20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.21.23)
Fly over to Alameda's former Naval base for this week's kick off of Radium Runway, a series of performances on shipping container stages, to benefit the development of the Performing Arts Center at Alameda Point. (Courtesy of @radiumpresents)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.21.23)


Is that fall we feel in the air? Just kidding, San Francisco always feels like that.

Ahead of the return of fall arts programming comes a series of end-of-summer affairs this week where you can shop local makers, eat fair food at the Civic Center Carnaval, adopt pets at Bark & Meow Around the Block, and hear free music in the park at NoisePop's Due South.

Plus, get ready for a full apartment refresh: SF's downtown Ikea store opens this week. Have a good one!

Quench your craving for half-priced drinks and free pizza at Mommenpop-up, with guest bartender Jared Murray (formerly of True Laurel); 6pm to 9pm Monday. // Beretta, 661 Divisadero St. (NoPa); RSVP at mpopberetta.splashthat.com.

Make it a moody Monday when you vibe out with Oakland's DJ Chatoyance, who'll be spinning feel-good funk, soul, and Afrobeats from the '70s and '80s to pair with drink specials; 9pm Monday. // Thee Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); get free tickets at theestorkclub.com.

Close your eyes, and pretend like you're sunning and eating seafood on a Sicilian beach in summertime: Delfina's Ferragosto wine dinner—featuring such dishes as prosciutto and melon, charred octopus, and local white seabass—aims to transport you to a holiday in Italy; seatings at 5:45pm and 8:15pm Tuesday. // Delfina, 3621 18th St. (Mission); reservations atopentable.com

Roll your own rainbow at Breakthrough Sushi's cooking, er, non-cooking class. You'll learn the finer points of rice and where to source and how to slice high-quality fish; 5:30pm to 8pm Tuesday. // Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post St. (Japantown); tickets ($99) at eventbrite.com

Get tickets for the grand opening of TacoRouge, the newest incarnation of the iconic spot in the old home of Nick’s Crispy Tacos. Celebrate the return of this creative Mexican restaurant/nightclub with a marching band and live music from HowellDevine Band, unlimited drinks, passed tacos and tostadas, a salsa bar, and more; 6:30pm to 10pm, Tuesday. // Taco Rouge, 1500 Broadway St (Russian Hill); tickets ($25) at eventbrite.com

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Trade in your old Scandinavian furnishings for something fresh: Ikea's SF city store opens Wednesday! In addition to over 50,000 square feet and 27 fully furnished room settings, the store is offering a buy back and resell program aimed at sustainable living. Look out for coworking space an a food hall coming soon; open 11am. // 945 Market St. (SoMa); for more info, go to ikea.com.

Show us what you've got: It's Anything Goes! open mic night; sign up by 6pm, show at 6:30pm Wednesday. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa) ; tickets ($20-$30) at eventbrite.com

Help bring life back to downtown at the four-day Civic Center Carnival. Among the amusements are rides and games, including a ferris wheel and a 100-foot super slide, and fair-style food (who wants funnel cake?!). The event kicks off an initiative to revitalize UN Plaza, which will bring a street skating area, exercise equipment, and game tables to the area beginning in September; 2:30pm to 9:30pm Thursday and Friday, beginning at 12:30pm Saturday; and noon to 8pm Sunday. // Fulton Street between Main Library and the Asian Art Museum; for more info, go to sf.gov/news.

Get "All the Feels" when you meet Oakland-born artist Tracy Piper at the opening reception for her new solo exhibit, a bright collection of relatable figurative paintings that delve into the human experience; 6pm to 9pm Friday, show through Sept. 23. // Voss Gallery, 3324 24th St. (Mission), vossgallery.art

Maybe you've been collecting the mugs and plates for years, or perhaps you're only just getting in on one of the Bay's most beloved brands. Either way, now you can get a closer look at Heath Ceramics with a small group factory and showroom tour; 11am Friday. // 2900 18th St. (Mission); advance RSVP ($15) required, eventbrite.com

Adopt a pet at Berkeley Humane's Bark & Meow Around the Block, a family-friendly street fair providing the opportunity to support more than 20 local animal shelters and rescues plus food, drink, and other vendors; 10am to 4pm Saturday. // 2700 9th St. (Berkeley),berkeleyhumane.org

Put a 90s-style spin on the dog days of summer at 21st Amendment's Augustfest, a free beer party featuring local brewery collaborations, food truck grub, outdoor activities, and live music; noon to 8pm Saturday. // 21st Amendment Brewery & Taproom, 2010 Williams St. (San Leandro); RSVP for free or get VIP tickets ateventbrite.com.

Immerse yourself in the ancient Chinese tradition of the Hungry Ghost Festival, said to be a healing force for restless spirits. Translation: There will be an awesome parade and family-friendly, inclusive community vibes hosted by the Chinese Culture Center of SF; 4pm to 9pm Saturday. // Rose Pak Station Upper Plaza (Chinatown), ghost-festival.org

Vegans, bring your appetites to Oakland for the purported world's largest Vegan Street Fair. Hosted by John Lewis (aka Bad Ass Vegan), the fest will feature more than 20 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors—think Farm Fresh to You, Malibu Burgers, and Vegan Weirdo. The event is free to attend, with food and drinks available for purchase; 11am to 7pm Saturday. // For more info, go to eventbrite.com.

Perk up your ears at Due South's second free concert of the 2023 series presented by NoisePop and SF Parks Alliance. Grab snacks from the food trucks and kick back while Cherry Glazerr, Momma, and King Isis take the stage; 2pm Saturday (additional shows Sept. 16 and Oct. 7). // Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (McClaren Park); get more info and RSVP at sanfranciscoparksalliance.org.

Meet your makers at Creative Communal's End of Summer Artisan Market. Bring your pups and sway your hips to live beats while you should locally crafted jewelry, clothes, and more; 11am to 4pm Saturday. // Fourth Street Maker’s Row, 1919 Fourth St. (Berkeley); more info at eventbrite.com

Try to handle it: Weed meets drag and bingo at Bong-o-Bingo with DJs, infused mocktails, and prizes; 6pm to 9pm Saturday. // Mission Cannabis Club, 2442 Mission St. (Mission); $15 at the door plus a $10 dispensary purchase (which includes a bingo board and raffle ticket, get more details on Facebook.

Bliss out with reiki and a sound bath in Golden Gate Park. If you've been checked out lately, Source Field Sound's Nicola Buffa will help you tune in; 1pm to 3pm Saturday. // Old Speedway Meadow (GGP); tickets (starting at $22) on eventbrite.com

Run run run away to Radium Runway, a seven-week event series that will transform Alameda's old Naval base into an industrial stage for cultural performances from the likes of Oakland hip-hop orchestra Milk Nawooj, salsa percussionist Javier Navarrette, and the Golden Hour Youth Music Festival. Some events are free, some are ticketed ($15-$30), but all include a backdrop of stunning city views; grand opening is noon to 3pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm Saturday; events through Oct. 15. // Get more info at radiumpresents.org and tickets at eventbrite.com.

Don't freak out: Widespread Panic is playing three nights of shows in Wine Country; 6pm Friday through Sunday. // Oxbow RiverStage, 1268 McKinstry St. (Napa); tickets at ticketmaster.com.

If you haven't oohed an aahed over the theatrics of Cirque du Soleil lately, get tickets while you still can to see Corteo, a silly tale of the beauty and tragedy of human life; through Sunday. // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at ticketmaster.com

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