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
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.
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.
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)
Entertainment Enjoy live music on three stages going on all weekend long
Children’s Area Find lots of fun & games for younger visitors and their families
Arts & Crafts Discover exceptional arts and crafts booths on both sides of the park
Art Poster Contest A competition of artists around the country
Shop Stock up on festival swag to show your garlic pride
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 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:
Free Kite Making
Free Candy Drops
Free Kite Flying Lessons
Kite Team of Japan
Team Kite Flying
20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kite Expo
Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies
Giant Kite Sales Tent
Food & Music
Arts & Crafts Booths
Admission is free, but parking in Golden Gate Fields is $15 and includes free shuttles to and from the 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.
Live Music & Dance on 4 Stages
The Pointer Sisters
Urban Dance & Salsa Stages
Blues & Gospel Showcases
Turf Dance Battle
Craft Beer, Wine & Food
Family fun zone and more
Sunday, July 29th
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:
First 1000 each day get lei’d! (free leis)
A food truck Luau with a secret menu – 30+ food trucks will each have a Hawaiian inspired dish made just for TreasureFest guests.
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.
Live Hawaiian music and other awesome musical acts.