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 13th
West Portal, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
West Portal Avenue in the heart of one of San Francisco’s well-known neighborhoods celebrates its 30th annual Art Stroll: bustling with activity, quaint retail stores, restaurants, bookshops and coffeehouses. The three-day boutique event featuring handcrafted treasures runs Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day along the sidewalks of West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa.
Local residents and tourists alike admire the works of more than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. The show is free to the public and is presented by the West Portal Avenue Merchants.
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Horizon Lounge, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
Looking for something fun to do in San Francisco on Friday Nights?
Come join us at SFHostelParty’s PopUp Event: SF Beer (and Wine) Olympics! $2 Beers/Wine + 90’s Party!
NOTE: YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 9:30PM TO PLAY IN THE GAMES SO BE SURE TO SHOW UP ON TIME. Enter Horizon THROUGH Score Bar at 490 Broadway St. since Horizon is closed except when this event is happening.
Current SF Beer Olympics Pop-Up Event Location: Horizon Lounge in SF.
FREE to play!
FREE entry before 10PM with a drink special purchase & RSVP!
90’s DJ Party following the games.
Drink Special: 5 BEERS or 5 CUPS of WINE for $10 before 9:20PM; 5 for $15 from 9:20-9:40PM, 5 for $20 after 9:40PM.
Ladies who RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFLadiesNight/ get FREE VODKA DRINKS!
Games: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Relays
–> Everyone’s placed on a team based on your country (to make it easy to meet people).
–> Teams compete at flip cup, beer pong, & relays.
–> Play -or- just watch, drink cheap beer and be social!
Meet & compete against travelers, locals, au pairs and students!
‘Like’ us on Facebook *and* RSVP that you’re attending & get a $1 shot!
Saturday, April 14th
VIP tickets include exclusive admission between 12pm-1pm, 18 tasting tickets and souvenir tasting glass. $50* through April 13 or when sold out. VIP tickets will not be available at the door.
General admission tickets include 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir tasting glass. $40* through April 13, and $45** at the door.
Designated Driver tickets will be available at the door for $5 (cash only, please). You may not consume alcohol when purchasing this ticket.
* Service charges are added to all tickets purchased online.
** A $1 service fee per ticket will be added at the gate when using debit or credit cards.
*** Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. The event will take place rain or shine!
– Advance ticket sales will end at 11pm on Friday, April 13.
– Additional tasting tickets will be available onsite for $2 each.
– Minors are allowed at this event when accompanied by parent.
– Last pour is 15 minutes prior to the close of the event.
– No outside food or alcohol allowed.
Additional features: Cider Cocktail & Apple Spirit Pavilion, food samples from barkTHINS, Cypress Grove Cheese, Dynamo Donut and others. The Oregon Fruit Products & Enartis Fruit & Oak Cider Challenge, featuring pilot batch ciders created for this event with attendee text voting to determine champion.
Sponsors: presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors , Upcider Gastropub, Oregon Fruit Products Co., Umpqua Bank, Enartis, Wag Hotels, and BART. Media support is provided by SF Chronicle, SF Gate and CIDERCRAFT Magazine.
Additional info: Contact CiderSummit@earthlink.net
The Civic Kitchen, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
Sunday, April 15th
Japantown, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets.
The 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its 50th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at Civic Center, proceeding up Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.
A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. 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.
Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 25 local vendors, food trucks & pop-ups.
But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.
New for 2018 is a series of monthly cultural performances.
- March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season
- April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
- May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
- June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
- July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 25 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:
- Senor Sisig: A mashup of the best that Filipino food and Mexican taquerias have to offer, serving sisig-style (24-hour marinated pork shoulder) tacos, burritos and fries
- Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic
- Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi
- Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients
- Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia
- Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas
- Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches
- Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos
- El Pipila: Authentic Guanajat cuisine launched through San Francisco’s culinary incubator for low income entrepreneurs, La Cocina and appearing at Presidio Picnic as a Mexican fruit stand
- Cielito Lindo: Mexican Street Kitchen: Mexican street food favorites like tacos and tortas topped with roasted steak ranchero, beef barbacoa, chicken mole and veggie estofado
- Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders
- DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis
- A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails