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, January 31st
USS Hornet, Alameda
7 PM, All Ages
HISTORY MYSTERY TOUR
Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Do you dare explore Hornet after hours? Receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors. The three-hour evening tour begins at 7:00pm; cost is $35 per person ($30 for museum members).
All participants must be at least 12 years old. USS Hornet Museum members, please enter your membership ID# to receive your $5.00 discount.
Need to cancel? Your reservation(s) are not refundable but may be used on any future History-Mystery Tour up to one year from the date of purchase.
PLEASE BRING A FLASHLIGHT!!!!!
Please note this tour is not recommended for anyone with difficulties climbing or walking!
QUESTIONS? Call the Education Department at (510) 521-8448 ext. 224 or e-mail us at EDU@uss-hornet.org
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 1st
SF Botanical Gardens, San Francisco
7:30 AM, All Ages
$9 – Free for SF Residents
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 typically 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.
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.
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
SF by the Bay, a celebration of Bay Area science fiction and fantasy, includes over 30 programs, including author talks, live dramas, lectures, panel discussions, a “filk” music concert (songs inspired by sci-fi and fantasy), book displays, a costume contest and diverse film screenings, including landmark films with a local flair: THX 1138 and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Additionally, the Main Library will feature an exhibit of rare books, magazines and art drawn from the Main Library’s J. Francis McComas Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection, a reference collection of more than 3,000 books and magazines. McComas was the co-founding editor of New Jersey-based publication Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
SF by the Bay Exhibit Reception and Aelita, Queen of Mars with live piano accompaniment
Feb. 15, 10 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room
Join us for the opening reception for the SF by the Bay exhibit with Gordon Van Gelder, publisher of Berkeley’s Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as co-sponsors SF in SF, Locus magazine, Tachyon Publications, Borderlands Books and other special guests. The reception will be followed by a screening of the silent film Aelita: Queen of Mars with introduction and live piano accompaniment by acclaimed concert pianist Frederick Hodges.
Author Talk: Black Speculative Fiction
Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room
Bay Area writers and poets will speak about their influences, share current works-in-progress, and reveal their 2020 visions. Join the conversation as they center diverse perspectives from the Black Speculative Literary Arts landscape. Speculative genres presented may include fantasy, science fiction, myth, faerie tales, climate fiction, horror, and eco-poetry. Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Audrey T. Williams, Oakland-based oral storyteller, activist, writer and poet.
Documentary and Discussion of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin with director and panel
Mar. 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature.
The film will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion with the director Arwen Curry, Phil Gochenour, Debbie Notkin and others.
SF & Fantasy Costume Contest
Apr. 12, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
The Library hosts its first Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest. Fans of science fiction, fantasy and cosplay are urged to participate and to cheer their favorite costume entries.
Live Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct
Apr. 16, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room
Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science, will host their podcast Our Opinions Are Correct live at the Main Library as part of the SF by the Bay celebration. They will explore the meaning of science fiction and how it’s relevant to real-life science and society.
Film: THX 1138
Apr. 23, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Film: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Apr. 30, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Sunday, February 2nd
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people.
As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections on display in the 300,000 square foot building present the art and tell the history of California from many angles. The museum invites visitors to experience the history of California through interacting with art, becoming art, and rewriting history.
Suggested donation of $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community. Please note, special exhibits may require a fee.
SoMa StrEat Foods, San Francisco
2:30 PM, All Ages
Free with RSVP
The San Francisco 49ers are in the Super Bowl, battling it out for their sixth Lombardi Trophy, and ready to get loud.
The Niners are one win away from joining the Patriots and Steelers with the most Super Bowl victories of all-time, and ready to join the ranks.
The Faithful are gathering at SoMa StrEat Food Park, so throw on your lucky jersey, smear some paint under your eyes, grab a pitcher of craft beer and come cheer on the Niners with crave-worthy game day eats, DJ’d sound blasting every play through the park, 10 huge TVs, and contests and giveaways.
49ers Super Bowl Watch Party Details: – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – SoMa StrEat Food Park | 428 11th Street SF 94103 – 3:30 pm Kickoff | Extended park hours 11 am-8 pm – 6 Bay Area food trucks serving drool-worthy game day eats – Bar serving local craft beer, wine, and housemade Sangria – 10 big-screen TVs including a 13-Foot Mega-Screen The Size Of A Food Truck – DJ blasting the game and bringing the beat between plays -All ages, dogs welcome – Seats are first come, first served. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
Food Trucks: – Firetrail Pizza – Fresh, wood-fired pizza – Chef’s Truck – California cuisine – Nucha Empanadas – Handmade Argentinian hand pies – The Sarap Shop – Filipino fusion – Gyros on Wheels – Classic Mediterranean