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Weekend Planner: September 7th

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 7th



RSVPs Open: Academy of Sciences 10th Anniversary Free Days

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

All Week, All Ages


The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in a 400,000 square foot structure in Golden Gate Park that houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof.

Starting in fall 2018 to celebrate the building’s 10th anniversary, the museum is switching from quarterly free days to have biannual Community Free Days featuring 3 days of free admission for all, but with reservations and timed tickets which are required to help with the crowding issues that sometimes plagued the quarterly free days.

Hours: Sunday 11 am to 5 pm; Monday and Tuesday 9:30 am to 5 pm. Please note that final entry to the museum is one hour before closing. Hours may change seasonally, so always check for the latest hours of operation.

What’s Changing about Free Days

Instead of quarterly free days which were kind of a free-for-all with long lines, the museum is switching to a biannual 3-day weekend of free admission with advanced timed tickets required. This will help manage the crowds and hopefully make for a better experience for everyone. This is open to everyone, not just people who live in specific neighborhoods in San Francisco like Neighborhood Free Weekends.

When are Tickets Available?

The reservation system will be live starting 10 am on September 7 through September 14 (or until tickets are sold out). Get notified when free tickets are released.

Community Free Days FAQ

I don’t live in San Francisco. Can I still come? Yes! Community Free Days are open to anyone with a reserved free ticket.

Why do I have to reserve tickets online? Free days are some of their busiest days. In order to reduce lines, crowding, and wait times at the museum—and allow visitors to better plan and enjoy their day—they’ve implemented a reserved, timed ticket entry system to help improve your overall free day experience at the Academy.

When can I reserve my tickets? Free tickets may be reserved via Queue-It, their online ticket reservations queue, starting at 10 am on Friday, September 7, and continuing through Friday, September 14, or until they sell out. From September 8-14, the online queue will be open between 5 am and 11 pm each day.

They will be releasing new batches of tickets each day to ensure they do not sell out instantly. If your preferred time is not available, select another time, or enter the queue again the following day.

What if I show up early/late for my time slot? In order to reduce lines and make timely entry possible for all free day visitors, they’ve introduced timed ticket entry for Community Free Days and strongly recommend arriving at your designated ticket time. If you arrive early, you may have to wait until your designated entry time based on building capacity. If you arrive after your designated entry time, they will try their best to get you into the museum as promptly as possible, but please note there may be an entry queue.

If I don’t reserve a ticket, can I still visit for free? You are not guaranteed entry if you do not reserve a ticket in advance.

When are the next Community Free Days? Sign up to receive occasional emails about upcoming free days at the Academy.

Can school and youth groups visit during Community Free Days? Yes. However, due to expected heavy attendance, reservations will limited to select entry times on Monday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and selected at random. How to enter the Field Trip Lottery (Educators only).



North Beach First Friday’s Art Crawl

North Beach, San Francisco

6 PM,  All Ages


On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guidedFirst Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach.

Participating Venues for First Fridays Venues may vary each month, but here’s who are typically involved:

  1. 1317 Gallery & Design Studio

  2. Canessa Gallery

  3. Church Key

  4. Grey City Gallery

  5. La Trappe

  6. Live Worms Gallery

  7. Macchiarini Creative Design

  8. Modern Eden Gallery

  9. Mule Gallery

  10. Naivasha Studio & Gallery

  11. Orangeland

  12. Soul! Gallery

  13. Sweetie’s Art Bar

  14. Telegraph Hill Gallery

  15. The North Beach Bauhaus

> Important – Always check the First Fridays website for updates before attending. Sometimes there are last minute changes, or events may be canceled.


Saturday, September 8th



California Rum Festival

SOMArts, San Francisco

12 PM, Ages: 21+

$45 is proud to celebrate the 4th California Rum Festival. This year the event will be held at SOMArts – San Francisco, California. Last year more than 20 Rum brands participated and over 600 people attended the event. This year we will enhance the event adding a Trade Program and some Tiki flair. Beneficiary partner AFAN Foundation.

The USA is considered one of the most important countries for the entire rum industry. Before the American Revolution, rum was the most consumed spirit, and now an awakening is occurring. The Rum Lab – “The California Rum Fest is focused on becoming the Official Rum Expo throughout the West Coast”

Our team are the producers of the Puerto Rico Rum Fest “Taste of Rum”, the Seattle, New York and Chicago Rum Festival. All events attracting hundreds of people from trade, rum aficionados, tourists & locals.

The event is divided into few sessions & experiences.

The Spirit Industry Session consists of a 1.5-hour program (12:00pm – 1:30pm) offering industry professionals the opportunity to: (1) network with the brand representative, (2) attend training seminars, (3) taste a wide variety of rums and (4) mingle with industry colleagues.

  1. Network with the brand representative

  2. Taste premium rums

  3. Attend brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  4. Mingle with industry colleagues

Price: Early Bird: $35.00 (Limited quantity) Week of the event: $45.00 (Limited quantity)

Note: Only For members of the trade (bar, restaurant & retail sale of beer/spirits) and beverage media.


VIP Grand Tasting Session consists of a 4-hour program (2:30pm – 6:30pm) offering the attendees the opportunity to:

  1. 1 Hour early admission

  2. Exclusive tasting cup

  3. Taste premium rums

  4. Attend brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  5. Access to Tiki Bazaar area

Price: Early Bird: $70.00 (Limited quantity) Week of the event: $90.00 (Limited quantity if any available)


General Admission Tasting Session consists of a 3-hour program (3:30pm – 6:30pm) offering the attendees the opportunity to:

  1. 3oz souvenir cup

  2. Taste premium rums

  3. Attend brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  4. Access to Tiki Bazaar area

Price: Early Bird: $60.00 (Limited quantity) Week of the event: $80.00 (Limited quantity if any available)


The Tiki Bazaar (Experience) consists of a 4-hour event that takes place in the outdoor area “patio” of the venue, where attendees will enjoy:

  1. Arts & craft by local vendors

  2. Great tropical rum cocktails (for purchase) made with some of the rum brands that are participating in the event + elaborated by some of SF best bartenders,

  3. Some pleasant retro/surf music.

Price: Early Bird: $60.00 (Limited quantity) Week of the event: $80.00 (Limited quantity if any available)


Other events: Please visit the website for more information.


NO PETS | NO REFUNDS | ALL SALES FINAL | Managment reserves right of admision.

Tickets: After completing your purchase on Eventbrite, you will receive an email confirmation with your attached PDF ticket(s).  You MUST print and bring your PDF tickets AND VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION to be admitted for the event.

Ticket Transfer Policy: You may gain entry to the event even if your name is not on your ticket ONLY so long as the barcode is scannable. California Rum Festival &/or its associates is not responsible if ticket(s) cannot be scanned and the order is under a different name than the person presenting the ticket.

Ticket Reminder: To ensure your satisfaction, California Rum Festival&/or its assosciates cannot guarantee tickets purchased from unauthorized third party resellers (individuals or brokers).

Photo and Video Release: By purchasing a ticket to the event you agree and acknowledge that the California Rum Festival &/or its associates plan to take photography and video at the 2016 California Rum Festival and reproduce them in news, educational and/or promotional material, whether in print, electronic or other media including California Rum Fest &/or its associates websites.

California Rum Festival &/or its associates recommends that you purchase tickets directly through,, our authorized partners, and the venue box offices.

For questions, click here.


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

Yes, a Legal ID. Must be 21 Years or over to attend.  

Are drinks included with Tiki Bazaar ticket? 


Does my Tiki Bazaar ticket give me access to Tasting Room? 


I am part of the Trade and I am buying a Trade Session ticket. Can I stay for other sessions? 

No.  Each session requires its individual ticket. 

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

Best option: Lyft

For parking option: Visit the following link (Be responsible, don’t drink & drive.)

Dress code requirements?

It’s late summer, so please come relaxed yet ready to go to another venue afterwards if you so choose. Got some Tiki garb? Wear it!

Which session should I attend?

Either session will be great and fun for any type of beverage enthusiast! We can gladly help with further questions, simply contact us



Sound Summit: Benefit for the Mountain

Mountain Theater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park

11 AM,  All Ages


Held in an intimate venue set amidst an expansive landscape, Sound Summit is a musical gathering like no other in the Bay Area. The annual festival is staged at the historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat natural stone amphitheater with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and beyond. Add a sun-filled day, a resonant cause, and a healthy dose of joy, spice generously with stellar music, and you have a recipe for a magical mountain brew.

Produced as an annual celebration of and fundraiser for Mount Tamalpais State Park by Roots & Branches Conservancy, Sound Summit has raised $175,000 for Mount Tam in just its first three years. And just as rewarding, we’ve been able to do so fueled by the likes of Wilco, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jim James, Los Lobos, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Bill Frisell, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vetiver, The Mother Hips, The Stone Foxes, and many more, providing an incredible soundtrack to a stirring backdrop.

The same venue was the site of the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Festival in the summer of 1967 – the Summer of Love – a week before Monterey Pop. Over 30 bands including Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and The Byrds played over two days to a buoyant and colorful crowd and unknowingly birthed a tradition that’s still thriving a half-century later. In that respect, Sound Summit is treading on hallowed musical ground and keeping the vibe alive for all the best reasons.

As its name implies, Sound Summit is an intentional double-entendre – at once a musical gathering and an image of a strong and whole peak. In short, one exists to help sustain the other. Beloved by generations, Mount Tam is a treasure of our local landscape, an ongoing source of natural beauty, fresh air and water, recreation, contemplative activity and inspiration to the Marin County, San Francisco, and greater Bay Area communities.

The success of Sound Summit and the potential for it to remain a joyful and beneficial experience lies to a great extent in your hands. Given the sensitive nature of the environment in which we’re allowed to hold this celebration, it’s key that you tread lightly, respect the mountain, be kind and courteous to your fellow concert-goers, and follow the few rules we ask of you.

Our ultimate aim is to make Sound Summit an annual, sustainable revenue source, a festive event that honors the spirit of the mountain, its legacy, and its many gifts. So come join us for a day of great music and celebration a bit closer to the clouds and help Mount Tam continue to nourish and inspire. Consider your presence some good deed doing for a very special place in the neighborhood. We feel Sound Summit is as much a community spirit as it is a community event. Hope to see you on the mountain!


All Sound Summit Concert Tickets, Parking Passes, and Bus Passes are available on only (no Box Office or Phone Sales) and tickets will be sent electronically. Each ticket must be individually printed prior to arrival and presented, bar code visible, to be scanned for admission, respectively, at Entry Gate, Parking Lots, and Bus Lots.

Concert Tickets will be exchanged for admission wristbands at the Entry Gate. All seating is General Admission and on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that almost all the seats at the Mountain Theater are in full or partial sun. Prepare accordingly with hats, sunscreen, and water bottles.

Please also note that the Mountain Theater is a natural environment and entails all that comes with it. In addition to singing birds and breathtaking views, there are bees, insects, dirt paths, uneven stone surfaces, varying grades, and the like. Be mindful of the environment, both in anticipation of the day and as you move about the venue.

No Refunds, No Exchanges. Please view all Terms & Conditions.

No Ins & Outs. Once you leave, you’ve left and we’re required to remove your wristband.


We are not responsible for any lost or stolen tickets, so please keep them in a safe place and don’t lose them! For ticket-related questions or issues, please contact


Accessible Seating is available for guests using a wheelchair or other mobility assisted device. Reservations are required.

Accessible Parking is available to guests with a valid DMV issued disabled placard or plate. An ADA Parking Pass must be purchased.

Sound Summit is happy to arrange Accessible Seating and Parking for those requiring it. For more information or to facilitate arrangements, please write our Box Office manager at

Please Note: All Accessible Seating and Parking is very limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.


An Accessible Drop Off area will be provided at the entrance to the Mountain Theater.

Accessible Drop-Off and Vehicle Entrance Map.

Helpful Sound Summit staff will be on hand to provide assistance into the venue and to Accessible Seating areas for those requiring it.



We strongly encourage you to arrive early, avoid midday weekend traffic, grab a good seat, and give all our acts a full and festive audience. Mountain Theater is located on East Ridgecrest Blvd on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Doors open at 10:00 AM, music begins at 11:30 AM, and there are various options to get to the venue.


Round-trip bus service up the mountain and back will be available for $20.00 per person from the Manzanita Park & Ride Commuter Lot and from the Pohono Street Park & Ride Lot (just across the frontage road leading to Hwy. 101) in Mill Valley beginning at 8:45 AM on day of show and continuing throughout the day until 4:00 PM. Look for Yellow First Student School Buses. Please use the Manzanita Lot FIRST. When it is full, buses will leave from the Pohono Lot. Bus schedule is dependent on traffic up and down the mountain. Please plan to arrive early and allow ample time to get to the venue. Note that the last bus up to the Mountain Theater leaves Mill Valley at 4:00 PM.

We strongly recommend purchasing Bus Passes in advance on our ticketing website. Pending availability, Bus Passes may be offered for purchase at Bus Lot locations on the day of show on a cash-only basis.

Buses depart from the Mountain Theater entrance, beginning at roughly 7:00 PM. So that we can move people from the venue to the buses in an orderly fashion following the concert, we ask that you follow staff direction and signage in forming a line leading to the venue entrance for boarding.

There will also be buses departing from the entrance of the Mountain Theater to shuttle concert-goers back to the Bus Lots in Mill Valley at regular intervals throughout the day once Sound Summit begins, if so desired.


Parking at the Summit Lot, a short free shuttle ride to the Mountain Theater, is available for $45 per vehicle and limited to 300 spaces. Prepaid Parking Passes may be purchased at the Sound Summit ticketing site on a first-come, first-served basis. If you purchase a Parking Pass, we strongly encourage you to carpool with friends and family to reduce your carbon footprint and traffic on the mountain. The Summit Lot opens at 9:00 AM.

No RVs, Trailers, or Oversize Vehicles will be admitted to the mountain parking lots.

There will be no dropoffs of passengers allowed at the front entrance to the venue except for patrons with Accessible Seating or those requiring assistance into the theater.

The ascent to and descent from the Mountain Theater is on winding roads which require close attention. Please Drive Safely. Do Not Drink and Drive. Be Wise and Use a Designated Driver.

Once the show begins, there will be a shuttle bus available at regular intervals at the entrance to the Mountain Theater to return to the Summit Lot, in the event anyone wishes to return to their vehicle and leave prior to the end of the concert.

Following the concert, please proceed to your vehicle as follows:

• Those parking in the Summit Lot should proceed along the short footpath to the High Camp Lot, where shuttle buses will be provided back to the Summit Lot. Do Not Return to the venue entrance where you were dropped off originally.

• Those parking near Rock Spring, at Trojan Point, out on West Ridgecrest Blvd., or elsewhere on the mountain, please exit the venue on the Mountain Theater Fire Road. You can access the Mountain Theater Fire Road through the back of our Vendor Village where the restrooms are. Please proceed with caution when crossing roads, as both cars and buses will be exiting the area and heading down the mountain.


If you feel like pedaling, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will be hosting parking for bicyclists who wish to ride up to Sound Summit on the right side of the Rock Springs Parking Lot. Visit here for more information.


Take to the trails with your best hiking gear and hoof it up the mountain. If you do so, we’ll give you a free bus ride back to Mill Valley, so you won’t be hiking down in the dark. If you’re determined to do so, we encourage you to bring a flashlight and warm clothing. Trail Map, courtesy of Friends of Mount Tam.


• Do Bring Hats, Sunscreen, Sealed or Empty Water Bottles. Weather is ever changing on the mountain and it can get quite hot at the Mountain Theater, as most of the venue is in full sun. We strongly encourage you to bring protection from the sun and stay hydrated.

•Food, Beer, Wine, and Non-Alcoholic Beverages will be available at the venue. You may bring food and beverage if you wish, but please follow the guidelines below. Otherwise, plan to enjoy some tasty fare from our vendors.


• No Alcohol, Glass Bottles or Containers, Umbrellas, Selfie Sticks, Tripods, Drones, Matches, Cigarette Lighters, Audio & Video Recording Devices, Cameras with Detachable Lenses, Large Coolers, Folding Metal Armchairs, or Dogs (except for Service Dogs) may be brought inside the Mountain Theater. Soft Backed Trail Chairs and Stadium Seats are fine, but nothing with arms that will take up an extra seat, trouble the person sitting next to you, potentially damage the stone seating, or impede access along public routes and fire lanes within the venue. Small Coolers (six-pack size) are cool.


You are our greatest asset in keeping the venue clean, safe, undamaged, and undisturbed. Please respect the rules required for us to hold Sound Summit at this unique and beautiful location, now and for years to come.

• Smoking Is Not Permitted at the Mountain Theater. Period. This is not a rule solely for Sound Summit; it’s a rule for everyone all the time. Be wise. Fire danger season is upon us and it is highly irresponsible and dangerous to violate this policy. Please don’t. For those of you who feel the need to smoke, pretend you’re on a great eight-hour flight with cool tunes and incredible views. Wait until you get off the plane. This is a non-negotiable rule that you must respect if we are to continue holding this festive event into the future. If you do smoke, Park Rangers will issue you a pricey ticket and you will be removed from the venue.

• Please Use Recycling and Trash Receptacles Provided Throughout the Venue. Taking an extra moment to place recyclables and waste where indicated will help our greening team efficiently make Sound Summit as green an event as possible.

• Please Do Not Litter. If you see litter on the ground, lend a hand if you’re moved to do so. Mount Tam is a precious resource. Let’s leave it like we found it!

Thanks for your cooperation in protecting and preserving Mount Tam!


Tickets are available online only through Eventbrite at: All Sales Are Final. No Refunds Or Exchanges.

All Admission Tickets, Parking Passes, and Bus Passes are individual ticket types and should be printed prior to arrival with barcodes clearly visible and presented at Ticket Gate, Parking Lots, and Bus Lots, respectively.

Sound Summit reserves the right to deny entry to patrons without valid scannable tickets. Sound Summit Tickets – E-Ticket should be printed out and will be scanned and exchanged for an admission wristband at the Mountain Theater entrance.

• Children aged 2 and younger are admitted free of charge.

• Youth aged 3 through 12 will be admitted with valid general admission Youth E-Ticket.

• Patrons aged 13 and older are considered adults and will not be admitted with a general admission Youth E-Ticket.

• Entry to festival begins at 10:00 AM.

• All seating is general admission and first come, first served.

Summit Lot Parking Passes – E-Ticket should be printed out and placed on the dashboard of your vehicle as proof of purchase. Barcodes on tickets must be clearly visible and will be verified at Parking Lot entrances. One pass per vehicle.

Bus Passes – E-Ticket should be printed out and will be scanned and exchanged for a Bus Pass at the Bus Lot locations at Manzanita Park & Ride Lot and neighboring Pohono Park & Ride Lot at 100 Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley. See Bus Lot Maps on the Festival Info webpage. Please keep your Bus Pass in your possession to guarantee service to and from the venue and bus lots. One pass per individual.

No Ins and Outs. Once you leave, you’ve left, and we are required to removed your wristband.

Buyer Beware. Do not buy tickets from anyone you don’t know. They may likely be counterfeit or otherwise invalid and will not be honored at the gate for admission. Sound Summit is not responsible tickets sold through any third or unauthorized party. No refunds will be processed for unclaimed orders or patrons who are denied entry due to counterfeit or invalid tickets.

Once exchanged, Sound Summit is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged wristbands, passes. Keep them all in a safe place and do not lose them!

The event will take place rain or shine. Lineup is subject to change.

Sound Summit will be filmed, photographed, and recorded for promotional and archival purposes. By your presence on event premises, you consent to the use of your name, voice, and likeness without conditions in any and all media. Thank you for your cooperation.Sound Summit is not liable in any way for any injuries incurred relating to attendance of the festival.

For ticket-related questions or issues, please contact


Sunday, September 9th



Gatsby Summer Afternoon 2018

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, San Francisco

1 PM,  All Ages


The Gatsby Summer Afternoon is like stepping into a classic movie, traveling back to a time filled with glamour and charm. Thank you for your support in making living history possible! To preserve the fragile illusion of the 1920s and ’30s, we ask that every guest dress appropriately. Bring your own picnic, elaborate or simple, and step back to a more elegant era!

Dancing to Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra; dozens of Art Deco era vintage autos on display; wine tasting; specialty cocktails by Stookey’s Club Moderne; tours of the Dunsmuir House; croquet; prizes for Best Auto, Best Attire, Best Picnic; and the Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue with the Decobelles.

Find more information at



Second Summer Outdoor Movie Series at Dirty Habit

Dirty Habit, San Francisco

7 PM,  All Ages


Embrace the uniquely San Francisco ‘Second Summer’ this September and October with an outdoor movie series at Dirty Habit in SOMA.

Hotel Zelos and Dirty Habit invite San Francisco locals and visitors to enjoy beloved cult classic films at the stylish outdoor patio, which will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater on select Sunday evenings. Comfortable seating and a large-scale projector screen will be provided as the series takes on a ‘silent cinema’ format, including individual headphones.

The ‘Second Summer’ Outdoor Movie Series at Dirty Habit kicks off on Sunday, September 9 with Dirty Dancing, followed by The Big Lebowski on September 30, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on October 14 and Scream on October 28 (just in time for Halloween!)

Doors open at 7PM and showtime is at 8PM, just after sunset. Specialty cocktails and menu concessions will be available, including select items in theme with each movie. We look forward to seeing you there!


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