31 Fun Things: Janelle Monae at Tipping Point, Fleet Week, ArtSpan Open Studios + More Bay Area Events
Janelle Monae, along with The Roots, plays Tipping Point's annual concert to fight poverty this week.

31 Fun Things: Janelle Monae at Tipping Point, Fleet Week, ArtSpan Open Studios + More Bay Area Events


Get ready to stuff your face this week at tasty events ranging from La Cocina's SF Street Food Festival to an epic bake sale with goodies from 35 restaurants to benefit Planned Parenthood.

It's also Fleet Week, so make your plans to catch the Blue Angels from Charmaine's Champagne-fueled rooftop bash. Plus, check out SomArts' 20th Annual Día de Los Muertos celebration, swing by local artist spaces at ArtSpan's Open Studios, and down a couple beers at Fort Point's new Valencia Street taproom.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 7th

Fleet Week

Through Oct. 14th

Around the Bay Area

Catch free neighborhood concerts, veterans art exhibits, sport tournaments, ship tours, a "fleet fest," and more. The big action is this weekend, of course, when the Blue Angels airshows take to the skies Friday through Sunday from noon to 4pm. // Find all of the events on fleetweeksf.org.

Warriors Open Practice

6:30 pm

Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay), chasecenter.com

Grab tix to see the Dubs practice before they're gone! After watching Steph Curry shoot some hoops, stick around Chase Center for a Q&A with Warriors GM Bob Myers. // Tickets ($5) can be purchased via Ticketmaster. Proceeds benefit the Warriors Community Foundation.

Fort Point Valencia Opening

5pm to 10pm

Fort Point Valencia, 742 Valencia St. (Mission), fortpointbeer.com

Celebrate opening day of Fort Point Beer Company's new Valencia Street taproom! Check out the stylish, colorful space inspired by their signature cans, munch on bar bites by chef Eric Ehler, and enjoy a couple of beers on tap, of course. // Event details can be found on Facebook.

Get your creole food fix.

11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday

VooDoo Love, 1599 Howard St. (SoMa), voodoolovesf.com

If you're in the mood for some southern food, head to the new restaurant VooDoo Love for some Louisiana classics—think shrimp po' boy sandwiches, Cajun salmon, shrimp and grits, fritters, smoked gouda mac, Caribbean whipped yams, and vegan collard greens.

Free for All: A New "Miss Julie" for a New World

Through Oct. 20

Cutting Ball Theater, 227 Taylor St. (Tenderloin)

Cutting Ball is your neighborhood theater serving up experimental plays for audiences with bold, curious tastes. Party like its end-times with the imaginative world premiere comedy Free for All: A New "Miss Julie" for a New World. Atop snowy Nob Hill in "Soon" San Francisco, an indulgent soiree for the city's elite ushers in Earth's final frost. As the powers-that-be swill Champagne and self-congratulate, have-nots Julie and John tussle for scraps of opportunity and, together, light a stick of dynamite that may shape a new world order. Free for All is a bombastic and whimsical take on Strindberg's classic, Miss Julie. // For more info and tickets ($35-$50; use code 7X7 at checkout for $10 off), go to cuttingball.com.

Thank you to our partners at Cutting Ball Theater.

Tuesday, October 8th

Yakitori Omakase

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays

Hina Yakitori, 808 Divisadero St. (NoPa), hinasf.com

This former East Bay restaurant has finally opened its new spot in SF after closing up shop a few years ago. Now, the format is a 16-course omakase-style dining experience, focused on yakitori—Japanese skewers. Grab a seat at one of the 12 seats at the chef's counter, centered around the steaming open grill, to watch the cooks work their magic.

Discount designer goodies in Haight

11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 6pm on Sundays

Cary Lane, 1615 Haight St. (Upper Haight), carylanesf.com

Popular unworn designer clothing store, Cary Lane, has relocated from Hayes Valley to the Haight. Stop in to shop discounted gems; on Tuesday afternoons, the store will opens up their back patio for guests to relax.

Tartine's New Cookbook

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Dandelion Chocolate, 2600 16th St. (Mission), dandelionchocolate.com

Tartine cofounder Liz Prueitt will be dishing the details on her latest cookbook, Tartine: A Classic Revisited, during a conversation guided by Sunset magazine food editor, Ellen Fort. Enjoy eats from Noosh and a discount on cookbooks. // Tickets ($25) are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 9th

Matcha and Katsu

11am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday

Family Cafe, 362 Columbus Ave (North Beach), family-northbeach.com

Kickstart your mornings at this new Japanese-inspired cafe from a team that hales from Akiko's, Ozumo, and Soba Ichi. You'll find coffee drinks, matcha, pastries, a seasonal green salad, curry rice, and katsu chicken and vegetarian sandwiches.

Lauren Duca: How to Start a Revolution

6:30pm to 7:45pm

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

Chat with award-winning journalist and tweeter extraordinaire Lauren Duca—you might know her from her viral Teen Vogue op-ed "Donald Trump is Gaslighting America"—who's coming to Commonwealth Club to talk about her new book, How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics. Get her take on creating equality in society and her argument on the impact of Trump's election on millennials, plus pick up a copy of her empowering and hilarious book while you're at it. // Tickets ($20 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Hot New Happy Hour

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday

Burma Club, 8 Mint Plaza (SoMa), burmainc.com

Burma Club, the downtown spot from the Burma Superstar team, has added a tasty new happy hour to get you through the work week. Specials include tea leaf salad (our fave), vegetarian deep-fried samusas, garlic-ginger shrimp, and an array of $9 cocktails. Meet you at the bar.

Foundry, Letterpress & Bookbindery Tour

3pm to 4:30pm

Arion Press, 1802 Hays St. (Presidio), arionpress.com

Celebrate SFMade Week with a 90-minute tour of Arion Press's massive production facility. To this day, decades-old Arion Press still churns out a select number of conceptual, limited edition books each year. See the more-than-100-year-old type foundry operating machine in action and check out the hand book bindery and historic collection of typefaces in the letterpress shop. // Tickets ($5) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Thursday, October 10th

The Bee's Knees: Litquake's Opening Night

7pm to 10pm

Monroe, 473 Broadway (North Beach)

Join 7x7 at swank North Beach night spot Monroe to throw some back in celebration of the opening of Litquake's 20th annual literary season. You'll mingle with authors and the literati, nibble catered bites, dance to live music, and start mapping out your game plan for the literary festival, running through October 19th. // For tickets ($30 in advance) and info, go to litquake2019festival.sched.com.

Sunset Jump Rope


Outdoor Voices, 555 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), outdoorvoices.com

Get ready to sweat with power duo Outdoor Voices and Riana Singh of Boss Women Collective. First, grab some stylish new activewear at OV, then head over to Alamo Square at sunset for a fun fitness concept we can get behind—a jump-rope based workout with brand new Skip Studios—followed by snacks. // RSVP to the free event (jump ropes provided) on outdoorvoices.com.

Asylum Access Refugee Screening and Panel

6pm to 8:30pm

Canopy Jackson Square, 595 Pacific Ave, 4th Floor (Jackson Square), canopy.space

Watch the documentary Hot Dogs on a Tricycle, the tale of a refugee who escapes gang violence in El Salvador by finding his way to Mexico. Human rights nonprofit Asylum Access will be on hand to lead a discussion with a human rights activist and an immigrant attorney. // Donations requested to attend; register via Eventbrite.

ArtSpan ArtLaunch 2019

6:30pm to 9pm

SomArts, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org

This lively, art filled reception marks the start of four weekends of SF Open Studios. Enjoy an open bar, DJ tunes, snacks and, most importantly, 400 pieces of original artwork—figure out how you're going to cram more than 900 local artist studio visits into the month of October. // Tickets ($25 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Dear Inga

5pm to 10pm, Tuesday through Sunday

Dear Inga, 3560 18th St. (Misson), dearinga.com

A powerhouse trio of restaurant vets has opened a new hot spot in the Mission and is now dishing up old-school, Eastern European comfort food. With experience at restaurants Nopa, Spruce, and Liholiho Yacht Club, these guys know what they're doing. Expect house-smoked meats and fish, pickles, homemade cheeses and sausages, dips, and langos (aka fried bread). // Reservations can be made on resy.com.

Friday, October 11th

Get your cup o' joe, Sorrel-style.

8am to 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Sorrel, 3228 Sacramento St. (Laurel Heights), sorrelrestaurant.com

Michelin-starred restaurant Sorrel has expanded into the realm of coffee and pastries with a beautiful daytime cafe in their current space. Beans come by way of small-batch roasters Soul Work Coffee, and meet with eats from pastry chef Haneen Ibrahim—think bagels, scones, cinnamon rolls, peach jam bars, and Sorrel's drool-worthy sourdough focaccia. Look for a special coffee and pastry pairing on Saturdays.

Día de Los Muertos: City of Souls

6pm to 9pm

SomArts, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org

SomArts' 20th annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition kicks off with a community-focused unveiling event featuring remarks and musical performances by Anaís Azul and and Petting Kazoo, plus a local artist market. This year's exhibit will include a combination of traditional alters and modern installations by a variety of artists, including special alter structures in honor of founding curator Rene Yañez' final exhibition. // Tickets ($12 and up) can be found on Eventbrite.

The Starlight Room 2.0

5pm to midnight, Weds and Thurs; 5pm to 2am, Fri and Sat; 1pm to 8pm, Sun

Lizzie's Starlight, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st Floor, 450 Powell St. (Union Square), lizziesstarlightsf.com

The old Starlight Room had seen its day. But now the plush top-floor lounge, once the den for Harry Denton and his bedazzled babes and an iconic spot for drag brunch in the city, has been upgraded from its 1920s look to a more modern lounge style. A new menu, cocktails, and entertainment are all in store, with the same full-circle panoramic views you've always enjoyed. Don't worry, Sunday drag shows are here to stay and will keep happening in a different venue within the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

Plant Bass

6pm to 2am

The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission), thegreatnorthernsf.com

Vegan party people unite at Great Northern for a night of drinking, dancing, and eating! Mix and mingle with fellow animal and earth lovers, get groovy to sets by vegetarian DJs, enjoy specialty vegan cocktails, check out some art, and learn a little from informational vendors. Most importantly, enjoy sustainable, high-quality dishes from a variety of vegan vendors including Vegan Veganos, Om Sabor, and Good Use Ugly Juice, to keep you partying all night long. // Tickets ($10) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 12th

Rooftop Bubbly + the Blue Angels

12pm to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday

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

If you're this far into our "Fun Things" and you've already forgotten it's Fleet Week, here's your reminder. Airshows are happening today and tomorrow, and you can catch them from the top of one of our favorite rooftop bars, Charmaine's. The party will be Veuve Clicquot–themed, with Champagne flights like the "Test Flight," with Yellow Label, Rosé, and La Grande Dame 2008 Champagnes—or the "First Class," with a bottle of La Grande Dame 2008 and a chic Veuve Clicquot luggage tag. // Free to attend, beverages available for purchase.

Weekend Along the Farm Trails

10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Various farms in Sonoma County

We've all done a wine tasting trip or two to multiple vineyards—time to switch things up and visit local farms instead. Spend your day farm hopping to different properties, and get a look at what life on the farm is really like. Meet the farmers, purchase their tasty produce straight from the source, sample their best food and wine, pick a pumpkin, play with baby animals, and see how goods like cheese and honey are made. // Free to attend, RSVP required via farmtrails.org.

San Francisco Street Food Festival

11:30am to 8pm

Power Station, 420 23rd St. (Dogpatch), potreropowerstation.com

It's the 10th anniversary of La Cocina's SF Street Food Fest, and the theme is Greatest Hits: Expect to see some familiar faces with 50+ chefs in attendance from James Beard Award–winning and Michelin-starred restaurants, along with entertainment, drinks from Hangar 1, and more. // Tickets ($5) can be purchased at sfstreetfoodfest.com. All proceeds benefit La Cocina.

Meet the Makers

5pm to 7:30pm

Shops in the Carmel-by-the-Sea

Create your own art-and-wine walkabout in the charming seaside village, where you can visit 16 artist-owned galleries and sample local wines and foods. // Tickets ($25) can be found on carmelcalifornia.com.

Janelle Monáe + the Roots


Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), thefoxoakland.com

Janelle Monáe and The Roots are the major headliners at this year's special benefit concert, Tipping Point Amplified, to fight poverty in the Bay Area. // Tickets ($99) can be found on tippingpoint.org.

Sunday, October 13th

Bake Sale for Planned Parenthood

11am to 3pm

Rose Alley between Market and Gough St. (Hayes Valley)

Need an excuse to eat dessert all day long? Zuni Café and Guittard Chocolate have teamed up for the bake sale of our dreams, complete with drool-worthy sweets from 35 local restaurants and bakeries, including Marla Bakery, Che Fico, Bi-Rite Creamery, Rich Table, Tartine, and Chez Panisse—the list goes on. The best part? All proceeds from the goodies, raffle tickets, and donations will be donated directly to Planned Parenthood. // Event is free to attend; food, drink, and raffle tickets available for $5. Find details and donate on sfbakesaleforpp.org.

St. Helena's Newest Pit Stop

7am to 4pm, Thursday through Sunday

The Station, 1153 Main St. (St. Helena), statiohesnsh.com

What used to be a gas station has been remodeled and reopened into a fast-casual pit stop for all your Napa-bound adventures. Stop in for countless pastries (including doughnuts and banana bread), breakfast tacos, Sightglass coffee drinks, a variety of sandwiches or a grain bowl. There's also a store portion of the space where you can buy wine, ice cream, and other food. All white and retro gorgeous, stop by for a bite—or just for an Instagram op, we won't judge.

Sausalito Wine Experience

2pm to 5pm

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, 801 Bridgeway (Sausalito), casamadrona.com

Get fancy at this upscale luxury hotel with Champagne and caviar tastings from 13 different vendors. Bonus: The event takes place in their drop-dead gorgeous Alexandrite Suite with epic views of SF. Don't forget, this is during the Blue Angels showtime—score. // Tickets ($195) can be found on sausalitowineexperience.org.

Vintage Shopping

During business hours

Trove, 1780 Haight St. (Upper Haight), trove-sf.com

Looking for more vintage finds? A pair of expert flea market vets have opened a new clothing store focused on great denim, classic band and film T-shirts, and accessories with a 90s flair.

A Long Table Argentine Dinner

6pm to 9pm

Locanda, 2518 Mission St. (Mission), locandasf.com

Gather round the (very long) table for a communal meal at Locanda where you canf feast of croquetas, tartar bites, ceviche, corn empanadas, pork belly, octopus, asado mixto, grilled veggies, and pineapple-coconut flan. Prepare to be rolled to work on Monday. // Tickets ($60 for the meal with optional $30 drink pairings) are available on Eventbrite.

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