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, June 3
Telegraph and 27th, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Art Attack SF, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Join us on June 3rd (from 6-10pm) for the opening reception of No Heroes Allowed, a group show that celebrates those amazing comic book characters that are often seen outside of–or in opposition to–the limelight of our courageous heroes.
We have an amazing selection of California artists who made work for the show, artists include: Happy D, Turtle Wayne, Zebulon Goodell, Caitlin Peters, Norio Fujikawa, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Nate Van Dyke and many more!
No Heroes Allowed will be on view (in the gallery and online) from June 3rd-June 19th
Saturday, June 4
Stafford Lake Park, Novato
All Weekend, Ages: 21+
TWO DAYS FOR ONE PRICE!!! In Celebration of CBF expanding to TWO DAYS All Saturday Ticket Buyers will receive FREE Sunday Funday Ticket! Sunday Band Lineup is a Tribute To The Tributes with 4 Live Bands and Craft Beer On Tap!!!
The Legendary California Beer Festival is back at Beautiful Stafford Lake Park, Novato.
Just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, nestled within Marin County Hills features, a small island outlined by a beautiful lake, this is the most picturesque of all CBF locations! The only thing better than enjoying the Lakeside View is enjoying the scenery all while surrounded by Live Entertainment, Flavorful Food and of course, Great Craft Beer!
TWO FOR ONE!!! In celebration of CBF expanding to TWO DAYS!
SATURDAY JUNE 4TH – CRAFT BEER HEAVEN 12:30PM – 5PM
VIP Sampling from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm General Admission Gates open at 12:30 pm Beer Sampling: 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
Join us on Saturday for for the Ultimate Craft Beer Experience! Fulfill your natural desire to sample from each end of the Craft Beer spectrum – from local craft breweries to neighboring breweries that border the California Coast.
Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven is THE event for any new or seasoned craft beer drinker and enthusiast! Expand your palate as over 85 craft breweries come together to enlighten and broaden the minds of the thousands of festival goers with all things craft! All 21 and over craft beer enthusiast are invited to join the fun!
Ticket holders will receive access to Live Entertainment, Food available from vendors, (1) Souvenir sampling cup, and Unlimited Access to 85 Craft Breweries to sample from!
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH – SUNDAY FUNDAY 11AM – 6PM NEW THIS YEAR!!! SUNDAY FUNDAY! Bring the family, blankets and chairs for Sunday Funday in the Park. This event will feature great food, Craft Beer and an amazing Live Entertainment lineup and with local favorites, Petti Theft and an Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson with The Band FOREVERLAND! Space is very limited. Kids 12 and under are FREE. There is NO beer sampling on Sunday, beer and food will be available for purchase.
Berkeley Humane, Berkeley
2 PM, Ages: 21+
DRINK BEER. SAVE ANIMALS.
Come to the 3rd Annual Pints for Paws event and sample a selection of 80+ craft beers from 20+ craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Meet small, local craft brewers, cider makers and artisanal wine makers and sample a wide mix of unique brews. Don’t miss a great range of food from local food trucks and vendors. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (harnessed of course!).
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2PM – 5PM
2600 Tenth St., entrance on Tenth Street @ Carleton
$40 through April 16, 2016 $45 from April 17—June 3, 2016 $50 on June 4 (tickets available for purchase here, or cash only at the gate)
While most charity-benefiting festivals only donate a small fraction of proceeds to nonprofits, Pints for Paws is one of the only beer festivals in the country from which 100% of dollars raised will be donated directly to charity. Every dollar raised at the event will go directly to Berkeley Humane to save the lives of dogs and cats in the East Bay. This event promises to bring together the beer and animal lover communities.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is designed for people who are 21 years or older. Identification will be checked at the gate.
How many tastings are included in the admission fee?
Sample tastings from participating beverage vendors are included with the price of admission, and each tasting is a 3 ounce pour. Please drink responsibly. We hope that you will also consider taking public transportation, walking, or enlisting a designated driver.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For questions, please call Berkeley Humane at 510-845-7735 ext. 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I drink responsibly?
We recommend using public or other transportation services. To help ensure our attendees’ safety, we are partnering with Lyft. Use the code “PINTSFORPAWS2016″ and first-time riders will receive a $50 credit. Plus, Lyft will donate $10 to Berkeley Humane each time the code is used!
Union Street, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
In its 40th year, the 2016 Union Street Festival is continuing the exciting additions to this long standing San Francisco event. For the 2016 Festival, the event will again feature Fashion, Technology, Local Exhibits, Crafts and Health & Fitness.
The Union Street Fashion Show has become one of the highlights of the Festival. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants. It is not to be missed!
In addition, the Festival will host Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions. Early bird sampling tickets can be purchased online until noon the Friday before the event for $15. Day of tickets can be purchased for $20, cash only. Ticket holders will receive ten sampling tickets that can be redeemed in any of the three sampling pavilions on Union Street.
The Festival will also include the traditional elements that have made this event stand out over the years, including Arts and Craft Exhibitors, unique Sponsors, Festive Food Vendors and Community Groups. Please come check out the Juried Art Section at the festival and see who you think should be awarded the cash prizes!
The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Valet Bike Parking is provided at Union and Buchanan.
Please Note: No Outside Alcohol will be Allowed on the Festival Site
Sunday, June 5
Civic Center Park, Berkeley
10 AM, All Ages
The inaugural Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley.
300 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will take part in inspiring keynotes, provocative interviews, dynamic panels, and other presentations.
All genres will be represented including fiction (literary masters along with popular genre writers); memoir; non-fiction; poetry; and new forms of digital storytelling. All topics will be covered including current events, social justice, international affairs, environment, gender, business, spirituality, sports, and, of course, digital innovation.
The festival is free, including the keynotes, interviews and panels on various downtown stages during the day. They expect many of the indoor sessions to be full with long lines to get in. You can reserve tickets that will guarantee you admission into some of the events.
Adjacent to Civic Center Park on Allston Way are fun food options for the whole family. There are food trucks and stalls with incredible delectables that you can savor while sitting under a shady umbrella perusing the new books you just purchased, got for free, or found on the tables.
If you’re looking for a beer or a glass of wine, the lovely Berkeley Repertory’s Courtyard Bar will be open during the festival from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, plus snacks and outdoor seating.
The one-and-only Sherman Alexie introduces his first picture book, “Thunder Boy Jr.,” to kids and adults like, on the Kids’ Stage at 11 am.
ArtCars are street-legal vehicles that artists have permanently modified into works of art. They will be parked on Center Street, north of Civic Center Park
Chalk It Up For Books – Calling all artists, young and old, rookies to professionals: the street is yours for the day to draw your favorite images from any book, even one you’ve written yourself. Bring your own chalk or purchase a box of special artist’s chalk at the Chalk Art tent for $10 (beautiful colors to take home, too). Help turn Center Street, between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia Street, into your own giant canvas.
Hold on there cowgirl or cowboy…you might just get roped into a good time by Karen Quest as she does some Cowgirl Tricks on the Kids’ stage at 2 pm.
Feel like singing along? The Bug Family Band gets your vocal cords exercising with original folk rock for kids and former kids at 2:30 pm on the Kids’ Stage.
Coventry & Kaluza features juggling, acrobatics, music, high-numbers hula hooping, and hilarity. Interactive fun for the whole family on the Kids’ stage at 4:30 pm.
The Presidio, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.
Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.
2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.
They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
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