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Weekend Planner: July 19th

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 26th



Rooftop Beer Fest

The Fairmont, San Francisco

7 PM, Ages: 21+



featuring local Bay Area Breweries

at Fairmont San Francisco’s Cirque + Square!

This hoppy summer evening will feature local brewery tastings, bar snacks, food concessions and more, including:

  1. Open Bar Beer Tastings: Trumer Brewery; Harmonic Brewing; Seismic Brewing Co; 21st Amendment Brewery; Speakeasy Ales & Lagers; Drake’s Brewing Co.; Standard Deviant Brewing; Local Brewing Co.; Fort Point Beer Company; Headlands Brewing; San Francisco Brewing Co.; Holycraft Brewery; and more!

  2. Food concessions

  3. Live Music

  4. Photo Experiences

  5. The Best Views of San Francisco

  6. … and more!

21+ | Valid ID Required

Beer Garden Theme



Gilroy Garlic Festival

Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy

All Weekend, All Ages


Come to the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 26, 27 and 28) for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and more!

The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, and fried calamari, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And you’ve got to try the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

Don’t miss the special Saturday evening concert with Colbie Caillat featuring Gone West! The concert is included with Festival admission, and the park will stay open until 8pm so you can stay to enjoy the show and all the Festival has to offer.

On Sunday, we’re celebrating 15 years of partnering with KRTY Hot Country 95.3 with up-and-coming country stars King Calaway, Waterloo Revival, and Caylee Hammack.

Over on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage, you’ll see exciting cooking contests and culinary superstars like Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, MasterChef Season 9 winner Gerron Hurt, and Rosewood CordeValle Executive Chef Alexander La Motte.

Visit Garlic Grove to make your own garlic braid for a fun, free souvenir and watch garlic topping demonstrations by Christopher Ranch!

Sample award-winning wines from Santa Clara Valley vineyards at the outdoor Wine Garden and try the 2019 signature Whiskey Daisy cocktail.

For more information please visit:

DATES & TIMES: July 26, 27 & 28, 2019 Friday, July 26: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Saturday, July 27: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday, July 28: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Entrance gates close one hour prior to event closing time)

DIRECTIONS: Watch for the electronic signs on Hwy 101 or 152 as you enter Gilroy. Follow the signs and watch for traffic control officers on roadways. As you approach Gilroy DO NOT use your GPS to navigate to the Festival grounds as nearby streets are blocked off. All traffic is directed to Festival parking lots.


Online tickets available until July 28, 2019 at 4:00PM.

Regular ticket prices at the gate: (Save $2 when purchased online in advance) • Adults (ages 17-59) – $20.00 • Senior (ages 60+) – $15.00 • Youth (ages 10-16) – $10.00 • Children age 9 and under admitted free with an adult • Gourmet Alley Combo Plate – $15.00 (Save and additional $2 when purchased online in advance) • Parking – $15.00

Gourmet Alley Combo Plate: ½ Peppersteak Sandwich, Calamari, Pasta con Pesto, Garlic Bread.

The admission price includes musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a children’s area. Food and beverages may be purchased from Gourmet Alley or the vendors. Prices range from $2 to $15 or more depending on the item, which is typically a full-size serving, not a sample.

Ride the Garlic Train to the Festival!

You can ride the Caltrain “Garlic Train” to the Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 27 or Sunday, July 28. This is the easiest and most relaxing way to get to the Festival from the peninsula.

A chartered special event train will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 10:00 am, arriving non-stop in downtown Gilroy an hour later, where a bus will shuttle you to the Festival. At 3:00 pm you can board a bus to return from the Festival to the Gilroy Caltrain station, where the train will depart at 4:00 pm, returning you non-stop to the Diridon Station in San Jose one hour later.

This special round-trip ticket is only available online in advance and includes Festival admission. This ticket is not available for purchase from Caltrain or at the train station.

There are no refunds or exchanges for Gilroy Garlic Festival tickets purchased online. All sales are final.

The Festival is held in a park. It is all outdoors with mostly turf and some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. There are natural shade trees, and many shade tents with tables and benches.

Shirt and shoes are required.

Christmas Hill Park rules prohibit bringing the following items on Festival grounds:

  1. Alcohol of any kind

  2. Bottles, glass and cans

  3. Coolers – large or small

  4. Frisbees and water projecting devices

  5. Pocket knives and weapons of any kind.

Please be advised that the City of Gilroy park rules prohibit dogs and other animals from being brought into the park, except Service Dogs.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a celebration of food, fun and family. It is the Garlic Festival’s policy to provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for all Festival patrons and volunteers. Therefore, the Garlic Festival refuses entry or admission to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating or signifying membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club. This policy is applied equally to all persons, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or medical condition.

Ticketing FAQs:

I ordered my ticket online, how will I RECEIVE my ticket? Tickets ordered online are e-tickets. Check your email inbox for your Order Confirmation from Eventbrite. Your e-tickets will be attached to your order confirmation email. Make sure to print them out and bring them to the event. IMPORTANT: if you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

Do I need to PRINT out my tickets? Please print and bring your ticket(s), sent to you as an e-mail attachment, to the event entrance, or be prepared to display your barcoded e-ticket on your smartphone or tablet.

I still don’t see my order confirmation, what should I do? I am having trouble printing my PDF ticket, what should I do? Please click here for more information on finding your order confirmation or printing your ticket(s). For non-technical ticketing questions or other information about the event click here or call: (408) 842-1625 M-F, 10:00am-4:00pm.

I bought two tickets and they both have my name on them. Will this be a problem? No. Online general admission tickets are transferable. The name on your ticket only signifies who purchased the tickets. Just make sure the bar code on your ticket(s) are not damaged when you print them out. If you would like to update the name or email address on your order, click here.


Saturday, July 27th



Night Wine Walk

Jack London Square, Oakland

4 PM, All Ages


Jack London Square’s popular Wine Walk on the Waterfront returns for a second year on Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, September 28 from 4–8 p.m. Located at the heart of the Urban Wine Trail, Jack London Square’s waterfront setting is an ideal location to sip, stroll, dine, and shop during these outdoor wine-tasting experiences. Each event will feature Northern California wineries offering tastings, as well as live music, vendors, and more. Wineries participating include Rosenblum Cellars, Wente Vineyards, and Wachira Wines.

A portion of the tasting ticket proceeds will benefit Alameda County Community Food Bank, which serves one in five Alameda County residents by distributing food through a network of 267 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations, as well as direct-distribution programs including Children’s Backpack and Mobile Pantry.

Tickets, available now on Eventbrite, are $40 for general admission or $80 for the VIP experience, which offers access to three VIP lounge areas featuring tastings from premier boutique wineries, small food bites, and live entertainment. All guests must be 21+ with valid ID to attend.

Participating Wineries:

AUM Cellars Baldacci Family Vineyards Boa Ventura Winery Concannon Winery Cuvaison Estate Winery Dry Creek Vineyard Eleven Eleven Winery Eristavi Winery Falcor Wines

Jamison Ranch Vineyards

Jardesca Louis M Martini McGrail Vineyards Murrieta’s Well Oaklyn Reserve P. Harrell Wines Peterson Winery Reynolds Family Winery Rock Wall Winery Rosenblum Cellars Schug Winery SF Winery St Clair Brown Winery Anarchist Wine Co The Wine Noire Theopolis Vineyards Viansa Sonoma Winery Wachira Wines Wente Vineyards

Disclaimer: Event is rain or shine. All tastings are one ounce depending on the winery. Drinks must be consumed inside the tasting locations. We do not guarantee that everyone will make it to every tasting location. All wineries and participating businesses are subject to change. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Please Drink Responsibly.



Adobo Cook-Off, With a Cause!

7 Mile House, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


The 3rd Annual Adobo Cook-Off for a Cause is back!

Join us on July 27, 2019 wherein the 7 Mile House Famous Pork Adobo will be challenged by other adobo recipes nominated by YOU, our customers.

The Adobo Cook-Off will benefit Entrepinays, a nonprofit online community and annual event that brings together Filipina/Pinay entrepreneurs with the mission to “build sisterhood in the hustle.” Proceeds will benefit the Entrepinays Summit Scholarship Program for aspiring Entrepinays.

Ticket Price Includes:

– ALL YOU CAN DRINK Red Horse Beer

– ALL YOU CAN EAT Jasmine Rice

– Tastings of each adobo entry

– One vote for your favorite adobo!

Last year, all proceeds from the event benefited St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church and we raised $1,750 for the organization. Read all about the event recap here–we can’t wait for you to taste all the yummy adobo!


Sunday, July 28th



Presidio Picnic

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

  1. A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid

  2. Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon

  3. Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided

  4. 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.



Stern Grove, San Francisco

2 PM,  All Ages


A summer favorite returns when San Francisco Ballet, under the leadership of Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, performs a selection of highlights from their current repertory at Stern Grove Festival. Conductor Martin West leads the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

The program includes:

Scotch Symphony Composer: Felix Mendelssohn Choreographer: George Balanchine

Rubies Pas de Deux from Jewels Composer: Igor Stravinsky Choreographer: George Balanchine

The Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson, after Marius Petipa

Diving Into the Lilacs Excerpt Composer: Boris Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, Bradley Laner, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen Choreographer: Justin Peck

SF Ballet’s Associate Director, Audience Development Jennie Scholick will interview choreographer Cathy Marston at a pre-concert talk at 12noon at the Trocadero.

**PLEASE NOTE: This is a FREE event and seating is first come, first served. There is open seating in a park environment and physical or digital tickets are not required for entry. Tickets reserved through Eventbrite do not guarantee entry if the concert meadow is full upon your arrival. We strongly recommend that you arrive early to ensure entry into the concert meadow.


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