weekend_c_728606You work hard, and you deserve a fun and relaxing weekend before heading back to the office on Monday. Luckily, this is the San Francisco Bay Area, and there is always something going on! 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, November 20

MLMindful Life Project’s First Annual Benefit Concert

The Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

7 PM, All Ages


Come and support Mindful Life Project by attending our 1st annual benefit concert! The night will be filled with Mindful Hip-Hop with special performances from Safahri Ra, Coco Peila, Hazel Rose, amazing music by special guest Hyim, *Richmond’s very own Lock Smith (one of the top freestyle rappers in the world), and other special guests, festivities, appetizers, a silent auction, and raffle. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Come show your support of the work we do in the community!

Mindful Life Project serves low-income schools and empowers students through mindfulness based programs. Our innovative approach blends mindfulness with yoga, expressive arts and mindful hip-hop through culturally relevant teaching strategies to deliver direct service mindfulness-based programs that empower youth and teachers to create positive learning communities. We serve over 6,500 Richmond, San Pablo, and Rodeo students with mindfulness-based instruction.


All proceeds from this event will help further Mindful Life Project’s mission and empower the youth we serve!


*************All individual donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000***************

thanks to a generous grant from the Quest Foundation!

FFSave the Waves Film Festival

Victoria Theater, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


The 7th annual Save The Waves Film Festival presented by Pacifico will continue its 2015 tour with an epic evening of live music and international surf films at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco on Friday 11/20.  Bay area folk-rockers Frankie Boots & The County Line will open the night’s festivities which will feature world premieres of surf, adventure, and documentary films.  The Save The Waves Film Festival is a fundraiser for the Save The Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves, and all proceeds support their international coastal conservation programs.

This event will have a cash bar with offerings from Pacifico Beer, Tito’s Vodka, and Suerte Tequila.  To make our film festival more eco-responsible, we have eliminated single-use plastic cups at our bars.  We will be selling stainless steel pint cups for $10 (one free beer with purchase!) or feel free to bring your own reusable cup.  Thanks for helping us make this year’s film festival the greenest yet!

**this is an all ages show**


6pm – VIP pre-party and filmmaker reception

7pm – doors open, live music from Frankie Boots & The County Line

8pm – short films program

9:15pm – intermission and raffle

9:45pm – feature films program

Films program and more info: savethewaves.org/filmfestival

General Admission and VIP tickets on sale now!  The 2015 STWFF will be visiting San Diego, CA (11/5), Dana Point, CA (11/8), Austin, TX (11/12), Santa Cruz, CA (11/14), Ensenada, MX (12/4), and Santiago, CHL – please tell your friends.

Saturday, November 21

SFBeerSan Francisco Craft Beer festival: Holiday Edition

The Armory, Sacramento

2 PM, Ages:21+


The SF Craft Beer Festival – “Holiday Edition”

A top-shelf experience of Craft Brewing featuring Fall and Winter Release Beers.  





From the established craft brewers to the mid-majors and up-and comers, the diversity and creativity of the SF Area Craft Brewing Community has proven to be limitless. For our Grand Tasting, we will be featuring an extensive variety of these artisanally produced creations from America’s Top Breweries. Nearly 75 participating breweries from across the country, with a special focus on SF-Area Breweries are each expected to showcase 2 of their offerings (about 150 total) with a strong emphasis on their Limited Release and Seasonal selections.



Taste the flavors of the season in liquid form!




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

Must be 21 or older to attend


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?



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

Yes, we prefer printed tickets, but can accommodate mobile tickets as well.


What is the refund policy?

All Sales are Final; Refunds are not available.

dickensThe Great Dickens Christmas Festival

Cow Palace, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages


A Victorian Christmas Card come to Life

Great Dickens Christmas FairVisit London in San Francisco! The world-renowned Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the only event of its kind. The winding lanes of Victorian London come to life with over 3 acres of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. It’s a lamp-lit city brimming with over 700 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM, five weekends and one Friday from Nov. 21-Dec. 20.

Free BART Shuttle from Glen Park Station every Fair day!


For Questions regarding your PDF tickets or order, Contact Eventbrite’s customer support at 1-800-350-8850 or support@eventbrite.com.

For Questions related to the event itself, contact tickets.dickensfair@gmail.com


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

7 PM, All Ages


Twenty of the top restaurants throughout the East Bay will be featured at this years Gourmet East Bay event. There will also be premier tastings, wineries and breweries from Napa and the East Bay offering great pours amidst an exciting atmosphere and fantastic live music from East Bay Mudd. Join us on November, 21 at Broadway Plaza for a night of food, drinks, and fun.

Kicking off the holiday season, Gourmet East Bay also raises funds and awareness for East Bay food charities. A premier auction will be held during the evening with a chance to win dining out for a year, a shopping spree at Broadway plaza and several other fantastic prizes. Over 600 guests will attend Gourmet East Bay, which has always sold-out since it debuted in 2003 – so get your tickets now before it’s too late!










Bridges Restaurant & Bar
The Cooperage
Corners Tavern
FIVE Restaurant & Bar
Forbes Mill Steakhouse
Elegant Brie
Gaspar Brasserie
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Incontro Ristorante
Kanishka’s Gastropub
Koi Palace
Maria Maria Restaurant
The Park Bistro & Bar
Piatti Ristorante & Bar
Prima Ristorante
Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

Deerfield Ranch Winery
Myka Cellars
Monticello Vineyards
Nottingham Cellars
Pacific Prime Wines
Premier Cru
Prima Vini
Rosenblum Cellars
The Vine at Bridges
Wente Vineyards

Ale Industries
E.J. Phair

Steeltown Coffee and Tea


East Bay Mudd
The Bay Area’s number one entertainment is East Bay Mudd.  This dynamic 9 piece band has been thrilling audiences and dancers all over the Bay Area for years with their upbeat and powerful take on Soul, Funk and R&B classics.



Sunday, November 22

2012fernetbbglogo2copyFernet-Branca Games

The Grand Regency Ballroom, San Francisco

8 PM, Ages: 21+



*** Guts. Glory. Music. Fun. Fernet-Branca ***

The Fernet-Branca Barback Games features gladiators battling through a series of rigorous challenges to crowds of cheering industry friends.

On Sunday November 22nd, the best Barbacks from around San Francisco will compete at The Grand Regency Ballroom to determine the city’s best barback.

In the end there can be only one.



21+ only


Featuring Live Performances From:
Special Guests TBA

Hosted by:

Hubba Hubba Revue

Plus San Francisco’s Favorite Industry Judges:

– Karrie Cormican (of Comstock Saloon)
– Rick Dobbs (of Last Word)
– Suzie Robinson (of Novela)
– Moe Arce (of Asiento)
– Maritza Rocha/Alvarez (of White Chapel)
– Glenn Kaplan (of Make Westing)
– Marguerite Regan (of Rye)
– Jen Anderson (of Cabin)
– Elmer Mejicanos (of Tony’s Pizzaria/Capos)
– Maurice Brooks (of Nite Cap Bar)

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The Grand Regency Ballroom

1300 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94109
7pm Barback Registration

8pm Doors



– ONLY 1 Barback per venue (Sorry way too many contestants. Battle it out amongst your Bar)

– Only the first 40 people that have PRE-REGISTERED online via Eventbrite AND are at the venue in line will be allowed to participate

– We are opening doors at 7PM for Barbacks but given the response we suggest you arrive way earlier to make sure you are one of the first 40

– You MUST be over 21 with valid ID

– Finally – be prepared to sign a waiver and your soul over to the Fernet Gods

TGPlan the Perfect Thanksgiving

Sauce: Belden Place, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Cooking Up Thanksgiving Classics! Chef Ben Shares Recipes from his Family’s Table!

Thanksgiving Classics to Complete your Family Feast!

Master the art of meal planning and execution while crafting seasonally-inspired dishes – just in time for Thanksgiving! Head Chef and Owner of Sauce invites Sprouts’ kids to gather around his table for a lesson in independent cookin’! Chef Ben will teach Sprouts’ aspiring chefs to take command in the kitchen while showing them how to cook classic Thanksgiving recipes! Your young chef will return from this apprenticeship with the confidence and knowledge to create delectable dishes for your Thanksgiving meal!

Thanksgiving Classics Apprenticeship
Sunday, November 22nd

7-12 years old
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
$35*: Sprouts chefs (lunch included)
56 Belden Place, SF

*Your class fee pays for the entire tuition for a Girl’s Inc. Student!
Thank you for helping us make a difference!

To-Go Boxes For Family ‘n Friends

Thanksgiving Classics

Lucky us! Chef Ben and Sprouts’ aspiring chefs will be servin’ up Thanksgiving classics for family and friends! We figured it wasn’t fair that only Sprouts chefs get to taste their delicious creations! Order a to-go meal and bring a little bit of the magic home with you!

Eat for a cause – your to-go purchase will help sponsor a Chef-in-training!

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