25 Fun Things: Botanicals and Brews, SoMa Sunday Streets + More Bay Area Events
Curbside Kitchen's Filipino-inspired eats are part of the Kono Food Alley pop-up in anticipated of the Oakland food hall, Common Grounds.(@foodiejkay, via @commongrounds.oak)

25 Fun Things: Botanicals and Brews, SoMa Sunday Streets + More Bay Area Events


Mixology and astronomy converge Monday at Charmaine's, where outer space–themed cocktails will pair well with the Perseids Meteor Shower.

Plus, Oakland's Fairyland opens up to grownups, it's Anchor Steam Week, the Gravenstein Apple Fair is back, the Isley Brothers play Stern Grove, and more stuff not to miss this week.

Monday, August 12th

Anchor Steam Week

Through Sunday

Various locations

Get hoppy on the beloved local beer at a week's worth of special events including $3 pours at Anchor Public Taps and $15 tours of the brewery up the street. Also look out for trivia night, food and beer pairings, live funk music at the brewery, and a Family Dog Rescue Adoption Party. // Get full schedule and pricing at anchorbrewing.com.

Mixology + Astronomy

8pm to 11pm

Charmaine's, 45 McAllister St. (Civic Center), properhotel.com

Enjoy an up-close look at the Perseids meteor shower at Charmaine's, where telescopes will be set up and Cal Academy's planetarium director will give a special talk. And yes, there will be cocktails inspired by outer space. // Free to attend; to make a reservation for outdoor seating (recommended) go to properhotel.com.

Ayurveda Workshop

6:30pm to 7:30 pm

The Assembly, 449 14th St. (Mission), theassembly.com

Tuck into a 90-minute sesh all about sleep and how it impacts your body and happiness. You'll leave this event with a personalized plan with steps for getting a better night's rest. // Tickets ($10 for non-members) can be purchased on theassembly.com.

Tuesday, August 13th

Free Body Sculpt

6pm to 7pm

Sweaty Betty, 2086 Union St. (Cow Hollow), sweatybetty.com

Stop by Sweaty Betty for a free, 45-minute total body conditioning class with Emilie Buckley of the new outdoor fitness studio, Public Recreation. After you get your heart rate racing, work your core, and sweat it out, stick around for special treats, 20 percent off Sweaty Betty purchases, and 50 percent off Public Recreation memberships (usually $60 per month for unlimited classes). // Register for the free event on Eventbrite.

Prix Fixe Deals at a Michelin-restaurant

Tuesdays through Thursdays in August

Lord Stanley, 2065 Polk St. (Russian Hill), lordstanleysf.com

During the month of August, dine at Michelin-starred Lord Stanley for a song: A special, three-course pre-fixe is just $45 and promises a taste of summer's freshest produce. // Reservations can be made on Resy.

Wine Dinner


Verjus, 528 Washington St. (North Beach), verjuscave.com

Need a new reason to go cozy up at wine bar Verjus? How about a four-course, five-wine dinner with Hiyu and Smockshop Band winemaker Nate Ready. // Tickets ($155) can be purchased at hiyuwinedinner.brownpapertickets.com.

Wednesday, August 14th

Kono Food Alley

3188 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), commongroundsoak.com

11am to 2pm, weekdays through Oct. 10

If you're an Oaklander in need of a new workaday lunch spot, check out Kono Food Alley—the preview to Telegraph Avenue's upcoming food hall Common Grounds—with food trucks and vendors from across the Bay. Soak up some afternoon sun on the outdoor seating while munching on tacos, lumpia, empanadas, and more.

Art-making and Gallery Pop-up

Noon to 5pm

InCommon Community Space at LinkedIn HQ, 222 2cd St. (SoMa)

Stop by LinkedIn's new InCommon Community Engagement Space for an afternoon of art-filled fun with nonprofit Creativity Explored. After making your own art during an all-ages session led by artists Joseph "JD" Green, Gerald Wiggins, and instructor Enrique Quintero, pick up some original art and products from a gallery pop-up shop and check out Creativity Explored's permanent collection. // Event details and registration (free) at Eventbrite.

Explore a VR World

10am to 9pm daily

The Void, Westfield San Francisco Centre, level 4, 865 Market St. (SoMa), thevoid.com

Escape your weekday reality and get fully immersed in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire in this VR experience by The Void. There are even some multi-sensory effects to make you really feel like you're in it. // Tickets ($30 and up) are available at thevoid.com.

Thursday, August 15th

Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch

Sunset Garden Dinner

6:30pm seating, Thursday through Saturday through summer

Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road (Carmel-by-the-Sea), carmelvalleyranch.com

Worth the road trip, these dinners will feature amazing local produce in a family-style setting in the garden at Carmel Valley Ranch. Feast on such dishes as grilled tri-tip, charred corn and tomato ragu, and strawberry lavender shortcake. Lawn games and a live band kick things off before dinner; cap the night with a cocktail and s'mores. // Tickets ($68 adults, $28 ages 6-12, free for kids under 5) can be purchased by calling 831.626.2599.

Botanicals and Brews

6:30pm to 11pm, third Fridays through November

The Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F Kennedy Dr. (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org

Conservatory of Flowers is bringing back its popular Botanicals and Brews series. "In Bloom" blends tropical plants with craft beers from Triple Voodoo Brewing and Novel Brewing Company, plus snacks from Curry Up Now and SaborCatracho. Catch Hush Crush performing live. // Tickets ($29-$49) are available at Eventbrite.


6pm to 9:30pm

Park Chalet, 100 Great Hwy (Golden Gate Park), parkchalet.com

Blow off some steam with community run hosted by On and A Runner's Mind SF. During this 5K, you'll be randomly divided in to two teams and race through the same course in opposite directions for a coveted team victory. Plus, try on a pair of On shoes and mix and mingle with other runners over food, drinks, and music during the award ceremony. // Register for the free event by August 14th at 5pm on Eventbrite.

Al Fresco Summer Concert

6:30pm to 9pm

Jack London Square Ferry Lawn, 10 Clay St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Spend a nice summer night on the waterfront listening to live music from Ghost & the City, Night School, and DJ Chaki Chulo. Artists and vendors will be selling works, Belcampo Meat Co. will be serving a burger special, and Three Weavers Brewing Company will have you covered with a beer and wine bar. // Free to attend, food and drink for purchase; event details on Facebook.

Friday, August 16th

Yoga & Music Festival

Today through the Aug. 19

Camp Navarro, 901 Masonite Industrial Rd. (Mendocino), campnavarro.com

Following a successful first year, Om Rising is back for more bendy outdoor yoga and groovy dance sessions to help build a mindful yoga community. There will be meditation, cannabis classes, slacklining, hula-hooping, kombucha making, tarot 101, and much more. Pitch a tent or stay at one of the many cabins or glamping options at this retreat nestled among the redwoods. // Tickets ($100 and up) are available at Eventbrite.

Fairyland for Adults

7pm to 10pm

Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (Oakland), fairyland.org

This mini theme park is usually a kids-only space, but for one night hosted by Oaklandish, the park will open the doors to grown-ups. Adult beverages will put you in the mood for a magical oasis with DJ tunes and performances. // Tickets ($35, includes two drink tickets) are available at Oaklandish, 1444 Broadway (Oakland), oaklandish.com.

Golden Hour Tastings

6pm to 7:30pm, Thursday through Monday

Signorello Estate, 4500 Silverado Trail (Napa), signorelloestate.com

Tour through Signorello's hillside estate for panoramic views and a tasting of six wines (three from magnum) paired with light appetizers. // Tastings ($125/person) are by reservation only; call 707.255.5990.

Saturday, August 17th

Brunch party time

11:30am to 2pm

The Brixton, 2140 Union St. (Marina), brixtonsf.com

Hit up this Marina hot spot for a boozy brunch party. Order the punch bowl special for the table, get some new Tinder profile pics in the photo booth, and dance the morning away to music from DJ NISA. // Reservations are encouraged and can be made via opentable.com.

Gravenstein Apple Fair

10am to 6pm, today and Sunday

Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road (Sebastopol)

Pay tribute to the great farmers of our region with this epcial farm fair. Enjoy gourmet, artisan eats made from local ingredients, beverages, and two stages of live music. Check out demos for farm activities like sheep shearing, cow milking, and beehive handling. Make sure to catch the apple pie-eating contest, craft vendors and stations for DIY jam, hard cider, silk dying and more. Proceeds support local non-profit Sonoma County Farm Trails. // Tickets ($15) are available at gravensteinapplefair.com.

Perry's 50th Anniversary Block Party

11am to 5pm

Between Buchanan and Laguna Streets (Marina)

Can you believe old-school SF spot, Perry's has been in biz for 50 years? They're celebrating with a big block party complete with three live bands, cocktails, beer, wine and food by Perry's. // Free to attend, food and drink for purchase. All proceeds support Make a Wish Greater Bay Area.

20th Street Block Party

12pm to 6pm

20th & 19th Streets between Bryant and Harrison (Mission)

Dance the day away to eight different live music acts across two stages at this annual mini music festival. Check out an afternoon La Cocina dessert demo and class, wares and writing acitvities from 826 Valencia, and Art Row featuring exhibits, a community mural and activities. // Free to attend, RSVP via 20thstreetblockparty.com.

Sunday, August 18th

Sunday Streets SoMa

11am to 4pm

Folsom Street from Essex to 10th Street (SoMa)

The streets of SoMA are being shut down to traffic for the neighborhood Sunday Streets event. Get out and play—bike, skateboard, and walk—and meander this car-free road to check out special "hubs" centered around discovery, arts & culture, and leather (very SoMa of them), plus a Petsville location and a Filipino food market. There will also be a performance by the Gay and Lesbian Freedom Marching Band, a dog fashion show, and live music. // Free to attend, find event info on sundaystreetssf.com.

The Isley Brothers at Stern Grove


Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd. (Parkside), sterngrove.org

Get ready to dance and sing your heart out to hits including "Shout" and "Twist and Shout" by iconic R&B group The Isley Brothers at Stern Grove Festival's final concert of summer 2019. Cross your fingers for warm weather, bring a picnic blanket, and arrive early to secure a spot by the stage. // Concert is free, food available for purchase.

Oakland Triathlon

7am to noon

Jack London Square, 38 Webster St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Calling all athletes, today is the day to test your all-around athleticism with the Oakland Triathlon. Sign up for whichever race fits your fancy—an Olympic Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, relay team race, aquabike (swim-bike), or aquathon (swim-run). // Races are $130 and up. Register on trisignup.com.

Salsa Showdown

12pm to 1:30pm

CIA at Copia, 501 1st Street (Napa), ciaatcopia.com

If salsa is your obsession, head to wine country for this salsa-making competition. While a few official judges pick their winner, walk through the venue tasting all of the entrees and cast your vote for audience favorite. Enjoy lawn games like bocce and corn hole, plus booths explaining the spicy Scoville scale and teaching you how to make tortillas. Competitors include Mercadito Food Truck, Puesto, and Sushimoto's Catering. // Tickets ($25) can be found on ciaatcopia.com.

Sangria Sundays

Duende, 468 19th St. (Oakland), duendeoakland.com

5:30pm till close

Finish out the last days of summer with Sangria Sundays at Spanish restaurant, Duende. To drink, there will be flights of sangria paired with a new menu of seasonal eats. Sample your way through sangria rojo, sangria blanco, and a vermillion sangria while tasting dishes like mafaldine pasta with brisket ragu and fried chicken with fresno chili sauce.

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