The Fourth of July is this week, and you know what that means: fireworks.
You can also win stuffed animals and see Joan Jett at the Marin County Fair, eat your way through more than 100 Asian food vendors at a popular night market, dance all day with rooftop views of SF, shop the Alameda Flea, and celebrate Independence Day with Speakeasy babes.
Have a good one!
Monday, July 1st
(Courtesy of Salesforce Transit Center)
Salesforce Transit Center is open again! Kind of…
6am to 9pm
Salesforce Transit Center, 425 Mission St. (SoMa), salesforcetransitcenter.com
Thanks to some structural issues, the much-hyped Salesforce Transit Center closed for six months following its inagural opening. Now it's open again to the public, but sans sans transit. The buses will be coming back later this summer, but for now you can access the rooftop garden for midweek lunch picnics. Daily events programming will also return. // View daily events on salesforcetransitcenter.com.
Half-Priced Women-Made Wines
Through July 31st
One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St. (Embarcadero), onemarket.com
At lunch and dinner throughout July, One Market is offering half-price bottles from a selection of more than 100 wines by female makers—think Veuve Clicquot Brut, Far Niente Chardonnay, Amuse Bouche Merlot by Heidi Barrett, and more. // For more information or for reservations, call 415.777.5577 or visit onemarket.com
The Year of Magical Thinking
7pm; several shows through July 21
Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison St. (Berkeley), auroratheatre.org
Anyone still haunted by Joan Didion's 2015 retelling of the year following the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, even as their daughter, Quintana, skirted the dark side herself, will be relieved to find that this staging does The Year of Magical Thinking justice. Adapted for the theater by Didion herself, and starring Stacy Ross, the one-woman show has opened to glowing reviews. // Tickets ($35-$70) are available at auroratheatre.org.
Pretty Rebellion Open Mic
8pm to 10pm
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St (Oakland), thenewparkway.com
Head on east for a Monday night filled with comedians, poets, musicians, and more. If you need a little pick-me-up, this is definitely going to be a night for laughs and good vibes. // Event is free with registration at eventbrite.com
Tuesday, July 2nd
Obscenity Bar & Lounge opens.
Obscenity Bar & Lounge, 562 Sutter St. (Tendernob), hotelemblem.comHotel Emblem's new cocktail den is throwing it back to the Beat Generation with decor, art, and cocktails all inspired by the greats—think Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and more. In the future, they'll even have poetry slam nights. Bites include Impossible burger sliders and pear-and-prosciutto flatbread.
Total Solar Eclipse: Live From Chile
12:23pm to 2:46pm
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St. (Embarcadero), exploratorium.edu
Didn't make it to Patagonia to watch today's solar eclipse? Head to the Exploratorium for a live broadcast from the Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile. / Viewing included with museum admission. Get your ticket at exploratorium.edu, or view online at exploratorium.edu/eclipse.
6pm to 8pm
Foragers Present, 1186 Valencia St (Mission), foragerspresent.com
In this two-hour course, chef Sophie Speer will teach you exactly how to build a bountiful snack plate for your next get-together—then you can take it home. // Get your ticket ($85) at eventbrite.com.
Wednesday, July 3rd
Marin County Fair
11am to 11pm today, through July 7
10 Avenue of the Flags (San Rafael)
Dubbed "Over the Moon," the theme of this year's annual fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Expect the usual programming of carnival rides, fireworks, craft vendors, art, and agriculture. Live shows include Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick. // For the full lineup, go to visitmarin.org; Tickets ($15-20) are available at the entrance and at tickets.marincenter.org.
Happy Hour at Violet's
5pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday; 3pm to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Violet's, 2301 Clement St. (Outer Richmond), violets-sf.com
Cutting out of work early today and get a head start celebrating our founding fathers with new happy hour specials including a burger and a cocktail ($21), grilled wings ($9), and the Happy Daze drink ($9).
5pm Wednesdays throughout summer
Next to the Wanderlust Yoga Studio, 1960 Squaw Valley Road (Olympic Valley)
If you're headed to Tahoe for the Fourth, take advantage of free outdoor yoga classes led by local teachers with live music. Yoga mats also available for use if you left yours in SF. // Free to attend, find event info on squawalpine.com.
Thursday, July 4th
(Courtesy of thespeakeasysf.com)
SFAI Alumni Exhibition: In a Flash
5pm to 7pm
Diego Rivera Gallery SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus, 800 Chestnut St. (Marina), sfai.edu
With the de Young Museum's big Ed Hardy exhibit coming up around the corner, this exhibit honoring the history of tattooing and tattoo aesthetics, by 15 SFAI alums across four decades, is timely. Look for an appearance and intro from alum Ed Hardy himself. // Free to attend, RSVP via eventbrite.com.
BBQ in Wine Country
7pm to 10:30pm
General's Daughter, 400 West Spain St. (Sonoma), thegeneralsdaughter.com
Head to Sonoma for guaranteed gorgeous weather and a traditional barbecue to celebrate the Fourth of July. Ramekins Culinary School is doing the cooking with barbecue pork and chicken, fresh veggies, potato salad, grilled street corn, and root beer floats. Expect live music and a front row seat to Sonoma's firework show. // Tickets ($85/adults, $25/kids 6-12) can be found on eventbrite.com.
The Speakeasy's Independence Day Sail
1pm to 4pm
USS Potomac, 540 Water St. (Jack London Square), usspotomac.org
The Speakeasy cast takes to the open waters for a special July Fourth boating adventure. Dancing, singing, and drinking will ensue with an open bar and a five-piece live band. Historical attire encouraged. // Tickets ($150) can be bought at thespeakeasysf.com.
7:30pm to 10:30pm
CIA at Copia, 501 1st Street (Napa), ciaatcopia.com
Gather at the CIA at Copia's second-floor terrace for epic views of Napa's fireworks show and a seafood-centric menu of clams, lobster, mussels, and more. Plus, live music and drinks. // Tickets ($95) can be found on eventbrite.com.
Friday, July 5th
FoodieLand Night Market
3pm to midnight Friday-Saturday, and 3pm to 11pm on Sunday
Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Hwy (Berkeley)
Wear your stretchy pants to sample the flavors of more than 100 Asian food vendors—think dumplings, bao, boba tea, Hawaiian BBQ, and much more. There will also be 50 artist booths, live music, and games to peruse to give you something to do between your munching. // Tickets ($5-20) are available on eventbrite.com.
Tribute to Aretha, Nat King Cole + More
7:30pm, Friday and Saturday night
San Francisco Symphony, Davies Hall (Civic Center)
Edwin Outwater conducts this hip-swaying, toe-tapping concert of soul and R&B hits. Hear some of your favorites—think "I Will Survive" and "L.O.V.E."—sung by special guests including Broadway's Capathia Jenkins and award-winning vocalist Denzal Sinclaire. // Tickets ($20-$75) are available at sfsymphony.org.
8pm to 10 pm, today through Sunday
Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St (Oakland)
John Water's kooky music festival turns 10 this year. Tonight, hit up a trio of pre-parties, then get ready for a full weekend of shows—headliners The Jesus and Mary Chain play both nights. // Ticket ($10-$199) are available at eventbrite.com.
Saturday, July 6th
Five-Stage Block Party
2pm to 10pm
The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch), themidwaysf.com
Staying in town for the holiday? Dance the day away with this massive block party featuring shows by Diplo, Secondcity, Mr. Carmack, and Kenny Glasgow. // Tickets ($40) can be found on eventbrite.com.
Free Museum Saturday
9:30am to 5:15pm
Locals can take advantage of free access to the galleries at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco today, and can even test their talents in special art workshops. // Skip the line at Legion of Honor and get your tickets tickets.famsf.org.
Everdene, 250 Fourth St. (SoMa), virginhotels.com
Today's the day for dance parties. On the rooftop bar at the new Virgin Hotel, you can catch a DJ set by Classix, soak in the citywide views, and enjoy craft cocktails by Trick Dog bartender Tommy Quimby. // Tickets ($15) are at seetickets.us.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday
Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy
Spend the day wandering 12 full blocks full of live music, food vendors, beer gardens, and local artisan booths. Bonus: it's free. // Find event info on sresproductions.com
Sunday, July 7th
SF Boba Fest
11am to 4pm
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street (SoMa), somastreatfoodpark.com
Break out your fat straws and taste your way through the delightful offerings of 10 vendors serving up boba drinks with toppings including tapioca, jellies, fruits, popping boba, and even super-trendy salted cream cheese foam. Um, weird. There will also be waffles, mochi, and rolled ice cream to mix it up. // Tickets ($5 to enter) are available on eventbrite.com.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
6pm to 3pm
Alameda Point, 2900 Navy Way at Main Street (Alameda), alamedapointantiquesfaire.com
It's the first Sunday of the month, and you know what that means? The return of Alameda Flea. And since it's a holiday week, it's likely to be packed. End your weekend treasure hunting. // Entrance is $5-15; cash only.
Rolling Stock's Summer Car Show
11am to 4pm
Rolling Stock, 601 Bayshore Blvd (Bayview), rollingstocksf.com
Car fanatics should wheel on over to Rolling Stock in the Bayview today to drool over some beautiful cars (and delicious food). // Admission is free; register at eventbrite.com.