Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, June 16th
SPARK Social, San Francisco
4PM, Ages: All
Party EVERY Friday from 4pm–7pm with: Live music Lawn Games Special Happy Hour at the SIP Bar Special Happy Hour at the SPARK Social SF & Parklab Gardens Food Trucks Did you think that was it?! ONCE A MONTH, we’re pulling out all the stops for special themed days packed with interactive experiences May 12th: Feel Good Friday x Family day June 2nd: Feel Good Fridays x SF Giants Day July 28th: Feel Good Fridays x Muttville Senior Dog Rescue August 25th: TBD! What do you wanna see? September 15th: Feel Good Fridays x Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158 Park Hours: 11am–3pm, 4pm–7pm Happy Hour, 9pm–Close Free Admission • All Ages • Dogs Welcome Happy Hour Specials:
SIP Bar: $5 Sangria
Rasa Rasa: Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chef’s Food Truck: Cheesy Tater Tots
Bacon Bacon:The Bacon Grilled Cheese, Mac n Cheese Balls, The Bacon Fries
Gyros on Wheels: Dolmas, Hummus + Pita Bread, Baba Ghanoush + Pita Chips
Domingo’s International: Seafood Tostada
Los Kuyas: 3 Tacos of your choice
Wicked Star: Spring Rolls
Noisy Fig: Chocolate-dipped Frozen Bananas
Senor Sisig: Mini Chicken Tostada
Koja Kitchen: Crispy Nori Tuna Taco
Poke Delish: Poke Roll
Firetrail Pizza: Breadsticks
Uppercut Truck: Mini Cut Slider
Bun Love: Chili (vegan available)
MOMO Noodle: MOMO Spicy Noodle w/ Garlic Sauce, POPO’S Noodle
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Free (Food Separate)
California’s largest nighttime street food festival is back in San Francisco every Friday beginning March 24, 2023! Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center returns for its 13th season celebrating the variety, diversity and passion of the Bay Area food truck scene and beyond.
With over 50 food creators throughout the season, you can find your favorite treats while also discovering new and delicious dishes. Along with a diverse selection of food options, each Friday will also feature the Kivelstadt Cellars WineGarten, full cocktail bar, live music, and more!
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Friday Night Food Truck Party March 24 – June 23, 2023 Every Friday | 5-10 pm – Rain or Shine Fort Mason Center parking lot, 2 Marina Blvd., SF FREE Admission Please note that as of March 2023 Off the Grid has only announced dates through June 23rd but says “The 2023 season will be every Friday 5-10pm from March 24 – June 23 and then we will return in the fall for another round of special events.”
See the food truck lineup (25+ every week from a rotating list of 50 food trucks)
Special Events & Updates
Every 3rd Friday – Fido Fridays – 10% off bar for pet owners during “yappy” hour
Every 1st Friday – Family Fridays – 10% off bar for parents during happy hour
See offthegrid.com for updates
Saturday, June 17th
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30PM, Ages: All
Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.
Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.
Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!
Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.
What can I bring to the event?
Multiple layers of clothing
Your wallet, to purchase drinks. Beer and wine available (Credit cards accepted)
Valid ID to purchase alcohol (only 21+)
Camera or phone for pics :)
You can bring your own food (no drinks) or order it to be delivered.
Is this event indoors?
Absolutely! The concert takes place inside the boathouse. But even then, it can get chilly so we suggest you bring multiple layers of clothing.
What's the seating situation like?
Seating is communal on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:15 pm. There are picnic tables for larger groups and smaller tables for couples, we suggest you arrive early to secure a table for your needs. If you arrive late, you may end up standing until there's a break and you can find seating.
What time does the music start?
The concert will start on time at 7:30 pm - unless we have more than 50% of our guests running late.
Is there food or drinks?
There's a bar with a wide selection of wine and beer. No food, so we suggest you order food to be delivered or bring your own food. Pack in and pack out, we ask our guests to clean up after themselves.
Is there free parking?
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, we welcome dogs but you need to book a ticket for them ($5), first come-first served. If you can't find Paw-Tickets for a specific date, that means tickets are sold out for them = we reached our max capacity for dogs. Always make sure the other guests you'll sit close to are ok with dogs. As long as your dog behaves and doesn't bark, they are always welcome.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You don't have to ;) just bring your cellphone to show us your e-tickets
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Absolutely! Just let us know well ahead of time
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes, 100% ok - we check for codes used previously.
Can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach out to us with any other Q's you couldn't find here :)
Fillmore between Sutter and Jackson, San Francisco
11 AM, Ages: All
Once deemed the “Harlem of the West,” the historic Fillmore District was an epicenter of black music and culture for years. Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, San Francisco is looking to celebrate.
The city has put on Juneteenth events before, but nothing of this scale. Eight blocks of Fillmore St. will turn into a huge street festival with six sprawling “districts” including a classic car show, free food demos, free wine tastings (for adults, of cours), free concerts, a gospel competition, and free unlimited carnival rides for everyone who RSVPs.
Join thousands to commemorate Juneteenth in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. The Freedom Celebration will span eight city blocks featuring dozens of retail and food vendors, free carnival rides, free block party and music concert, plus much more.
There’s also free food demos and free wine tasting (21+).
Six Sprawling Districts
The Freedom Celebration boasts loads of attractions for residents and visitors of all ages with six sprawling districts of free, family entertainment.
The Community District / FREE UNLIMITED CARNIVAL RIDES: All attendees will have access to free, unlimited carnival rides including carnival rides & games, plus much more at the African American Arts and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton Street.
The Entertainment District / R&B BLOCK PARTY: R&B Block Party takes center stage at Fillmore and O’Farrell St. featuring gospel duo Mary Mary and many more TBA.
Tastemakers District / FOOD & DRINKS: Food trucks, ethnic cuisine, soul food, sweet delights and free food demonstrations will be hosted by Bay Area chefs and restauranteurs throughout the day. Complimentary wine tasting will take place alongside the Beer & Wine Garden for the 21 and up.
Fashion District: The Hair & Fashion Show will feature the latest trends and styles, with rows of chic boutique vendors, bath & beauty retailers, craftspeople and artisans.
Classic District /CLASSIC CAR SHOW: A real head-turner, the Classic Car Show and exhibition will feature iconic classics, custom restores and dozens of pristine, rarely seen models.
The Arena District / OBSTACLE COURSE & GAMES ARENA: Participants can compete with friends and family in the fun filled, high-spirited Obstacle and Sports Games Arena.
Spearheaded by the Juneteenth SF Freedom Organization, and with the support of community leaders including Mayor London Breed and Dream Keeper, Executive Director, Dr. Sheryl Davis, the nonprofit event aims to reignite San Francisco’s 72 year long history of celebrating black freedom, culture and resilience.
The Juneteenth SF Freedom Celebration commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans and celebrates African American culture in recognition of black contributions and progress. To apply for vendor space and sponsorship opportunities, visit Juneteenth-sf.org.
Sunday, June 18th
Stern Grove, San Francisco
2 PM, Ages: All
After over a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all four of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016, 2017, 2021, and 2023), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.” Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 20 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada and the United Kingdom, all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively. September 30th 2022 Snarky Puppy sees the release of their eagerly anticipated 14th album - Empire Central. It’s sound is big and bold, chill and laid back, rooted in its native culture while reaching outward, forward bound. With 16 new compositions, the group looks fondly at where it’s come from, confident in the polished power from which its members continue to build the unique Snarky Puppy sound. The sound now rises like a skyscraper from a 21st century orchestra comprising three guitarists, four keyboardists, two brass, two reeds, a violinist, multiple percussionists and drummers and the accomplished, yet modest Michael League keeping it all together with his bass. “Our soundscape has expanded dramatically over the years” says League. “When the band started, we were jazzier, brainy and music oriented. Moving into the Dallas scene we became groovier, more emotional, deeper in a sense. We focused more on communicating a clear message, understandable to a listener without dumbing things down”. “Snarky Puppy has always been a band that prioritizes the sound of music” says League. “On this record the songs ended up being a lot more direct and funkier than those on our previous records. I think it reflects the many moods of the city’s scene”. “Our rule is that it can’t sound like it sounded before” he continues, “the music has to feel like it’s moving somewhere” And moving somewhere it most definitely is. Empire Central shouts from the rooftops how far Snarky Puppy have come since ten friends got together at the University of North Texas in 2004. It also raises the question – where will Snarky Puppy go next? For Snarky Puppy fans, the answer to this question is a very exciting prospect. ISAIAH SHARKEY Guitar virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, educator and activist are just a few titles used to describe the musical powerhouse known as Isaiah Sharkey. Hailing from a musical family in Chicago, he picked up his first guitar when he was just 3 years old. Creating music came naturally to him and it wasn’t long before his family realized he had an irrefutable gift. By the age of 14, Sharkey was performing in clubs in Chicago and a few short years later he had piqued the interest of music industry giants like The Isley Brothers, D’Angelo, for whom he won his first Grammy Award, John Mayer, Patti LaBelle and many others. Blending his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk, Sharkey has created his own original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. His highly anticipated debut album "Love.Life.Live." was released in September of 2017 and earned him the iHeart Radio Artist of the Month Award in November for his single “It’s a Shame” featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. His sophomore album "Love is the Key: The Cancerian Theme" was released in June of 2019. During the Covid 19 pandemic, Sharkey wrote and recorded with a few of his colleagues including Cory Henry and Common. Sharkey is also recording new music for his latest release after finishing his U.S. and European tour this summer.
Tickets are required for festival entry. Each attendee must have a ticket with a unique QR code for entry. This is a 1 ticket to 1 person policy. Children 2+ years and older are required to have a ticket for festival entry. You can register up to 4 tickets per EventBrite reservation. However, please be prepared to show a ticket with matching ID for entry. Entry is on a first come basis. In the event the venue is at capacity, The Stern Grove Festival reserves the right to discontinue entry, regardless if you have a ticket. If your plans change and you can not use your ticket, please cancel your reservation on EventBrite as soon as possible to ensure other parties have the ability to attend. Wheelchair seating must be reserved prior to each show on EventBrite. To register for the wheelchair section, please register for a General Admission Ticket on EventBrite. When prompted for wheelchair access, select YES. A representative from the Stern Grove Festival will contact you via phone or email to confirm your wheelchair reservation. On the day of the show, present your General Admission Ticket at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. A member of the reservation team will scan your ticket and wristband you and your one companion for the wheelchair section. A light bag search will be conducted and you will have access to the shuttle service to the festival grounds. Once on the festival grounds, a member of the reservation team will be able to assist you in locating the wheelchair section. Please note, answering the demographic questions on EventBrite during the registration process does not guarantee entry into the wheelchair section. A representative from the Stern Grove Festival must verify over the phone or in email that you have successfully registered for the wheelchair section. NEW: ADA and Senior seating areas are on a first come basis at the show. To register for The ADA or Senior section, please register for a General Admission Ticket on EventBrite. On the day of the show, present your General Admission Ticket at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. A member of the reservation team will scan your ticket and a light bag search will be conducted. Once completed, you will have access to the shuttle service to the festival grounds. On the festival grounds, a member of the reservation team will be able to assist you in locating the ADA or Senior sections. One accompanying companion will be allowed in the section with each ADA or Senior guest. Please note, answering the demographic questions on EventBrite during the registration process does not guarantee entry into the ADA or Senior sections. The ADA and Senior sections are on a first come basis at the show. Festival gates open at 12pm on the day of the concert. Concert starts promptly at 2pm. You may bring your own food and beverages (including alcoholic drinks) inside the festival. Please be prepared to show all contents in your bags prior to entry to the festival. Entry is available through these designated entrances only: #1. 19th & Sloat Blvd. (Shuttle Service) #2. Vale Avenue #3. 23rd & Wawona About Stern Grove Festival Stern Grove Festival is an annual San Francisco summer tradition spanning 86 years and counting. This 10-part free concert series is presented by Stern Grove Festival Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make live musical experiences accessible to all. All shows take place at Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Reservations to Stern Grove Festival are free and non-transferable. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation, so others can attend. We prohibit the sale of reservations, and these will not be honored at check in. For more information on getting to the Grove, policies, and our VIP picnic tables (for qualifying donations) visit www.sterngrove.org. Make a general donation here, and help keep Stern Grove Festival admission-free for all. Unlock Mixhalo for studio-quality audio no matter where you’re seated. New this year: the Mixhalo Moments™ feature lets you film and share amazing social media videos—with crystal-clear sound! Stern Grove Festival is proud to partner with our friends at Mixhalo, a free app that lets you listen to studio-quality audio throughout the grove—even in the meadow or up in the trees! Using Mixhalo is easy: 1. Download the Mixhalo app & bring headphones,* 2. Hit play to listen like never before, 3. Tap the camera icon to create your own Mixhalo Moments™ *Pro tip: for the best experience, use high-quality, wired earbuds or headphones. Available on Festival grounds only.
Town Fare, Oakland
11:30 AM, Ages: All
BRUNCH • DJ MUSIC • COCKTAILS • FELLOWSHIP Join us for a Father's Day buffet brunch the only way Chef Michele can do it!
Soul and Jazz music (DJ)
Your choice of 1 of 2 two-hour indoor Brunch seating/set reservations (11:30AM or 2:00PM), beverage and gratuity additional cost on site.
Buffet Items: southern fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, chicken apple sausage links, waffles, brioche french toast, grits, cajun shrimp sauce, breakfast potatoes, mac and cheese, baby greens salad, shrimp pasta salad, fresh fruit, biscuits, omelette station, assorted desserts. Non-refundable.
Beer Garden by Hella Coastal
Whiskey Bar on the sundeck by Town Fare
FREE Portraits for Dad (2pm seating) courtesy of Photographers-At-Large
Celebrate Mother's Day with a soulful, celebratory buffet brunch featuring Southern soul food by Chef Michele McQueen. DJ music by Mark Divita. This brunch is an opportunity for us to break bread and celebrate Moms. Gathering over food has long been a staple for our community, and Mother's Day tradition! Featuring P. Harrell Wines and Wachira Black Label Sparkling Wine Media Partner: BAR (Bay Area Registry) Father's Day Brunch takes place at "Town Fare by Michele McQueen" (formerly Michele Wilson of Gussie's SF) @ the Oakland Museum. Read more about Town Fare - Hoodline • SF Chronicle • East Bay Express. Space is limited, reservations only! Transportation: Car or BART (1 block away at Lake Merritt Station) Parking: Street (free) and underground (fee) garage (closes at 6PM) at Oakland Museum, BART station parking (free) 1 block away. No refunds