23 Fun Things: Renegade Craft Fair, CUESA's Goat Fest, Taco Takeover + More Bay Area Events
Check out Palette, SoMa's new gallery-meets-restaurant. (Courtesy of @palette.sf)

23 Fun Things: Renegade Craft Fair, CUESA's Goat Fest, Taco Takeover + More Bay Area Events


It's gonna be such a good week.

Seriously, get ready to shop the return of Renegade Craft Fair, chow down at Off the Grid's Taco Takeover, LOL at Boogie's Comedy Slam, and play with goats at the Ferry Building. Plus, check out the city's most arftul new restaurant, scope a new sushi spot, get tix to the next issue of Pop-Up Magazine, and see moves at SFFILM.

Have a good one!

Monday, April 8th

New Sushi in SoMa

5pm to 10pm daily

Hakashi, 474 3rd St. (SoMa), hakashisushi.com

Head over to Hakashi where the team with experience from other sushi favorites including Ebisu, Ichi Sushi, and Sushi Ran is turning out plates of sashimi, nigiri, udon, and steaks.

Bust a Bhangra move.

7:30pm to 9pm

Alonzo King Lines Ballet, 26 7th Street, #5 (SoMa), linesballet.org

Want to get your work out in and learn some awesome dance moves? Head to this Monday night dance class where you'll pick up the best hip hop and pop Bhangra routines. The choreography will be broken out into easy-to-learn sets so even beginners can pick up the skills. // Tickets ($30) can be found on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, April 9th

Pop-Up Magazine Tix on Sale


Where: Online at popupmagazine.com

We're basically obsessed with Pop-up Magazine—yes, even after all these years. Get tix to the live magazine's Spring '19 Issue, which will be packed with true stories and live performances on May 10th at the Sydney Goldstein Theater.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's

Noon to 8pm

Ben & Jerry's locations at 1480 Haight St.; 475 Jefferson St.; 2390 Powell St.; Pier 41; and inside of Macy's on Union Square.

It's that time of year—free cone day at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops! Get your ice cream fix stat. // Find more event info on benjerry.com.

Food Meets Art

11am to 8pm, Monday through Friday

Palette, 816 Folsom St. (SoMa), palette-sf.com

A former sous at Quince has opened up a new art-infused restaurant with an attached art gallery, ceramic studio, and retail store. Pop into Palette's art exhibit before or after your artistically plated meal of seasonal Cal-American dishes like artichoke fries, housemade garlic focaccia, halibut in white wine sauce, or flatbread with kale, bechamel sauce, olives and a hen egg. It's all served on dishes created by the in-house ceramist. The current art installation is "As You See It" by Juliette Choné and Kelley O'Leary, and will rotate to feature other local artists.

Wednesday, April 10th

SFFILM kicks off tonight with the Netflix premiere of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.

(Courtesy of SFFILM)

Warby Parker x The Ruby Reading Event

7pm to 9pm

Warby Parker, 357 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), warbyparker.com

Grab a free snack and drink and hear readings and discussion from a plethora of authors with newly released books including Namwali Serpell, Esmé Weijun Wang, Melissa Graeber, and Helen Shewolfe Tseng. Their books will be on hand for purchase. // Free to attend, RSVP via Eventbrite.

San Francisco International Film Festival

Through April 23rd

Various venues

This year's SFFILM will host more than 200 movies from 50-plus countries over 14 days. Things kick off tonight with the premiere of Netflix's new series, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, followed by an opening night party. // For tickets and schedule, go to sffilm.org.

Thursday, April 11th

Valerie Jarrett: Politics, the Obamas and Finding My Voice

Noon to 1pm

Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St. (TenderNob)

As part of the Osher Foundation's Good Lit Series, Mayor London Breed takes the stage today for a chat with former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett about her new book, her relationship with the Obamas, and the inner workings of the White House. // Tickets ($15-$60) are available at eventbrite.com.

Boogie's Comedy Slam!

7:30pm to 10pm

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (Oakland), paramounttheatre.com

Fun fact: DeMarcus Cousins—local Warriors player and four-time NBA All-Star—is also a big-time comedy fan, and he's hosting Boogie's Comedy Slam, a showcase of comedians including Mike Epps, Red Grant, Tony Roberts, Karlous Miller, Lewis Belt, and more. If we're lucky, even a few fellow Warriors may show up. // Tickets ($50 and up) can be bought on Ticketmaster.

Brain & Body NightLife

6pm to 10pm

Cal Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

This week's NightLife has a wellness bent with yoga on the living roof and talks on everything from neuro-rehabilitation to the use MDMA in psychology to the brain/body balance employed by a San Francisco Ballet dancer. // Tickets ($15) are available online.

Oakland Poetry Slam & Open Mic

7pm to 11pm

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd St. (Oakland), oaklandmetro.org

Catch some feels at this poetry slam of local word wizards. Feeling bold? After the slam session, take the stage during the open mic and bust out your best verse. // Tickets ($10) are cash-only and can be purchased at the door. (Performers tickets are a discounted $5).

Friday, April 12th

Off the Grid's Taco Takeover

5pm to 10pm

Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), offthegrid.com

Kick off the weekend with creative takes on tacos from such vendors as Mission Street Food, Jeepney Guy, and Frozen Kuhsterd. To keep things interesting, there will even be a low-key competition between chefs. There will also be margaritas on-hand for purchase because, well, what's a taco without a marg? // Tasting tickets ($35) include four tacos and a Don Julio Margarita, available at squareup.com.

Eat in the dark.

6:45pm to 9:45pm

Naked Kitchen, 945 Valencia St. (Mission), nakedkitchensf.com

You've heard of dining in the dark. Do it to support the Sankara Eye Foundation, which aims to eradicate curable blindness in India. Challenge your tastebuds in a four-course meal served in pitch black ambience; 100 percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to Sankara and help five people see again. // Tickets ($150) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Lightning in a Bottle Pre-Party

9pm to 2am

The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch), themidwaysf.com

Head over to The Midway for a warm-up dance party to get you ready for May's Lightning In A Bottle festival. Get down to bass-thumping tracks from Two Fingers, Ivy Lab, Thriftworks, Dorfex Bos, and Nico Luminous. // Tickets ($20 and up) can be found on Eventbrite.

Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000


The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St. (Oakland), thenewparkway.com

Cozy up on the couch with a beer for a showing of Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000 at The Parkway. Enjoy a pre-show with trivia and prizes (led by The Parkways in-house super fan) before the screening of a classic MST3K episode. // Tickets ($12) can be purchase on veezi.com.

Saturday, April 13th

(Courtesy of CUESA)

10th Annual Goat Festival

9am to 2pm

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero)

We're not allowed to call it "Goatchella" any more, but whatever: The goats are back in town. Meet local goat ranchers, taste goat milk samples, DIY goat horns, watch some live wool spinning, and, of course, play with some adorable baby goats. // Free to attend, or $7 for a goat cheese tasting. Tickets and event info can be found on Eventbrite.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Through April 21st


The annual festivities kick off at 10am today in Japantown. As always, expect plenty food vendors, a ramen eating contest, cultural performances including martial arts and drums, live music, origami exhibits, sword displays, tea ceremonies, cosplay contests, and the annual Queen Program. // Free to attend with some events costing a fee. Find all events on sfcherryblossom.org.

Cider Summit SF

1pm to 5pm

Civil War Parade Ground, Main Post ( Presidio)

Taste your way through nearly 200 ciders with gorgeous views of the bay. // GA tickets ($40) include a tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets and are available at cidersummitnw.com.

Grilled Cheese Fest

Noon to 5pm

SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. (SoMa), somastreatfoodpark.com

Our favorite fusion of carbs and melted dairy is coming together for a big comfort food bash. The SF Grilled Cheese Fest will have tons of food trucks serving up specialty versions of the gooey sando with ingredients like bacon, crab, pulled pork, and mac 'n cheese. // Tickets ($5/admission, $36/all-you-can drink beer) are available at facebook.com.

Queer California

Through August 11th

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (Oakland), museumca.org

Opening today at OMCA, Queer California: Untold Stories focuses on the history of the community as documented through contemporary art as well as rare historical artifacts, photos, film, costumes, zines, and more. // Tickets ($16) can be purchased in advance online.

Sunday, April 14th

Renegade Craft Fair

11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina)

Our favorite maker meetup is back for another showcase. Browse ceramics, jewelry, shoes, clothing, art, home goods, and so much more. There will be food and drink for purchase if you get hungry, DJ music to keep the pep in your step, and installations to get you inspiresl. // Free to attend, more event info on renegadecraft.com.

Radical Love Week Walk

12:30pm today; through April 21st

Meet at Vista Point, Golden Gate Bridge (Sausalito)

We can never have too much love in our lives. Come together for this week dedicated to celebrating, exploring, and sharing love. Things kick off today with a Love Walk over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Palace of Fine Arts. End the week with a Rise Up Rally on the 20th. // Free to attend, event info on risefor.love.

"Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs"


Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way (Palo Alto), paloaltojcc.org

Alan Cumming singing cabaret is the best reason we can think of for a drive down to the South Bay on a Sunday night. Emmy Award–winning musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton join the actor for a mashup performance of classics from Billy Joel and pop hits from Adele and Katy Perry. // Tickets ($150 GA; $250 premium with artist reception) can be found online.

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