22 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.17.24)
Make reservations for PrimeBird, Nightbird chef Kim Alter's meaty send-up to her favorite restaurant, SF's iconic House of Prime Rib. (Adahlia Cole)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.17.24)


Whatever your flavor of culture, this week has something for you.

We’ve got Fernet on tap at Tony’s and a Boba Fest in SoMA. There’s live theater in Berkeley and a live dating show in the Marina. The literal circus is in town.

Oh, and shameless self-promotion: 7x7 Social Club's pop-up is opening this Thursday in Jackson Square! If you think we're fun on screen, just wait until you meet us in person.

Make it a Fernet. Tony’s Pizza has a new menu item—perfectly chilled and icy fresh shots from the world’s first Fernet Branca machine. Enjoy the unofficial drink of San Francisco with the pizza we’re proud to call our own; open daily. // Tony's Pizza Napoletana, 1570 Stockton St. (North Beach), tonyspizzanapoletana.com

Prime rib, but make it kinda fancy. Nightbird chef Kim Alter debuts her new private dining room Nightjar with a seriously delicious concept: PrimeBird, a three-course ode to the HOPR, is open for monthly pop-ups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. June reservations sold out within minutes, so keep your eyes peeled (and bibs at the ready) for the July reservation drop. // Nightjar, 334 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), nightbirdrestaurant.com; reservations at opentable.com

Listen for love. San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is performing classic and contemporary ballads in a Pride month tribute with the SF Symphony; Tuesday, 7:30pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org

Fill your cup. Rosé is a verb at a special night dedicated to the pink drink at Flânerie Wine; Tuesday, 6pm to 7:30pm. // Flânerie Wine, 617 Florida St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Use your green thumb and your taste buds. Learn how to make a kokedama (a moss-covered ball that grows plants) while you enjoy natural wine and light vegetarian and vegan bites; Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // Arcana, 2512 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Try a slow flow. New non-alcoholic bottle shop and social club Better Sunday is hosting a “slow and sultry” yoga session with Chandra Swenson from Moonstruck Yogi. Grab a spirit-free drink and tune in; Wednesday, 7:15pm to 8:45pm. // Better Sunday, 1695 Union St. (Cow Hollow); tickets at eventbrite.com

Experience 7x7 Social Club IRL. Our Vacant to Vibrant pop-up is opening in style—as if we would have it any other way. We're bringing the drinks (from Fort Point Beer), food (from Cassava and Maison Nico), DJ beats by Sami Fink, and even hot seats from Galanter & Jones. We just need you to bring the company; Thursday, 4pm to 7pm. // 524 Washington St. (Jackson Square); follow us for updates on instagram.com.

Celebrate Vacant to Vibrant's second cohort with two more pop-up openings on Thursday: Grab BOGO boba plus special rolled ice cream at Steep, Boba for Good (303 2nd St., Ste. S137), 11am to 4pm. Plus, Public Glass is bringing Glass Chronicles (149 New Montgomery St.) to downtown with glass events, workshops, and an artists' gallery; 5pm to 8pm.

Mingle with singles after watching singles go after true love. In this live dating experiment, eight blindfolded contestants try to find their match onstage. The singles-only afterparty might just help you get lucky, too; Thursday, 7pm to 9pm. // Palm House, 2032 Union St. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Enjoy a round of laughter. Drink up as you experience the city’s first theater-in-the-round comedy show featuring Bay Area comedians. Stay for the dance floor and live DJs after the show; Thursday, 8pm to 9:30pm. // Bissap Baobab, 2243 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Party at Propagation. A queer takeover is coming with sets by Louie El Ser, cocktails, merch, and endless dancing; Thursday, 8pm to midnight. // Propagation, 895 Post St. (TenderNob); details on instagram.com

Calling all cookbook collectors. Get signatures and cooking demos from local and national chef celebs including Andrea Nguyen, Bryant Terry, and Matt Horn, plenty of drinks, music, and food—all at the Napa Cookbook Fest; Friday through Sunday. // 1031 McKinstry St. (Napa); full schedule and tickets at cookbookfest.com

Follow the ringleader. Circus Bella is touring the town, with a new show and plenty of acrobatic feats; Friday at noon and Saturday at noon and 2:15pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens, 700 Mission St. (SoMa) details at circusbella.org

Head to the theater. “The Lifespan of a Fact,” directed by Jessica Holt, makes its Bay Area premiere to tell the story of a magazine intern assigned to fact-check the work of a renowned essayist who likes to embellish the truth; Friday, through July 21.Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. (Berkeley); tickets at auroratheatre.org

Build up your dance skills. Learn contemporary, Afro-Brazilian, hip hop, vogue, and more dance styles from the Bay Area’s best Black dance educators for Dance is B(l)ack! festival; Saturday, 12:30pm to 5pm and Sunday noon to 3:30pm. // Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (Mission); details at dancemissiontheater.org

Support Pride with a brunch full of goodies. A daytime celebration by Fenty Beauty will benefit the Transgender District and feature an epic lineup of drag queens, giveaways, and a Champagne-and-cocktails brunch spread;. Saturday, 11am to 2pm. // 1 Hotel San Francisco, 8 Mission St. (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

Say happy birthday to Creative Growth. Celebrate the art center’s 50 years of elevating artists with developmental disabilities in a day-long event featuring a runway show, artist booths, and epic cake cutting; Saturday, 11am to 6pm. // Creative Growth, 355 24th St. (Oakland); tickets and details at creativegrowth.org

Dip into summer at Lake Merritt. LakeFest is in its fifth year and bigger than ever. More than 100 vendors and thousands of revelers gather at Lake Merritt to celebrate community, culture, and the sunny season; Saturday, 11am to 7pm. // Lake Merritt (Oakland); details at lakefestoakland.com

Slurp on boba all day. Boba Fest brings together your favorite bubble tea shops, with a new featured flavor every hour and lots of bites to wash down; Sunday, noon to 4pm. // District 6, 428 11th St. (SoMA); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Take to the streets. Sunday Streets are when the cars go away and everyone comes out to play. This summer’s series is kicking off in the Tenderloin with live music, activities for all ages, and daytime community fun; Sunday, noon to 5pm. // Golden Gate Ave. between Jones St. and Hyde St.(Tenderloin); details at sundaystreetssf.com

Eat to the beats. The fusion-creation Nepalese pizza is on the menu for the Himalayan Eats and Cultural Beats celebration, a free event that promises unique food and good tunes; Sunday, 11am to 4pm. // Himalayan Pizza and Momos, 288 Golden Gate Ave. (Tenderloin); details on instagram.com

Join Ploughshares for Chain Reaction: A Bold Future! This signature event will feature leaders in the field of generating bold ideas and strategies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons; 5pm Monday, June 24. // Commonwealth Club World Affairs, 110 The Embarcadero, ploughshares.org

Thank you to our partners at Ploughshares.

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