Summer events are heating up around the Bay just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Show of hands, who stress-ordered some sort of air-conditioning unit last week? ✋ With slightly cooler days ahead, we've rounded up the best ways to spend your week around the Bay Area.
Transport yourself back to summer camp days at the limited-time, Michelin-starred Marlena pop-up; laugh until it hurts with comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short; find joy in soy at the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival; and so much more.
Have a good one!
Join Check, Please! host Leslie Sbrocco to celebrate the resilience of the Bay Area's culinary spirit with the return of Taste & Sip. Sample food from dozens of restaurants featured on the show plus wines from Leslie's favorite local wineries; Monday at 6:30pm. // San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams St. (SoMa); tickets at kqed.org.
Drink rosé for reproductive freedom! Spurred by the SCOTUS' reversal of Roe v. Wade, DecantSF's women cofounders, Cara Patricia and Simi Grewal, will be donating 10 percent of every bottle of pink wine (perfect for Fourth of July barbecues) sold to the National Network of Abortion Funds; Monday through Sunday. // DecantSF, 1168 Folsom St. (SoMa), decantsf.com
Be the hero of your summer get-together by learning how to mix up refreshing, sparkling cocktails with the pros at The Alembic; Monday, 7pm to 10pm. // The Alembic, 1725 Haight St. (Upper Haight); tickets at eventbrite.com.
Relive your summer camp glory days for a limited-time at the Marlena pop-up. The Bernal Heights Michelin-starred restaurant is holdin a Summer Camp pop-up at Hotel Zeppelin through Labor Day. Choose between an à la carte dining experience in the lounge or a seasonal summer tasting menu ($125). Whatever you do, don't miss the tabletop gourmet s'mores; Tuesdays through Saturdays, through September 3rd. // Summer Camp at Hotel Zepplin, 545 Post St. (TenderNob); reservations at marlenarestaurant.com.
Grateful Dead Night returns to Ashkenaz! Deadheads unite on the dance floor as a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians play through the Dead’s vast catalog; Wednesday, 7:30pm to 11pm. // Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com.
Get your daily dose of veg at Greens' one-night-only guest chef dinner featuring chef Crystal Wahpepah of the Native American (and James Beard–nominated) Wahpepah’s Kitchen. Greens’ chef Katie Reicher will collaborate with Wahpepah on a vegetarian menu made from locally sourced ingredients with a portion of proceeds will benefit Foodwise to support education and food access programs; Tuesday, 5:30pm to 9pm. // Greens Restaurant, Bld. A, Fort Mason (Marina); reservations at opentable.com.
Taste your way through the major cheese-producing regions of Italy alongside perfectly paired wines at The Cheese School's Italian cheese and wine class. Buon Gusto! Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // The Cheese School, 900 North Point St. (Fisherman's Wharf); tickets at eventbrite.com.
Prepare to be mesmerized by the wonderful world of arthropods at Bugs, a fantastical exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences created by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Weta Workshop. With ultra-detailed, larger-than-life models, video, hands-on activities, scientific specimens and immersive experiences, visitors will delight in the bizarre beauty of bugs, glimpse the world from their perspective, and learn just how they’ve evolved some of their amazing adaptations and behaviors; open now through January 22, 2023. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); buy tickets at calacademy.org.
Thank you to our partners at California Academy of Sciences.
Shake, Rattle and Roll at the Make-Out Room's Elvis Presley Tribute Night. The party will be all Elvis all night, with the San Francisco Elvis All-Stars band playing their way through the King of Rock n Roll's hits; Thursday, 7pm to 10pm. // Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (Mission); tickets at elvisbowiebash.com.
LOL with comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short at the pair's new show, You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today! at Frost Amphitheater this week. The two titans of comedy will be accompanied by pianist Jeff Babko and Grammy-winning American bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers; Thursday at 8pm. // Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lausen St. (Stanford); tickets at stanford.edu
The 2022 Marin County Fair returns this week! The whole family can enjoy outdoor entertainment including concerts (Sheila E., Dumpstaphunk), roaming performers, interactive art experiences, carnival rides, and fireworks every night over the Civic Center’s Lagoon Park; Thursday, through July 4th. // Marin County Fair, 10 Ave of the Flags (San Rafael); tickets at fair.marincounty.org.
Taste summer's finest at Far Niente's Cabernet Grill. Toast to the season with fab Napa wines, freshly smoked brisket, and more grilled favorites during this cabernet-inspired event; Friday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. // Far Niente Winery, 1350 Acacia Dr. (Napa); tickets at exploretock.com
If you're queer and like to drink beer, head to Manny's for a viewing of Fire Island,the recently released Hulu film where two best friends embark on a weeklong vacation to the famous gay escape off the southern shore of Long Island; Friday at 6:30pm. // Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission); RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Blaze the Oakland Cannabis Trail. Developed by Visit Oakland in collaboration with cannabis travel enthusiasts and Oakland’s leading retailers, the curated trip will take you through the Town’s diverse neighborhoods, premium cannabis retail shops, an array of restaurants, local attractions, art exhibits, and the great outdoors. // 7x7.com/oakland-cannabis-trail
Thank you to our partners at Visit Oakland.
Get wine drunk and learn a thing or two at Wine Explorers Club. This dining experience from the folks at Nove Vineyards will highlight food pairings designed to highlight the personalities of each wine; Friday at 6:30pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at exploretock.com.
Find joy in soy at the return of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival. Expect free samples, food vendors, live performances, artisan vendors, children's activities, and a chance to win round-trip tickets to Japan; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd. (Japantown); details at soyandtofufest.org.
Treat yourself to a cuppa and scone at Lovey's Tea Shoppe while shopping local artists and makers at a special pop-up event; Saturday, 11am to 3pm. // Lovey's, 4431 CA-1 (Pacifica); details at facebook.com.
Toasted Life's 4th of July Block Party is the place to be this weekend. Bring your best vibes and get down to hip-hop, R&B, Afrobeats, and more in Downtown Oakland; Saturday, 2pm to 7pm. // 341 13th St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com.
Calling all dancing queens—relive the golden age of Studio 54 at the ultimate Abba disco dance party. Bring the glitter and glitz to celebrate the band's new album, Voyage. We’ll see you under the disco ball; Saturday, 9:30pm. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com
Don't miss the first installment of Illum, The Midway's new annual 4th of July weekend block party featuring two headlining sets from Kaskade, multiple stages, food trucks, art galleries, and much more; Saturday, 2pm to 3am. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at tixr.com
Art Walk SF takes over Divisadero this Saturday with pop-up galleries, live music, mural-making, roller skating, and much more; Saturday, 2pm to 7pm. // Divisadero St., between Haight & Golden Gate (NoPa); details at eventbrite.com.
Oakland-based festival Mosswood Meltdown will have its inaugural edition this weekend after two years of pandemic-related delays. Hosted by John Waters, the fest, which is a replacement for Burger Boogaloo, will feature performances from Bikini Kill, Kim Gordon, Hunx and His Punx, Shannon Shaw, the Linda Lindas, Dirtbombs, and more; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10pm. // Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. (Oakland); tickets at mosswoodmeltdown.com.
Get your vegan food fix at The Bizerkeley Food Fest, benefitting Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Services. Taste your way through more than 40 vegan food and drink vendors, plus enjoy live performances, a silent auction, and discounts from Sports Basement; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com.
Pack a picnic and head to Stern Grove Festival for performances from Cold War Kids and Geographer this week. Attending the show at the outdoor amphitheater is still free but, unlike in past years, you must reserve your spot online in advance and show up early to get a good seat (entry, even with reservations, is still first-come-first-served); Sunday at 2pm. // Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd. (Parkside); tickets at sterngrove.org