Don your finery this week for two black-tie galas to celebrate season openers at the SF Opera and Symphony. (Drew Altizer, courtesy of @sfopera)

30 Fun Things: Metallica at Chase Center, Symphony and Opera Galas + More Bay Area Events


Calling all music lovers and fancy folks: With opening night galas at the San Francisco Symphony and Opera this week, there are two fine reasons to ready your black-tie wear.

Plus, don't miss your last chance to check out the Andy Warhol exhibit at SFMOMA; party it up at Glide's Legacy Gala; and celebrate the opening of Chase Center with a special concert from Metallica.

Have a fun week!

Monday, September 2nd

Mendocino Grove Yoga Retreat

3pm today through 1pm Wednesday

Mendocino Grove, 9500, 9601 CA-1 (Mendocino),

Escape to this glamping paradise for a special yoga retreat in nature with daily sessions, meditation, guided journaling, and a tasty communal breakfast and lunch around the campfire. A two-night stay on the property is included in your ticket. // Reservations ($825) are all inclusive and can be made on

Last Call to See Warhol

9am to 5pm

SFMOMA, 151 3rd St. (SoMa),

Well, that went by fast. SFMOMA's Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is wrapping up today. Snag tickets to catch it before it's gone—last entry is 3:30pm today. // Tickets ($25) are available on

45th Annual Giro di San Francisco

8am to 4:30pm

Levi Strauss Plaza, 1155 Battery St (Embarcadero),

Attention, cyclists: Revolution Racing, presented by Jakroo and Velo Promo, returns to SF for the 45th year for the Giro di San Francisco. Ride along, or sidle up to watch the action. // Tickets ($50) are available for purchase at

17th Annual Cowgirl Palooza

3 to 8pm

El Rio, 3158 Mission St (Bernal Heights),

Get your Labor Day party on at El Rio with cold drinks, good people, delicious barbecue, and good ole country music. Get there early if you hope to score some ribs before they run out. // The entrance fee ($10) will be asked at the door. More information at

Tuesday, September 3rd

RT Rotisserie opens in NoPa

11am to 9pm daily

RT Rotisserie, 306 Broderick St. (NoPa),

RT Rotisserie, the popular fast-casual spin-off of Rich Table, is opening its sophomore location in the old Delessio Market & Bakery space. Expect the same menu of sandwiches and salads featuring rotisserie chicken, pork belly, roasted cauliflower, and sides like umami fries, as well as a couple NoPa-only specials including a fat rice bowl with your choice of protein and crispy pork belly.

Launch of Daniel Handler's Bottle Grove

7:45 to 9:15pm

The Bindery, 1727 Haight St (Upper Haight),

Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler is celebrating his newest novel, Bottle Grove, in conversation today with Dan Stone, The Bindery will be offering specialty cocktails created by Alembic and inspired by the book. // The event is free but registration is recommended as seating is limited. Get your ticket at

Build Bikes for San Francisco Youth

6 to 8pm

Emporium SF, 616 Divisadero St (Fillmore),

You probably remember the feeling of freedom when you first rode a bike. Today, you'll find everything you need to help build bikes for first and second graders at McCoppin Elementary. // Participation is free with registration at

Wednesday, September 4th

Lia Ices returns to the stage


The Chapel, 777 Valencia St. (Mission),

Singer-songwriter and Bay Area It girl Lia ices is returning to the stage post-maternity leave and has a new album

due out in 2020. Catch her melodic pop style and get a preview of some of her newest tunes. // Tickets ($15) can be found on

South Side Beer Ride SF Brewery Shuttle

6:30 to 10:30pm

Various breweries

Grab a free ride on a hop-on/hop-off public shuttle to explore eight local breweries: Triple Voodoo Brewery, Harmonic Brewing, Barebottle Brewing Company, Ferment Drink Repeat - FDR Brewery, Laughing Monk Brewing, Seven Stills Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, and Magnolia Brewing. // Free to attend, find event info on

Opening Night at the Symphony

Dinners at 6pm, Concert at 8pm

San Francisco City Hall and Davies Symphony Hall (Civic Center)

Civic Center rolls out the red carpet tonight for the San Francisco Symphony's annual opening night gala, in special celebration this year of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, who's retiring from his tenure after 25 successful seasons. Don your finery for cocktails, a formal dinner, symphonic performance, and the afterparty back at City Hall. // Tickets at various levels are still available at

CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall

2 to 8:30pm

Manny's, 3092 16th St (Mission),

Tune in tonight as CNN and 10 Democratic contenders (including California's Kamala Harris alongside Biden, Sanders, and O'Rourke) tackle the subject of climate change. // Event is free with registration at

MoAD's Fall Opening Reception

6 to 8pm

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission St (SoMa),

Celebrate the opening of MoAD's autumn exhibitions, including Africa State of Mind, which features 15 emerging photographers from across the African continent, all exploring their own ideas of "Africanness." // Opening reception is free to attend with registration at; the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Breathwork Workshop

7 to 9:30pm

The Heartbeat Collective, 3630 Telegraph Ave (Oakland),

Feeling a little stressed out these days? Head to this wellness session to explore the healing capabilities of acupuncture and conscientious breathing exercises. Alexandra D'amour will be guide your through the power of breathwork and Anna Lee, a leading local acupuncturist, will teach you pressure technique to reduce anxiety. The whole thing ends with a sound bath. // Tickets ($50) can be found on

Thursday, September 5th

Stephen Marley in Concert


The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. (Fillmore),

Catch eight-time Grammy Award winner (and son of Bob Marley) as he performs some of his best reggae tunes. // Tickets ($35) can be found on

"Hot Boxx Girls"

6 to 9pm, drag performance at 8pm

Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St (Tenderloin),

See the drag divas of Aunt Charlie's as captured by celebrated local street photographer Darwin Bell, and don't miss a performance by the Hot Boxx Girls. // Event is free. More information at

After Dark: Remix

6 to 10pm

Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St (Embarcadero),

The Exploratorium invites you to mix up all kinds of stuff at this week's adult-only party. Catch a presentation on the gene-editing tool CRISPR; try your hand at cactus grafting; and embrace your inner DJ. // Tickets ($20) are available for purchase at

28th Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival

7 to 8pm; through September 14th

Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St (Tenderloin),

Get ready for 10 days of performances from 21 local and national companies chosen by a live lottery drawing. The Fringe Festival is a chance for independent performers to get seen and for you to discover amazing talents you might not have known otherwise. // For more info and tickets, go to;

Friday, September 6th

Futurewell Wellness Summit

8:30am to 9:30pm

Stemple Creek Ranch, 900 Burbank Lane (Tomales),

Spend a day on a West Marin organic farm for a mini retreat with A-list speakers—think Alice Waters and Jennifer Siebel Newsom—and sessions focused on health, agriculture, sustainable living, and healing. Depending on your ticket, you can indulge in breakfast by Navitas Organics, acupuncture, meditation, lunch by Urban Remedy, a ranch hike, sunset yoga, cocktail hour, dinner by Waters and her team, and even spend the night with some glamping. // Tickets ($95-$790) are available at

Free Food!

11am to 2am

Toy Soldier, 52 Belden Pl (Downtown),

Belden Lane American restaurant Toy Soldier is celebrating two years in biz. Stop in anytime all day for deals on drinks and free bites that will be part of the menu at a soon-to-open sister restaurant on the same street. There will even be live music to keep you in a festive mood. TGIF. // Free to attend, food and drink for purchase.

Guitar Strings & Chicken Wings

5 to 9pm

Squaw Alpine, 1920 Squaw Valley Rd (Olympic Valley),

Take in the last few weekends of summer in Tahoe with an afternoon of chicken wings and live music. Six restaurants will be churning out their best wings while six bands compete to be named the best. // Free to attend, drink and wing packages ($7-80) available on

Metallica opens the Chase Center


Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay),

Metal meets orchestra as Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony play a special concert to mark the official opening of the Warrior's new stadium, Chase Center. // Tickets ($443 and up) can be found on

Opening Night at the SF Opera

6:30pm to 1am

San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center)

That's right, party people—this week brings not one but two black-tie galas. This evening, fete the San Francisco Opera's 97th season with a performance of the iconic love story Romeo and Juliet. Bur first, shimmy into your sequins for the Bravo! Club and Opera Ball dinners; afterparty to follow. // For tickets and information, go to

Saturday, September 7th

Red Bull Bay Climb

10:30am to 6:30pm

De Haro St between 18th and Southern Heights (Potrero Hill)

Think you've got legs of steel? Try cycling your way to the top of one of SF's most vertical streets. Each race heat will have eight cyclists trying to sprint their way to the top in less than five minutes, broken out into categories for "fixed" (single-gear bikes), "open" and a "run-what-ya-brung" category (aka you could use a mountain bike or anything with two-wheels really). Spectators are welcome along the course to cheer the groups on. // Free to attend and $35 to compete. Find event details on

Boat with Fort Point Beer

4:15 to 7:30pm

Port of Oakland, 540 Water St. (Jack London Square),

Fort Point Beer Company is celebrating their crisp, fizzy lager Export—inspired by the historic shipping town of Dortmund, Germany—with a boat party on the bay. Spot the icons from the beer's well-designed cans (cranes, shipping containers, and cargo ships) while enjoying unlimited cheers of Fort Point beer and snacks by Tacos Oscar. // Tickets ($85) are available on

5th Annual California Rum Fest

3:40 to 6:30pm

SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa),

Fancy yourself a bit of rum? Well, this event has lots. Taste your way through more than 40 rums, pick up a few tidbits during special seminars, and spend some time on the outdoor patio (aka the Tiki Bazar) enjoying a few rum-based cocktails. // Tickets ($60 and up) are available on

The horror!

60-min. sessions, 6:40pm to midnight, through Nov. 2

Winchester Mystery House, 525 S Winchester Blvd. (San Jose),

Head to the legendary Winchester Mystery House for their new seasonal scare: "Unhinged." Get caught up in a "real-life psychological and paranormal thriller" in never-before-accessed rooms of the house where restless spirits and other nail-biting surprises dwell. Pro tip: Get up your nerve with a cocktail or two in the gardens first. // Tickets ($44–$54) are available on This show is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

10th Annual Glide Legacy Gala

8pm to midnight

August Hall, 420 Mason St. (Union Square),

This year marks the 10th anniversary of this special fundraiser to support Glide's legacy programming. Dress your best for a night of mingling, dancing, food, and awards highlighting those that are making a real difference in their communities. // Tickets ($100 and up) are available on

Sunday, September 8th

Kick off Football Season

1:25 to 7pm

The Brixton, 2140 Union St. (Marina),

Did you know it's officially the 100th season of the NFL? Celebrate accordingly with watch parties and a brunch buffet for today's games. The Brixton will have a bloody mary bar, chili con queso, fried baby back ribs, beef sliders, hot wings, and a veggie spread with dips to pair with your viewings. // Tickets ($54) include one drink and access to the eats. Purchase via

Opera in the Park


Robin Williams Meadow (Golden Gate Park),

Head over to Golden Gate Park for an afternoon of very impressive singing from the SF Opera's best alongside the opera orchestra. And, did we mention it's free? // Free to attend, find event details on

Downton Abbey–themed tea

2 to 5pm

Proper Hotel, 1100 Market St. (Downtown),

If Downton Abbey is your jam, pop over to the Proper Hotel to celebrate the upcoming film (Sept. 20) with an afternoon tea with all the proper English touches. You'll also snag a ticket to the film's pre-screening on September 18th at 7pm at the Century 9 downtown. Snack away on English finger sandwiches, pastries with preserves, butter and clotted cream, cream puffs, and more. // Reservations required, $40 per person. Get your spot via

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