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Weekend Planner: September 20th

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, September 20th



Octoberfest by the Bay

Pier 35, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: 21+


Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich’s famed festival,Oktoberfest by the Bay will include nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink.

Headlining our stage will be the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band!


FRIDAY SEPT 20: 5pm-12am SATURDAY SEPT 21: DAY 11am-5pm | NIGHT 6pm-12am SUNDAY SEPT 22: 11am-5pm




Click here for a full event FAQ.


Ticketing INFO

  1. All registrations are PDF e-tickets delivered by email. Once you register, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite on behalf of the Oktoberfest By The Bay. Your e-ticket(s) will be attached to your order confirmation email. Make sure to print them out and bring them to the event. IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

  2. If you still do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, click here to access the Eventbrite help center.

  3. Need to change the name(s) on your order? Click here for instructions.



A Night For City Hope

Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


A Night for City Hope brings together 12 local artists who will give voice to the experiences of our neighbors in the Tenderloin and of individuals touched through our work at City Hope. Each story will come to life in a different way, through film, audio, photography, animation, music, poetry and spoken-word.

Join us for a captivating and moving experience that demonstrates both the beauty of the Tenderloin and the purpose of City Hope. We are confident that you will walk away moved and inspired by these incredible stories.

Doors Open 6:00 pm

Show Starts: 7:00 pm

Show Ends and After-party Begins: 9:00 pm

Night Ends: 11:00 pm

[We hope you’ll join us for an after-party at the Great American following the event for drinks, food, and conversation with NFCH artists and partcipants]

All proceeds from ticket sales and purchases at the event will go toward supporting City Hope programs and the community CIty Hope supports.


Saturday, September 21st



SF Craft Spirits Carnival

Golden Gate Club – Presidio, San Francisco

2 PM, Ages: 21+



Join us at the 9th Annual Craft Spirits Carnival, celebrating the craft spirits movement! Enjoy a grand selection of handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world in this two-day showcase. Step right up, grab a friend, and enjoy an afternoon of spirits tasting!

Saturday, September 21st & Sunday, September 22nd Admission: 2:00-5:00pm VIP: 1:00-5:00pm Trade & Media: 1:00-5:00pm Sunday

Ticket prices include admission, tasting glass, and UNLIMITED TASTING Tasting ends promptly at 5pm




Fall Fest 2019

Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda

12 PM, Ages: 21+


Join us for an Island celebration that will be an afternoon full of great fun while supporting Alameda Meals on Wheels.This event will have something for everyone to enjoy. We will feature many of the bay areas top craft breweries, terrific wines and host a mini music festival. If that’s not enough we will also have a corn hole tournament.-You can test your skills and see who’s got the best game out there. This event will take place at the Encinal Yacht Club where you’ll take in beautiful views as well enjoy the day. If This sounds like fun for you and your friends we invite you to attend. You won’t be disappointed!

Here is a list of who is joining the party:


Anchor Brewing Company

Old Kan Beer & Company

Ale Industries

Altamont Beer Works

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers

Headlands Brewing Company

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Almanac Beer Company

Craft Beer and Wine

Faction Brewing

2 Towns Ciderhouse

Shadow Puppet Brewing Company

Founders Brewing Company

Sufferfest Beer Company

Del Cielo Brewing Company


Riboli Family Wines

Urban Legend Cellars

Dashe Cellars


The Jones Gang

Bay Station

80″s A GoGo

Sponsors include the following:


Creative Packaging

Bill Poland Family Trust

Jamestown, L.P., South Shore Center


Alameda Firefighters IAFF Local 689

Bank of Marin


Edward Jones, Dominic McKenna

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, FD 1408

David and Donna Little

Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP

The Boat Yard at Grand Marina

Tim Lewis Communities

West River Inc.


A.C.I. Industries

Alameda Auto Lab

Alameda Land Company

Alameda Marina

Alameda NUG Shop

Bay Ship & Yacht


Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

Jim Falaschi

Kelly Lux, State Farm Insurance

Poppy Bank

SRM Ernst

Southwest Airlines

Vox Populi


Sunday, September 22nd



Presidio Picnic

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.

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.

Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.

Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE

  1. A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid

  2. Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon

  3. Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided

  4. Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.

Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)

Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella

Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:

Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.



Fort Mason, San Francisco

10 AM,  All Ages


Every year Friends of the San Francisco Public Library fills up the Festival Pavilion Pier at Fort Mason for the Big Book Sale, an iconic San Francisco tradition.

This family-friendly event features over 500,000 books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl. Children’s books, board books, music books, history books, nonfiction books, art books, and a huge collection of vinyl. Everything is just $2-$4. There’s also a rare and collectible book section that is expertly curated if you’re looking for something more specific.

On the last day, the 22nd, all books will be just $1. Don’t fret about book selection. All sections will be restocked daily with new and exciting finds; there will be no shortage of great titles.

Sunday is $1 book day – everything left over on Sunday is just a buck.

Volunteer: Want free books? Want to lend a hand?

Hundreds of volunteers are needed in the fall to help make the largest used book sale on the west coast a huge success.

  1. Volunteers will help set up, pack up, monitor and stock tables, sign-in and welcome other volunteers, help at the information table, cashier, and other tasks.

  2. Each volunteer receives $5 in Free books for volunteering.


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