27 Fun Things: Oakland Restaurant Week, SF SketchFest + More Bay Area Events
Tuck into a hearty paella at Duende, one of 34 restaurants participating in Oakland Restaurant Week. (Courtesy of @duendeoakland)

27 Fun Things: Oakland Restaurant Week, SF SketchFest + More Bay Area Events


It's the first full work week of the new decade, but there are plenty activities to keep you moving, creative, and well fed.

Take a salsa class or learn some Bollywood moves at Non Stop Bhangra's 15th anniversary party; join the Hot Chocolate 15k run or a 55-mile bike ride through Marin; learn to craft your own cocktails at Elixir; and get Chinese-American eats delivered to your door from Brandon Jew's new Mamahuhu. Have a good one!

Monday, January 6th

Salsa Class


Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), neckofthewoodssf.com

Learn to salsa in this four-week course. Things kick off tonight; then weekly progressive classes will build on what you've learned. No partner is necessary to take the class. // Tickets ($60) available via Eventbrite.

F**k, Now There Are Two of You


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

#1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach (Go the F**k to Sleep) sits down with Bay Area–based comic star W. Kamau Bell for a sure-to-be-hilarious discussion about what it's like to have kids—and then more kids: Mansbach's latest book is titled, F**k, Now There Are Two of You. Expect it to be smart, profane, and 100 percent real. // Tickets ($29) can be purchased at cityboxoffice.com.

A New Steakhouse

4pm to 11pm, daily

Mastro's Steakhouse, 399 Geary St. (Union Square), mastros.com

Steak—it's what's for dinner. At Mastro's, you can design your own seafood tower, and then indulge in Alaskan king crab black truffle gnocchi; petite filet; a 40-ounce Wagyu tomahawk chop; and A5 Kobe beef from Tajima cattle. Start with a glass of wine from their stellar list.

Tuesday, January 7th

An Evening With George Cole


Yoshi's Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West (Oakland), yoshis.com

Acoustic guitar player George Cole plays Yoshi's tonight with a nine-piece orchestra. It's a guaranteed groovy, good time. // Tickets ($24) available via Eventbrite.

Grow Your Life & Work Without the Hustle

12:30pm to 1:45pm

The Hivery, Fort Mason Building D, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), thehivery.com

Not quite sure how to achieve your goals in 2020? Head to The Hivery for a BYO brown-bag lunch chat with author, speaker, and success coach Dr. Sweta Chawla. You'll be introduced to the ReSourced Path to Success and stress free ways to flow—instead of push—towards your goals. // Register (free for members or $30 for non-members) on thehivery.com.

$39 Three-Course Dinner

Daily through February

1760 Restaurant, 1760 Polk St. (Nob Hill), 1760sf.com

Enjoy a gourmet three course meal without breaking the bank at Acquerello's sister restaurant, 1760! The new Tuscan $39 prix-fixe menu—on offer through the end of February—is replacing the a la carte menu, and includes a ribollita stew, pork chop with chestnut purée, and cantuccini for desert with the option to add on a fourth papardelle and lamb ragù pasta course for just $10. // Reservations ($39 for the three course meal, with option wine pairings and pasta course) can be made on 1760sf.com.

Wednesday, January 8th

Frances' 10th Anniversary

Reservations from 5pm to 10pm

Frances, 3870 17th St. (Mission)

Chef/owner Melissa Perello is celebrating 10 years of Frances with a series of dinner collaborations with a few of her women chef friends. Tonight, go for a Champagne reception and dinner by Anita Lo and wine pairings by sommelier Belinda Chang. Sales from each dinner will also support a charity. // Tickets ($250/person) can be purchased at frances-sf.com.

Trivia Night

7:30pm to 10pm

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

Gather your geeks and bring your A-game for trivia night at this new locale of the Australian-based brewery. Bonus, all pints are $2 off for the night. // Free to attend, details via Eventbrite.

Mamahuhu Delivery

Tonight from 5:45 to 9:30pm

Delivery in SF via Caviar

Mister Jiu's proprietor Brandon Jew is launching a new casual Chinese-American concept, Mamahuhu. While the restaurant isn't quite open just yet, San Franciscans can get a taste via Caviar delivery on select nights this week. Order elevated takeout classics—think jade fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and wonton soup—or build a bowl with a house special, jasmine rice, and Chinese greens for just $15. The best part? While prices at Mister Jiu's can be steep, everything at Mamahuhu is under $20. // Book a delivery via trycaviar.com.

10k Bootcamp Run

7:15pm to 9:30pm

Babes of Monte Carlo, 582 Washington St. (Jackson Square), babesmontecarlo.com

Burn off holiday calories at this free evening run and bootcamp workout with the San Francisco Midnight Runners. Run as a group along to an epic running playlist, with five interval stops for bodyweight exercises. Stick around after for a beer with fellow runners. // More info and free registration, go to facebook.com.

Free Boxing and Beer


Form Boxing, 304 Folsom Str. (SoMa)

Get ready to sweat, suffer, and celebrate with Sufferfest Beer Co. and Form Boxing. Their standard 35-minute boxing class combines speed, power, and bodyweight exercises for a full-body cardio blast. Reserve your individual bag, step into their dark room with neon lights, get lost in the music, and fight through one of the hardest classes of your life. This class is non-contact and no experience is necessary. After class, enjoy a post-sweat celebration, complete with free Sufferfest beer and exclusive gift bags. // Sign up at classpass.com.

Thank you to our partners at Sufferfest.

Thursday, January 9th

SF SketchFest

Through January 26th

Various locations

Laugh your pants off at SketchFest's various comedy events including came shows, improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, storytelling, podcasts and more. Tonight kicks off with the world premiere of the Netflix original series Medical Police, as well as stand up with Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite). // Browse the full schedule and grab tickets on sfsketchfest2020.sched.com.

Chicken Pho

11am to 2pm, Thursday through Sunday

BanhMi-Ni (Inside of Copper Spoon), 4031 Broadway (Oakland), eatbanhmini.com

Top Chef contestant Tu David Phu already has a rad pop-up focused on banh mi sandwiches. But for the month of January, he'll also be adding chicken pho to the mix. Stop by for steaming bowls of goodness.

Oakland Restaurant Week

January 9-20

Restaurants throughout Oakland

Celebrate the East Bay's culinary scene at participating spots restaurants including Chop Bar, Hopscotch, Mua, and more, where there will be special prix fixe menus at both lunch and dinner, ranging from $10 to $80. // Browse the options on visitoakland.com.

Friday, January 10th

Flashback Friday Ice Skate

6pm to 7:30pm; 8pm to 9:30pm

Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square, 333 Post St.

IHeart80s radio personalities from 103.7FM will be on deck spinning the best '80s beats for a night of retro ice skating. Grab your best scrunchies, crimp your hair, and don your neon unitards to get groovy at the rink. // Tickets ($18) via unionsquareicerink.com.


7:30pm to 9:30pm

DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St. (SoMa), dnalounge.com

Start of 2020 with a little bit of laughter courtesy of several performers reading their real, live journal entries written by their teenage selves. // Tickets ($20) are available at dnalounge.com.

Mixology Class

7pm to 10pm

Elixir, 3200 16th St. (Mission), elixirsf.com

Elixir's bar masters are offering a hands-on cocktail class. Learn the basics while you make four classic recipes with the best, correct techniques. // Tickets ($75) are available on Eventbrite.

Yoga Sound Bath

7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight), thecentersf.com

Get zen with a candlelit yoga sound bath. You'll practice a "breath-centered" flow sequence with soothing sounds of didgeridoo, drum, chanting, and flute music to help you achieve new poses. // Tickets ($30) are available at Eventbrite.

Litquake Presents "My First Time"


PianoFight, 144 Taylor St. (Tenderloin) pianofight.com

Litquake is readying the laugh-o-meter for a comedy show themed around firsts—think loves, apartments, drugs, cars, and more—as part of SF SketchFest. Former Groundlings performers Mary Jo Smith and Colleen Smith will lead the night. // Tickets ($25) can be purchased at litquakeyearround2020.sched.com.

Saturday, January 11th

National Hot Toddy Day

6pm to 10pm

Humphry Slocombe Oakland, 2335 Broadway (Oakland), humphryslocombe.com

Tis still the season for toddies. Try Humphry Slocombe's ice cream-y versions at their Oakland shop, made with Glenlivet whiskey–infused ice cream. Also grab discounted pints of the boozy ice cream to go. // RSVP required at Eventbrite, 21+ only.

Non Stop Bhangra's 15th Anniversary

9am to 2am

Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission), publicsf.com

Get your dance on at Non Stop Bhangra's 15th anniversary party celebrating Bollywood-style dance moves and upbeat Punjabi folk music. Anyone and everyone is invited—don't be intimidated if you don't dance bhangra, you'll pick it up over the course of the night. // Tickets ($20) available via Eventbrite.

A New Art Gallery

5pm to 9pm

2675 Mission St. (Mission), drawingroomsf.com

Just around the corner the artsy workshop space The Drawing Room, The Annex is a hybrid gallery/event/studio space featuring large works of art. Peruse the pieces and chat with the artists.

"Throwing Shade"

7pm to 10pm

Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market St. (Upper Market), swedishamericanhall.com

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi of the podcast and TV show "Throwing Shade" are bringing their iconic take on pop culture and politics to SketchFest. According to Fast Company, "there has never been a raunchier or funnier current affairs program." // Tickets ($30) can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Sunday, January 12th

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run

The 5K race starts at 7:20am, and the 15K at 8:10am (times subject to change)

Golden Gate Music Concourse (Golden Gate Park)

Make your weekend run a little more rewarding with a dose of chocolate treats in this 5K or 15K race. Participants will start in Golden Gate Park, hit a few sweet treat pit stops, and finally finish the race to enjoy chocolate fondue and hot chocolate. // Tickets ($54 /5K, $74/15K) are available at hotchocolate15k.com.

19th Annual No Pants BART Ride

1:50pm to 4:50pm

Meetup at Civic Center/UN Plaza Station

Flaunt your favorite undies on BART at this zany flash mob-esque event—brownie points for acting totally normal. Post-ride, head to a TBA after-party with all your new pants-free friends. // Free to attend, plus the cost of your BART ticket fee. Keep up with event details on Facebook.

Officially Serious Bike Ride

7am to 7pm

Above Category, 42 Caledonia St. (Sausalito), abovecategorycycling.com

Venture across the GGB to Above Category's new clubhouse for a long day of biking across Marin's best gravel—hills and views included—to benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's efforts to create more bike-friendly trails. Fuel up with Equator pastries and coffee first, test out a new bike, and reward yourself for riding 55 miles with dinner from Paella Del Reyes and brews from Hyland Brewing. // Tickets ($70) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch

11am to 3pm

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

Swing by this SoMa bar for a late-morning feast featuring Puerto Rican dishes by Borinquen Soul WEPA. The menu will include a spread of 12 dishes like empanadas, chicharonne de pollo, arroz con gandules, tostones, maduros and more. Bottomless mimosas will be sold separately. // Tickets ($20 and up) available via Eventbrite.

Take10 Free Cardio Fitness

9:30 to 10:30am

Decathlon, 2300 16th St. (Mission)

Keep your fitness resolution and head to Decathlon for a free strength-training class taught by a certified trainer. Stick around post-sweat for refreshments, and take another free class any Sunday in January. // Register (free) on Eventbrite.

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