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, May 12
California Historic Society, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the California Historical Society looks back at the cultural movements and events that led up to this transformative moment in California history with a new exhibition that opens May 12th.
On The Road to the Summer of Love explores the cultural context — from the Beat poets to the experimental art scene — that made San Francisco a magnet for hippies and the center of a social revolution that rippled across the country.
Guest curators Dennis McNally, biographer and former publicist of the Grateful Dead, and Alisa Leslie a counterculture historian, bring together rarely seen photographs by more than twenty photographers, including Gene Anthony, Jerry Burchard, Herb Greene, Lisa Law, and Elaine Mayes.
Photographs and ephemera from California Historical Society collections are featured alongside materials from private and institutional lenders to help tell the story of how the Summer of Love came to be.
Visitors to the exhibition are taken down an amazing road, beginning in the late 1950s with the Beatniks in North Beach and ending in late 1967 with the Diggers’ Death of the Hippie ceremony. The exhibition explores iconic moments—such as Jack Weinberg in a police car at UC Berkeley at the birth of the Free Speech Movement—as well as less well-known, but none-the-less formative, events.
Listening stations with audio clips provide a unique way to be a part of these moments in history. They include a reading of the famed poem “Howl” by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1959; poems from all of the poets at the famed Six Gallery reading that introduced “Howl,”; Mario Savio’s legendary speech at the Free Speech Movement sit-in at UC Berkeley in December 1964; and the Grateful Dead on stage at the 1967 Human Be-In. Musician Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane and actor Peter Coyote, once a member of the artist-anarchist collective The Diggers, reflect on the era as well.
Weekend Filled with Summer of Love Celebrations and Events:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” which became the anthem of the Summer of Love in 1967 and continues to invite the world to come and meet “some gentle people with flowers in their hair.”
The song and what it stands for will be celebrated throughout the city of San Francisco and as far away as Australia as Flowers In Your Hair Day. Events include a SF Travel extravaganza at San Francisco International Airport handing out flowers to arriving passengers, radio stations playing the iconic song at noon and businesses/cultural organizations handing out flowers.
The day culminates with a conversation with legendary music producer, Lou Adler, who produced the famous song, sung by Scott McKenzie, in part as a promotion for the Monterey Pop International Festival (Monterey Pop) in 1967 and is helping lead the 50th Anniversary celebration of Monterey Pop this June. Adler will be speaking in a program produced by the California Historical Society and the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. The conversation will be moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.
Earlier that day, the California Historical Society will host a groovy day of music and crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where families can make paper flowers and crowns and help to create a psychedelic mural inspired by the art and spirit of the 1960s, dress up in the hip styles of the Sixties and take photos in the way back machine photo booth. The event is free for families and anyone who has a…flower in their hair.
The California Historical Society is located at 678 Mission Street in San Francisco. On The Road to the Summer of Love will be on view May 12–September 10, 2017. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5 pm. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. The California Historical Society and San Francisco Travel are working with more than 65 cultural and non-profit organizations throughout the State of California to remember and recognize the impact of the Summer of 1967. For more information about the exhibition and other Summer of Love events visit Summerof.Love.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland
6 PM, All Ages
Join us at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month, and learn how to cook Asian cuisines! Get hands on experience and learn the secret of cooking the well known Chinese dumplings! All ingredients and equipment will be provided! Bring your hearty appetite and the recipe will be provided!
We are also featuring: Laos Cuisine – May 26, 12-3p Dish: Chicken Larb Salad RSVP: larbworkshop.eventbrite.com
Tickets are limited! $25 Per person
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ————————————————— OACC is supported by the City of Oakland, San Francisco Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, and the Macpherson Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, the Asian Pacific Fund, Tulsa and Simone Fund, the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and individual donors.
Saturday, May 13
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
12 PM, Ages: 21+
**DAY OF TICKETS CAN PUCHASED ONSITE FOR $60 – CASH ONLY**
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 12 PM to 5 PM, Ghirardelli Square will host the 12th Annual Uncorked Wine Festival. In partnership with a local non-profit organization, Strides For Life Colon Cancer Foundation, Uncorked is a public event which provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine from throughout Northern California.
Activities for the event will take place throughout the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square as well as on Beach Street, adjacent to the Square.
Tasting tickets for Uncorked are $50 pre-sale and $60 day of. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings. Sampling will end at 4:30pm per the abc permit.
All other activities at Uncorked are free of charge for attendees. There is no admission fee to enter the event, but there is a fee if you would like to participate in the sampling.
Union Square, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
The annual Taiwanese American Cultural Festival will once again be held in Union Square. Over 10,000 people from all across the Bay Area attend this event yearly to experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture through food, music, performances and fun workshops.
This year’s festival will be held at Union Square in San Francisco on Saturday, May 13, 2017. They encourage all in the community to come and celebrate the best of Taiwanese American and Taiwanese culture.
Enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances by world-renowned Taiwanese American performers, and learn more about Taiwanese history and Taiwanese Americans in the Bay Area. Plus, check out exhibits that showcase Taiwanese culture, arts and the latest in Taiwanese technology.
Sunday, May 14
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Composer and pianist Murray Hidary brings Mind Travel to San Francisco for a one-night only ‘Silent’ Piano experience at sunset on Ocean Beach.
Get ready to let your mind explore new pathways to creativity, focus and reflection as you experience Mind Travel on the shores of the Pacific. Murray’s real-time compositions are beamed directly into your mind through wireless headphones. Bring your favorite beach chair or blanket and come ready to reflect by the bonfire which will provide the cozy ambiance for this intimate Mind Travel event.
Darren Main will join us to open the event then Kermit Goodman will share with his poetry and Lucia Lilikoi will perform before we setting in for the Mind Travel event. It will be magical.
**Headphones are limited so be sure to reserve yours today!**
What People Are Saying
“Mind Travel is an experience like no other. Imagine a concert pianist improvising beautiful, peaceful music with imagery in the background that matches the beauty of the music — combined, it is almost meditative or trancelike.” – Jason Wachob, Founder of mindbodygreen
“Mind Travel is an amazing introduction to meditation as it takes the Traveler on a specific journey. It is also perfect for the experienced meditator as a way to enhance and deepen one’s own practice. In short, Mind Travel is for anyone!” – Sara Ivanhoe, MA Yoga Philosophy
More About Mind Travel
Music is at once primal yet aspirational. It satisfies our deepest needs while raising us to our highest sense of self. Composer and pianist Murray Hidary is the creator of Mind Travel. His post-minimalist, improvisational, real-time compositions with the piano and art installations are inspired by mystical traditions and theoretical physics, take the audience on a transporting and expansive journey. It is an exploration in translating music into our daily thoughts, words and actions. To carry forward the lessons of music into our lives. To live in harmony, clarity and rhythm.
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.
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.
Geting 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