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Mandatory Weekend

An outdoor beer bash, island dance party and other must-do's.  

Oakland's First Friday

What: Oakland's cultural art community comes to life with galleries, street artists, food trucks, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, poets, and literary events.
Where: Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
When: September 6th from 5 to 10PM.
Cost: Free (except if you want food or beer or anything like that).
Why: Because Oakland's where it's at (at least on the first Friday of the month.)

Speakeasy's 16th Anniversary Block Party

What: The esteemed local brewery with the prohibition-era theme holds a very public bash for its 16th birthday.
Where: 1195 Evans Ave, SF.
When: September 7th from 1-6PM.
Cost: $35 general admission, $10 designated driver, $55 VIP.
Why: Come for the beer, stay for the Southpaw BBQ.

Sunset SF and Silent Frisco Presents HushFEST

What: Eclectic music—including that of the Cool Kids—on Treasure Island's great lawn.
Where: The Great Lawn at Treasure Island, Avenue of the Palms and 6th St.
When: September 8th at 1PM.
Cost: $15-22.
Why: The weather looks glorious and this is an ideal location for views and dance moves.

Ships in the Night

What: What started as a dance party for radical queers has become a fundraising, hip-shaking, expectation-bending get-down. 
Where: The New Parish, 579 18th St, Oakland.  
When: September 7th from 9PM to 2AM.
Cost: $5.
Why: Several rooms' worth of booty jams and attractive people; need we say more?

 

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