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Weekend Planner: July 21


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 21



San Francisco Art Book Fair

Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


Please join Colpa Press, Minnesota Street Project, and Park Life for the much-anticipated return of the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF), a multi-day festival of artists’ publications from July 21–23rd.

This year, the expanded SFABF will occupy both floors of 1275 Minnesota St., presenting over 100 exhibitors selling a unique selection of artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples.

Food + Drink will be available behind the building on the Tennessee St. “Patio” and inside Daniel Patterson’s recently opened Alta.

Limited edition merchandise including unique prints, totebags, and zines will be available for sale at SFABF. All proceeds support the fair, keeping it FREE + OPEN to the public.

For a complete exhibitor list and updates on the weekend programming, please visit + follow @sfartbookfair on Instagram.

The 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair extends an enormous thanks to our 2017 Sponsors: Chronicle Books, Levi’s and Levi’s Made & Crafted, Light Source SF, Fort Point, The Lab, Kadist, Italian Cultural Institute, Swissnex, BOMB Magazine,The California Sunday Magazine, White Rain Productions, and Denise Lew and Brian Hudgins.


After Hours at the Conservatory

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

6:30 PM, Ages: 21+


Experience San Francisco’s one and only Electric Beer Garden at the iconic Conservatory of Flowers.

This summer, discover the unique tropical plant collection of the Conservatory through the lens of craft brews. Some of San Francisco’s finest craft brew masters will set up shop on the third Friday of the month at our Victorian greenhouse, telling the tall tales of botanical brewing and proffering their delicious elixirs.

The evening commences in the Conservatory as guests meander our verdant, humid pathways with a craft brew in hand. We continue outside on the Palm Terrace as day turns to night and the Conservatory of Flowers becomes a blank canvas for Photosynthesis — an artistic collaboration between Obscura, Illuminate (instigators of the Bay Lights), and the Conservatory of Flowers. Enjoy electric luminosity, great music, curated food trucks and full bar service hosted by Barbary Coast Catering. Electric apparel is encouraged!

General Admission includes:

Entry to the Conservatory 6:30-10:30

One complimentary craft brew

Access to the Beer Garden on the Palm Terrace 6:30 p.m – 11:30 p.m. (last drink sale at 11:00)

July 21st ONLINE PRE-SALE SOLD OUT-LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR- Fort Point Beer Company – Fort Point Beer Company prides itself as a New American brewery – the product of a thriving American craft beer culture, shaped by deeply San Franciscan values: quality craftsmanship and a spirit of innovation.


Saturday, July 22



Rescue Dog Block Party

Sparks Social, San Francisco

11:30 AM, Ages: 13+


Raise the woof for the world’s biggest rescue dog party!

Petcube together with SF SPCA, Pod, and Fuzzy are throwing a summer block party with a goal of bringing together the LARGEST GATHERING OF RESCUE DOGS! Special appearances by Manny The Frenchie and insta-famous dogs.

Help us break a bone-a-fide Guinness world record and support rescues by bringing out your own rescue pup (non-rescues also welcome!) Enjoy food trucks, refreshers, a doggy costume contest, entertainment, and come away with free pawesome swag. You’ll be a part of an aerial group photo!

100% of Ticket proceeds raised for SF SPCA and rescues. Not required to bring a dog to join in the fun. ALL DOGS and BREEDS welcome. Help us raise the woof!


GWR GROUP PHOTO @ 1PM Help us set a Guinness World Record (GWR) of most rescue dogs in one spot. ***Please arrive by 12:30PM to take part in the aerial photo***


11:30AM: Doors Open: Food Trucks and Photo Booth [all day]

11:30 – 12:30PM: Fuzzy ‘Ask a Vet’ Session with Jessica Trimble

11:30AM – 1PM: SF SPCA Cuddle Lounge [puppies!]

11:30 – 2PM: Doggy Costume Contest

11:30AM – 2:30PM: Free Wellness check ups by Fuzzy Vets

12PM – 3:30PM: Silent Auction

1PM: Group photo [GWR Attempt]

2PM – 4PM: SF SPCA Cuddle Lounge

2:30PM: Manny the Frenchie Meet N’ Greet

3:30PM: BEGINNERS live concert

4:30PM: Pawty wraps up

REMINDERS Help us set a Guinness World Record (GWR) of rescues! If participating in the GWR, fill out a brief online form w/proof of rescue: [you’ll be a shoe-in for VIP swag and entered into a giveaway]

Be sure to bring your doggy on a leash and bring poop bags.


WORLD DEBUT OF PETCUBE BITES [TREAT CAMERA] Be the first to get hands-on with the unleashed Petcube Bites treat cam. “Petcube Bites treat camera lets you treat and reward your pet from afar.” – TechCrunch

“It can do so much more than its typical counterparts. You can use it not just to monitor your furry BFFs, but also to toss them treats, talk to them and share their shenanigans on Facebook Live.” – Engadget

Spread the woof! #PetcubeRescue @Petcube

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What’s the Free Rescue Dog ticket option?

We just released a limited number of passes for attendees with a rescue dog. Have a rescue? Take advantage and snag a free pass. See you there!

Want to help us be official with the Guinness World Record for most rescue dogs? If you adopted your dog through a rescue or shelter, the Guinness World Record (GWR) needs proof for an official record. Thems the rules.

Simply fill out this brief online form:

Upload ONE (1) of the following documents: — Documentation slip from the shelter or rescue organization where you adopted your pet — Vet / medical record that indicates your pet was adopted — Other document proving where your pet was adopted (3rd party source)

We will be furrever grateful! PLUS, you’ll be rewarded with some VIP swag and a participation button / bandana for you and your dog!

What’s the benefit of getting an Early Bird ticket?

Early Bird ticket saves you $5 compared to General Admission. Limited quantity of Early Bird tickets available! Hurry! 100% of paid ticket sale proceeds go to SF SPCA and area rescues.

Do I need to bring my dog?

It would be great if you brought your dog, but not required. Help us break a record for most rescue dogs in one gathering.

Can I bring more than one dog?

Woof! Yes, you can bring more than one dog. As long as they are on leash and under your supervision at all times.

Tell me more about the Guinness World Record attempt.

This is a Guinness World record attempt for most rescue dogs in one gathering. We will also try to break the record for most dogs wearing a bandana. Petcube will provide the bandana when you check-in.

What’s the best time to show up?

Please show up by Noon to 12:30PM. Group photo attempt takes place around 1PMish. Say cheese!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Responsible hoomans, attendees +13 years old. Dogs must always be on leash, and under your supervision at all times.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring your dog on a leash, and poop bags recommended. You are required to pick up after your doggy if they make a mess.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email your questions to

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What’s the refund policy?

There are no refunds. Rest assured, ticket proceeds go to support SF SPCA and Petcube Rescue for Shelters program. All for a good cause!



Flower Piano Hidden Concert

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

10 AM,  All Ages


In collaboration with the amazing Sunset Piano, the San Francisco Botanical Garden once again in 2017 transforms into the city’s own outdoor concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen.

For twelve days only, July 13-24, 2017, you are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden’s 55 acres and play what you like. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians are scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen.

All twelve pianos will be available for the public to play between 9 am and 6p m each day when there are no scheduled performances. Access to the pianos and scheduled performances are free with regular admission (admission is free for Members and San Francisco residents with proof of residency).

Saturday, July 22

  1. 10-11:30 am – Rabbit Hole Theatre Family-friendly theater activity will focus on pianos and locations nearest Friend (North) Gate

  2. 12-2 pm – Piano Extravaganza #2

  3. Great Meadow Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

  4. Exhibition Garden – Thomas Church Pavilion Mauro ffortissimo : Classics and Tangos

  5. Garden of Fragrance Daniel Sullivan : Mad Tea Party – Mad Scenes, Sarchasms & Surprises

  6. Rhododendron Garden Colleen Torianne : Modern Edwardian Interpretations

  7. Ancient Plant Garden Gerry Bassermann : Music of Major Minimalists

  8. New Zealand Garden Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Rock, Originals, Punk, Blues, Standards

  9. South Africa Garden Kat Downs : Originals, Classical, Pop Covers

  10. California Native Garden Joseph Willcockson & Friends : Classical, Ragtime, Blues & Jazz Standards, Favorites

  11. Redwood Grove Joshua Raoul Brody, w. or w/o Friends : Standards, Substandards, Originals, Aboriginals

  12. Conifer Lawn Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor

  13. Moon Viewing Garden Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, Happy Stuff

  14. Zellerbach Garden Benjamin Gribble : Original Compositions with Prepared Piano and More


Sunday, July 23



2017 Obtainium Cup

8th Ave. and Walnut St., Vallejo

11 AM, All Ages


Experience the adventure as dozens of mutant human-powered vehicles race up and down Vallejo’s Mare Island during the 6th Annual Obtainium Cup.

The road rally is fraught with challenges: Flying Monkeys, Zombies, Mad Hatters, Pirates… Can these intrepid heroes survive? Come to Vallejo and find out.

The festival starts at 11 am each day where you can view the vehicles during their setup, buy some food and refreshments, look at some of the steampunk-inspired vendors as well as listen to the sounds of DJ music and a host of other live musicians.

11 am – 1 pm: Steampunk Vendors. Art cars arrive and on display. 1 – 7 pm: Beer Garden and food vendors open 12:30 – 2:30 pm: Live music featuring Erin Bakke & Don Bassey, and O’ Happy Dagger 2:30 pm: Obtainium Cup Rally introductions 3 pm: Obtainium Cup Rally starts and returns to Alden Park 5:30 – 6 pm: Awards ceremony 6 – 7 pm: DJ music

The rally will begin at 3 pm and the map will give you information on parking at the different challenges. If you are riding a bicycle, please feel free to join the participants as long as you observe road etiquette and rules (please take note of the traffic bump on Walnut Avenue). If you want to drive your car to the different hazards, please use Azuar Drive and park in the designated areas.

Obtainium Cup Challenges All registered participants will be maneuvering their vehicles through challenges as part of their Cup experience.

First: Flying Monkeys at Vino Godfather where they will be target shooting with stuffed animals. Second: Stroller Derby at Independent Property Services where participants will have to navigate around the Moms and Dads pushing strollers and talking on their iPhones. Third: Pirates at Alstom Railway where where participants will be accosted by the Airship Pirate Team. Fourth: Robots at Touro University. Participants will need to use their wits to survive the onslaught of robot snark. Fifth: Zombies at the Shoreline Heritage Preserve Sixth: Mad Hatter Tea Party in Alden Park on Walnut Avenue

Race Finish & Afterparty The race will finish when the last vehicle crosses the finish line at Alden Park or no later than 5 pm. Afterwards, there will be an awards ceremony along with food items, refreshments, and music until 7 pm.

Participation: If you want to enter a vehicle or bicycle in the rally and receive a medal, you must either fill out an online form, or fill out a PDF form and return it with your $25 entry fee to: Obtainium Works, 510 Pennsylvania Street, Vallejo, CA 94590. A waiver must also be signed.



Off The Grid: Presidio Picnic

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. 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.

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. 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

Season-long amenities – Free yoga every Sunday 11am-12pm with Lubbdubb (bring your own yoga mat) – Free bike valet with The New Wheel.

Food Trucks / Pop-Ups The list may change throughout the season, but expect to see 30+ vendors like Bi-Rite Creamery, Nopalito, Senor Sisig, Wing Wings, Del Popolo, Hookt Doughnuts, Dum Indian Food, the Grilled Cheese Guy and tons more.

Getting There Use the FREE shuttle: The PresidiGo operates a route from downtown San Francisco to the Presidio and two routes within the park.

  1. The Downtown express route picks up from the Transbay Terminal, Embarcadero BART, and Union Street/Van Ness Avenue before dropping of at the Presidio Transit Center. > Maps & Departures

  2. The Around the Park routes run two-continuous loops within the Presidio. Both routes originate at the Presidio Transit Center and connect with MUNI and Golden Gate Transit at several locations. > Maps & Departures

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