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!
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Friday, June 17th
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Re-emerging for its 12th season, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is the Bay Area’s most beloved and anticipated community event, as well as the largest recurring nighttime street food festival in Northern California. After a challenging couple of years, we’re ready to reignite the San Francisco food scene with our flagship marketplace in full style. This year’s event will highlight both creators and guests through a more dynamic way to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Together, we can throw a heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make this city so vibrant.
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30 PM, All Ages
Enjoy the most reviewed intimate music experience WORLDWIDE! Lakehouse Jazz, a unique and intimate concert experience in the iconic Golden Gate Park at a hidden and iconic boathouse. As Karl the Fog moves over the lake and covers a slew of colorful boats, we’ll sit inside our intimate and improvised concert venue where the music of the best musicians in the Bay Area and a glass of beer or wine will be the perfect way to unwind your week. By attending this event not only you’ll listen and learn jazz from some of the best musicians in The Bay Area but also, you'll be actively supporting the local art scene and its musicians. Kudos!
Every week (Fridays & Saturdays) we feature new bands and it's a secret, so you won't know who is performing in advance. This makes each concert unique and fresh. All things Jazz, from 1920's Swing to Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Hip Hop and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions.
About the venue
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known mostly to 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!
Saturday, June 18th
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland
All Weekend, Ages: All
Oakland's Juneteenth Festival! 2 Days! Fam Bam & PanAfrican Wellness Fest 10th Anniversary Celebrations!
Saturday, June 18th we celebrate the 10th annual PanAfrican Wellness Fest, a full day dedicated to holistic wellness. Partnering with the Bay’s best wellness providers, we provide meditation, mental health, yoga, Tai Chi, self-defense, spoken word, silent party by the Sound Tasting crew, interactive art installations, a youth zone, keynote speakers, Black excellence awards, vendors, and more! Event time is 11am-8pm
Sunday, June 19th we turn up at the 10th annual Fam Bam. Fam Bam X - Juneteenth Edition is a full-day celebration promoting family, community, culture, and love. We party to the Bay’s best DJs with Cabana service*, inspirational art pieces, a youth zone, vendors, a Black Father’s Day tribute, and more. Event time is 12pm-8pm
June BlackOut Event Guide! To compliment Afrocentric Oakland's Juneteenth Weekend, we've created a BlackOut June event guide with something for everyone. Discover and enjoy the awesome variety of Black-owned events happening in the Bay.
*Cabana orders: See numbered cabanas on map below to see locations. Visit our website at AfroOak.com for a larger site map thats easier to see. Order an additional cabana on the side or back for more space with more friends!
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Do's and Don'ts: Outside food, coolers and drinks ok (1 bottle of outside alcohol per person). Don't worry, we'll also have a full bar with everything you need! Chairs, umbrellas, tents, and canopies, are welcomed behind the first row of cabanas in the designated areas to maximize view for all. Low chairs and blankets are welcomed in front of the first row of cabanas. No in and outs, no pets, no grills, no amplified sound/speakers, no banners, custom tents with promo, org flags etc., no vending or selling of any goods, no solicitation of guests, no handing out flyers or media, no fireworks, no cigarette smoke in crowded areas (step off to the edge of the events), No refunds. Cashless admission, bar, and AfroOak Merch, but most other vendors will still accept cash.
Good vibes only. See you soon Fam!
6 PM, Ages: All
The Grand Tasting (OakStop, 2323 Broadway, campus-The Hive Oakland)
Sample the food, wine and cocktails of the African Diaspora at The Black Food & Wine Experience's Grand Tasting in the heart of Oakland. Celebrate Black culture and excellence with your fellow foodies while tasting from celebrated and rising chefs and restaurants, winemakers and spirit purveyors at the Hive. The event will feature limited availability wines, barrel samples and culinary concepts with incomparable flavor not to mention live entertainment and activations. Post Grand Tasting VIP party to follow: Location TBD (10 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Attire: Dress to Impress. Dresses, Suits & Sneaker, Come to slay with all-black, African attire or vibrant bold colors. Comfortable footwear is strongly encouraged.
Food & Beverage Industry Summit (OakStop, 2323 Broadway, campus-The Hive Oakland) June 16, 2022 (5-8 p.m.)
Join The Black Food & Wine Experience® for its first industry summit aimed at supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) Food & Beverage entrepreneurs to create the next generation of hospitality leaders through professional development. This industry educational event will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions to address topics ranging from building customer service, access to funding, and opportunities for recruitment. This year's theme is the resurrection of Black Wall Street post-Covid. Who comes back? What are available resources and opportunities? Who has access? How do we build moving forward? The program will include panel discussions by Erin Harris of Lobos tequila and Pronghorn , Julia Collins founder of Planetfwd, Derreck Johnson of Chicken & Waffles, Chef Lamont of Montperi catering and more. Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce, Whole Foods and ESO ventures.
Black & Asian Solidarity Dinner (Sobre Mesa Restaurant & Cocktail Bar) June 11, 2022
Top Chef alums Chef Nelson German & Chef Tu David Phu will take you into a culinary coma with a seven-course dinner that highlights Pan-African and Vietnamese fusion cuisine paired with culturally themed, hand-crafted cocktails provided by Patron. Enjoy an Afro-Asian dinner with conversation to bridge the intersectionality around Black pride and “No Asian Hate.” 3pm is sold out, grab tickets for the 7pm event.
Black Food & Wine Experience®(VIP) Wine & Cocktail Dinner (Karibu Wine Tasting Room) June 14, 2022
Join Black Food & Wine Experience® founder Chef Mimi & winemakers Dr. Chris Wachira of Wachira Wines and Treasury Luxury Wines Estate for a seated dinner. This invite-only event will creates space for discussion around Black Wall Street through the resurrection of Black leadership within the food and beverage business as well as opportunities post-Covid.
Attire: Dress to Impress: Black Renaissance, cocktail attire preferred.
Black Food & Wine Dinners (Oakland Restaurants): June 13-June 19, 2022 Sponsored by Visit Oakland
Black winemakers will partner with local restaurants to create special pairing menus and celebrate the spirit of Juneteenth. Menus will feature wines priced at $6.19 per glass and food priced at $18.65 per dish, a nod to the federal holiday. Participating restaurants include Chop Bar, Calavera, Oeste, Magnolia Street Wine Lounge & Kitchen, Souley Vegan, Kingston 11, alaMar, and Sobre Mesa.
Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
*All events will be in compliance with Alameda County Covid-19 regulations*
Mask are required in doors when not eating.
Sunday, June 19th
37th and Ortega, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
Come celebrate the summer season at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile with our Wednesday relaunch! The farmers market is now available Wednesdays, June 8th - August 10th, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm as well as every Sunday 9:00 am-3:00 pm year-round, rain or shine on 37th Avenue at Ortega. The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages. Music lineup on June 8th includes Young & Up Too late at 3 pm and Tyler H at 6 pm and local favorite, Olive the Storyteller, will weave her stories at 5 pm.
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth with special food, activities and two stages of live music to honor the day on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Local favorites Gumbo Social, Smokin’ D’s BBQ, Sunset Roasters and Yes, Pudding will be on-site with special Juneteenth menus. Local musicians include: Kaylah Marin, Hanif, Vazh, Allura Lex, Season of Us, Saint Pigeon, Dr. Rick and No Country. Please join us in recognizing this important day!
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Brooklyn Basin, Oakland
5 PM, Ages: All
In June 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. The now-federal holiday has been celebrated annually on June 19th across the United States since 1865 and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black people.
To honor this historical moment, Black history and Black culture, the African American Center has curated a display at the Grove Street entrance of the Main Library. The display includes photos dating back to early Juneteenth celebrations, as well as images from more recent celebrations from the Bay Area and around the United States. The display includes information about the history of Juneteenth as well as ideas for thinking of Black liberation and reparations beyond a federal holiday.
For Main Library hours visit https://sfpl.org/locations/ For information about the exhibit visit: https://bit.ly/Beyond_Juneteenth Lets stay connected. Subscribe to the e-newsletter at https://on.sfpl.org/aac-news.
Image above : Anaja Campbell (far right) and the Denver Dancing Diamonds perform at 27th in Historic Five Points during the Juneteenth Celebration parade that started at Manual High School commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. June 20, 2015, Denver, CO. Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post