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 25th
The Story of Ramen, San Francisco
5:30 PM, All Ages
Have you thought about making ramen noodles yourselves?
At this fun, interactive event, you’ll experience how to make ramen noodles from flour and water and enjoy the finished bowl of heavenly ramen with the noodles that you made and either tonkotsu (pork bone broth) or an aromatic vegan broth (by request in advance).
Here is what to expect: You will first enjoy our home-made pot stickers with home made wrappers. Then, we will spend the first 15-25 minutes making ramen noodle dough and cut the noodles. Then, we will cook the noodles that you made with sides including chashu, soft-boiled eggs, menma (fermented bamboo shoots), wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts and nori, sprinkled with chopped scallion. For vegan/vegetarian requests, we will substitute chashu with spinach.
We made our tonkotsu pork bone and collagen broth base earlier in the morning. By request, we can substitute tonkotsu with an aromatic vegan broth.
We will wind down the event with a ice cream mochi dessert.
Whether you’d like to get your hands dirty with a hands-on noodle making experience or just watch us do it, you’re welcome to join. You can join our community event or request a specific date/time for friends get-together, birthday celebration, bachelorette party and company team building event. Please inquire details if you are interested in having this event host at your home or your specific venue.
Please note that the location of our event varies but they are all in Civic Center / Hayes Valley area. They’re all within 10-15 minutes walk from Civic Center BART. Once you book we will confirm your booking with our exact address.
[A Special Note on Refund: You can request a refund as long as you cancel 48 hours before the event. Transaction fees to PayPal and/or Eventbrite is non refundable. Refund can only be done via PayPal]
[A Special Note on Rescheduling: You can request your seat(s) to be rescheduled to a later date once if your request is made 24 hours prior to the event, subject to seat availability.]
Horizon Lounge, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
Looking for something fun to do in San Francisco on Friday Nights?
Come join us at SFHostelParty’s PopUp Event: SF Beer (and Wine) Olympics! $2 Beers/Wine + 90’s Party!
NOTE: YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 9:30PM TO PLAY IN THE GAMES SO BE SURE TO SHOW UP ON TIME. Enter Horizon THROUGH Score Bar at 490 Broadway St. since Horizon is closed except when this event is happening.
Current SF Beer Olympics Pop-Up Event Location: Horizon Lounge in SF.
FREE to play!
FREE entry before 10PM with a drink special purchase & RSVP!
90’s DJ Party following the games. Drink Special: 5 BEERS or 5 CUPS of WINE for $10 before 9:20PM; 5 for $15 from 9:20-9:40PM, 5 for $20 after 9:40PM.
Ladies who RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFLadiesNight/ get FREE VODKA DRINKS!
Games: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Relays Win Prizes!
–> Everyone’s placed on a team based on your country (to make it easy to meet people). –> Teams compete at flip cup, beer pong, & relays. –> Play -or- just watch, drink cheap beer and be social!
Meet & compete against travelers, locals, au pairs and students!
‘Like’ us on Facebook *and* RSVP that you’re attending & get a $1 shot!
****************************************************** WHEN: EVERY FRIDAY! WHERE: Current PopUp Location: HORIZON – 490 Broadway St, near the corner of Kearny St & Broadway (Signup with the Beer Olympics coordinator) TIME: Signup at 9PM – Be sure to arrive by 9:30PM to play in the games! ******************************************************
Saturday, May 26th
Mission District, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots of the Mission District and the San Francisco Bay Area. We accomplish our mission through dance, music, the visual arts and through creating spaces for community learning, school-based education, and advocacy.
40 YEARS AND COUNTING
Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved Memorial Day Weekend event featuring a Grand Parade and 2–day Festival, celebrating music and cultural elements from Latin American and Caribbean traditions.
Now in its fourth decade of celebration, Carnaval San Francisco has been an opportunity for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Come celebrate with us at our FREE 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend, May 26th and May 27th, where we will showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.
Cultural y Arte Nativa de las Americas–CANA
Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Américas–CANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, committed to preserving and exhibiting the arts and cultures of the Americas. Our main objective is to educate the San Francisco Bay Area on the cultures that exist in the North and South American continents, and to promote dialogue about their importance in our society. Carnaval San Francisco, the largest multicultural festival in the West Coast, is a project that CANA organizes, with the goal of educating people on the Latino and Caribbean traditions of the Americas through music, dance, and visual arts. Our educational platforms and spaces of revelry aim to heal, strengthen, and unite communities of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds through the power of art and culture.
Carnaval San Francisco Strategic Plan
In 2017, Carnaval San Francisco engaged in a comprehensive, strategic planning process for the years of 2018 to 2022. We aim to use this strategic planning process to identify our staffing needs, and how to best structure and fund staff positions to create an effective and sustainable organization. Furthermore, we will also highlight how Carnaval San Francisco impacts the Mission District community year-round through its support for artists’ access to jobs, the strengthening of local businesses, education of children, youth and community, advocacy, health and wellness and collaborations of other art institutions and beyond. If you would like to read our Strategic Plan, you can download it here.
THE GRAND PARADE
On Sunday, May 27th, the Grand Parade starts at 9:30am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed West to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads North on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn East and flow into the Festival area.
BE A VOLUNTEER. BE A SPONSOR. BE A VENDOR. BE A DANCER. BE A DRUMMER.
If you are interested in being a Volunteer, Sponsor or Vendor for Carnaval San Francisco, please see our Participate page.
Spark Social, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Calling all pups and paw-rents, Puppy Mama is hosting their first #YappyHour at SPARK on May 26th!
While the pups play and make some new furry friends, pawrents can grab delicious food from 10+ gourmet food trucks or hit up the Sip Bar for some ruff-reshing house-made sangria or craft beer!
Plus, get your pup ready for the Best Trick Competition – winning pup gets a prize!
Saturday, May 26th, 11am-2pm
SPARK Social SF | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North SF
Free Admission, all ages, ALL DOGS welcome!
10+ Food trucks & The SIP Bar
Rain or Shine
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Sunday, May 27th
Jack London Square, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Jack London Square to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best yo-yo players as they compete in the yo-yo championship.
Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will gather to test their skill, swap tricks, pick up the latest gear, and compete for cash and prizes.
2018 Bay Area Classic Contest Schedule
10 am – 12:30 pm: Prelims
12:30-1 pm: Break & On Stage Demos
1-4 pm: Finals, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 1A (in this order)
4-5 pm: Awards
5 pm: Hangout and YoYo in the Park (not in the amphitheater)
The Bay Area Classic is second only to the U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest in terms of prestige and competition, though some players actually focus as much emphasis on winning the BAC as Nationals or even the World Yo-Yo Contest.
California has produced some of the greatest modern yo-yo players in the world, and the BAC is the one contest each year they are all guaranteed to attend.
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