18 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.31.23)
Celebrate AAPI communities with Chinese lion dancing, Hawaiian hula, Japanese Genryu arts, and more at this weekend's annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. (Courtesy of Nihonmachi Street Fair)

18 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.31.23)


There’s a street fair or festival for every flavor this week.

Take your pick between the annual Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown, Art Walk SF’s Outer Sunset street fest, Jerry Day, Jack London Brewing District's block party, the SF Drag King Contest, Maritime Day in Sausalito, and more.

Have a fun one.

Get the tea from Imperial Tea Court founder and tea master Roy Fong in a guided tasting; Tuesday at 5:30pm. // Imperial Tea Court, 1 Ferry Building Shop #27 (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

Test your knowledge at Fort Point’s trivia night in North Beach. Expect six rounds of San Francisco–related trivia with prizes up for grabs hosted at a legacy watering hole; Tuesday, 7pm to 10pm. // Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe, 12 William Saroyan Pl. (North Beach); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Boogie on down to The Midway for a roller disco fundraiser with Church of 8 Wheels and Beats Drop Cancer. Bring your own skates or rent some onsite; Thursday at 7pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at tixr.com

Be one of the first to take in SFMOMA’s new exhibition, Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, Fafa Esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales. Opening night will be held on First Thursday which offers free admission for Bay Area residents. Plus, there will be food for purchase and live music; Thursday at 6pm. // SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (SoMa); tickets at sfmoma.org

Don your gear and get outdoors with free entrance to all National Parks and monuments—including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park— to honor the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act; Friday. // Details at nps.gov

Swing into the weekend with First Friday Nights at CuriOdyssey. The monthly family-friendly event includes live music, food trucks, animal presentations, and science activities; Friday, 5pm to 8pm. // CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr. (San Mateo); tickets at curiodyssey.org

See Grammy winner Maxwell take the stage with the SF Symphony. The groundbreaking neo-soul artist, famed for redefining the genre, will reimagine his most iconic hits with orchestra; Friday and Saturday. // For tickets, go to sfsymphony.org.

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Remind yourself why the West Coast is the best coast at The Cheese School’s wine and cheese pairing event. Taste your way through an array from California, Oregon, and Washington; Friday, 6pm to 8pm. // The Cheese School, 2535 3rd St. (Dogpatch); tickets at thecheeseschool.com

No reservation? No problem. Learn to make your own 5-star meal in a virtual hand roll and onigiri-making class with Virtual Table and Feed App. You’ll be sent all the ingredients to make the recipes from the comfort of your home; Friday, 5pm to 6:30pm. // Tickets at feedapp.com

Explore SF’s charming, ocean-adjacent neighborhood at Art Walk SF’s Outer Sunset street festival. Peruse pop-up galleries, local merchants and sidewalk sales; Saturday, noon to 5pm. // Irving St. between 19th and 25th Ave. (Outer Sunset); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Stop by the annual Nihonmachi Street Fair for music, performances, and community; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. // Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd. (Japantown), nihonmachistreetfair.org

Put some flowers in your hair and pay tribute to the late, great Jerry Garcia. The 21st annual Jerry Day promises to be a love fest with an eclectic group of performers; Saturday at 11:30am. // Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre at McLaren Park, 50 John F Shelley Dr. (Portola), jerryday.org

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

Get nautical at Maritime Day. Observe a wooden boat building demonstration, raise a cheer at the dinghy dash race, see historic vessels, and take a free boat ride aboard Galilee Harbor’s own SV Carodon. Plus, shop the popular marine flea market and artist booths, nosh on fish and chips, and listen to live music; Saturday, 8am to 6pm. // Galilee Harbor, 300 Napa St. (Sausilito); details at galileeharbor.org

The first edition of the Park Market at Crane Cove is popping up this weekend with local makers, food and drinks, activities, and musicians at the waterfront; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Crane Cove Park, 18th St. (Dogpatch); details at sanfranciscoparksalliance.org

Get a taste of Oakland’s vibrant beer scene at the second annual Jack London Brewing District Block Party.
Join Dokkæbier, Oakland United, Original Pattern, Buck Wild, Hella Coastal, Shapeshifters, and Cellarmaker Brewing for unlimited tastings; Sunday, noon to 5pm. // Jack London Square, 285a 5th St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Support your local LGBTQ+ artists, performers, and shop owners at Castro Art Mart; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Noe St. between Market and Beaver St. (Castro); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Time to MANifest SF’s next Drag King at the 27th Annual SF Drag King Contest with hosts Fudgie Frottage and Sister Roma. Ticket proceeds will benefit PAWS and Rocket Dog Rescue; Sunday at 7pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com
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