21 Fun Things: Cheese and Beer Fests, Taste of Temescal, DJ Mark Farina's B-Day Party + More Bay Area Events
Can't get enough tea leaf salad? This week present a couple of ops to sate your cravings: Swing by Burma Superstar at Taste of Temescal, plus check out the opening of the group's new restaurant, Burma Club, in SF's Mint Plaza. (Courtesy of @burmainc)

21 Fun Things: Cheese and Beer Fests, Taste of Temescal, DJ Mark Farina's B-Day Party + More Bay Area Events


It's going to be a major week.

Get ready for all kinds of festivals—artisan cheese, Bay Area brews, and even one for runners; catch the SF Ballet's annual fashion show, this year with Jason Wu; try a VR workout; head to Jurassic NightLife; and dance all day and night.

Have a good one!

Monday, March 18th

Get your VR workout on.

When: 6am to 9pm weekdays, 8am to 4pm weekends

Where: Black Box VR, 1390 Market St. Suite 102 (Civic Center), blackbox-vr.com/sf

Looking to amp up your fitness routine? Drop by the Black Box VR, a new virtual reality gym, where you can reserve a 10-by-10-foot personal VR room and then sweat your way through a 30-minute game session of high intensity cardio and resistance training. // Pricing is $199 per month for unlimited sessions.

Support Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair

When: 7pm to 830pm

Where: The Assembly, 449 14th St. (Mission)

Want to help elect the first black woman chair to the California Democratic Party? Pop by this women-powered fundraiser tonight. // $100 minimum donation; RSVP at act.myngp.com.

Tuesday, March 19th

Trivia Tuesday

When: 6pm to 7:30pm

Where: Rosenblum Cellars, 10 Clay St. (Oakland), rosenblumcellars.com

Test your intellect with five rounds of trivia questions about pop culture, music, and more. Want to get a leg up? Hunt down some pre-contest clues on Rosenblum's Facebook page. // Free to attend, more info on rosenblumcellars.com.

Earthquakes and fires and floods, oh my!

When: 6pm to 7:30pm

Where: Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission), welcometomannys.com

If you live in the Bay Area, you my find yourself worrying from time to time about "the next big one," or maybe it will be a tsunamis or a wildfire that takes us all out. This is normal right? Listen in on a discussion with SF Port executive director Elaine Forbes and Department of Emergency Management executive director Mary Ellen Carroll about the city's emergency contingencies and the logistics of building a seawall. You may walk away feeling a little more prepared. // Tickets (free with RSVP) are available on eventbrite.com.

Taste of Temescal 2019

When: 6pm to 8:30pm

Where: Telegraph Avenue from 40th to 52nd Streets, Temescal Alley, and Claremont Ave (Temescal)

Explore eats and drinks from more than 20 Oakland restaurants—including Doña Tomas, Hawking Bird, Cafe Colucci, and The Well—at this 10th annual walkabout tasting. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the East Bay school or organization of your choice. // Tickets ($40) are available on brownpapertickets.com.

Donkey & Goat Winemaker Dinner

When: 5:30pm to 1opm

Where: Commonwealth, 2224 Mission St. (Mission), commonwealthsf.com

Keep it local with a winemaker dinner featuring the East Bay's Donkey & Goat Winery at Michelin-starred restaurant Commonwealth. Expect five tasty courses, each paired with natural wines. // Tickets ($195) can be made on opentable.com.

Wednesday, March 20th

Fashion Show With Jason Wu

When: 11am to 2pm

Where: Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., bentlyreserve.com

This year, the San Francisco Ballet's annual fashion show luncheon will feature Fall 2019 looks from designer Jason Wu. High roller? Donate at the grand benefactor level and take yourself to the much fancier pre-event dinner at Ken Fulk's Magic Factory the night before. // Proceeds benefit SF Ballet programs, tickets ($500 and up) can be found on sfballet.org.

Check out Burma Club.

When: 5pm to 10pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Where: Burma Club, 8 Mint Plaza (SoMa), burmainc.com

From the folks behind Burma Superstar, Burma Club arrives at Mint Plaza with all the specialties—tea leaf salad, samusa soup, platha bread and dip, curries and more. Stop in for happy hour at the posh long bar, or make an evening of it with a full dinner spread.

Rock Paper Scissors Pub Crawl

When: 8:30pm to 2am

Where: Northeast corner of Broadway and Kearny Streets

Think you're the master of rock-paper-scissors? Test your skills with this moving bar crawl, where you'll play new competitors at each bar. The champion will win a bar tab. // Free to attend, attendees must check in between 8:30pm and 8:45pm at the meet-up point; more event info on Facebook.

Thursday, March 21st

Jurassic NightLife

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Break up your week with a dino-themed NightLife night. Explore new dinosaur exhibits with life-size replicas, listen to the Jurassic Park score performed by the Awesome Orchestra, and view dinosaur fossils, teeth, and claws. // Tickets ($15) are available on calacademy.org.

140 Years of the Conservatory of Flowers

When: 7pm to 8pm

Where: Western Neighborhoods Project, 1617 Balboa St. (Inner Richmond), outsidelands.org

This year the iconic Conservatory of Flowers celebrates 140 years in business. Spend an evening admiring photos of the building as it evolved over time, and hear tales of its history, origin, some interesting characters, and a few disasters. // Tickets ($20) can be found on outsidelands.org.

Tenderloin Cocktail Culture

When: 7pm to 9pm

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

As the city's notorious and celebrated center of vice, Tenderloin bars, restaurants, and hotels have played a starring role in the emergence of San Francisco cocktail culture. Tonight, head the TL's museum for a talk and tasting led by Shana Farrell, author of Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft. In collaboration with the California Historical Society, the event is part of The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project, a concurrent exhibition in which you can view historic local bar signs, glassware, postcards, menus, and matchbooks (of course).

Friday, March 22nd

A Gay Brit Concert

When: 8pm

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Spend a musical evening watching the three-hundred person San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus perform The Brits are Coming!, backed up by a five-piece band and featuring songs from The Beatles, Adele, Queen, and more. The show is only one night so make sure you get over to this one. // Tickets ($25 to $125) are available on sfgmc.org.

Piano Meditation

When: 8pm to 9:30pm

Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill), gracecathedral.org

Unwind your week with a guided piano meditation in the zen Grace Cathedral with pianist Ravé Mehta. Beginners and advanced meditators welcome. Ommmmm. // Tickets ($35 to $85) can be found on eventbrite.com.

DJ Mark Farina's 50th Birthday

When: 9:30pm to 4am

Where: The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission)

Legendary DJ/producer Mark Farina invites you to dance your ass off for his big 5-0 at tonight's all-night rager featuring sets by DJs from around the country and, of course, the man himself. // Tickets ($10-$20) at eventbrite.com.

Saturday, March 23rd

California Artisan Cheese Festival

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Locations throughout Santa Rosa, artisancheesefestival.com

If cheese is your obsession, head up to Wine Country for a weekend packed with dairy delights. Events include farm tours, pairing classes, seminars, a best-cheesy bite competition, and an artisan tasting and marketplace with 100+ crafters of cheese, cider and beer, and more. // Tickets ($25-$150) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

Bay Area Brew Fest

When: Noon to 8:30pm

Where: Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero

Head over to the pier for the Bay Area Brew Fest, where you can get unlimited pours from tons of breweries and grub from food trucks all set to DJ beats. // Tickets ($45-60) must be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com.

Outdoor Fire Feast

When: 6:30pm

Where: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St. (St. Helena), longmeadowranch.com

Spend your Saturday night at a new guest chef dinner series in Wine Country featuring live fire cooked meals. Long Meadow Ranch will bust out some of their best wines along with the bounty from their gardens to cook on an open flame. This specific dinner will feature the skills of Swedish chef Johan Jureskog (AG, ROLF's KÖK), with dishes like black cod, smoked pork shank, smoked bone marrow, and more. // Tickets ($170) are available on longmeadowranch.com.

Sunday, March 24th

Oakland Running Festival

When: Various start times from 7am to 9:30am

Where: Eastshore Park, 599 El Embarcadero (Oakland), parks.ca.gov

Join other runners for a morning race across our second-most iconic bridge. Choose from a 5K, half marathon, individual marathon, or relay marathon for your cardio challenge. All races end with a party at the finish line. // Tickets ($50 and up depending on which race you choose) can be found on oaklandmarathon.com.

Brazilian Day Club

When: 3pm to 10pm

Where: Audio, 316 11th St. (SoMa), audiosf.com

Get to day dancing as Audio nightclub transforms for the first in its new weekend afternoon party series, Brazilian Day Club. // Free for women before 5pm; tickets ($10-$25) are available at eventbrite.com.

Indian Collab Feast

When: 5:30pm reception, 6pm dinner

Where: Rooh, 333 Brannan St. #150 (SoMa), roohsf.com

The contemporary Indian restaurant in SoMa will be hosting its third collaboration dinner with the Michelin-starred restaurant Nico. Enjoy a special tasting menu from the chefs of both restaurants for a fusion of Indian and French eats—think baked oysters, scallops, lamb and duck pithiviers. // Reservations ($135, excluding tax and gratuity) can be made on OpenTable. Two drinks are included and wine pairing are an additional $60.

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