The long weekend may be over, but summery vibes abound this week.
Escape to Big Sur for some barbecue, catch a concert series at Wente Vineyards, and definitely don't miss the return of Flower Piano to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Have a good one!
Monday, July 8th
Crush the competition with your ideal ping pong team.
Courtesy of SPIN
7pm to 10pm
Spin, 690 Folsom St. (SoMa), wearespin.com
Tonight marks the start of the Spinbeldon Ping Pong tournament, complete with astro turf accents and an all-white dress code to channel the vibes of Wimbledon. Stop by to watch, or enter the tournament with your best team of three. // Purchase tickets to play ($50) or RSVP to watch (free) at Eventbrite.
Searching for Life on Mars
Morrison Planetarium at Cal Academy, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org
Listen to a special astronomy lecture by Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi (SETI Institute & NASA Ames Research Center), who will dive into details about different expeditions into space in the search for life on Mars and throughout our galaxy. // Tickets ($15) can be found on calacademy.org.
Brunch for Dinner
Reservations from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm
Marla Bakery, 3691 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond), marlabakery.com
The only thing better than breakfast is breakfast for dinner. Head over to Marla Bakery for Hilda and Jesse's Brunch for Dinner pop-up including three courses of elevated staples—think steak and eggs and a coconut-crusted banana and rice krispies desert. // A vegetarian menu is available; get tickets ($45) at chefsfeed.com.
Tuesday, July 9th
40th Anniversary Dinners
5:45pm, 6pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm
Greens Restaurant, Landmark Building A, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), greensrestaurant.com
Now till December, legendary vegetarian restaurant Greens will host one monthly dinner featuring a special collaboration with with Bay Area star chefs. The first four-course prix fixe dinner is tonight with a menu from Reem Assil. Look out for upcoming meals prepared by Alice Waters, Tanya Holland, Suzette Gresham (Acquerello), and Kim Alter (Nightbird). // Dinners ($85 per person) can be reserved via greensrestaurant.com.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
11:30am to 12am
Na Ya Dessert Cafe, 535 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley), facebook.com/nayacafesf
Get your Asian dessert fix at Na Ya Dessert Cafe's new treat shop in Hayes Valley, the second location for the Inner Richmond spot. Taking over the old Loving Cup space, their specialties include toast filled with ice cream, shaved ice, mango and sticky rice crepes, kaya bread, and chocolate lava cake.
Doshas and Mimosas
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Maker & Moss, 364 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), makerandmoss.com
Learn about Ayurveda, an ancient holistic health science, from Micayla Kuehn while sipping on mimosas and networking with other professional women. After learning more about the three doshas—energies that control physical and mental processes—you'll be more in touch with your own energies and ready to make changes to help you live your most balanced life. // Registration (free for Six Degrees Society members, $35 for non members) is available at sixdegreessociety.com.
Wednesday, July 10th
Floral Arranging Workshop
Gather, 421 40th St. (Oakland), gathersf.com
Learn how to create beautiful floral arrangements with Lorena Cortez of Home Sweet Flowers. Sip on beer or wine, and enjoy some snacks while hearing about flower meanings, history, and sourcing, and spruce up your home with your very own bouquet and vase. // Tickets ($70) can be purchased on gathersf.com.
Anniversary Dinner Series
Seatings from 5:30pm to 9:15pm, tonight and Thursday
Commis, 3859 Piedmont Avenue (Oakland), commisrestaurant.com
Michelin-starred restaurant Commis is celebrating 10 years with a series of collab dinners, now through August 15, with some of chef James Syhabout's closest friends and mentors. Things kick off this week with with St. Louis–based chef Aaron Martinez. // Tickets ($210, with an optional $120 beverage pairing) are available via Resy.
WeRunSF: Giants Edition
Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Ctr. (Embarcadero), werunsf.co
Throw on your black and orange, and join local run club WeRunSF for a Giants-themed three- or five-mile run. Chat with other runners, reward yourself with post-run cupcakes, and enter a raffle for giant prizes. If you're feeling optimistic, register for September 8th's Giant Race half marathon, 5k, or 10k. // RSVP (free) on Facebook.
Thursday, July 11th
Celebrate 40 years of skating in SF with four days of activities on wheels.
(Courtesy of Church of 8 Wheels)
Skate San Francisco
7pm to 11pm today, events at various times through Sunday
The Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight), churchof8wheels.com
Kick off the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco skate scene with a Black and White Skaters Ball, a disco party on wheels with drinks, eats, and an awards ceremony celebrating worldwide skaters. Then, lace up your skates and get ready for three more days of activities, including a 12-mile citywide skate and the Roller Revival festival. // See the full schedule, and purchase tickets for the ball ($25) or an all-access weekend pass ($50) at Eventbrite.
Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin
7:30pm to 10pm
De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org
Famed tattoo artist Ed Hardy's first museum retrospective opens tonight with a reception including a DJ set, specialty cocktails, and more. // RSVP (required) for the free opening on Eventbrite.
Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women)
Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave. (Russian Hill), cobbscomedy.com
Crack up with some hilarious women at Cobb's Comedy Club. The event, hosted by Jaime Fernandez, will feature Twitter-famous Jenny Johnson and an assortment of up-and coming-female comedians. // Tickets ($20-$25) can be purchased on concerts1.livenation.com.
Fruitvale Night Market
1pm to 6pm
Avenida de la Fuente, 3411 E 12th St. (Oakland), unitycouncil.org
Head down to Fruitvale for the twice-monthly summer night market where you can explore multiple vendors, dance to live music, entertain the kids with special activities, and take in some Latin dance performances. // Free to attend.
Friday, July 12th
Sunset event tonight 6pm to 8:30pm; festival through July 22
SF Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park), sfbg.org
Flower Piano is back! Over the next two weeks, you're invited to wander among the flora to discover pianists playing various pianos hidden throughout the SF Botanical Gardens, and even pause to play yourself. Stop by tonight for special sunset of performances and enjoy food trucks and Fort Point beer.// Tickets ($40) for the sunset performances can be found on Eventbrite; included with general admission tickets to the gardens on weekdays.
Seal kicks off Wente's concert series
Wente Vineyards, 5565 Tesla Rd. (Livermore), wentevineyards.com
Get ready for the 33rd year of epic performances at Wente Vineyards. Tonight things get started with a performance from Seal, followed by 12 more shows throughout the summer with headliners Rick Springfield, Josh Groban, and Brett Eldredge. // Tickets ($139) can be found on ticketmaster.com.
Festival Napa Valley
Through July 21st
Venues throughout Napa
Wake up your summer with several days of musical performances at this mega-fundraiser for arts education. There's a little bit of everything—chamber music, opera under the stars, winery luncheons, cellist recitals, food and wine tasting events, and so much more. // Find a full event schedule and tickets on festivalnapavalley.org.
Cookbook release dinner party
6pm book signing, 7pm dinner
Salt House, 545 Mission St. (SoMa), salthousesf.com
Omnivore Books is taking over Salt House to celebrate the release of Honey & Co. At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes From Our Kitchen, by award-winning chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. Salt House chefs will whip up recipes from the book, and copies will be available for purchase. // Tickets can be purchased by phone only at (415) 543-8900.
Trap vs. R&B Silent Disco
Hotel San Francisco, 653 Commercial St. (FiDi), hotelsf.com
Head to Downunder, the basement bar at Hotel San Francisco, for a nonstop dance party—silent disco style. Three different channels will play trap, R&B, and dance, just pick your groovin' mood. // Tickets ($18) can be bought via Eventbrite.
Saturday, July 13th
The Great Mac 'n Cheese Melt-Off
11am to 5pm
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. (Mission), somastreatfoodpark.com
Start celebrating National Mac and Cheese Day one day early with a cheesy, two-day extravaganza. Munch on decadent creations from more than 10 vendors—including Jackrabbit Kitchen's fried bacon mac and cheese—vote on your favorites, enjoy some live music, and wash all that creamy goodness down with all-you-can-drink craft beer. // Tickets ($5-$41) are available on Eventbrite. Mac and cheese available for additional purchase.
Renegade Craft Fair
11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday
Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason, 38 Fort Mason (Marina), fortmason.org
One of the best local craft fairs has returned. Explore the wares from 280+ vendors, dance to DJ sets, take a craft workshop, and grab some eats from food trucks stationed outside. // Free to attend, event details on renegadecraft.com.
San Rafael Hops & Vines Stroll
2pm to 7pm
Downtown San Rafael
Cruise around downtown San Rafael for a day packed with drinks and live music. Local merchants will be offering beer and wine tastings (a few with snacks too) and there's even a trolley to help you get around if you feel like you've had a sip too many. // Tickets ($25) will get you access to tastings at all of the vendors and can be found on Eventbrite.
Sunday, July 14th
Free Rooftop Yoga
9:30am to 10:30am
Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor St. (Union Square), tildenhotel.com
Head to a rooftop for a little bit of CorePower Yoga in this indoor-outdoor penthouse suite of the Tilden Hotel. Afterwards, reward yourself with sweeping city views and $15 bottomless mimosas, pastries and fruit. // Free to attend, RSVP required via tildenhotel.com. Guests encouraged to bring their own yoga mat.
The 90s Experience
10am to 8pm, through Aug. 31
90's Experience, Jack London Square, 54 Washington St. (Oakland), experiencethe90s.com
Let's be real: The 90s were the best. Gen Xers and the rest can head over to this immersive pop-up experience in Oakland where 6,000 square feet are packed with 90s memorabilia, fashion, food and, of course, music. // Tickets ($32) can be purchased via showclix.com.
Barbecue in Big Sur
11am to 9pm, Wednesday through Sunday
Big Sur Smokehouse, 48123 Highway One (Big Sur), bigsursmokehouse.com
With summer in full swing, there's no better time for a trip to the woods, aka Big Sur. Make sure to stop by the newest spot in town, Big Sur Smokehouse—the area's the first new restaurant in15 years! It's taken over a 1800s historic building to serve up Texas-style brisket and Carolina barbecue with sides liked burnt end baked beans, mac and cheese, Hawaiian sweet rolls, and berry hand pies—all perfect to eat on their outdoor picnic tables.