18 Fun Things: Free Ice Cream, Cheap Concert Tics, the Oakland Mural Fest + More Events This Week
Graffit artist Bip, who painted this mural in downtown SF, will be creating a new work for the Oakland Mural Festival, which kicks off this week. (Courtesy of Bip)

18 Fun Things: Free Ice Cream, Cheap Concert Tics, the Oakland Mural Fest + More Events This Week


A week of artsy pop-ups, free treats, and festivals.

Monday, May 7: Half-Price Mini Golf + Free Arcade Night

When: 4pm to 12am

Where: Urban Putt, 1096 South Van Ness Ave. (Mission), urbanputt.com

Why: Urban Putt—SF's fantastical, high-tech 14-hole indoor mini-golf course—is throwing a birthday party. Get in a game for $6, nosh free snacks, and play free arcade games.

Tuesday, May 8: A Civic Pop-Up Shop

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: SF City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl. (Civic Center)

Why: Head to the third annual City Hall pop-up and join SF Made, Square, Mayor Mark Farrell, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to shop goods from more than 40 makers, artisans and merchants with every district in SF represented. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 8: Free Ice Cream

When: 4pm to 8pm

Where: Häagen-Dazs, 865 Market St. (SoMa), see all locations at haagendazs.us/locator

Why: Get a free scoop of ice cream or sorbet in a cup of cone to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees. The brand is dedicating Free Cone Day to the hard-working pollinators. Have a sweet treat for a good cause!

Tuesday, May 8: Live Fire Feast

When: 5pm to 9pm

Where: Henry's, 2600 Durant (Berkeley), munchies.tv/dinner

Why: Canadian chef and Munchies star Matty Matheson is teaming up with Christopher Kronner (Kronnerburger) and Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu's) for a fish-centric, live-fire feast put on by Munchies and Cholula (the hot sauce). Come hungry and expect a little heat. // Tickets ($85/person) are available at resy.com.

Tuesday, May 8: Snag $20 Concert Tickets

When: Multiple times

Where: Multiple locations

Why: It's the final day of National Concert Week, and the last day to score $20 tickets to more than 2,000 shows across Live Nation's roster of summer tours. The acts span comedy, country, hip-hop, Latin, metal, rock, pop, and more with artists from Arcade Fire to G-Eazy, Odesza to Steely Dan. Tickets are limited so act quickly. // See the full list of artists at investors.livenationentertainment.com.

Wednesday, May 9: Sustainable Fashion Pop-Up

When: 5pm to 8:30pm

Where: Seedstore, 212 Clement St. (Inner Richmond)

Why: Head to a Conrado pop-up shop with designer Angela Sison. She'll be debuting limited-edition looks and discuss her line of sustainable and eco-conscious clothing created from dead stock fabrics. All of her pieces are produced in her mother's small family-run factory in the Philippines. // eventbrite.com, shopconrado.com

Wednesday, May 9: Birdsong Opens

When: 5pm to 8:30pm

Where: Birdsong, 1085 Mission St (SoMa), birdsongsf.com

Why: Chris Bleidorn (Atelier Crenn, Saison, Benu) opened Birdsong, his fine dining restaurant that celebrates the Pacific Northwest heritage cuisine. To that end, there'll be dishes of geoduck, elk, abalone succulents, and more presented in the form of a tasting menu. There'll be an elongated tasting menu with a la carte options coming later in the month.

Wednesday, May 9: Free Acroyoga

When: 7:30pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St. (Berkeley), shop.sportsbasement.com

Why: Learn how to combine basic yoga poses with partner balancing and dynamic movements. No experiences or partner needed.

Wednesday, May 9: Stand-up Under the Stars

When: 7:30 to 9pm

Where: The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), uptownnightclub.com

Why: Get in some laughs on Hump Day at a live stand up comedy show. The Uptown hosts some of the best local and traveling comedians seen on Comedy Central, HBO, MTV and Viceland. Tonight the space will be taken over by Paul Conyers (Tommy T's Comedy Club) Pete Munoz (SJ Improv) David Nguyen (SF Punchline, Bad Asians) Julie Ash (#HellaFunny) and Chris Storin (Comedy Central). Get there early as seating is limited. If it gets too cold, they'll move the show into the bar; afterwards you can belt your favorite tunes as they have karaoke all night starting from 9pm. // eventbrite.com

Thursday, May 10: New World String Project

When: 12:30 pm to 1:30pm

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade), 773 Mission St. (SoMa)

Why: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is in full swing with 100 free performances on three outdoor stages. This Thursday, New World String Project takes to the stage with their hybrid Celtic, Nordic and American folk tradition sounds. Together they'll be playing the fiddle, guitar, Celtic harp, and Swedish nyckelharpa. // ybgfestival.org

Thursday, May 10: Harbor House Inn Reopens

When: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Harbor House Inn, 5600 South Hwy 1 (Mendocino)

Why: The Harbor House Inn is back in Mendocino with a remodel and a new chef. At the helm of the kitchen is Matthew Kammerer (Saison, Attica). Kammerer will offer a daily changing coastal-inspired tasting menu composed of 8-10 courses (think albacore with radish, turnips, and citrus or abalone with sea vegetables. Wine pairings are available and optional, but highly recommended.

Thursday, May 10: Pop-Up Magazine's Spring Issue Show

When: 7:30pm

Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (Oakland)

Why: The internationally renowned live magazine is turning to Oakland this Thursday. Hear vivid stories accompanied by illustration, animation, photography, and an original score performed onstage from illustrious and prominent creatives like writer John Jeremiah Sullivan (NYTMag, GQ, Harper's), Helen Rosner (Eater, The New Yorker), Joy Bryant (Parenthood, Good Girls), and more. // Tickets ($38-$42) are available at ticketmaster.com.

Friday, May 11: Speakeasy Pop-Up

When: 5pm to 9:30pm

Where: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave. (Bayview), goodbeer.com

Why: Sip a brew, nosh local eats, and shop artisan goods from jewelry to ceramics. There will also be brewery tours at 6:30 or 8:30 with an optional guided tasting. // eventbrite.com

Friday, May 11-13: Art Explosion Spring Open Studios Opening Gala

When: 7pm to 11pm

Where: Mission Arts Gallery, 2425 17th St. (Mission), artexplosionstudios.com

Why: See more than 100 artists including painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers at Art Explosion's annual spring open studios.

Friday, May 11 through Sunday May 13: Powwow and Indian Market

When: Multiple times

Where: Eucalyptus Grove, Arboretum Rd. and Galvez St. (Stanford)

Why: Spend a day or the entire weekend immersed in Native American cultures through traditional music, dances, hand drumming, and events including an Indian art market. Overnight camping spaces are available. Take mom out for a unique experience this weekend! // powwow.stanford.edu

Saturday, May 11: Oakland Mural Festival Begins

When: 6pm

Where: 54 Washington St. (Oakland)

Why: Teaming up with Visit Oakland this year, the Oakland Mural Festival became part of the first ever Oakland Art Month with a week of artist residencies and workshops building up to the painting of nine new murals in the Jack London district. The event kicks off with a drink and draw on First Friday at their pop up gallery with Los Pobres Artistas. // facebook.com

Saturday, May 12: Range Life

When: 5pm to 10pm

Where: Range Life, 2160 Railroad Ave. (Livermore), rangelifelivermore.com

Why: If you don't have friends or family in Livermore, you now have a very good and delicious reason to visit: a new restaurant by Tartine/Kronnerburger alum Billy Niles. The menu is divided into snacks, appetizers, and entrees and includes delicious items like burrata with rhubarb, toasted hazelnut and nasturtium; Zuckerman asparagus with ramp breadcrumbs, bottarga and a fried egg; a ribyeye cap steak with marrow jus; and more. Sarah Niles, Billy's partner in life and the restaurant, is curating the wine list, and cocktails are also available.

Saturday, May 12: R&R Pre-Game for Mother's Day

When: 11:30a - 2:30p

Where: Hotel Zetta, 55 5th St. (SoMa)

Why: To get ready for Sunday's big brunch plans, check out Well + Away's healthy Mother's Day pre-game on Saturday. Bring your favorite mom along for a morning sweat provided by Mnt Studio followed by Burke Williams manicures, healthy bites, and plenty of Rose. // Tickets ($45) are available at eventbrite.com.

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