21 Fun Things: Play at Flower Piano, dance at a blacklight party, shop the Inner Sunset Flea + more events this week
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21 Fun Things: Play at Flower Piano, dance at a blacklight party, shop the Inner Sunset Flea + more events this week


This week promises fireworks, of course, and there's no shortage of zany ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

But the week doesn't stop at Wednesday. Make the most of the holiday week with DJ beach yoga, stand-up comedy at the Punch Line, and '80s night at Public Works. Plus, catch Colombia vs. England at SoMa Streat Food.

Monday, July 2: Boozy Ice Cream Floats

When: 6pm to 8pm

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

Why: Make Monday bubbly with yuzu ice cream drenched in prosecco. There will also be tasty wine pairings. // Tickets ($20) are available at facebook.com

Monday, July 2 : Happy Hour

When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Barvale, 661 Divisadero St. (NoPa), barvalesf.com

Why: Barvale, the neighborhood tapas bar on Divis, launched a new happy hour. There are $6 drinks on tap including gin and tonics and sangria, as well as $6 croquetas, patatas bravas, pimentos, and more. There are also complimentary pintxos. Vale!

Tuesday, July 3: Get Schwifty

When: 10pm to 2pm

Where: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St. (SoMa), templesf.com

Why: Channel your best moves for a Rick and Morty fan party. There will be human music (house, trap, and dubstep), a special drink list, and costume prizes for the finest fits in the multiverse. Costumes are not required, but you can win up to a $50 bar tab if you make the top three; plus first 10 people that are dressed up get in for free. The night also promises "interdimensional surprises." // Tickets ($10 before 10:30pm, $15 afterwards) are available at eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 3 : Women in Wine

When: 11:30am to 9pm

Where: One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St. (FiDi), onemarket.com

Why: One Market Restaurant is celebrating women-run wineries and winemakers. Through July, get half-price bottles of select wines featured on the list from esteemed women wine professionals.

Tuesday, July 3: World Cup Food Truck Brunch

When: 11am to 3pm

Where: SoMa Streat Food Park, 428 11th St. (SoMa), somastreatfoodpark.com

Why: Head over to everyone's fav food truck park for your lunch break to indulge in game-day treats, mimosas and sangria, and nine big screen TVs to catch Colombia vs England. // eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 3: Pay What You Wish Day

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach St. (Fisherman's Wharf), cartoonart.org

Why: Set your own admission and immerse yourself in the art of visual storytelling via cartoon art. Walk through the gallery to view original pieces, or hang out in the reading room. // facebook.com

Wednesday, July 4: Beach Yoga

When: 11am to 12:15pm

Where: Ocean Beach (Outer Sunset)

Why: Spend your day off unwinding with vinyasa on the sand. Get your down dog on to the tune of downtempo and world rhythms from live DJ Liam Shy. // Tickets ($5-$30) are available at eventbrite.com

Wednesday, July 4: Eat Trill

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. N (Mission Bay), sparksocialsf.com

Why: Eat Trill is a free, family-friendly music, food, art and community festival in San Francisco. They'll be throwing a Fourth of July party with food vendors including Xigones, Koja Kitchen, Crumble and Whisk Cheesecakes, IDK Concepts, and more. Partial proceeds from the event go to iPoder, a community organization that works with organizing and empowering Latino immigrants families and youth. // facebook.com, eattrill.com

Wednesday, July 4: Watch Fireworks

When: 9:30pm

Where: Pier 39, Beach St. and the Embarcadero (Embarcadero), pier39.com

Why: Watch an epic synchronized fireworks show from the pier. Come early for live music and eats. You can even get a little adventurous and hop on a boat to watch it from a cruise or Angel Island.

Thursday, July 5-16: Flower Piano

When: 9am to 6pm

Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park), sfbotanicalgarden.org

Why: Flower Piano returns to Golden Gate Park in its fourth year. The 12-day project transforms the park into an alfresco concert hall where visitors will find 12 pianos hidden in the gardens. You'll be able to play what you wish from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky, and on the weekends professional pianists will take over to perform. // facebook.com

Thursday, July 5: Bling Bling

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero (Embarcadero), exploratorium.edu

Why: From grillz to jewelry, learn how to make your own bling at After Dark. Artist Jim Campbell will be there to discuss his installation Day for Night, which now crowns the Salesforce Tower. Learn to make metal jewelry with the Crucible, wearables using a simple circuit construction with the Tinkering Studio, and embroidery with San Francisco School of Needlework and Design to make a pretty brooch. // Tickets ($18) are available at exploratorium.edu

Thursday, July 5: LOL With Nick Youssef

When: 8pm

Where: Punch Line, 444 Battery St. (FiDi), punchlinecomedyclub.com

Why: Los Angeles–based stand-up comedian/actor takes the stage at Punch Line to critique everything from aging to tech and life before and after the internet. Prepare to giggle. // Tickets ($19) are available at concerts1.livenation.com

Thursday, July 5: Belcampo Opens in Oakland

When: 11:30am to 9pm

Where: Belcampo, 55 Webster St (Oakland), belcampo.com

Why: Belcampo is opening its flagship location at Jack London Square with a globally inspired menu packed with delicious sustainable meats including pork pibil tacos, duck confit poutine, lamb larb, steak frites, and a 100-day dry aged burger. Hello, meatsweats!

Friday, July 6: '80s Night

When: 9pm to 2am

Where: Public Works SF, 161 Erie St. (Mission), publicsf.com

Why: Throw on your leg warmers and dance to the best of the '80s from rap to rock, new wave to pop with DJ Dave Paul. // Tickets ($10 advance, $15 day of) are available at facebook.com

Friday, July 6-8: The Little Mermaid

When: 7:30pm

Where: San Francisco Symphony, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley), sfsymphony.org

Why: Watch Disney heroine Ariel make a splash on the big screen while the SF Symphony performs Alan Menken's Oscar-winning score. // Tickets ($35-$110) are available at sfsymphony.org

Saturday, July 7: Weekend Jazz Night

When: 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Where: Rum and Sugar, 823 Geary St. (TenderNob), rumandsugarbar.com

Why: The night will be filled with an eclectic blend of all forms of jazz, from funky to romantic. Grab a drink and enjoy the grooves. // facebook.com

Saturday, July 7: Health, Wellness, and Body Modification

When: 1:30pm to 3pm

Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center)

Why: Learn about the ancient practice of yoga, how it connects the visible and invisible body, and how our bodies have changed with modern medicine, with Mark Singleton, co-author of Roots of Yoga and a researcher on the Hatha Yoga Project, as part of the museum's Divine Bodies exhibition. // Tickets ($15) are available at asianart.org

Saturday, July 7: Blacklight Dance Party

When: 9:30pm to 2am

Where: Slate Bar, 2925 16th St. (Mission), slate-sf.com

Why: The ultra popular Blacklight Blackout party returns with face and body painter Rachel Deboer (Skin Wars) and DJ Damon (Cat Club and DNA Lounge). There will be reactive blacklight decor, rainbow body painting, five foot aliens and baby alien dance buddies, and free glow rings and gear, party sunglasses, and even condoms. // Tickets ($5) are available at eventbrite.com, facebook.com

Sunday, July 8: Inner Sunset Flea

When: 10am to 4pm (every second Sunday of the month, May through November)

Where: Irving Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues (Inner Sunset)

Why: Hunt for a unique find, nosh on local eats, and enjoy the neighborhood—Inner Sunset Flea is a block party meets street fair with artisans, secondhand vendors, food, and more. // isflea.com

Sunday, July 8: Napa Live: Inside Out Music Festival & Crawl

When: 12pm to 6pm

where: Downtown Napa

Why: Head to Downtown Napa for a free live music crawl across 35 indoor and outdoor venues, all within walking distance of each other. With blues, bluegrass, rock, reggae, funk, and more, you could kinda sorta think of it as a mini SWXW. //donapa.com

Sunday, July 8: Food Photography Workshop

When: 10am to 2pm

Where: The Women's Building, 3543 18th St. #8 (Mission), womensbuilding.org

Why: If you're one of those people that halts the table when your plates arrive so you can take a photo, this workshop is for you. Whether you're a foodie, a blogger, or a food industry prof, step up your game and learn how to shoot and style. You'll get an understanding of essential gear, secrets of natural light, basics of composition and food styling principles, and how to build a story around food. // Tickets ($125-$150) are available at eventbrite.com.

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