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Weekend Planner: October 12th

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, October 12th



22nd Arab Film Festival: Opening Night

Castro Theater, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


Come and celebrate the opening of the 22nd annual Arab Film Festival with Heaven Without People (Ghada El Eid). #AFF2018 runs October 12-21 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and once again opens at the historic Castro Theatre.

HEAVEN WITHOUT PEOPLE Directed by Lucien Bourjeily Opening and Film at 7:30pm

Parking at Everett Middle School (450 Church Street)

Synopsis: Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. While they all share a joyful meal, an incident ignites underlying tensions between the family members and leads them gradually into chaos.

VIP Ticket and Pass includes special invitation to the VIP Reception before the film screening.

*** Full schedule of films for the film festival out September 18, can’t wait! ***


You can also buy your All-Access Festival Pass!

Best way to enjoy the festival is selecting a pass package. Want access to all the films including Opening Night? With the Festival Pass you’ll get that access. Want to join us for the parties and special screenings? Then the VIP Festival Pass is the one. There is no wrong option, it’s going to be a great festival.

Festival Pass The Festival Pass gives you access to all the films, including Opening $150

VIP Festival Pass Get the VIP treatment. The VIP Festival Pass is more than just about the films. Get access to all the films, after party, reception and special screenings $200



BiteUnite Grand Opening

BiteUniteSF, San Francisco

4 PM,  All Ages


The co-working kitchen, café and premium event space extends a warm welcome to San Francisco’s chefs, foodies and curious locals alike with a mouthwatering Grand Opening to celebrate their new food entrepreneurs.

Guests can stop by and get a taste of BiteUnite’s authentic cook, create and share community with a local happy hour and complimentary brunch offerings.

The weekend will be jam packed with special activations from BiteUnite’s first kitchen members to show off the unique space and all its offerings.

Thick Milkshake Happy Hour | 10/12 from 4 pm-6 pm:

BiteUnite not only celebrates food entrepreneurs, but also the local food scene. Patrick Wong of Thick will serve up unique milkshakes, complete with a customizable toppings bar for guests to play around with. Attendees will also enjoy a complimentary glass of Wild Oak Ranch and Fort Point beer to wind down into the weekend.

Coffee Tasting & Donut Flights | 10/13 from 10 am-1 pm:

BiteUnite is keeping the party going with everyone’s favorite meal of the day, complete with a complimentary coffee tasting courtesy of Counter Culture and a live demo by experienced pastry chef Luis Villavelazquez of Les Elements. Guests will learn how to create and curate a selection of donuts firsthand with Luis, while sipping on fresh brew.


Saturday, October 13th



Journey to the End of the Night

UN Plaza, San Francisco

5 PM, All Ages


This year’s theme: Sun, Moon and Stars

The galaxy awaits and the chase is on! This year, Journey will rocket you into a magical starscape and take you towards that final frontier. The adventure coincides with a celestial event that will be visible only at the end site. Space-themed costumes are recommended!

This will be the twelfth edition of Journey to the End of the Night in San Francisco. We invite you and your friends to take over the city streets in the name of play, dash down hidden alleys, encounter astrological strangers, and change how you experience the city!

Journey to the End of the Night is a free street game played across cities around the world. Players sporting colored ribbons will run through a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the city, while avoiding being caught by chasers. For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

No public transit, no bicycles, no skates, no cars, no taxis. You may only travel on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

Online pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. We will start handing out materials at 5pm at UN Plaza, and the game begins at 6pm. You must be there before the game starts to be able to play!

As always, Journey is free to play, but donations are highly appreciated to help us cover material costs.



SF Brewfest and Vegan Eats

Terra Gallery, San Francisco

12 PM,  Ages: 21+


SF BrewFest n’ Vegan Eats Invitational brings together the top craft breweries from all over California and tons of the very best food from the bay area, that just happens to be vegan.

Come enjoy unlimited pours from your favorite breweries, amazing food vendors, giant sized games, beer & food competitions, music and a gorgeous venue. Plus your ticket goes towards supporting Copper’s Dream Animal Rescue, a non-profit rescuing dogs from shelters, paying for medical expenses and getting the pups adopted to forever homes!

VIP tickets are limited and allow for event entry at 11am, one hour before GA entry, plus goody bags.

This event will sell out, so grab your ticket now. DD tickets have sold out.

Food Vendors will all have at least one option that is $4 or less.

The event will be held both inside the venue as well as in an outside beer garden area.

This event is rain or shine.

Event website is

Instagram @SFBVE_

FB Event Page “SF Brewfest n’ Vegan Eats Invitational 2018”

Please note that this event is 21 years old and older only.

Designated Drivers will not be served alcohol

Tickets are non refundable, but transferable.


Sunday, October 14th



Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay

9 AM,  All Ages


See a display of gigantic heavyweight champion pumpkins, four stages of entertainment, and the Great Pumpkin Parade at the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

The Great Pumpkin Parade is Saturday, October 13th at Noon

The organizers say the event is Rain or Shine – but always best to check their site just in case.

Witness a humongous, mind-bending, Volkswagen-sized weigh-off champion pumpkins on display, the mesmerizing and remarkably talented “Picasso of pumpkin carvers” sculpting and shaping monster pumpkins into one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

There will be harvest-inspired crafts by America’s top artists, the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” Locals’ Artists Block featuring fine art and live music, fabulous food and drink, the richest/creamiest/tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, four stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone’s favorite home-spun parade, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel.



Presidio Picnic

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.

Cultural Performances

  1. March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season

  2. April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history

  3. May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance

  4. June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance

  5. 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:

  1. 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

  2. Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic

  3. Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi

  4. Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients

  5. Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia

  6. Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas

  7. Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches

  8. Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders

  12. DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis

  13. A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails


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