Weekend Planner: September 16


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, September 16

Culture and Cocktails: A Toast to Mexican Independence Day

The Mexican Museum, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: 21+


Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the museum by enjoying free margaritas and snacks after hours! What better way to celebrate “El Grito” than to view and discuss Latino/a art that raises critical questions about ethnicity, identity, art and politics? Sip on a cocktail while mingling with friends and enjoy the contemporary art on display in our galleries! It’s also a perfect stop for refreshments before or after you check out the vendors at OFF THE GRID in Fort Mason (5-10pm).

This free happy hour cocktail event is co-sponsored by Tommy’s Margarita Mix and Casa Sanchez.

To support The Mexican Museum, please click here.

Please note: Tickets are not required.


Bottomless Oktoberfest!

Spark, San Francisco

5 PM, All Ages


Join SF’s newest beer garden for Oktoberfest! Bavaria’s boozy celebration of good friends, great food, and epic brews. (lederhosen optional)

With Deutsch delicacies like wurst (succulent sausages), schnitzel (breaded pork), spätzle (German man ‘n’ cheese), hendl (whole roasted chickens), bavarian soft pretzels, and special Oktoberfest Märzen bier on tap, you’ll be swaying to “oompah-pah-pah” classics in no time.

Grab your ticket for $30 bottomless beers, served in a commemorative german-style glass and “Prost!” so-long to summer with a foamy stein of Bavarian beer held high. We’ll save you a spot on the bench!

Free Admission. All ages. Pups welcome!

Beer and Truck list changes every week for the duration of Oktoberfest.

Saturday, September 17


SF Cheese Fest

Social Hall, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


Love cheese?  So do we!  Join us for the Second Annual SF Cheese Fest and be part of Keeping the Culture Alive!  Celebrate the art and tradition of Preservation in the Golden State by tasting your way through dozens of artisan cheeses from California’s finest cheesemakers, including pioneering producers like Redwood Hill, Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Farmstead, Laura Chenel’s and Marin French, and newer producers like Chevoo, Pazzo Marco, and Tomales Farmstead Creamery, among others. Meet our favorite partners in preservation –  local makers of cured meat, pickles, jams, sauces and more! Sip beverages from the Bay Area’s finest beverage traditions: SF craft brewers and winemakers.  Love music? While you sip and sample, you’ll enjoy live 30’s era jazz and dance hard to swing music from The Hot Baked Goods.  All attendess will receive a free 1-year subscription to Culture Magazine.

Ticket proceeds benefit the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the education and support of artisan cheese making.  Tickets are non refundable.


Shakespeare in the Park: A Winter’s Tale

Civil War Parade Ground, San Francisco

2 PM,  All Ages


This event will take place at the Civil War Lawn on the Main Post.

Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. Luminous, heartbreaking, tragic and gloriously funny, The Winter’s Tale is the crowning achievement of Shakespeare’s late career, a magical tale that swoops across continents, generations, and genres to its bittersweet and beautiful conclusion.

Presidio Trust: Organizer of Free Shakespeare in the Park: Featuring The Winter’s Tale

Bayview Opera House Grand Reopening

Bayview Opera House, San Francisco

2 PM, All Ages


Bayview Opera House 



Read it in the Chronicle

Watch video invitation by George Williams


Come celebrate the re-opening of the beautifully renovated Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre. Bring your friends and family, too!

Everyone is invited to an afternoon and evening full of music, dance, games, food and more. 

Featuring: • PUSH Dance Company with a new edition of “Point Shipyard” • Hip Hop 4 Change featuring Khafre J and Do DAT • Mario B’s Fashion Show • A.C.T.: Excerpts from crack.rumble.fly • Fely Tchaco • The Seastrunk Brothers • SonsOfRuthWiliiams • Prescott Circus Theatre • Infinity Productions featuring Mary L. Booker • Feline Finesse • Xiuhcoatl Danza Azteca • G Val • College Step Show • Lion Dance ME

ACTIVITIES • Giants Fun Slide & Carnival Games • Arts Activities • Face Painting • Local Food & Drink • Vendors and Info Tables • Architectural Tours

Local food provided by Bayview Underground Pop Up Market featuring Old Skool Cafe, Yvonne’s Southern Sweets, Auntie April’s, Gratta Wines, Laughing Monk Brewing and BVOH Grill

The event is generously supported by:

San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council, Neighborhood Arts Collaborative, Mayor Lee’s Invest in Neighborhoods and Supervisor Malia Cohen.



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Public transportation: K-T, Buses 24, 23, 44, 54 Parking: street parking Other: Uber, Lyft

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call the Bayview Opera House at 415-824-0386 or email info.bvoh@bvoh.org

Sunday, September 18


Tour du Fromage 5

McLaren Lodge, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages



Come bike for butterfat!  The Tour du Fromage blends San Francisco’s cycling community and our cheese community – two passionate and surprisingly connected groups.  All cheese and bike lovers are welcome to join the ride.  This year’s tour, presented by Velo Fromage, is benefitting the California Artisan Cheese Guild, in collaboration with SF Cheese Fest.

Bring your bike and together we’ll ride to some of the best independent cheese shops in San Francisco, including Say Cheese, Cheese Plus, Little Vine, Rainbow Grocery, the Cheese School of San Francisco and Mission Cheese. At each shop, you’ll taste a sample, hand-selected by the cheesemonger, and learn more about milk varieties, aging process and pairing suggestions.  All stops on the Tour du Fromage have a well-curated selection of cheese that reflect each cheesemonger’s taste and those of their unique San Francisco neighborhoods and communities.

Questions about the ride?  E-mail velofromage@gmail.com