20 Fun Things: Hit Sunday Streets in GGP, chase down the Hello Kitty truck + more events this week
Enjoy vino and munchies by the pond. (Courtesy of Ram's Gate Winery)

20 Fun Things: Hit Sunday Streets in GGP, chase down the Hello Kitty truck + more events this week


This week holds little bit of wellness, a lot of booze, and some culture for good measure.

Monday, May 28: Sip Vino Pondside

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: Ram's Gate Winery, 28700 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma), ramsgatewinery.com

Why: Ram's Gate Winery just launched a new experience just in time for summer. Get the pondside basket with a bottle of wine and four savory and sweet house made pairings like root veggie chips, Wagon Wheel shortbread, and key lime meringues, and chilled sparkling water to sip, snack and play on the pond. //facebook.com

Monday, May 28: BottleRock Hangover Show with St. Paul and the Broken Bones

When: 4:20pm to 9pm

Where: Petaluma Amphitheater, Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 North McDowell (Petaluma)

Why: Chill at Lagunitas in sunny Petaluma and enjoy their free live concert series. The St. Paul and the Broken Bones sold out in minutes, but a second round of tickets will be made available this week. Be sure to set an alarm as they'll go fast! // Tickets (free) will be available at eventbrite.com on March 25 at noon.

Tuesday, May 29: International Whiskey Tasting

When: 7pm to 9:30pm

Where: Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St. (Tenderloin)

Why: Taste and discussion the different nuances of eight different whiskeys from around the world from Ireland to Japan. // Tickets ($100) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 29: Herbal Hair Care Workshop

When: 6:30 to 9:30pm

Where: Ohlone Herbal Center, 1250 Addison St, Ste 113 (Berkeley)

Why: Tah-tah chemicals! Learn all natural hair care options from washing and brushing techniques to types of plants and essential oils to target specific hair types. In the class, you'll make an all natural shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo as well as delve into details of basic hair styling products. // Tickets ($90) are available at ohlonecenter.org.

Tuesday, May 29: Paint, Puff & Poetry

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: 1207 Sutter St. (TenderNob)

Why: Art and cannabis collide in an evening of creativity. Sit, puff, and listen to a local spoken word artist while watching a professional artist paint what they envision from the piece. Then, create your own masterpiece on a canvas. // Tickets ($40) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 29: Freestyle Dance

When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Dogpatch Dance and Yoga, 435 23rd St. (Dogpatch)

Why: Get moving in a 60-minute choreographed, all-levels hip hop dance class. Freestyle to killer playlists from street to smooth and sexy. The course is divided into counts of eight and repeats to give time to learn the routine over the course of the hour. // Tickets ($15) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, May 29: Aster x Harrington Wine Dinner

When: 5:30pm

Where: Aster, 1001 Guerrero St. (Mission), astersf.com

Why: Join Michelin starred Aster for their first ever wine dinner. Chef Brett Cooper will be doing a special five-course menu revolving around pours from winemaker Bryan Harrington, who is producing super unique vinos from obscure grapes grown in California. // Tickets ($129) are available at exploretock.com/astersf.

Wednesday, May 30: Sunset Silent Disco Beach Yoga

When: 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Where: Baker Beach

Why: Zen out by the waves to chill beats. You'll start with deep, cleansing breaths and then stretch and strengthen with an hour of all levels yoga. Headphones are provided to groove to curated music. // Tickets ($5-$28) are available at eventbrite.com.

Thursday, May 31: Resonate SoundBath and Reiki

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: Halcyon SF, 314 11th St. (SoMa)

Why: Halcyon presents a special edition of their soundbath series with light, color, aromatherapy and reiki touch from Nicola Noelle Buffa, who has a background in psychology, art, communication, and jazz music. // Tickets ($23) are available at facebook.com.

Thursday, May 31st: Hip Hop Thursdays at Hotel San Francisco

When: 6pm to closing

Where: Hotel San Francisco, 653 Commercial St (FiDi), hotelsf.com

Why: Hotel San Francisco, the new music-inspired bar in the Financial District, will be doing an old school hip hop night every Thursday. There'll be a special menu created by Chef Keven Wilson (RN74, Michael Mina, Perbacco) as well cocktails by Bar Director Jonny Cimone (Mestiza, Farmer Brown).

Friday, June 1: Arepas, Dumplings, Hand Pies, and Grits

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: Forage Kitchen, 478 25th St. (Oakland)

Why: Every first Friday, Forage Kitchen opens up its doors for the public to see and taste what their favorite chefs have been cooking up. This month will showcase Comidas Venezuela's tequeños and arepas; Good to Eat Dumplings' meat and veggie potstickers and pork belly baos; Oak and Fig Baking's savory hand pies, Bavarian pretzels, and cake slices; and Samara Southern Creations' shrimp grits with lump crab meat and blackberry thyme chicken 'n waffles. // RSVP at foragekitchen.com.

Friday, June 1-3: Berkeley World Music Festival

When: 8pm to 12am

Where: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. (Berkeley), lapena.org

Why: 15th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival is back and kicking off with a party at La Peña Cultural Center. Step into Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with tropical tunes including salsa, plena, and reggaeton; and delicious eats and booze. // Details on the party at lapena.org, see the full lineup at berkeleyworldmusic.org.

Friday, June 1: Voices from The Kitchen Storytelling Series

When: 6pm to 8:30pm

Where: Grand Theater/Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), voicesfromthekitchen.org

Why: Join La Cocina for the latest installment of their story telling project. The theme for this show will be service, and will feature stories and talks from writer and restaurant critic Rachel Levin, Lucky Peach co-founder Chris Ying, food writers Jon Kauffman and Jessica Battilana, Binita Pradhan of Bini's kitchen, and more. // Tickets ($65) are available at voicesfromthekitchen.org.

Saturday, June 2-3: Union Street Music Festival

When: 10am to 6pm

Where: Union Street from Gough to Fillmore (Cow Hollow)

Why: In its 42nd year, The Union Street Music Festival is back with over 24 live bands spanning five blocks. Listen to jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, and local bands, sip fine wines or tasty beers, and check out the arts and craft exhibitors. // sresproductions.com

Saturday, June 2: Nick's Cove Bayside Market

When: 11am to 2pm

Where: Nick's Cove, 23240 California 1 (Marshall), nickscove.com

Why: Nick's Cove has a new monthly bayside market held the first Saturday of every month. There'll be local vendors selling products like flowers, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, and veggies. Nick's Cove will also be offering up chowder, pastries, oysters of course, and beer.

Saturday, June 2: Sick Plant Clinic

When: 9am to 12pm

Where: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. (Berkeley)

Why: Diagnose and cure your sickly plants. Entomologists will be there to identity pests living in your green babies and give them a second chance. // events.berkeley.edu

Saturday, June 2: Hello Kitty Truck Takes Walnut Creek

When: 10am to 8pm

Where: Broadway Plaza,1275 Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek)

Why: Your favorite pink truck is back with a slew of new Hello Kitty sweets and swag. Go ga-ga over rainbow macarons, petite mini cakes, cookies boxes, and custom bow-shaped water bottles. // facebook.com

Sunday, June 3: Sunday Streets

When: 11am to 4pm

Where: Golden Gate Park, 1690 John F Kennedy Dr. (Sunset)

Why: SF's official block party is making its way to Sunset and Golden Gate Park. The streets will be closed off for five hours for dancing, hula hooping, dodgeball, yoga, and bubble parties to take over. // sundaystreetssf.com

Sunday, June 3: Ensambles Ballet Folklorico

When: 1pm to 2pm

Where: Jane Warner Memorial Plaza, 401 Castro St. (Castro)

Why: Through the summer, there will be a series of live performances on select weekends in the Castro. On the 3rd, head over to Jane Warner Memorial Plaza to see local Mexican folklorico dancing. // facebook.com

Sunday, June 3: Salt & Straw Chef Series

When: 11am to 11pm

Where: 2201 Fillmore (Pac Heights) and 586 Hayes St (Hayes Valley), saltandstraw.com

Why: Salt & Straw is doing a special chef collaboration flavor series made with some of the West Coast's best chefs. From San Francisco, there'll be an ice cream inspired by chef Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere) and her duck confit salad. Think duck fat ice cream with a honey gastrique, duck cracklings, and cherry preserves. There'll also be ice creams inspired by chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of LA's Kismet Seattle's Renee Erickson (Walrus & The Carpenter), and more.

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