29 Fun Things: Outside Lands, Pod Save America, Movies, Brunches + More
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29 Fun Things: Outside Lands, Pod Save America, Movies, Brunches + More


Get ready, but San Francisco's biggest music-meets-foodie event of the year is here: Outside Lands is on.

Plus, grub down at an Indian taco Tuesday; enjoy seasonal cocktails at the Ferry Building; catch an al fresco flick at Jack London Square; fly at kite in the Presidio; see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the SF Symphony; jam with the Gypsy Kings at the Warfield; take a free morning yoga class at 111 Minna; and join in on an an all-inclusive outdoor escape to Bear Valley complete with meals, open bars, live music, a wellness tent, and more.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 5th

All-Inclusive Bear Valley Adventure

Aug. 8-11

1 Bear Valley Rd. (Bear Valley)

Get a jumpstart on your weekend planning and grab tickets before they're gone to this weekend's all-inclusive adventure into Bear Valley, hosted by the Outbound Collective as part of their new Pursuit Series. If you're lover of the great outdoors but hate all the planning required to get you there, this trip is for you: Meals, evening open bars, live music, activities, guides, and equipment are all taken care of, so you can spend your time indulging in the wellness tent, meditation sessions, stand up paddle boarding, trail running, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, bloody mary making, evening trail runs, and sunrise yoga. // Tickets ($225 for a 1-day pass, $399 for 3-day) can be found on pursuit.theoutbound.com/bay-area.

Dumpling Night

5 to 10pm

Namu Stonepot, 499 Dolores St. (Mission), namustonepot.com

At the revamped Namu outpost in the Mission, things are off to a fiery start with a Mondays-only dumpling night. Stop in for their famous Namu Gaji triple-mushroom dumpling with Far West fungi in mushroom broth. Dine-in only.

Motown Mondays

6pm to 2am

Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St. (NoPa), madroneartbar.com

Scare away any case of the Mondays with a Motown dance party featuring local DJs at this beloved watering hole on Divis. // $3 cover after 9pm; find event details on madroneartbar.com.

Serve meals to the homeless.

9:15am to 1:45pm

St. Anthony's Dining Room, 121 Golden Gate Ave. (Tenderloin), stanthonysf.org

Start your week on a positive note by feeding San Francisco's homeless and hungry. // Sign up to volunteer at stanthonysf.org/shifts, or email volunteer@stanthonysf.org.

Tuesday, August 6th

Clever Cocktails

3pm to 2am daily

Trick Dog, 3010 20th St. (Mission), trickdogbar.com

Need a new excuse to go out for drinks? The new menu at Trick Dog should suffice. Just awarded best cocktail menu in the world, Trick Dog's new "The Whole Dog Menu" riffs on the Whole Earth Catalog, a1970s counterculture-lifestyle mag focused on self-sufficiency. Drink sections include Learning, Community, and Understanding Whole Systems; look for eccentrically named libations such as The Commune Life, Will & Yarn, and Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Indian Taco Tuesday

4 to 8:30pm

Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th St. (Dogpatch), harmonicbrewing.com

Besharam's head chef will be working her magic at Harmonic Brewing, where tonight you can pair Indian-fusion tacos—think juicy chili chicken or paneer cheese wrapped in chewy roti bread in place of the usual tortilla—with beer and live jazz. // Free to attend, tacos and beers for purchase.

Ending Homelessness in SF

6:30 to 8pm

Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission), welcometomannys.com

Head to Manny's for a purposeful discussion about how to relieve the homeless crisis in our city. Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, will lead the evening's conversation. // Tickets ($10 and up) are available on eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, August 7th

Farm to Cocktail Hour

5:30 to 8pm

San Francisco Ferry Building (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Drink in summer's bounty at this tasting of seasonal cocktails—with ingredients from Northern California farms—by 12 Bay Area mixologists from the likes of 15 Romolo, True Laurel, and Kaiyo among others. // Tickets ($55) can be found on ripecocktails.eventbrite.com and support CUESA's programs.

Free Yoga & Coffee

7 to 8am

111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St. (SoMa), 111minnagallery.com

Never been to 111 Minna in the morning? Head to Lululemon's Flow & Jo for a guided meditation, gentle Vinyasa flow, and a cup of Red Door Coffee at the end. // Free to attend; register at 111minnagallery.com.

The Gipsy Kings

8pm (doors open at 7pm)

The Warfield, 982 Market St (Tenderloin), thewarfieldtheatre.com

The Grammy-winning Gipsy Kings are in the Bay Area tonight with Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo. // Tickets ($63-102) are available for purchase at axs.com.

Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer

6:30 to 7:30pm

Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), commonwealthclub.org

Spend an evening with Dan Pfeiffer, former adviser to Barack Obama and host of the popular podcast, "Pod Save America." Also author of the best-selling book, Yes We (Still) Can, Pfeiffer's in conversation tonight California state assemblywoman Buffy Wicks. // Tickets ($10-50) are available for purchase at eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 8th

Waterfront Flicks


Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Take advantage of long summer days with an outdoor viewing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, on the lawn at Jack London Square. Drinks will be available for purchase. // Free to attend, find event info on facebook.com.

Gin Pairing Dinner

6 to 10:30pm

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

Taste your way through five courses, each paired with a cocktail made from Napa's Loch & Union gin. Expect tasty dishes like Alaskan King crab, veal sweatbread schnitzel, wild sockeye salmon, and spring lamb. // Tickets ($225) can be found on eventbrite.com.

Lasers After Dark

6 to 10pm

The Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St (Embarcadero), exploratorium.edu

Grab a drink and learn all about the history of lasers and see cool live demonstrations. // Tickets ($15-$20) are available at exploratorium.edu.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco: Director Q&A

6:30 to 9:30pm

Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St (Mission), roxie.com

If you haven't yet seen The Last Black Man in San Francisco, catch it tonight with a post-show chat with the film's director, Joe Talbot. Tickets will go quickly. // Tickets ($13) are available at roxie.com.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

7:30pm, shows through Aug. 10

SFJazz, 201 Franklin St (Hayes Valley), sfjazz.org

A New Orleans jazz institution, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is playing three nights of shows in Miner Auditorium starting tonight. Hear music from their latest album, "A Tuba for Cuba." // Tickets ($25) are available for purchase at sfjazz.org.

Friday, August 9th

Great Gold opens

Great Gold, 3161 24th St. (Mission), greatgoldsf.com

In the place of Foxsister, this new Italian restaurant channels old school vibes to serve traditional, saucy Italian comfort food. Order up housemade spaghetti three ways, ravioli, and carbonara, alongside starters such as ceasar salad, fritto misto, and meatballs. Chef-partner Brandon Kirksey and chef Timmy Malloy (Local's Corner, Radhaus) will also offer some large format meat dishes ideal for family-style grubbing.

Outside Lands

Noon to 10pm, Friday through Sunday

Golden Gate Park

Get ready for Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Kygo, Flume, and more. Make sure to check out the DJ sets in the Heineken Dome, Grasslands for all things cannabis, the foodie acts at the Gastro Magic stage, and comedians and other eccentric acts at The Barbary. // Tickets ($155/single day; $385/3-day pass) can be found on sfoutsidelands.com.

New Works Festival

Through Aug. 18th

Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd. (Palo Alto), theatreworks.org

Get a glimpse into new shows and musicals at the beginning of their development. Playwrights and artists will rework their shows over the course of the festival, so try and catch a few plays twice to see the changes. Want to get really behind the scenes? Attend a panel featuring the artists to hear about the whole creative process. // Tickets ($20-$65) can be purchased at theatreworks.org.

Female Chef Food & Wine series

6:30 to 8pm

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

This wine bar's female founders are partnering with another rad woman, ALX executive chef Jessie Lugo, for the first event in their new food and wine series. Watch Chef Lugo's live demo and plating of a veggie-centric Italian dish and indulge in four or five wine pairings. // Tickets ($34) can be found on eventbrite.com.

Clase Azul Tequila Dinner

6:30 to 11pm

The Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St (Nob Hill), ritzcarlton.com

Love tequila and fancy dinners? Head to the Ritz and make a night of it with a caviar and tequila reception, a fully paired dinner, and a DJ set accompanied by cocktails. // Tickets ($195) are available for purchase at eventbrite.com

Saturday, August 10th

San Rafael Art & Wine Festival

11am to 6pm

Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. (San Rafael), livelifelocally.org

Spend your day wine tasting, dancing to live music, sampling beers, browsing local arts vendors, and noshing on bites from food trucks. // Free to attend; tasting tickets for beer and wine ($25) can be bought on eventbrite.com.

5th Annual Presidio Kite Festival

11am to 4pm

Main Parade Ground,103 Montgomery St. (Presidio), presidio.gov

Spend the day outdoors watching magical kites soar high above the grassy lawns of the Presidio. Check out the mega team flying sessions, giant kites, some Taiko drummer performances, and a kite art show. Plus, join the fun with a build-a-kite booth. // Free to attend, register on eventbrite.com.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2pm and 8pm

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

Catch a screening of the third Harry Potter film shown with a live symphony performance of the movie's score. It's sure to give you goosebumps. // Tickets ($78 and up) can be bought on shnsf.com.

Vinyl Spinning and Cocktails

5 to 9pm

Seven Stills Nob Hill at Stanford Court, 905 California St. (Nob Hill), stanfordcourt.com

National Vinyl Day is just around the corner (technically on August 12th, but who is keeping track?). Spend your afternoon getting into the vinyl mindset with a live DJ spinning featuring classic rock tunes paired with happy hour specials including $5 Seven Stills beers, wine, and bites. // Free to attend, drinks and food for purchase.

Sunday, August 11th

Starline's New Brunch

11am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way (Oakland), starlinesocialclub.com

Pop over to Starline Social Club, housed in a historic three-story Victorian—for a new brunch including great live music, cocktails, and dishes such as avocado toast, pork katsu, and fried chicken and waffles.

Bagel Pop-up


Early to Rise, 1098 Jackson St. (Nob Hill), earlytorisesf.com

Good bagels can be tough to find. Stop by the Early to Rise brunch pop-up for homemade New York–style bagels with the essential toppings—think chive smear, smoked salmon, red onions, capers, and tomatoes. Also on the menu are platters of hickory smoked bacon and slow-scrambled eggs. // Tickets ($25) can be bought on earlytorisesf.com.

"Designing the Magic" Talk

3:30 to 6:30pm

Harmon Guest House, 227 Healdsburg Ave (Healdsburg), harmonguesthouse.com

End a weekend in Wine Country with a discussion on art, architecture, and design. Things start off with a magic show by a pro illusionist, followed by expert presentations about how we see and experience our world, and a final Q&A session moderated by Jaime Derringer (creator of Design Milk). Afterwards, stay and mingle on the rooftop venue with a few cocktails and conversation. // Tickets ($125) can be found on harmonguesthouse.com, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Russian Riverkeeper.

Summer Sunday Music Series

Noon to 3pm, Sundays in August

Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr (Sonoma), cornerstonesonoma.com

As part of its summer concert series, Cornerstone Sonoma invites you to spend Sundays in Wine Country with music, food, and good vibes. Today, go for food from Ramekins Catering and zydeco music from New Orleans Music Gumbo. // Entrance is free; food and beverages will be available for purchase; more information at cornerstonesonoma.com/events.

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