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Weekend Planner: September 25


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 25



Pier 48, 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. 25: 5pm-12am SATURDAY SEPT 26: DAY 11am-5pm | NIGHT 6pm-12am SUNDAY SEPT 27: 11am-6pm

All ticket sales are final. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES!

Click here for a full event FAQ.


Ticketing INFO

  1. Al 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.



Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


To write well, one must live and grow. Join the writing community of the Mechanics’ Institute at this spirited event where eight Institute authors present their new work and discuss the growth experienced along their writer’s journey. Learn valuable lessons about editing, choosing a book cover image, how to complete a draft while having a life, and how to really read a poem. If you are interested in the independent/self publishing process or just want to learn from others experience this is the event for you!


Saturday, September 26



USS Hornet, Alameda

10 AM, All Ages


Join us for an amazing convention experience on board the USS Hornet Museum! Badges are limited so purchase early to guarantee admission!

At the request of Board of Trustees of the USS Hornet Museum, out of respect to the men and women who served on board the USS Hornet, and due to concerns about safety while on board there will be additional rules regarding our cosplay/dress code policy. We know our attendees have been respectful but we need to stress the importance of the following rules which will be enforced before entrance to the event is granted. USS Hornet staff will have the final word regarding any rules enforcement.


1. All functioning bags (regardless if part of a cosplay or not) must meet bag size restrictions of 12”x8”x12”. A bag check area will be provided outside of the USS Hornet Museum for Kraken Con attendees.

2. All props must be under 6’4” in height and 48” in width. Non-functioning bags (cannot be opened or used to store items) are considered props and must meet these requirements as well. Exceptions may be made for modular props which can be taken apart and put back together.

3. Shoes must be worn at all times. Comfortable shoes are recommended as staircases can be steep and the ship is large, requiring a lot of walking.

4. Undergarments of any kind (bras, panties, boxers, etc) should not be visible.

5. Skirts/shorts should completely cover the derriere.

6. Tops should not be so low cut as to reveal undergarments or excessive décolletage.

7. Bare midriff is allowed as long as the rest of the outfit conforms to all other listed requirements.

8. Topless or open shirt cosplay is not permissible.

9. Cosplay involving one-piece Japanese bathing suits (Sukumizu) may be worn under other clothing and revealed for photos only within Kraken Con badged enforced areas.

10. While military uniforms and costumes inspired by the military – both the US and abroad – are welcomed, please refrain from wearing swastikas or other Nazi party regalia.


1. Functional weapons are not allowed. Weapon props created out of plastic, cardboard, foam or other such materials are permissible provided they are not too realistic in appearance. Airsoft guns (even if non functional), replica guns, swords with metal and other weapons that have metal components are not allowed. Please note all props must conform to the aforementioned height/width dimensions.

2. Markers and painting materials are strictly prohibited. Vandalism or defacement of any nature is subject to prosecution.


Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 6 and under do not need to purchase admission but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Policies are subject to change. Please visit for complete policy information.


Due to the historic nature of the ship, wheelchair and stroller accessibility is extremely limited. To enter the ship you must be able to walk up a flight of stairs. Most doorways have thresholds and to visit various areas (CPO Mess and Flight Deck) steep ladders or stairs must be traversed.


There are no ATMS located on or near the ship.


There are vending machines on board the ship as well as concession stand(s)/food trucks outside.


There is plenty of free parking located across from the pier.


The nearest BART station is located at 12th Street, Oakland City Center. We will be providing a courtesy shuttle from the BART station to the USS Hornet.


There are no refunds or exchanges for Kraken Con tickets purchased online. All sales are final.

Is what I purchased on Eventbrite my ticket? All tickets are e-tickets – you will exchange this ticket for a badge/wristband at Registration, located on the dock outside of the Hornet. You should receive your ticket as well as confirmation via the email address you input during the checkout process. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive an email from Eventbrite after purchase. Contact us at if you need further assistance.

Do I need to print out my ticket(s)? Yes, please print your ticket(s) to expedite the registration process.

What if I purchased multiple tickets and they all have my name? This is not a problem – tickets are transferrable. Just be sure that everyone in your party has their own printed out ticket. You can also update the name on your ticket(s) through Eventbrite here.


muir woods

Muir Wood, Mill Valley

All Day, All Ages

Free Admission

Sometimes you’ve just got get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite park waves their usual $20 per car fee, and Muir Woods is allowing free entry and free parking.

Free National Parks Day Participating California National Parks:

  1. Cabrillo

  2. Death Valley

  3. Joshua Tree

  4. Lassen Volcanic

  5. Lava Beds

  6. Muir Woods

  7. Pinnacles

  8. San Francisco Maritime

  9. Sequoia-Kings Canyon

  10. Whiskeytown

  11. Yosemite

Find a National Park near you. 



Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


In partnership with the Ceres Community Project, please join us for another unforgettable year at the 19th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival!

This signature event reveals the delicious flavors of more than 150 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in Kendall-Jackson’s expanded estate culinary gardens. Enjoy the perfect fall day with garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, dynamic wine and garden seminars, and this year Grammy nominated Andre Thierry brings his Alternative Creole sounds for all to enjoy! Don’t miss the Chef’s Challenge featuring some of your favorite Celebrity Chefs in live cooking competitions. Around the rest of the festival, nearly 50 wine country and Bay Area chefs will create tomato-inspired bites, vying for the coveted Critic’s Choice award.

This festival benefits the Ceres Community Project.Ceres Community Project builds healthy and caring communities by engaging teens as gardeners and chefs and nurturing their leadership skills and commitment to healthy eating. In 2015, Ceres’ volunteer chefs will prepare 93,000 free and low-cost healthy meals for hundreds of Sonoma and Marin county families facing a health crisis such as cancer.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Anyone wishing to taste wine must be prepared to provide identification at Check-in.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Due to Health Code restrictions, only service animals are allowed.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Each person must have a printed ticket for admission to the event. Tickets will be scanned at Check-in areas.

Will there be photography or videography taking place at the Festival?

Photos or videography taken at the event may be used in future promotional material for Kendall-Jackson or Ceres Community Project.

Ticket information:

All general admission tickets check-in at the main festival check-in.  General Admission guests will receive a wristband, event glass, wine tasting tickets and an event program.  Once inside the event, all food sampling is included and additional wine tasting tickets can be purchased.

Wine Club Members who purchase this ticket have a special check-in station at the general admission check-in area.  They will also have access to a special Wine Club Member tent which is hosted by our Wine Club and Direct Sales team and includes special wines and samples of various food vendor tomato creations.

Premier Access ticket holders can drive up to the front of the Wine Estate & Gardens for valet parking and their check-in is located at the main building entrance. Premier Access ticket holders receive a wristband, a special Premier Access Badge, event glass – no wine tasting ticket required. Once inside the event, all food sampling and wine tasting is included. A special Premier tent within our 3 acre garden is available for Premier Access ticket holders, which includes additional food stations and creations. Premier Access ticket holders have access to their very own Master Sommelier pouring our limited release wines paired perfectly with small bites. Premier Access ticket holders can lounge in the Premier tent or enjoy a stroll through the rest of the Festival.


Sunday, September 27



Fog Fest, Pacifica

10 AM, All Ages


Celebrating the sun, sand and surf that defines life along the coast and celebrates the community. This year, Fog Fest celebrates a 30- year anniversary! Festivities will include 3 stages of live music; over 200 arts and craft booths; a Saturday morning parade; live painting of surfboards; a Sunday afternoon Family Fun Fest, a Sunday morning Fog Jog & Stride, all weekend Kids Amusement Area – Classic Amusements, professional sand sculptor Bill Lewis of Santa Cruz Sant creating a sand sculpture magic; lots of great food & drink, including our signature cocktail, “The Fog Cutter,” made & approved by Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar Rum. Special this year is an exhibit of all 30 Fog Fest posters, at the newly remodeled and historic Pacifica Coastside Museum located at 1850 Francisco Blvd. At the end of the day walk 1 block to the beach and end your festival day with a beautiful sunset, yes sunset; what fog?

Special Edition Fog Fest wines in Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon are availabe and generously brought to us by Oceana Market where wines can be purchased. Oceana Market is located at 200 Eureka Sq off of Oceana Blvd. All proceeds go to our over 45 local organizations that also benefit from Fog Fest proceeds.

ADDED! –  A special 6,000 sq ft exhibit brought to us by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee called, “The 50 Tour.” Champions of the Bay Presented by Chevron’ Featuring the 8 Bay Area Lombardi Trophies won by the Oakland Raiders & SF 49ers. JUST ANNOUNCED: Special Guest former SF 49er defensive tackle, Dana Stubblefield!! Saturday only, get there early. We’ll have him for 2 hours!

Fog Fest proceeds benefit over 45 local community organizations that partner with them over the 2-day weekend. In addition, Fog Fest strives towards being a green event working with Recology of the Coast to recycle debris. Free bicycle parking is offered by Gear Head Bikes. Come join us this year as we celebrate 30 years September 26 and 27 along Palmetto Ave in Pacifica; one block from the ocean!

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit our website:   See you there!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

ID’s are required for alcohol purchases

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

Samtrans, the Peninsula’s transit system and within Pacifica, the Devil’s Slide Ride free weekend shuttle. There will be 2 free shuttles, running every 1/2 hr from the southern end of Pacifica at the Linda Mar Park & Ride, beginning at 8am,then routes north to the festival grounds, making stops along the way. Plan accordingly as the shuttles last pick up from the festival grounds is 5:45pm routing south back to Linda Mar. Paid parking available at the north and south ends of the festival.

Surrounding street parking on Francisco & Oceana Blvds and surrounding neighborhood streets. Free bicycle parking at the south end of Palmetto Ave at Montecito in front of the old city utility plant, on the west side of the street.

There will also be a free shutle running from Skyline College from lot G, however all vehicles must park at lots L,N,O & P and walk to lot G. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes with the last pickup leaving the festival grounds at 6:20pm. Please plan accordingly.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

No skateboards, bicycles or pets on the busy festival grounds.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?




Main Post, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.

Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed

In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.

Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.

The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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