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 26th
Alameda County Farigrounds, Pleasanton
3PM, Ages: All
Everything tastes better at night. Bring family and friends to eat all your favorite snacks at the 12th season of 626 Night Market (Previously called NorCal Night Market).
Inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, this iconic Californian festival named after the 626 area code region of San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles, features 250+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages.
Alameda County Fairgrounds 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566 (Gate 8 or 12 off Valley Ave)
Hours: May 26-28 & July 28-30: Friday: 3PM to 11PM, Saturday & Sunday 1PM-11PM.
Admission: $5 online or cash at the door. Children 3 and under are free. Parking is $15. Most vendors accept cash only and ATMs are available.
Security: The venue will have mandatory bag checks and metal detectors at the event entrance. Please plan accordingly. Security will enforce no unattended minors after 10PM.
No Pets: Alameda County Fairgrounds does not allow pets with the exception of service animals – it is up to their discretion at the gate to allow your furry friends in.
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Free (Food Separate)
California’s largest nighttime street food festival is back in San Francisco every Friday beginning March 24, 2023! Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center returns for its 13th season celebrating the variety, diversity and passion of the Bay Area food truck scene and beyond.
With over 50 food creators throughout the season, you can find your favorite treats while also discovering new and delicious dishes. Along with a diverse selection of food options, each Friday will also feature the Kivelstadt Cellars WineGarten, full cocktail bar, live music, and more!
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Friday Night Food Truck Party March 24 – June 23, 2023 Every Friday | 5-10 pm – Rain or Shine Fort Mason Center parking lot, 2 Marina Blvd., SF FREE Admission Please note that as of March 2023 Off the Grid has only announced dates through June 23rd but says “The 2023 season will be every Friday 5-10pm from March 24 – June 23 and then we will return in the fall for another round of special events.”
See the food truck lineup (25+ every week from a rotating list of 50 food trucks)
Special Events & Updates
Every 3rd Friday – Fido Fridays – 10% off bar for pet owners during “yappy” hour
Every 1st Friday – Family Fridays – 10% off bar for parents during happy hour
See offthegrid.com for updates
Saturday, May 27th
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30PM, Ages: All
Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.
Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.
Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few 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!
Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.
What can I bring to the event?
Multiple layers of clothing
Your wallet, to purchase drinks. Beer and wine available (Credit cards accepted)
Valid ID to purchase alcohol (only 21+)
Camera or phone for pics :)
You can bring your own food (no drinks) or order it to be delivered.
Is this event indoors?
Absolutely! The concert takes place inside the boathouse. But even then, it can get chilly so we suggest you bring multiple layers of clothing.
What's the seating situation like?
Seating is communal on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:15 pm. There are picnic tables for larger groups and smaller tables for couples, we suggest you arrive early to secure a table for your needs. If you arrive late, you may end up standing until there's a break and you can find seating.
What time does the music start?
The concert will start on time at 7:30 pm - unless we have more than 50% of our guests running late.
Is there food or drinks?
There's a bar with a wide selection of wine and beer. No food, so we suggest you order food to be delivered or bring your own food. Pack in and pack out, we ask our guests to clean up after themselves.
Is there free parking?
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, we welcome dogs but you need to book a ticket for them ($5), first come-first served. If you can't find Paw-Tickets for a specific date, that means tickets are sold out for them = we reached our max capacity for dogs. Always make sure the other guests you'll sit close to are ok with dogs. As long as your dog behaves and doesn't bark, they are always welcome.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You don't have to ;) just bring your cellphone to show us your e-tickets
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Absolutely! Just let us know well ahead of time
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes, 100% ok - we check for codes used previously.
Can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach out to us with any other Q's you couldn't find here :)
Jack London Square, Oakland
2 PM, Ages: 21+
Join us for the ultimate Mimosa Cruise featuring DJ Papi Chulo, where you'll enjoy a Miami in the Bay brunch while cruising through the stunning San Francisco Bay. Get ready to experience the perfect blend of Latin music and Hip Hop beats as you take in the breathtaking views of the city's iconic skyline, including Coit Tower, Alcatraz Island, and McCovey Cove.
Sip on $5 mimosas and groove to the rhythm of Latin and Hip Hop music as DJ Papi Chulo sets the tone for an unforgettable afternoon on the water. This is the perfect event for those looking to add some Latin flavor to their brunch routine while enjoying the beauty of the San Francisco Bay.
Don't miss out on this unique and exciting experience! Book your tickets now for the Mimosa Cruise feat DJ Papi Chulo and Miami in the Bay brunch. Get ready to set sail and create unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones.
Sunday, May 28th
Côte West Winery, Oakland
2 PM, Ages: 21+
We are open every Saturday and Sunday offering wine tastings, artisanal snacks and winery tours at our kid and pet friendly winery in the heart of Oakland's Embarcadero. Enjoy a tasting of five of our low-intervention wines made on-site. Make yourself comfortable in our welcoming indoor tasting lounge or on our outdoor patio.
Please note: Be sure to let us know what time you plan to arrive (between 2 and 6pm) so we can have a table ready for you.
Prepaid reservation are available for parties of 1 to 10.
Please reach out to email@example.com to reserve for parties larger than 10.
The Menagerie Oddities Market, San Francisco
12 PM, Ages: All
We're bringing our Wunderkammer on Wheels with some of your favorite Menagerie artists. Ceviche & Co. will be there and the beermiester's behind the taps will be ready to pour you cold ones. It's time to gather with friends and celebrate SUMMER.
1050 26th Street FREE - All Ages Dog Friendly
We've got weird stuff: bugs, bones, taxidermy, unique jewelry, strange home decor...all the fun stuff you can't buy anywhere else. Don't miss us!
The Menagerie is the Official Oddities & Curiosities Market of the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow us on Social media @themenageriealameda or sign up for our newsletter at https://themenagerieodditiesmarket.com