26 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.20.24)
(Jayasimha Nuggehalli)

26 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.20.24)


The word of the week is spectacle.

From fabulous, dinosaur-themed drag and a Green Day burlesque show to the vibrant, weekend-long celebration of Carnaval that starts in the Mission and finds its way throughout the city at parties galore, there’s going to be a lot of, shall we say, stimulation.

For those who want to channel their more intellectual side, there are talks, a job fair, and the launch of Stern Grove Festival tickets.

Good thing you get to sleep it all off on Memorial Day!

Get paid to go to Outside Lands. Talk about a dream job. Bring your resume to the Outside Lands Job Fair to learn about paid gigs at this year’s festival; Tuesday, 4pm to 8pm. // Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. (Civic Center); details at sfoutsidelands.com

Say rawr. Legendary queens Coco Peru, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, and Varla Jean Merman take the stage for "Jurassic Drag," a musical and variety show that promises prehistoric fun. Monday and Tuesday, 8pm. // Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (Mission); tickets at brava.org

Flip your fringe at the beloved Prohibition-era immersive theater experience that is Speakeasy SF. Back for a limited run (through June 29), this big night out features forbidden cocktails, cabaret, casino games, and tarot readings—and just begs for playing dress-up. // Join 7x7 Social Club for an exclusive discount, 7x7.com/social-club.

Connect with the co-op. Learn about food politics, grocery price inflation, and the ins and outs of what it’s like to run Rainbow Grocery Cooperative; Wednesday at 7:30 pm. // 518 Valencia St. (Mission); details at shapingsf.org

You don’t get to hate it unless you love it. Join a screening of The Last Black Man in San Francisco in the gathering space and creative studio of Friends and Neighbors. Discussion to follow the movie; Wednesday, 7pm to 10pm. // Friends and Neighbors, 275 6th Ave. (Inner Richmond); tickets at eventbrite.com

Try fitness with felines. KitTea is hosting a Purrlates class—that’s pilates with cats, folks—for anyone who wants to feel the burn and the fluff; Wednesday, 5pm to 6pm. // KitTea Cafe, 1266 Valencia St. (Mission); tickets at kitteasf.com

Vintage lovers, prepare yourselves: The epic Vintage Fashion Faire is back in Alameda with more than 85 vendors absolutely stuffed with disco jumpsuits, throwback furs, and ab fab accessories. When you join 7x7 Social Club, you'll score BOGO tickets plus a free commemorative tote; 6-10pm Friday and 11am top 5pm Saturday. // 1190 W. Tower Ave. (Alameda), vintagefashionfaire.com

Experience the magic of the movies like never before—with the scores performed live by the San Francisco Symphony. On Wednesday and Thursday, relive the five-time Academy Award–winning epic Gladiator set to the score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. Then on Friday and Saturday, experience the extraordinary Disney tale Encanto, about the magical Madrigal family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); get tickets at sfsymphony.org.

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Reserve your free Tegan and Sara tickets now. The beloved duo kicks off the Stern Grove Festival season on June 23—but those who know know that free tickets go FAST. // Reserve tickets starting Thursday at sterngrove.org.

Kara Swisher in the house. The titan of tech takedowns is coming to Manny’s to talk about her latest release, Burn Book; Thursday, 6pm to 7pm. // Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

It's time to check out Third Floor at The Jay if you haven't already. In the deft hands of Omakase Restaurant Group, Third Floor serves seasonal menus and bespoke cocktails. When 7x7 Social Club members order a signature drink, your first appetizer—perhaps a Korean fried cauliflower or truffled ham and cheese croquettes—is on the house. // Join 7x7 Social Club for a hookup, 7x7.com.

(Courtesy of Jordan Winery)

Visit Jordan Vineyard & Winery this summer for a progressive food and wine pairing experience hosted in remote places around the 1,200-acre property. Savor Jordan wines, olive oil, and the estate chef’s cuisine all paired with breathtaking views; Thursdays through Mondays, May through October. // 1474 Alexander Valley Rd. (Healdsburg), jordanwinery.com

Thank you to our partners at Jordan Winery.

Psych is taking over the city. Psyched! Radio SF is hosting the Tenderloin Music and Arts Festival—a series of free shows across multiple venues featuring Bay Area bands, drag queens, poets, DJs, writers, and more; Friday through Sunday. // Lineups and reservations at eventbrite.com

Dust off your boots and get ready to kick off Pride at Sam Clam’s Disco with Stud Country. You'll learn two-step partner and line dancing, plus throw back oysters, beer, wine, and more bites all night. 7x7 Social Club members get discounted food and drink. We also have a limited number of free tix for members! Join now; Sam's Clam Disco is 6pm to 10pm, Sunday. // Valley Swim Club, 18709 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma); details on Instagram

Make it a pizza party. Former Tartine culinary director Max Blachman-Gentile is bringing Jules, his pop-up pizza sensation, to Hayes' Loquat for a neighborhood pizza party complete with natural wine; Friday, 5:30 pm to 10pm. // Loquat, 198 Gough St. (Hayes Valley); details at instagram.com/loquatbakery

Step back in time. Be part of a live, immersive theater experience as you go through a historic recreation of the legendary 1950s Fillmore jazz and beebop in "The Fillmore Eclipse"; shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. // Honey Art Studio, 1981 Sutter St. (Japantown); details and tickets at eventbrite.com

Pharoah brings the funny. Actor, comedian and former SNLer Jay Pharoah is coming to the city fresh off his latest films; shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. // Cobb’s Comedy Club, 15 Columbus Ave. (Downtown); schedule and tickets at cobbscomedy.com

Meet the makers. West Coast Craft is wrapping up spring with more than 100 vendors at its outdoor market of hand-crafted home goods and wares for all; Saturday, 10am to 3pm. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details at westcoastcraft.com

Pinkies up. The Third Floor is doing afternoon tea in luxury, with chef Michael Magallane serving up indulgent sweets accompanied with tea from the local Red Blossom Tea Company in an intimate service; Saturdays and Sundays. // The Third Floor, (Union Square); reservations at opentable.com

Support your home away from home. If you’re headed to Tahoe for Memorial Day weekend, make sure to check out the Made in Tahoe Festival for food, entertainment, and goods from local vendors; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // The Village at Palisades Tahoe, 1960 Olympic Vly Rd. (Tahoe); details at palisadestahoe.com

Groove to Moody tunes. See Fern Alley transformed with live music from Nathan X Moody. Enjoy funk, soul, and jazz tunes along with food and art from the community; Saturday; noon to 4pm. // Fern Alley between Polk St. and Larkin St. (Lower Polk); details at eventbrite.com

Carnaval parade with drummers in traditional garb Thousands of artists representing the cultural heritages of Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, and more are part of the Carnaval Grand Parade in the Mission.(Daniel Beck)

Celebrate Carnaval all weekend. The official festival takes over the Mission with a lineup of 50 local artists, 400 vendors, and endless free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday (Harrison St. between 16th and 24th Streets; details at carnavalsanfrancisco.org). The festivities continue all over the city on Sunday with a Carnaval Day Party at the Endup (401 6th St.; tickets at eventbrite.com) and a salsa-centric after party at Mayes Oyster House (1233 Polk St.; tickets at eventbrite.com).

Party on your neighborhood island. Treasure Fest brings together food, art, people, and music for a local Bay Area birthday-themed bash; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5 pm. // Treasure Island; details and tickets at treasurefest.com

Make brunch plans across the Bay. Jalapeño lobster toast? Move over, avocados. Michael Mina's Tiburon venture, The Bungalow Kitchen, has a special prix-fixe menu for Memorial Day weekend that's lobster-centric and perfect with Champagne; available Saturday through Monday. // The Bungalow Kitchen, 5 Main St. (Tiburon); reservations at bungalowkitchen.com

You’ve never seen Green Day like this. Enjoy your favorite punk rock hits with a twist at "Welcome to Paradise," a Green Day–themed burlesque show; Sunday at 7pm. // The Golden Bull Bar, 412 14th St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Pre-dusk dancing. Join a late-day party with Sundaze in Oakland to wrap up your week or just get your night started; Sunday, 4pm to 8pm. // Level 13 Ultra Lounge, 341 13th St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com.

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