23 Fun Things: SF Ballet at Stern Grove, LuckyRice Night Market, SF Marathon + More Bay Area Events
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23 Fun Things: SF Ballet at Stern Grove, LuckyRice Night Market, SF Marathon + More Bay Area Events


Eat your way through the last week of July at the Lucky Rice Night Market and the new (and improved?) Namu on Dolores Park.

Then kick off your weekend with some sun salutations at Oakland Museum of California's Queer Showga or CorePower's Yoga for Brain Health Charity Event. Plus, get moving and grooving at the Art & Soul Music Festival and or Stern Grove Festival where the SF Ballet is set to take the stage.

Have a good one!

Monday, July 22nd

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes

10am to 5pm, through Dec 1

SFMOMA, 151 3rd St (SoMa), sfmoma.org

Pick up some tips for your Instagram game or photographic passion project at Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes, a historical look back at who and how people broke the status quo for good and bad photography. // Tickets are available for purchase at sfmoma.org.

Women's Beginner Camping Workshop

6:30pm to 8:30 pm

1338 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley), rei.com

Considering a girls' camping trip? Hit up REI's beginner camping workshop to get all your questions answered by experts, and even practice pitching a tent while mingling with fellow lady campers. You'll leave fully prepared for a night (or a few) under the stars. // Register ($35/non-members, and $15/members) at rei.com.

Tuesday, July 23rd

Get your game on.

4pm to midnight

The Detour, 2200 Market St. (Castro)

Fans of Brewcade shed a tear while the space underwent some work earlier this year. Now, the bar has expanded into the neighboring building (previously the old Hecho restaurant) to create one mega-gamer paradise topping in at 5,000 square feet. Try your hand at one of 30 video games, 10 pinball machines, or the skee-ball machine—or post up on the patio with the expanded menu including cocktails and food like pizza, burgers, grilled cheese, salads, and chicken wings.

A fancy new restaurant for fancy Atherton

Opening today

3001 El Camino Real (Atherton), selbysrestaurant.com

Atherton is officially the riches town in America. And as of this week, the locale's tony set will surely be dining at Selby's, a glamorous new spot from the team behind Spruce and the Saratoga. Cash in some of your Google shares and feast on grilled lobster and dry aged duck paired with martinis inside a swanky, ivy-encased establishment. // Reservations can be made on opentable.com.

Namu reopens with a twist.

11:30am to 4pm, 5pm to 10pm

Namu Stonepot, 499 Dolores St. (Mission), namustonepot.com

Namu Gaji in the Mission has been going through the seismic retrofit gauntlet much like many other SF businesses. In the process, the team decided to turn the OG location into a second outpost of their Namu Stonepot restaurant (the first location is on Divis), with plans to reopen Namu Gaji in the old Perennial space in the future. Now open, stop by Namu Stonepot Dolores for their signature stonepot rice bowls, loco moco, ramen, gamja fries, and more.

Wednesday, July 24th

Art Battle: All Women

6:30pm to 10pm

Colorbloq SF, 435 Brannan St. #110 (SoMa), colorbloqsf.com

Watch 12 artists live paint through three rounds of nail-biting artists-vs-artist competition. Winners to be determined by audience vote—judge carefully! // Tickets ($15-$20) can be found on Eventbrite.

Country Music

7:30pm to 10pm

Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina), palaceoffinearts.com

Catch a preview screening of Ken Burns' new eight-part docu series Country Music, which explores the evolution of the iconic American genre and highlights such legacy artists as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. Stick around after the screening for a conversation with Burns and the creators of the film moderated by KQED's Mina Kim. // Tickets ($35-$125) can be found on Eventbrite.

Cats on Mats

7:45 pm

KitTea Cat Cafe, 96 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), kitteasf.com

Practice your cat pose in a room full of 18 to 26 felines. Get there early for bottomless Kyotan teas and relax post-Hatha flow workout with peaceful creatures. The best part? All of the cats are adoptable, so you just might leave with a new furry friend. // Tickets ($30) can be found on kitteasf.com.

Thursday, July 25th

Nyum Bai does tacos.

10am to 2pm

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Break up the midweek grind and venture to the Ferry Building for Tacolicious' summer guest chef series featuring Nite Yun of the East Bay's runaway restaurant hit Nyum Bai. // Free to attend; tacos available for purchase. Event details can be found on cuesa.org.

LuckyRice Night Market

7pm to 10pm

San Francisco Ferry Building, 1 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Get a taste of the Bay Area's most innovative Asian eats—from restaurants including Breadbelly, Eight Tables, The Slanted Door, and Palette Tea House—at the 10th anniversary of this street food night market. Wash it all down with cocktails, beer, wine, and whiskey tastings. // Tickets ($88 and up) can be found on luckyrice.com.

Queer Showga

6pm to 9pm

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

Can't decide whether to hit up a show or just go to yoga class? Do both at OMCA's Queer Showga, a performance-meets-yoga series with live music, lighting effects, and aromatherapy taught by trans yogi Sparkle Thornton. Afterward, explore their current exhibit, Queer California: Untold Stories, grab snacks and drinks, and even get an astrology reading. // Tickets ($45) can be found on Eventbrite.

Friday, July 26th

NorCal Night Market

3pm to 11pm, today through Sunday

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave (Pleasanton), alamedacountyfair.com

Is it just us, or are night markets trending? Anywho, head over to the East Bay for this festival packed with tasty eats and drinks like boba tea, topping-heaped fries, barbecue skewers, lobster rolls, ice cream-stuffed donuts, and so much more. Peruse an art walk, live music, games, and craft vendors while you munch away. // Tickets ($5) for entrance can be found on norcalnightmarket.com.

Farm Dinner Series

6pm and 7:15pm seatings

Manresa Bread, 195 E. Campbell Ave. (Campbell), manresabread.com

Carb-lovers won't want to miss Manresa Bread's newest dinner series featuring a rotating local farm and their best produce. Tonight it's a four-course meal sourced from Spade & Plow farm utilizing summer ingredients like squash, peppers, tomatoes, and melons. // Tickets ($80 includes tax and gratuity, $45 for wine pairings) available on manresabread.com.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Through Sunday

Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave. (Gilroy), cityofgilroy.org

Don't even worry about your breath at this annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, where countless vendors will be whipping up creative garlic-laden dishes (steak sandwiches, pesto pasta, calamari, fries, etc.). See live cook-offs between chefs, make your own garlic breads, and shop the best garlic goodies to take home with you. // Tickets ($20) can be found on Eventbrite. Food and vendor items for purchase.

Live on the Square

6pm to 11pm, every Friday through September 27

Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Hang out on the Oakland waterfront for an end-of-week dance festival, each focused around a different style. The theme this go around is "Swing"—expect dance lessons, live DJ music, performances, food trucks, a beer garden, and a night that ends in one big dance party. // Free to attend, find event details on Facebook.

Saturday, July 27th

Yoga for Brain Health

11am to 1pm

CorePower Yoga Duboce, 100 Church St., Suite A (Duboce Park), corepoweryoga.com

CorePower Yoga and MindBodyGreen are putting together a special yoga sculpt class, supported by wellness tips from a neuroscientist, snacks, and a goodie bag of self-care products. // Tickets ($20) can be purchased via Eventbrite. Proceeds benefit Yoga Foster.

Cochon555's Heritage Fire Napa

5pm to 7:30pm

Charles Krug Winery, 800 Main St. (St. Helena), charleskrug.com

Get ready to grill out in Wine Country as Cochon555 brings 3,500 pounds of meat to Charles Krug Winery, ready to be prepared by more than 40 national and local chefs including Robin Song (The Vault 555), Howard Ko (The Bear and The Monarch), and Sophina Uong (Hotel Kabuki). Plus, beer and wine pours from local breweries. // Tickets ($150 and up) can be found on cochon555.com.

Lavender Harvest Festival

1pm to 4pm

Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road (Carmel-by-the-Sea), carmelvalleyranch.com

Embrace the fragrance of summer at this one-day lavender festival spotlighting the 7,000+ lavender plants at Carmel Valley Ranch. Explore three acres of gardens, craft some lavender satchels or flower crowns, dance to live jazz, catch harvesting demonstrations, enjoy lavender bevvies, and snack on many bites including tastings of honey, cheese, and salt. // Tickets ($95) can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Wine Walk on the Waterfront

4pm to 8pm

Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Sip your way through the wines from 20 Californian wineries, explore art vendors, and dance your Saturday away to live music, all set against a beautiful outdoor bayside backdrop. // Tickets ($40) are available on Eventbrite.

Fantastic Negrito Headlines Art & Soul Festival

12pm to 6pm, today and Sunday

Festival entrances at 14th St. & Broadway, Promenade beside City Center West Garage, and Clay St. & 11th St.

Explore art and hear music of all genres—funk, R&B, blues, you name it—across four stages; even expect a few dance battles. Peruse multiple food vendors, an artisan marketplace, and catch some acrobatics, but whatever you do, stay till the each day's big finale: Estelle and Fantastic Negrito will close out the festival. // Tickets ($12 and up) can be found on artandsouloakland.com.

Sunday, July 28th

SF Marathon

5:30am (for the full marathon)

Mission Street and The Embarcadero

Lace up your sneaks for the SF Marathon. Choose to run the full marathon, a half marathon, 5K—or really go big with an ultra marathon aka two back-to-back marathons. Woof, we're tired just thinking about that. // Registration cost varies depending on the race you run; register via thesfmarathon.com.

Ballet in the Forest


Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd. (Outer Sunset)

It's that time of year again—that magical moment when the SF Ballet performs alongside a live orchestra at the annual (and free) Stern Grove Festival. There will, of course, also be the usual food trucks, a yoga session at noon, and an artist talk before the show. Come early—seating is first come, first serve, and always packed. // Find event details on sterngrove.org.

Book Club

4pm to 5:30pm

The Assembly, 449 14th St. (Mission), theassembly.com

Pop over to this coworking-club space for a Sunday book club get-together. Discuss the ins-and-outs of City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things), a captivating, good girl versus bad girl read. // Free to attend, sign-up required via theassembly.com.

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