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, July 12th
Telegraph Ave, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Every First Friday | 5-9pm Telegraph Ave from West Grand to 27th St., Oakland FREE
Closest BART – 19th Street
Rain sometimes cancels – They typically make an announcement by Wednesday – Check Facebook for updates
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community.
What else is going on? How About Art Murmur! Taking place at the same time is the Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Is there an entrance fee? Oakland First Fridays is free and open to the public! But we rely on community support to keep our festival alive! You can make a donation online here, or at our festival entrance on West Grand & Telegraph Avenue.
When does the street festival start / end? Oakland First Fridays Street festival happens on the first friday of each month, from 5pm – 9:00pm. If the event becomes cancelled due to rain, an announcement will be made Wednesday the week of the event. Check back on our website or facebook page for updates.
Where is Oakland First Fridays located? Our festival entrance is located at the intersection of West Grand and Telegraph Avenue, and spans 5 blocks down to 27th Street in Oakland’s KONO District. View the location on google maps here.
Accessibility Info: Our festival is wheelchair accessible and family friendly. People of all ages are welcome to attend. If bringing a dog, it must remain on a leash at all times. Our events bring over 30,000 attendees, so expect large crowds, and amplified sound from our multiple stage and performance areas. There are Porta Potties available on 23rd St, 24th St, 25th St and 26th St. For exact locations, check out our festival map here.
Public Transportation: We recommend taking public transportation to Oakland First Fridays. The closest Bart Station is the 19th Street stop, which is only a few blocks away. The 12 (Grand Ave. & MacArthur Blvd.), 51A (Broadway), and 6 (Telegraph Ave.) AC Transit buses also come right to the KONO District. On weekdays and weekend evenings, the free Broadway shuttle runs every 12-15 minutes up and down Broadway from 26th to Jack London.
Parking: Oakland First Fridays’ pick up and drop off location is located on Valley and 23rd street. Limited Metered parking is available on side streets near Telegraph Avenue, so make sure to bring quarters! If you chose to park on the street, we advise you to not leave any valuable items inside your car. If you’d rather park in a garage, here is a list of garages close by.
Alcohol Policy: Alcoholic beverages are served exclusively within our Sake Garden, located in front of Gogi Time at 23rd St and Telegraph Avenue. Otherwise, no alcohol is allowed at the street festival. We do not tolerate the consumption of alcohol in our festival streets. If you’re interested in drinking alcohol, we advise for you to visit our Sake Garden or one of the many bars and restaurants in the KONO district. Drink Responsibly.
How do I become a volunteer? Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to connect with your community, work as a member of a team, meet new people, and gain references for future employment or academic advancement. You’ll also get free food and a t-shirt for volunteering. We have in-office and day-of-event volunteer positions. For more information, visit: http://oaklandfirstfridays.org/volunteer/ or check out our volunteer orientation video!
What to do after the Festival? Oakland First Fridays street festival ends at 9:00 pm, but nightlife within the KONO district still goes on! Visit one of the many bars, nightclubs or restaurants in the neighborhood. For a list of locations and events, check out the Koreatown-Northgate Business Directory: http://www.koreatownnorthgate.org/shop-dine/
Updated 6/26/19 – Event info last checked via website
Friday, July 12, 2019 “Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
For July 2019, “First Fridays” will be moved from July 5 to July 12 due to the Fourth of July holiday. Join us July 12th on Telegraph Avenue between West Grand and 27th Streets from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm to celebrate our community.
Dolores Park, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Film Night in the Park and Sundown Cinema have combined forces to create a brand new summer outdoor movie series at parks all over SF.
Expect food, drinks, music, neighborhood fun, and film selections that both cinephiles and casual moviegoers will love. Sundown Cinema will not only celebrate the unique character and beauty of San Francisco’s parks, but will also help preserve and sustain these community spaces by donating a portion of the proceeds to SF Parks Alliance.
– July-August events start at 6pm – Sept-Oct events start at 5pm – Films begin around sunset
Star Wars (1977), Friday, July 12, Dolores Park – Star Wars-themed performance by SF Conservatory of Music
Hook (1991), Thursday, July 25, Alamo Square Park – Robin Williams Birthday
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (2018), Fri, Aug. 23, Union Square
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Fri., Sept. 6, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater –Sing-Along
Space Jam (1996) Friday, Sept. 27, India Basin Shoreline Park
Mean Girls (2004), Thursday., Oct. 3, Marina Green – National Mean Girls Day
People’s Choice (Halloween-themed), Fri., Oct. 18, Dolores Park
Saturday, July 13th
NOW Hunter’s Point, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Join us for a full day of roller skating, music, food and community fun! We’ll have several DJs playing music for new and seasoned skaters alike. Bring your own skates or lace up with the skates we will provide onsite.
Presented by the Church of 8 Wheels, Skate San Francisco embraces and showcase the 40 year history of skating in San Francisco. Saturday, July 13th at NOW Hunters Point is a part of the weekend long celebration that will honor the original members of the Golden Gate Park Skate Patrol which was the group responsible for keeping roller skating from being banned in the park in 1979. We will also honor other skate advocates from around the world in recognition of their work to spread rolligion where they live and beyond.
**This event is FREE for residents of the 94124 area code. If you live outside this area code, purchase a ticket and read more about the celebrations here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skate-san-francisco-celebrating-40-years-of-roller-skating-in-san-francisco-tickets-56624118262
Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
The very first San Francisco Bastille Day celebration took place in 1880, so come and be a part of a grand Bastille Day celebration and discover French cuisine, wines and crafts at this Kermesse (outdoor festival).
The free admission event is open to all to enjoy a wine, pastis and beer garden, a vintage Citroën car show, games of “Pétanque,”a kid’s garden, tours of the SF’s French Quarter, French musicians and all kinds of fun for the entire family.
Plus don’t miss the “Course de Garçons de Café,”or Waiters’ Race, the first of its kind in San Francisco.
11:00a Opening Bastille Day San Francisco 2019
11:30a Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
12:00p & Friends (On The Terrace)
12:00p To 4:30Pm Petanque Tournament
12:30p Fashion Show By Ricochet (On The Stage)
1:00p French Connection Chansons FrançAises (On The Terrace)
1:30p Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
2:00p Bistrot Moustache (On The Terrace)
2:30p Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
3:00p & Friends (On The Terrace)
3:00p To 4:00p Waiters’ Race
4:30p National Anthems (On The Stage)
4:35p Speech Of M. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, General Consul Of France At San Francisco
4:45p Rue ’66 (On The Stage) – San Francisco’s only authentic 60s French “yé yé” band
5:45p French Oak – Gypsy Musette (On The Stage) – French jazz gipsy band
6:30p Music Ends
7:00p After Party By L’Apero – 111 Mina Street
A Waiters’ Race, or “Course de Serveuses et Garçons de Café,” is a race that tests the speed at which a waiter can carry a loaded tray without tipping any of its contents. This race has been going on in France since the 1930s.
Pétanque is a French game similar to lawn bowling or bocce ball. Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a “cochonnet” or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. Join in from 10 am to 4 pm to learn the game and partake in tournaments organized by the SF Club.
The Children’s Playground, located next to the pétanque courts, will feature several games to delight children of all ages.
Sunday, July 14th
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.
But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE
A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid
Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon
Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided
Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
SPARK Social SF, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
The biggest Fête du Fromage in the Bay Area returns on National Mac ‘n Cheese Day at SPARK Social SF. Find your gouda time at this havarti party, where fifteen of the best food trucks and pop-up shops will be mixing up mouthwatering mac ‘n cheese specials all day long.
Who will be the mac ‘n cheesiest? Cast your vote for the Chancellor of Cheese, the Monarch of Mac, the King of Queso at this National Mac ‘n Cheese Day melt-off. In addition to insane mac ‘n cheese creations, enjoy live music, lawn games, and a photobooth.
This event is all ages and will happen rain or shine. Please note, there’s no dogs on the Festival Lawn (though they’re always welcome on the SPARK pavement).
Mac ‘n Cheese Vendors Saturday, July 13th – The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen – The GrilledCheezGuy – Jackrabbit Kitchen – Little Red Riding Truck – Nombe – Batter Up – Chef’s Truck – Gyros on Wheels – Firetrail Pizza – The Sarap Shop – Nuncha Empanada – Gyros on Wheels – Kokio Republic – Doughp Cookie Dough
Sunday, July 14th – The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen – The GrilledCheezGuy – Moonraker Mobile – Little Red Riding Truck – Nombe – Batter Up – Chef’s Truck – Gyros on Wheels – Firetrail Pizza – The Sarap Shop – Nuncha Empanada – Gyros on Wheels – Kokio Republic – Lobos Ice Cream