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Weekend Planner: September 2


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 2


Oakland First Fridays

Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

5 PM, All Ages


Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.

Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.

One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.

Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.



San Francisco Comic Con

Marriott Marquis, San Francisco

All Weekend, All Ages


The San Francisco Comic Con is a comic book convention located in San Francisco, California. It is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC (the team behind the Tampa Bay Comic Con and Indiana Comic Con), which is an event production and advertising agency comprised entirely of people that have a true love for comic books, stories, artwork and pop-culture. The people of San Francisco deserve a comic convention of their very own, and the San Francisco Comic Con is San Francisco’s very own.

Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As always, children 12 and under are admitted for FREE, helping to instill the San Francisco Comic Con as the premier family-friendly comic convention in the region.


Saturday, September 3



2016 Sausalito Art Festival

Marinship Park, Sausalito

10 AM, All Ages


The Sausalito Art Festival is the top-rated event of its kind and the perfect way to celebrate your Labor Day Weekend. Meet over 260 artists, and have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and more.

Enjoy non-stop musical entertainment from top headliners on three stages, gourmet delights, and fine wines and champagne.

The festival is located along the beautiful Sausalito Waterfront.

General Admission ticket includes one-day entry into the Festival and all Entertainment. Food, Beverages, and Parking are not included in the ticket price.

Children 12 & under are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All ticket sales are final.  No refunds, no exchanges.


There’s a lot to enjoy at the Sausalito Art Festival, but one of the most anticipated features are the artists on the two performance stages at the festival.  We have had the pleasure of hosting legend after legend on the Stella Artois main stage and this year is no different.


Main Stage 12:00-1:00pm:  Charlie Musselwhite (blues) 1:30-2:30pm:  Blind Boys of Alabama (gospel) 3:00-4:30pm:  Squirrel Nut Zippers (jazz/swing) 5:00-6:00pm:  Monophonics (r&b/soul)

Artist Stage 11:00-12:30pm:  Vardo Gypsy Jazz (flamenco/jazz) 1:00-3:00pm:  Marie-Louise and The Humdingers (jazz/blues) 3:30-5:30pm:  One Grass Two Grass (bluegrass)


Main Stage 12:00-1:00pm:  Super Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute) 1:30-2:30pm:  Zepparella (All female Led Zeppelin tribute) 3:00-4:00pm:  Unauthorized Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones tribute) 4:30-6:00pm:  Stayin’ Alive – A Bee Gee’s Tribute (Bee Gee’s tribute)

Artist Stage 11:00-12:30pm: Romanza (classical) 1:00-3:00pm:  Deborah Winters Group (jazz/standards) 3:30-5:30pm:  Beyond Standard Jazz (jazz)


Main Stage 12:00-1:15pm:  Edgar Winter (blues/rock) 2:00-3:15pm:  Todd Rundgren (rock/pop) 3:45-5:00pm:  The Zombies (rock)

Artist Stage 11:00-12:30pm:  Bob Culbertson (jazz/world) 1:00-2:30pm:  Carbe and Durand (jazz/flamenco) 3:00-5:00pm:  The Dixie Giants (Dixieland jazz)

Festival Policies:

  1. Each ticket is valid for admittance to one day of the festival. Separate tickets must be purchased to attend multiple days.

  2. Smoking is not permitted inside of the festival grounds.

  3. Bicycles cannot be ridden or walked within the site—please use the free valet parking. Riding skateboards or using roller blades or roller shoes on site is prohibited.

  4. Pets are not allowed on the Festival grounds unless they are registered service animals.

  5. All bags and packages are subject to search. The Sausalito Art Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the policies established for public safety.

  6. Backpacks and large purses and bags will not be permitted.  We do not offer bag storage.

  7. No photos or video of artwork without booth attendant’s permission.

  8. Alcoholic beverages are sold within the Festival Grounds. A valid Driver’s License is required to purchase beverages. Beverages include Champagne, wines, beers, and margaritas, as well as cocktails at the lounges. Regulations require that alcoholic beverages purchased at the event remain on-site. Art Festival security will request disposal of beverages prior to exiting the grounds.



Watercolor Painting with Lian Quan Zhen

Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton

9:30 AM,  All Ages


Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher. He is also one of the most popular artist/authors of North Light Books. He started sketching and painting in his childhood and as a hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in the Canton Province of China. His art credentials include teaching at the University of California at Berkley where he taught watercolors and outdoor sketching for eight years. Lian now teaches watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide and in countries around the world.

Lian will teach some basic techniques such as composition and color using his unique methods including: “Color Pouring and Blending” and his “Paint Around Method”. He will do 2-4 short demos each day. Lian will help students by using guided practice and critiques. By the end of the workshop students will be able to finish their paintings, or will have learned enough techniques to complete their paintings on their own.


Sunday, September 4



Labor Day Weekend: Bottomless Sangria Sunday

SoMa StreEat Food Park, San Rafael

11 AM, All Ages


While most of the country is saddened that end of summer is near, San Francisco rejoices as temperatures begin to rise. Start off the San Francisco summer the right way at SoMa StrEat Food Park with a Labor Day Weekend picnic party.

Celebrate your Sunday with a DJ, food truck brunch specials, and (most importantly) bottomless Sangrias!

Labor Day Weekend – Bottomless Sangria Sunday! Sunday, September 4, 2017 | 11am to 4pm SoMa StrEat Food Park 428 11th Street, San Francisco, CA FREE with Facebook RSVP (click “Going”)

Event Details – Early Bird $30 all-you-can-drink ticket (11am to 4pm) – $35 all-you-can-drink ticket (11am to 4pm) available at the door day of event – Live DJ jamming throughout the day – Brunch specials from SF’s top food trucks!

Yummy Food Truck Lineup – Bobcha: Korean Cuisine – El Calamar: Peruvian Cuisine – Firetrail Pizza: Wood-fired Pizzas – La Jefa: Mexican Cuisine – No No Burger: Vegan Burgers – Nucha Empanadas: Argentine Empanadas – Odang Udon: Handmade Udon Bowls – Torraku Ramen: Ramen – More to come!



Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

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:

  1. Bacon Bacon

  2. Del Popolo

  3. Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco

  4. Beach Brew

  5. Sugarfoot

  6. Grilled Cheese Guy

  7. Little Green Cyclo

  8. NopalitoSF

  9. Ceviche & Co.

  10. El Porteño Empanadas

  11. Slightly Skewed

  12. Fat Face

  13. Wing Wings

  14. Verde Vivo Tea

  15. Cholita Linda

  16. Luciano’s Scoop

  17. Stateside Bakery

  18. Girl Friday Zeppole

  19. Sajj Street Eats

  20. Sam’s ChowderMobile

  21. Ruru

  22. Powder

  23. the creme brulee cart

  24. Fine and Rare

  25. La Marcha Tapas Bar

  26. Réveille Coffee Co.

  27. Shorty Goldstein’s

  28. The Whole Beast


Monday, September 5



Bar None, San Francisco

4 PM, Ages: 21+


Labor Day Weekend is the last big Holiday of the summer and a three-day weekend is always a great reason to party. If you made the decision to stay in the Bay Area instead of heading to Burning Man, Vegas Pool Parties or other weekend getaways, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with 5 hours of debauchery at the CrawlSF Labor Day Pub Crawl! With $3 Beers, $3 Shots and $3 Cocktails at every bar, it’s the best deal in town!

The Pub Crawl check in will be at Bar None (1980 Union Street) from 4PM to 6:30PM.

Costumes (optional) are encouraged, so throw on some red, white & blue items and take the celebration up a notch.


Upcoming CrawlSF Pub Crawls: 9/17: The 14th Annual North Beach Bar Run 10/29: Crawloween: San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl 10/31: Adult Trick ‘r Treating Pub Crawl 11/23: The Turkey Trot Pub Crawl 12/3: CrawlSF Ugly Sweater Holiday Crawl


Pub Crawl Details:

CHECK-IN: The check-in for the Pub Crawl will be at Bar None between 4PM and 6:30PM. Please bring a copy of your order confirmation (you can also show us on your phone) and we will give you your Wristband and Pub Crawl Map.

CRAWLSF VIPs: CrawlSF VIP Card Holders will be on the list +1. Just go to the VIP line and show your ID to check in. How does this work? Once you check in and receive your wristband and Pub Crawl Map, you can choose your own path. There will be too many people to be on a specific schedule (like 30 minutes per bar), so you can just follow the crowd at your own pace.



5th Annual Heiro Day Block Party & Music Fest

3rd and Chestnut, Oakland

11 AM, All Ages


Rock out on your Labor Day hip-hop style during the 5th annual Hiero Day by celebrating at The HieroglyphicsHip Hop Music Festival and Block Party in downtown Oakland.Over 40 artists, DJs and hosts taking over 3 stages for the Annual Hiero Day with non-stop music all day. This is an outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland.

Hey, didn’t this used to be a free event? Hiero Day has become very expensive to produce and relies on your contributions. In order to provide a controlled safe environment for all who attend they have had to initiate a ticket price to avoid overcrowding as well as to provide you with the quality event that you expect and deserve.This community event brings together all ages and backgrounds. The event hosts a children’s area and multiple stages that host local and internationally renowned artists and DJs providing continuous entertainment from Hip-Hop, Jazz, Electronic, Alternative and R&B.

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