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, November 3
Union Square, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
To commemorate ten years of outdoor skating at Union Square, you’re invited to a free all-day birthday celebration featuring complimentary ice skating and skate rentals, free ice cream scoops from Humphry Slocombe (featuring a custom flavor from 1-8 pm), a live art installation by local artist fnnch (noon ’til dark), and more.
Take to the ice in party hats and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and other celebratory birthday party activities.
What if it rains? The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square remains open in light to moderate rain, but may close in heavy and sustained rain at the discretion of Ice Rink management.
When can I skate? There are seven free skating sessions on Friday – first-come, first serve. There are approximately 250 people on the ice at any given time, so there’s lots of turnover during the day.
Friday’s Free Ice Skating Sessions:
- 10 – 11:30 am
- 12 – 1:30 pm
- 2 – 3:30 pm
- 4 – 5:30 pm
- 6 – 7:30 pm
- 8 – 9:30 pm
- 10 – 11:30 pm
- 9:50 am: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 10 am: Rink Opens – Free skating all day
- 10:30 am: Face Paint / Balloons
- 11:50 am: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 12 pm: fnnch – Live mural installation (Noon – 6/8 pm)
- 1 pm: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream scooping begins (1-8 pm)
- 1:50 pm: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 3:50 pm: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 4 pm: DJ Set (4 pm-close)
- 5:50 pm: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 6 pm: Face painting (6-8 pm)
- 7:50 pm: Yerba Buena Skaters perform
- 11:30 pm: Rink Closes
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-guided First 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 the core group:
- Arata Fine Art Gallery – 450 Columbus Avenue
- Canessa Gallery – 708 Montgomery Street
- Gallery 454 – 454 Columbus Ave.
- Live Worms – 1345 Grant Avenue
- Macchiarini Creative Designs – 1544 Grant Avenue
- Make Hang Gallery – 450 Green Street
- Modern Eden – 403 Francisco Street
- Stella’s Pastries
- Sweeties – 475 Francisco Street
- The Beat Museum – 540 Broadway
- Cykel – 548 Union Street
>> Important – Always check the First Fridays website for updates before attending. Sometimes there are last minute changes, or events may be canceled.
Saturday, November 4
Jack London Square, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
Shop handmade and independent goods from 150+ local makers + food artisans at Patchwork Show in Oakland.
FREE to attend and family + dog friendly.
Find the perfect unique gift for everyone on your list (or yourself!) in one day while having fun.
PLUS food artisans + trucks, DIY craft workshops and music.
Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plush, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!
FALL 2017 SHOWS:
November 4, 2017 – Jack London Square – 55 Harrison at Embarcadero
Long Beach, California
November 12, 2017 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore
Santa Ana, California
November 26, 2017 – Downtown – NEW LOCATION AT 4th @ Spurgeon Street
*All shows are free to attend and 11-5pm
Ferry Building, San Francisco
10:30 AM, All Ages
This waterfront market, run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), has over 100 food, fruit, and vegetable vendors on Saturdays and the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates year-round from 8 am to 2 pm.
On most Saturdays, free cooking demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
From her childhood all the way through culinary school and beyond, Asian Box’s Executive Chef Grace Nguyen’s interest in food and cooking dictated her path in life. Asian Box brings together both her personal background and professional experiences by combining her fine dining training with her family’s Vietnamese heritage. Grace, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, most recently worked with acclaimed Chef Charles Phan as sous chef of Slanted Door and executive chef of Out the Door. She offers a fresh, aromatic menu with incredibly vibrant flavors — including sauces such as her own “Miss Jones’ Sriracha,” “Asian Street DustTM” spice blend, and housemade “Jungle Jerky.”
All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.
Sunday, November 5
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Doughnut worry, be happy! SoMa StrEat Food Park is throwing a Doughnut Disco Dance Party to celebrate National Doughnut Day!
Break out your grooviest stretchy pants, put on your dancing shoes, and Doughnut stop til you eat enough!!!
– Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 11am-5pm
– SoMa StrEat Food Park – 428 11th Street San Francisco
– $5 General Admission
– $25 All-You-Can-Drink House-made Mimosas & Sangrias (includes General Admission)
– Vendors serving unique Doughnut creations & other specialties
– DJ’d Doughnut disco dance party
– All-Ages, dogs welcome, rain or shine with plenty of covered seating
Cat Club, San Francisco
4 PM, Ages 21+
Huge thanks to Kaamna for helping us to put this together!
SF’s institutional dance club, the Cat Club, is hosting a special afternoon dance party just for us and our aging friends! We’re celebrating Kaamna and Rohit’s anniversary, LaToya’s bday and while we’re getting down to the best of the 80’s and 90’s in the middle of the afternoon, we will also be raising funds for our neighbors in the North who have lost their homes and livelihoods to the destructive wildfires.
THE CAT CLUB WILL GENEROUSLY DONATE 50% OF ALL BAR SALES AND 100% OF ALL TIPS TO THE Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief’s Efforts.
We will also be collecting donations at the event. Feel free to invite friends.
Come have the best Sunday Funday with us and help some peeps out too!