Updated: May 28
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, February 7th
Pier 35, San Francisco
6 PM, Ages: 21+
*** BEER LIST FIRST LOOK — click this SFBW Opening Gala filter for initial brews. *** [ And, yes, Pliney the Younger will be here. ]
ALSO, the Official SFBW Collaboration Beer Releases have landed… Bright, hoppy, drinkable, sexy, creative, crushingly good beers… try all five at the Gala (a _rare_ place all five will be pouring).
PLUS also in the house at this year’s Gala:
Sierra Nevada’s original brewhouse Ken Grossman built 40 years ago
Soul-swaying music from Motown on Mondays
Lip-smacking beer & food pairing menus from Rosamunde, Grill Cheez Guy, Waffle Roost, Sip & Slurp, Chairman Bao, Sunset29 BBQ and more — just for the Gala!
Slow motion video to release your inner child from our friends at Hilton
Jenga and cornhole from our friends at Barretto-co, because a little competition always keeps thing interesting
The SF Beer Week Opening Gala is the largest, most anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community.
It’s the kick off party for SF Beer Week, commencing a multi-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area.
This community-centric gathering is ground zero for the region’s craft beer scene. Breweries from throughout Greater Bay Area will be converging in San Francisco to serve you the most creative and compelling beers the region has to offer.
Attendees receive a commemorative glass and enjoy unlimited samples of new, rare and classic beers. Expect mouth-puckering sours alongside subtle funk, hop bombs both cloudy and clear, brawny barrel-aged brews, and a wide range of beer styles traditional and experimental — all the creativity and innovation that has made Northern California one of the best beer producing regions in the world.
In addition to great beer, some of the best local food vendors in the Bay Area will be on site, serving up delicious options for purchase.
The Gala is one of the most memorable beer events of the year, directly benefitting the Bay Area Brewers Guild. Get your tickets now.
MEMBER BREWERIES POURING AT THIS YEAR’S OPENING GALA
COAST Alvarado Street Brewery Brewery Twenty Five Discretion Brewing Fruition Brewing Co. Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Hop Dogma Brewing Co. Humble Sea Brewing Co. New Bohemia Brewing Co. Other Brother Beer Co. Peter B’s Brewpub Promised Land Brewing Co. Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen Soquel Fermentation Project Steel Bonnet Brewing Co. Uncommon Brewers Woodhouse Blending & Brewing
EAST BAY 21st Amendment Brewery Admiral Maltings Alameda Island Brewing Co. Ale Industries Almanac Beer Co. Altamont Beer Works Armistice Brewing Co. Berryessa Brewing Co. Bruehol Brewing Calicraft Brewing Co. Canyon Lakes Golf Course & Brewery Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. Danville Brewing Co. Del Cielo Brewing Co. Drake’s Brewing Co. East Brother Beer Co. Eight Bridges Brewing E.J. Phair Brewing Co. Elevation 66 Brewing Co. Epidemic Ales Federation Brewing Five Suns Brewing Ghost Town Brewing Gilman Brewing Co. Heretic Brewing Co. Lucky Devil Brewing Novel Brewing Co. Oakland United Beerworks Ocean View Brew Works Original Pattern Brewing Co. Pennyweight Craft Brewing Perching Bird Brewing Co. The Rare Barrel Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. Temescal Brewing Triple Rock Brewing Co. Trumer Brewery
NORTH BAY 3 Disciples Brewing Adobe Creek Brewing Co. Barrel Brothers Brewing Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cooperage Brewing Co. Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery Fogbelt Brewing Co. HenHouse Brewing Co. Indian Valley Brewing Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Mad Fritz Beer Marin Brewing Co. Moylan’s Brewing Co. No Quarter Brewing Co. Old Caz Beer Parliament Brewing Co. Plow Brewing Co. Pond Farm Brewing Co. Russian River Brewing Co. Seismic Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. Steele & Hops Public House Tannery Bend Beerworks Third Street Aleworks Wolfhouse Brewing The Woodfour Brewing Co.
SAN FRANCISCO Armstrong Brewing Co. Barebottle Brewing Co. Barrel Head Brewhouse Bartlett Brewing Co. Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant Black Hammer Brewing Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Ferment.Drink.Repeat Fort Point Beer Co. Harmonic Brewing Headlands Brewing Co. Hop Oast Pub & Brewery Laughing Monk Brewing Co. Local Brewing Co. Pacifica Brewing Co. Pedro Point Brewing Pine Street Brewery San Francisco Brewing Co. Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery Social Kitchen & Brewery Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Standard Deviant Brewing Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Triple Voodoo Brewery Woods Beer Co.
SILICON VALLEY Alpha Acid Brewing Co. Blue Oak Brewing Co. Campbell Brewing Co. Clandestine Brewing Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. DTSJ Brewing Freewheel Brewing Co. Ghostwood Beer Co. Golden State Brewery Hapa’s Brewing Co. Hermitage Brewing Co. JP DasBrew Kelly Brewing Co. Lazy Duck Brewing Loma Brewing Co. Strike Brewing Co. Taplands
SF Beer Week and the Opening Gala is presented by the Bay Area Brewers Guild, a non-profit trade association of local, independent craft breweries.
Ticket Policies & Notices – In compliance with ABC requirements, pouring of alcohol will cease at 9:30pm. – All attendees must be 21+ and IDs will be checked at the entrance. – No infants, children or anyone under 21 allowed in. No pets allowed in. – Rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable, but transferrable. – Tickets will not be sold at the door. – Food is not included in the ticket price. – Do not bring in glassware of any kind. Water will be provided. – Backpacks and large bags are discouraged and may be subject to search. – Designated driver tickets are not available. Use ride share services or public transit or cab services. – Please drink responsibly. Disorderly guests will be escorted out by security. – Unauthorized solicitations or distribution of materials is prohibited, resulting in expulsion.
What’s the refund policy? The event is RAIN or SHINE and all ticket sales are final; there are no refunds.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket doesn’t match the person who attends? Yes, IDs are checked for age verification, not for the name on the ticket. (Note: you can also transfer your tickets into someone else’s name via your Eventbrite account.)
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? We strongly encourage bringing a printed ticket for faster check-in.
Why is there no designated driver option available? Non-alcohol ticket options are always subject to significant abuse, unfortunately, and at an event this size, it is impossible to police these options without outstripping resources and greatly impacting the event’s viability. As a result, only the one ticket type can be offered.
Can I bring in a bag? Smaller bags and backpacks will be allowed, but may be requred to be check and/or inspected. Please avoid bringing in any valuables to the event.
Can I bring outside food or water into this event? Unfortunately, no, you cannot bring food in. We do have food vendors who will have food for sale available. Do not bring in glassware or large containers. We will have plenty of water at this event, but if you must bring in a water bottle, only small ones that are not plastic or glass will be permitted. (As with backpacks, they may also be subject to inspection.
What can you tell me about the beer being served? As a kick-off to SF Beer Week, brewers will be rolling out many new, rare, specialty and collaboraiton releases for the Gala. Well over 300 beers are expected to be tapped, with over 120 breweries pouring. There will be plenty of great beer flowing throughout the night.
Will Pliny the Younger be served? Yes. Our friends at Russian River will be bringing Younger from Santa Rosa for the Gala!
Stow 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.
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, Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a date!]
What can I bring into the event?
Multiple layers of clothing
Your wallet, to purchase drinks (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 there.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach out to us with any Q’s you may have 🙂
What’s the refund policy?
You get a full refund up to 7 days before your event start date.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You can but you don’t have to 😉
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Saturday, February 8th
San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo
7:30 AM, All Ages
Over A MILLION LEGO® Bricks are On Display and Ready for Play
Every ticket includes a FREE Booster Bricks trial pack!
This $20 value comes free with your ticket! This sample includes two build challenges – – their famous Microbuilds and Blindfold challenges! You will receive all the LEGO bricks needed to complete each challenge as well as, extra goodies such as an activity booklet or sticker!
LEGO® lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live® LEGO® Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.
*Hands-on LEGO® Attractions and Activities Include:
•Brick Fest Speedway: Build, Race, and Win! Watch your custom-built LEGO® derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-tracks!
•Guinness World-Record Setting LEGO Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live’s Mystery Mosaic.
•Inspiration Stations: Add to mind-blowing, life-sized LEGO® builds and make them your own with more LEGO® than you’ve ever seen.
•Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO® video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO® title head-to-head.
•Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO® bricks, create your own mosaic tile and be part of the show!
•Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from the many merchants in attendance.
REFUND POLICY: No Refunds
Children 2 and under are free
Paid admission required for all attendees ages 3+ including all parents and/or guardians.
Chinatown, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
Named one of the Top Ten Parades in the World by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the Lunar New Year outside of Asia. Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 PM, on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Nowhere in the world will you see a Lunar New Year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite will be the new & spectacular 288′ Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane, to carry the Golden Dragon through the streets of San Francisco.
This year’s Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or stars.
Please Note: This is a non-smoking event.
For more information, please visit the Southwest Chinese New Year Parade & Festival Official Website.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Chinese New Year Parade? The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, celebrating the Year of the Rat, will be on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 5:15 PM, stepping off at Second and Market Streets. It is a free event for all to attend but tickets must be purchased to sit in the bleacher sections.
Is the parade going to be cancelled if it rains? How long is the parade? Is the parade free to attend? Where is my bleacher located? Where can I buy tickets for Union Square? No, the parade will not be cancelled if it rains. The parade is approximately 1.3mi. in length and last about 2-1/2 hours from start to finish. The parade is a free event for all to attend but we highly recommend you to purchase a bleacher ticket. The following map shows the location of bleacher seating and crossing points through the parade route. The crossing areas can be used to safely cross the parade route but must be kept clear for emergency personnel. Please do not stand in these areas to watch the parade. In order to maintain the flow of the parade, Local law enforcement and parade personnel will instruct guests when it will be safe to cross over. Please follow their instructions. Union Square is allocated for reserved seating and are not for sale.
How can one participate in the Chinese New Year Parade? If your organization is interested in participating in the parade, please read the rules and regulations and fill out the parade application posted HERE.
Where is the best place to view the parade and what time should we arrive? Whether you wish to choose your favorite lucky spot along the parade route or purchase a bleacher seat ticket, the entire parade route is an excellent place to view the parade. For our bleacher ticket holders, all of our parade units are asked to perform in front of our bleacher seat areas so we recommend that you purchase one of our coveted bleacher seat tickets to view the parade. If you have bleacher seat tickets, you will want to check where your bleacher locations are and give yourself plenty of time to arrive earlier due to street closures and large crowds. If you decide to watch the parade along the route, behind the barricades, it does get more crowded as you get closer to Chinatown and also as it nears the starting time of the parade so please plan accordingly.
Are there Wheelchair Accessible Seating Locations? There will be designated wheelchair sections within our bleacher seat areas where a disabled person may sit in their wheelchar to watch the parade. The disabled person in their wheelchair does not require a bleacher seat ticket, however anyone accompanying them will be required to purchase their own bleacher seat ticket to sit in the designated area.
How do I purchase bleacher seats and what do they include? We have partnered with Evenbrite to provide the convenience of digital tickets to our attendees. The cost is $38.00 ~ $55.00 per ticket plus additional fees. Tickets will be e-mailed to you or available within your Eventbrite App from your mobile device or computer. Bleacher seat tickets entitle you to a seat within your specified bleacher seat location. We ask that the first row be reserved for people who may have difficulty with climbing up the stairs to higher rows or for people accompanying disabled people in wheelchairs. Seats are provided on a first come, first served basis and does not include parking, merchandise, snacks, or shopping discounts. Eventbrite is our official ticket distribution vendor, please be aware of tickets that are being sold through other means. (All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable)
Do I need to purchase a bleacher ticket for my child? Children 2 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult bleacher ticket holder.
Where are the Bleachers located? Section A1 is located at Kearny Street (between Washington & Jackson Streets) Section B is located at Kearny Street (between California & Sacramento Streets) Section C is located at Post St. (between Grant Ave and Kearny Streets)
Every bleacher ticket will have an assigned location and you may sit anywhere you like in your assigned location. Due to the early street closures by law enforcement and the forming crowds, we recommend you to arrive near your seating area around 3pm. You will be able to check in at this time or you may want to walk around nearby shops to do a little shopping or grab a bite to eat.
Please try to be near your seating area around 3:00 pm.
Important: Your receipt will not permit you to sit in the bleachers, you must present your Eventbrite ticket at a Check-In station and you will be given a collectible badge to display while you sit within the bleacher areas.
What items are prohibited at the parade? This is a public event and we ask that you obey all local laws and regulations in regard to items that cannot be brought in public, e.g. no weapons, firearms, explosives, drones, etc. In consideration of others. we also ask that no coolers, pets, selfie-sticks, or camera tripods are allowed in the bleacher sections.
What is the best way to get to the parade? We strongly suggest everyone take public transportation or ride share. If you wish to drive, there are some parking options available as well. More information can be found here.
Where are the portables restrooms? Portables will be placed throughout the parade route typically close to the bleacher areas.
What if I have more questions? For further questions, please contact the Parade Office @ (415) 889-8823 or email@example.com.
Have questions about Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade – 2020? Contact Chinese New Year Festival & Parade
Sunday, February 9th
Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda
2 PM, Ages: 21+
Play unlimited pinball on over 100 pinball machines and drink more than 20 beers from 10+ of the Bay’s best brewers.
Pinball and Pints at the Pacific Pinball Museum returns for its 6th year! This will sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon.
Taste 20+ beers from some of Bay’s best breweries. We’ll have yet-to-be-released beers from some up-and-coming breweries alongside some of the best established breweries. You get a nifty Pacific Pinball Museum tasting glass and tastings with all our brewers.
And of course, you’ll play a ton of pinball on the Museum’s 100+ machines, all set on free play! We’ll have some fun and casual tournaments with great prizes to test your pinball skills. The event is a fundraiser to support the programs of the Pacific Pinball Museum, a non-profit organization. Check out some great pics from our previous Pinball and Pints events. The last event sold out in advance, so get your tickets early.
Confirmed breweries for 2020:
Beer served from from 2:00 – 5:30 pm. The event is 21+; no entry without valid ID. No infants, children or anyone under 21. Tickets are non-refundable. Breweries in attendance are subject to change.
SoMa StrEat Foods, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Get down on delicious dumplings, bottomless kumquat mimosas, and Chinese-themed beers at the biggest Lunar New Year food festival in San Francisco — Dumpling Down.
Vendors from all over the Bay Area will be steaming, frying, baking, and saucing authentic Chinese dim sum classics like shumai, bao buns, har gao, and xiao lung bao — each filled with traditional delights like shrimp, pork, cabbage, and chives.
Once you’ve dumpling’d to your heart’s delight, sink your chopsticks into other Chinese treats. Jian bing, fried chicken, garlic noodles, sesame balls, boba, egg tarts, and Taiwanese-style rolled ice cream will also dot the menus of all your favorite Asian food trucks. Then get down to the beats with local live entertainment by Bay Area non-profit Kollaboration SF Bay Area.
Celebrate the new year and dive into a mountain of delicious dumplings with us.
DUMPING DOWN DETAILS – 2 DAYS OF DELICIOUS DUMPLINGS – Saturday & Sunday, February 8th & 9th | 11am-5pm – SoMa StrEat Food Park | 428 11th Street, SF 94103 – 13 dumpling and Asian food vendors – Optional Bottomless Kumquat Mimosas and Chinese-Themed Beers – Live DJ & entertainment by Kollaboration SF Bay Area – Fortunes by Golden Dragon Fortunes – All-ages, rain or shine with covered seating, dogs welcome
TICKETS – $5 Pre-Sale All-Day General Admission – $28 Pre-Sale Bottomless Kumquat Mimosas and Chinese-themed beers 11:00-1:30pm or 2:30pm-5:00pm – Both include All-Day General Admission – FREE for Lil’ Dumplings 10 & Under https://dumplingdownlunarnewyear.eventbrite.com
** Do not purchase tickets from strangers. If you see someone selling tickets in the comments, have a blast trolling them because they’re trying to scam you. **
LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIALS – Steep Creamery & Tea – Happy Cow Creamery & Tea – Pushcart Fare’s dumplings – Hongry Kong’s Turnip Cake, Wonton Noodle Soup, Nian Gao w/ eggs, Shanghai Dumplings, Fried Pork Potstickers, Flaky Egg Tarts, Iced Milk Tea – Rolling Duck’s XLB (xiao long bao) soup dumpling, Peking duck fried baos, gyoza potstickers – MOMO noodle’s Szechuan spicy dumplings, Szechuan-style egg noodles with ground pork, sesame & peanut egg noodles with pork belly, hot & sour rice noodle with chili and garlic sauce, spicy garlic chicken egg noodle – Bun Bao’s five spice beef bao, signature pork bao, year of the rat bean bao – Happy Dumpling’s cabbage and pork dumplings, chive, egg, and shrimp dumplings, vegetable dumplings, chicken cilantro dumplings, pork belly dumplings, green onion pancakes – WoKitchen’s xiao long bao soup dumplings, shrimp dumplings, pork & shrimp siu mai, sesame balls, charcoaled lava salty egg yolk bun, basil rangoon, egg custard tarts – Get Low Dumpling’s classic pork and chive dumplings, spicy cumin xi’an lamb dumplings, vegan dan dan noodles, black rice dessert – Kokio Republic Korean Fried Chicken and Kimchi Balls Plus Nucha Empanadas and Firetrail Pizza for your picky friends… ~ more specials still steaming ~