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.
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Friday, July 28
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy
All Weekend, All Ages
Gourmet Alley Combo Plate 1: ½ Peppersteak Sandwich, Calamari, Pasta con Pesto, Garlic Bread. Gourmet Alley Combo Plate 2: ½ Sausage Sandwich, Scampi, Mushrooms, Garlic Bread. Combo Plate choice is made at the Festival.
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! That’s right, this year you can ride Caltrain to the Garlic Festival on Saturday July 29th or Sunday July 30th. 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 10:00AM, arriving non-stop in downtown Gilroy an hour later where a bus will shuttle you to the Festival. At 4:00PM you can board a bus to return from the Festival to the Gilroy Caltrain station where the train will depart at 5:00PM, 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.
The Garlic Train is scheduled so that riders wishing to take normal weekend Caltrain service from as far north as San Francisco can connect with the Garlic Train in San Jose. Riders wishing to take advantage of that connecting service will need to purchase tickets directly from Caltrain for peninsula service, and switch trains at the Diridon Station in San Jose.
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:
Alcohol of any kind
Bottles, glass and cans
Coolers – large or small
Frisbees and water projecting devices
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.
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, 9:00am-5:00pm.
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.
African American Museum and Library, Oakland
1 PM, All Ages
Come out for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland’s summer session of the Festival of Knowledge with presentations and workshops on ways to help improve your health and wellness.
The festival will include workshops with medical professionals, master chefs, nutritionists, master composters, health and beauty experts, body builders, exercise gurus, and stress managements consultants.
Saturday, July 22
Temescal Brewing, Oakland
11 AM, Ages: 21+
Detox then Retox
Like yoga? Love beer? You’re in the right place!
Get ready for Yoga + Beer by Downward Drinking Dog™ at Temescal Brewing in Oakland! Join us for an all-levels vinyasa yoga session on Temescal’s beautiful outdoor patio followed by a refreshing craft beer. Live jams provided by DJ Yogic Flow.
Bring a friend and be prepared to meet new people!
Register 2 weeks ahead: $20 (happy hour special!)
Register less than 2 weeks ahead: $25
Register less than 48 hours ahead: $30
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland
10 PM, Ages: 21+
Bay Area! We had a blast in SF for Missy night and are continuing the party across the bridge in Oakland, this time at the amazing Uptown nightclub. This time we are bringing you one of our favorite nights: NSYNC VS BSB. It’s the ultimate battle of the boy bands. Rock the vote and decide which group takes the crown.
Dance to 90s and early 00s throwbacks all night, with a massive dose of NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Everything from No Doubt and Spice Girls to Destinys Child and Dr. Dre . We will also be playing an extra heaping of TRL era pop from Britney, Justin Timberlake, Christina, Blink 182 and more.
Photos by And! 2 Full Bars/Huge outdoor patio Team BSB or Team NSYNC buttons for the first 200 21+
$12 Cover Uptown Nightclub 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Sunday, July 23
Treasure Island Wines, San Francisco
1 PM, All Ages
We have been making wine at Treasure Island Wines 10 years, so we are celebrating with an extra special Cork-n-Pork on July 30th, 2017! This year, We will be hosting Chef Scottie Turbee and Jordan Lorenz with a Hawaiian style pop-up BBQ. The menu will include Yellowfin Poki, Musubi , Kalua Pig Sliders, Grilled Chicken, Green and Macaroni Salad, and some special desserts paired with some great wines. There will be new releases from Kohler & Frohling and featured recent releases from Treasure Island Wines such as our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Chardonnay, 2014 Pinot Noir and a 2014 Syrah.
Our special musical guest will be Tuck Wilson
Some door Prizes will include a mini barrel (suitable for wine or spirits) from Recoop Barrels and invitation to a private BBL tasting! As always pets are welcome.
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.
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.
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
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