20 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.24.23)
Three days of A-list performances take over Napa this weekend. (Courtesy of Blue Note Jazz Festival)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.24.23)


Brave the heat for Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, hosted by Dave Chapelle and with headlining performances from Mary J. Blige, Nas, Chance the Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., and Ari Lennox.

Plus, the San Francisco Symphony does Drake, a beer festival takes over the Presidio, the Bay Area's largest night market returns, SFMOMA hosts a rooftop dance party, and much more.

Have a good one!

Cue the OMGs—River Otter Snow Days are back. Look on as the brother river otters slip and slide in hundreds of pounds of fresh ice. You’ll get early access to the aquarium where you’ll warm up with coffee and pastries and an hour of river otter viewing before the aquarium opens to the public; Tuesday at 9:30am. // Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at aquariumofthebay.org

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please. Treat yourself to all-you-can-eat breakfast tacos and Champagne at the kick off for Bubb Club, a collaboration series between sommelier Francesca Maniace (A16, Commonwealth, Che Fico) and Osito chef/owner Seth Stowaway; Tuesday, 4pm to 8pm. // Osito, 2875 18th St. (Mission); tickets at tock.com

Keep the nostalgic summer vibes going at opening night of the Santa Clara County Fair. There will be carnival rides, furry animal encounters, farm-to-table and fried eats, and—well, you know the drill; Wednesday through Sunday, August 6. // Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd. (San Jose); tickets at thefair.org

Get your kicks at the Women’s World Cup Village. Cheer on Team USA as they take on the Netherlands at this free, public viewing party complete with a beer garden, food trucks, and family-friendly activities for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup; Wednesday at 4pm. // Embarcadero Plaza, Steuart St. (Embarcadero); RSVP at eventbrite.com

A one-night-only Loló and Liliana collab will mean unique cocktails, a mezcal fountain, and Loló classics like ceviche and birria flatbread alongside the Liliana menu; Wednesday, 5pm to 10pm. // Liliana, 2875 18th St. (Mission); bar walk-ins are welcome, tables are available to book through resy.com.

‘Tis the season for rooftop parties. SFMOMA is in on the actin with its first-ever summer music series. This first edition is in partnership with Oakland-based creative collective SmartBomb. Throughout the evening, tune into live music by KeiyaA, Low Leaf, and Three6Sashia while enjoying food and drinks, art encounters, and views of the SF skyline; Thursday, 5pm to 8pm. // SFMOMA, 151 3rd St. (SoMa); tickets at sfmoma.org

Explore the largest night market in the Bay Area. Inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, the roving event returns with all the food, drink, live entertainment, and carnival games; Friday, 3pm to 11pm and Saturday to Sunday, 1pm to 11pm. // Alameda County Fairgrounds, 2005 Valley Ave. (Pleasanton); tickets at 626nightmarket.com

A new menu at Kaiyo Rooftop is launching in time for Peruvian Independence Day. Celebrate Fiestas Patrias with festive decor, giveaways, live salsa music, and new Peruvian-fusion menu items; Friday, 6pm to 9pm. // 701 3rd St., 12th Floor (SoMa); reservations at resy.com

Hang with host Dave Chapelle at this year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival. Mary J. Blige, Nas, Chance the Rapper, Ari Lennox, Gary Clark Jr., and more will take the stage; Friday to Sunday. // Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd. (Napa); tickets at bluenotejazz.com

Party for the parks at Parks4All Brewfest. Taste your way through more than 20 local breweries, plus check out food trucks, giveaways, live music, and games with Presidio Bowl and Tipsy Putt; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Civil War Parade Ground, Graham St. (Presidio); tickets at eventbrite.com

Raise a glass for a good cause at Reid Family Vineyards' Crush MS Summer Celebration. Taste wine from more than 20 wineries and enjoy tasty bites while raising funds for multiple sclerosis research and MS related programs; Saturday, 4pm to 7pm. // Reid Family Vineyards 1020 Borrette Ln. (Napa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Reconsider the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Drake when blended with the work of another composer-romanticist, Tchaikovsky. The SF Symphony and guest vocalists are taking on a unique blend; Saturday at 7:30pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org

Take wild and thought-provoking ride with the San Francisco Mime Troupe.They'll be performing a new show, Breakdown. Come early for live music; Saturday at 2pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St. (SoMa); details at sfmt.org

Experience the charm of Benicia at the city’s two-day Waterfront Festival. Expect live music, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities, and more; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. // First Street Green (Downtown Benicia); tickets at beniciamainstreet.org

Enjoy a free concert in Union Square Plaza before embarking on the Blooms & Bubbles Bar Crawl. Your ticket gets you free entry to 10 bars with exclusive drink specials and swag, plus the official after party at Love + Propaganda; 1pm Saturday. // Union Square, 234 Geary St. (Union Square); tickets at pubcrawls.com

Beat the midday jitters with a guided coffee tasting and book signing with celebrated coffee writer Kenneth Davids; Saturday at 1pm. // The Caffè by Mr. Espresso, 1120 Broadway (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Congregate on La Mar's waterfront patio for Peru Market Day. Honor Peru’s Independence Day with an array of bites, a pisco cocktail bar; live music, and surprises; Sunday, noon to 3pm. // La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2 (Embarcadero); tickets ateventbrite.com

Celebrate 20 years of Arizmendi's delish sauce-free pizza and corn cherry scones. It's a party, so expect live jazz music, face painting, arts and crafts, raffles, and free cupcakes; Sunday, 7am to 7pm. // Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria, 4301 San Pablo Ave. (Emeryville); details on instagram.com

Watch on as the wheeled dancers of Golden Gate Park skate their stuff at the San Francisco Skaters Showcase. Hosted by Church of 8 Wheels, skaters will perform their routines in singles, couples, and groups; Sunday, noon to 5pm. // Skatin' Place, 6th Ave. (Golden Gate Park); details at churchof8wheels.com

Experience the caped crusader like never before as the SF Symphony performs Michael Giacchino’s captivating score alongside The Batman; Aug. 2-3. // Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org.

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