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Weekend Planner: September 9


Friday’s here again!  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 9


SF Craft Spirits Carnival

Metreon, San Francisco

5:30 PM, Ages: 21+



Join us at the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Carnival, presented by Jack Daniels and One Brick, celebrating the craft spirits movement! Enjoy a grand selection of handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world in this two-day showcase. Step right up, grab a friend, and enjoy an evening of spirits tasting!

Friday, September 9 + Saturday, September 10 Admission: 5:30-9:30pm

Ticket prices include admission, tasting glass, and UNLIMITED TASTING Tasting ends promptly at 9pm


Tickets are limited for both days and sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Visit our website for an updated list of participating brands!



SF Fringe Festival Opening Party

Oakland Zoo, Oakland

9:30 PM, Ages: 21+


A party to celebrate the opening of the Fringe Festival.

The San Francisco Fringe Festival is the largest grassroots theater festival in SF. It’s held every September and offers dozens of unique performances.

The 2016 festival will be held from September 9 – 24. This entertaining festival never disappoints!

This year’s festival will present 150 performances by 35 Indie theater companies in the EXIT Theatreplex in downtown San Francisco, which consists of three intimate venues that seat between 36 and 80 people each.

This independent festival thrives on making their shows open to as many people as possible. This is why tickets for all shows no more than $12 (or $14.99 online in advance).

If you love the theater, but are looking for something more local or a little different, then I highly recommend checking out some of these shows.


Saturday, September 10



Jack of All Trades Market

Jack London Square, Oakland

10 AM, All Ages


Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more.

  1. 95+ local vendors (makers, artists, antiques, start-ups and more!)

  2. DIY Workshops: over half a dozen workshops from “make your own terrarium” to “make your own leather belts”

  3. Local Eats: Not only is Jack London SQ home to some of the best restaurants on the water but the market also features local food startups and food trucks.

  4. Live Entertainment: free local bands and musical performances, magicians, and street dancers.

  5. Need to cool down? Enjoy the beers on the deck at historic Last Chance Saloon.

Free Entry & Pet Friendly



Fiery Performances, Food Trucks, and Art Demos

The Crucible, Oakland

12 PM,  All Ages


The Crucible industrial art school‘s open house, Tools to Table, is a celebration, demonstration and exploration of the tools and techniques of making, creating and consuming food, drink and flames.

Admission is free and there will be discounts on Crucible art classes, and a Crucible-style picnic basket raffle.

Feast your eyes on:

  1. Cocktail glasses made in our glass blowing department

  2. Pedal-powered food making with a bicycle

  3. A butchering demonstration on the main stage

  4. Waffle making in our foundry with a special Crucible-designed sand casted waffle iron

  5. Hammered forks and spoons in the smithy

  6. Art gallery walk

  7. $25 discount on same-day registration during the event

  8. Beer and wine for sale

There will be a local artist exhibition, including place settings designed by Crucible faculty and some of Oakland’s favorite small-businesses and home-grown food vendors onsite to educate and tempt your palates including:

  1. Eat Play Events & Catering

  2. Zella’s Soulful Kitchen

  3. ChickPea Chick

  4. Far Leaves Tea

  5. The Dock

  6. Donut Savant

  7. No Worries Cuisine Truck

Please note, open houses are open to the public and children are welcome. Parents of small children will need to pay special attention as this space does have rough edges.


Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

12 PM, All Ages

Free (Chocolate Samples Must Be Purchased)

From vanilla beans to caramel fillings, indulge in it all at the 21st Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Come and experience Chocolate School, Chef Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, chocolate vendors, and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge.

Over 50 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to feature in the festival. While it’s a little expensive to actually sample some chocolate ($20 for 15 chocolate samples, which you can purchase in advance), you can let yourself indulge knowing your tickets will help raise money for Project Open Hand.

2016 Schedule Ghirardelli Chocolate Culinary Stage | West Plaza

Saturday, September 10, 2016

  1. 12:30pm-1:00pm- Steve Genzoli, Ghirardelli Chocolate School

  2. 1:30pm-2:00pm- Pastry Chef Demonstration – Waxman’s

  3. 2:30pm-3:30pm- Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Eating Contest

  4. 4:00pm-4:30pm- Susana Marin & Darrel Mark – Wente Vinyards

Sunday, September 11, 2016

  1. 12:30pm-1:00pm- Steve Genzoli, Ghirardelli Chocolate School

  2. 1:30pm-2:00pm- James Beard Award Winner – Best Pastry Chef – Angela Pinkerton. Joining her will be David Nayfeld. Nayfeld Pinkerton Project

  3. 2:30pm-3:30pm- Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Eating Contest

  4. 4:00pm-4:30pm- Starchefs Rising Star Pastry Chef – Edward Martinez – Lazy Bear


Sunday, September 11



Downtown, Oakland

10:30 AM, All Ages


Oakland will once again host a Pride Parade kicking off at 10:30 am and an all-day Pride Festival (tickets are $10) from 11 am to 7 pm in Downtown on Broadway.

The Festival once again features four stages of live musicDJs and entertainment, plus community and family friendly activities. R&B artist, Deborah Cox will headline the festival, along with numerous other performers on the Main Pride Stage.

This year, they also have their Children’s Carnival and Fun Fair all day from 11 am to 4 pm. The Family & Children’s Garden is a safe and fun area for children of all ages, and their LGBTQ parents/caregivers at the Oakland Pride festival. The Garden will feature programs and activities specially designed for children and their family.



Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

The Presidio, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.

Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.

2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.

They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:

  1. Bacon Bacon

  2. Del Popolo

  3. Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco

  4. Beach Brew

  5. Sugarfoot

  6. Grilled Cheese Guy

  7. Little Green Cyclo

  8. NopalitoSF

  9. Ceviche & Co.

  10. El Porteño Empanadas

  11. Slightly Skewed

  12. Fat Face

  13. Wing Wings

  14. Verde Vivo Tea

  15. Cholita Linda

  16. Luciano’s Scoop

  17. Stateside Bakery

  18. Girl Friday Zeppole

  19. Sajj Street Eats

  20. Sam’s ChowderMobile

  21. Ruru

  22. Powder

  23. the creme brulee cart

  24. Fine and Rare

  25. La Marcha Tapas Bar

  26. Réveille Coffee Co.

  27. Shorty Goldstein’s

  28. The Whole Beast

Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about 
a great event we missed? Leave it in the comments.
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