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Weekend Planner: September 21st

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 21st



Botanicals and Brews

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

6:30 PM, Ages: 21+


Discover the unique tropical plant collection of the Conservatory through the lens of craft brews. Some of the Bay Area’s finest craft brew masters will set up shop on the third Friday of the month in our Victorian greenhouse, telling the tall tales of botanical brewing and proffering their delicious elixirs.

Ticket Levels:

This is a 21+ event, all attendees must bring government issued I.D.’s

General Admission – $27 – General admission ticket holders receive a complimentary craft brew of their choice and enjoy access to the Conservatory from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm as well as the Beer Garden on the Palm Terrace from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Master Brewer – $55 – Slip away with an exclusive tasting flight, featuring our acclaimed host breweries. Experience a guided tasting by expert craft beer makers who will explore the varieties and flavors of four different brew samples.

Master Brewer Includes:

  1. One flight of 4 beers, handpicked by our host breweries

  2. One souvenir beer flight glass

  3. A $10 food credit that can be redeemed at beer garden food trucks

  4. Same ticket access and benefits as General Admission

Purchase a Conservatory membership at checkout and save $10 on the annual membership fee!

Current members, click “Enter Promo Code” on the ticket selection window and enter your member number to receive 10% off your ticket purchase.

Click here to see other available ticket dates!

Learn more about the Conservatory of Flowers here:

Photo Credit: Candiss Koenitzer

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125th Oktoberfest Block Party

Schroeder’s, San Francisco

3 PM,  Ages: 21+


Schroeder’s Oktoberfest presented by Weltenburger

Schroeder’s is kicking off Oktoberfest in True Bavarian Style with our annual Block Party.

Front Street Block Party!

Live Music with Polkalicious, Lots of Weltenburger Beer, Jager Shots, Sausages, Pretzels, Prizes, Beer Games, of course the Chicken Dance and costume contest, so Dirndls and Lederhosen Attire is strongly encouraged

On the Main Stage: Polkalicious and DJ Jerry Ross

Purchase tokens ahead of time for discounted Beer and Food starting June 1 at our Host Stand, here, or by emailing us at

Questions 415.421.4778 or

Please note this is a 21 and older event.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

21 and over, we will be checking IDs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Bart to Embarcadero, stay safe, don’t drink and drive

What can I bring into the event?

You, friends, cash!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email us or give us a call at 415-421-4778


Saturday, September 22nd



Creatures of Habit: Coffee Throwdown

Spark Social SF, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


SPRO Coffee Lab and SPARK Social SF are brewing up something special! On September 22nd, get your coffee fix and then some with a first-of-its-kind barista competition and specialty coffeefest.

Immerse yourself in all things coffee and take a front-row seat into the barista competitive scene driving the Bay Area coffee craze! Baristas will face off using special techniques and dish out their coffee knowledge as they show off in a single elimination style competition in three categories. Coffee lovers assemble to experience each pour, witness every unique creation, and feel the pressure alongside the baristas as they rise to the challenge and grind against the time. Ready, set, throwdown!


Creatures of Habit goes beyond everyday latte art to measure and showcase the skills of baristas in three categories:

  1. Spro Down – Pull the perfect shot of espresso, dialing in the grind, tamp, temp, and more, starting from an unmarked bag of mystery beans (winner takes $400 + barista swag)

  2. Signature Coffee Cocktail – Turn classic and unconventional ingredients into an irresistible experimental coffee cocktail. The catch: all ingredients are kept secret and baristas have to use every one! (winner takes $300 + barista swag)

  3. Latte Art – Coffee is your canvas, masterfully pour steamed milk to create an eye-catching, artistic, design into a 4.25 oz gibby glass (winner takes $200 + barista swag)

Baristas who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation, and creativity will be eliminated.


The first 200 coffee aficionado attendees to arrive will receive a free, specialty, coffee swag bag! Plus, every guest is automatically entered for the chance to win special giveaways including (but not limited to) a Creatures of Habit home pour over kit, Coffee Safari Kit or Nocturnal Animals Bar Essentials Mixology Kit! Espresso your support as baristas conquer their throwdown (and caffeine) jitters and watch them battle it out for best in the Bay! Then indulge in coffee-inspired eats and sweets from local, gourmet food trucks and pop up vendors.


  1. Saturday, September 22nd | 11am-3pm

  2. The Lawn at SPARK Social SF | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, SF 94158

  3. Barista specialty coffee throwdown and spectator coffee fest

  4. *Furry friends are NOT permitted on the astroturf lawn

Show off your skills in your favorite category:

  1. Barista Tickets are currently sold out. You can join the Eventbrite waitlist and if a ticket becomes available, you will be contacted automatically with further instructions on how to purchase your ticket.


SPRO Coffee Lab exists to inspire, energize, and deliver a daily dose of happiness to our city that pulsates with creative energy. Starting with the finest third-wave coffee from our partner roaster, Counter Culture Coffee, our highly skilled and knowledgeable baristas bring you specialty craft coffee, experimental mocktails, unique sweets, and savory eats, using techniques rooted in culinary food science. Providing thoughtful creations using the finest quality ingredients allows us to break away from stereotypes, offering a uniquely transcendent eating and drinking experience. SPRO Coffee Lab is located at SPARK and is open 7 days x week, for your enjoyment.




Jack London Square Wine Walk

Jack London Square, Oakland

4 PM,  All Ages


Jack London Square will host its first-ever Wine Walk on the Waterfront, on Saturday, September 22 from 4–8 p.m. Located at the heart of the Urban Wine Trail, the event will feature tastings Northern California wineries. Participants will be given a passport that provides specially-priced menu items and exclusive offers at participating Jack London Square restaurants and retail stores. There will also be live entertainment throughout the evening, including a performance on the Luminescent Grand, the world’s first synesthesia piano which will light up the Broadway Stage.

General admission tickets are $30 and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. Premium admission tickets are $50 and include unlimited tastings, local restaurant tastings, and a souvenir glass. (limited quantities) All guests must be 21+ with valid ID to attend. Tickets are available now online and the day of the event at the ticket booth at the foot of Broadway St.

Participating wineries include:

  1. Rosenblum Cellars

  2. Wente Vineyards

  3. Dashe Cellars

  4. Rock Wall Winery

  5. Denovo Wines

  6. BoaVentura de Caries Winery

  7. Fenestra Winery

  8. P.Harrell Wines

  9. Enat Winery

  10. Harrison Wood Family Vineyards

  11. Murrieta’s Well

  12. Reynolds Family Winery

  13. Wachira Wines

  14. Monticello Vineyards

  15. Schug Carneros Estate

  16. Las Positas Vineyards

  17. Concannon Vineyard

  18. Urbano Cellars

  19. Wattle Creek Winery

Sponsors of the event include EvntWrks, Port of Oakland, Sparkling Ice, and Western Health Advantage.


Sunday, September 23rd



2018 Greek Food Festival

Annunciation Cathedral, San Francisco

12 PM,  All Ages


Whether you dream of visiting the Acropolis in Athens, or swimming off the shores of sunny Mykonos, you can get a taste of Greece at Annunciation Cathedral’s own A Taste of Greece, the only Greek festival in San Francisco.

Souvlaki, Gyros, Moussaka, Spanokopita – all of your favorites will be there along with live music and traditional dance performances.

September 21-23, 2018 – Friday: Noon to 10 pm – Saturday: Noon to 10 pm – Sunday: Noon to 8 pm Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco FREE Admission (in past years it was $5 without a printed ticket, but in 2018 it looks to be free for all).



Presidio Picnic

Main Post Lawn, San Francisco

11 AM,  All Ages


San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. 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 25 local vendors, food trucks & pop-ups.

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.

New for 2018 is a series of monthly cultural performances.

Cultural Performances

  1. March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season

  2. April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history

  3. May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance

  4. June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance

  5. July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance

Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

The rotating lineup of 25 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:

  1. Senor Sisig: A mashup of the best that Filipino food and Mexican taquerias have to offer, serving sisig-style (24-hour marinated pork shoulder) tacos, burritos and fries

  2. Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic

  3. Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi

  4. Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients

  5. Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia

  6. Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas

  7. Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches

  8. Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos

  9. El Pipila: Authentic Guanajat cuisine launched through San Francisco’s culinary incubator for low income entrepreneurs, La Cocina and appearing at Presidio Picnic as a Mexican fruit stand

  10. Cielito Lindo: Mexican Street Kitchen: Mexican street food favorites like tacos and tortas topped with roasted steak ranchero, beef barbacoa, chicken mole and veggie estofado

  11. Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders

  12. DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis

  13. A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails


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