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 18th
San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo
All Weekend, All Ages
Experience the world-renowned CELEBRATION OF INVENTION, CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning— all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:
+ Robotics + Future of Food + Cosplay + STEM & STEAM + Craft + Science + Electronics + Tools and Materials + Crazy things you’ve never seen + Much much more!
Dates & Hours
— Friday, May 18, 2018: 1 pm – 5 pm; Special Preview Day “FRIDAY@MakerFaire” — Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10 am – 7 pm — Sunday, May 20, 2018: 10 am – 6 pm
NEW Ticket Options for 2018: All Access, VIP and Patron tickets!
ALL ACCESS: A four day weekend of full-on Maker Faire! Valid for entry at the Thursday night Maker Faire edition of After Dark@Exploratorium, Friday@Maker Faire and Saturday & Sunday.
VIP ALL ACCESS: Everything “All Access” PLUS – VIP lounge with Complimentary Beverages – 3-day event parking
PATRON ALL ACCESS: Everything “All Access” PLUS – 3-day event VIP parking and Priority Gate Entrance – Entry into both Patron & VIP lounges, with Complimentary Beverages – Maker Networking Dinner with entertainment Friday evening – Limited Edition Maker Faire Swag – Underwrites the participation of selected Makers
Discounts View Maker Faire’s discounts here. A variety of discounts off the full retail price including a Group/School Discount of 15% off for groups of 15+; Military Discount of $10 off all tickets; and the Sunday Family Pass (5 tickets for $125.00), to name a few. For Group Discounts on ALL ACCESS and VIP ticket levels, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information Visit the Maker Faire Bay Area FAQ to get all of your ticket and Faire-related questions answered. Here are some highlights:
— Weekend Passes cannot be shared between attendees and do not include access to FRIDAY@MakerFaire.
— Single Day Passes can be used on Saturday OR Sunday, and do not include access to FRIDAY@MakerFaire.
— Tickets purchased via Eventbrite will receive an email confirmation with a link to print your eTickets from your computer. You may bring the printout of your tickets OR you may also add them to your mobile device
— No outside food or beverages are permitted through the gates unless you have special medical, dietary, or religious requirements. A wide variety of for-purchase food options will be available.
— Strollers, backpacks, and a bottle of water are allowed.
— No pets are allowed, for their safety. Service animals are welcome.
— ADA Compliance: A limited number of push wheelchairs will be available at the event site for rental on a first come, first served basis. Accessible water fountains, eating areas, and restrooms are also available.
— Very, very limited Parking is available at the San Mateo Event Center. More information about transit, bike and free off-site parking options + shuttles to the Faire will be available closer to the event.
— Bike parking is available at our free, secure Bike Parking lot located at the San Mateo Event Center.
Ticket Use Release of Liability This contract limits the liability of Maker Media, Inc. (“MM”) and its affiliates. You acknowledge that Maker Faire exhibits and activities are inherently hazardous, and that risks to you as a Maker Faire attendee include physical injury and property damage. You are solely responsible for supervising/controlling the behavior of the children in your party for your/their safety. By using this ticket and/or participating in Maker Faire exhibits and/or activities, you assume all risks to you and/or your children of such, including damage, loss, harm, injury and death to your person(s) and all risks resulting from negligent instruction or supervision, and you release MM from all corresponding liability to you and your successors. Your rights are waived to any images and/or recordings you may appear in while at Maker Faire and any/all related promotional or documentary materials. http://makermedia.com/privacy
Maker Faire is a rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced or transferred to another Faire.
Visit MakerFaire.com for more infomation on program, makers, schedule, transportation and much more.
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
The Summer Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside is back, gallery hours are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. Come celebrate the summer with our Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party, taking place every first and third Fridays of the month now through July and on August 10. Get down to new themes each month featuring performances and activities in celebration of our special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, on view through August 12. Tonight’s theme is “The Bay is International.”
Late Night Gallery Hours 5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late General admission is half-off for adults and free for ages 18 and under during Friday Nights @ OMCA. There is an additional $4 charge for special exhibition RESPECT. Advance online tickets are available; choose your date and desired hour of entry. » Buy online at tickets.museumca.org/e-commerce/
What’s on view? J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life on Level 3. RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom on Level 2. Take Root: Oakland Grows Food on Level 1. Gallery of California Natural Sciences on Level 1. Gallery of California History on Level 2. Gallery of California Art on Level 3.
Music, Dance, and Performances 5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ 10th Street Amphitheater DJLeydis playing Hip-Hip and Universal music.
6–8 pm: Music Oak Street Plaza Live beat-making and MCs with Lofiction Records.
6:30–8 pm: Hip-Hop Trivia Great Hall, Level 2 Think you know Hip-Hop? Test and expand your knowledge of the culture every third Friday in the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Included with special exhibition Museum admission.
6:30–8 pm: Plug ‘n’ Play Great Hall, Level 2 Every Friday during Friday Nights @ OMCA, a rotating list of guest DJs take over the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom to demonstrate live sets. Included with special exhibition Museum admission.
6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction 10th Street Amphitheater Live breakin’ (breakdancing) cypher with Knuckle Neck Tribe.
8–9 pm: Music 10th Street Amphitheater Live Hip-Hop/dancehall/Reggaeton with Los Rakas.
Family Activities 5–9 pm: Dominoes Tables 10th Street Join open community games or learn how to play dominoes hosted by the Global Domino Program (UPLFTRS.)
5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity California Room Join a free chess workshop with Adisa Banjoko, Founder of Hip-Hop Chess Federation
Local Food and Drink 5–10 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks 10th Street Enjoy a rotating lineup of local gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid.
5–9:30 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden Blue Oak Beer Garden (near Koi Pond) Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.
Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street (no alcoholic beverages allowed), the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, and the OMCA Gardens. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated.
Save your spot! Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights @ OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.
Shop Bay Area Artists and More 5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA Redwood Burl Area Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store Level 2 Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more.
Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Saturday, May 19th
Jack London Square, Oakland
12PM, Ages: 21+
Located at the heart of the Urban Wine Trail, Jack London Square will be filled with more than 40 Northern California wineries offering tastings, as well as small eats, craft beer, cider, live music, vendors, artists and more. A portion of the tasting ticket proceeds will benefit The Stride Center, jumpstarting careers in technology to empower economic and social mobility for local individuals and communities. Tickets are $45 in advance, with a limited number available on the day of for $55. VIP tickets are also available for $85, which includes the VIP Party the evening of Friday, May 18, as well as full access to the main Festival on Saturday, May 19. The VIP event will feature a handful of select wineries in a more intimate setting, with food included. All guests must be 21+ with valid ID to attend.
Jack London Square is happy to partner with Visit Oakland for this year’s event to support local artists during Oakland Art Month. Oakland Art Month is a celebration of the entire artist community that is the City’s creative heartbeat. Those attending the Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival will not only enjoy the beverages, but can also participate in interactive art, observe live painting demonstrations, and shop local art from independent vendors. You can read more about Oakland Art Month here.
Additionally, the closing celebration of the week-long Oakland Mural Festival will take place adjacent to the Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 19. It will feature community painting, performances by local musicians and dancers, kids’ activities, and bike tours of the new murals. The closing ceremony is free and open to the public, ideal for attendees of the Art & Wine Festival to experience both in one central location along the Oakland waterfront.
Here are some of the wineries that have signed up already:
Accolade Wines Ballentine Vineyards BoaVentura de Caires Winery Bronco Wine Company Campovida Carica Wines Dashe Cellars Ehrenberg Cellars Eric Demuth Wine Company Fenestra Winery Jardesca McGrail Vineyards and Winery Minimo Murrietta’s Well P. Harrell Wines Roadhouse Winery Rock Wall Winery Rosenblum Cellars Satyre Wines Scott’s Seafood Sojourn Cellars Stage Left Cellars The Winery SF Treasure Island Wines Trione Vineyards and Winery Urban Legend Urbano Cellars Winery Wattle Creek Winery Wente Vineyards
Official Media Sponsor KTVU Fox 2 Hydration Station provided by Sparkling Ice Official Airline Partner Alaska Airlines
Disclaimer: Event is rain or shine. All tastings are one ounce depending on the winery. Drinks must be consumed inside the tasting locations. We do not guarantee that everyone will make it to every tasting location. All wineries and participating businesses are subject to change. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Please Drink Responsibly.
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley
11 AM, All Ages
The Freight & Salvage celebrates the incredible talent in your own backyard with the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival. Northern California has been a bluegrass stronghold since the 1960s and the Freight is proud to continue their support of legendary local artists and up-and-coming musicians.
They’re bringing together leaders of the genre, up-and-coming artists, and music fans for three days of concerts, panel discussions, jams, free workshops, and good old-fashioned merriment to kick off the summer music festival season.
Saturday, May 19
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Cello Workshop with Tristan Clarridge (Room 210)
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Family Squaredance with Evie Ladin (Freight & Salvage Lobby)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Flatt and Scruggs Singalong with Laurie Lewis & Yoseff Tucker (Littlefield Room)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Guitar Workshop with Greg Blake (Room 210)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Banjo Workshop with Avram Siegel (Room 208)
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Fiddle Workshop with Tashina Clarridge (Room 210)
Sunday, May 20
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Mandolin Maniacs Unite! with Jake Howard (Room 210)
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Bass Workshop with Sam Grisman (Room 208)
11:00 am – 12:50 pm Youth Jam (Freight & Salvage Lobby)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Dobro Workshop with Israel Parker (Room 210)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Duet Singing Workshop with Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum (Room 208)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Slow Jam with Richard Brandenburg (Freight & Salvage Lobby)
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Fiddle Workshop with Brandon Godman (Room 208)
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Jimmie Rodgers Songs Workshop with Pat Enright (Room 210)
Friday, May 18 Night Concert (doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm) – Paid Event
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with Molly Tuttle
Sean Watkins with the Bee Eaters
Saturday Night Concert (doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm) – Paid Event
Molly Tuttle Band
Phantoms of the High Country
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Sunday Night Concert (doors at 5:30, show at 6:30 pm) – Paid Event
Darol Anger’s Blur-Grass All-Stars
The Get Down Boys
The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz
North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
Sunday, May 20th
Howard and Main, San Francisco
8 AM, All Ages
Bring your costumed, your semi-naked and your beer (try to be discreet) and participate in one of the largest races in America – also one of the most strange and “San Francentric.”
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 2018 Bay to Breakers Expo either Friday, May 18 from 11 am to 7 pm, or Saturday, May 19 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 2018 Spectators line the entire course, but some of the best viewing spots are:
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.
Rival house parties with DJs and dancing typically line Hayes Street before the hill and Fell Street near Ashbury across from the Panhandle.
Along Alamo Square at the top of Hayes Street Hill: Amazing view of 30,000 people, all climbing Hayes Street.
Finish Line on the Great Highway
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, Finisher’s Medal and free hi-res race photos. The 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 reigster. – 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 2018 regarding nudity on the course. And the city’s public nudity ban has a special exemption for “appropriate venues” just like Bay to Breakers.
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. 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 25 local vendors, food trucks & pop-ups.
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.
New for 2018 is a series of monthly cultural performances.
March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season
April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 25 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:
Senor Sisig: A mashup of the best that Filipino food and Mexican taquerias have to offer, serving sisig-style (24-hour marinated pork shoulder) tacos, burritos and fries
Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic
Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi
Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients
Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia
Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas
Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches
Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos
El Pipila: Authentic Guanajat cuisine launched through San Francisco’s culinary incubator for low income entrepreneurs, La Cocina and appearing at Presidio Picnic as a Mexican fruit stand
Cielito Lindo: Mexican Street Kitchen: Mexican street food favorites like tacos and tortas topped with roasted steak ranchero, beef barbacoa, chicken mole and veggie estofado
Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders
DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis
A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails