We foresee some exciting events in your future.
And most of them are free!
Bowl for free at MBC on Wednesday.(Courtesy of Mission Bowling Club)
Monday, April 23: Channel Your Inner Blogger
When: 6pm to 8pm
Where: The Studio, 530 Hampshire St. Suite #306 (Mission), thestudiosf.com
Why: Considering starting a blog or want to take your existing one to the next level? Meet with SF bloggers IRL to ask questions and match with a potential mentor. Get a 1:1 session, maybe a shoutout on their Instagram story, and some bites, sweets, and booze. // Tickets (starting at $25) are available at eventbrite.com.
Monday, April 23: Nosh Mac and Cheese for Good
When: 11am to 3pm
Where: Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Barrow Ln. (Berkeley)
Why: Monday calls for comfort food. Head to the Berkeley Campus to get some of the East Bay's most decadent mac and cheese in classic, Gilroy garlic, or vegan options. All proceeds will be donated to Love146, an international nonprofit organization working to target and prevent child trafficking and exploitation. You can also pre-order to secure your cheesy goods. // facebook.com
Monday, April 23: Bike Across the GGB
When: 10am to 1pm
Where: 2351 Taylor St. (Fisherman's Wharf)
Why: Join a group of riders and a trusty tour guide to take in some of the best vantage points in the Bay Area from your bike, including Aquatic Park Cove, Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Field, downtown Sausalito, and floating houseboats. Bring your own wheels or rent one from $25 from Spoke and Hub ($25). // Tickets ($50) are available at eventbrite.com.
Monday, April 23: Belly Dancing, Tarot, + More
When: 8pm to 10pm
Where: Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place (Union Square)
Why: Enjoy a Balkan-infused evening with an art pop-up from Ali Hawkes, live music including accordion and sax, belly dancing, and craft cocktails. Oh, and you can even take a peek into your future with a tarot reading. // $10 suggested donation at the door, facebook.com.
Tuesday, April 24: Taste of Temescal
When: 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: Temescal Telegraph Business District, 4430 Telegraph Ave. # 49 (Oakland)
Why: Described as a farm-to-table trick or treat, this culinary crawl covers some of the most delectable eats in Oakland, including Aunt Mary's Cafe, Hawking Bird, Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant, Curbside Creamery, and more. There will be live music and prizes including gift cards to yummy places. While you're there, check out our guide to the 'hood. // Tickets ($40) are available at brownpapertickets.com.
Tuesday, April 24: Spring Farm Dinner
Where: Pizzeria Delfina, 1444 Burlingame Ave. (Burlingame), pizzeriadelfina.com
Why: Pizzeria Delfina is hosting a special farm dinner celebrating spring. The four-course dinner includes softshell crab with ramps and greens, ricotta cavatelli with English peas, prosciutto cotto, and fresh herbs, Watson family spring lamb, and a pistachio gelato with strawberry conserva and ricotta di bufala for dessert. // Tickets ($89) are available at spring.brownpapertickets.com.
Wednesday, April 25: Free Bowling With ArtSpan
When: 6pm to 8pm
Where: Mission Bowling Club, 3176 17th St. (Mission), missionbowlingclub.com
Why: Head to the ArtSpan lane to knock down some pins for free while celebrating the newest art-in-neighborhoods exhibit. Featured artists include Case Sandberg, Randi Pace, Daniel Thomas, Rachel Znerold, and Barbara Pollak-Lewis. // facebook.com
Wednesday, April 25: Free Yoga
When: 5pm to 6pm
Where: Egoscue of San Francisco, 291 Geary St. (Union Square)
Why: Let's be real—between Soul Cycle, pilates, and yoga, fitness classes can get expensive. Zen out and get your stretch on with Egoscue. Whether you're a beginning or a yogi, they'll teach techniques and help establish better form. // facebook.com
When: 5pm to 11:30pm
Where: CDP Bar, 3861 Piedmont Ave (Oakland), commisrestaurant.com/cdp-bar
Why: CDP, the bar adjacent to chef James Syhabout's Michelin-starred Commis restaurant, is now serving a four-course Cote de Boeuf supper for $65 per person. The casual four-course pre-fixe includes aged ribeye as the main, along with rotating snacks such as popcorn or spring crudites, gem lettuce, and a lemon posset with shaved grapefruit and Campari ice.
Thursday, April 26: Flatbreads and Booze
When: 11am to 2pm
Where: Dyafa, 44 Webster St (Oakland), dyafaoakland.com
Why: Dyafa, the collaboration between Reem Assil (whose bakery was just named Food & Wine's Best New Restaurant last week) and Daniel Patterson, opens for lunch in Jack London Square in the former Haven space. The menu to start is fairly small, and includes house made breads, dips, a kefta burger, and fresh-baked flatbread wraps, and more. There's also cocktails and wine; dinner and weekend brunch will follow.
Thursday, April 26: Oaxacan Happy Hour
When: 5pm to 8pm
Where: Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant St. (SoMa)
Why: Junctos Collective is celebrating ten years of dance with a Oaxacan-themed happy hour benefit. The fiesta will have mezcal tastings and cocktails, a dance performance, DJ, Mexican street food, and arts and crafts. // Tickets ($50) are available at juntoscollective.eventbrite.com.
Thursday, April 26: From Pappardelle to Lasagnette
When: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Circle (Sausalito)
Why: What's better than a plate of pasta? Learn to create egg and flour-based flat and noodles pastas from pappardelle to lasagnette. You'll even pick up some tips on some homemade sauces. // Tickets ($85) are available at eventbrite.com.
Thursday, April 26: Head to the Catwalk
Where: 2225 Jerrold Ave. (Baview)
Why: Academy of Art is having their annual grad fashion show where designs in textiles, knitwear, menswear, jewelry, and metal arts will light up the runway. // RSVP at academyart.edu.
Thursday, April 26: Game On
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: Google SF, 345 Spear St. "Top of The Mark" room (Embarcadero)
Why: Head to Spring Expo at Google SF to experience over 60 games from over 50 game developers. They'll be showing off their latest—try out the biggest collection of games made in the Bay Area in one place. Oh, and there will be pizza. // Tickets ($5-$10) are available at eventbrite.com.
Friday, April 27: Free Outdoor Screening of Ladybird
Where: Proxy SF, 432 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley), proxysf.net
Why: Grab a blanket, a friend, pizza from Del Popolo, and perhaps baklava yogurt before heading to Proxy to see Ladybird under the stars. Get there early to snag a good spot! // eventbrite.com
Friday, April 27: Dance, Dance, Dance
When: Multiple times
Where: Multiple destinations
Why: Bay Area Dance Week begins with a slew of events from silent disco to folk to improv. // bayareadance.org
Friday, April 27: Lardo PDX Pops Up in SF
When: 5pm to 9pm
Where: The Pearl, 601 19th St. (Dogpatch), thepearlsf.com
Why: Lardo, Portland's premier sandwich shop, will be popping up in San Francisco for one day only. They'll be offering six of their signature sandwiches (like their Turkey Cubano, griddled mortadella, and pork meatball banh mi), hand cut fries, and craft brews from Oregon. // Tickets ($15) are available at brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday, April 28: Full Moon Walk Amid Wildflowers
When: 7pm to 9pm
Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park)
Why: Take in the botanical garden after dark to admire the glow of the flowers and foliage that come to life in the light of the moon. Light refreshments will be available. // Tickets ($30-$35) are available at eventbrite.com.
Saturday, April 28-29: For the Bookworms
When: 10am to 6pm
Where: Downtown Berkeley
Why: The annual Bay Area Book Festival brings together 250 diverse authors from the Bay Area and beyond from prize-winners to emerging voices. Entry is free if you're just looking to scope out some new reads at the outdoor fair; or go see keynotes, interviews, dynamic panels, presentations and more ($10-$15).// baybookfest.org.
Sunday, April 28-29: Vintage Paper Fair
When: 10am to 6pm Saturday, 11am to 5pm Sunday
Where: County Fair Building, 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park)
Why: Check out one of the West Coast's largest selection of all manner of curious and beautiful paper from postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, and sports memorabilia. // vintagepaperfair.com
Sunday, April 29: Burger God Christopher Kronner Takes Henry's
When: 6pm to 10pm
Where: 2600 Durant Ave. (Berkeley), graduatehotels.com/berkeley
Why: Chef Christopher Kronner has taken over Henry's at the Graduate Hotel in Berkeley. He's completely overhauled the menu, adding his farm-to-table fare to everything from fresh and seasonally composed salads to larger entrée plates of roasted chicken, burgers and plates of bone marrow, of course. Breads and buns will be provided by Tartine. Brunch will be served Friday through Sunday.