22 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.9.21)
Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles play the Oxbow RiverStage this weekend. Also look for performances by Matt Nathanson (on Saturday), Billy Idol, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and more through October. (Courtesy of @oxbownapa)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.9.21)


We still have to wait a bit for Bottlerock and OSL, but Napa's Oxbow RiverStage is playing some solid shows this fall, starting on Friday with a concert by Trampled by Turtles and Mt. Joy.

Plus, Boom Boom Room reopens this weekend with a performance by Afrolicious; SF Ballet returns to the stage; Perseids will light up the night; and SF's cable cars are rolling once again.

Have a good one!

Sing along with Hamilton. Tickets are still available for this season's performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda's runaway hit classic. Be ready to show proof of vaccine cart or negative PCR test; shows Tuesday through September 5th. // Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St. (Civic Center), broadwaysf.com

Grab a four-pack of Balboa Cafe's Espressotinis to go. Bring the cans to Marina Green and watch the sunset. // Balboa Cafe, 3199 Fillmore St. (Cow Hollow), balboacafesf.com

Enjoy a "Not So Signature" dinner at Frances for the first time since the restaurant closed due to Covid in March 2020 closure. As part of Charleston Wine + Food Festival's Signature Dinner series, which teams chefs from different cities, this five-course meal will also be offered at Charleston's Chubby Fish. Dishes will include squid ink spaghetti and tuna confit; Tuesday, reservations between 5pm and 8:30pm. // Frances, 3870 17th St. (Castro); tickets ($150 per person) on opentable.com

Grab a drink at Persona, yet another new cocktail spot but with an underground twist. Settle onto a couch in the swanky space with a Sweet Paradise (vodka, kombucha, and guava) or a glass of bubbly; 4pm to 2am Tuesday through Saturday. // Persona, 685 Sutter St. (TenderNob), persona-sf.com

Hitch a ride on San Francisco Cable Car. Yep. they're back! Rides are free for the month of August; just expect an irregular schedule, daily from 7am to 10:30pm. // sfmta.com

Don't miss the Perseids Meteor Shower. Find a lovely outdoor spot to perch, starting around 11pm Wednesday. // 7x7.com

Explore Art House SF. The new Castro gallery showcases eclectic pieces by artists from around the globe; Wednesday through Sunday. // Art House SF, 2324B Market St. (Upper Market), arthousesf.com

Mix your CBD with your booze for a refreshing Calmer Palmer. // Get the recipe at 7x7.com.

If you've given Itria's takeout pies a try, then book a reservation for dinner at the newly opened Italian restaurant. After a few months offering takeout only (and a brief hiatus), the restaurant is open with an offering of crudo and pastas—think cavatelli with escarole and ruby prawn or orecchiette with pork sausage and grilled rabe pesto; open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. // Itria, 3266 24th St. (Mission), itriasf.com

Check out Design + Art In Motion, an event benefiting Creativity Explored. Peruse art, furniture, and textiles and see local artists create graphic art live; Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. // Gallery 308, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets ($10 and up) on eventbrite.com

Stop by Bar Part Time's Haunted Wines at Mercury Cafe. Before the pop-up sets up permanent shop, they'll be taking over Friday the 18th with DJ tunes and wines by the bundle; Friday from 5pm to 9pm. // Mercury Cafe, 201 Octavia St. (Lower Haight); details on Instagram

Be mesmerized as local artists create their own tiny murals in real-time during weekend two of the Mini Mural Festival, hosted by NIAD Art Center. (Can't make it? In just a few week's time, you can attend weekend three with SoMa Pilipinas); Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. // SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (SoMa); free to attend, sfmoma.org

Grab a cup of joe at Fluid Cooperative Cafe, a new spot at La Cocina Municipal Marketplace founded by three trans activists. Shannon Amitin, Jojo Ty, and Santana Tapia hope to provide an inclusive, uplifting space for trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming communities over cups of coffee from roasters like Equator. // La Cocina, 2948 Folsom St. (Mission), fluidcoopsf.com

See Starry Nights: SF Ballet's Return to the Stage. The magical in-person show will include choreography from George Balanchine's Serenade and Tarantella; Danielle Rowe's For Pixie; and Helgi Tomasson's Soirees Musicales and The Fifth Season; 7:30pmFriday and Saturday. // Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, 351 Lasuen St. (Stanford); tickets ($50 and up) at sfballet.org

Pig out at Heritage Fire by Cochon555. Nearly 20 chefs will grill up responsibly raised whole animals—fish, chicken, beef, pigs, you name it—over live fires. Wines will be poured by from Charles Krug, Patz & Hall, and more; picturesque vineyard views are guaranteed; Saturday at 5pm. // Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St. (St. Helena),;tickets ($125) on cochon555.com

Join The Michelin Guide and Capital One for a one-of-a-kind intimate dining event with Michelin three-star restaurant Quince. Chef Michael Tusk will give an exclusive farm tour and elegant alfresco dinner at Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas. Guests will even get a chance to harvest right from the farm prior to enjoying the multi-course meal; 1pm Saturday, August 21st. // Get advance tickets and info at michelin-summer-dining-series.squadup.com.

Thank you to our sponsors at Capital One.

Jam out at Boom Boom Room's reopening weekend. Shows will feature New Orleans–based guitarist Billy Iuso and Friends on Friday night and California-based collective Afrolicious on Saturday. Bring proof of vax or negative COVID test; Friday and Saturday at 9:15pm. // Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), boomboomroom.com

Head to Napa for a concert at the Oxbow RiverStage. The series kicks off this weekend with Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles and continues through early October with appearances by Billy Idol, Brett Dennen, Widespread Panic, and more. There will even be a few free shows, plus Napa Valley wines and bites; Saturday at 5:30pm, shows through October 15th. // Oxbow RiverStage, 1100 West St. (Napa), oxbowriverstage.com

Consider the theme of "Shelter: Design for Everyone" by virtually attending the American Institute of Architects' home tours. This Saturday's tour highlights the colorful Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Empowerment Village, which offers formerly homeless 18- to 25-year-olds their own small homes and communal spaces, and the Liberty Bank Building, inspired by the legacy of African-American-owned bank; Saturday from 10am to 11:30am. // Find tickets and details on aiaeb.org

Join the Rockridge Rock-n-Stroll. College Avenue will be buzzing with DJs, live music, pop-up shops, creative activities, and specials at participating eateries including À Côté and Market Hall; Saturday (as well as Sept. 11 and Oct. 9). // Rockridge District (Oakland), rockridgedistrict.com

Groove to bands at Live on The Lawn, a new series at The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina. There will be food trucks, cocktails, and wine; weekend afternoons through the end of August. // Vista Collina Resort, 850 Bordeaux Way, (Napa); details on meritagecollection.com

Make up for lost travel time with "Road Trip!" Transcendence Theatre Company's Broadway-inspired musical tour through the U.S. promises to be a unique outdoor experience with wine and bites abound; 7:30pm weekends in August. // Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd. (Glen Ellen); tickets ($49 and up) on transcendencetheatre.org

Experience blockbuster classics The Princess Bride and Apollo 13 like never before, as the San Francisco Symphony performs these unforgettable scores live to film on the big screen at Davies Symphony Hall; September 22-25. // Find more information and tickets at sfsymphony.org.

Thank you to our partners at SF Symphony.

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