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 6
All Weekend, All Ages
Dadaconf is a weekend for anyone to make art, May 6-8 in Oakland, CA.
We believe that anyone has the ability to make art.
Most art doesn’t take special talent to make. It just takes a bit of perseverance and maybe a couple friendly faces helping you figure things out along the way.
Dadaconf is a place to learn something new to make dumb things with your new knowledge.
Whether you are an artist, musician, engineer, or anything else, you can make something fun, strange, and absurd at Dadaconf.
What is Dadaconf?
Dadaconf is a weekend for you to make art.
Don’t know how? No worries, we’ll teach you.
We’re hosting a series of workshops and lectures for you to come and learn a new thing and explore new fields, with many of them requiring no prior experience.
This year, we have workshops on:
making electronic music, for non-musicians
neural nets and visual art
creating virtual reality
…and many more to be announced
(see the full list of workshops announced so far)
After attending workshops, we encourage you to put your skills to use by making a dumb thing.
Why dumb things?
We believe that absurdity is freedom.
One of the things we’ve figured out at Dadaconf is that if you try to make absurd things, then it becomes ok to fail.
If you try to make a dumb thing and you succeed, then you made a dumb thing, and that’s great! If you try to make a dumb thing and you fail, then that’s fine because it was going to be dumb anyways. But if it becomes ok to fail, then there’s no harm in trying. And if you try, then you might learn something new, and you might make something cool.
So after you’ve attended some workshops, we want you to give some of your new skills a spin. Who knows — you might surprise yourself!
More about the schedule:
Opening ceremony and workshops! Meet some new people, attend a couple workshops, and get some ideas for a weird thing you want to make.
Saturday, during the day:
More workshops throughout the day and plenty of time to work on projects and collaborate on others. Work on creative projects, attend workshops, and learn new things.
Exhibition and celebration! You’ll have an opportunity to exhibit and demonstrate your creative projects. We’ll also have performances and end the event with a celebration.
Cleanup and saying goodbye to some new friends and collaborators.
About the venue:
We are super lucky have the great folks at NIMBY as our partners in making Dadaconf happen this year. NIMBY is a 70,000 square feet warehouse with room for literally anything you can throw at it.
NIMBY has a woodshop, metalworking area, people working on art cars, their own cars, people with painting studios, programmers, and even a blacksmith all onsite.
We chatted with them for a while about what we’re about at Dadaconf — trying new things, and making weird art — and it’s exactly what they’re into too. We’re really lucky to have them on board.
For more information, check out our website at www.dadaconf.com.
Hope to see you there! We can’t wait to make dumb things with you.
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Saturday, May 7
Bay Area Comic Book Stores
All Day, All Ages
Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.
The comics you can get vary from store to store, but highlights from 2016 include exclusive comic books such as Bob’s Burgers, Doctor Who, Pokemon, SpongeBob, Street Fighter, The Tick and more.
See the full 2016 list of free comics.
Free Comic Book Day First Saturday in May | May 7, 2016 Bay Area comic book stores FREE
> Use the Store Locator to find stores in or near your zip code.
A few Bay Area locations to get free comics in 2016:
Comic Experience — 305 Divisadero St. in NoPa
Isotope — 326 Fell St. in Hayes Valley
Mission: Comics & Art — 3520 20th St. in Inner Mission
Comix Experience – 305 Divisadero St.
Cards & Comics Central – 5424 Geary Blvd.
Amazing Fantasy – 650 Irving St, San Francisco
Two Cats Comics – 320 West Portal Ave, San Francisco
Things From Another World – 101 Fourth St, Suite 2005, San Francisco
Dr Comics and Mr Games — 4014 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
The Escapist Comics — 3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
Fantastic Comics – 2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Alameda Sportscards & Comics – 1515 Webster St., Alameda
Dark Carnival – 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
Stand Up Comics – 10020 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
Comic Shop – 669 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro
Crush Comics – 2869 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
Comic Cards – 1063C San Pablo Ave, Pinole
Comic and Figure Addicts – 30803 Union City Blvd, Union City
Heroes And Villains Comics – 264 Main St, Pleasanton
Chris’s Comics – 37112 Maple St Ste A, Fremont
Black Cat Comics – 73 N Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas
SpaceCat – 536 South Bascom Ave., San Jose
Illusive Comics & Games – 2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara
Hijinks Comics – 2050 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Heroes – 24 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Legends Comics & Games – 10123 N. Wolfe Road. Suite #2108, Vallco Shopping Mall, Cupertino
Human Computing – 95 S Market St, Suite 500, San Jose
Comic Collector Shop – 574 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
Treasure Island Comics – 5018 Mowry Ave, Fremont
Blue Moon Comics – 1560 4th St, Suite B, San Rafael
Sharon Meadow, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
This event is the largest Oyster festival on the West Coast drawing over 250,000 people to date. Over half a million succulent oysters have willingly sacrificed themselves over the years. The unique combination of oysters and stout is supported by a great cast of live music.
This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Chromeo (full live band), with support from IamSu!, Kinky, De Lux and Miguel Migs, GZRUS and Johnny Maxwell.
New additions to this years event are even more oyster vendors and a new wine and oyster pairing tent.
Ticket is for admission only and includes all live performances and exhibits. Food and beverage is not included.
No outside food or beverage allowed.
Kids under 12 free.
Dogs allowed on a leash.
No refunds. All Ticket Sales are FINAL.
Jack London Square, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
Jack London Square rolls dozens of classics, retro models and modern muscle cars onto the Oakland waterfront, for a Car-topia auto extravaganza from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
From car buffs to casual enthusiasts, everyone is invited check-out these rare and beautiful vehicles including Mustangs, Chevelles, Camaros and more, along with a DJ spinning music and special awards.
Make a day of it and enjoy this collection of four-wheeled treasures, along with eats from Jack London Square’s restaurants.
Sunday, May 8
Parties That Cook Kitchen, San Francisco
11:30 AM, Ages: 21+
Celebrate the mother in your life by treating her to a Mother’s Day Brunch that you cook together! Join us in our North Beach kitchen where you and your mom (or the favorite mother in your life) will be greeted with a Peach Bellini Cocktail to sip on while you go over the recipes with the Parties That Cook chef instructors. Then you’ll break into teams to prepare a variety of elegant and seasonal dishes for a brunch spread to enjoy. Recipes in this Mother’s Day cooking class include Chorizo and Potato Spanish Tortilla Bites, a decadent Smoked Salmon Benedict where you’ll learn to make the Hollandaise sauce from scratch, a Spring Ragout of Fava Beans, Peas and Asparagus, not to mention melt-in-your-mouth Mini Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Chocolate Cherry Charlotte with Soft Kirsch Cream. Make this an unforgettable Mother’s Day creating new memories and delicious food together!
What’s on the Menu:
Peach Bellini Cocktail
Chorizo and Potato Spanish Tortilla Bites
Mini Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Smoked Salmon Benedict
Ragout of Fava Beans, Peas and Asparagus
Grilled Potato Salad with Feta, Green Olives and Mint
Chocolate Cherry Charlotte with Soft Kirsch Cream
FAQ’S and Chef’s Notes:
Students will receive electronic copies of all recipes.
This is an active, hands-on class so we suggest long pants and comfortable, closed-toed/rubber soled shoes.
Knives and utensils provided for in-class use.
Parking is limited in the North Beach area. Please provide for extra time to find a space. If space is limited, we recommend the parking lot at Northpoint Centre Shopping Center, at 350 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133.
No one under 21 years old will be admitted.
Due to time constraints, not all participants will make all menu items and recipes.
We cook with the best seasonal ingredients. Farmers are at the hands of Mother Nature and so are we. Therefore, menu ingredients are subject to change should the need arise.
Any food allergies or restrictions? Please ensure that you fill out the dietary restrictions portion during your ticket purchase so we are alerted to your needs and are able to plan accordingly.
Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. However, you may transfer to another class of equal or lesser value 7 days or more prior to the class. In addition, you may apply the price of the ticket to higher-priced class and pay the difference. Please notify us of any changes at classes@PartiesThatCook.com.
Using a gift certificate? Contact us at (415) 441-3595 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help with sign-up and redemption.
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
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