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 4th
Chabot Space Center, Oakland
All Day, All Ages
Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm.
$5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regular admission is $18 for adults, so this is a super deal.
Every First Friday event will include a variety of fun evening activities for the whole family. Enjoy music, a bar, science demos, talks, telescopes, space missions and more.
Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served, so get there to sign up early. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays; just show up and join in on the fun.
In celebration of National Space Day join and celebrate the past, present and future of space exploration.
Experts in space sciences will be on hand to answer your questions and showcase how the next generation can prepare for space-related careers.
Family fun hands-on activities will guide you through the evolution of space research and showcase what the future of space travel might become. Let the expert astronomers lead you through the night’s sky through storytelling and observation using their three historic telescopes. *weather permitting
Also, May the Fourth be with you at Chabot with a special Star Wars themed Sky Tonight Planetarium show and a Star Wars costume contest and dance party.
Mint Plaza, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 20th anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which will run April 27-May 6, 2018.
The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Mint Plaza for its HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect, a free, participatory and family friendly event. Two Free Lunchtime Performances by LINES Dance Center students and LINES Education Programs.
Come be part of this annual community performance event and see a diverse spectrum of local dance artists – including HeART with LINES Community Programs, LINES Ballet’s education programs, and the LINES Ballet Company – in an outdoor family performance designed for audiences of all ages.
Saturday, May 5th
MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley
12PM, All Ages
Hip Hop in the Park is Northern California’s longest running hip hop event. This FREE, all ages event, Hip Hop in the Park celebrates all four elements of hip hop showcasing live graffiti artists, a b-boy cypher and live DJs in an effort to promote community solidarity through music. In recent years, we also expanded to include vendors as apart of the experience. Come out and bring the whole family for a day filled with good music and better company.
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s Park.
Come celebrate Hip Hop music and culture at this year’s 22nd annual Hip Hop in the Park. They’ll be featuring awesome artists on the main stage, b-boys and b-girls at the dance cypher, graffiti artists doing live pieces, and they’ll also have food trucks, vendors, and a children’s tent.
As always, this a free, family friendly event, so bring your friends and family along and have a blast with Students for Hip Hop as they transform People’s Park into a fun filled Hip Hop festival for a day.
2018 Hip Hop in the Park Lineup:
One Be Lo
Novella, San Francisco
12 PM, Ages: 21+
On Saturday, May 5th, Novela is hosting all the action – Kentucky Derby viewing on 7 screens followed by Cinco de Mayo fiesta. We’ll have a special food menu featuring new items as well as some derby day items. Don’t forget about the libations! We’re crafting some extra special cocktails for the occasion. Bring your grandest hat or sombrero and come join the fun!
Be sure to reserve a table for you and your group as there will be a limited number of open seating available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot!
– MINT JULEPS & SPECIALTY DRINKS
– SPECIALTY FOOD MENU
– FUN PHOTO OPS
– FREE TO ATTEND!
RSVP and get 50% all drink specials from 12:00pm – 9:00pm
RSVP does NOT include a table reservation. Email email@example.com for a table.
RSVP does not include food or drinks.
Event is 21+
Sunday, May 6th
Howard and 2nd, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
This is your invitation to the Dance. The weirdest dance in the world. Join us as we take a time warp back to the 1970s, a time of high weirdness and shiny things…
With 10 stages of cutting-edge electronic dance music! Inspiring live and exhibited artwork on Art Alley! Local arts and craft vending and yummy food! Vendors from around the world with unique goods! An educational celebration of cannabis culture on Green Alley! And thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets!
Celebrate How Weird Day with the How Weird Day Parade
May 6, 2018 is officially “How Weird Day”, as declared by the Board of Supervisors of the city and county of San Francisco. San Francisco deserves a holiday that celebrates weirdness, creativity, and peace. So do all people. Festivities include dancing and the inaugural How Weird Day Parade. The parade will start at Howard and 1st Street at 2:22 pm and wind its way through the faire, complete with marching bands and assorted weirdness. Emperor Norton I will be leading the How Weird Day Parade, and the Mission Delirium Brass Band will be playing music. The parade will stop at the Green Alley stage near Tehama and 1st Street, where the founder of the faire Brad Olsen will read the San Francisco Proclamation declaring How Weird Day.
In the not too far away future, we shall harken back to a simpler time, a funkier time, a more colorful time. It was a time of bellbottoms and big collars. A time of big cars and bigger hair. A time when lava lamps lit the land, and rocks were pets. Remember when fun was really fun?
The Disco Ball Inferno – a powerful theme based on a true story. The greatest story ever danced!
DANCE MUSIC STAGES
PRODUCED BY… Symbiosis CCC (Consortium of Collective Consciousness) Muti Music Enchanted Forest Northern Nights Opel and Opulent Temple Tantra and Fusion Six Degrees Records Mountain Lion Hi-Fi SomaFM Think You Can DJ Game Show
To see who is playing at the faire check the How Weird website for updated information… http://howweird.org/music-stages/
Art Alley will shine once again with the abundance of creativity that the San Francisco Bay Area is famous for. There will be live and exhibited artwork in a rustic urban setting. Be inspired by the wonders. There will also be local arts and crafts vendors, and ambient music from local legends SomaFM.
HOW WEIRD MARKETPLACE
There will be unique and exciting vendors from around the world selling designer goods, clothing, jewelry, art, food, and drinks. Come find new things for the 2018 festival season. From the weird to the wonderful, you can find it all. Plus each vendor and bar will be offering specials that come with Magic Pass!
Green Alley will be located on Tehama Street near 1st Street this year. It will be filled with cannabis-related booths, educational opportunities, and visionary presentations. The Green Alley stage will feature inspiring talks and groovy downtempo music by Six Degrees Records. Come learn and be delighted by the evolution of cannabis culture. There will be useful information but no sales of cannabis at the faire this year.
Less waiting, more fun! We will be introducing many changes to reduce the wait time at arrival, and will be adding a 4th entrance this year.
The entrances will be at… Howard & New Montgomery Streets Howard & First Streets Second & Folsom Streets Second & Mission Streets
We strongly recommend taking public transportation to the faire. We are very close to MUNI, BART, regional bus, and Caltrain stops. The faire is a short walk from Montgomery and Market Streets. It can be hard to find parking near the faire, many new building have gone up recently.
The entrance pass will cost $20 at the door.
This year the Magic Pass is required for entry to the faire. In the past, the entrance has been a sliding scale donation. We are working with the city to increase security and help control the crowds, while making the faire experience better for everyone. The neighborhood has changed a lot since we moved there, and we are grateful to be there.
The passes will still be Magical. There will be specials at all the faire vendors, including discounts and fun activities and free things. To see all the specials check the How Weird website… http://howweird.org/magic-passes/
We recommend getting the presale Magic Passes to save money and time when you arrive, and to show your early support. The cost of presale passes are $15, or early bird presales for only $11.11. The early bird presales have ended.
If you really want to enjoy the faire in comfort, there is the Exceptionally Weird VIP Experience, which includes a cozy lounge on Natoma Street with bathrooms, couches and chairs, tables, and a bar. Included in the experience is a free drink, a sticker, and a large poster. Plus there will be special music from DJ Seven, DJ Sol, and Terbo Ted. The Exceptionally Weird VIP Experience is $50 and includes all the magic specials.
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the nonprofit World Peace Through Technology Organization, showing the world that peace is possible. The faire brings diverse people together to make connections and find common ground. Dancing knows no boundaries or political affiliation, and music, more than any other form of communication, is able to transcend differences between people. Come see how fun peace can be. And keep on dancing!
The Fantastic Towering Disco Ball and the Far Out Funky Inferno. Can You Dig It? It’s Out of Sight!
What the critics are saying… “Shocking and thought provoking, with a funky beat.” “A heartwarming and loud action-filled romp by the Bay.” “Compelling. Riveting. Unforgetable.” “One word: It’s time to boogie!” “Nanu nanu indeed!”
This faire is dedicated to all the generations of people that have danced, and taken their dance to the weird level.
And now for something completely different… Coming to a street faire near you!*
THE PRESALES END ON SATURDAY MAY 5TH AFTER THAT THE MAGIC PASSES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE FAIRE ON SUNDAY MAY 6TH
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