission has been a witness to all of San Francisco's history including the California Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Inside the chapel, you will see some of the most sophisticated religious art in the entire mission chain.
Next, we will take some time to contemplate the Clarion Alley Mural Project, established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of residents artists inspired to use public art as a force for marginalized communities and a place where social justice could speak loudly. The Project has produced over 700 murals by artists of all ethnicities, ages, and levels of experience.
Next, prepare yourself for The Women’s Building, an anchor institution in the ever-changing Mission District. The Woman's Building helps thousands of women to gain access to social services, workshops, wellness classes, and community connections. The building proudly features the MaestraPeace, a mural that testifies to the courageous contributions of women through time and around the world.
By now, you will have worked up an appetite, so we’ll wander over to Dandelion Chocolate where the art of chocolate making is everywhere. Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. Every seat in the house provides a view of the chocolate-making process, as they roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand.
When you visit, try the Brownie Bite Flight, three cupcake-size brownies. Each contains a chocolate of a different origin and offers a unique flavor. Our next stop will be to check out a gallery that features work by locals. Nearly 200 local artists are members of the City Art Cooperative, and their art covers a wide range of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and jewelry.
As the name suggests, this co-op space is owned and run by local artists. The cooperative gallery has a welcoming atmosphere and features works by newbies and veteran working artists alike. See something you like? The artist may be on site share their story.
Mixcoatl is an Aztec name that means "The Milky Way” or many stars blended into one galaxy. Mixcoatl Handicrafts & Jewelry specializes in bringing together authentic, original Indigenous handmade arts, jewelry, and clothing from all the Américas.
The shop owners want to share their culture and support its artisans in beautiful neighborhood called La Mission. You will enjoy browsing the folk art and clothing for all ages.
No mural tour of the Mission District would be complete without a walk in Balmy Alley. Murals first appeared in the mid-1980s when a troupe of mural activists began to cover all the garage doors and fences running the length of the block with visual meditations praising indigenous American cultural heritage.
Today, mural subjects have expanded to include gentrification and government injustice. Renowned for their irreverence and political import, Balmy Alley has become a destination for appreciators of street art and political culture alike. We'll finish our tour with another locally inspired treat! Humphry Slocombe is San Francisco’s definitive trendsetter in ice cream innovation – they combine unconventional flavors with ultra-premium ingredients.
Besides favorites such as Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Secret Breakfast (Bourbon and Cornflakes), the eclectic staff constantly dream up irresistible flavors that change with the season. Here’s a small sample: Bacon, Ancho Chilies, Carrot, Beernut, Boysenberry Crisp, Caramel Apple Elvis: The Fat Years, Kumquat Poppyseed, Oolong, Peanut Butter Curry, Pistachio Brittle, Red Hot Banana and Tahitian V*n!ll@. Enjoy sampling their bizarre, delicious, frozen universe. After you are done with the tour, we recommend spending some time at Mission Dolores Park, one of the city's most popular parks and the vibrant heart of this vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood.
On sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city's skyline and beyond. Say goodbye to the group but feel free to pick a spot on lush green lawn and do a little people watching.
Saturday, October 18th
1010 39th Ave, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
It is an event where local artists, emcees, writers, dancers, filmmakers, & creatives in the Bay Area can network with lovers of art, music, & film, collectors, and art enthusiasts. This event is based in Oakland, CA and will be an annual event. There will be a series of films being shown, emcees performing, and live art being created. There will be film viewings, a silent art auction, a raffle to give back to the community, an open mic for fellow comedians and poets, and a cypher for the emcees and freestylists. There will be all kinds of vendors selling food, jewelry, body products, clothes, and more.
Circuit Launch, Oakland
4 PM, Ages: 21+
On Saturday, December 18, 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, Hanukah-inspired gear or whatever tickles your fancy. Santa Costumes, Naughty Elves and other creative get ups are also welcome. Enjoy awesome drink specials at your favorite Polk Street Bars.
PUB CRAWL DETAILS:
CHECK IN: Pick up your Wristbands and Pub Crawl Maps at Mayes from 4PM to 8PM.
THE BARS: Mayes, Mcteagues, Lush Lounge, R Bar, El Lopo, Barley, Soda Popinski, Zeki's Bar, Wreck Room 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 Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl Information on SWEATERCON.COM
Sunday, October 19th
Castro, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Castro Merchants is proud to present the first-annual Castro Winter Wonderland. Join us as we turn Noe Street between Market and Beaver into a joyous holiday festival with something for everyone: For the Kiddos 11 am – 2 pm - Free Photos with Santa - Petting Zoo - Drag Queen Storytime - Music and Entertainment For Kids of All Ages 2 pm – 5 pm - Drag Performances - Sexy Elf Contest – Grand Prize $1,000 (starting at 4 pm) - Music and Entertainment We will also be holding a Holiday Art Mart throughout the entire day, along with other fun surprises. Bring the whole family down to experience the holidays as only the world-famous Castro can! Afterwards, make sure to explore Castro businesses for those last-minute gifts or to simply toast the season. Sexy Elf Contest To enter the Sexy Elf Contest, simply come in costume and register no later than 4 pm. All contestants will be brought up on stage and will be judged for their holiday flare, sass and sexiness by our panel of experts. All genders are encouraged to participate. Grand prize is $1,000! For more information on Castro Merchants events, visit www.castromerchants.com/events. Share this event with friends and family!
Chase Center, San Francisco
9AM, All Ages
What makes the holiday season special is that every single day there’s something new to celebrate at Thrive City. Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Chase, is bringing a new family fun activity to experience. Take photos in front of the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area, submit your wish list in our North Pole mailbox and sing along to your favorite carols under a nightly snowfall. The holiday season is full of magical moments for all to enjoy at Thrive City.
Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Chase, is bringing a new family fun activity to experience.
Take photos in front of the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area, submit your wish list in our North Pole mailbox and sing along to your favorite carols under a nightly snowfall. The holiday season is full of magical moments for all to enjoy at Thrive City.
Chase cardholders will receive a variety of exclusive perks during Thrive City Winter Wonderland events, including an express lane to enter the events and access to an exclusive lounge area with complimentary food, beverages and holiday giveaways.