Updated: May 28, 2020
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 3rd
Union Square, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
Limited number of same-day tickets available at the box office each day. Box office opens daily at 9:45am. We recommend buying online in advance as day-of box office tickets are not guaranteed.
PLEASE NOTE: TICKET WILL BE LABELED FROM 10:00AM – THIS INDICATES THE TIME THE RINK OPENS FOR THE DAY. SEE THE FAQS BELOW TO FIND YOUR SPECIFIC PURCHASED SESSION TIME.
Lace up your skates and join us at The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines!
A San Francisco holiday tradition in the heart of Union Square, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines offers fun-seekers of all ages a magical adventure beginning November 6, 2019 through January 20, 2020. From families to friends, and couples to colleagues, everyone can enjoy ice skating in San Francisco’s iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights and the sights and sounds of the season. Novices and naturals, alike, will love the outdoor ice skating experience in the middle of beautiful San Francisco.
We look forward to seeing you on the ice!
Ice Skating Session Times:
10:00am – 11:30am
12:00pm – 1:30pm
2:00pm – 3:30pm
4:00pm – 5:30pm
6:00pm – 7:30pm
8:00pm – 9:30pm
10:00pm – 11:30pm
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, January 4th
7 PM, Ages: 21+
Illusions the Show is the perfect combination of spectacular burlesque style and comedy performances by the industry’s best celebrity impersonators and the funniest drag queen hosts you’ll ever have the pleasure of encountering. This knock your socks off celebrity tribute drag queen dinner show & drag queen brunch show, is the perfect mix of classy entertainment and raunchy comedy!
Come see this amazing Oakland drag queen show and laugh your ass off all night long while being amazed by the stellar performances in tribute to some of your old-time favorite classics as well as the latest pop favorites. Come see the likes of Madonna, Cher, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Beyoncé, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Rihanna, Brittny Speers, Adele, Amy Winehouse and so many more! You never know who will be performing in your city, but one thing is for sure “you’ll love each and every one of our celebrity impersonators!”
Our celebrity impersonation drag queen dinner and drag queen brunch shows are perfect for bachelorette parties, gay bachelor parties, birthday parties, couples night out, guys night out, ladies night out, moms night out, or for no damn reason at all but just to see the most amazing drag queen show in town!
You must be at least 18 years of age to attend this event and at least 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcohol.
Cant Make it to the show? Looking to hire a show to come to you, or a celebrity impersonator drag queen to host your next event? Illusions got you covered!
Give us a cal at 833-Queen-4U / 833-783-3648
or visit us at:
Dolores Par, San Francisco
1:30 PM, All Ages
Attention friends of Caturday, your favorite day of the month is back. First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for your feline friends.
It is a day for charming and delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing. It is where you can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make your cats happy and healthy.
Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds sing. It’s completely fine if a cat decides, nope, no park for me please.
Totally fine if a cat doesn’t like First Caturday and wants to go straight home. Or it’s completely fine if a cat decides to stay inside the pet carrier and not come out on the leash. Or, if you’re without a cat and just want to come and scope out the chill kitties.
But if you try bringing your cat in one of these safe and supervised ways, you may find that your cat likes fresh air and the change of scenery. This is one more option to enrich your cat’s life. If you have a shy kitty, you can skip the big group, and just try sitting in your backyard with your cat in the carrier.
With or without a cat, you’re welcome at #firstcaturday.
Sunday, January 5th
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
9:30 PM, All Ages
Night Bloom, a light and sound experience, returns shining brighter this holiday season at the Conservatory of Flowers. Light and sound infuse the Conservatory of Flowers’ one of a kind plant collection and its iconic façade in a limited engagement.
Light Up the Season Rooms evoking the tropics will dazzle and amaze in this nighttime experience. Journey through the galleries and explore the rainforest at night.
Immerse Yourself An illuminated Conservatory of Flowers will burst with vibrant and luminous displays.
See Plants in a New Light Our star plants will shine like never before seen.
Brighter than Ever More lights and more installations will sparkle throughout the night.
NEW Introducing Bloom Lounge Join us at the Bloom Lounge, an inflatable dome. Drink and be merry in an illuminated bubble. When you upgrade your ticket, choose between artisanal grilled cheese with an around the world flight of whiskey or sweet bites and an around the world flight of sparkling wine. 21+ only.
HYBYCOZO x Conservatory of Flowers Step into a world of geometric exploration through light and shadow with Oakland-based artists HYBYCOZO. Visit the HYBYCOZO Hall, the perfect all-in-one spot to sip, get warm, take pictures, and celebrate HYBYCOZO’s Conservatory-inspired installations and artwork.
Your New Holiday Tradition is Here Children age 8 and under get free admission. Food from local food trucks and seasonal beverages will also be available for purchase.
To reserve the Bloom Lounge for an entire evening for a private party of up to 25 people, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the case of an event not selling out, tickets will be available online, day of the event at a higher rate, $34 (General Admission), $80 (Bloom Lounge).
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
6 PM, All Ages
Marvel at the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world when No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man takes over OMCA in Fall of 2019. Each year the weeklong Burning Man event attracts over 70,000 people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Participants create and build Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis where experimental art installations—some ritually burned to the ground—are the centerpiece for innovators, makers, and a burgeoning artistic community. The exhibition will illuminate the values of Burning Man through its guiding Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy.
The immersive and multi-sensory experience will extend beyond the gallery walls into the Museum’s public spaces—including an OMCA-commissioned 40-foot-tall outdoor temple by internationally-acclaimed sculptor David Best. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, No Spectators will make its final stop at OMCA after traveling to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition will feature many works by Bay Area artists including jewelry, costumes, “mutant” vehicles, sculptures, photography, and paintings. The companion exhibition within the gallery, City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, will trace Burning Man’s origins from its countercultural roots in the San Francisco Bay Area to the world-famous desert gathering it is today.
Don’t miss the West Coast debut of the first major museum exhibition of its kind and join in the celebration of Burning Man’s deep connections to California and the Bay Area.