The return of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival means spring has arrived. 🌸
Plus, look out for opening day at Oracle Park, a full moon dance party in the Presidio, West Coast Craft, a Bring Your Own Big Wheels race, Easter egg-stravaganzas, and the rise of Hunky Jesus.
Have a good one.
Start the week with a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. You deserve it; Monday, noon to 8pm. // Details at benjerry.com
Celebrate 170 years of the oldest scientific institution on the West Coast at the first annual Academy Day. Pay what you can to experience a live penguin and coral reef feeding, screen printing, and other hands-on activities; Tuesday, 8:30am to 5pm. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets at calacademy.org
Celebrate Passover with dinner at One Market Restaurant. The restaurant’s three-course meal includes matzoh ball soup, 12-hour smoked brisket, and flourless chocolate cake. The menu will be available for dining in, pickup, and delivery; Wednesday through Thursday, April 13th. // One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St. (Embarcadero); details at onemarket.com
Don your rosiest attire for a special Pink Full Moon hike and party on the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Tickets include a guided tour followed by pizza and snacks, drinks, and a DJ-led dance party under the full moon; Wednesday, 5pm to 9pm. // Presidio Tunnel Tops, 210 Lincoln Blvd. (Presidio); tickets at parksconservancy.org
Join Pomella for a community seder. This multi-course meal is a collaboration with Aliza Grayevsky Somech, chef from SF's Bishulim, who will guide you through the script and story of Passover. Following the blessings will be matzah ball soup, lamb meatball tagine, potato kugel, spring salad, vegetarian stuffed artichoke, and pistachio pavlova; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Pomella, 3770 Piedmont Ave (Oakland); reservations at store.pomellaoakland.com
Groove with SG Lewis for two nights in SF before the British singer/songwriter/producer heads to Indio for two weekends at Coachella; Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at axs.com
Lovers of live music in beautiful spaces won’t want to miss Mercury Soul at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. Expect sets from DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), DJ Justin Reed (Illmeasures Chicago) and additional performances throughout the night; Friday at 8pm. // Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); tickets at saintjosephsartssociety.com
Follow the smell of garlic fries and Krazy Krab sandwiches to opening day at Oracle. The Giants will take on the Kansas City Royals Friday at 1:35pm. // Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (SoMa); tickets at mlb.com
Wear your dancing shoes to the Asian Art Museum for a very special Non Stop Bhangra dance lesson and party to celebrate the launch of the Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art exhibition; Saturday, 6pm to 10pm. // Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center); tickets at eventbrite.com
Wind your way through West Coast Craft's beloved outdoor market as you shop for colorful pottery, unique textiles, and more goodies; Saturday, 10am to 3pm. // Fort Mason Center (Marina), westcoastcraft.com
Head to the de Young for a panel conversation with artists featured in the new exhibit, Ansel Adams in Our Time . There will be a talk about photography practices and processes followed by book signings with the artists; Saturday, 1pm to 2:30pm. // de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets at famsf.org
Feel the heat with Nigeria’s hottest pop star, Burna Boy. The Grammy-winning artist will bring his Love, Damini tour to Oakland on Saturday at 8pm. // Oakland Arena, 7000 S Coliseum Way (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com
The Castro’s Easter Eggstravaganza has it all: photos with the Easter Bunny, a Pomeranian fashion show, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, drag queen story time, an Easter bonnet contest, and more. Yes, more; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Noe Street between Market and Beaver (Castro); RSVP at eventbrite.com
See the blooms at the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the West Coast. The annual springtime celebration will also feature traditional drumming and dance performances, a slew of delicious eats, and of course plenty of gorg photo ops over two weekends; 11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Japantown Peace Plaza (Japantown); details at sfcherryblossom.org
Hop on over to Marin Country Mart for an egg hunt, spring basket decorating, visits with real chicks and bunnies, and more family fun; Saturday, 10:30am to 3pm. // Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing (Larkspur); details at eventbrite.com
Hunky Jesus rises again. Spend Easter with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hootin' and hollerin' for your favorite competitor in the Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus contest, enjoying appearances by Honey Mahogany, Connie Champagne, Kitten on the Keys, and more; Sunday, noon to 4pm. // Dolores Park (Mission); details at facebook.com
Get a little zany at the Bring Your Own Big Wheel race. Join in on the fun (or save yourself a trip to the hospital by just watching) as racers in costumes head full speed down one of San Francisco's windiest streets; Sunday, 2pm to 5pm. // Vermont St. (Potrero Hill); details at bringyourownbigwheel.com
Crash the Capulets’ ballroom when Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers comes to life through passionate dancing, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and stunning design; April 21-30. // San Francisco Ballet at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfballet.org
Thank you to our partners at San Francisco Ballet.