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, April 14
Shelton Theater, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
A musical comedy that blends murder and intrigue with way too many food metaphors, Flavor of Death: A Guy Fieri Musical pits the good people of San Francisco against an evil force working to thwart truth, science and the rule of law.
Flavor of Death: A Guy Fieri Musical is the latest production from Funny But Mean, a San Francisco comedy troupe that has performed shows at the Exit Theater, Marine’s Memorial Theater, The Magic Theater, as well as New York’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and the Improv Cafe.
The cast features local theater veterans Melissa Quine, Christopher Pflueger, Britt Lauer, Brady Woolery, Cole Alexander Smith, and Lena Mullins. Directed by Richard Ciccarone and features original music composed by Stephanie Brown.
Pier 70, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
Join in for Pier 70’s first happy hour of the 2017 season on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Happy Hour Specials:
- Museum of Craft and Design will be making keychains from upcycled car and bike parts and metal bits/embellishments with the youth
- Pier 70 Partners bartenders will have a full cash bar featuring $5 Absolut Moscow Mules and $3 Peroni lagers on special
- Madame Zola’s Cafe from The Midway SF will have a special BBQ menu featuring Humboldt grassfed burgers, tri tip, chicken, hotdogs, asparagus, corn bread, kale slaw and other snacks.
Come down for dancing, drinks, tasty BBQ, classic cars, kids, dogs, community education and entertainment. This happy hour is rain or shine. They’re hoping to be outside in the sunshine, but if the weather is uncooperative, the event will move inside the Pier 70 buildings.
In addition, they will be running a raffle with $5 raffle tickets, or 5 for $20, with over $1,500 in donated items with all the money raised going to Project Wreckless.
Saturday, April 15
Elbo Room, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: 21+
Everyone has a Muni story, and Muni Diaries is where we capture it all. Where else can you find strangers yelling, “Back door!” to help you get off the bus, and where else would you find an entire bus cheering for a wayward, stowaway crow? Join us in celebrating all the hilarity, delight, and weirdness that happens on public transit in San Francisco.
Our stellar storytellers:
Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, performer, host, storyteller, and regular KQED community events host based in San Francisco. He has performed in L.A., Washington D.C., NYC, Canada, and all over California, and his writing, which has been published in numerous anthologies, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting, and regularly organizes poetry shows in the Bay Area. He is currently the curator and head organizer for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic and is Program Director for Donde Esta Mi Gente. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, CA.
Dixie De La Tour is the founder of Bawdy Storytelling (“The Moth for Pervs,” per LA Weekly), America’s Original Sex+Storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars sharing their bona fide sexual exploits, live onstage. This award-winning performance series is currently monthly in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and expanding to new cities every day. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of authors, sex educators, poets, comedians, and actors — along with real people just like you who submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of (mis)adventure.
Irene Tu is a San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. In 2016, she was named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” by the SFist and one of 20 “Women to Watch” by KQED. She has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, RIOT LA, Seeso, and Viceland. Irene hosts several popular shows in the Bay Area: Man Haters, Hysteria, The Mission Position, Laugh Function, and Millennials Ruin Everything (they do). You can follow her @irene_tu. irenetu.com
J. W. Friedman is the founder of “I Don’t Even Own a Television,” a podcast about bad books. Every two weeks, he and host Chris Collision get together to talk about a book you almost certainly should not read. Past guests have included Jeb “@mobute” Lund, Mara Wilson, Mike Sacco, Rachel Millman, and many others. A humorist and musician from San Francisco, California, J is into hardcore, rap music, movies, and books about indescribable eldritch horrors and professional wrestling. J also released the concept album, Beebee on the Bus, an album all about the psychology of public transit.
Na’amen Gobert Tilahun holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from Mills College. A writer in multiple genres, his work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, io9.com, Queers Dig Time Lords, faggot dinosaur, Full of Crows, The Big Click, Eleven Eleven, Spelling The Hours, Loose Lips, and more. One of his pieces, “Culture House,” was recently selected for publication in The Best Small Fictions 2017, out this fall. He was named one of 13 Bay Area Writers to Watch/Read in 2016 by 7×7 magazine, and his debut novel, The Root, was named an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten book for 2017. The sequel novel, The Tree, will be released this year. You can find him on Twitter when he should be writing: @Naamenism
Vivian Ho has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2011, covering criminal justice and breaking news. She reported on the Mario Woods shooting, the San Francisco Police Department, officer-involved shootings, how law enforcement handles mentally ill subjects, police brutality, race, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and the Occupy movement, as well as on homicides, criminal street gangs, sexual assaults, wildfires, and human trafficking. Before she joined The Chronicle, Vivian reported for the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Vivian spent most of her life in the frozen tundra that is New England and has a hard time understanding weather stories in California.
Grab a ticket, pen us in your calendars, and we’ll see you on Apr. 15!
Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, San Francisco
9 AM, All Ages
Join CUESA for the Ninth Annual Goat Festival (aka #Goatchella), a celebration of all things goat! Explore the wonders of goats, meet local ranchers and food crafters, sample artisan cheeses, and unleash your inner “kid” at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
9 am – 1 pm: Goaty Arts & Crafts
Get goaty at CUESA’s DIY arts and crafts station! Stop by to fashion your own personalized goat horns. All are welcome for family-friendly fun (under the archway, next to CUESA Classroom). Free.
10 am – 1 pm: Pet or View the Goats from Toluma Farms
*Tickets are sold out for goat petting, but there will be a viewing area at the petting tent. Thank you for your support!
Bring the kids to play with adorable baby goats from Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery in the Goat Festival petting stable (south driveway, near the Sur La Table store). To minimize crowds and avoid stress to the goats, access to the goat petting tent will require advance ticketing. Tickets go on sale March 31, 2:00 pm. There will also be a free viewing area.
Petting time slots include a 5-minute period to line up before the petting, 8-minutes in the pen with the goats, and a 2-minute buffer period to transition between groups. Please show up on time with your printed ticket and time slot. Due to high demand, we cannot offer you a different time slot if you miss your allotted time frame.
10:30 am: Market to Table Demo
Join us for a goat-cheese-themed cooking demo with Sophina Uong of Mestiza Taqueria at the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building, behind the info booth). Free.
11 am: Goat Cheese Tasting Plates
Taste local goat milk cheeses paired with preserves from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, curated in collaboration with the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Select the Artisanal Cheese Tasting ticket to pre-order your grab-and-go sampler plate now and pick up at the CUESA Info Booth (black tent in front of the Ferry Building). Plates will also be available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Tickets go on sale March 31, 2:00 pm. $5.
12 pm: Animal Welfare Talk
Join us at the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building, behind the Info Booth) for a discussion with local experts and ranchers about humane animal care and animal welfare certifications. Free.
8 am – 2 pm: “Browse the Farmers Market” Scavenger Hunt
During our regular market hours, you can make like a goat and “browse” the delicious offerings from our local ranchers, food crafters, and chefs! Stop by the CUESA Info Booth (black tent in front of the Ferry Building) to pick up a map of goat-inspired offerings. Visit the CUESA website for updates.
Limited-Edition Goat Merch:
Available in limited supply at the the CUESA Info Booth or Goat Festival merchandise tent on the south side of the Ferry Building. Reserve yours today for pickup at the festival by adding on a shirt and/or pin at checkout with your purchase of a cheese plate or goat petting time slot.
Goat Fest Tee: Be the cool kid on the block with this limited-edition 2017 Goat Festival t-shirt. Printed in San Francisco by Ashbury Images on a super-soft made-in-the-USA triblend tee. All sizes unisex. $20.
Goat Fest Enamel Pin: Add retro flair to your festival getup with this gold-plated soft enamel pin with butterfly clutch. If flower crowns, rainbows, and goats don’t say #Goatchella to you, you’re not at the right festival. $10.
Sunday, April 16
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the kabuki-inspired cross-dressing nuns-of-fun, host their 38th Easter Sunday in the Park at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park.
There’s a family-friendly children’s Easter celebration at 10 am, but the real fun follows after the kids head home with adult-friendly fare like the Easter Bonnet Contest, drag kings and queens, an exorcism ceremony of Donald Trump, and everyone’s favorite blasphemous hoot – the Hunky Jesus contest.
- 10am – Children’s Easter Activities (Family Friendly)
- Noon – Kids should go home… Live music, burlesque, drag kings & queens, Donald Trump exorcism
- 2:30pm – Easter Bonnet, Foxy Mary & Hunky Jesus Contests
Getting There: The easiest way to get to Hellman’s Hollow at Golden Gate Park is by MUNI. Take the 5 bus, the 7 bus, the 28 bus, the 29 bus, or the N-Judah. FYI, the N-Judah does involve a few blocks of walking from 19th and Judah.
The 2017 celebration will, once again, be held at the fabulous and very spacious Hellman Hollow in beautiful Golden Gate Park. They even have a back up space in the park in the event of rain, but they are cautiously optimistic it will be a fabulous day.
This year’s theme is “Sanctuary: Universal Joy”, a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love – transforming the event into a safe place for all people where only love, joy, peace and harmony take place. Let the sunshine in.
Please bring your own trash bags to help keep the place clean and tidy. And don’t forget your snacks, drinks, sunscreem and lots of water. In case of bad weather, visit thesisters.org and their Facebook page for location updates.
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. 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.
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. 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
Food Trucks / Pop-Ups
The list may change throughout the season, but expect to see 30+ vendors like Bi-Rite Creamery, Nopalito, Senor Sisig, Wing Wings, Del Popolo, Hookt Doughnuts, Dum Indian Food, the Grilled Cheese Guy and tons more.
Geting There Use the FREE shuttle: The PresidiGo operates a route from downtown San Francisco to the Presidio and two routes within the park.
- The Downtown express route picks up from the Transbay Terminal, Embarcadero BART, and Union Street/Van Ness Avenue before dropping of at the Presidio Transit Center. > Maps & Departures
- The Around the Park routes run two-continuous loops within the Presidio. Both routes originate at the Presidio Transit Center and connect with MUNI and Golden Gate Transit at several locations. > Maps & Departures
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