23 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.11.22)
Bastille on Belden returns to FiDi this week after an eight-year hiatus.

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.11.22)


Don't put away your red, white, and blue just yet: This week there are multiple ways to celebrate France's Bastille Day.

Plus, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony; more than 100 independent vendors will set up at the San Francisco Art Book Fair; the Hayes Valley Carnival celebrates it 111th Anniversary, and so much more.

Have a good one!

Toast to the Town at Oakland’s newest cocktail bar, Night Heron. Choose between “Downtown” cocktails served on the rocks, “Uptown” cocktails served up, or “Old Oakland” drinks with low-to-no ABV; Monday to Thursday, 5pm to midnight and Friday to Saturday, 5pm to 2am. // 1780 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); details on Instagram @nightheron1780.

Let yourself be razzle-dazzled during the final week of “The Prom,” the Broadway hit musical playing at BroadwaySF’s Golden Gate Theatre through Sunday, July 17. // 1 Taylor St. (Tenderloin); tickets at broadwaysf.com.

Surrender your heart and set your alarm to secure free tickets to see Leann Rimes at Stern Grove Festival on July 24th. Tickets go live this Tuesday at 2pm. Reservations are required for all shows this year and they go fast. Good luck! // Sigmund Stern Grove (Parkside); reservations at sterngrove.org.

Get in your feels at the 21st anniversary tour of The Shins' 2001 hit album Oh, Inverted World.(We’ll be pre-gaming by watching Garden State); Tuesday at 8pm. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at axs.com.

Have a paw-sitively good time with your pup and Berkeley Humane at the Claremont Club & Spa’s Barks & Bites. Enjoy happy hour bites (for humans and pets), floof-inspired cocktails, and more; Wednesday, 4pm to 7pm. // Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd. (Berkeley); details at fairmont.com.

Watch history in the making when 250 chorus members from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus perform for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony; Wednesday at 7:30pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley); tickets at sfsymphony.org.

If you can't resist "the world's most-loathed form of humor," the Bay Area Pun-Off is for you. Sit back and try not to cringe at this live wordplay competition; Thursday at 7pm. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at seetickets.us.

Book your timed tickets to finally see Diego Rivera’s America, opening at SFMOMA on Saturday. Then, celebrate more than 150 must-see works of art with a free community day including music and performances on Sunday. // SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (SoMa), sfmoma.org

Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.

Delight in dinner and live music at Uccello Lounge, the lovely new restaurant from James Beard Award–winning chef Loretta Keller inside the SF Conservatory of Music perform; open for dinner Thursdays through Saturdays. Read about our first taste at 7x7.com. // 200 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley); reservations at uccellolounge.com

Let your hair down for Corinne Bailey Rae live in concert; Thursday at 8pm. // Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at axs.com.

Cleanse your soul with a sound bath meditation; Thursday, 8pm to 9:30pm. // Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St. (Bayview); tickets at eventbrite.com.

After an eight-year hiatus, Bastille on Belden is back. Transport yourself to Europe in the heart of Downtown SF with classic accordion music, French-inspired dishes served by the restaurants of Belden Place, and complimentary berets provided by Downtown SF; Thursday, 5pm to 9:30pm. // Belden Place, 374 Bush St. (Financial District); details at downtownsf.org

The 5th San Francisco Art Book Fair returns this weekend for a free, multi-day festival celebrating artists' publications. Over 100 independent publishers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts will have books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and more to shop. Plus, the fair hosts a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions, and signings. SFABF’s opening night celebration will take place Thursday, July 14 from 6pm to 10pm and will feature music from DJ Sue Problema, beverages from True Laurel, Buddy, and Bar Part Time, and food from Tacos San Buena. // Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street Project (Dogpatch); details at sfartbookfair.com.

Celebrate Bastille Day with authentic French traditions, champagne flights, and entertainment including a unicyclist, stilt walker, and magician. Don't forget to wear your red, white, and blue; all-day Thursday. // Left Bank Brasserie locations (Larkspur, Menlo Park, San Jose); details at leftbank.com.

Experience one of North America’s most unique boutique festivals in the heart of California’s iconic redwood forests. Northern Nights connects music and nature on the Humboldt/Mendocino border with an eclectic mix of live music, camping, yoga, and an industry-leading cannabis program; Friday to Monday. // Cooks Valley Campground (Piercy); tickets at northernnights.org.

Party in the streets for SF’s official Bastille Day celebration. Celebrate Paris, San Francisco’s sister city, with a full-day of French culture, food, wine, Kronenbourg beer, a vintage car show, and more; Saturday, 11am to 6:30pm. // Embarcadero Plaza (Embarcadero); details at bastilledaysf.org.

Treat yourself to craft cocktails, tarot readings, a nail bar, free ice cream, and a curated shop of local brands at Oakland’s Sip Shop Eat pop-up; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 6pm. // Oak Stop, 2323 Broadway (Oakland); tickets at sipshopeat.com.

A Bay Area tradition, 106.1 KMEL Summer Jam is back with performances from Roddy Ricch, Wale, Vince Staples, and Yung Bleu; Saturday, 5:30pm. // Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd. (Concord); tickets at livenation.com.

Drink beer in an inflatable, British-style pub at Pub in the Park. Plus, bring your picnic gear and spend the day listening to live bluegrass music, playing croquet and cornhole, and enjoying food truck bites; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // Red Morton Park (Redwood City); details at redwoodcity.org.

Peddle for a $1,000 winning hand at the Rails to Trails Explorer’s Club Hold’em Power Poker Ride. Collect poker chips along your selected bike route to serve as your entry fee for the Texas Hold’em tournament and festivities at the finish line; 8:30am to 1:30pm Saturday. // The Waymark, 101 Pringle Ave. (Walnut Creek); register for free at eventbrite.com.

Thank you to our partners at The Waymark.

Be entertained at the 111th Anniversary of the Hayes Valley Carnival. This free, family-friendly event will feature Flip*Flop*Fly*, a one-ring outdoor circus show by Circus Bella, carnival activities, and food and beverages from local vendors; Saturday, noon to 5pm. // Proxy, 432 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley); details at eventbrite.com.

Take in epic views of the Bay while supporting a worthy cause at Epic Steak’s annual High on the Hog. Taste your way through pork-centric gourmet bites (Waterbar, Perry’s Scoma, Baby Blues BBQ, and more) and pinot noir from award-winning wineries. This year will also feature a watermelon eating contest, a raffle, and live music. All proceeds will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind; Sunday, noon to 3pm. // Epic Steak, 369 The Embarcadero South (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com.

Head to Birch & Rye for an authentic, family-style dinner benefitting World Central Kitchen's efforts to support Ukraine; Sunday at 5pm. // Birch & Rye, 1320 Castro St. (Noe Valley); tickets at eventbrite.com.

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