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, October 2
Cal Expo, Sacrament
7 PM, All Ages
Get yourself ready for an entire night of bloody curdeling screams as you visit Fright Planet Sacramento. Until now you’ve probably only had nightmares that depicted the horror that American’s Haunted Theme Park offers. Featuring eight, massive haunted houses, ScareZones, Horrortainment, food and drinks, and a ton of other hidden offerings, this is the place to come to get scared!
Are there ID requirements? You must bring a valid picture ID (driver’s license, state ID, etc.) to the box office for admission if you’ve purchased tickets online. Absolutely no admission without an ID!
The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay? A photocopy (or picture taken with a phone) of the ID of the person who purchased the ticket may be brought to the box office if the person who purchased the ticket(s) will not be attending.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You may print your ticket or bring a digital copy on your phone.
Is there an age limit to enter the event? Children 13 and under are not admitted into the Park without an adult attending.
What is the refund policy? There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations on any order once submitted.
Is my ticket transferrable? Online tickets are non-transferable.
When is the Park open? See our Operating Hours to find out the times and dates that the Park is open.
How much is parking? Parking is free. Please enter through Gate #9 (on Ethan Blvd right off Exposition Blvd).
What can/can’t I bring to the event? No weapons, lighters, outside food or drinks, or guests wearing a mask or carrying a fake weapon as part of a costume. Adults with costumes are allowed as long as the costume is not oversized, is not a potential trip hazard for themselves or other guests, and is not offensive.
Mighty, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
Free before 11:30PM
10.2.15 || 9PM
HOUSE MUSIC CLASSICS ALL NIGHT
FREE b4 11pm w/ RSVP + OPEN BAR FIRST HOUR
On Friday, October 2nd, Mighty is proud to present another edition of “Throwback”, a tribute to dance music classics. We’ve assembled another STACKED lineup of SF’s crafty veteran DJs whose record boxes are bottomless.
Saturday, October 3
Oakland’s Diamond District, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. The Festival is a FREE public event, please support the effort by purchasing food and beverages from Oaktoberfest vendors and Dimond District businesses.
Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival, welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.
Highlighting this years festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.
Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business & Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.
Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.
Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley
Traditional sounds of Munich will be performed on the streets, stages, and in the Biergarten. The main Oaktoberfest Stage will also feature modern sounds from renowned area artists.
Gather around the Family Stage to see acts highlighting local performers, and children’s entertainment.
Instrumentalists and dancers will keep the steins swinging with entertainment around the beer hall and throughout the event.
Visit our Entertainment Page for this year’s line-up.
German delicacies from Bratwurst to Strudel will be found next to other regional cuisines and street fare. Sample dishes from a host of vendors or fill your plate with your favorite. It’s dining in the Beer Hall!
40 breweries from around the Bay Area will be pouring German styles and Craft Beer classics. Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery, Oakland Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing and nearby Drakes Brewing Company will be alongside breweries from Santa Cruz to Sonoma and San Francisco to Oregon. The Beer Hall will also host local wineries offering excellent regional varieties.
Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
The Eco Fair will ensure an engaging stroll through exhibits and information booths, drawing from a wealth of local non-profits, and corporate partners like Kaiser and Waste Management.
Interactive games, crafts, and displays will be featured in the Kid’s Area courtesy of Dimond Library, Oakland Parks and Rec, and Komodo Toys. Celebrate an active day with a stein of root beer and Dreyer’s ice cream from the Root Biergarten. Sit down and enjoy some children’s entertainment presented on the Family Stage.
Homebrew Competition & HopTech Homebrewers’ Alley
Homebrewers, fire up your kettle and excite some tasters, this years event will showcase a BJCP/AHA sanctioned all German style homebrew competition. Hosted by the Bay Area’s own Mad Zymurgists homebrew club. In the HopTech Homebrewers’ Alley, taste one-of-a-kind brews perfected by accomplished homebrewers. Beer making demos and guidance from homebrew supply store HopTech will get your pallet primed and aspiring brewers on their way to greatness!
Field of Dreams, Sonoma
4 PM, All Ages
Bruce Cohn and B.R. Cohn Charity Events are proud to annouce the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival, October 2-4 held at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to Bruce’s fabled 28-year winery fall festival, this exciting year features: Chicago with America and special guests on Friday afternoon/evening Oct 2nd, doors at 4 pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise on Saturday afternoon/evening October 3rd, doors at 4 pm;and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, the Edgar Winter Band, and Tommy Castro Band on Sunday afternoon October 4th, doors at 11am.
For Friday tickets featuring Chicago with America click here.
For Sunday tickets featuring the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald click here.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Please bring photo ID for beer/wine and ticket verification. No age limit, although we do not recommend young children.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Only 45 minutes from San Francisco, and one hour from Sacramento. Locals are encouraged to walk, ride a bike or car-pool. VIP, motorcycle and bicycle parking near the venue will be available and there is plenty of parking surrounding the venue in Sonoma. The new Field of Dreams location is only two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
No outside food or drinks. No chairs or umbrellas. Bring sunscreen/hat.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
All tickets are barcoded, please print or bring your PDF e-ticket to the event for admission.
What is the refund policy?
All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Event is rain or shine.
How do I purchase ADA Seating?
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morris Dailey Auditorium, San Jose
2 PM, All Ages
Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist; Author, The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science Lynn J. Rothschild, Evolutionary Biologist and Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center—Moderator.
Dawkins has been central to kick-starting new conversations and debates surrounding creationism and intelligent design. His gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism.
In the sequel to his bestselling memoir, Dawkins offers a candid look at the remarkable events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion and science.
Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose Time: 1:15 p.m. check-in, 2 p.m. program, 3 p.m. book signing Price: $30 non-members, $20 members, $10 students (with valid ID); Premium: $55 non-members, $45 Members (includes priority seating and copy of book) Notes: Photo by Lalla Ward
Sunday, October 4
Slims, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
Door 8pm / Show 9pm
Founded in Los Angeles in 1997, Flogging Molly has always defied categorization. The infectious originality of their songs is a badge of honor and key to the band’s creativity, their urgency. They infuse punk rock with Celtic instruments – violin, mandolin and the accordion – and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music, the music of vocalist/guitarist Dave King’s youth. “We’re not a traditional band,” explains Dublin-born King. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, but without question we put our own twist on it.” Theirs is music of exile and rebellion, of struggle and history and protest. It’s music of a country torn down the middle, a deeply beautiful and wounded country that knows no quit, and Flogging Molly pays homage to that resolve in every note. Whether it’s a driving anthem like “Black Friday Rule” or the upbeat duet with Lucinda Williams, “Factory Girls”, the band’s only criteria for its music is simple and bone-deep: that it matter.
• Slim’s is an ALL AGES (6+) venue.
• No refunds or exchanges are permitted.
• NEVER buy third party tickets (Craigslist, StubHub, etc.) for over face value. Scalped tickets may not be honored.
• Once you purchase, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite on behalf of Slim’s Presents.
• IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you still do not see your order confirmation, click here to access the Eventbrite help center.
Main Post, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.
Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed
In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.
Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.
The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.
Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
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