Weekend Planner: July 27th


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 27th


Gilroy Garlic Festival

Christmas Hill Park, Gilray

All Day, All Ages


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, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And you’ve got to try the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream.

This year the Gilroy Garlic Festival proudly welcomes Iron Chef Michael Symon, Olympic Champion and Food Network star Brian Boitano, and MasterChef Season 7 Winner Shaun O’Neale to host exciting cooking competitions on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage.

Food and beverages may be purchased from Gourmet Alley or from the vendors. Prices range from $2 to $15 or more depending on the item, which is typically a full-size serving, not a sample.

2018 Highlights:

  1. Gourmet Alley / Food / Beverage The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley. In this gigantic outdoor kitchen, the “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets.

  2. Cooking Events Watch exciting cooking competitions and celebrity chef demonstrations

-Champions for Charity (Friday) -Garlic Chef Jr. (Friday) -Great Garlic Cook-Off (Saturday) -Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge (Saturday/Sunday) -Garlic Showdown (Sunday)

  1. Entertainment Enjoy live music on three stages going on all weekend long

  2. Children’s Area Find lots of fun & games for younger visitors and their families

  3. Arts & Crafts Discover exceptional arts and crafts booths on both sides of the park

  4. Art Poster Contest A competition of artists around the country

  5. Shop Stock up on festival swag to show your garlic pride

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night market

NorCal Night Market

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

3 PM,  All Ages


NorCal Night Market aims to bring the electric spirit of night markets and taste of international cuisines to Northern California. Suitable for all ages, the festival will feature 150+ food and merchandise vendors, games, art and live music for two weekends.

Attendees can munch on food from a diverse offering of vendors for the ‘gram, shop for crafts and merchandise, commission special pieces from artists at the Art Walk, and enjoy live music and performances on the Entertainment Stage or break out some moves on the DJ dance floor.

Parking $10 at the door, cash only. Most vendors accept cash only. ATMs are available. Alcohol is available with a valid ID.

Saturday, July 28th


Berkeley Kite Festival

Berkeley Marina, Berkeley

10 AM, All Ages


Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 33rd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from giant creature kites as big as houses, to free kite making and free candy drops for kids.

2018 Happenings Hands-on Activities:

  1. Free Kite Making

  2. Free Candy Drops

  3. Free Kite Flying Lessons

Event Highlights:

  1. Kite Team of Japan

  2. Team Kite Flying

  3. 20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kite Expo

  4. Taiko Drummers

  5. Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies

  6. Giant Kite Sales Tent

  7. Kids’ Zone

  8. Food & Music

  9. Arts & Crafts Booths

Admission is free, but parking in Golden Gate Fields is $15 and includes free shuttles to and from the festival.


Art + Soul Festival 

Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

12 PM,  All Ages


Celebrate Oakland’s vibrant art and music scene at the biggest street party of the year, 2018 Art & Soul Festival, in downtown Oakland.

The 18th annual festival features live performances on 4 stages, a Family Fun Zone, an Urban Dance Stage, an Artisan Marketplace, and many more.

2018 Highlights:

  1. Live Music & Dance on 4 Stages

  2. The Pointer Sisters

  3. Lyrics Born

  4. Jazz Mafia

  5. Alphabet Rockers

  6. Urban Dance & Salsa Stages

  7. Blues & Gospel Showcases

  8. Turf Dance Battle

  9. Artisan Marketplace

  10. Craft Beer, Wine & Food

  11. Family fun zone and more

Sunday, July 29th


“Hawaii in July” Treasure Fest

Treasure Island, San Francisco

All Day, All Ages


The TreasureFest (formerly Treasure Island Flea) is a modern urban market for 15,000+ each month that houses around 400 curated vendors selling originally-made and designed items, artists, and antique/vintage collectors.

Plus there’s typically 35+ food trucks, live local music, workshops, kids games, and bars with seasonal cocktails and local wines and brews.

The two-day flea market, which takes place the last weekend of every month, is on the east side of Treasure Island facing the East Bay.

Get ready for a full on “Hawaii in July” festival as part of TreasureFest.

RSVP on Facebook (Click “Going”) to enter to win a $100 spree. Winner announced Friday

Hawaii July highlights:

  1. First 1000 each day get lei’d! (free leis)

  2. A food truck Luau with a secret menu –  30+ food trucks will each have a Hawaiian inspired dish made just for TreasureFest guests.

  3. The event will feature 3 tiki bars. Happy hour 10am to 11am buy one get one Mai Tais. The bar will also feature tropical cocktails made from local ingredients and Hawaiian beers.

  4. Live Hawaiian music and other awesome musical acts.