Weekend Planner: May 27


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 27


Bike-in Movie Night

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.


Al Madrigal Comedy Show

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


Eastlake Music Festival

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


Santa Cruz American Music Festival

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 TourJOSH TURNER headlines Sunday’s Country lineup.





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?


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):

•   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): 

•   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 info@santacruzamericanmusicfestival.com.

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?