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!
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Friday, November 10th
6 PM, Ages: All
Every year, thousands in the Indian and South Asian community in the U.S. celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, a holiday that focuses on bringing light to darkness and peace to our world. Councilmember Ramachandran will be hosting a Diwali celebration this November to share in the celebration and uplift the Nepali community in Oakland. We will be highlighting Motherland Nepal, a local non-profit, which works to support Nepali and South Asian immigrants through emergency relief, organizing, and education.
Join us at Zanzi Oakland on November 10th from 6:00 – 9:00pm for a lively evening of festive music, performances, delicious small bites, and inspiring speakers. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of India as we light up the night and build community! Internationally-recognized Oakland DJ Madam Gandhi will be the event host and play a DJ set. UC Berkeley Bollywood dance group Azaad will be performing.
Thank you to our sponsors Motherland Nepal, Visit Oakland, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland!
Venue: Zanzi Oakland (19 Grand Avenue)
Transit and Parking Options:
19th Street BART is 3 blocks away and about a 10 minute walk; exit at 20th St and Broadway
Douglas Parking, located at 2201 Valley Street - only $5 after 4:30pm
Franklin Plaza Parking Garage, located at 419 19th Street - flat rate of $5 after 5:00pm
826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: All
We're taking the show on the road! Join us as we highlight food spots all over the city that you may not have visited in neighborhoods you know and those you don't.
Kitchen Table is a series centered around poetry and literature, food and drink, and culture and politics. The core of the series are the questions: What feeds your body? What feeds your mind? Writers share their work and have conversations with a food journalist and the audience as we all share local food or drink.
826 Valencia Tenderloin Center180 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco)
Featured November Writers
Edward Gundawan (poetry)
Kim Shuck (poetry)
Josh Decolongon(food writing journalist)
Take BART (Blue, Yellow or Red Line) to Civic Center Station and walk north toward and then turn left on Leavenworth St, follow it around the bend, and then turn right onto Golden Gate Ave where the center will be on the corner.
Drive, and there will be street parking in front or along the next block of Golden Gate Ave.
Take the #5 / 5R MUNI Bus to McAllister St & Jones St, head east on McAllister and turn left on Jones for one block, and then turn left onto Golden Gate Ave for another half of a block to the corner of Leavenworth where you will find the center.
Take the #38 MUNI Bus to O'Farrell St & Leavenworth St, head west on O'Farrell and then turn left on Leavenworth to Golden Gate Ave. where the center will be on the corner. There are also nearby stops for the #31.
Have dinner with your favorite writers!
Saturday, November 12th
Stow Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30 PM, Ages: All
About Lakehouse Jazz
Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.
Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.
Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!
About the venue
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!
Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
8 PM, Ages: All
In the Presence of Absence brings together a wide range of individuals to tell some of the millions of stories of the last three years – how the pandemic brought into focus the vast diversity of experiences, and yet provided a unifying lens through which to view our world. Led by Artistic Director Deborah Slater, the project sets out to explore how we all experienced the same moment differently and what we’re left with as we move forward.
Begun in collaboration with culture curator and racial equity consultant Tammy Johnson, In the Presence of Absence integrates dance, theater, text, interviews and image to explore the larger questions of our time by investigating the pandemic and post pandemic circumstances that affected us all, in our myriad differences.
In the Presence of Absence features performances by DSDT company members, members of the Cosmic Elders Theatre Ensemble + and Patricia Silver of Word for Word, original music composed by Marcus Shelby, sound design by Cliff Caruthers, lighting design by Allen Willner, video projections by video designer Oliva Ting, costumes by Dana Kawano and commissioned text from members of Youth Speaks.
Sunday, November 13th
37th Between Ortega and Pacheco, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
A weekly market featuring farmers, ranchers, food artisans, live music, children’s activities, vendors, makers, merchants, artists, and local organizations. Explore all the amazing local businesses surrounding the farmers market at sunsetstrong.com.
You can find us every Sunday 9am-2pm year round on 37th avenue/Ortega and every Wednesday 3pm-7pm (June to August)
Muni: Lines 7, 29, 48
Unlike most of San Francisco, street parking is usually fairly easy surrounding the market.
Typically 25+ vendors
Weekly activities and fun
The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages.
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
All Day, Ages: All
Get ready for an immersive coffee experience! The 7th Annual San Francisco Coffee Festival® kicks off Saturday, November 11, 2023 and Sunday, November 12, 2023. Try the best coffee in town - all under the same roof: Top specially curated roasters and exhibitors share with you their unique beans and flavor profiles, with a soundtrack provided by live entertainment at the Festival Pavilion at the arts nonprofit Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). This is a fun environment for coffee lovers & friends with a limited ticket capacity. Think about your ideal coffee event experience: this is it. For More Info, including Coffee and Activities, see SFCoffeeFestival.com