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Weekend Planner: May 17th

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, May 17th



2019 Spring Wine Pour

Pier 39, San Francisco

4 PM, Ages 21+


Grab your friends and head to The PIER for an evening of wine, music and fun at the PIER 39 Spring Wine Pour on Friday, May 17th! Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, exclusive discounts, and entertainment from 4 – 8 PM. Don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner following the event at one of PIER 39’s restaurants!

Attendees will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative wine glass and more. Discounted Advanced tickets are $20 until May 16, 2019. A limited number of tickets will also be available day-of in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza for $30 (cash only).

A portion of ticket sales will benefit Aquarium of the Bay’s free conservation education programs for Bay Area children.

Check website for the list of participating businesses and wineries.

Presented by PIER 39 and Produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc.



The Castro’s Windows for Harvey Art Tribute

Castro District, San Francisco

All Week,  All Ages


Windows for Harvey, present by Castro Merchants, the neighborhood merchant organization founded by Harvey Milk in 1973, puts on the annual “Windows for Harvey” with artists and business owners throughout the Castro who wanted to honor Harvey Milk (whose birthday is May 22) and his legacy by installing art in their store windows.

Start by visiting the Walgreens Community Window at 18th & Castro for more information. In 2019 there are 30+ windows celebrating Harvey.

Come to the Castro anytime during this week and use the map below as you stroll through the neighborhood to see all the Windows for Harvey.

The theme this year is “Soapbox”. As a community activist, Harvey famously stood on a wooden soapbox to address the gathered members of the community and, at times, to lead them to unite and fight for their rights.


Saturday, May 18th



Tiburon Wine Festival

Point Tiburon Plaza, Tiburon

1 PM, Ages: 21+


Join us Saturday, May 18th for the Largest Outdoor Wine Festival in the Bay Area.

The 37th Annual Tiburon Wine Festival will showcase tastings from over 60 premier Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries complete with live music and food offerings from our local restaurants.

This event sells out every year!

VIP ticket holders enjoy access to a private and shaded lounge, as well as VIP restrooms.

Take the ferry, bicycle, Uber or Lyft – just 16 miles north of San Francisco.

New this year! Want to avoid the crowds? Come aboard your own private vessel for front row views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge while on your way to the FAB-U-LOUS Wine Festival. Depart Pier 40 at Noon to arrive in Tiburon at 12:50 pm. Return trip departs Tiburon at 4:20 pm to arrive at Pier 40 at 5 pm. Private Tamalpais cruise tickets must be purchased separately from Wine Festival Tickets.

We look forward to seeing you in Tiburon on May 18th! Rain or Shine!



Taste of Richmond

Riggers Loft Wine Company, Richmond

2 PM, All Ages


Enjoy delicious food and beverages from Richmond restaurants, caterers, wine and craft beer producers, all while soaking in spectacular sweeping views of the Bay, the City of San Francisco skyline, and Richmond’s treasured shoreline!

Experience tastes from: Curbside Kitchen Marina Bay Bakery Lemur International East Brother Beer Company Golden Gate Meat Company Origin Brewer Up & Under Pub & Grill GDC Kitchen Quiche & Carry Far West Cider R&B Cellars Carica Wines Plant to Plate – by Anaviv Catering San Francisco Pizza Nobilis Finer Diner Assemble Restaurant Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey CJ’s BBQ & Fish Roux


Until May 1: $15 each or 2 for $25 After May 2: $20 each

Admission Includes: 1 complimentary taste from each participating vendor, with the opportunity to purchase additional portions. Alcohol tastes and sales only permitted to ticketholders 21+.

Important Ticketing Info Admission is free for children 10 and under. Attendees 11 years of age and older must have a ticket. Ticket sales will end on May 17 at 3pm (PST). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers highly recommend all attendees 11 and older obtain tickets during the pre-sale period. Ticketbuyers are welcome to bring a printed ticket or digital version via the Eventbrite app. Tickets may also be redeemed via will call. Rain or shine. No refunds.

Taste of Richmond is presented by the City of Richmond Economic Development Commission with generous support from sponsors:

San Francisco Bay Ferry

NOMA by William Lyon Homes

Mechanics Bank

SYSTEM INNOVATION Solar and Electric of Richmond

Sims Metal Management

Riggers Loft Wine Company

Republic Services

Golden Gate Meat Company

Richmond Main Street Initiative (fiscal agent)

Proceeds support small business retention and attraction in the City of Richmond.


Sunday, May 19th



Presidio Picnic: Easter Sunday

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. 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.

Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.

But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.

Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.

Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE

  1. A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid

  2. Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon

  3. Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided

  4. Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.

Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)

Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella

Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:

Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.



Bay to Breakers 2019

San Francisco

8 AM,  All Ages

$75 to Race, Free to Watch

The third Sunday in May brings us “Bay to Breakers,” the crown jewel of San Francisco events since 1912 with over 30,000+ people racing (and 100,000+ watching) from the Bay to the Breakers at the western end of Golden Gate Park in a costumed mass of everything we love about San Francisco.

Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively-run annual footrace in the world

Where to pick up your racing packet: Runners may pick up their race packets at the 2019 Bay to Breakers Expo either Friday, May 17 from 11 am to 7 pm, or Saturday, May 18 from 9 am to 5 pm. The expo is free and open to the public.

Want to watch?

Best Places to Watch Bay to Breakers 2019 Spectators line the entire course, but some of the best viewing spots are:

  1. Pre-race: Climb atop a trash can near Embarcadero Station to get an over-the-top view of everyone in costume racing to the starting line.

  2. Rival house parties with DJs and dancing typically line Hayes Street before the hill and Fell Street near Ashbury across from the Panhandle.

  3. Along Alamo Square at the top of Hayes Street Hill: Amazing view of 30,000 people, all climbing Hayes Street.

  4. Finish Line on the Great Highway

  5. Free concerts: There are typically bands and DJs set up along the course – bands and locations will be announced closer to the race date.

Want to race? 

Runners Perks To participate in the race, technically you have to register. But many people just show up anyway and become bandit racers. We won’t tell anyone. As long as you avoid the Howard Street starting area or the finish line, your chances of getting pulled out by the cops are probably slim. If you do register, you’ll get an Official Runners T-shirt, and Finisher’s MedalThe event is free to watch and is almost just as fun.

What’s allowed / What’s not allowed Please note that supposedly more cops will be on hand to remove unregistered runners and hassle spectators for drinking in public and kick out floats. Use your brain out there. Read the FAQ.

No Booze / Beer – Bay to Breakers says they have a “zero tolerance” policy for runners and spectators. – No Floats & Carts – Sadly no more floats are allowed – no more strollers, skateboards, roller blades or bicycles either. – No Racing without an official bib – We’re not sure exactly how they’ll enforce this, but organizers say they’ll try to boot everyone from the course who hasn’t paid to register. – No Backpacks – For obvious security reasons, unless it’s tiny and clear plastic, no backpacks are allowed on the course.  – Yes to Nudity? – There doesn’t seem to be any official Bay to Breakers policy for 2019 regarding nudity on the course, and the city’s public nudity ban has a special exemption for “appropriate venues” just like Bay to Breakers.


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