Exploratorium reopens this week with its Thursday night After Dark series IRL once again. (Courtesy of Exploratorium)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.28.21)


You guys, it's going to be such a good week.

We're talking about Sunset Squares pizza in an new beer hall meets NFT gallery situation; a bound-to-be-hilarious reopening show at The Punch Line; the return of Exploratorium's After Dark; hot dogs and drag on the roof at Oasis; yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral; and, of course, all the Fourth of July fireworks and starry vibes you could want to celebrate our return to freedom.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, all.

Pick up Ampersand's summer care package—a farmers market-ready tote filled with a Turkish beach towel, hand-blown drinking glasses, natural carbonated drink mixers, a citrusy candle, and more.// $112 at Ampersand, 2190 Market St. (Upper Market), ampersandsf.com

Order the Golden State Double at Shake Shack's new Westfield location. On opening day, the restaurant will donate $1 from every order to La Cocina; Monday. // Westfield SF Centre, 865 Market St. (Downtown), shakeshack.com

Get zen with live music during Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral. Advance reservations ($15 suggested donation) are a must; Tuesdays at 6:15pm. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill), gracecathedral.org

Grab a latte from queer-owned and -operated Milk SF. With a bright blue facade, rainbow staircase and parklet, this new opened cafe, which opened over Pride weekend, is hard to miss. // Milk SF, 302 Valencia St. (Mission), milk-sf.com

It's hip to be square at SSP Beer Hall, the new pie and brewski mecca from chef Dennis Lee's Sunset Squares Pizza, which as of last week has taken over the old Perennial space. Expect signature Cal-Korean sourdough 'za with toppings such as mapo tofu and bulgogi beef alongside cans and beers on tap from the likes of Harmonic, Cellarmaker, and Far West Cider. Don't forget to check out the NFT gallery, the first of its kind in SF; Wednesday through Sunday. // SSP Beer Hall, 59 9th St. (SoMa), sunsetsquares.com

Vibe out inside Gray Area's CineChamber
. The immersive Recombinant Rebound retrospective features visual and auditory experiences by electronic musicians, animator, and videographers; shows at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm Wednesday through Sunday. // Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. (Mission); tickets ($25) on grayarea.org

Have lunch at Meadowood
. Deeply damaged by the wildfires last year, the famed Meadowood resort is reopening little by little. Members have already been welcomed back to the pool and fitness, now the resort's picturesque Terrace Cafe is open daily to the public. Go for al fresco daytime meals with dishes including mahi tacos, smoked salmon and avocado toast, and Ahi tuna poke. Guess what? They're also taking reservations for stays after August 1st. // Meadowood, 900 Meadowood Ln. (St. Helena), meadowood.com; dining reservations on resy.com

Drink wine and paint a still life at Rombauer Vineyards. Light bites will keep the creative juices going; Wednesday from noon to 3pm. // Rombauer Vineyards, 3522 Silverado Trail North (St. Helena); tickets ($85 for nonmembers) on rombauer.com

Learn more about San Francisco's cultural districts during a six-webinar series featuring local guests including César Cadabes (advisory board member, Castro LGBTQ Cultural District), Ebon Glenn (operations director, African American Arts & Culture District), and Roberto Hernandez (event producer, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District). Sponsored by Alaska Airlines, the event also promises the opportunity to win airline tickets. // First episode is 4pm to 5pm Wednesday; register for free at Eventbrite.

Hang with Nick Cho—aka "Your Korean Dad." In addition to cofounding Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, Cho now boasts more than 2.7 million TikTok followers,. Expect some good stories; Thursday at noon. // The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets ($10) on commonwealthclub.org

Crack up at the Punch Line's Grand Reopening Allstar Showcase. Expect a lineup with comedians who've made appearances on Comedy Central and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; Thursday at 8pm. // The Punch Line, 444 Battery St. (FiDi); details and tickets ($28) on punchlinecomedyclub.com

Get tix to Stanford Live's outdoor shows. The IRL series kicks off this week with a performance by saxophonist Joshua Redman and tabla player Zakir Hussain. Future acts include Fantastic Negrito (July 8) and SFJazz Collective (July 29); Thursday at 7:30pm. // Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lausen St. (Stanford); schedule and tickets ($45 and up) on live.stanford.edu

Buy your weed from queer-owned brands that give back to the community. When you purchase Double Rainbow flower from Sonoma Hills Farm, Doze Drops from The Farmaceuticals Co, and pre-rolls from Stone Road, a portion of your dollars will be donated to orgs including the SF Queer Nightlife Fund, The Trevor Project, and the LGBTQ Freedom Fund. // Shop queer-owned cannabis brands at getsava.com.

Write your truth at the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute's City Stories workshop. Writing exercises and the chance to read your work aloud will help you develop your voice and share unique stories about your time in SF; noon to 2pm this Thursday and July 15. // CounterPulse, 80 Turk St. (Tenderloin); register (free) on eventbrite.com

Learn something new at the Exploratorium. Just reopened, the waterfront museum awaits with wondrous experiences by day as well as its popular After Dark parties; opening to the public on Thursday. // The Exploratorium, Pier 17 (Embarcadero); details and tickets on exploratorium.edu

Have Queer Visions. You'll learn about how nightlife helped shape SF's queer community via entertainments posters from the 1970s to 1990s culled from the Stud Archive, plus works by younger queer artists; Thursday through Sunday, through August 15. // Haight Street Art Center, 215 Haight St. (Lower Haight), haightstreetart.org

Catch the art exhibition Pollan-ators, inspired by Michael Pollan's famed nonfiction book The Botany of Desire. The group show features works that explore humans' coevolution with flora. To get the full experience, enjoy cocktails inspired by the art and chat with the artists at Friday's opening reception, 5pm to 8pm; on view through August 28. // Palette SF, 816 Folsom St. (SoMa); details and reception RSVP on palette-gallery.com

Book a getaway to Carneros Resort and Spa, then enjoy some vinyl and vino at Farm. Executive chef Aaron Meneghelli is curating playlists from his own record collection as the soundtrack for a raw bar station, small bites, and pours from a rotating list of local wineries including Hudson Ranch and Ashes & Diamonds; 5pm to 8pm first Fridays in July through October. // Farm Pavilion at Carneros Resort and Spa, 4048 Sonoma Hwy (Napa), carnerosresort.com

Kick it at the Assemble Marketplace Pop-up Party. There will be plenty to keep you entertained all afternoon—think live gypsy jazz and DJ tunes; booths stocked with vintage and artisan vendors; eats from the likes of Rock Island Oyster Co. and Tommys BBQ Co.—and adult bevvies from Pacific Standard, Madre Mezcal, and Old Caz Brewing; 2pm to 7pm Saturday. // Assemble Marketplace at the Craneway, 1414 Harbour Way South (Richmond); tickets ($5, include $10 credit for food or beverage) on eventbrite.com

Listen to the Rebirth Brass Band. Hailing from New Orleans, the funk band is taking over Orinda's outdoor Bruns Theater for an evening with Berkeley-raised singer-songwriter Destani Wolf; Saturday at 7pm. // Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way (Orinda); tickets ($56) on etix.com

Enjoy hot dogs and drag on the rooftop at Oasis during Media Meltdown's Fourth of July bash, featuring performances by Franzia Kafka, Piranha, Snaxx, Luke Modelo, and Obsidienne Obsurd; Sunday at 6pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa), tickets ($7) on eventbrite.com

Drink your way through the holiday weekend. The annual SF Fourth of July Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest brings two days of bar hopping with DJs, dancing, and drink specials at the likes of McTeague's Saloon, Lush Lounge, Soda Popinski's, Wreck Room, and more. Sign up for the hot dog eating contest here; 2pm and 8pm Saturday and 4pm and 8pm Sunday. // Details and tickets ($12) on july4sf.com

Don't miss the fireworks! Fourth of July festivities will be booming over the SF Bay and beyond. Take our guide to what's happening on the Fourth—including firework displays, concerts, and more; 7x7.com.

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