Celebrate the SF Giants' home opener at newly dubbed Oracle Park this week. (Courtesy of @oraclepark)

26 Fun Things: SF Giants Opening Day, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon + More Bay Area Events

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Eat, drink, run, and play ball this week!

Look out for multiple food and bar crawls, National Poetry Month events, new exhibits at the Museum of Ice Cream, Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum, the Giants vs the Rays at Oracle Park, and more. Have a good one!


Monday, April 1st

A Celebration of Filipino Food

When: April 1-7, and April 8-14

Where: Various restaurants, undiscoveredsf.com/kulinary-confidential

Kulinary Confidential is a two-week event series that will offer a limited number of tickets for pop-up dinners as well as a go-at-your-own-pace passport that will allow you to taste secret menu items at restaurants including Sarap Shop, Little Skillet, Señor Sisig, Manila Bowl, and more. // Passports are $48 per week for four restaurants, or $24 for just two restaurants; dinners are $65 to $90 per person; tickets are available online.


So so long to Jardinière.

When: Until April 27th

Where: Jardinière, 300 Grove St. (Hayes Valley), jardiniere.com

Usually we're all about the openings, but this is one closure we can't skip mentioning. Sadly last week, the NYT broke the news that legendary local restaurant Jardinière will be closing after 21 sparkling years in Hayes Valley. Hurry over for one last glass of Billecart and a final go at chef Traci Des Jardins' superb tasting menu. You can also read an open letter from Des Jardins here. // Final service will be Saturday April 27th; reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Tuesday, April 2nd

National Poetry Month

When: 6pm to 7pm

Where: SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St. (Civic Center), sfpl.org

Lovers of verse, get ready for a whole of month of concerts, readings, films, and events, all in celebration of poetry, at San Francisco Public Library, where National Poetry Month kicks off today with a Poetry in Song, a concert that puts the words of Victor Hugo and more into music with live piano accompaniment by Britton Day. // Free to attend.


Tilden Hotel Art Program

When: 5pm to 8pm

Where: Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor St. (Union Square), tildenhotel.com

Head to the style-y Tenderloin hotel for a new bi-monthly series showcasing Bay Area artists, starting tonight with SF-based Parisa Ghaderi and her silkscreen prints of "Dumpling Girl." Snacks and drinks are complementary; if you see a piece you love, you can purchase it directly from the artist. // Free to attend, more event info on tildenhotel.com.


Little Gem's New Location
Where: Little Gem, 2184 Union St. (Cow Hollow), littlegem.restaurant
Healthy eaters who love the keto, gluten-free, and vegan options at Hayes Valley's Little Gem can now get their diet-friendly dinner on at the restaurant's new Cow Hollow location. New dishes include fried chicken with spiced aioli and green onions and Catalan chicken salad.


Todd Hido Lecture

When: 7pm

Where: Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch)

As part of the CCA's Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, famed photographer Todd Hido is appearing for a free lecture tonight. Hido is known for his moody portraits and gritty American landscapes in a signature muted-meets-mysterious color palette. The artist's work has appeared in 7x7 magazine, and hangs in the collections of museums including the Getty, the Whitney Museum, SFMOMA, and Pier 24 Photography. He is also the author of more than a dozen books. Go hear what he has to say. // Free to attend; register in advance at facebook.com.

Wednesday, April 3rd

"Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe"

When: 7:30pm

Where: The Bindery, 1727 Haight St. (Haight), booksmith.com/Bindery

Author and former San Franciscan Evan James stops by The Bindery while on tour for his first novel, "Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe," a "Wes Anderson meets John Updike" comedic tale of a family summer in Puget Sound. Presented by Litquake. // Free to attend, more event info on Facebook.


Flower Class

When: 6:30pm

Where: The Ramp, 855 Terry A Francois Boulevard (Mission Bay), rampsf.com

Love your blooms? Kick off spring with a class on the art of flower arrangements at this popular waterfront restaurant and drinking hole. You'll create your own take-home centerpiece while sipping beer and wine (included the ticket). We're in. // Tickets ($65) can be purchased on alicestable.com.


Market Street Progressive Dinner

When: 6pm

Where: Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, Starbelly and Blackbird; starts at Starbelly, 3583 16th St. (Castro), starbellysf.com/

Eat your way through the Castro starting at Starbelly with an English Tea Rose cocktail and chicken liver pâté; then move on to Canela Bistro for a roasted whole fish; and end the night at Blackbird with pine meringue. // Tickets ($69) can be purchased on Eventbrite.


Slate Plus 5th Anniversary Party

When: 6:30pm to 8pm

Where: Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St. (Potrero Hill)

Subscribe to Slate if you don't already for a night of trivia, conversation, and drinks (first one's on the house) with some Slate's most wicket writers. // For tickets ($15) and info, go to slate.com

Thursday, April 4th

Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show

When: 10am to 6pm, Thursday through Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday

Where: Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, 1414 Harbour Way South (Richmond), pacificboatshow.com

Novice boaters and experts alike will head north to Richmond for this four-day boat show where you'll be able to board and tour new boats for purchase, browse boat accessories, gear and high-tech gadgets, and take hands-on classes to learn boating 101. A few seminars will be offered on subjects like cruising on a budget or storm strategies. // Tickets ($16-$48) and seminars passes ($139-$249) are available at interactiveticketing.com.


"Sprinkle Spectacular"

When: Through May 27th

Where: Museum of Ice Cream, 1 Grant Avenue (Union Square), museumoficecream.com

Instagrammer paradise the Museum of Ice Cream is changing things up with a new set of exhibits. You'll sail down a slide into a new pink velvet theater to be led on a new adventure by characters named Pom Pom, Sonic, and Freeze. Expect a crazy exploding piñata room; a diner serving sponge-cake fries smothered in red velvet soft serve "ketchup"; a room populated with animal cookies; and the remodeled sprinkle pool that's now four times as big. // Tickets ($38) can be purchased on museumoficecream.com.


Free Burritos!

When: Noon

Where: Señor Sisig food truck outside of the SF Chronicle Building, 901 Mission St. (SoMa), senorsisig.com

Señor Sisig is celebrating National Burrito Day—and Grammarly's 10th anniversary—with free 'rritos for the first 244 customers in line. Get over there, stat.


Girls in Tech & Cuyana Present: Building a Global Brand

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Cuyana, 291 Geary St. (Union Square), cuyana.com

The female founders and team of the "fewer better things" fashion label Cuyana are hosting a candid conversation in store tonight about how they build their careers and their brand. Listen, learn, and shop. // Tickets ($10) are available at Eventbrite.

Friday, April 5th

Shake Shack opens in Marin.

When: 11am to 10pm, Sunday through Thursday; open till 11pm Friday and Saturday

Where: Shake Shack, 1401 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur), shakeshack.com

The burger titan is inching its way closer and closer to SF (we'll get a location in Cow Hollow eventually) with a second Bay Area location now open in the Marin Country Mart (the other is in Palo Alto). Stop by for burgers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle fries, beer, wine, and frozen custard made with ingredients from local companies like Pie Dreams and Dandelion Chocolate.


SF Giants Home Opener

When: 1:35pm

Where: Oracle Park, Wille Mays Plaza (SoMa), mlb.com/giants

See our own SF Giants take the field in the season opener against the Rays today and see how life has changed inside the newly dubbed Oracle Park. // Tickets are available at mpv.tickets.com.


Women Sound Off Festival

When: April 5-7

Where: Various locations in Oakland

Women entrepreneurs and creatives are coming together for a special three-day event featuring 12 different segments of workshops, panels, markets, and performances. // Tickets range ($25-$120) and weekend passes ($250) are available on their website.


FYRE'd: A Fyre Festival Mock Event

When: 9pm to 2:30am

Where: DNA Lounge, 75 11th St. (SoMa), dnalounge.com

By now we've all seen the video fallout and documentaries about Fyre Fest. Relive it in the safety of DNA Lounge, where this cuckoo event will feature video clips, a white dome disaster tent photo booth, tropical-island-meets-disaster decor, specialty drinks, and beyond-sad cheese sandwiches. // Tickets ($20) can be bought on dnalounge.com.

Saturday, April 6th

Battle of the Brews

When: 1pm to 8pm

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd (Santa Rosa), sonomacountyfair.com

Now that our drizzly rainy days seems to be passing, we're finally in the mood for drinking. Head to Sonoma for a massive craft beer festival with unlimited tastings, live music, and eats. // Tickets ($50 and up) are available on battleofthebrews.com.


The Office Bar Crawl

When: 4pm to 10pm

Where: Trademark & Copyright, 1123 Folsom St. (SoMa), trademarksfc.com

Think you know everything there is to know about The Office? Spend your night on a trivia bar crawl (locations TBD, but within walking distance of Trademark), with four rounds of 25 questions about the favorite TV show. There will be prizes for trivia winners and best costume. Office attire encouraged. // Tickets ($20) can be bought on triviacrawl.com.


Culinary Council with Chef Tanya Holland

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Macy's Cellar Demonstration Kitchen (Lower Level), 170 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), macys.com

Well, this feels like a deal. Chef Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen is hosting a special three-course dinner with drink pairings, plus takeaways like a a $10 Macy's gift card and a copy of her cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen, for just $35. // Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 7th

United Airlines Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

When: All day

Where: Golden Gate Bridge

It's a bucket list race with a showstopping course including views of the SF Bay, music, and entertainment from start to finish. // Registration ($175) and info at runrocknroll.com.


Family Fun Day @ Asian Art Museum

When: 10:30am to 2pm

Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center)

Target is hosting Sunday fun day at the museum with free general admission, kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects, and immersive storytelling. You can also check out the special exhibition, Kimono Refashioned, if you haven't already, and learn to shibori dye your own piece of fabric to take home. // Skip the line by ordering advance tickets at go.asianart.org.


Sound Meditation in the Garden

When: 3pm to 4:15pm

Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue (Golden Gate Park), sfbg.org

Wind down your week with some peaceful meditation in our favorite park, listening to crystal bowls, ocean wave drums, chimes, and planetary gongs. // Tickets ($28) can be bought on Eventbrite.


Althea Pop-up Dinner

When: Seatings at 5:30pm and 7:45pm

Where: Wine Kitchen, 507 Divisadero St. (NoPa), winekitchensf.com

A crew of Nopa alums is heading a pop-up dinner that's likely to sell out fast. Expect about six courses with fresh, nourishing dishes like smoked mackerel dip, Tokyo turnips, and lamb ribs. // Tickets ($130/two people; $260/four) can be bought on altheafortheroad.com.


Wildflower Walk on Mount Sutro

When: 1pm to 3:30pm

Where: Sutro Forest

Space is limited for this guided, two-mile trail hike and talk on Mount Sutro, where spring is officially in bloom. You'll see pink flowering currant, fairy bells, vibrant checkerbloom, and more. // RSVP in advance at eventbrite.com.

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