Make this week exceptional.
Monday, July 31: DIY Drinks @ Bourbon and Branch
Where: Bourbon and Branch, 501 Jones St. (Tenderloin), eventbrite.com
Why: In addition to teaching you solid cocktail recipes, you can count on the bartenders at this beloved speakeasy to give you a bit of history on each drink and show you how to properly handle your bar tools. Tickets are $100 per person.
Tuesday, August 1: Get Creative With Succulents @ Montalvo Arts Center
Where: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd. (Saratoga), montalvoarts.org
Why: You probably have succulents growing on your patio (or at least on your neighbor's). Make the most of them by creating your own bouquet or dining table centerpiece. Tickets are $65; register in advance at tickets.vendini.com.
Wednesday, August 2: Summer Sounds @ Embarcadero Center
When: Noon to 2pm
Where: Embarcadero Center, embarcaderocenter.com
Why: Liven up your lunch break with a free performance from The Harmonics, a Caribbean-style steel drum quartet, on the patio at Three Embarcadero.
Thursday, August 3: Outdoor Showing of La La Land @ Redwood City Courthouse Square
When: Sundown (approx. 8:30pm)
Where: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway (Redwood City), redwoodcity.org
Why: Take advantage of the South Bay's warmer temps and sing along al fresco to this magical modern musical.
Friday, August 4: See Kendrick Lamar @ Oracle Arena
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland), ticketmaster.com
Why: Because the rapper has won seven Grammys, hello. Tickets are $50 and (way) up.
Saturday, August 5: World Dog Surfing Championships
When: 9am to 2 pm
Where: Linda Mar Beach, Highway One and Linda Mar Blvd. (Pacifica), surfdogchampionships.com
Why: What could be more fun than cheering on these four-legged surfers on they ride the waves?
Sunday, August 6: Dine With the Cannaisseur Series
When: 6-10 pm
Where: Location TBD until 24 hours before, cannaisseurseries.ticketleap.com
Why: A four-course seasonal meal paired with cannabis-infused mocktails and mildly medicated hors d'oeuvres is a perfectly classy way to spend a Sunday evening. Plus, every guest goes home with a gift bag stuffed with $100 worth of goodies. All-inclusive tickets are $149.