Friday’s here again! 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 21
Alite Designs HQ, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
Attention campers, hikers, bikers, beach combers, and outdoor lovers of all kinds! We are teaming up with some of the best outdoor brands SF has to offer to put on an epic two-day sample sale event!
Join us Friday from 2-8 pm and Saturday from 11-2 pm (Oct 21+22) for the SF Outdoor Rendezvous Sample Sale to meet some of the good folks behind your favorite local companies and browse from a variety of awesome products, all while enjoying cold brews courtesy of Fort Point Beer Company!
Enjoy special discounts on everything from backpacks, wilderness fragrances and soaps, sunglasses, bicycles, camp chairs, outdoor blankets, and much more! Come “rendezvous” with Sunski, PUBLIC Bikes, Rumpl, Juniper Ridge, Nipomo, Alite Designs, Inc., and Boreas.
17 Broadway, Fairfax
All Weekend, All Ages
The small town of Fairfax, situated 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, will once again resemble a town in Ireland during the annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance with jigs, reels and singing voices coming from pubs, restaurants, and cafés including 19 Broadway Bar & Nightclub, The Women’s Club, Wu Wei Tea Temple, Sorella’s, Peri’s Bar, Revolution 9, Good Earth Natural Foods and Nave’s Bar.
All events are free so just bring some cash for the tip jar and to purchase some CD’s of the great musicians performing over the weekend.
6th Annual Fairfax Irish Festival Of Music & Dance Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016 All over Fairfax, CA FREE, but please bring some tip money for musicians.
2016 Performers include: The Gallowglasses, Lark, The Pure Drops, Riggy Rackin, Vinny & Suzanne Cronin, John Caulfield, Kenny Somerville, Catherine John, John Pedersen, Rita Thies, Dan Shea & Tony Crispino, The Turf Cutters, Kyle Alden, Megan McLaughlin, The Gasmen, Erin Thompson, David Chadwick, Julie Horner, Daniel Schoenfeld & Anne Goess, Jason Pollack, Valerie Rose, The Mild Colonial Boys, Daniel Hersh, Culann’s Hounds, Susan Spurlock, Peter Heelan, Iseult Jordan, The Shots String Band, Robyn Ni Conney & Keith Dubinsky, David Winter & David James, Rory McNamara, Neil O’ Neill , Comhaltas Set Dancers, Brosnan Irish Dancers, Steve & Sara Gardner, Sean O’Donnell and Savage Craic.
Saturday, October 22
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
The NorCal Corgi Con is a wonderfully bizarre beach day bash for dogs (and their pawrents) bringing together hundreds of enthusiastic Corgis, their owners and wannabes too on Ocean Beach directly across from the Beach Chalet from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
The day will be back with activities ranging from a group photo, costume contest and, the favorite activity – Corgi Races. Yes – you read that right – corgis (stumpy legs and all), will be racing for title of Fastest Corgi.
They look furward to seeing everyone at Nor Cal Corgi Con – Fall Edition 2016. The summer event had around 804 Corgis and they’re thinking of beating that number this fall. Proceeds will benefit two rescue organizations.
10 am: Corgi Con Starts Make sure to sign-in, so they can get an accurate count. Merchandise tent opens for Corgi Con swag including tees, sweatshirts, vests, water bottles and more. There’s limited sizes so come early. Proceeds will benefit Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue and CorgiAid, Inc..
11:30 am-ish: Group Photo “Attempt”
Noon-ish: Corgi Costume Contest Bring your creativity and win a prize. Make sure to sign-up at the tent.
12:30-ish: Signature Corgi Races On your mark, get set, FRAP! They will have multiple heats and the top two from each heat will advance to the finals. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers. Make sure to sign-up at the tent.
2 pm: Corgi Con Concludes
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Wharf Fest returns to San Francisco’s iconic waterfront neighborhood. For the fourth year in a row, Fisherman’s Wharf invites Bay Area locals to come enjoy the neighborhood after the crowds of visitors have subsided but before the fabulous fall weather fades away.
2016 Wharf Fest Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 11 am to 5 pm Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco FREE festival, but tickets are required for the annual chowder tasting
2016 Clam Chowder Competition & Tastings
Ten Fisherman’s Wharf restaurants battle it out to see whose chowder is best of the Wharf. Best of all, you can do the tasting.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 | Noon to 3 pm Fisherman’s Wharf, SF $15 in advance; $20 at the door > Funcheap Deal: $3 off tickets: Use secret code FUNCHEAP and you’ll pay just $12 for tasting tickets
Taste Chowders from 10 restaurants:
Blue Mermaid Restaurant
Brick & Beam
Fog Harbor Fish House
Franciscan Crab Restaurant
McCormick & Kuleto’s
Festival goers will enjoy a street fair and can visit approximately 50 booths of art vendors and a variety of free activities including a Segway obstacle course and rock climbing walls. At the most delicious part of the day, the Chowder Competition, 10 different Wharf restaurants will battle it out for the title of the Best Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Spark Social SF, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Feel the heat at San Francisco’s spiciest beer festival – Hops on Fire! How high can you climb on the Scoville Scale? Jalapeño, Cayenne, Habanero? Perhaps even the the world’s hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper?
Come test your palate at San Francisco’s 2nd annual spicy food and IPA festival – Hops on Fire. Funcheap and Spark Social SF are teaming up to challenge you and pair some amazing local spicy cuisine with some of the nation’s best IPAs.
Save $10 on all-you-can-drink IPA Passports with exclusive promo code FUNCHEAP.
10+ of the Bay Area top food trucks turning up the heat
15+ of the best IPAs in the country
All-you-can-drink IPA passport
Spicy food eating contest
Live “Hot” Salsa music by Pellejo Seco Salsa Band and DJ Julicio
Ice Cream Truck for your antidote: Frozen Kuhsterd
All ages – dogs welcome!
Rain or Shine – plenty of heaters
IPA Lineup: featuring a lineup of hop forward classics and rarities from NorCal and beyond
Grapefruit Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point Brewing Co. San Diego, CA
Stone Enjoy By IPA – Stone Brewing Co. San Diego, CA
Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, WA
Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
Hop Shovel | Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, CA
Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
Breaking Bud | Knee Deep Brewing Company, Auburn, CA
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Easy Jack Session | Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Baby Daddy Session IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco, CA
Drake’s IPA | Drake’s Brewing Co., San Leandro, CA
MANY more to come!
Spicy Food Truck Lineup: spicy specials coming soon
Bobcha: Kimchi fries – Bulgogi beef, melted cheese, kimchi, magic and hot sauce over crispy french fries
Kokio Republic: Volcanic chicken strips and wings, covered in burning hot Chungyang Red Chile sauce
Curry Up Now: Housemade Desi Hot Sauce – a combination of ghost chili from India, trinidad scorpio from Trinidad, habanero from Mexico and Carolina reaper, the world’s hottest chili, from South Carolina
Xingones: Fried chicken slider with remoulade, slaw and their housemade spicy salsa
Burnt Ends BBQ: Hand-stuffed sausage hot links (half beef, half pork, seasoned with thier original spicy dry rub). Plus spicy tomato-molasses BBQ sauce for topping their tender smoked meats
Sabor de San Miguel: Longaniza – house-made pork sausage with habanero, mint, bell pepper and onions, topped with roasted tomato and caramelized onions. Plus their famous habanero sauce
Frozen Kuhsterd: Hellfire Sundae – Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice-Cream topped with Sriracha Burnt Caramel, Crushed Peanuts, Sriracha Popcorn, and Blaire’s 3am Reserve Hot Sauce
Go JoJo’s Mojo – TBD
Adam’s Grub Truck – TBD
Firetrail Pizza – TBD
Panchita’s Pupusas – TBD
Torraku Ramen – TBD
Kafae Coffee – TBD
Sunday, October 23
Studio One Art Center, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
Celebrate the DIY spirit at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire where you can meet over 150 inspirational, local makers showing and sharing rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, but is smaller in scale (150+ makers vs. 900 makers; 6,000+ people on one day vs. 65,000) and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and beyond.
FunCheap says: This event is a little pricier than we’re used to, but we think it’s pretty amazing and brimming with creativity, so it’s worth the splurge.
The Presidio, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.
Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.
2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.
They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about a great event we missed? Leave it in the comments.