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Weekend Planner: October 18th

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 18th



Botanicals and Brews

Conservatory of Flower, San Francisco

6:30 PM, Ages: 21+


Discover the unique tropical collection of the Conservatory of Flowers through the lens of craft brews. The third annual Botanicals and Brews features the Bay Area’s finest craft breweries who will proffer their delicious elixirs. Claim a picnic table and soak up the breathtaking views of the Conservatory and its valley. Then sip the night away in the galleries exploring the world of tropical plants.

Enjoy an illuminated Conservatory, live local music, curated food trucks, and beer and wine service hosted by We Bring The Bar. On select nights, enjoy an exclusively prepared brew developed in collaboration with the craft breweries. For an added thrill, experience a guided flight by expert craft beer makers in our Master Brewer session.

Live music from local acts from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

21 years+ only

New! Want to join us for the full series? Check out our Six Pack ticket level.

Rare and Unusual

What better way to engage with the Conservatory’s rare and unusual plant collection than by doing so with some of the rarest and unusual brews from The Rare Barrel, and Berryessa Brewing Company? We will be highlighting some of our favorite plants in the galleries on this special night. Entertainment of Classic Country songs performed variety show style in character by Thee Olde Country Food truck offerings by Curry Up Now and Aunty Vickys.

See the full lineup at:

Members enter your member number at check out to receive a discount. Not a member? Join today.

Please note that this event requires timed ticketing. Timed ticketing allows our guests to enjoy intimate access to the Conservatory of Flowers at their ticket’s specified entry time. Guests are welcome to arrive early, grab a beverage, and enjoy the areas surrounding the Conservatory, and are also encouraged to stay as long as they please after exiting the Conservatory.

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Introduction to Block Printing

Palette, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


Spend the evening learning the simple and satisfying art of block printing from Bay Area artist and printmaker, Amy Torgeson!

In her work she uses the strong, structured shapes found in typography along with the organic and improvised marks uncovered while printing by hand. Her favorite printing methods include block printing, monotype printing, screen printing and cyanotype printing, and often in combination. Block printing was the first method she learned and she continues to go back to it for simple repeats and bold shapes. The readily available tools and non-toxic inks make it a wonderful introduction to printmaking and an easy method for printing at home.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with your own designed and carved rubber block, a set of cards printed with your designs and the knowledge and skills to explore this centuries-old method on your own.

Special note: Feel free to bring image ideas. Image size should be no bigger than 3 ¾ x 2 ¾. Simple images are best for this introductory workshop.

Bites from the Palette menu along with a wine pairing will be included in the workshop.


Saturday, October 19th



Brews on the Bay

Pier 45, San Francisco

1 PM, Ages: 21+


Click here for details on over 75 brews, including special VIP tappings!

33 RARE releases 19 FIRST TIME releases

27 DRY HOPPED releases 4 WET HOP releases – fresh from 2019 Hop Harvest #HellaHops

Pastry stouts, pumpkin beer, barrel aged, sours, hazy and clear IPAs, fall favorites AND MORE!

Join us in celebrating local San Francisco craft beer!


Soak up the salty air, sunshine and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city and bay of San Francisco all while enjoying local craft beer on a WWII ship at one of the most memorable and unique beer festivals in the world.

BREWS ON THE BAY returns Saturday, October 19, for its 16th year on the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, an historic World War II merchant marine ship docked at Pier 45.

SPACE IS LIMITED. We will be on a ship, after all, for one of the Bay Area’s most unique and iintimate beer festivals, so don’t wait to get your tickets.

San Francisco craft brewers love this event and will be out in force — serving unlimited pours of their latest and greatest IPAs, farmhouse ales, session beers, barrel-aged beauties, seasonal favorites, and many other styles, from sours to stouts, with over 60 locally brewed selections set to flow. Local food vendors will be on hand to provide food options for purchase as well.

This is our 16th year aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, an historic landmark from the World War II Merchant Marine era ship, and appropriately, a portion of festival proceeds benefits the National Liberty Ship Memorial. We hope you can join us!


21st Amendment 47 Hills Brewing Co. Armstrong Brewing Co. Barebottle Brewing Co. Barrel Head Brewhouse Bartlett Hall Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant Black Hammer Brewing Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Ferment.Drink.Repeat Fort Point Beer Co. Harmonic Brewing Holy Craft Brewery Hop Oast Pub & Brewery Laughing Monk Brewing Co. Local Brewing Co. Magnolia Brewing Co. Pedro Point Brewing San Francisco Brewing Co. Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery Social Kitchen & Brewery Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Standard Deviant Brewing Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Triple Voodoo Brewery Woods Beer Co.

Please note: If gluten sensitive, a number of “near zero” gluten options will be available from select breweries, which will be highlighted once the beer list is released just prior to the event (there will be no cider). Also, be aware the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control requires that pouring stop a half hour before the end of alcohol tasting events, making last call 4:15pm with beer pouring halted at 4:30pm.


“Watch sailboats glide past Alcatraz? Sample beer from dozens of San Francisco breweries? Drink locally hand-crafted ales and lagers aboard an historic American WWIII ship as you take in one of the most famous bays in the world… Who the hell wouldn’t want to do that?”


Please review prior to purchase:

Attendees must be 21+ and IDs will be checked at the gate. – No infants, children or anyone under 21 allowed in. No pets allowed in. – Tickets are non-refundable. This is a rain or shine event. – Food is not included in the ticket price. – Do not bring glassware for beer tasting. – Backpacks or any container or even clothing may be subject to search. – The ship does not set sail during the event. – The ship cannot be accessed via elevator. – Attendees will need to scale stairs to access the ship’s deck; brewery stations are also on the pier. – Do to significant abuse and challenges with policing, designated driver tickets are unavailable. – Please drink responsibly and use public transit or cab services. – Misbehaving guests will be escorted out by security.


Brews on the Bay is organized by the San Francisco chapter of the Bay Area Brewers Guild, a non-profit trade association whose mission is to promote local, independent craft beer and breweries throughout the greater Bay Area. Stay on top of the region’s craft beer scene at



San Francisco International Tea Festival

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages



General Admission includes:

  1. A full day of fun and conversation with other tea enthusiasts

  2. Tasting and discovering the latest trends and innovations in tea

  3. Free commeorative porcelain tasting cup

  4. Presentations from experts in the tea community

Limited quantities of swag bags available — grab your tickets early!


Discover teas directly from the makers and producers. Complimentary tastings of teas from local and global producers are available with entry.

Learn more about 40+ vendors, class schedule and details on how to get there at



What is the refund policy? Please, no refunds or no exchanges within 30 days of the event.

Will tickets be available at the door? The SFITF usually sells out, we cannot guarantee any availability at the door. To ensure entry, please purchase tickets in advance.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Children and teenagers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children age 6 and under may enter free of charge with ticketed parent or guardian. All attendees over age 6 must be ticketed. Only ticketed guests will receive a free gift bag and tasting cup. Additional tasting cups may be purchased inside the event.

What can/can’t I bring to the event? No animals allowed except for Registered Service Animals. There will be congested areas inside the event. Please try to avoid bringing strollers and large bags if possible. We and your fellow sippers thank you!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please review the information listed here and at If you still have questions, use the contact information below.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, the ticket is transferable (may be used by someone other than the person who makes the purchase) but can only be used for one person for the day of the event it is issued. Saturday tickets cannot be used on Sunday; Sunday tickets cannot be used on Saturday. No re-entry will be permitted after exit. It may not be shared by multiple people. Each attendee must have their own ticket.

Can I update my registration information? Yes, please do so via your Eventbrite login.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? A ticket must be present for entry, either printed, on mobile or purchased at the door (if available).

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay? Yes, the ticket is transferable (may be used by someone other than the person who makes the purchase) but can only be used for one person on the day of the event it was purchased for. It may not be shared by multiple people. Each attendee must have their own ticket.


Sunday, October 20th



Presidio Picnic

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. 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 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.

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.

Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.

Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE

  1. A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid

  2. Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon

  3. Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided

  4. Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.

Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)

Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella

Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:

Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.



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 19th at Noon

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

The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music.

The home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the gargantuan grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun.

The world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, the Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, wild and wacky waterballerz, ultra thrilling bungee jump, Cornhole game area, Stay Cool Misting Tent, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with all-original art and live music, and the Sunday-only Great Pumpkin Run – 10k, 5k, Half Marathon and Kids’ Fun Run, plus sweet sponsor swag giveaways and samples.

> 2019 Festival Highlights


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