25 Fun Things: Clusterfest, Surrealistic Summer Solstice, SF Design Week + More Bay Area Events
ROFL at Clusterfest at Civic Center this weekend. (Courtesy of @clusterfest)

25 Fun Things: Clusterfest, Surrealistic Summer Solstice, SF Design Week + More Bay Area Events


We've got a full week planned—and now so do you.

Start out chill with Miles Davis' Kind of Blue at Envelop SF or grab dinner at Oakland's new restaurant from AQ's former chef. Then, re-watch Call Me By Your Name with a live score from the SF Symphony; taste wines by LGBT makers; see a 20th anniversary performance of Rent; hit events at SF Design Week; and laugh your ass off at Clusterfest.

Have a great week!

Monday, June 17th

Oakland's Hot New Restaurant

5pm to 10pm, Monday through Saturday

Mago, 3762 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), magorestaurant.com

Former AQ chef Mark Liberman is resurfacing with his own restaurant: Mago will serve a weekly rotation of eats channeling Northern California's 52 micro-seasons. Catch the action in the open kitchen.

Off-Menu Week

Through June 23

10 restaurants, Bay Area–wide

Presented by Resy, this weeklong fest encourages a bit of fun R&D on the part of local chefs, giving them a chance to serve up unique dishes not found on their regular menus. See what's cooking at Cassava, Lord Stanley, Abstract Table, The Morris, Hopscotch, and more. // Make your reservations on resy.com.

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue

8 to 9 pm and 10 to 11pm

Envelop SF, 900 Marin Street (Bayview), envelop.us

Come enjoy this listening experience and get blown away by the legendary best-selling record Kind of Blue that brought together seven iconic musicians together. // Tickets available for purchase now at eventbrite.com

Evening With Dominique Crenn

6:30 to 9:30pm

Petit Crenn, 609 Hayes Street (Hayes Valley), petitcrenn.com

Chef Dominique Crenn may have recently begun treatment for breast cancer, but that's not stopping her from hosting this lavish, multi-course meal that includes a Q&A and a signed copy of her cookbook, Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste. // Ticket ($550/person) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, June 18th

Live podcasting and drinks

7pm to 9pm

SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue (Civic Center), sfcooking.com

Podcaster Andrew Friedman (Andrew Talks to Chefs) will tape a live episode tonight with guest chef Preeti Mistry. Also look out for a special tribute segment to Zuni Cafe's acclaimed chef Judy Rodgers (RIP) with interviews from her old colleagues including Gayle Pirie and John Clark (Foreign Cinema), Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu's), and Nate Norris and Quang Nguyen (Zuni Cafe). // Tickets ($20) include wine and beer and are available at sfcooking.com.

Call Me By Your Name


Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

We'd take almost any excuse to see the Oscar-nominated film Call Me By Your Name again. Tonight, see it on the big screen at Davies Hall as the SF Symphony performs the original score live. // Tickets ($85 and up) are at sfsymphony.org.

Drink to Pride

7:30 to 9pm

The Academy SF, 2166 Market Street (Duboce Triangle), academy-sf.com

As part of its Academy of Wine series, Castro's Academy social club is bringing in a sommelier to present wines all sourced from LGBT-owned wineries and allies of the LGBTQ community. Space is limited, so hurry and sign up. // Ticket ($23 and up) available at eventbrite.com

Wednesday, June 19th

A New Restaurant from Azalina Eusope

5pm to 10pm

Mahila, 1320 Castro St. (Noe Valley), exploretock.com/mahila

Fans of the Malaysian fare at Azalina's (we dream of their date sticky pudding) will be pumped for this sophomore spot. Mahila (which translates to "becoming a woman") will serve such unique plates as salted fish curry, sweet potato dumplings, and spicy stir-fried noodles.

Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3

6pm to 10pm

Conservatory of Flowers (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org

Head out to Golden Gate Park for trippy evening including live music and a light show—Photosynthesis starts at 9:15pm. The soundtrack for the night will meld Summer of Love hits with tracks from modern Bay Area artists. BYO blanket. // Free to attend; RSVP on Eventbrite.

Night Moves: Tour the Tenderloin at Night

6:15 to 8pm

Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), tenderloinmuseum.org

One of San Francisco's most fascinating 'hoods comes alive at night. Go visit old gambling joints, brothels, speakeasies, LGBT clubs, and more.// Get your ticket ($20) at eventbrite.com

Rent Anniversary Shows

7:30 to 10:10pm

SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), shnsf.com

In honor of the show's 20th anniversary, Rent is back for one week of shows in SF. See it again, and love it as much as the last time. // Tickets ($56 and up) are available at shnsf.com.

Thursday, June 20th

Power Lunch

11am to 2pm, weekdays

Michael Mina, 252 California St. (FiDi), michaelmina.net

Posh downtown restaurant Michael Mina is adding an express power lunch, serving three courses for just $49. Start with eight small plates served family-style, followed by an entree (think salmon tangine or beef short rib), and a seasonal dessert. // Peruse the full menu on michaelmina.net.

SF Design Week

Through June 28th

Various locations

Kick off Design Week at the opening night gala at Pier 27, which will be decked out with cool art installations and well-stocked with food and drink. But pace yourself: There are still seven days of events ahead with speakers from brands like Cuyana, Puma, Stripe, Adobe, and Fort Point Beer Company. // See the full agenda on sfdesignweek.org.

Laurel Evening Market

4pm to 9pm

Communite Table, 4171 MacArthur Blvd. (Oakland), communite-table.com

Peruse the wares of 20+ artisans, vintage dealers, and more vendors at this summer night market held outside the neighborhood restaurant. // Free to attend, event details on visitoakland.com.

Friday, June 21st

MarinScapes Reimagined 2019

5:30pm to 8pm

Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Ave (Larkspur), facebook.com

Meet the artists of MarinScapes Reimagined 2019 at this showcase featuring reimagined large scale pieces, mostly revolving around nature. Funds support Buckelew's treatment and support programs for people with mental illness and addiction. Can't make it tonight? View the show through June 23rd. // Tickets ($25, includes valet) are available on marinarts.org.

Queens: A Concert Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

8pm today (2:30pm and 8pm shows on Saturday)

The Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St. (Civic Center), cityarts.net

Now in its 41st season, The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will be joined by a few local celebrity drag queens to sing some special tunes to commemorate the anniversary of those landmark riots in civil rights history. // Tickets ($25 and up) can be purchased at sfgmc.org

Cycle for Pride

5:30pm to 6:15pm

Flywheel, 71 Spear St. (FiDi), flywheelsports.com

Sweat for a good cause tonight as sales from Flywheel evening class will support the Family Equality Council. There will also be some limited-edition Pride tees and tanks for sale. // Reserve your spot at flywheelsports.com

Clusterfest 2019

4pm today (1pm, Saturday and Sunday)

Civic Center Plaza and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, billgrahamcivic.com

Don't eat and drink too much because you're bound to ROFL as the likes of Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Jonathan Van Ness and more take the stage at this Comedy Central fest. // Tickets ($119 and up) are still available at clusterfest.com

Saturday, June 22nd

Scope out the first-ever virtual reality experience at Cal Academy.

(Courtesy of calacademy.com)

"Drop in the Ocean" VR Experience

7-minute shows, Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm

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

Explore the depths of the sea through the first-ever virtual reality experience at Cal Academy. You'll travel through the water on the back of a jellyfish and meet amazing aquatic creatures. // Tickets ($12/GA, $10/members) are available onsite at the Academy.


11am to 8pm

Lake Merritt, 568 Bellevue Ave. (Oakland)

Spend your day at Lake Merritt for a day packed with artisans, an outdoor beer garden, a kid zone with jump castles and obstacle courses, a health area with yoga classes and wellness vendors, and, of course, a food zone with all types of cuisine. // Free to attend; event info on lakefestoakland.com

All Day I Dream in the Park

12:30 to 7pm

Golden Gate Park

Get a henna tattoo, have your chakras balanced, try some funky yoga poses, listen to live music, and eat all day at this afternoon party in Golden Park. // Get your tickets fast (they are almost sold out) at residentadvisor.net.

Cannabis Cup Bay Area

Noon to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday

Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, cowpalace.com

Kick it with Mary Jane at High Times' Cannabis Cup Bay Area, with hundreds of California's best cannabis brands; live performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Stick Figure, and Twiddle; and special Cup pricing on merch. It's a high time at a low price. // Tickets ($45/single-day GA; $30 with military ID) are available at cannabiscup.com

*Thank you to our partners at High Times.

Sunday, June 23rd

Pizza for Brunch

10:30am to 2:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Fiorella, 2238 Polk St. (Russian Hill), fiorella-sf.com

Fiorella on Polk is now serving brunch—think of it as the perfect excuse to eat pizza for breakfast. Brunch specials include a carbonara pie with char guanciale, pecorino, black pepper, peas, and an over-easy farm egg; and banana bread with whipped coconut, hazelnuts, cocoa, and coconut crisps.

High on the Hog

1pm to 4pm

Epic Steak, 369 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), epicsteak.com

Pig out today on the bayside patio at Epic Steak, where restaurants including Baby Blues BBQ, Blue Stem Brasserie, and Scala's Bistro are serving porky plates alongside pours from 10+ wineries all set to live music. Super bonus: Puppies in training from the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be onsite. // Tickets ($80) can be found on Eventbrite and support Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The San Francisco Hazy IPA Festival

12pm to 4pm

SPARK Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North (Mission Bay), sparksocialsf.com

The Bay Area's best unfiltered, dry-hopped and delicious craft beers are all coming together for the biggest competition of the summer. Your taste buds will be tingling when you taste 20 different beers and vote for the best one. After you've tasted them all you can pick your favorite and pair it with great food from more than 10 different food trucks. // Tickets ($36 and up) can be purchased on eventbrite.com

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