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 6
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park.
The full 2017 lineup has been released, and it’s awesome. Highlights for this year include Friday (First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Brandi Carlile, T Bone Burnett, Billy Bragg), Saturday (Bela Fleck, Robyn Hitchcock, Ozomatli, Henry Rollins, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle), and Sunday (Emmylou Harris, Bob Mould, Cheap Trick, Shelby Lynne & Alison Moorer, Randy Newman, Jello Biafra, Lucinda Williams, Big Freeda). Plus there’s a free silent disco on Saturday and Sunday.
Want to volunteer for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? Here’s how
New for 2017:
A new “Arrow Meadow” – To help assist crowd flow some of the stages have been reconfigured which has resulted in a brand new Acoustic Stage for 2017, called “La Victrola” (replacing “The Arrow Stage”) featuring spoken word and solo acoustic. This alternates performances with the intimate Bandwagon Stage which is now known collectively as “Arrow Meadow.“
Silent Disco (Saturday and Sunday) is just southwest of the Bandwagon Stage before you get the Polo Field [view map]
Expanded Hellman Museum – The Hellman museum will be expanded to include “Beautiful Dancer,” a tribute to Chris Hellman who passed away this year.
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
6 PM, All Ages
The KONO (Koreatown Northgate) Community Benefit District and Oakland First Fridays Street Festival invite you to the 2017 Korean Culture Fest, which will be held on October 6, 2017 at the Oakland First Fridays event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on the main stage at 27th Street and Telegraph Avenue.
About Oakland First Fridays: The Oakland First Fridays street festival is a monthly community program taking place in the KONO Community Benefit District (Koreatown Northgate) from West Grand Avenue to 27th St. on Telegraph Avenue. Up to 30,000 people visit the event each month, celebrating art, local food, music and creativity together on the streets of Oakland.
This is a free, family friendly event. All members of the community are invited to attend. No violence. No colors .No Drama. & No Alcohol (except in our Sake Garden!) Good vibes only!
Event Highlights: 1) Check out Korean Culture Fest at the mainstage on 27th Street, where we will celebrate the Korean community with Korean food, art and craft vendors, and performers, including: traditional dancers from Korea, the Korean Senior Choir, and K-POP acts Dr. Mumen from Odd Folk Records, Korean-American rapper Phoren and the Korea-US Cultural Exchange Foundation.
2) Grammy Nominated musician Andre Thierry is back on our 24th Street Stage!! Born in Richmond, California, Andre is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a toddler. Now in his 30’s, he is already deemed a legend. There is widespread agreement that Andre Thierry is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, jazz, latin, r&b and rock.
3) Get your tickets for #ArtIsPower, the first-ever Oakland First Fridays fundraiser on Thursday, October 19th 2017 from 5pm-9pm at Humanist Hall in the KONO district. The event will include an Art Exhibition, Silent Auction filled with art donated by local artists, and celebrity guests and entertainers. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to create more opportunities to support the many artists and entertainers who fill the streets with their talent, love and passion each month at Oakland First Fridays. Early Bird tickets are only $25, and can be purchased online here or at the KONO tent near the festival entrance.
Special thanks to our October 2017 Sponsors: The East Bay Korean American Senior Service Center, Oakland & East Bay Korean American Association, Blu Pencil Graphics, ALTARS, Movement Ink, MassMutual Pacific, TRESTL, Gig Car Share, Eaze, Sparkling Ice, SpotHero Parking, Telegraph Health Center, Imperfect Produce, Oakland Art Murmur, and Flax Art & Design.
We have a partnership with SpotHero, which will reserve a spot for you at a local lot. Enter promo code OAKLANDFF for an extra $5 off your first park!
Saturday, October 7
Secret Location, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: 21+
Le Dîner à San Francisco is an elegant picnic that brings together thousands of people to spontaneously celebrate community, creativity, and epicurean delights. This PopUp Dinner in San Francisco is the perfect opportunity to gather friends for a memorable experience. If you’re a DIY master, Pinterest perfectionist, or dedicated foodie, this is a chance to get creative in everything from table décor to fashion to food and drink!
Hand Made Events will provide the place, the tables, the chairs, and entertainment. You come dressed chic in all white with inspired culinary dishes, wine and bubbly, and lavish table designs (don’t forget your table cloth!). Once the table is set, enjoy the simple pleasure of dining al fresco with friends and family.
As always, the magic of the night begins with finding out the secret San Francisco location: we reveal the exact destination to ticket holders via email just two hours before the start of the event. Guests are invited to begin set up at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 7p.m., followed by entertainment and dancing as the stars come out. A few hours following the event the location will be empty, with no trace left behind.
Guests of PopUp Dinner must be 21+ and bring their identification for entry.
* The PopUp is a 21+ event. IDs will be strictly checked at the door. We apologize for the inconvenience.
*Tables and chairs provided. Guests bring their own food and decor.
*Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.
*Rain or shine we will dine!
Seaport Court, Redwood City
10 AM, All Ages
PortFest, is a Free Community Celebration of the Working and Recreational Waterfront with Boat Rides, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Kid’s Zone, Sea Life Touch Tank, Working Waterfront Trolley Tours, Food & Drink and Much More. Free Shuttle to and from the Redwood City Cal Train Station.
PortFest celebrates Redwood City’s working deepwater port and gives you a chance to get out on the bay, enjoy delicious food, and check out local exhibitors. The kids’ area will keep younger guests busy, while the Tiki Bar and Beer Garden gives adults a chance to relax and listen to some great live music.
How to get there: Take the train and shuttle to the Port of Redwood City for the Free Public PortFest Festival Shuttle. Look for the sandwich sign that says “PortFest Shuttle Stop”.
Introduction to sailing for kids and teens–get out on a boat.
Harbor Tours. Sign up here for boat rides with Marine Science Institute The link is NOW ACTIVE to reserve your spot aboard the MSI research vessel for a harbor tour on October 7th, 2017.
Just announced- Live bands for PortFest 2017 are: -Fog City Swampers 11:00 am to 12:45 pm Great classic rock, check it out here: -Touch of Class 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm R&B, Funk, dance music, get a taste here:
Free Boat Rides on the Sea Scout boat “Gryphon”-first come, first served–check on availability at the Sea Scouts booth across from the Fishing Pier.
Working Waterfront Trolley Tour-go behind the scenes for a guided half-hour tour of the Port’s industrial businesses. Hop on at the grass turning circle in the parking lot.
Beer Garden and Tiki Bar
Children’s and Teen’s Activities
Food Booths & Food Trucks
Sunday, October 8
Jack London Square, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options.
The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, year round, rain or shine. Founded in 1989, the Jack London Square Farmers Market has deep roots in Oakland, providing a vibrant waterfront marketplace of local farms, food crafters, and restaurants for Bay Area families.
Starting Sunday, April 23, 2017, the new farmers market hours will be 10 am to 3 pm.
On most Sunday, free cooking demos take place at the CUESA Classroom (adjacent to the info booth at Broadway & Water Street) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.
Seasonal Market Tasting: Tomatoes
Join us at CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland for a market tasting featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market. We are so lucky that tomato season extends well into the autumn. Join us for a taste of the delicious late-fruiting varieties of tomatoes available in the market!
All culinary events take place at the CUESA Classroom (in the Palm Plaza at Embarcadero West and Webster Street, adjacent to the Info Booth) and are free and open to the public, with samples and recipes for all.
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
FreeWe’re going out with a bang for our final Presidio Picnic event of the season! Take in all the San Francisco Fleet Week festivities from the comfort of the Presidio’s breathtaking Main Parade Ground, including the spectacular Fleet Week Air Show from 12-4 pm over Marina Green.
San Francisco Fleet Week will descend on the city from October 1-9, 2017. Learn more at www.fleetweeksf.org.
Off the Grid is proud to honor the contributions of our service men and women with exclusive vendor discounts for veterans and service members in uniform.
50% off Farm Stand Lemonade
20% off Bonito Poke
10% off Slightly Skewed
$2 off Dum Truck
$1 any Elixir or 9oz Juice Happy Moose Juice
$2 Pink Crush or $1 Petit Latte Lady Falcon Coffee Club
Free Tater Tots or Mac-Bacon-n-Cheese with any slider order Jackrabbit Kitchen
Free Granola Coconut topping Core Kitchen
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for its fifth season!
Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site. Held on the seven-acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from more than 30 local vendors. 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.
Bring a blanket and enjoy an amazing day in the park. To plan your next adventure, visit the new Presidio Visitor Center, located across from the Picnic lawn.
Get to Presidio Picnic on the free PresidioGO Shuttle or Public Transit. Paid parking is limited.
Presidio Picnic is sponsored by the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid Markets.