Weekend Planner: February 9th


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 9th


2018 Russian Festival

Russian Center, San Francisco

5 PM, All Ages


Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art.

Come celebrate the 30th year of Russian festivities. Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend. Sample piroshki, borsch, pelmeni and the ever popular flavored vodkas.

The three-day performance spectacular will transport your to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more; featuring such popular groups as the Konevets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russian; local favorites Nikolai Massenkoff, world renowned bass; Vladimir Riazantsev’s Russian dancers; and the Firebird Dance Ensemble.

Be sure not to miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and delight in the fantastic Art Gallery to peruse or purchase originals by their own local Russian artists. Face painting and crafts for the kids. Pick up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls.


SF Beer Week Opening Gala

Pier 35, San Francisco

6 PM,  Ages: 21+


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 nine-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area.

This massive kick-off to SF Beer Week takes place on Friday, February 9, from 6-10:30pm** at the Pier 35 in San Francisco (5pm for VIP). Over 120 breweries are expected from throughout Northern California — especially Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties — serving the most creative and compelling beers the region has to offer.


Conversations with Bay Area brewers led by the San Francisco Chronicle. Bay Area Brewer Talks is coming to the Opening Gala as we celebrate 10 years of SF Beer Week. Co-presented with the San Francisco Chronicle, get an inside look at our vibrant craft beer community, the creativity and science at play with every beer poured, and the inventive personalities who make the magic happen. Regional brewers share stories, talk ingredients and beer styles, and take stock of a changing craft beer landscape.

FEATURING: Admiral Maltings, Mad Fritz, Drake’s, Armistice, Humble Sea and The Rare Barrel TOPICS: Secrets of Malt, Women & Beer, Sours Take Center Stage

Over 120 Northern California breweries confirmed to pour!


21st Amendment Brewery Almanac Beer Co. Barebottle Brewing Barrel Head Brewhouse Bartlett Hall Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery Black Hammer Brewing Black Sands Brewery Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Ferment.Drink.Repeat Fort Point Beer Co. Harmonic Brewing Headlands Brewing Co. Holy Craft Brewery Laughing Monk Brewing Co. Local Brewing Co. Magnolia Brewing Co. Old Bus Tavern Pine Street Brewery San Francisco Brewing Co. Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery Social Kitchen & Brewery Southpaw BBQ & Brewery Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Standard Deviant Brewing Sufferfest Beer Co. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Triple Voodoo Brewery Woods Beer Co.


Alameda Island Brewing Co. Ale Industries Altamont Beer Works Armistice Brewing Co. Benoit-Casper Brewing Co. Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Calicraft Brewing Co Cleophus Quealy Beer Co Danville Brewing Co. Del Cielo Brewing Co. Drake’s Brewing East Brother Beer Co. Eight Bridges Brewing, Inc. Elevation 66 Brewing Co. Epidemic Ales Ghost Town Brewing Gilman Brewing High Water Brewing Lucky Devil Brewing Novel Brewing Co. Oakland United Beerworks Ocean View Brew Works Old Kan Beer & Co. Original Pattern Brewing Co. The Rare Barrel Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. Temescal Brewing Trumer Brewery Working Man Brewing Co.


Alvarado Street Brewery Brewery Twenty Five Corralitos Brewing Co. Discretion Brewing Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Humble Sea Brewing Co. New Bohemia Brewing Co Peter B’s Brewpub Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Seabright Brewery Uncommon Brewers


101 north brewing co Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Barrel Brothers Brewing Co. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale Ale Brewing Co. Cooperage Brewing Co. Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery Eel River Brewing Co. Fogbelt Brewing Co. Grav South Brew Co HenHouse Brewing Co. Heretic Brewing Co. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Lost Coast Brewery Mad Fritz Brewing Co Marin Brewing Co. Moylan’s Brewing Co. Napa Smith Brewery North Coast Brewing Co. Plow Brewing Co. Russian River Brewing Co. Seismic Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. St. Florian’s Brewery Stumptown Brewery Third Street Aleworks Trade Brewing The Woodfour Brewing Co.


Alpha Acid Brewing Co. Armstrong Brewing Co. Blue Oak Brewing Co. Campbell Brewing Co. Clandestine Brewing Das Brew El Toro Brewing Co Freewheel Brewing Co. Golden State Brewery Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Hapa’s Brewing Co. Hermitage Brewing Co. Highway 1 Brewing Hop Dogma Brewing Co. Loma Brewing Co. Pedro Point Brewing Santa Clara Valley Brewing Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen Strike Brewing Co.

Attendees will 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. Get your tickets now. There will be NO DOOR TICKETS.

Follow SF Beer Week on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest Opening Gala news and SF Beer Week updates.

SF Beer Week and the Opening Gala is presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild.

Ticket Policies & Notices – 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 via the Eventbrite system. – 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 inejection.

** in compliance with ABC requirements, pouring of alcohol will cease at 10pm

SF Beer Week and the SF Beer Week Opening Gala are organized by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, a non-profit 501(c)(6) founded in 2004. The Guild’s mission is to unite those who make local beer with those who love it, and revive the vibrant heritage of beer brewing in San Francisco.


What’s the refund policy? The event is RAIN or SHINE and all ticket sales are final; there are no refunds.

Will Pliny the Younger be served? Yes. Our friends at Russian River will be bringing Younger from Santa Rosa for the Gala!

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 brewery stations pouring. There will be plenty of great beer flowing throughout the night.

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.

Can I bring outside food into this event? Unfortunately, no, you cannot bring food in. We do have food vendors who will have food for sale available.

Saturday, February 10th


Fort Point Dim Sum Beer Brunch

Hong Kong Lounge, San Francisco

1:30 PM, Ages: 21+


Join Fort Point for one of our favorite Beer Week traditions: the third annual Dim Sum Beer Brunch! This year the event will benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center.

Enjoy fresh, made to order dim sum and delicious beer pairings at one of San Francisco’s most storied restaurants, Hong Kong Lounge.

Come hungry for soup dumplings, Peking duck, coffee pork ribs, and many more Dim Sum classics, served alongside Fort Point’s KSA, Villager, Park, Westfalia, and Animal.

All event proceeds benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, which provides youth, adult, and family programs that address critical community needs and foster respect for all people and our environment.

Please note: To reserve a table for your whole group, you can buy 8-10 tickets in one transaction. For purchases of 7 tickets or fewer, seating is first come, first serve.


SF Beer Week Opening Day Urban Picnic

Spark Social, San Francisco

12 PM,  All Ages


Welcome to the SF Beer Week Opening Day Urban Picnic!

SF Beer Week is the largest, most anticipated, and most prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. Kick off the sudsiest week in San Francisco with beloved classics and new releases at this all-star urban picnic. Taste the region’s most aspiring young breweries alongside founding titans in California craft beer.

With new, distinct brews from 6+ local breweries and brewery representatives on site, you’ll get the ultimate beer fix at this grasshopper-meets-sensei event – sipping, savoring, and socializing alongside the mighty brewmasters themselves!

Find a spot to chill on SPARK’s double-decker bus or kick your feet up around one of the firepits and feel the breeze (and the buzz). It will be a brew-tiful day filled with good brews, great company, fresh air, sunshine, and killer food.

See you at the picnic!