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Weekend Planner: May 6th, 2022

View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

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 6th

Polk Street Bluegrass

Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

6:30 PM, Ages: All


Red Bull Dance Your Style Oakland will come to Oakland and challenge some of the best dancers in the US. From Turfin to popping to hip hop, competitors will enter epic 1-on-1 battles, bringing improvisation to a new level. Unpredictable tunes, from mainstream hits to timeless classics, fire up the dance floor, allowing dancers to showcase their skills and wow the crowd! And here’s the catch – the crowd are the judge!

Red Bull Dance Your Style Oakland premieres at Frank Ogawa Plaza on May 6, 2022. Save the date!

The winner of Red Bull Dance Your Style Oakland will compete in the National Finals May 21-22, 2022 in New Orleans.

Food Truck Market Off the Grid

Fort Mason, San Francisco

5 PM, All Ages


Re-emerging for its 12th season, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is the Bay Area’s most beloved and anticipated community event, as well as the largest recurring nighttime street food festival in Northern California. After a challenging couple of years, we’re ready to reignite the San Francisco food scene with our flagship marketplace in full style. This year’s event will highlight both creators and guests through a more dynamic way to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Together, we can throw a heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make this city so vibrant.


Saturday, May 7th

Queer Magic Dance Party

Friends Field, Mill Valley

12:30 PM, Ages: All


The inaugural Mill Valley Music Festival is a one-day outdoor arts and culture event presented by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce.

It features a heady, multi-genre mix of diverse national acts and local lights, coupled with world-class food, drink and art for your best friends and ones you’re yet to meet.

This all-ages gathering embraces the Bay Area’s rich diversity with eyes, ears and arms wide open. Arts and culture have long lived deep in the bones of our community. Let’s celebrate it!


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Lettuce Liz Cooper Los Amigos Invisibles La Doña

Black Generations History Festival

General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco

1 PM, Ages: All


Please join us Saturday, May 7, from 1pm–6pm at General's Residence in Fort Mason to celebrate the 148th Kentucky Derby, America's oldest continuous sporting event

Guests will participate in a first class viewing of one of the longest running and most popular sporting events while drinking Mint Juleps and savory hors d'oeuvre. Enjoy a hosted bar while participating in sporting lawn games, auction, and prize raffle — all while enjoying views of the San Francisco Bay.

Traditional Derby attire is strongly encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best dressed and most creative to those who best capture the theme for the day.

Need outfit inspiration? Join The Guardsmen at Bloomingdale's for an exclusive pre-derby shopping event to kick off their spring break sale on Thursday, April 28th. For more information and to RSVP: Click Here

Who are The Guardsmen?

Every year The Guardsmen changes lives across the Bay Area by sending more than 2,500 disadvantaged youth to outdoor education programs and providing scholarships for more than 250 students to attend private schools.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Guests must be 21 or older to purchase tickets; both tickets and valid ID's are required at the door for check-in - no exceptions.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is limited parking in The General's Mansion, please ride share if possible.

What is the refund policy?

As we are a charity, tickets are non-refundable, however, you may transfer them using Eventbrite to a friend.

What's The Guardsmen's IRS status and the Fair Market Value of the event?

The Guardsmen is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. In exchange for this ticket purchase and/or donation, you will receive goods and services of open bar and light snacks valued at $76.04 (inclusive of SF sales tax) for GA, and $0 for donations.

What should I wear?

Traditional Derby attire is strongly encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best dressed and most creative to those who best capture the theme for the day.


Sunday, May 8th


Open Air Concerts Oakland

Inner Sunset, San Francisco

10 AM, Ages: All


Join us for open-air treasure hunting at the Inner Sunset Sunday’s Flea Market Season Opener on Sunday, April 10th, and every second Sunday through November, from 10 am-4 pm on a closed-to-traffic Irving Street between 9th-10th Avenues. The flea market features fascinating vintage and handcrafted finds, fabulous food at the surrounding neighborhood restaurants and family fun in our Kids Zone where children’s activities include hula hoops, bubbles, games and more!

Live music all day! Performances by the Sammy Patrick Band, Jon & The Baptists and The Last 4. Come on out and connect with the community and be sure to explore all the amazing shops and restaurants of the Inner Sunset! More details at Our festive family-friendly event is smoke-free.

Wine Tasting

Downtown Berkeley

11 AM, Ages: All


The festival’s free Outdoor Fair is a lively, immersive experience jam-packed with fun and exploration for festivalgoers of all ages and interests. The heart of Northern California’s largest weekend literary event beckons book lovers to meet favorite authors, discover new reads, catch live performances on four outdoor stages, relax and unwind, and enjoy fresh, local food.

Bay Area Book Festival Free Outdoor Fair Downtown Berkeley Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 11am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8, 2022 Click here for the Outdoor Fair Map,

2022 Stages at Outdoor Fair:

San Francisco Chronicle Stage, StoryTime Circle, Word Power Stage, Young Readers Stage

Nearly 150 exhibitors including acclaimed and emerging authors will be joined by an eclectic array of independent booksellers, publishers, poets, book artists and thought leaders from all over the region, nation and the world.

Anchored by a 600-seat outdoor stage with prominent literary talent hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, the festival offers stage programming surrounded by a park full of on-site exhibitors. The outdoor fair features three additional stages geared largely toward young readers: Young Readers Stage for middle grade and teens; Word Power Stage for all ages with special programming for teens and young adults; and Storytime Circle for youngsters. In addition a powerful music and poetry showcase will be held both days in the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza sponsored by Downtown Berkeley Association and KPFA 941. For the full Poetry in the Plaza lineup, click here!

Children and families can create their own books, make original art with found objects, and participate in a wide range of STEM and STEAM activities in the Family Fun Zone.

After two years of virtual programming, the 8th annual Bay Area Book Festival will bring back its literary magic and the signature community vibe that attendees have come to love. This year, the Festival will be offering 70 indoor programs and 27 programs on the outdoor stages in addition to activating more outdoor spaces in new and creative ways. Come meet some of the most perceptive, spellbinding, lauded authors and thinkers of today, writing in many genres representing a wide diversity of backgrounds. We’ll celebrate being together around literature: readers meeting writers, writers at last connecting in person with readers, and everyone taking their literary passions from the page into the public. The full schedule of virtual and in-person programs will go live Friday, April 8th on the Festival website: For Covid precautions, visit: For the programs aimed at adults, the $15 Weekend Pass (Wristband) provides access to all indoor programs on both Saturday and Sunday. The $12 Priority Admission Ticket guarantees a seat for a single event. Can’t make it to the Bay? Access the live virtual stream for $5 per device from anywhere, or opt for a $20 “Watch Later” Pass, which will grant access to re-watch programs for a month after the recordings are released. Discounts are available to students, and admission is free for ages under 18. Adult programs run from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm PT. More information on youth programs, all of which are free, can be found in the press release devoted to youth programs.
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