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Weekend Planner: May 20


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 20



Playa Arts Sneak Peek

American Steel Studios, Oakland

7 PM, All Ages


Curious about what art projects are coming to Burning Man? For May we’ll have 10 artists present their planned works, while on the big screen behind them slides and movies of their art will appear. There will be a variety of projects, both colossus and small, each so mind blowing that you’ll want to participate in their creation…which you can! All art pieces presented will offer opportunities for you to get involved.

From the mystery of the The Last Apothecary to the HUMONGOUS Catacomb of Veils, this will be an evening of awe and inspiration!

East Bay Burners Social: Friday, 20 May 7:00pm – 10:00pm American Steel Studios – Love Potion Collective 1960 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607 Parking & Entry on 20th Street

BART to event map

The monthly East Bay Burner Socials (January – September) are an opportunity for the Burning Man community to gather on an ongoing basis. Each Social includes at least one speaker of interest and lots of opportunities to see familiar faces, meet new people and learn new things.

We usually get between 80-170 new and veteran Burners with a liberal scattering of the Burner-curious.

The event begins as a social mingle followed by an hour or so of presentations, then more mingling until folks leave. Usually there is a nearby bar that the adults visit to carry on the schmoozing.

The East Bay Burner Socials are family friendly (kids welcome!) wheelchair accessible, and to facilitate discourse, don’t have loud music.

See you there!



Constructed, instead?

Residence/SF, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


Constructed, instead? comes from an inner conversation with Susan Sontag’s essay Against Interpretation, in which she dives into what constitutes artistic style and idiosyncratic aesthetics. The question of style –inherent or not- has been raised often but it continues firmly and obstinately in spite of its opponents. With the notion of style, comes the question of whether it is secreted or constructed, and whether this can be distinguished at all.

This exhibition engages in this dilemma whilst highlighting constructed spaces, innuendos of depth and scale, and nonsensical narrative. Through the use of synthetic materials, magic and irony, Constructed, instead? brings artists who live and work in the Bay Area in dialogue about a sense of belonging in liminal spaces, imaginary realms and visual inquiries.

“What is inevitable in a work of art is the style. To the extent that a work seems right, just, unimaginable otherwise (without loss or damage), what we are responding to is a quality of its style. The most attractive works of art are those which give us the illusion the artist had no alternatives… the greatest art seems secreted, not constructed” (Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation)

Please join us for the opening of Constructed, instead? On Friday, May 20th 7-9pm at Residence/SF.

Featuring works by:

Maria Guzmán Capron //

Courtney Johnson //

José Joaquin Figueroa //

Nick Makanna //

Sachi Moskowitz //

Laura Rokas //

Lindsey White //

Curated by: Marcela Pardo Ariza

Special thanks to: Residence/SF (!!!)


Saturday, May 21



Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

The Parkmerced Fairgrounds, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages


Come celebrate Maker Media’s 11th anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.

Below are details about Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 to help you during the ticket purchase process. For more information about the Faire experience, visit the Maker Faire Bay Area FAQ to get your questions answered.

Rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced or transferred to another Faire.

Hours & Location:

  1. FRIDAY@MakerFaire—Special Preview Day:  Friday, May 20, 2016:  1 pm – 5 pm

  2. Saturday, May 21, 2016:  10 am – 7 pm

  3. Sunday, May 22, 2016:  10 am – 6 pm

Maker Faire Bay Area is held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. View the location and map details to the right on this page.

FRIDAY@MakerFaire — Ticket Information:

  1. Tickets for FRIDAY@MakerFaire are separate from tickets for, and do not include admission to the Faire on, Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22.

  2. Individual Special Access Tickets: Scroll up for ticket options.

  3. School Groups: Click here for ticket info on FRIDAY@MakerFaire—SCHOOL

Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 —Ticket Options & Pricing*:

* Note: Tickets for Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, do not include admission to FRIDAY@MakerFaire on Friday, May 20. Please make a separate purchase for FRIDAY@MakerFaire if you wish to attend this Special Preview Day.

San Mateo Residents: Purchase tickets in person at Whole Foods Market San Mateo. Single Day Passes (Student/Youth & Adult) for Saturday 5/21 & Sunday 5/22 on sale now while supplies last.


Maker Faire offers a variety of discounts off the full retail price.

— Student Discount: Students over 17 years old may purchase the “Youth/Student” ticket if they have a current student photo ID. Current student photo ID, with a ticket, will be required at the Faire entrance.

— Group/School Discount—15%: Discount for group of 15 or more. Must be purchased by May 19. Maker Faire was created for people with people! Come with your friends, family, clubs, company, posse, band, organization, etc. Just follow the directions below and have a blast! To take advantage of our group discount, tickets MUST be purchased at the same time by one person in your group (minimum of 15). Please click this link and fill out a bit of information for discount availability for groups of 15 or more. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount tickets must be purchased by May 19, 2016 (Midnight EDT).

— Military Discount—$10 OFF: Military Discount is good for all U.S. Active Duty (including all National Guard & Reservists) and retired military service members. Military Discount is $10 off all ticket types for Early Bird, Advance or Onsite ticket sales. Military ID will be required at the gate. Limit 4 tickets per transaction. This Military Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. To apply your military discount, please click here.

— Sunday Family Pass—$125.00: ONLINE purchase only by May 19. Your group of 5 people must arrive all together at the same entrance to Maker Faire between 10 am – 1 pm on Sunday, May 22. Sunday Family Pass attendees can stay until the Faire closes at 6 pm on Sunday. This pass is not available on Saturday. The Family Pass must be purchased online BEFORE you arrive on-site and cannot be purchased/combined with any other offers. Your “family” can consist of familyand/or friends to get to a total of 5 people. This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts, e.g., Group/School and/or Military.

More Information:

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.

Maker Booster Pass details available here.

Special Make: magazine Subscription + Ticket Offer: US addresses only (all 50 states). Subscriptions begin with Volume 51.

Activity Wristbands are required for ALL activities.

The name of the ticket purchaser DOES NOT need to match the ticket holder at the gate. If you would like to have the name on the ticket changed or removed, please contact Our team can assist with updating the tickets on your behalf.

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 (Adobe PDF reader required to print) OR you may also add them to your mobile device via the Eventbrite app, PassBook or any PDF Reader.

If you do not receive your email confirmation, check your spam or gray mail folder for it. If you are unable to find it, email to have it resent. Please include the name and email address used to order the tickets, and your order number if you have it.

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.

Parking is not available at the San Mateo Event Center. More information about parking options and free shuttles to the Faire will be available closer to the event.

Bike parking is available at our free, secure Bike Valet lot located at the San Mateo Event Center.

Hotel information will be available closer to the event.

Don’t forget to visit the Maker Faire Bay Area FAQ to get all of your ticket and Faire-related questions answered.

We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016!

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.

Rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced or transferred to another Faire.



4th Annual NorCal Session Fest

Jack London Square, Oakland

1 PM,  Ages: 21+




TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $35. Drake’s Brewing Company and Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) are proud to bring back the NorCal Session Fest for its fourth incarnation, this year at Jack London Square in downtown Oakland on May 21 from 1:00PM – 5:00PM.

Come join up to 40 craft breweries as they show you that great beer doesn’t have to be imperial. Enjoy selections of carefully crafted, full flavor, and super-refreshing session beers perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day.

We’ll have live music from J-Soul and Sang Matiz, food, games, free Bike Valet, and a homebrewing demonstration and tasting presented by the Bay Area Mashers Homebrew Club.

Mark your calendar for May 21 for a chance to meet some of your favorite brewers and try their best session beers of all styles.

Purchase your tickets in advance! A ticket includes one commemorative glass and 10 (5oz) beer tickets. Ticket proceeds benefit Bike East Bay in their local advocacy efforts to bring about better, safer biking for all in the East Bay.

Will Call opens at 12:30pm. Beer will begin pouring at 1:00pm.

Session Fest is open to the public (all ages welcome), but you must be 21+ to purchase the glass and tickets for beer. Wristbands will be given to those who are 21+ (ID required).

Jack London Square and Session Fest is dog-friendly. Dogs on leashes allowed and welcome.

Featured Breweries:

21st Amendment Brewery

Ale Industries

Almanac Beer Company

Altamont Beer Works

Alvarado Street Brewery

Anderson Valley Brewing Co

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Berryessa Brewing Co


Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.

Drake’s Brewing Co.

E.J. Phair Brewing Company

Fort Point Beer Company

Founders Brewing Company

Freewheel Brewing Company

Hangar 24

HenHouse Brewing Company

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Jupiter Beer Co.

Linden Street Brewery

Magnolia Brewing Company

Modern Times Beer

Moylan’s Brewing Company

New Belgium

Russian River Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Social Kitchen & Brewery

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Stone Brewing Co.

Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Track 7 Brewing Co.

Triple Rock Brewing Company

Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room

Trumer Brewery

Woodfour Brewing Company

Thanks to our Sponsors: 

Drake’s Brewing Company

Whole Foods Market

East Bay Express

Trumer Berkeley

Track 7 Brewing

Cleophus Quealy Beer Co

Port of Oakland


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Session Fest is open to the public (all ages welcome), but you must be 21+ to purchase the glass and tickets for beer. Wristbands will be given to those who are 21+ (ID required).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Bike East Bay will provide free Bike Valet. For directions, public transit and parking information, please visit the Jack London Square website here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please bring either your printed ticket or be able to show your ticket on your phone or tablet.

What is the refund policy? Sorry, no refunds.



Burger & Brew Fest

Downtown Fremont, Fremont

11 AM, Ages: 21+


The Second Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest was created to celebrate the variety of wonderful craft breweries in California, home to more breweries than any other in the state and will take place on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, from 11 am to 6 pm, taking place.

The event will feature sampling (tasting tickets required) from Bay Area breweries, wine, mouthwatering burgers, sliders and other food truck specialties. Great, live and local music, the Gourmet Marketplace and the Business Marketplace, featuring a collection of local businesses and art and craft vendors, will complete the daylong celebration.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Beer Tasting are $30 in advance (until May 15) and $35 after that.

The live music line-up from the main stage at the Capitol end of the festival includes:

  1. pure rock, soul, funk sweetness of Sweet Hayah (1-2:30 pm)

  2. punked-up, rocked-out Monkees tribute band In Trouble with Monkeys (3-4:30 pm).

  3. a DJ stationed at the other end so that attendees are never without music

Participating food truck and restaurants include, Frozen Kuhsterd, Hongry Kong, Grillaz gone Wild, Opie’s Gourmet Stacked Burgers, Capelo’s BBQ, Tacos de los Altos, Mario’s French Dips, Arirang Korean BBQ, Whole Foods, The Counter and Madam FloodPuppy’s and House of Catfish.


Sunday, May 22



Explore the Expanded SFMOMA

SFMOMA, San Francisco

10:30 AM, All Ages


Lots of hype about the new contemporary art museum.  Let’s see for ourselves.  We start with a private architecture and overview tour, and then choose individually which exhibits to view in detail.   We’ll meet at the new Howard Street entrance.

Afterward we’ll rendez-vous to picnic together at Cafe 5 Sculpture Garden on the fifth floor, or if too crowded, in the Yerba Buena Gardens/Metreon food court to share our impressions. Those who attend the tour are expected to stay for our luncheon discussion/wine tasting optional.  I’ll send out a few online items art and museums to enhance our dialogue.

Discussion over lunch in the Sculpture Garden/Cafe 5 or Yerba Buena Gardens across the street

Several payment options:

Ticket price for General Admission with private architecture and overview tour: $35

~ Private Architecture and overview tour for SFMOMA Members: $14.

~Optional winetasting of eight picnic wines: $10 at no host lunch (more info to follow)



Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

The Presidio, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.

Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.

2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.

They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:

  1. Bacon Bacon

  2. Del Popolo

  3. Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco

  4. Beach Brew

  5. Sugarfoot

  6. Grilled Cheese Guy

  7. Little Green Cyclo

  8. NopalitoSF

  9. Ceviche & Co.

  10. El Porteño Empanadas

  11. Slightly Skewed

  12. Fat Face

  13. Wing Wings

  14. Verde Vivo Tea

  15. Cholita Linda

  16. Luciano’s Scoop

  17. Stateside Bakery

  18. Girl Friday Zeppole

  19. Sajj Street Eats

  20. Sam’s ChowderMobile

  21. Ruru

  22. Powder

  23. the creme brulee cart

  24. Fine and Rare

  25. La Marcha Tapas Bar

  26. Réveille Coffee Co.

  27. Shorty Goldstein’s

  28. The Whole Beast

Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about 
a great event we missed? Leave it in the comments.

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