19 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.6.20)
Escape San Francisco for a self-guided, socially distanced hike and picnic at Stemple Creek Ranch. (Courtesy of @futurewellsummit)

19 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.6.20)


Avoid crowds and venture to Stemple Creek Ranch for a self-guided hike and private picnic with your own "social bubble" or pretend you're going to a Giants game and put your cardboard cutout self in the stands.

Plus, stay busy and keep preventing the spread of COVID-19 and explore Minnesota Street Project's virtual Invincible Summer, order takeout from a new Burmese spot, or run a virtual 12k.

View Minnesota Street Project's Invincible Summer in person or virtually. Created as a result of COVID-19, Invincible Summer includes 81 works by 33 artists in response to the Albert Camus essay Return to Tipasa. View in person by appointment only from 11am to 6pm PST, Tuesday through Saturday. // Free, minnesotastreetproject.com

Listen to Grateful Dead's "The Angel's Share." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Bay Area band's 1970 album "Workingman's Dead," the digital-only, brand new release includes more than two and a half hours of studio outtakes from the album recording session. // dead.net

Pick up Burmese dishes at former Grocery Cafe owner William Lue's new Tenderloin spot, Herbal. Heaping plates include falafels and samusas, mango chutney pork stew, lamb shank, and sides—and may even include Brentwood-sourced dried hemp leaves. Order Monday through Friday, noon to 8pm PST. // herbalrestaurant.com

While watching a San Francisco Giants game IRL is sadly not an option this season, send in your photo and a weatherproof, cardboard cutout version of you will be displayed in the Oracle Park stands during home games. // Free for season-ticket holders, $99 for others, mlb.com

Learn about dance disciplines from around the world with San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Every Tuesday this month, tune in to Living Traditions, Exploring Dance Beyond the Performance to discover the uniqueness and history of different styles through conversations with artists and dance companies. The series kicks off with Te Pura O Te Rahura'a, Tuesdays at 6:30pm PST. // Details on Facebook.

Watch "The Story of Plastic" for free, then tune into Instagram Live for a conversation with Break Free From Plastic's Global Communications Lead, Shilpi Chhotray and Credo's Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility, Mia Davis. Then find ways to take action for a cleaner planet. Film available for free until July 7th, Instagram Live on Tuesday at noon PST. // Watch the film on indee.tv; live on @credobeauty.

Hear about San Francisco–raised activist, scholar, and poet Thea Matthews' first full-length book, Unearth [The Flowers]. Her collection of poems involves the personal and political, and explores concepts of resiliency, survival, fear, and healing. Order the book ahead for free delivery within SF, Wednesday at 7pm PST. // booksmith.com

Run the 37th annual Race Across the Bay, virtually. Choose between a 5k or 12k and log your miles anytime between Monday and Sunday. Registration ($49) benefits Edgewood Center for Children and Families—and grants you a finisher's medal, San Franpsycho race tee, custom routes, playlists, and leaderboard bragging rights. // race415.com

Treat yourself to nachos or a burrito from Señor Sisig's new Oakland pop-up. The popular Filipino street food joint is taking over Spice Monkey's digs for the summer. Eat in the parklet or order delivery daily. // senorsisig.com

Go mini-golfing at newly reopened Parklab Gardens. Learn all about San Francisco history while making your way through the 18-hole outdoor course, then treat yourself to sangria and a couple of Hookt Doughnuts or Domingo's International tacos. Wear a face mask, expect hand sanitizer stations and limited capacity, and reserve a tee time—or even a bungalow or cabana if you want some extra space. Thursday through Sunday from 1pm to 9pm PST. // Mini-golf by reservation only ($16 for adults), parklabgardens.com

Tune in for "Listening to Black Leaders," the summer series from Real Food Real Stories. During this three-part partnership with Whole Foods, Black food change-makers will talk about how they're working to create a healthy, regenerative, and just food system. First up is Oakland-based Chef Chow, founder of Something Better Foods and The Veg Hub, Thursday at 6pm PST. // Register (free) on eventbrite.com.

Master embroidery or macrame with Jennie Lennick of Jenny Lemons during her virtual beginner workshops on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday (5pm) you'll learn six different embroidery stitches, plus tips and tricks for selecting and stretching fabric on a hoop, threading a needle, and more. On Saturday, you'll make your own finished work of macrame art. // Register ($45) and order materials on jennylemons.com.

Celebrate the summer season with San Francisco Opera. While a trip to the Opera House isn't possible, enjoy 90 minutes of performances by SF Opera House Orchestra, Michelle Bradley, Sasha Cooke, and Russell Thomas, and interviews with the season's stars; Friday at 7:30pm PST. // sfopera.com

Drink a Karl Strauss and Fort Point collab beer. The SF and San Diego breweries teamed up to create Bridge, a cold-fermented pale ale with citrus and stone fruit aromatics, available by the four pack. // karlstrauss.com

Help Transcendence Theatre Company kick off its virtual 2020 season, Best Night Ever Online. The first of four shows this summer, Don't Stop Believin', includes inspiring hits like Chicago's "All that Jazz," Dreamgirls' "I am Changing," and Hamilton's "My Shot," performed by 86 Transcendence artists. Make a night of it with pre-show entertainment and special pickup and delivery menus from Sonoma eateries and wineries. Pre-show at 7pm PST on Friday; Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm PST and 7pm PST. // transcendencetheatre.org

If you're in need of some live music (and sunshine), reserve a table one of HopMonk Tavern's four beer gardens this weekend. While you listen to local artists including Matt Jaffe, Billy D, and Dave Chapman, order brews and eats including wings and cheeseburgers—or eggs benedict and french toast if you wake up in time for HopMonk Novato or Sonoma's brand new brunch, schedule of music on @hopmonktavern. // hopmonk.com

Enjoy show tunes and pop covers by pianist and vocalist Katy Stephan. Request your favorites, sing along from home, and maybe even make a cocktail to go with, Friday at 8pm PST. // Free, academy-sf.com

Take a self-guided hike and picnic at Stemple Creek Ranch. Round up a group of two to 10 friends to explore the picturesque West Marin ranch sans crowds, then head share a private, sanitized picnic area for a preordered lunch from Estero Café, Saturday and Sunday with staggered three-hour arrivals between 10am and 3pm PST. // $100 per person, stemplecreek.com

Shop locally at Manny's. To support Bay Area merchants facing economic uncertainty, Manny's is transforming into a retail space on Saturdays, with safety precautions of course, and no vendor fee. Stop by to grab art, clothing, plants, books, and more, Saturday from 12pm to 5pm PST. // welcometomannys.com

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