23 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.14.20)
No, Bay to Breakers won't be its typical group run-fest this year, but you can still sign up to run on your own—and don your best costume.

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.14.20)


Bay to Breakers and Artspan's SF Open Studios are both going virtual this year, so you can enjoy some of the City's signature festivals even during Covid.

Plus, treat yourself to some R&R with during the Do Well Festival, stop by San Francisco Proper Hotel's new Friday patio pop-up; book a curbside concert with a Bay Area musician; and adorn your windows with fnnch's Heart Your Parks Bear Hunt Kit.

Eat outside at Che Fico Alimentari. Order salads, fresh pastas, and pies at the counter, then grab a reserved seat on the new parklet; open daily. // Reservations are available on opentable.com.

Attend Motown on Monday. Madrone Art Bar and The Midway are teaming up for one night of music played by live DJs on The Midway's patio. While you sip and groove, enjoy entrees (required for entrance) like garlic soy fried chicken or lemongrass prawns; Monday at 6:30pm. // Purchase tickets ($100 per table for two) at bigneon.com.

Book a curbside concert. Miss live music? Curbside Concerts lets you choose from a variety of local artists, filtered by neighborhood and specializing in everything from New Orleans swing to R&B, to perform your very own outdoor concert. All you need is an extension cord, parking space, and to promise that all your attendees will follow social distancing guidelines. // Book ($100-$200 an hour) on curbsideconcerts.rocks.

Log in to Eventbrite's five-day Do Well festival. Offerings including an IG Live interview with Oakland's @trapyogabae; an informed voter session; a chat with Michelle Ogundehin, author of Happy Inside, and more; Monday through Friday. // Details on eventbrite.com

Get book recs from award-winning writer Esmé Weijun Wang. The author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias will discuss eight books that helped her grow as a writer, thinker, and person; buy them afterward from Green Apple Books; Wednesday at 4:30pm. // Details and registration at crowdcast.io

Celebrate the birthday of SF's own disco legend Sylvester. The GLBT Historical Society is celebrating the life of the influential diva (1947–1988) with archival footage and artifacts; Wednesday at 6pm. // Details on Facebook, secure your spot at veevartapp.com.

Head to Artspan's SF (Open) Studios—with a virtual twist. You can't mingle with the artists IRL, but you can enjoy interactive online events with more than 250 artists, including an Art Salons series on Wednesday evenings; Wednesday through October 14. // Details on artspan.org

Get your Shit & Champagnetogether.The first film by Oasis club owner and drag queen D'Arcy Drollinger is playing at the Solano Drive-In. It tells the story of a widowed stripper by the name of Champagne Horowitz Jones Dickerson White, and of course there is plenty of dirty humor to go with. Plus, if you haven't already read it, check out the recent feature about Oasis' drag-and-dinner delivery in The New York Times. // 7:30pm Wednesday; tickets ($26 per car) are available at frameline.org.

Listen in on Cocktail Hour Discussion: Art During the Pandemic and BLM, a free-flowing chat and Q&A among artists including Angela Hennessy and Meryl Pataky about the relevance of artists in times of crisis; 5:30 to 7pm Wednesday. // Register at eventbrite.com.

Test your knowledge during San Francisco Opera's BRAVO! Club Trivia Night. You'll have the opportunity to play against and mingle (online) with opera lovers from around the country; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Details on Facebook

Go dancing at Crissy Field. Soak up golden hour during a 5Rhythms dance class and socially distanced silent disco; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Book ($20 and up) on Eventbrite.

Pop by the Proper Hotel's new Proper Patio Pop-up. On Fridays through October, sate your wanderlust at this travel-themed pop-up where Michelin-starred chef Jason Fox will be concocting dishes inspired by European and Asian destinations. Of course there will also be cocktails, and $5 per check will be donated to Larkin Street Youth Services; 4pm to 10pm Fridays. // Details and reservations on properhotel.com

View Vessel Gallery's "Art Is Essential." All works on view were created during the pandemic by artists exploring the importance and meaning of art during these difficult times; through December 5. // vessel-gallery.com

Celebrate 130 years of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. During A Taste of TEL HI, you'll learn about the center's services; bid on auction items including a cooking class by 25 Lusk chef Matthew Dolan; hear from Mayor London Breed; and make TEL HI-tinis; Friday at 6pm. // Details on telhi.org

Attend the 30th Anniversary Autumn Moon Festival. Presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association, the online version of the fest will feature cultural exhibits, crafting, entertainment from around the world; Friday at 7pm. // Stream on Facebook

Find a new outdoor dining or strolling spot on SF's interactive Shared Spaces map. // sfgov.maps.arcgis.com

Cook with Cortney Burns, the Bar Tartine alumn and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author. You'll make late-harvest gazpacho, lacto-fermented cucumbers, and preserved lemons. All proceeds from the class benefit City Harvest; Sunday at 3pm. // Tickets ($35-$100 donations) on givebutter.com

Still miss KFOG? Listen to Highway 1, a new Bay Area radio station dedicated to current and throwback alternative music—think REM, Alanis Morissette, Maggie Rodgers, New Order, The Shins, and more. // listenlive.co

Dine outside and play bocce at Wit & Wisdom Tavern. Located at The Lodge at Sonoma, chef Michael Mina's new venture will feature California cuisine including charcuterie platters, wood-fired pizzas, Pacific oysters, hand-made pasta, and fresh market vegetables; opening Monday. // Details and reservations on michaelmina.net

Show your love for San Francisco Parks and decorate your window with Fnnch's new Heart Your Parks Bear Hunt Kit. Twenty-five percent of sales will go to the SF Parks Alliance. // Purchase ($20) on fnnch.com.

Get your weed at Caliva CarHop, a new cannabis-to-car service with retro vibes. After you find a spot, a Caliva wellness consultant will venture over to answer questions and help you safely select and purchase products; open daily (tentatively noon to 4pm). // caliva.com

Safely run Bay to Breakers. While we're beyond sad the usual shenanigans won't be happening for obvious reasons, you can still don your wackiest outfit and run the 12K solo or with your quarantine pod; Sunday through October 2. // Details and virtual race registration on capstoneraces.com

Show off your wildlife photography skills by entering WildCare's annual Living with Wildlife contest and take your best shot at winning $500; deadline to enter is September 25. // Details on

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