Bi-Rite Creamery re-opens this week, after months of closure for retrofitting, just in time for summer days at Dolores. (Courtesy of @biritecreamery)

28 Fun Things: Memorial Day BBQs, Bi-Rite Creamery Re-Opens + More Bay Area Events

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Returning to the grind after a three-day weekend is never easy, but there are plenty great events this week to help smooth the transition.

Recharge on Baker Beach with outdoor yoga, head out of the city for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, or remember the Elbo Room at the newly rebranded Valencia Room. Plus, get ready to eat—a lot.


Look at this way—it's a short week. Have a good one!

Monday, May 27th

Camping-inspired ice creams.

Through June 28th

Bay Area Salt & Straw locations, saltandstraw.com

Summer is pretty much here and Salt & Straw is celebrating with five new flavors inspired by outdoorsy trips to Bodega Bay. Swing by for scoops of North Coast Foraged Trail Mix (sea salt ice cream with salal berry jam, Bodega Bay seaweed, apricots, figs, and nuts); Mushroom Muddy Buddies (peanut butter-and-chocolate-coated Chex, hazelnuts, and candied mushrooms); Campfire S'mores; and more. // Sales will help raise funds for national parks.


Memorial Day BBQ & Bacchus

Noon to 3 pm

The Winery SF, 30 Ave. G (Treasure Island), winery-sf.com

Still no plans for the holiday? Grab your friends and head to The Winery SF on Treasure Island for a Memorial Day filled with with barbecue, music and plenty of pours—and none of the hassle of hosting. The Winery offers hand-crafted wines that will instantly transport you to Wine Country, and the best part is, with every wine tasting purchase, you'll also get a hot dog to munch on. // Registration (free) can be found on eventbrite.com.


Picnic in the Presidio

Noon to 2 pm

Main Parade Ground (Presidio), presidio.gov

If you're staying local this weekend, cross you fingers for sunny weather and head to the Presidio for a low-key picnic. If you have some extra time, arrive early to catch some of the formal Memorial Day ceremony at 9:45 am. Food is available for purchase (cash only), or bring your own spread. // Registration (free) can be found on eventbrite.com.


Yoga on the Beach

11am to 12:15 pm

Baker Beach (Presidio), outdooryogasf.com

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of San Francisco on Memorial Day with beach yoga taught by Julianne Aiello. Close your eyes, breathe in the salty sea, and allow the beats of live DJ Gabriel Francisco to help you reset after a three day weekend. // Tickets ($28) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 28th

The All Bark and No Bite cocktail at Elements on One65.

Courtesy of ONE65

Early Rubens

9:30am to 5:15pm, Tuesday through Sunday

Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue (Presidio), legionofhonor.famsf.org

Spend the day at the Legion of Honor checking out one of their newest exhibits—Early Rubens. The collection is by artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), one of the first celebrity artists. Keep an eye out for his piece The Massacre of the Innocents, a painting that was thought to be lost only to be found and auctioned in 2002 for a record-setting sum for the time, £49.5m. Pro tip, these paintings are so old they were made before electricity was invented, so bring and wear your sunglasses to get the real context of how these works should be viewed. // Tickets ($28) and event info on legionofhonor.famsf.org.


Hang out at the Elbo, er, Valencia Room

5 m to 2 am

The Valencia Room, 647 Valencia St. (Mission), valenciarm.com

After years of hearing the Elbo Room was closing (and that the condos were coming), the space has been bought up by the owners of other SF drinking holes, Playland and Topsy's, and remodeled and renamed to The Valencia Room. Expect new lighting, some refreshed interiors, upgraded bathrooms (thank god), and a new sound system.


Two Fine French Restaurants

One65, 165 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), one65sf.com

The epic culinary project that is One65 is coming together: Last week, the delightful patisserie and bakery opened, now this week two more floors in the six-story eater's paradise have opened: One65 Bistro & Grill, and a bar/lounge named Elements. Stop in for delicious eats from Michelin-starred chef/partner, Claude Le Tohic. // Reservations can be made on one65sf.com.

Wednesday, May 29th

"Food For Thought" Panel

7pm to 10pm

SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St. (Civic Center), sfjazz.org

Engage in a discussion about food, access, affordability, and equity organized by Mother Jones and featuring panelists Alice Waters, Justin Phillips (San Francisco Chronicle), Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen), and Paul Willis (farmer/entrepreneur). // Tickets ($25-$50) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.


SF DocFest

Through June 13th

Shows at the Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. (Mission) & Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission)

Indie and documentary film lovers, get pumped for this two-week festival of movies. There are so many flicks to see, peruse the whole lineup on agileticketing.net. // Get your festival tickets ($14-$15 for each show, or $240 for a full pass) on sfindie.com.

Thursday, May 30th

"Vanity Fair" Menu at Merchant Roots

Thursday through Saturday, through July 27th

The Table at Merchant Roots, 1365 Fillmore St. (Fillmore), merchantroots.com

If you haven't yet made it out to the intimate Chef's Table dinner series at Merchant Roots, where artfully prepared courses are served on custom dinnerware to show-stopping effect, now is the time. The latest menu, Vanity Fair, featuring courses like a swan-shaped gougere; sunchoke croquettes; prawn consommé cooked tableside; and snail wellington topped with snail caviar. // The 10-course menu ($168/person, $85/wine pairings) can be purchased on Tock.


Cannabis Flower to the People

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Canopy Jackson Square, 595 Pacific Ave (Jackson Squre), canopy.space

CBD still seem a little confusing? Head to this cannabis event hosted by the Pineapple Collaborative and featuring speakers including Haejin Chun (Big Bad Wolf) and Jewel Zimmer (Juna Drops) as they debunk myths and explain the benefits of CBD for wellness and self-care. Eats from La Mediterranee will be provided. // Tickets ($32) can be bought on eventbrite.com.


Rent the Runway + Levi's: 501 Month Celebration

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Rent the Runway, 228 Grant Ave. (Union Square), renttherunway.com

For anyone who swears by their Levi's, and who's also a Rent the Runway member, this exclusive RTR + Levi's collab event promises a range of denim-centric activities. Catch a styling demo, preview two upcoming collections, get personally fitted, and even rent a few pairs of Levi's at the event. // The event (free) is exclusive to RTR members; register at eventbrite.com.


Sonoma Speed Festival

Thursday through Sunday

Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma), sonomaraceway.com

Love classic cars? Head to the raceway to see some of these babies in action. There's a bunch of events happening over the three days of the festival—car showings, a car parade, vintage dragster demo, winery dinners, plus chef cooking sessions and wine tasting at the track's Sip & Savor Pavilion. // Tickets ($75 day passes, $100 weekend passes) can be bought on sonomaspeedfestival.com.

Friday, May 31st

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Through June 9th

Various venues, Healdsburg, healdsburgjazzfestival.org

Head to Healdsburg anytime over the next week to catch some great live jazz with performances at theaters, wineries, galleries, bars, brunches, and the movies. In between shows, cruise the Jazz Village for educational events, smaller performances, and more. // The schedule and tickets ($35 and up, per show) can be found on healdsburgjazzfestival.org.


Catch a Beatles Tribute Band

8pm

The Peacock Court at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St. (Nob Hill), intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

Drink, dance, and sing the night away to some live music featuring Beatles classics performed by one of the best -tribute bands around, The Sun Kings. The event is happening at the historical, lavish Peacock Court so get ready to channel some old school glam. // Tickets ($40) can be bought on brownpapertickets.com.


Closing Performances of Jangala

7:30pm tonight; 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater, 900 Fallon St. (Oakland)

Catch the last few shows of Jangala, a show of Indian Bharatanatyam dancing showcasing stories from The Jungle Book set in an urban city scene, following the adventures and survival of a lost boy taken in by wolves. // Tickets ($30) can be bought on oaklandballet.org.

Saturday, June 1st

Brunch in Downtown Oakland

Saturdays, 11am to 3pm

Mockingbird, 416 13th St. (Oakland), mockingbirdoakland.com

Downtown Oakland fav Mockingbird has expanded its menu to offer Saturday brunch with fun twists on American classics like a crème brûlée French toast, avocado and smoked trout tartine, and a Moroccan spiced chicken hash. // Reservations can be made at mockingbirdoakland.com.


Union Street Fair

10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday

Union Street from Gough to Steiner (Marina)

Summer festival season is kicking off with this classic Marina street fair. Several blocks of Union Street will be closed off to allow you to wander among pop-up street food, craft vendors, outdoor beer gardens, and mini-stages with a variety of live music (jazz, blues, country—you name it). // Full event info on unionstreetevents.com.


Bi-Rite Creamery Grand Re-Opening

11am to 10pm

Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th St. (Mission), biritemarket.com

Hallelujah, the Dolores Park ice cream mecca is back after a few months of construction for a seismic retrofit. Check out the newly updated space, enjoy a temporary outdoor parklet, and enter a celebratory sweepstakes to win free Bi-Rite Creamery scoops for a year during their grand opening weekend -- oh, and def come ready for ice cream.


6th Annual Pints for Paws

2pm to 5pm

Berkeley Humane, Ninth & Carleton Streets (Berkeley), berkeleyhumane.org

More than 50 local breweries and wineries are coming together to raise funds for our furry friends. The usual food trucks, live music, and games will be on-hand to keep the day going. Dogs welcome! // Tickets ($65) can be found on berkeleyhumane.org/pints-for-paws.


Power Pasta for a Cause

5:30pm to 11pm, daily

Flour + Water, 2401 Harrison St. (Mission), flourandwater.com

In case you've forgotten about Flour + Water with the slew of new restaurants popping up everyday, here's a reason to revisit the Italian hot spot. Over the next 10 months, the restaurant will be partnering with various guest chef from the Bay Area's top restaurants to offer special a la carte pasta dishes, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the visiting chef's preferred charity. This month, eat a pasta from Ravi Kapur of Liholiho Yacht Club, and look for collabs soon with Nicole Krasinski & Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions & The Progress), Sarah & Evan Rich (Rich Table), Val Cantu (Californios), Melissa Perello (Frances and Octavia), Reem Assil (Reem's & Dyafa), and Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu's & Moongate Lounge). Can you say powerhouses? // Reservations available and walk-ins encouraged.


High Times' Cannabis Cup NorCal

Through June 2

The Cannabis Cup is back in Northern California! The most coveted award in the industry returns to Sonoma County for the crowning of this year's finest. Catch A-list musical performances, meet world-renowned cannabis producers, and enter an edible taste test. Don't miss your chance to join in and experience the movement. // Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. (Santa Rosa); tickets are available at hightimesnorcal.frontgatetickets.com.

*Thank you to our partners at High Times.

Sunday, June 2nd

Palm House Anniversary Luau

12pm to 4pm

Palm House, 2032 Union St. (Marina), palmhousesf.com

Palm House, a favorite Marina watering hole, is hosting its annual luau with a live steel drum band, patio tiki bar, poke bar, and whole roasted kalua pig. // Free to attend; optional event ticket ($30) gets you a cocktail, the luau feast, and priority entrance to Palm House if things start getting packed—find it on eventbrite.com.


Day at the Beer Garden

11:30am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 am to midnight Friday and Saturday

Willkommen, 2196 Market St. (Castro), willkommen.beer

Soak up the vibes of Oktoberfest at this indoor beer garden where floor-to-ceiling windows provide all natural light you you need and festive greenery overhead is as good as the great outdoors. Expect about 10 beers on tap from Black Hammer Brewing alongside some curated German beers as well, Plus Germain drinking snacks like sausages from Rosamunde's. Prost!


Harvest Uncorked

Noon to 3pm

Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, 333 Country Club Dr. (Santa Rosa), clubcorp.com

Hit up a new wine tasting event (with a few spirits for good measure), along with bites from more than 30 vendors. While you mix and mingle, make sure to get some raffle tickets for a chance to win special Sonoma experiences (think private wine cellar dinners, dinner at Single Thread, or a weekend getaway). Proceeds support Sonoma Family Meal to feed families affected by natural disasters in our area. // Tickets ($80) can be found on getharvestcard.com.


Wine Down the Weekend

2pm to 5pm

DecantSF, 1168 Folsom St. (SoMa), decantsf.com

Pop into the newest wine bar in town, DecantSF, for their first event in a new series called Somm Sundays. Patrick Cappiello (sommelier and owner of Renégat Wines) will be on hand to walk you through wine flight tastings and offer bottle specials of his Monte Rio Cellars wine. // Find more info on eventbrite.com.


Wine & Wags

Noon to 4:30pm

Livermore Valley Wine Country

Livermore Valley's dog-friendly wineries host a day of fun for dogs and their owners. Bring your four-legged friends (on a leash, of course) and enjoy a day in beautiful Wine Country. Local animal rescues will be partnered with wineries, promoting adoptions of their furry friends that need a home. Come with your dogs, stay for the wine, and possibly leave with a new best friend. // Tickets ($30/pre-sale; $35 at the door) are available at lvwine.org.

*Thank you to our partners at Livermore Valley Wine Country.

Plus, get tickets now for Outside Lands!

Outside Lands

Aug 9-11, 2019

Golden Gate Park

We already know that Childish Gambino and Neil Simon are among the biggest names taking the stage at Outside Lands this summer; but the almost-as-anticipated food and drink lineup just dropped, which means it's time to start planning your meals—nearly three months in advance. With 80 restaurant offerings and countless pours of beer and wine, this year's festival (August 9-11) guarantees you can stay busy eating and drinking even if you don't love all the bands. Check out the complete list of vendors here. // Tickets are available at sfoutsidelands.com/tickets.

*Thank you to our partners at Another Planet.

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