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, September 27th
Presidio Hallow, San Francisco
8:30 PM, Ages: 21+
Ahhwoooo! Calling all night owls, park lovers & partygoers…
Break out your trail chic outfits and experience one howl-of-a-night under the stars!
Lead your pack to an “all-inclusive” night out in your national park with:
- Live DJ sets by Bay Area’s Miles Medina, DJ Umami and DJ Lady Ryan
- Delicious buffet of bites by McCalls Catering
- Hosted bar with specialty drinks and craft brews
- Astrology readings with Wild Witch of the West
- Galaxies and nebulae observation with Unistellar, led by a SETI Institute astronomer
- Sweet treats with Frozen Kuhsterd and s’mores galore with Smashmallow
- Interactive experiences with REI, Deep Eddy Vodka and more
- NEW TO NIGHTHOWL: Stories by the campfire with silent disco headphones – learn more about coyotes with a wildlife ecologist, bats by an expert from the U.S. Geological Survey or nature photography by Michael Victor, Instagram’s @the415guy!
View last year’s NightHowl here to see what all the FUN is about. More details will be updated as we get closer to the date!
Your support benefits the magnificent trails and other key projects and programs of the Parks Conservancy.
Want to save on online fees? Visit Sports Basement to purchase your NightHowl tickets and get a discount for any other purchases you make that day! Locations are: Presidio, Bryan Street, Berkeley and Novato.
Chandran Gallery, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
The Festival of the Impossible is the first large-scale immersive art exhibition celebrating artwork that explores the impossible, featuring interactive installations.
The 4-day festival will feature a curated collection by several artists that will be creating across many mediums, pushing past the boundaries of reality and inspiring us with their visions.
This is a journey into the intimacy of Human-Machine, a concept which involves interaction through augmented experiences as well as enhanced human senses and deeper personal connections.
Visitors will be able to experience immersive art installations that evoke wonder and challenge our thinking about what could be possible as we move into the future.
Leave it to the forward thinking artists along with their amazing tools to keep us dreaming of what may come.
Saturday, September 28th
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
4 PM, Ages: 21+
Guests of Sake Day can get discounted room rates at this very cool hotel, so make a night or weekend of it and get your sake on safely and comfortably!
This Is The Definitive Sake Party Experience! There are many Sake Tastings, but this is the Original Sake Day event celebrating the “Day of Sake In Japan.”
Party Like a Sake Rock Star:
- Think “Oktoberfest” but with sake which is much cooler and very now!
- Try over 250 imported sakes from Japan that are available in the U.S.
- Taste a slew of sakes that are only available in Japan, but might be available in the U.S. if Sake Day drinkers enjoy them.
- Taste the latest and best craft sake made in the U.S., including Sequoia Sake and Den Sake.
- Celebrate the U.S. craft sake market with new producers showing their products for the first time, and others who have been selling sake for years.
- Use the proprietary and totally unique to Sake Day ordering system called “Try It, Like It, Buy It” where you can order the exact sakes that you try at the event to be delivered at a future date. You can order gifts for friends or simply stock your own sake refrigerator.
- Use the “IN and OUT” wristband privileges to eat at the many excellent restaurants in Japantown, then return to finish tasting all of the sakes that you missed the first time around.
- Learn how to order sake the next time you go out for sushi.
- For those looking to get into the sake market Sake Day represents the best way to meet the best people in sake including sake brewers, importers, distributors, educators, retailers, and more.
- Challenge your sake senses at the True Sake sponsored Sake Challenge Stations.
- Receive your own souvenir Sake Day 2019 tasting cup and fully detailed Sake Day 2019 Brochure that lists every sake that you can taste.
- Sake Day is for beginngers and pros alike, because we LOVE and HONOR sake!
- Groups are great, and discounts are available. Mom’s Group, Dad’s Group, Culinary Group, Wine Group, Work Group, Bowling Group, Biking Group, and every other group should call 415.355.9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for GROUP DISCOUNTS.
- Stay at the newly refurbished Hotel Kabuki at discounted Sake Day rates!
- Drink for a cause! The Non-Profit JCCCNC receives all ticket proceeds.
ALL TICKET PROCEEDS FOR SAKE DAY GO TO OUR LONG-TIME PARTNER, THE JAPANESE CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY CENTER OF NORTHER CALIFORNIA. (JCCCNC/the Center)
Previous Brewery Participants: Funasaka Brewery, Harada Brewery, Hosoda Brothers, Iwamura Brewery*, Imada Brewery*, JFC International, Japan Prestige Sake International, Joto Sake, Kaba Brewery, Komachi Brewery, Niigata Sake Selections, Nishimoto Trading Company, NA Food and Distributing Company, NA Sales Company, Ofuku Brewery, Ozeki Brewery, Rihaku Brewery*, Shiokawa Brewery, Sekaiitto Brewery, Shirataki Brewery*, Sake Story, Smart Assist, Takeda Brewery, Tenryo Brewery*, Vine Connections, Watanabe Brewery*, Winebow, and the government of Gifu Prefecture
Great Farralones National Marine Sanctuary, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Join Greater Farallones Association, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and Shark Stewards in celebrating the annual return of the white sharks to the Gulf of the Farallones.
Enjoy shark science, shark experts, shark art, shark films, shark conservation, food and live music.
Event Schedule (Main Event)
- 11am: All art & science activity stations open, food truck & refreshments available.
- 11am-1pm: Live Music – Ukulele Friends
- 11:30am: Special Programs (see below)
- 1pm: Ocean Life Parade & Costume Contest
- 2pm-4pm: Live Music – Max Delaney
- 2pm: Special Programs (see below)
- 4pm: Event closes
Special Programs ($15/person)
Build a Shark: 11:30am and 2pm
Participants “design-build” a life-size white shark model piece by piece, discovering how each organ and sense of this awesome creature functions. By handling teeth and skin artifacts, and viewing a short documentary on our Farallones sharks, they’ll learn how their 400-million-year-old design still works to make them formidable top predators. Best for children ages 4-10 and their families.
Shark Talk: 11:30am and 2pm
Sharks: Fearful or Fascinating? Join shark expert David McGuire, of Shark Stewards, for a short film and talk on shark behavior and human interactions. Best for adults, children 10+ welcome.
Space is limited for the special programs, registration required.
Sunday, September 29th
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. 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 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.
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.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm
Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF
- A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid
- Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon
- Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided
- Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:
(New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages
Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls
Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco
Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages
Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients
Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following
The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists
La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico
Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill
Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas
Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar
MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles
On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors
Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients
Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods
Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler.
Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
Carl and Cole, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
Cole Valley is one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco because of it’s small town feel, friendly neighbors, sunny weather, proximity to the rest of the city and much more. In Cole Valley you can grab your groceries, get your haircut, pick up a prescription and get in a workout all while chatting up the local business owners and bumping into your friends within a few blocks of your home.
The annual Cole Valley Fair takes place on Cole Street between Carl and Grattan Streets in San Francisco.