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, January 27
PianoFight, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
REUNITED brings together the casts of beloved sitcoms for in-depth panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and table-reads of classic scenes.
The catch? The shows never existed, except in the minds of hosts/show-creators Josh Androsky (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Bryan Cook (Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction.)
Oh, and none of the guests have any prior knowledge of the series they “starred” on.
Previous performers include: John Michael Higgins, Baron Vaughn, James Urbaniak, Janet Varney, Kyle Kinane, Jake Fogelnest, Karen Kilgariff, and Rory Scovel.
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to event start to guarantee seating. Line-up subject to change And now, a little bit about PianoFight!
HAPPY HOUR MON-FRI 5:00-6:30pm
Come by early to grab dinner and drinks before the show! PianoFight has a full kitchen and bar. If you plan on dining, we recommend you arrive 1.5 hours early. Restaurant seating is first come first serve.
PARKING Street parking is free after 6pm. We’re located 2 blocks from Powell BART, numerous muni lines and there are 3 parking lots within 1 block.
AGE RESTRICTIONS None! We’re all ages.
Pier 39, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Grab your blankets and head to Pier 39 for their Outdoor Movie Night, held the last Friday of every month through September. Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of Pier 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and movie night discounts at participating businesses.
At sundown, settle in for a free screening of one of their favorite films. Movie nights are just one part of Pier 39’s 39-week long Anniversary Celebration.
Movie Nights Schedule
Friday, January 27 at 6 pm Escape from Alcatraz
Friday, February 24 at 6:15 pm The Wedding Planner
Friday, March 31 at 7:45 pm Forrest Gump
Friday, April 28 at 8:15 pm Big Hero 6
East Park Lawn
Friday, May 26 at 8:30 pm The Princess Diaries
Friday, June 30 at 8:30 pm The Parent Trap
Friday, July 28 at 8:30 pm Mrs. Doubtfire
Friday, August 25 at 8 pm Inside Out
Friday, September 29 at 7:15 pm The Pursuit of Happiness
Event and event activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.
Saturday, January 28
The Grand Nightclub, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
A NIGHT AT GATSBY’S (2nd Annual)
Get ready to speak-easy and dress glamorously Gatsby: Henrik Presents is throwing THE Great Gatsby Party to start 2017 off right. Bring your flapper or dapper to The Grand Nightclub, top-rated nightlife venue in San Francisco’s SoMa district. As they say, a little party never killed nobody.
Join San Francisco’s premier society of world travelers, expats and young professionals for a truly glitzy evening of dancing under confetti, professional photo booth, incredible local DJs with live vocalist and more! 21 and over only.
Dress code enforced: Dress in your favorite style from the decade, ladies. Gents should wear a suit and tie. Life’s more fun when you dress up, don’t forget your 1920’s accessory.
FB Event: facebook.com/events/350493061982001
Fun photo booth and some of the best nightlife photographers SF has to offer • Ultra-chic venue with wrap-around mezzanine, 4 fully-stocked bars, luxurious bottle service in plush booths, amazing sound system and incredible light show • 600+ glamorous guests in 1920’s inspired outfits • Confetti cannons • Unique opportunity to meet fun expats in SF • Fun top 40 music
Members of facebook.com/groups/henriksinternationalevents only as this event is not open to the general public. Please request access to the group and wait for approval before buying a ticket.
Jack London Square, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
The Oakland A’s will host the annual FanFest on Saturday, January 28 from 11 am to 2 pm at Jack London Square.
Team Introductions and “State of the Team” address by A’s President Dave Kaval
Player & Coach Question and Answer Sessions
Free Player Autograph Sessions
Free Player/Coach Photo Sessions
Free World Series Trophy photo sessions
Free Stomper Photo sSessions
Free Kids Area with Interactive Games
2017 Players and Staff to Appear Player appearances are subject to change.
Manager Bob Melvin, John Axford, Mark Canha, Jharel Cotton, Khris Davis, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Dull, Chip Hale, Ryon Healy, Kendall Graveman, Sonny Gray, Liam Hendriks, Sean Manaea, Bruce Maxwell, Daniel Mengden, Marcus Semien, Andrew Triggs, Stephen Vogt, & Curt Young
SF Zoo, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Free if you were born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017). Valid photo ID required.
Get into the San Francisco Zoo for free if you were born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) will receive free Zoo admission on that day to enjoy a day of Chinese New Year performances and activities at the zoo.
Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar.
Stop by the Family Farm to see the roosters at the Zoo too.
Sunday, January 29
SF Botanical Garden, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden.
Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents.
> Are the magnolias blooming right now? Please note that weather may affect the blooms and at the beginning or end of the season, there may be fewer blooms than expected. Always check the SF Botanical Gardens Facebook page first to see the latest blooms before heading out.
FREE for SF residents with proof of ID FREE daily 7:30-9 am FREE all day on second Tuesdays of the month Non-residents: $8 general, $6 for youth 12-17 & seniors; $2 for children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE; families of 2 adults and one or more children pay just $17
Visitors to the garden can take advantage of free magnolia walk maps, docent-led tours, special signage, a magnolia mobile app, and more to celebrate and learn more about these magnificent magnolias.
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars including many prized examples from Asia.
All over SF, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
SF Restaurant Week is a 12-day celebration of our world-class dining community when frugal foodies get to eat their way through nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco. Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus to showcase their passion for sharing great food with diners.
Highlights include Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern, Michelin-starred (1 star) Spruce, Southern favorite Boxing Room, innovative Korean restaurant Namu Gaji (on Eater’s list “The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, Winter 2017”), contemporary South Indian hotspot Dosa, and Roman-style pizza and pasta spot Delarosa’s $15 lunch deal.
During SF Restaurant Week, restaurants thoughtfully create prix-fixe menus that highlight their best known dishes, or feature a new menu item they are testing, or just showcase a sample of the food they love to cook. Many menus feature a discount or special offer.
This year, SF Restaurant Week will feature two-course lunch and three or more course dinner menus at different prices:
Lunch (2+ course) : $15 & $25 menus
Dinner (3+ course): $40 & $65 menus
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