Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, September 8th
The Church of 8 Wheels, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 18+
Fridays are always a great time to go roller skating. This is the 4th session where anyone 18 and older can come in and get their skate groove on!!! Please skate safely. All participants must please follow the direction of the rink personnel.
Skate Rental are available for $5.00, but not included with the purchase of your ticket.
NO REFUNDS!!! Attendees are NOT allowed to transfer their registration between this event and another event. Be sure you are selecting the proper date and time you want to skate.
Thank you for registering!!! To speed up the process at the door please have your scan codes ready to scan. Ticket scan codes can be found at the bottom of your confirmation email with tickets attached. Thank you everyone for being patient and understanding while we try to adapt to our new system.
15th and Franklin, Oakland
5 PM, Ages: All
Start your Oakland Pride weekend with WE RUN THIS!!!, a community-led block party benefiting Oaklash! With a focus on uplifting our local community members, this event will bring together a slew of queer performers, DJs, and business owners, for an unforgettable night of connection and dancing. Oakland is a special place, and we are excited to show off all the incredible people who make us proud to live here.
Oaklash is the Bay Area's drag and queer performing arts non-profit. Since 2018, Oaklash's annual festival connects drag performers across the bay and the world for a weekend celebrating queer art in all its beautiful forms. As we expand our work into year-round programming, we are connecting with various community partners to create community events to connect people and raise funds for Oaklash's work. All proceeds from this event will go towards Oaklash's year-round programming, including our small grants fund for chronically ill and disabled performers and the Oaklash Skills for Nightlife Accelerator Program (O-SNAP!).
Brought to you by Nectar Social Club (it’s their grand opening!), Amber Lounge, Sessions on 15th, and The Hatch
Queer vendor market hosted by Gemini Moon Botanicals
Drag show with musical performances hosted by Oaklash, the Bay Area’s drag and queer performing arts nonprofit
Music curated by Home Base: Oakland, and featuring DJs Kream, Charles Hawthorne, Groove Theory, Ignacia, FLORIDAWTR, and Alice Stribling
Saturday, September 9th
Stow Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30 PM, Ages: All
About Lakehouse Jazz
Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.
Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.
Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!
About the venue
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!
Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.
Union Square, San Francisco
1 PM, Ages: All
Join us for an incredible music experience in the heart of San Francisco! We are thrilled to present a series of free performances that will captivate music enthusiasts, families, and adult-beverage afficionados alike.
Every Saturday, from July through mid-October from 1pm - 4pm, and beginning in August, every 3rd Thursday, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Union Square Plaza will come alive with the sounds of talented local artists, celebrating the rich musical heritage of this iconic city. San Francisco, renowned as a music destination and the birthplace of legendary musicians and groups such as the Grateful Dead, Metallica, Janis Joplin, and Carlos Santana, sets the stage for an extraordinary lineup of performances.
Prepare to be amazed by a diverse range of musical genres, featuring local songwriters, solo musicians, up-and-coming stars, energizing EDM and Dance DJ sets, soulful jazz renditions, and captivating Latin rhythms. The launch event will feature DJ Sep and Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with future collaborations lined up with esteemed indoor entertainment venues such as Biscuits & Blues and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT).
As you indulge in a weekend of friends, food, and music, Union Square Plaza offers a vibrant setting for your enjoyment. Delight in delicious offerings from food trucks and experience the lively atmosphere of our Beer, Wine and Spirit Garden during certain concerts (see website for dates). Before and after the show, extend your experience at the numerous local restaurants and bars surrounding the venue, where you can discover the unique and delicious flavors of Union Square.
For families, we have a range of exciting activities lined up, including magicians, balloon art, face painting, flower crown making and so much more (check calendar for lists of activities). Introducing the Union Square Bloom Passport, offering an interactive and family-friendly experience. Dive into a world of floral education, interactive games, and captivating displays. Collaborating with local floral designers, more than 30 of Union Square's hotels, theaters, restaurants, bars, and retail establishments have adorned their storefronts with breathtaking floral arrangements, creating a gateway to discovery for all. The Union Square Bloom Passport is perfect for families looking to explore, learn, and have fun together.
For the 21+ audience, we have an exclusive treat in store. Meet the Bloom + Bubbles Passport, a district-wide cocktail program that presents a selection of 29 enticing floral cocktails available at Union Square hotels, restaurants, and bars. On July 29th, after the free 1 pm to 4 pm concert, from 5 pm to 9 pm, we invite you to join us for a district-wide Bloom & Bubbles Bar Crawl. Explore the city's vibrant nightlife as five bars and two clubs offer irresistible drink specials, making it an evening to remember. Those who purchase a ticket to the Bar Crawl, will get an exclusive offer to be redeemed at our Alcohol Garden prior to the Crawl
Don't miss this marvelous interactive opportunity to be part of San Francisco's thriving music scene and enjoy a weekend filled with music, food, drinks, and fun. Mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable celebration in Union Square Plaza!
The new initiative is a collaboration between the Union Square Alliance, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and the Office of Economic Workforce Development (OEWD) funded by their SF Live grant.
For more information about the lineup, pop-up bar gardens, rotating food vendor, family-friendly activities, and 21+ events, visit here. Information for August – October to be announced soon.
Sunday, September 10th
37th Between Ortega and Pacheco, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
A weekly market featuring farmers, ranchers, food artisans, live music, children’s activities, vendors, makers, merchants, artists, and local organizations. Explore all the amazing local businesses surrounding the farmers market at sunsetstrong.com.
You can find us every Sunday 9am-2pm year round on 37th avenue/Ortega and every Wednesday 3pm-7pm (June to August)
Muni: Lines 7, 29, 48
Unlike most of San Francisco, street parking is usually fairly easy surrounding the market.
Typically 25+ vendors
Weekly activities and fun
The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages.
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Presidio Tunnel Tops, San Francisco
1 PM, Ages: All
The World Arts West Dance Festival returns to the Presidio Sunday, September 10th! World Arts West will bring to the stage dances from around the world that reflect cultural and aesthetic values, wisdom and beauty, and the transmutation of survival to joy.
Join us for a FREE day of performances in the park to celebrate diverse communities through the art of dance. Enjoy fun interactive demos with festival artists, and grab a bite at one of the Presidio Pop Up’s yummy multicultural food trucks!
This year’s artists include Calpulli Tonalehqueh, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Melissa Cruz Flamenco, Mona Khan Company, Nicaragua Dance Ensemble, Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts, Te Pura O Te Rahura'a, Winnie Wong, and Ilê Aiyê !
This event is a part of the Presidio Sunday Afternoons series hosted by Partnership for the Presidio. Learn more about other happenings in the park by signing up for the Presidio newsletter!
Transportation: Use PresidioGo shuttles and public transportation. Limited paid parking available.
The East Meadow is an ADA accessible park site, with a designated ADA viewing area.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available at the performance area.
Please contact Miriam Manda with any additional accessibility needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415. 471.0658. For information on Presidio Tunnel Tops accessibility please visit presidiotunneltops.gov/visit/access-and-inclusion.
For more event information: worldartswest.org