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, May 13th
Stow Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
9:30 PM, Ages: All
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!
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
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.
Saturday, May 14th
1155 Mission St., San Francisco
12:30 PM, Ages: All
A deep freeze has covered the land while the once mighty King has lain in a state of torpor, enfeebled by a mysterious force. With stockpiles running low and the country's fields barren, your heroism is now more important than ever! How shall you serve your Kingdom and bring abundance back to this mad land? 🎉 Join the Party 🎉 Take center stage by embarking on quests with fellow attendees to save the realm from certain disaster! Begin your journey by selecting a guild, adopting the mantle of your favorite hero, and preparing yourself for an immersive party you’ll never forget! 👗 Dress the Part 👗 Come costumed as a unique persona or as a character from your favorite fantasy or medieval novel, game, or film that befits your guild. Appropriate attire is mandatory for entry into the Kingdom. That's right, you must dress up! 🏅 Winning the Party 🏅 The guild with greatest participation will drive the outcome of the story, and individual achievements will be rewarded as well. So rally your allies, complete all your quests, and dress to impress for the best chance to win. 💸 What to Expect 💸 Mad Kingdom leverages immersive theatre, role playing as characters, and interactive games to foster new relationships and deepen existing ones. The event includes: - Humorous and lively stage shows - Engaging characters spread over various areas of an intriguing venue - Four guilds to join, explore, and interact with - A myriad of hilarious and challenging activities, mini-games, and battles - Helpful player cards for quest progression and a map of the realm 🙋♀ Get Involved 🙋♀ If you're interested in performing at Mad Kingdom, please let us know by filling out this form: https://bit.ly/madkingdom2022
The Valencia Room, San Francisco
8 PM, Ages: 21+
The Setup is back indoors with shows at the Attic of The Valencia Room.
Treat yourself to an amazing comedy experience. Join us at the upstairs lounge of the Valencia room for an unforgettable night of comedy. It is an intimate setting with comfortable furniture. Great for a date night or a night out with buddies who love to laugh. There is a full bar available.
The Setup always brings the most talented comedians that the city has to offer as well as frequent guest stars that are passing through. Get ready to enjoy jokes from entertainers that have been on HBO, NetFlix, and Comedy Central.
Proof of vaccination is required. You can provide the physical card or a digital copy (get your digital copy here myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov).
Wearing a mask is recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available. Please do not attend the show is you are feeling unwell. We strictly adhere by all of San Francisco's COVID-19 guidelines so you can finally safely enjoy live comedy once again!
This event is for ages 21 and over.
Sunday, May 15th
Claremont Ave., Berkeley
1 PM, Ages: All
Note: Face masks required in the vicinity of the registration table and book table.
It’s springtime on Claremont Park’s Harwood Creek. Flowering buckeyes bow to meet the flowing water; rhododendrons and fragrant azaleas flourish in the dappled sunlight; robins and squirrels are playfully at home in the canopy of coast live oaks. Enhancing the idyllic setting are residences of varied and imaginative architectural designs, artfully set among the trees and along the brook.
This sylvan setting in the midst of a very urban East Bay would not exist today were it not for the vision of developer Duncan McDuffie. Combining business acumen with a passion for nature conservation, McDuffie eschewed the street grid pattern used in most Berkeley subdivisions, opting instead for the concept of a residential park.
Initial settlement along or near Harwood Creek occurred long before the Claremont tract was subdivided in 1905. By the 1870s, several large Victorian estates dominated the area. These included the Russ Estate on what is now Oak Vale Avenue; the Taggart estate on the present Hazel Road; and the Smith estate on the west side of old Telegraph Road, now Claremont Avenue. All have since been subdivided, and the creek now flows through multiple gardens, each with its own character.
Join us on Sunday, 15 May 2022 for a stroll through the Claremont creekside gardens. Several homeowners will be on hand to tell you about their gardens. In the background, you’ll see the exteriors of architecturally significant houses. The ground is mostly level and easy to navigate on this self-guided tour. Go at your own pace.
An informational tour handout with a map will be provided.
Embarcadero to Ocean Beach, San Francisco
8 AM, Ages: All
It’s So Pretty! (And then Cool. And Then Pretty Again.)
Bay to Breakers starts in the Embarcadero neighborhood by the San Francisco Bay, and takes you through nine of the city’s most notable neighborhoods—all the way to the Great Highway, where the breakers crash into Ocean Beach. Among other sights, you’ll race through Panhandle Park at the northern boundary of the Haight Ashbury—the birthplace of the Deadhead—and cut through Golden Gate Park. (Pro tip: watch out for the bison .)
It’s All Historic!
This race has been around the block a few times: Runners, walkers, joggers, and partiers have participated in Bay to Breakers for over a century. While no racer has had the distinction of running every year since its inception—remember, we said “over a century”—the race has welcomed runners from ages 1 to 99 . (Spoiler: The baby did not win.)
Bay to Breakers is a celebration of life, laughter, and the personality of San Francisco. Join bumblebees, brides, unicorns, runners wearing only running watches, and probably at least one Spider-Man in this world-renowned race-slash-party.
It’s Relaxed! (Until It Isn’t)
Enjoy a flat course through some of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods—until you reach Hayes Street Hill at the two-mile mark. This monster hill rises over 200 feet above sea level, with a steepest grade of 11.15%. (Runner’s World named it one of its top “Sublime Climbs,” so it can’t be all bad, right?)
You’ll Be, Like, Famous!
Love having people gaze upon you in adoration? Spectators, volunteers, and staff line the race course each year, adding up to lots of eyeballs on your form, your costume, and your incredible speed.