24 Fun Things: Fog Appreciation Day at Off the Grid, American Craft Show, Dining for Abortion Rights + More
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24 Fun Things: Fog Appreciation Day at Off the Grid, American Craft Show, Dining for Abortion Rights + More


Karl the Fog is making his annual summer appearance in San Francisco. Rather than complain about it, pay tribute to our friend Karl at a special fog-themed Off The Grid this week.

Plus, head over to the new Mission Bay outpost of Australian brewery Little Creatures; try out a new Burmese spot in the Marina; show off your killer ping pong skills; hit a pool party in Wine Country; and head east to Fremont's Festival of the Arts.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 29th

New happy hour on Divis

5 to 6:30pm weekdays

Barvale, 661 Divisadero St. (NoPa), barvalesf.com

Start your week off strong with $1 pintxos—think octopus and paella balls; ham and bechamel croquettes; and deviled eggs—and $6 drink specials such as the Gin Tonic #1, rose sangria, and a sherry spritz.

The Harvey Milk Club's 43rd Annual Gayla

6 to 9pm

San Francisco War Memorial, Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center)

Support the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club's Political Action Campaign (PAC) at this annual "Gayla" featuring performances, speeches, some dancing, and a good time. // Tickets ($50-$75) and sponsorships ($250-$5,000) are available at eventbrite.com; for more information on the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club and its political endorsements, go to milkclub.org.

Tuesday, July 30th

Filipino Comfort Food

10am to 8pm

Tselogs, 518 South Van Ness Ave. (Mission), tselogs.com

Chow down on different silog combinations of meats and rice, arroz caldo, and lumpia at the new SF location of Tselogs, now open in the Mission.

Mission Bay's New Brewery

11am to 11pm Mon through Fri; 9am to 11pm Sat and Sun

Little Creatures, 1000a 3rd St. (Mission Bay), littlecreatures.com

First started as a little brewery on a former crocodile farm in Australia back in the mid-'90s, Little Creatures Brewing has opened an outpost here in SF, in Mission Bay. Stop by for their Aussie brews alongside an all-day menu of share plates, sandwiches, and pizzas.

Meteor Shower Hike

Bernal Hill, meet at the north entrance of the park at Folsom and Bernal Heights Blvd.

Catch the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower from the top of Bernal Hill for one of the best panoramic views has to offer among a group of fellow adventurers. BYO water; snacks to be provided. // Urban Diversion members only ($* for a prospective membership). View event and membership details at urbandiversion.com.

Wednesday, July 31st

Try a new Burmese spot.

11:30am to 3pm; 5pm to 9pm

Karaweik Burmese Cuisine, 3317 Steiner St. (Marina), karaweikburmesecuisine.com

The Marina's first Burmese restaurant is mixing it up with tea leaf salads, samusa soup, garlic noodles, and a huge variety of curries.

Rooftop Blues Concert

5 to 6pm

Salesforce Park, 425 Mission St (SoMa), salesforcetransitcenter.com/salesforce-park

Recently re-opened and allegedly better than ever, Salesforce Park is hosting weekly rooftop concerts from Bay Area musicians on Wednesday evenings. Today, kick back and hear the blues. // Free to attend; see the lineup at sf.funcheap.com

Thursday, August 1st

Rosé all day at this new wine garden.

Noon to 9pm daily, through Labor Day

Usual Rosé Garden, 2076 Chestnut St. (Marina), usualwines.com

Vying for the title of most Instagramable pop-up, Usual Wines' rosé garden is a sunny, indoor drinking space packed with tropical plants. Order up their Santa Barbara rosé by the individual-sized bottle ($8) or by the bucket (4 bottles for $30).

Dining out for abortion rights.

Various Bay Area restaurants

Support Planned Parenthood's ongoing fight for abortion rights at one of many local restaurants that are donating a portion of tonight's sales to the org to help support women's access to healthcare. Restaurants participating include Cala, Che Fico, Del Popolo, The Mill, Outerlands, Pearl 1601, Verjus, Tacos Oscar, and Gather among many more. // Find the full list of restaurants at aborttheban.com.

Post up at a new bar.

12pm to 2am, daily

The Showdown, 1268 Grant Ave. (North Beach), pourguys.com/the-showdown

You might remember this spot as the boozy party atmosphere that was King of Thai, or more recently Tamarind Hall. Now run by the team also behind The Tempest and Connecticut Yankee, The Showdown has two stories for imbibing in, plus pool tables to keep you entertained. Expect pretty decent drink prices, beer-and-a-shot deals, and a variety of bar food like drunken noodles, a pantera smash burger with wagyu patties, street corn, and more.

Future of Transportation NightLife

6 to 10pm

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

Look into the future and learn about the rapid evolution of transportation from city leaders and sustainability experts who will bee talking about how we can help meet California's climate goals with our transportation choices. Also, check out cool self-driving cars! // Tickets ($23) are available at calacademy.org.

Friday, August 2nd

Ping Pong Happy Hour

Noon to 5pm

Spin, 690 Folsom St. (SoMa), wearespin.com

At Spin, Summer Fridays mean free ping pong, happy hour specials, and even some prizes from Chubbies and Sendies. // Free to attend; RSVP via eventbrite.com.

American Craft Show

10am to 6pm Friday and Saturday; 11am to 5pm Sunday

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina)

Get crafty with this expo featuring more than 250 makers of clothing, furniture, jewelry, and more. There will also be live demos and some special booths where you can practice your own crafting skills. // Tickets ($12 and up) can be purchased on craftcouncil.org.

Dessert + Drinks

12 to 6pm

Recchiuti Confections at The Lab, 801 22nd St. (Mission), recchiuti.com

End your week on a sweet note with a sweet tasting flight featuring low-ABV cocktails each paired with a different mini dessert highlighting Recchiuti Confections chocolates. // Flights are $15-$20; RSVP via facebook.com.

Fog Appreciation Day

5 to 10pm

Off the Grid, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), offthegrid.com

Summer weather here is hit or miss. Embrace the marine layer with a fog-themed edition of OTG featuring foggy food—like Oui Oui's fog-shaped macarons and a fog-esque custard bar from Frozen Kuhsterd—and drink specials on Magnolia's Cloud Cover beer and an International Fog cocktail. Snag a signed copy of Karl the Fog's new book in the shop on your way out. // Free to attend; find event info on eventbrite.com.

Go deep and dance.

8am to 4pm

Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St. (SoMa), mezzaninesf.com

A group of house DJs with a cult following under the Dirtybird label are throwing another Dirtybird Quarterly party. Get ready to bob, sway, and bounce the night away to their beats at local venue, Mezzanine (which will be closing by the start of 2020, so count this as a good excuse to get one last visit in). // Tickets ($20) sold at the door only, cash only.

Saturday, August 3rd

A Stylish Wine Tasting Oasis

10am to 5pm

House of Flowers, 4035 Westside Rd. (Healdsburg), flowerswinery.com

Flowers Vineyards & Winery is now pouring its coastal Sonoma wines at its new Healdsburg hospitality house complete a winemaking facility, sprawling gardens, outdoor wood-fired ovens, ample al fresco seating, and a tasty menu of eats. Stop in for tasting experiences, bottles, and food pairings. // Reservations recommended; email reservations@flowerswinery.com.

Heath Sews Sample Sale

10am to 3pm

Heath Sews Studio, 500 Florida St. Suite D (Mission), heathceramics.us

In addition to makes gorgeous, collectible ceramics, Heath also sews. Check out the Heath Sews Studio, see the process behind their pouches, totes, and handmade bags, and shop some special discounted merchandise and one-off experimental pieces today only. // Free to attend, find event info on heathceramics.com.

Pool Party

1 to 6pm

Flamingo Resort, 2777 4th St. (Santa Rosa), flamingoresort.com

Spend the day at a Wine Country pool party with DJ sets all afternoon, food from the wood-fired grill, and frosty tiki drinks. Make a night of it and stay for the after-party in the lounge and then snag a hotel room for your post-boozing snooze. // Tickets ($10 online, $15 at the door) can be found on eventbrite.com.


11am to 5pm

Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland)

If biking is your thing, head to this massive bicycle fest alongside 20,000 other bike fans. This one-day festival will feature bike races through water, stunt tricks on bikes and unicycles, decked out artistic bikes, a music stage powered by pedalers, and one big bike ride party to close things out. // Free to attend, full event details on pedalfestjacklondon.com

Summer Symphony Benefit Concert

6 to 10pm

Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place (Santa Rosa), scds.org

Start the evening with a wine reception and eats from local farms, followed by performances by a live string quartet from members of the SF Symphony. All proceeds will help Rebuild Wine Country and Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to help build new homes in place of those lost in the 2017 wildfires. // Tickets ($95) can be bought on rebuildwinecountry.org.

Sunday, August 4th

Vodka and Caviar

11am to 5pm

Hanson of Sonoma, 22985 Burndale Road (Sonoma), hansonofsonoma.com

Feeling fancy today? Taste your way through vodka pairings with Regiis Ova Caviar (a brand co-owned by Thomas Keller). A caviar expert will walk you through the finer points of this delicacy, enjoyed with potato chips, creme fraiche, cucumbers, and endives. // Tickets ($20/person) can be booked on exploretock.com.

Fremont Festival of the Arts

10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday

Downtown Fremont, along Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Ave.

There's nothing we love more in the summertime than art, music, and wine. Get a taste of all three at this massive street festival in Fremont. Explore artist booths and craft vendors, hear live music, see street performers, and eat your way through various food and adult bevo options. // Free to attend; find more info on fremontfestival.net.

SoOakland DayFest

12 to 7pm

16th Street Train Station, 1601 Wood St (Oakland)

Celebrate the culture of The Town through food, live music, shopable vendors, giveaways, and more. // Tickets ($7) are available now at eventbrite.com

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