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
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.
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:
One flight of 4 beers, handpicked by our host breweries
One souvenir beer flight glass
A $10 food credit that can be redeemed at beer garden food trucks
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.
Learn more about the Conservatory of Flowers here: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/
Photo Credit: Candiss Koenitzer
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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 email@example.com
Questions 415.421.4778 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or give us a call at 415-421-4778
Saturday, September 22nd
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:
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)
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)
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.
CREATURES OF HABIT DETAILS
Saturday, September 22nd | 11am-3pm
The Lawn at SPARK Social SF | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, SF 94158
Barista specialty coffee throwdown and spectator coffee fest
*Furry friends are NOT permitted on the astroturf lawn
Show off your skills in your favorite category:
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.
ABOUT SPRO COFFEE LAB
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, 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:
Rock Wall Winery
BoaVentura de Caries Winery
Harrison Wood Family Vineyards
Reynolds Family Winery
Schug Carneros Estate
Las Positas Vineyards
Wattle Creek Winery
Sponsors of the event include EvntWrks, Port of Oakland, Sparkling Ice, and Western Health Advantage.
Sunday, September 23rd
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).
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.
March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season
April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
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:
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
Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic
Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi
Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients
Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia
Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas
Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches
Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos
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
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
Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders
DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis
A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails