While I'll be spending my weekend over in the city enjoying SF Oyster Fest and that shitstorm known as Bay to Breakers ("zazzle" is growing on me), those of you that hiss at BART still have plenty to do this side of the bay. This isn't a comprehensive list, but what I actually found generally worth your time.
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Bike-In Movie Night: Trumer Brauerie and East Bay Bike Coalition are joining forces to bring you fixie-loving hipsters a night of your own. Bike over to the brewery to enjoy a tour and tasting, as well as $5 Trumer Pils, which isn't exactly a steal but nothing to shake your fist at (I know it isn't $2 PBR...). They'll be screening short films from the 24 hour Digital Film Festival and giving you free popcorn, which isn't exactly free if you factor in the $5 admission, but looks better when you remember how much a movie ticket normally costs. You fancy types can also splurge for valet parking, where you presumably wouldn't have to worry about your seat being stolen. Oh yeah, and bring your own chairs and blankets somehow. Hopefully you're more gifted bikers than I am. Doors open at 7:30.
Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll: Vendors scattered about College Avenue from Broadway to Alcatraz will dish up some cheap grub ($2-3) while you listen to jazz. Highlights (to me) include pulled pork cones and chocolate pudding pops. Judging from the title there should be wine, fingers crossed for a jazz flute appearance. 5-9pm.
Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th:
Art on the Main: Those white booths that make traffic on N. Main a living nightmare are back, and I'm guessing they brought reinforcements. Come look at works from Bay Area artists and pretend you've got some culture, or avoid driving down Main this weekend unless you like sitting in slow traffic while people in SUVs rubberneck. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.
Jazz on the Fourth: If you're smarter than I am and avoiding Bay to Breakers altogether (if not, check out my links to drinking spots), you can enjoy a tamer daytime celebration over at this Berkeley jazz festival. This free, family-friendly festival (so many "f"s!) benefits the BHS jazz program, and also has a sake garden! And a beer garden, but the sake garden sounds so exotic. Merchants will also be on Fourth street selling food and "wares", which I can only assume are random craft items that nobody needs, per se, but make great gifts for those friends you really don't know all that well or particularly care for.