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Weekend Planner: May 20th, 2022

View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

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!

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, May 20th

Polk Street Bluegrass

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!

Food Truck Market Off the Grid

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 21st

Queer Magic Dance Party

USS Hornet, Alameda

10 AM, Ages: All


MAY 21st The Menagerie Oddities Market presents a WORLD GOTH DAY FESTIVAL: Above the Waves

Our second annual celebration of World Goth Day returns to the tiny island of Alameda on Saturday May 21st, aboard the famously haunted USS Hornet! Come draped in your finest black...

Goth Royalty Monica Richards w/Anthony Jones Return to the Bay Area for an Exclusive Performance Above the Waves..

Festival Schedule

10-4pm On the Pier (Outdoors):

Food trucks: Satay by the Bay and Don’t Be Chick’n, a full bar and dining area, the Menagerie Mobile Oddities Shoppe with performances on the hour from Sky High Odditorium.

10-4pm On the Ship in Hangar Bays 1&2 (Indoors):

The Menagerie Oddities Show with 56 vendors, a full bar, food, tours of the ship including the flight deck, and goth DJ’s!

You won’t find this vendor lineup anywhere else…Altar Ego, Ambienoise, AP Obscurae, Arsenic Fashions, Ash Above So Below, Atlas Viscera, Bellacat's Stache, Big Top Chocolate, Bit Bat Bootique, Black Market, Black Widow Bottles, Built From Sketch, Chantrieri Moon, Crimson Parlor, Curio, Dark Mourning Oddities, Drop Dead & Wrought, Emo Weasel, Esteban Cruz, Eternal Craft, EyeScream Jewelry, Favor & Hot Cakes Design, Feathered Outlaw, Feline Oracle, Gashly Tentacles, Haunted Manor, Holly Pierson, iconic Meltdown, Jak Savage Fashions, Jeffrey Matucha, Kria Lindquist, Luna Lilith Creations, Ma Cheri Designs, Magpie and Thorn, Mancha de Mehndi, Menagerie Mobile Oddities Shoppe, Minerva Press, The Art of Monica Richards, Mystic Parlor, Owl la Mode, Painted Points, Petite Royale, R.L. Merrill Author, Rocketready Apparel, Satan Save the Queen, Sick Soaps, Skeletal Dropkick, Stitch Twisted Tales, Studio Umbralux, Sui Generis Magicka, Tin Baby Tin, Warewise Soaps, Wicked Clay Babe, Xan Bloodwalker, xBlack Lilyx, You Didn't Ask w/Frankie & Tish

PLUS Dancing and DJ’s:

10:00-11:30 Fledermaus

11:30-1:00 Adrienne Scissorhands

1:00-2:30 Miz Margo

2:30-4:00 Zlaya

4:00-6:00 Barbary Ghost

Doors at 5pm Hangar Bay 3 (Indoors):


CONCERT w/Monica Richards (Faith & the Muse / The Eden House) and Anthony Jones, the Reptile House (Sisters of Mercy) & Dead Souls (Joy Division)

Ticket Options: (Please see descriptions on ticketing page for details)

$20 10-4pm Oddities Show

$10 10-4pm Oddities Show Youth (7-17) Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

KIDS 6 and under FREE

FEELING LUCKY? USE CODE LUCKY13 for a $20 discount on Concert Tickets

$75 ALL Inclusive includes Oddities Show and Concert

$149 VIP / $55 Concert Only


Stop by the Elbo Room in Jack London Square for an After Party hosted by Body Rapture featuring DJ Sage, DJ Chat Noir, Davey Bones, and DJ BitFAQ's

As we continue to grow, we invite you to follow our adventures in all things odd on social media @themenageriealameda

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COVID - Covid mandates and policies will be updated accordingly.

USS Hornet MUSEUM MEMBERS: please purchase your ticket for the "World Goth Day Market" directly with the museum or at the door. We cannot offer discounts through Eventbrite. Museum member discounts are only good for WGD Market tickets and not valid for concert, festival or VIP tickets.

Will tickets be available at the door? Yes, but the concert might sell out so don't miss out! BUY EARLY!

Where will I put my stuff? We are offering a merchandise holding area for festival attendees. You must fill out a slip, keep your receipt and pick up your belongings. We are not responsible for returning merchandise left behind. Your items must be picked up immediately following the performance. We do not offer shipping. Please be respectful and kind to our staff.

REFUNDS: All ticket sales are final. In the event of a cancellation, the event will be rescheduled for the next available date and tickets will be accepted at that time.

DISCLAIMER: Live video and/or photography takes place during our events and is used for promotional purposes only. We do not compensate for use of these images. Attendance to our event is acceptance of this policy and constitutes permission for future use of these images.

SOLICITING: Absolutely NO soliciting our vendors for wholesale or vending other events during our event. Our vendors are professional artists connecting with patrons during the Menagerie ~ please be respectful and take a card to contact them later. Violators will be asked to leave and banned from future markets.

NO outside food, drink or promotional materials.

PARKING: FREE parking. ADA parking on first-come, first-served basis. Do not leave anything visible in your vehicle!

COVID-19: Masks are recommended at our events; Check with the venue prior to arrival for their current Covid policy indoors. The USS Hornet is an open-air venue.

ADA Accessible: we are pleased to let attendees know, the USS Hornet provides an elevator lift service for those needing assistance upon entry and exit. (the 3rd story flight deck is not accessible but there is an ADA Accessible viewing area from the Hangar Bay).

Public Transportation: Bart, AC Transit and nearby Ferry service!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email us at

**use of the goth smiley courtesy of**

**original artwork of Monica Richards w/Anthony Jones by Daniel Foerste, courtesy of Monica Richards**

REFUNDS - All ticket sales ARE FINAL! This event will be held on the mid-deck of the USS Hornet, an open air venue *rain or shine*. Should the event be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances, it will be rescheduled and tickets will be honored at a future date.

Meanwhile....enjoy the photo's from last year's darkness...we all came out of our coffins after a long year of Covid, for music and shopping and friends. It was grand! We promised you something spectacular for 2022-we hope you love it. See you soon. XoXo

The Menagerie

Black Generations History Festival

Downtown Farmers' Market, Berkeley

10 AM, Ages: All


The Farmers Market Salsa Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in downtown Berkeley has become an annual go-to event for our East Bay community and beyond. Join us for a day of environmental and cultural experiences with music, dance, and food and beverages being offered all day long.

Salsa Festival 2022 includes performances by San Francisco Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Berkeley High School Jazz Band, the Wasaka Project Cumbia Duet, Afro-Cuban Afro Peruvian artist Erick Peralta, and Grammy Award Winner Christian Pepin y su Orquesta Bembe. Professional Latin Dancer Rebecca Galindo perform with her students, as well as demonstrate step-by-step how to navigate basic Salsa dance steps.

It won’t be long before you will be moving to the Latin rhythms while sipping sustainably made Mojitos, Beer and Wine. Other activities will include a Latin Drum Circle led by Christian Pepin, the Fashion Trashion Booth where attendees can take selfies with upcycled fashion, and Pedal Powered Smoothies.

Stroll the park and shop for sustainable jewelry, pottery, textiles and more from local artisans. The whole family will love the Puppets of the World as they float through the park. You will be able to pick up giant eco-focused puppets from the Giant Puppets of the World booth and learn to navigate through the event with giant butterflies, bumblebees, and more.

In the Kids Zone, the young and young-at-heart will meet Compton the Compost Puppet, made entirely from recycled materials, and learn how composting helps the planet. Kids will get to blow giant, environmentally-friendly bubbles with huge wands, make clay masks, join the Berkeley Library Story Time, sing along with Mariela’s Bilingual Music Time and learn a few Salsa dance steps. They can also make an upcycled percussion instrument and join the Kid’s Drum Circle, or join the Farmers’ Market Treasure Hunt and win a prize.

The festival will offer a variety of locally-sourced, sustainably-made food and beverages in tandem with the adjacent Farmers’ Market. Freshly made mojitos will be for sale from female-founded, female-owned Montoya Distillers, a leader in the industry in sustainability and social responsibility. The mojitos will be made with mint and lime sourced from the Farmers’ Market. Craft beer and wine will be poured by local sustainable breweries and wineries, and water stations will be administered by Ecology Center Youth Environmental Interns.

StopWaste Chef Helga Alessio will demonstrate various ways to make fresh salsa, using the Farmers’ Market produce that was freshly chopped by event attendees in the Pedal Powered Chopping activity. As one of the Ecology Center’s Instructors, Helga will prepare salsa samples while sharing information about cooking with food scraps to reduce one’s carbon footprint. Attendees will be encouraged to visit the Farmers’ Market, where they can purchase food from Farmers’ Market food vendors.

Don't forget to mark your calendar and pull out your dancing shoes!!!


Sunday, May 22nd


Open Air Concerts Oakland

Forest Hill Station, San Francisco

1 PM, Ages: All


This walk will traverse the natural, cultural, and historical aspects of Laguna Honda Hospital, on trails that are part of the Crosstown Trail. The walk will begin and end at the Forest Hill Station, where we will explore the murals installed by Precita Eyes.

Walk Leaders: Emil Fogarino and Tom Scharffenberger

Emil is a local naturalist and educator who recently retired from teaching marine biology and natural history at Washington High SF. As a native San Franciscan, Emil enjoys sharing and learning about the natural beauty that surrounds us. Tom is a landscape architect/conservation planner and is on the NTC Advisory Council. His interests include natural history, urban design and land use planning.

Details: The walk will be approx 2 miles on dirt trails, with a vertical elevation gain of 250 feet. The historic trails at Laguna Honda have been restored and maintained by SF Urban Riders.

We will pass through open grassland, shaded and forested areas and in the process encounter a mixture of native and invasive species. There's a good chance we will see the resident pair of red tailed hawks soaring above the eucalyptus trees.

As we walk along this urban trail, various aspects of human use will be revealed: the urban art on the water storage tanks (quite spectacular) and the remnants of "bed pan alley" where old bottles from the past history of the hospital can be found. As we climb the trail we will reach the top of Panorama Drive which reveals excellent views of Mt. Davidson, the Bay, the ocean, and Mt. Sutro.

Meeting Location: Meet directly across the street from the Forest Hill Station, at the arched entrance to Laguna Honda in the center of the mural.

Transportation: Multiple Muni lines come to Forest Hill Station. Parking is fairly easy in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Weather: Heavy rain will cancel. We will send out an announcement the morning of the walk if we decide to cancel.

Cost: This walk is FREE to attend (with RSVPs kindly requested).

Donations (in cash) can be made to Nature in the City on the day of the event. Special bonus! Everyone who donates $10 and above will receive a copy of the Nature in the City Map.

Or join Nature in the City today and receive early-bird invitations to all our future walks, among other fun perks.

Wine Tasting

Thirve City, San Francisco

4:30 PM, Ages: All


Dub Nation – come out to the Thrive City plaza for the Golden State Warriors Playoffs Watch Party, presented by Chase. Enjoy lawn games and our sport court, take advantage of photo opportunities, and cheer on the Dubs while we broadcast the game on the big screen! All Chase cardholders can show their Chase credit or debit card to access the Chase Lounge for a VIP experience and receive an exclusive giveaway (while supplies last).

This event is first come, first serve until capacity is reached. Event is rain or shine. All pets must be on a leash at all times. Coolers with food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed. Prohibited Items & Activities at Thrive City •No weapons of any kind •No alcohol brought on plaza •No panhandling, solicitation or loitering •No smoking of any kind •No amplified sound •No drones •No motorized vehicles, bicycles, or scooters (bicycles can be locked at any rack on streets around the venue) •No pamphlets or product samples •No overnight camping •No tents •All garbage, bottles, cans, paper, or other waste matter should be placed in designated trash and recycling receptacles •No trespassing when Thrive City is closed •Any other prohibited items, activity, or behaviors deemed unsafe, or unacceptable by Chase Center Management

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