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.
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Friday, May 27
Albany Community Center, Albany
6:30 PM, All Ages
May is Bike Month! Join us at the Albany Community Center for a “Bike in Movie”. We will be showing ‘Breaking Away’, a fun, family-friendly movie about a teenage boy’s dream of becoming a professional cyclist. Ride your bike on down to the Albany Community Center and join us for this fabulous Bike Month event! We have plenty of space to park your bike in a protected area, complete with a massive bike rack. The popcorn is free and will be flowing freely! This film is PG. Special thanks to 5 Little Monkeys for co-sponsoring this bike-tacular event.
Cobb’s Comedy Club, San Francisco
10:15 PM, Ages: 18+
A fan-favorite on the Emmy® Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Madrigal’s regular contributions as correspondent have led to numerous scripted television guest spots, including Welcome to the Captain (CBS), Gary Unmarried (CBS), The Ortegas (FOX), and The Tax Man (FOX). Most recently Al can be seen co-starring on NBCs About a Boy with Minnie Driver and David Walton.
As a stand-up, Al starred in his own half-hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Al Madrigal in 2005 and released his first hour special Why is the Rabbit Crying in 2013. He has also performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Lopez Tonight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Pretend Time with Nick Swardson, Comics Unleashed, and The 3 Non Juans. On October 1st, 2012, alongside comedian Bill Burr, he launched the All Things Comedy network – a podcast and video network founded, owned and operated entirely by comedians. On it, Madrigal and fellow comedians Chris Spencer and Maz Jobrani release weekly episodes of Minivan Men- a podcast for regular people with children.
Saturday, May 28
Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater, Oakland
1 PM, All Ages
The Eastlake Music Festival (EMF) is a FREE nonprofit music and arts festival for ALL AGES on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. EMF presents the best local, independent musicians, artists and performers in and around Oakland, California. Two large stages, a brand new music maker lounge, microbrews, food trucks, and free fun for the whole family…there’s something for everyone at EMF 2016!
Evermore so, the arts are facing severe defunding across large institutions, devaluation through condensed mp3’s online, and funding cuts for classroom art programs. Increasingly, fewer and fewer children, particularly in Oakland, get a chance to feel the dynamic rush, energy and magnetic appeal of a live instrument, band or vocalist beyond the four corners of their computer or smartphone screen.
At our core, we believe live music and performance arts shouldn’t be a luxury for the few, rather accessible to everyone. In order to achieve this mission, we finance this nonprofit live music and performance art project annually through crowd funding and donations. After all, this is a festival for the people, by the people!
So if you have the means to give the gift of music to your fellow citizens and the children of the community, please help us by donating below.
“Even a waterfall, starts with one drop.” – The Power of One
Aptos Village Park, Aptos
10 AM, All Ages
Full Lineup Announced! The gates will open at 10am on Sat and 10:30 on Sun. BUDDY GUY headlines the Saturday Blues show for his 80th Birthday Tour. JOSH TURNER headlines Sunday’s Country lineup.
SATURDAY BLUES LINEUP:
BUDDY GUY, TROMBONE SHORTY w/ Orleans Avenue, ROBERT RANDOLPH and the Family Band, INDIGENOUS, and CAROLYN WONDERLAND
SUNDAY COUNTRY LINEUP:
JOSH TURNER, DAVID NAIL, GRANGER SMITH w/ Earl Dibbles, Jr., CANAAN SMITH, BRODIE STEWART, LEAVING AUSTIN.
Get ready for some house rockin’ Blues, Americana, and Country Music as we kick the summer into high gear at the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 28th & 29th, 2016. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer vacations, family fun, and great musical experiences shared with both old and new friends. For more than 23 years Aptos Village Park has been the host to a rich and storied history of great music that brings us all together. 2015 brought Bonnie Raitt, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Los Lonely Boys, JJ Grey & Mofro, Coco Montoya, Chris Cain, Ryan Bingham and more to Aptos Village Park! This festival will continue to honor the diverse nature of Traditional American Music by bringing world-class artists together for two fun-filled days of LIVE music in this exceptionally beautiful park, featuring a state-of-the-art sound system for your enjoyment. We hope you will join us as we pay tribute to some of the finest musical talents around!
• Two full days of top talent in a variety of Traditional American Music genres at Aptos Village Park, a natural amphitheater of oaks and redwoods surrounding a beautiful sunny grass meadow near the Monterey Bay.
• Featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and open-air staging.
• Merchandise booths for all the new Santa Cruz American Music Festival gear.
• Easy access to the artist’s booth where you can meet some of the artists, purchase their merchandise and get autographs.
• Food & drink booths with BBQ, Asian, Mexican, wraps, pizza, organic fare, New Orleans style, gourmet hot dogs, kettle korn, frozen fruit bars, smoothies, desserts, water, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine. Use your Festival Dollars here!
• Children’s area with face painting and balloon twisting.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR OFF-SITE PARKING
Free parking is available at Cabrillo College. (follow the signs) Luxury shuttle bus transport from Cabrillo College to Aptos Village Park begins at 9am. Cabrillo College parking lot opens at 8am. There is no parking at the festival site.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
• Do bring a low-profile lawn chair up to 30” with a seat height of no more than 10”, _ these are only allowed in the General Admission seating area.
• Do bring a blanket or towel
• Do bring one personal bottle of water
• Do bring a still camera (no video)
• Do wear layered clothing
• Do bring a hat
• Do bring sunscreen
• Do have a great time
• Do dance till it hurts
• Do make new friends
• Don’t bring tall chairs
• Don’t bring dogs or pets of any kind
• Don’t bring food
• Don’t bring alcohol
• Don’t bring cans or bottles or containers
• Don’t bring coolers
• Don’t bring cameras with removable lenses, recording devices, or _digital video cameras
• Don’t smoke in the park
• Don’t wear your colors
Disclaimer: We reserve the right to not allow any cameras into the park whether they have removable lenses or not. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. No refunds or exchanges, rain or shine. Artists are subject to change.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is there Disability Access to the Festival?
The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is a Disability Accessible event. DA parking is available in specially marked area at Cabrillo College where a private shuttle will transport passengers to Aptos Village Park throughout the day. Please follow DA parking signs to the Disabled Parking & Shuttle lot. If you are capable of riding the large luxury shuttle, please do so as there may be a longer wait for the smaller DA shuttle. A private shuttle at Aptos Village Park will transport disabled passengers down the hill to the festival when the gates open. For further questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I volunteer to help with this event?
I’d like to be a Sponsor for this festival and have my logo appear on all the ads. Who do I contact?
How can I become a vendor at this festival?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
There are no refunds, but tickets can be transferred to another person online. There will be a $5.00 transfer processing fee.
Can I update my registration information?
You can login and update your registration information online.
Do you take Credit Cards for food, etc?
The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is a scrip-based event and cash will not be accepted at the vendor booths except at the Festival Merchandise Booth, Artist’s Table, and CD sales booth. Please visit the ‘Festival Bucks’ booth using Cash, Visa or MasterCard to purchase Festival Bucks tickets to buy food and drinks. The Artist’s Table is located on the left side near the stage.
Where can I park for this festival?
There will be no onsite parking at Aptos Village Park. There will be free parking at Cabrillo College off Soqie; Drive near the event (follow the signs) and a free luxury shuttle service provided to take you to the park.
ATMs are located at the Music Pavilion next to the Food Court and also at the park entrance.
History park, San Jose
12 PM, All Ages
Celebrate tacos at the San Jose Taco Festival of Innovation – a feast day filled with tastings, art, music, Lucha Libre, and a curated selection of over 30 food trucks from all over the Bay Area serving their best rendition of a taco all day.
The key to the Taco Festival of Innovation is variety paired with affordability. In addition to traditional tacos, you’ll see variations like short rib tacos, nacho tacos, Vietnamese shrimp tacos, ice cream tacos . . . if it can be put on a taco, chances are you’ll see it at Taco Festival.
They’ve made sure that all plates are $6 or less so taco lovers can take in the many choices without breaking the bank.
Vote for your favorite taco during the day, and they’ll select a number of fan favorites to be judged by a celebrity panel, arriving at one taco to rule them all.
The Bay Area’s best food trucks serving up innovative freestyle tacos
Art, jewelry, clothing, and other various local goods
Mexican-style masked wrestling, better known as Lucha Libre, inside a full wrestling ring
5th Annual US Air Accordion Championship. Yes, you read that right.
Sunday, May 29
San Ramon Central Park, San Ramon
11 AM, All Ages
The festival includes nearly 175 fine arts & crafts booths, entertainment on four stages, world class kite-flying demonstrations, free kite making workshops, free children’s’ activities, food and beverage vendors, a non-profit info alley, displays and more.
Chevron main Stage- Field adjacent to tennis courts. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets
SUNDAY, MAY 29 11:00am – 12:00pm Eden Aoba Taiko- Taiko Drumming 12:30pm – 1:00pm Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate 1:30pm – 3:30pm Diablo Road- Country 4:00p – 6:00pm STEALIN’ CHICAGO-CHICAGO TRIBUTE
MONDAY, MAY 30 11:00am – 1:00pm PANKIND- STEEL DRUMS 1:30pm – 3:00pm JUKEBOX HEROS-HITS FROM THE 80’S TO TODAY 3:00pm – 3:30pm MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM 4:00p – 6:00pm POP FICTION-BAY AREA PARTY BAND
Amphitheater Stage (City Hall side of the Community Center)
Sunday, May 29
11:00 – 11:45 American Academy– Rhythmic Gymnastics 12:00 –12:45 East County Performing Arts 1:00 – 1:45 Bella Dance Academy 2:00 – 2:45 Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate Kung Fu Dragon USA 3:00 – 3:45 St Mary & St. John Handbells Team 4:00 – 4:45 East West Kung Fu 5:00 – 5:45 San Ramon Symphonic Band
Monday, May 30
11:00 – 11:45 Lady K & the Kings of Swing- Big Band Jazz 12:00 – 12:45 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh- Indian Dance 1:00 – 1:45 Black Tiger Tae Kwon Do 2:00 – 2:45 Ushanjali School of Dance- Indian Dance 3:00 – 3:45 San Ramon Valley Dance Academy 4:00 – 4:45 Hansamo Samulnori- Korean percussion & dance 5:00 – 5:45 Tatseena Belly Dance Troupe
Alcosta Stage (Alcosta side of the Community Center)
Sunday, May 29
11:30 – 12:15 Teen Expressions Project The Kameleon- Teen Band 12:30 – 1:15 San Ramon Community Chorus 1:30 – 2:15 Nani & Friends- Polynesian Music & Dance 2:30 – 3:15 Suburban Thunder Improv Company 3:30 – 4:15 Vaishnavi Melkote- Vocalist 4:30 – 5:15 Steve Kritzer & Friends- Ukulele & Guitar
Monday, May 30
11:30 – 12:15 Ying’s Violin Studio 12:30 – 1:15 Kalaikoil- Dances of South India 1:30 – 2:15 All4Dance Dancers Martial Arts America Demo Team 2:30 – 3:15 Art in Motion Dancers 3:30 – 4:15 Serenadin’ Strummers 4:30 – 5:15 Koo’s Martial Arts Nupoor Dances- Bollywood
Puppet Stage (Rose Garden adjacent to Comm. Center)
Sunday, May 29 – Monday, May 30– Luce Puppet Company
1:30 Splashy Sea Saga 2:30 Zomo the Trickster Rabbit 3:30 The Emperor and the Nightingale
Attractions throughout the festival grounds
Festival Artist Event & Gallery Exhibit Alexandra Boiger, Max and Marla author presents: Monday, 11:30 am*- “A Look Inside the Working Process of an Author/ Illustrator” Monday, 1:30 pm*- Max and Marla Storytime *author book/poster signing after both presentations Community Center- Terrace Room
Alexandra Boiger Art Gallery Exhibit Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery – lower floor
Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides-Float (weather permitting) over the Festival grounds. Ball Field 2
Professional Skate Board Demonstration, contests and free lessons. Skate Park
FREE Kite Making Workshop. Community Center-Fountain Room
Professional Kite Flying Demonstrations. Lucky A’s Field
Chinese Kite Display – Community Center Gallery, upper floor
Jaws of Life Demonstration. Bollinger Parking Lot Daily 2:30pm
Coast Guard Display. Bollinger Parking lot next to City Hall
City of San Ramon Community Information & free balloons. Inside City Hall
San Ramon Valley Fire Department Equipment Display. Bollinger Parking lot next to City Hall
San Ramon Police Department Display. Bollinger Parking lot next to City Hall
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:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
Monday, May 30
San Francisco National Cemetary, San Francisco
10:30 AM, All Ages
Join veterans, families, and the community for the annual Memorial Day grand march and ceremony at the Presidio.
Grand March with Veterans and the 191st Army Band 10:30 am – Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue
Formal Program with Military Dignitaries, Guest Speakers, and Live Music 11 am – San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio
21-Gun Salute by the U.S. Army’s Pacific Training Division Noon – Pershing Square, Main Post
After the Ceremony
Noon – Tour of San Francisco National Cemetery
Meet at noon at the large tree near cemetery crossroad. Sponsored by the National Park Service.
1 pm – Interfaith Service at Presidio Chapel 130 Fisher Loop, Main Post Presented by the Interfaith Center at the Presidio
The Log Cabin Dugout Bar, San Anselmo
11 AM, All Ages
Spend the day with Vets who have served our country at The American Legion Post 179 at their fun annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Log Cabin and Dugout Bar from 1-8 pm on Monday, May 30, 2016.
There will be a free BBQ, live rock ‘n roll classics music from Uriah Duffy & Friends.
The event honors the nation’s veterans, but this is no solemn commemoration – drinking, dancing in the sunshine and bar games abound. They have free pool, shuffleboard, HD TVs and a jukebox.
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