16 Fun Things: A Hot Air Balloon Fest, Cuesa's 25th B-day, a Negroni Lab + More Events This Week
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16 Fun Things: A Hot Air Balloon Fest, Cuesa's 25th B-day, a Negroni Lab + More Events This Week


Yes, it's a full work week.

But there are also plenty of excuses to get out and have some fun, whether you hit up a block party at Proxy, see a movie at Top of the Mark, or fete the release of Foreign Cinema's new cookbook.

Have a good one!

Monday, June 4: An Evening of Flamenco

When: 8pm

Where: Yoshi's, Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West (Oakland)

Why: See Emmy Award-winning Yaelisa and Alfonso Losa with a killer cast—including a few Bay Area artists—in a "Tablao" performance. It will be a night of raw, powerful flamenco. // Tickets ($24-$28) are available at eventbritesites.com/community/yoshis.

Monday, June 4: Biscuits and Wine

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Swirl on Castro, 572 Castro St. (Castro)

Why: Guerneville's Big Bottom Market—think a gourmet deli meets farmer's market—is coming to the city with perfectly flakey biscuits and house made pimento cheese spread as well as wine pairings. // Tickets ($25) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, June 5: Block Party With SF Jazz

When: 5pm to 8pm

Where: Proxy, 432 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley), proxysf.net

Why: To kick off the 36th San Francisco Jazz Festival, SF Jazz is hosting a free neighborhood block party. Head to Proxy SF's outdoor walk-in theater to see live music, enjoy the biergarten, and nosh on eats from local food trucks. // sfjazz.org

Tuesday, June 5: Wine, Movie and an Epic View

When: 5:30pm to 11:30pm

Where: Top of the Mark Lounge, 1 Nob Hill Pl. (Nob Hill), intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

Why: Get a free wine or spirit tasting in the sky lounge and then catch a screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This is first come, first served so get there early!

Tuesday, June 5: Negroni Lab

When: 5pm to 10pm

Where: Locanda, 557 Valencia St. (Mission), locandasf.com

Why: Get unlimited negronis and negroni-inspired snacks from chef Melissa Reitz for one night only at Locanda, the Roman-inspired restaurant from the Delfina group. There'll also be tastings of Sonoma's Griffo Distillery and Bresca Dorada, a Sardinian liquor. Proceeds from the evening benefit No Kid Hungry. // Tickets (donation) are available at eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, June 6: Free Yoga + Coffee in an Art Gallery

When: 7am to 8am

Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St. (SoMa), 111minnagallery.com

Why: Join Lululemon for a gentle vinyasa flow and top it off with a cup of joe from Red Door Coffee. You can even get a sneak peek of the upcoming art show in the gallery space. // RSVP at eventbrite.ca.

Wednesday, June 6: Free Lunch Concert

When: noon to 1pm

Where: Oakland City Center, 500 12th St. (Oakland), oaklandcitycenter.com

Why: Oakland City Center kicks off a summer of free concerts from Motown and folk to classic and jazz bands. For their first show, the 415s will take the stage for an hour to play a range of your favorite jams including top 40, jazz and R&B, Motown, and even Latin tunes.

Thursday, June 7: Design Week Opening Night

When: 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Pier 27 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero)

Why: Party on the waterfront with a few thousand other art and design lovers to kick off SF Design Week. You'll get to see a number of innovative new exhibits including the unveiling of Airbnb Design's interactive experience, an installation from artists Leah Rosenberg (Creative Director of the Color Factory) and JD Beltran, and more. // Tickets ($45-$150) are available at 2018.sfdesignweek.org.

Thursday, June 7: Free Tchaikovsky Concert

When: 8pm

Where: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St. (Hayes Valley)

Why: San Francisco Civic Symphony is closing out the season, naturally, with a pair of concerts. They'll be playing aTribute to Tchaikovsky with guest soloist Eliot Lev of the San Francisco Symphony Thursday night. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis so get there early to secure a spot. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Thursday, June 7: Chefs Gala Benefit 2018

When: 6:30pm to 10pm

Where: Bespoke, 845 Market St. (SoMa)

Why: Join over 20+ of the Bay Area's best restaurants for a night of bites and drinks to help raise awareness and funds to help the homeless at the 14th annual Chefs Gala. Participating restaurants include Bar Agricole, Bellota, flour+water, Lolo, and more. Proceeds go to benefit the Episcopal Community Services San Francisco. // Tickets ($170) are available at biddingforgood.com.

Thursday, June 7: Foreign Cinema Cookbook Release Dinner Party

When: 6:30pm to 10pm

Where: Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com

Why: Join Foreign Cinema on their patio for a special cookbook release party. Dinner will be served tapas style and will include classics from the book like curry fried chicken, beef carpaccio, and more. Tickets include wine, cocktails, and a copy of the book. // Tickets ($125 per person, $200 per couple) are available at bookpassage.com.

Friday, June 8-9: Huichica Music Festival

When: 2pm to 11pm

Where: Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. (Sonoma), sonoma.huichica.com

Why: Pack a blanket and head up to Sonoma to sip on Gundlach Bundschu Winery's finest while listening to a handpicked lineup of psychedelic surf rock, indie and folk bands. Bask in the sun (or shade) and chill at this laid back music fest. // Tickets ($41–$121) are available at eventbrite.com.

Friday, June 8: Outdoor Vertical Dance Show

When: 12:30pm and 8:30pm

Where: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin)

Why: The Tenderloin Museum and Flyaway Productions together to create a site-specific aerial dance celebrating the 100 years of "outcast activism" in the TL. The performance is free to attend; and you can even pop into the museum free of charge. // facebook.com

Friday, June 8: Sharpen Your Knife Skills

When: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez St. (Noe Valley), omnivorebooks.com

Why: Join knife expert Josh Donald from Bernal Cutlery as he celebrates the release of his new book Sharp: the Definitive Guide to Knives, Knife Care, and Cutting Techniques. He'll be there to answer your burning questions and sign copies of the book, which also includes 15 recipes from great chefs including Stuart Brioza from State Bird Provisions and Melissa Perello of Frances.

Saturday, June 9-10: Hot Air Balloon Classic

When: 4am to 10:30am

Where: Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Rd. (Windsor)

Why: Yes, it's very early on a Saturday, but it'll be worth it to see the sunrise from the sky at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. See classic and character shaped hot air balloons take to the skies, hop on a tethered ride, get into some crafts, or nosh on tasty eats at the food booths. // Tickets ($12-$18) are available at schabc.org, facebook.com.

Saturday, June 9th: Cuesa's 25th Birthday Bash

When: 6pm to 9pm

Where: San Francisco Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Why: Cuesa is turning 25, and to celebrate they're rounding up the best restaurants and mixologists for a night of bites and libations in the Ferry Building. On deck will be 4505 Meats, Maybeck's, Nopa, Prubechu, Rich Table, Almanac Beer Co, Broc Cellars, Reem's, the Perennial, and more. Proceeds provide funds for Cuesa's educational programs. // Tickets ($140-$175 are available at eventbrite.com.

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