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Weekend Planner: September 28th

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 28th



Sundown Cinema: Grease Singalong

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, San Francisco

5:30 PM, All Ages


RSVP for a chance to win reserved seating + special prizes!

Bar and food trucks open at 5pm

Pre-film SOCK HOP from 6:30 – 7pm featuring vinyl DJ Honeycomb Brown and a free swing dance class by Friday Night Social. 

Film screening to begin after sunset (around 7pm)

Join us for a free 30 minute dance lesson sponsored by Friday Night Social, the new monthly swing dance in the Excelsior. No partner needed! No experience needed! The first 4 people to join the lesson will receive tickets to Friday Night Social’s upcoming party on October 5, featuring the Moontones from Los Angeles who play the 1950’s style rock ’n’ roll heard in Grease. Friday Night Social takes place in the stunning Columbus Ballroom of the Italian Club at 25 Russia Ave.

Guests are encouraged to walk, bicycle or take public transportation to all Sundown Cinema park screenings.

It can get chilly out there, so bring a blanket and cozy clothes to keep warm.

Please leave your alcohol and weapons at home. Pack out what you pack in.

San Francisco Parks Alliance, DoTheBay, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are thrilled to announce Sundown Cinema, a new outdoor movie series spread across four iconic San Francisco parks.

Expect food, drinks, music, neighborhood fun, and film selections that both cinephiles and casual moviegoers will love. Sundown Cinema will not only celebrate the unique character and beauty of San Francisco’s parks, but will also help preserve and sustain these community spaces by donating a portion of the proceeds to SF Parks Alliance.

Special thanks to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Mayor Mark Farrell, Xfinity, 21st Amendment Brewery, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, and Strauss Events for their support.


Google People Ops Holiday Party

Friday Nights at the de Young Fall Kickoff

de Young Museum, San Francisco

5 PM,  All Ages


One of San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum events returns for a fall season of 2018.

These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in their permanent collection and new acquisitions called Specters of Disruption. In addition, Friday Nights will offer reduced-price tickets of $14 to the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions from 6–8:30 pm.

Through social-media moments and in-person dialogue, visitors can engage and commune with the art and with one another in a warm and welcoming setting. Enjoy specialty drinks and mocktails, coffees, teas, and snacks. Bring your friends. Strike a pose at the selfie wall. Listen to music. Make art. Activities take place from 6–8:30 pm.

2018 Schedule / Special Activities

September 28 – Opening night – Dholrhythms Dance Company, the Bay Area favorites behind “Non Stop Bhangra.”  Mona Haydar for a spoken word performance followed by Q+A. Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, and activist known for social projects like “Ask A Muslim,” and the feminist anthem “Wrap My Hijab.”

October 5 – Stephan Rabimov talks Fashion Diplomacy: The Unspoken Rule of International Relations. From the Olympic Games to the First Ladies’ wardrobes, Rabimov surveys fashion’s specific cultural messages and its impact on national identity and international perceptions. This lecture takes place in the Koret Auditorium, and tickets are first-come, first-served.

October 12 – Muslim entrepreneur Lisa Vogl, co-founder of Verona, the first modest fashion line to be carried at Macy’s, will tell her story beginning at 7 pm, with a Q+A to follow. This appearance is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

October 19 – Tonight’s musical guests, The Aswat Women’s Ensemble have been hailed by KQED’s The Do List as “one of the jewels of the Bay Area music landscape.”  Hear from activist fashion journalist Hoda Katebi. Her book, Tehran Streetstyle is the first-ever in-print celebration and documentation of illegal fashion in Iran.

October 26 – The de Young hosts the cool and hilarious podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim for a live recording discussing the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. Musical guest Keenan Webster brings the West African Kora string instrument to Wilsey Court.

November 2 – Bay Area artist and performer Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to perform his work “Remembering Alif” as zombie drag queen Faluda Islam


Saturday, September 29th



Night Howl 2018

Crissy Field, San Francisco

8:30 PM, Ages: 21+


Ahhwoooo! Calling all night owls, park lovers & partygoers…

Break out your trail chic outfits and experience one howl-of-a-night under the stars!

Lead your pack to an “all-inclusive” night out in your national park with:

  1. A live DJ set by SOSUPERSAM

  2. An opening DJ set by Brandon Fox

  3. All-you-can-eat bites like an Asian fusion taco bar, fried chicken sliders, churros and more

  4. Smashmallow s’mores by the campfire

  5. Hosted bar of specialty cocktails, wine and beer

  6. Deep Eddy Vodka’s Dive In trailer

  7. Entertainment, surprises and more!

View last year’s NightHowl here to see what all the FUN is about.

Your support benefits the magnificent trails and other key projects and programs of the Parks Conservancy.

Adults 21+ only w/ ID



NightHowl - Fort Point Beer


  1. Joyce Alcantara

  2. Henry Arlander

  3. Katie Burns

  4. Grant Carlson

  5. Ame Cruz

  6. Kimiko DePedro

  7. Laura Field

  8. Kiera Kenney

  9. Jeta Kumararel

  10. Leela Lindner

  11. Cara Merriman

  12. Alex Moser

  13. Alex Paz

  14. Mason Smith

  15. Jalissa Williams

  16. Danielle Wegenstein

  17. Elissa Ziegler


What is “trail chic”?

Think “fashionable hiking outfit” or a dress to impress casual outfit – you can wear plaid, jeans, vests, beanies, scarves, really anything you want – as long as you come warm, comfortable and able to dance!

What is included in my ticket price of $100?

Everything mentioned in the above description. You’ll be able to enjoy savory appetizers, desserts, open bar of cocktails, beer and wine, a dance floor, games, entertainment and have one howl-of-a-party!

Why should I go to NightHowl?

It’s perfect for a date night, birthday celebration or any memorable night out with your loved ones. Not only are you going to have a good time, but you’ll be doing a good deed as your purchase goes to our Trails Forever initiative, raising funds for trail building and habitat restoration. If you love hiking or any part of our parks including Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Land’s End, Baker Beach, Ocean Beach, Sweeney Ridge, Stinson Beach (and so much more), this event is for you!

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

We highly recommend taking a Lyft or public transportation. Free parking is available if you decide to drive but please assign a designated driver and drink responsibly at the event.

Are dogs allowed at this event?

Though we absolutely love our furry friends and they would make a good paw-ty, this event does not allow any dogs.

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

No, you can present it electronically and please have your ID ready!



Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco

4 PM,  Ages: 21+


The Bay Area’s Original Sake People TRUE SAKE Present:

Sake Day 2018

13 years of Sake Exploration, Fascination and Fun.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 4:00 – 8:00 PM

@ HOTEL KABUKI 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

The Definitive Sake Party Experience – Get Your Sake On!

Party Like a Sake Rock Star:

  1. Think “Oktoberfest” but with Sake which is much cooler.

  2. Try over — 200 — imported sakes from Japan.

  3. Get crafty with some of the best sake makers outside of Japan as we celebrate the Craft Sake Market.

  4. Purchase sake you enjoy at the “Try It-Like It-Buy It” ordering station.

  5. Learn how to order sake the next time you go out for sushi!

  6. Keep your Sake Day party going by visiting one of the many restaurants in Japantown before and after the Sake Day event.

  7. If you want to get into the sake industry this is the best place to meet some of the best people in sake, including sake brewers, importers, distributors, educators, retailers and more.

  8. Stay at the newly refurbished Hotel Kabuki at discounted Sake Day rates!

  9. Challenge your sake senses at one of the Sake Challenge Stations.

  10. Receive your own souvenir Sake Day 2018 tasting cup.

  11. Sake Day is for beginners and pros alike, because we LOVE sake!

  12. Groups are GREAT! Mom’s group, culinary group, wine group, work group, bowling group, biking group, and every other group should call (415) 355-9555 for GROUP DISCOUNTS.

Net proceeds for Sake Day benefit our long-time partner, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

Previous Brewery Participants: Funasaka Brewery, Harada Brewery, Hosoda Brothers, Iwamura Brewery*, Imada Brewery*, JFC International, Japan Prestige Sake International, Joto Sake, Kaba Brewery, Komachi Brewery, Niigata Sake Selections, Nishimoto Trading Company, NA Food and Distributing Company, NA Sales Company, Ofuku Brewery, Ozeki Brewery, Rihaku Brewery*, Shiokawa Brewery, Sekaiitto Brewery, Shirataki Brewery*, Sake Story, Smart Assist, Takeda Brewery, Tenryo Brewery*, Vine Connections, Watanabe Brewery*, Winebow, and the government of Gifu Prefecture

Ticket Info: (tickets go on sale May 1, 2018)

Early Bird $70 (ends July 15 or until 250 tickets sold) – only 250 early bird available Regular Purchase $80

21 and over. Please bring valid ID.

Tickets are non-refundable but you can change ticket holders by logging in to your Eventbrite account. Questions? Call True Sake (415) 355-9555 or email

Please note that this event will sell out! Sake Day sold out last year and tickets are limited at this new venue, so purchase tickets today! Do Not Wait!

Hotel Kabuki – Special Rates:

Book now! Enjoy specially discounted Sake Day rates at the all-new Hotel Kabuki, located in the heart of the city, and experience the beauty of their freshly reimagined guest rooms. Visit the hotel reservation site here and enter the code JDVCORP.


Sunday, September 30th



Pooches and Pairings SF

Verve Wine, San Francisco

12 PM,  Ages: 21+


Hey SF!

We are so excited to host our first annual Pooches & Pairings event at Verve Wine SF on Sunday, September 30th —and you + your pooch are invited! Join us to taste through six hand-picked wines, and receive a free gift from BarkBox. 10% of all ticket sales and in-store sales will go to the San Francisco SPCA.

In addition to the tasting, we will also be holding an Instagram Pooch-Pairing contest; winner takes home a $100 gift card to Verve Wine! Simply taste through your flight of six wines and choose which grape variety pairs best with your pooch’s personality. Snap a photo of your pooch with his/her perfect pairing, post to your personal IG, and tag us in the caption. Post-event, our team will view through all pooch pairings and vote on our favorite photo– winner takes the prize home!

We hope to see you there!



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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