23 Fun Things: A Summery Beer Dinner, National Oyster Day + More Events This Week
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23 Fun Things: A Summery Beer Dinner, National Oyster Day + More Events This Week


This week is about summer fun with a farm-fresh brewery supper, dog surfing, and all the oysters.

Plus, hear a behind-the-scenes take on the biggest Burning Man art installations and shop handmade goods from the country's coolest makers at the American Craft Show at Fort Mason.

Monday, July 30: Free Intro to Yoga

When: 6pm to 7pm

Where: Yoga Garden, 286 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight)

Why: Take a break from SoulCycle to stretch those muscles. For those who are new to yoga or who are too stiff or tight for regular class, this is for you. Learn the poses and move at your pace. Props will be provided, just bring a mat (or rent one for $2). // RSVP at clients.mindbodyonline.com.

Monday, July 30: World Embroidery Day

When: Noon to 4:30pm

Where: San Francisco School of Needlework & Design, 360 Post St. #604 (Union Square), sfneedleworkanddesign.org

Why: SNAD is looking to create the longest band sampler with anyone who's interested. There will be a stitching session with fabric, needles, thread, and snacks provided so you can work on your personal strip of the piece.

Monday, July 30: A Beer Lovers' Feast

When: 6pm to 9:30pm

Where: Temescal Brewing, 4115 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), temescalbrewing.com

Why: Enjoy an intimate sunset dinner on the patio with farm-fresh veggies and New Hope Farms' meats, finished on Temescal Brewing's spent grains and roasted whole on site. Beers created from the same grains will also be served in a total of seven courses, served family style by permaculture chefs. // Tickets ($65) are available at summersupper.brownpapertickets.com.

Monday, July 30: Courtyard Yakitori

When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Rintaro, 82 14th St. (Mission), izakayarintaro.com

Why: Rintaro is launching yatai courtyard beer and yakitori on Mondays. The menu will change with what's available, but expect smokey grilled skewers of chicken skin, juice pork belly with onion, liver and garlic, chicken hearts, and more.

Monday, July 30: Bake Sale Fundraiser

When: 4pm to 7pm

Where: Al's Place, 1499 Valencia St. (Mission), alsplacesf.com

Why: Food writer Ashley Goldsmith is hosting a bake, craft, and wellness sale at Al's Place to support RAICES, a nonprofit agency that is helping families separated at the border. There'll be loaves of bread by Josey Baker, feminist prints by Sareytales, illustrations and ceramics by Meenal Patel, and more. // facebook.com

Tuesday, July 31: The Art of Burning Man

When: 6pm to 7:30pm

Where: Book Passage Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building Ste 42 (Embarcadero)

Why: Curious about Burning Man art? Listen in on a convo between Jennifer Raiser—a decade-long burner and author of the book Burning Man: Art of Fire—and artist Michael Garlington, whose work is featured on the cover. // facebook.com

Tuesday, July 31: Astronomy on Tap

When: 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Where: DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (SoMa), dnalounge.com

Why: Pop over to DNA for an evening of trivia, prizes, and talks by local scientists on the LZ Dark Matter detection experiment, the Planetary Society, and the Center for Space and Habitability at Bern University. // facebook.com

Tuesday, July 31: Shambhala Preparty

When: 10pm to 2am

Where: Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa), monarchsf.com

Why: Shambhala music festival may be sold out, but it doesn't mean you can party with the crew. Get your dance fix with tunes from Taiko, Bogl, Subtle Mind, and Mentha. You could even win a ticket to the 20k person electronic music event on a 500-acre forested farm against a river in Canada. // Tickets ($10-$12) are available at ticketfly.com, facebook.com

Tuesday, July 31: Noodles and Curry

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: Farmhouse Thai, 336 (Jack London Sq, Oakland), farmhousesf.com

Why: Mission favorite Thai spot Farmhouse Kitchen is opening a new location in Jack London Square. Expect their signature dishes including the whole bone-in short rib braised in panang curry, fried chicken with roti bread and curry dipping sauce, and more. Don't forget to order one of their yummy cocktails.

Wednesday, August 1: 50 Years of Psychedelic Art

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: Haight Street Art Center, 215 Haight St. (Lower Haight)

Why: Experience a visual trip Lee Conklin's opening reception where you'll how his work has shifted and transformed over his 50-year career. An integral part of the psychedelic poster art movement, his work contains hidden messages and is a journey into his mind. // haightstreetart.org, facebook.com

Wednesday, August 1: Eat at the Bar

When: 6pm to close

Where: Flores, 2030 Union St. (Marina), floressf.com

Why: Flores has expanded their bar menu with tasty items that will make you want to only eat at the bar like Dungeness crab tostadas, tortas ahogadas, and crispy bean and cheese tacos dorados.

Thursday, August 2: Tasting Galore

When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Aster, 1001 Guerrero St. (Mission), astersf.com

Why: Aster is moving from a 4-course set menu to a seven course menu. That means more deliciousness from the talented chef Brett Cooper, who will focus on a vegetable-driven menu with items like eggplant with sweet corn, xo sauce, marigolds and morels with fava and tofu mousse.

Thursday, August 2: Art Run

When: 5pm to 9:30pm

Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St. (SoMa), 111minnagallery.com

Why: Take part in a relaxed 5k run past historical street art, and then indulge in free eats and booze at 111 Minna with live music and a surprise art-focused performance. All proceeds benefit Youth Speaks. // Tickets ($10) are available at eventbrite.com, facebook.com

Thursday, August 2: Neon+Fire

When: 6pm to 8pm

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

Why: See a neon letterform bending demo at Tenderloin Museum by master tubebend, Shawna Peterson and Libby Cahill. Get up close to see the meticulous shaping and slicing of tubes against flames. The event is in conjunction with current exhibit Neon Home, a group show with neon sculpture and photography. // Tickets ($10) are available at eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 2: Harumo Sato

When: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Art Attack SF, 2358 Market St. Ste #1 (Upper Market), artattacksf.com

Why: It's opening night for Harumo Sato's show. Pop in for light refreshments and take in Sato's modern and bold works that meld screen printing, Japanese watercolor, Sumi ink, and acrylic. It's also Castro Art Walk, so be sure to explore some of the other galleries. // facebook.com

Thursday, August 2: Desert NightLife

When: 6pm to 10pm

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

Why: Learn all about desert critters, marvel at Cactus Jungle's plants, learn all about mezcal, and see how cultures adapted to desert climates around the world. There will even be projections of landscapes throughout the building. // Tickets ($12) are available at calacademy.org

Thursday, August 2: Stories of Buddhism and Psychology

When: 7pm to 10pm

Where: CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St. (SoMa), ciis.edu

Why: Psychoanalyst Pilar Jennings turned to a Tibetan Buddhist monk when she encountered a six-year old girl who stopped speaking due to trauma from loss. Through those sessions, the girl began to heal. Dr. Jennings went on to write a book called To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action documenting the journey where western psychology melds with Buddhist teachings. Join her tonight for a discussion on her experience. // Tickets ($15) are available at facebook.com,eventbrite.com

Friday, August 3: Night Market

When: 7pm to 10pm

Where: Workshop, 1798 McAllister St. (NoPa), workshopsf.org

Why: It's first Friday which means Workshop SF is hosting an open house and party with DIY, art, food and booze. Preview classes and shop locally made goods from vendors like letterpress, clothing, leather goods, wood art, jewelry, and more. Sip a brew and make some art. //facebook.com

Friday-Sunday, August 3-5: American Craft Show

When: 10am to 6pm Friday-Saturday, 11am to 5pm Sunday

Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), fortmason.org

Why: Peruse and shop all things handmade this weekend. There will be goods from over 250 makers from all over the country from jewelry to furniture, clothing to home decor. See all participating artists at craftcouncil.org. // Tickets ($11 to $46) are available at fortmason.org

Friday-Sunday, August 3-5: Acro and Movement Festival

When: 5pm to 9pm Friday, 8am to 9pm Saturday, 8am to 6pm Sunday

Where: Pier 35 (Embarcadero)

Why: Partake in the largest acro and movement fest in the world. There will be 40 classes for all levels, a therapeutic lounge, and performance. // Tickets ($299) are available at eventbrite.com, acrosf.com

Saturday, August 4: World Dog Surfing Championships

When: 9am

Where: Linda Mar State Beach (Pacifica)

Why: Catch dog surfers catch waves in a wet and wild competition. There will also be a ball fetch competition, dog beach fashion contest, and adoptions. A portion of proceeds go to dog related nonprofits. // surfdogchampionships.com

Saturday, August 4: Salesforce Transit Center Opening Symposium

When: 10am to noon; 1-3pm

Where: Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall, 425 Mission St. (SoMa)

Why: Because this is the opening we've all been waiting for. Join Pellli Clark Pelli architects for two free panel discussions: the first with Princeton University's Alison Isenberg, who recently penned a book detailing the growth of San Francisco; the second highlighting the artists on the project with participants including Jenny Holzer (creator of the "White Light" installation in the Grand Hall) and Julie Chang (creator of the "Secret Garden" terrazzo floor installation. // Reservations are required at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, August 5: National Oyster Day

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. (SoMa)

Why: Shuck it on Sunday with bottomless bubbly. Enjoy oysters stir-fried with yakisoba noodles, melted in mac n' cheese, in a po' boy, breaded in tacos, or atop a wood-fired pizza. // Tickets ($0-$25) are available at facebook.com

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