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Weekend Planner: March 1st

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, March 1st



The San Francisco Mardi Gras Cocktail Party

Bar Fluxus, San Francisco

8 PM, Ages: 21+


You’re invited to the 2019 San Francisco Mardi Gras Cocktail Party … a special celebration of New Orleans-inspired cocktails at Bar Fluxus like The French Quarter, the Bourbon Street. and the Mardi Gras, SF’s newest art bar that’s tucked away in a secret alley you’d never find on your own.

Free Mardi Gras beads for the first 100 people.

AFTER PARTY! Don’t forget to RSVP for the HellaRnB After Party (10p-2a) with DJs spinning TLC, Prince, Beyonce, Rihanna and more…

Entry to The San Francisco Mardi Gras Cocktail Party is $5 at the door or get on Funcheap’s exclusive guestlist – Free with Eventbrite RSVP which gets you entry, games and access to drink specials. Bring cash/credit for drinks


Cocktail List A menu of special cocktails just made tonight.

  1. The French Quarter: Plantation rum, lemon, pineapple, and estragon syrup.

  2. Bourbon Street: Bourbon, apricot liquor, espresso salt

  3. Mardi Gras: Duck fat washed, cognac, thyme infuse bank note scotch, french caramel liquor.


  1. BOARDGAMES – Drink and play fun games like Sorry, Connect Four, Uno and more…

  2. AFTER PARTY – Stay for HellaRnB Night with DJs and a dance floor starting at 10pm

WHAT’S AWESOME ABOUT BAR FLUXUS As colorful as a big box of crayons, Bar Fluxus (run by the same people behind Madrone Art Bar) adds color and spark to the San Francisco nightlife scene. Behind an unmarked door in the Hotel des Arts you’ll find a unique bar with quirky art covering most of the walls that hosts literary events, performance art, dance parties, puppet shows (yes!) and comedy. Plus there’s a Baby Grand Piano as a centerpiece.



Ocean Beach Bonfires Return

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

All Day,  All Ages


For the first time in four months, it’s finally legal again to have a bonfire at Ocean Beach. During the “No Burn” Season (which runs from November 1 to the end of February), bonfires are not allowed, but starting March 1, 2019 bonfires are back through the end of October with a few conditions.

Ocean Beach fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20 – Generally opposite Beach Chalet FREE – first come, first served

The National Park Service provides 16 fire rings/pits for Ocean Beach fires between Stairwells 15 and 20. The curfew each night is 9:30 pm.

Read the rules below, bring your own firewood, avoid “spare the air” days, bundle up and have fun!

Thanks to SF Station for the tip-off.

Ocean Beach Fire Program

  1. Fires permitted March 1 – October 31 (no fires permitted November 1 – end of February)

  2. Fires allowed only in provided fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20

  3. No fires permitted from 9:30 pm – 6 am

  4. No glass or alcohol is allowed on the beach

  5. Fires must be extinguished with WATER ONLY. Bring a bucket to collect ocean water, or bring your own water. Covering the fire with sand does not extinguish the fire. Instead it insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with sand.

  6. The parking lots at Ocean Beach close at 10 pm each night and are owned and managed by the City of San Francisco.

  7. Groups of more than 25 people must obtain a permit by calling (415) 561-4700. For more information, go to:

  8. Universal fire regulations apply

Universal Fire Regulations at GGNRA

  1. No recreational fires are permitted during Spare the Air days

  2. Fires may be suspended by order of the park superintendent due to hot, dry weather conditions, strong winds, or extreme fire danger. Look for park alerts.

  3. No gathering, cutting, or scavenging of firewood or kindling is permitted in the park from any source. All firewood must be brought into the park.

  4. Burn Clean. Do not use accelerants such as lighter fluid, as they leave pollution and poisons in the air. Paper and kindling are preferred fire starter material.

  5. LEAVE NO TRACE. Trash must be removed from beaches, campsites, and picnic areas.

  6. Do not burn treated or painted wood.

  7. Do not burn pallets or any wood containing nails or other hardware.

  8. Do not burn trash or debris. Most trash gives off pollution and poisonous gases.

  9. Fires shall be attended at all times by a responsible adult (18 year of age or older).

  10. Minors must be supervised. A responsible leader, 18 years or older, must be present for every 10 children under the age of 18.


Saturday, March 2nd



Great Wines of Italy

Golden Gate Club, San Francisco

3 PM, Ages: 21+


Taste Italy’s best wines with internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling at the exclusive one-day-only, walk-around wine tasting extravaganza!

James Suckling himself and top Italian producers will be personally in attendance to present two of their best wines and new releases to you.

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GREAT WINES OF ITALY San Francisco 2019

March 2, 2019 – Presidio Golden Gate Club

Grand Tasting: 3 pm to 6 pm (trade included)

– – – – – presents Great Wines of Italy San Francisco – The Grand Tasting – on March 2 at the Presidio Golden Gate Club. The walk-around, interactive wine tasting is showcasing Italy’s most sought-after wines from prestigious and renowned top brands as well as chosen premium boutique wineries. handpicked close to 90 top Italian wineries to pour two of their best wines and new releases for you. The selection is guaranteed to be superb: from Brunello and Barolos to Super Tuscans and Barbarescos, to Amarones and Chianti Classicos – all wines have been rated top scores of 90 points and above and many are included in James’ list of the Top 100 Italian Wines of 2018! Winemakers and owners will be personally in attendance to discuss what makes their wines so special.

To round up the evening, enjoy listening to upbeat tunes by Sony Music Entertainment’s recording artist Surahn Sidhu spinning the decks!

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Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the largest and best Italian wine events in the United Statues! This is an event not to be missed by any wine lover.

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Save with Early bird promotion at a special price of US$125 only, on or before Feb. 1, or while stock lasts (Reg. US$145)

Treat a friend and save $50! Get our Early Bird 2-For-1 Bundle Buy for two people at just US$200!

For those 28 years old and under offers a subsidized student ticket at $80*

Participating Wineries:

Allegrini, Alois, Andretta-Vitanza, Argentiera, Argiano, Barone Ricasoli, Bellavista- Petra, Bersano, Bibi Graetz, Brancaia, Ca’ Romé di Romano Marengo, Cantina Tramin, Casale del Giglio, Casanova di Neri, Castello di Albola, Castello di Bolgheri, Castello di Meleto, Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei, Cecchi, Cerbaia, Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, Collemassari & Grattamacco, Cordella, Cortonesi, Cusumano, Di Sipio, Empson, Enzo Boglietti, Feudo Maccari, Fontanafredda, Franz Haas, Frescobaldi, Garbole, Giuseppe Campagnola, I Greppi, Il Borro, Il Molino di Grace, Jermann, La Lecciaia, La Sala, Lamole di Lamole, Leuta, Livio Sassetti, Loredan Gasparini, Luce della Vite, Marchesi Antinori, Masciarelli, Mauro Molino, Mazzei, Mesa, Molino di Grace, Monteverro, Ômina Romana, Orma, Ornellaia, Pecchenino, Piancornello, Piccini, Pieropan, Pio Cesare, Poderi Aldo Conterno, Poggio la Noce, Renato Ratti, Renieri, Ridolfi, Rocca delle Macie, Rocca di Castagnoli, Ronchi di Manzano, Ruffino, San Fabiano Calcinaia, San Polino, Sella & Mosca, Sette Ponti, St. Michael-Eppan, Tassi, Tenuta Buon Tempo, Terre Nere, Terrabianca, Terre del Marchesato, Tony Sasa, Torre Mora, Tua Rita, Uccelliera, Umani Ronchi, Valdicava, Vargaglione, Ventolaio, Villa Raiano, Vite Colte, Zorzettig

Come and taste for yourself what “Great Wines of Italy” is all about!



Making Camembert Cheese

Preserved, Oakland

10 AM,  Ages


Buttery and rich, camembert is one of the most beloved soft cheeses in the world. In this class, cheesemaking teacher Kirstin Jackson of It’s Not You, It’s Brie will teach you how to make the traditional, creamy cheese in your own kitchen. You’ll learn what milks, cultures and rennets to use, cheesemaking science, and how to age your curds at home. Prepare to leave with a mini-camembert, and to baby it at home for a few weeks until it reaches adulthood!

All students will recieve a 10% discount on post-workshop purchases in our store. Thanks for taking the next step in preserving your connection to food.

The minimum age for our workshops is 14 years old.


Sunday, March 3rd



60th Annual White Elephant Sale

White Elephant Sale Warehouse, Oakland

10 AM, All Ages


The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years.

The White Elephant Sale is Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale. The sale takes place in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary.

The celebrated rummage sale includes 20+ departments, offering a range of quality used goods including furniture, artwork, household items, china, sporting goods, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing.

Parking in the neighborhood is virtually impossible, so ride the free shuttle from Fruitvale BART that runs from 8:30 am to 5 pm on both days. Parking is free on the weekends.

All proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California, including special exhibitions, educational programs, community celebrations, and Friday Nights at OMCA.

You can also use the official rideshare partner Lyft. Enter the address (333 Lancaster St.) and the code OAKWES to get 20% off (max $5) for up to 4 rides. Valid until March 4, 2019 between 8 am and 5 pm.



2019 Russian Festival

Russian Center, San Francisco

11 AM,  All Ages


Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art.

Come celebrate the 31st year of Russian festivities. Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend. Sample piroshki, borsch, pelmeni and the ever popular flavored vodkas.

The three-day performance spectacular will transport your to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more; featuring such popular groups as the Konevets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russian; local favorities Nikolai Massenkoff, world renowned bass; Vladimir Riazantsev’s Russian dancers; and the Firebird Dance Ensemble.

Be sure not to miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and delight in the fantastic Art Gallery to peruse or purchase originals by their own local Russian artists. Face painting and crafts for the kids. Pick up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls.


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