Workin’ for the Weekend- eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/7/11-10/9/11

Previously known as “The Hump Day Pick Me Up” (it was getting hard to say and type), our weekly Wednesday column shall henceforth be known as “Working for the Weekend.” Rolls off the tongue, no?

Anyway, with all eyes on Treasure Island Music Fest, it’s easy to forget that there’s tons of awesome stuff going on this weekend. There’s Litquake, first and foremost, which we’ve already previewed here, in addition to some other events we’ve stumbled upon. Here are our top picks:

5th Annual WhiskyFest San Francisco (6:30pm to 9:30pm, Friday, October 7): Are you in Don Draper withdrawal? If you want to Mad Men it up in style, don’t miss out on the WhiskyFest this Friday at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Brought to you by The Whisky Advocate, the $135 ticket gets you a gift bag of commemorative items, in addition to the opportunity to sample 250 whiskies, dine from a gourmet buffet, and attend whiskey seminars.

Buried Treasure (6pm to 9pm, Friday, October 7): If $135 is a bit rich for your taste, how does free sound? Bay Bridged and San Francisco Mixtape Society have come together to bring you Buried Treasure, a popup concert in North Beach at San Franpsycho’s flagship store (1314 Grant Avenue). There will be performances and DJ sets by Melted Toys, ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted, and Elephant and Castle. Bring your own mixtape to get a chance at winning a pair of free passes to the Treasure Island Music Festival.

Illuminations: Dia de Los Muertos Art Festival (6pm to 10pm Friday, October 7): The opening night of Illuminations takes place at the SOMArts Bay Gallery this Friday. The art festival will be running through November 5, and features traditional altars as well as interactive art installations from over 80 artists. This year’s exhibit focuses on the exploration of loss in today’s technological, globally connected world. There will be a live painting performance by Herbert Siguenza on opening night (he’ll be painting as Pablo Picasso) as well as performances by other artists.

Frisco Freakout (1:30pm to 12:15am, Saturday, October 8): This Saturday marks the fourth annual Frisco Freakout–an all-day, all-ages music event where the proceeds go towards benefiting Creativity Explored, an organization that assists artists with disabilities. The event takes place at Thee Parkside in Portrero Hill, and features a full schedule of performances by DJs and local musicians. See the lineup here. Thee Parkside’s kitchen will also be open all day, serving up organic food.

Leap’s 28th Annual Sandcastle Contest (10am to 4pm, Saturday October 8): Anyone think of Robin Sparkles’ “Sandcastles in the Sand?” Anyway, bring your kids to Ocean Beach this Saturday for a day of fun in the sand. This year’s theme is Sandblast, and will feature sandcastles by teams of local architects, engineers, designers and of course, students. Organized by Leap, the proceeds from the event go towards their cause of providing arts education for youth all over the Bay, but admission to the contest is free for all.

That’s it for this week’s post! Here’s Robin Sparkles’ video to get you through the rest of the day:


Litquake Official Website

WhiskyFest Official Website

Buried Treasure Facebook

SOMArts Official Website

Frisco Freakout Official Website

Leap’s 28th Annual Sandcastle Contest

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About Lucia Chung
When Lucia Chung isn't at a Muni stop waiting for a bus that in all likelihood isn't coming, she's sprinting to a Caltrain station so as not to miss a train that will probably be late. Otherwise, you'll find her, tall and hungry, looking for food and fun all over the bay.

One Response to Workin’ for the Weekend- eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/7/11-10/9/11

  1. Julia Glosemeyer says:

    250 whiskies! wow.

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