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 1st
The Great Northern, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
The 4th Annual Pumpkin Ball – Nov 1st The Great Northern SF charity event will be held November 1st at The Great Northern!
The Little Giant Acorn Foundation For The Arts, Raindance Presents & HUSHconcerts are proud to announce EVeryman & Friends will be back to host an evening of fun and dance for music fans and lovers and supporters of the arts at The Great Northern in San Francisco!
Come in your favorite costume to win a prize! The night of the event, the venue will be transformed into an adults only masquerade ball with 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, costume contest, Ariana M. A.k.A Aria Fae and special circus acts and more! ♥ come boogie with us for a good cause in memory of our brother Pumpkin! ♥
THANKS TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORSHIPS BY:
2 Towns Ciderhous
Third Eye Pinecones & Third Eye Tapestries
BIG LOVE FOR THEIR CHARITABLE DONATIONS!
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND COME TO THE EVENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE MERCH!♥
Nick “Pumpkin” Alvarado was a beloved musician, clown and most importantly, friend to so many in our community. While he is sadly no longer with us, his spirit lives on through his music and the thousands of people he touched over the years. To honor his memory, the Little Giant Acorn Foundation memorial fund has been established to help children who want to pursue a career in music or performing arts that otherwise couldn’t afford to.
Another goal of the fundraising is to finish Nick’s music. Pumpkin and Little Giants both had music that was nearly finished that still needs to be released and shared wit the masses. All the funds raised here will go back into the memorial fund. A remix charity album will be created by Pumpkin’s Peers and we are also selling memorial t-shirts.
By purchasing tickets to The 4th Annual Pumpkin Ball you are ensuring Nick’s spirit continues to shine bright while also helping to inspire the next generation of little acorns.
Stay tuned to this page for much more on special events, classes, workshops, and how you can help children who can’t afford an education in the arts and music on their own.
Telegraph Ave., Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community.
What else is going on? How About Art Murmur! Taking place at the same time is the Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Is there an entrance fee?
Oakland First Fridays is free and open to the public! But we rely on community support to keep our festival alive! You can make a donation online here, or at our festival entrance on West Grand & Telegraph Avenue.
When does the street festival start / end?
Oakland First Fridays Street festival happens on the first friday of each month, from 5pm – 9:00pm. If the event becomes cancelled due to rain, an announcement will be made Wednesday the week of the event. Check back on our website or facebook page for updates.
Where is Oakland First Fridays located?
Our festival entrance is located at the intersection of West Grand and Telegraph Avenue, and spans 5 blocks down to 27th Street in Oakland’s KONO District. View the location on google maps here.
Our festival is wheelchair accessible and family friendly. People of all ages are welcome to attend. If bringing a dog, it must remain on a leash at all times. Our events bring over 30,000 attendees, so expect large crowds, and amplified sound from our multiple stage and performance areas. There are Porta Potties available on 23rd St, 24th St, 25th St and 26th St. For exact locations, check out our festival map here.
We recommend taking public transportation to Oakland First Fridays. The closest Bart Station is the 19th Street stop, which is only a few blocks away. The 12 (Grand Ave. & MacArthur Blvd.), 51A (Broadway), and 6 (Telegraph Ave.) AC Transit buses also come right to the KONO District. On weekdays and weekend evenings, the free Broadway shuttle runs every 12-15 minutes up and down Broadway from 26th to Jack London.
Oakland First Fridays’ pick up and drop off location is located on Valley and 23rd street. Limited Metered parking is available on side streets near Telegraph Avenue, so make sure to bring quarters! If you chose to park on the street, we advise you to not leave any valuable items inside your car. If you’d rather park in a garage, here is a list of garages close by.
Alcoholic beverages are served exclusively within our Sake Garden, located in front of Gogi Time at 23rd St and Telegraph Avenue. Otherwise, no alcohol is allowed at the street festival. We do not tolerate the consumption of alcohol in our festival streets. If you’re interested in drinking alcohol, we advise for you to visit our Sake Garden or one of the many bars and restaurants in the KONO district. Drink Responsibly.
How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to connect with your community, work as a member of a team, meet new people, and gain references for future employment or academic advancement. You’ll also get free food and a t-shirt for volunteering. We have in-office and day-of-event volunteer positions. For more information, visit: http://oaklandfirstfridays.org/volunteer/ or check out our volunteer orientation video!
What to do after the Festival?
Oakland First Fridays street festival ends at 9:00 pm, but nightlife within the KONO district still goes on! Visit one of the many bars, nightclubs or restaurants in the neighborhood. For a list of locations and events, check out the Koreatown-Northgate Business Directory: http://www.koreatownnorthgate.org/shop-dine/
Updated 6/26/19 – Event info last checked via website
Saturday, November 2nd
Fort Mason, San Francisco
9 AM, All Ages
Get ready for an immersive coffee experience!
The fourth annual San Francisco Coffee Festival® kicks off Saturday, November 2, 2019 and Sunday, November 3, 2019. The top specially curated roasters and exhibitors share with you their unique beans and flavor profiles with a soundtrack provided by live entertainment at the Festival Pavilion at the arts nonprofit Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). This is a fun environment for coffee enthusiasts with a strictly limited ticket capacity. Think about your ideal coffee event experience: this is it.
For More Info, including Coffee and Activities, see SFCoffeeFestival.com
Fruitvale Transit Village, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival is a free, outdoor festival that brings over 100,000 people to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood to enjoy world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los Muertos.
The theme for this year is Los Ausentes (The Absent) paying respect to loved ones who have passed away, or members of this very community who have been displaced due to deportation, gentrification, or incarceration.
- For every loved one who has passed into the afterlife.
- For every family member who is hopelessly waiting across an ocean or border fence.
- For every person missing someone behind bars.
Sunday, November 3rd
Ferry Building, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
Fog City Flea will bring an eclectic lineup of makers and merchants from the Bay Area and beyond offering handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and well-edited vintage on weekends at the Ferry Building. Curated exclusively for the Ferry Building by the team behind Upstate New York’s renowned Phoenicia Flea, Fog City Flea will take place Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 1 through November 17, 2019. Guests are invited to stop by the marketplace and fuel up on the Ferry Building’s endless selection of food and drink offerings before heading upstairs to the Grand Hall for an afternoon of retail therapy.
SOMA, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Come join Pawtrero for their 13th Annual Dog Day Afternoon, the largest pet street fair in SF from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday November 3rd.
Pet costume contest, pet caricatures, DJ, trick or treat between over 30 pet related vendors for your dog or cat, Delancey BBQ and beer garden and over 16 local dog and cat rescues with animals for adoption.
Pawtrero is a retail pet supply store with 2 locations in San Francisco. Our focus is on raw & natural foods, treats & supplies. We have FREE same day delivery in SF if you order by 8am. Pawtrero supports our community with events throughout the year.
We focus on sharing information about nutrition for dogs & cats, including the ease and benefits of feeding raw foods and high quality dry & canned foods.