29 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.29.23)
Pig out at this week's return of Epic Steak's annual Pork & Pinot Festival. (Courtesy of Epic Steak)

29 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.29.23)


This week, outdoor street fairs and festivals dominate.

Nosh on something sweet at the San Leandro Cherry Festival, DIY at the Patchwork Show Makers Market in Jack London Square, sip and shop at Walnut Creek's Art & Wine Festival, see and be seen at the Union Street Spring Festival, find joy in soy at the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, and so much more.

Happy Pride Month, y’all!

Spend Memorial Day poolside jammin’ to Afro beats. Musa Keys, one of the biggest names in Afropop, will be headlining the outdoor daytime party; Sunday, 2pm to 7pm. // The Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com

Follow the smell of barbecue and sounds of live music to Cavallo Point’s start-of-summer fete complete with bay views. For the little ones, there will be a special kids menu and a kite-making workshop; Monday, 11am to 2pm. // Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Cir. (Sausalito); tickets at cavallopoint.com

Get a taste of Flour + Water’s 14th Anniversary “Wild Things” menu. Now through June, the SF staple is celebrating 14 years with a special 10-course forager pasta-tasting menu inspired by the spring bounty. Menu highlights include a savory caviar cannoli with sturgeon, wild allium powder, and bur chervil; rigatoni with dulce seaweed and sea urchin; and agnolotti with acorn flour and garlic scapes; through Thursday, June 22. // Flour + Water, 2401 Harrison St. (Mission); reservations at resy.com

Get dressed up for a change and head to the theater to see the nine-time Tony Award–winning musical The Book of Mormon. The outrageous comedy takes over Orpheum Theatre with nightly shows through June 18th. // Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at broadwaysf.com

Get a $1 scoop of Humphry Slocombe ice cream during the grand opening of their new Dogpatch shop. For an optional $1 donation to Project Open Hand you can get a cone of unexpected flavors; Tuesday, 3pm to 8pm. // Humphry Slocombe, 699 22nd St. (Dogpatch); details at facebook.com

Eat the rainbow when Besharam and Hilda and Jesse chefs team up for a one-night-only vegetarian color dinner. The collab will feature a family-style four-course menu with two dishes per course (one from each chef). You’ll also get a custom placemat designed by artist Maya Fuji that you can take home afterward; Wednesday at 5pm. // Besharam, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch); tickets at resy.com

Tune in for the 22nd Annual SF DocFest. Explore 85 new non-fiction films from around the world and the Bay Area via live screenings at the Roxie through June 11th. Opening night includes a screening of Fantastic Negrito: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? with the filmmakers and Oakland-based star in attendance; Thursday at 8:45pm. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets at sfdocfest2023.eventive.org

A new summer series is taking over San Jose’s only rooftop restaurant, Terra.
The restaurant on top of Eataly Silicon Valley will be partnering up with different Bay Area chefs for a grill takeover. Up first: Pausa, an Italian bar and cookery in San Mateo, will be serving up an exclusive four-course menu inspired by earth and fire; Thursday, 6pm to 9pm. // Terra, 2855 Steven Creek Blvd. (San Jose); tickets at eataly.com

Escape to the Caribbean with the launch of Ayesha Curry’s new Summer Jams & BBQ series. On Friday nights this summer, enjoy a barbecue buffet including International Smoke classics such as Ayesha’s famous cornbread, classic mac, char siu salmon, and St. Louis–style barbecue pork ribs for just $65 per person. Plus, tropical drinks and hot DJ beats; Fridays, 7pm to 10pm. // International Smoke, 301 Mission St. (SoMa); details at instagram.com

Hear sounds from around the world at UC Theatre in Berkeley. Summer is heating up with the blues and rock of Northern Mali’s Tinariwen (Friday); Brazil’s prolific musician and composer Hermeto Pascoal (Sunday); platinum-selling metal legend Tarja from Finland (June 30); multitalented Latin Grammy Award–winning duo Jesse & Joy from Mexico (July 15); and the dreamy indie pop melodies of Wave to Earth from South Korea (Aug. 18). // UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave. Berkeley; secure your tickets at the uc theatre.org.

Thank you to our partners at UC Theatre.

Get on over to the Castro Theatre for a fabulous Pride Month kick-off celebration. The evening will feature a lineup of Bay Area legends spanning drag, theatre, music, and film; Friday, 6:30pm to 10pm. // Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at eventbrite.com

Taste Napa Valley wines directly from the barrel while raising money for regional youth. This year’s Napa Valley Barrel Auction will feature a marketplace filled with top local restaurants and wineries plus tastes of more than 70 wines direct from the barrel; noon to 3pm Friday, June 2nd. // Louis M. Martini Winery, 254 St. Helena Hwy S. (St Helena); tickets are available at collectivenapavalley.org.

Thank you to our partners at Napa Vintners.

Get loud at Margaret Cho’s Live and Livid! Tour. The no-holds-barred comedian will be radiating rage about homophobia, sexism, racism, and more with two back-to-back shows; Friday at 7:30pm and 10pm. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Experience Re:Set, the innovative concert series where each headliner curates the lineup for their respective day. Friday, catch LCD Soundsystem with Jamie xx, Idles, and Big Freedia. Saturday, Steve Lacy will keep a focus on genre-bending artists with James Blake, Toro y Moi, and Fousheé. And Sunday, Boygenius will be bringing along indie standouts Clairo, Dijon, and Bartees Strange. // Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lasuen St. (Stanford); tickets at bayarea.resetconcertseries.com

Set your alarm to secure free tickets to see Santigold on July 2nd. Tickets go live this Tuesday at 2pm. Reservations are required for all Stern Grove shows this year, and they go fast. Good luck! // Sigmund Stern Grove (Parkside); reservations at sterngrove.org

RSVP to a killer party. Presented by Haus of Hoax and The Academy, The Racket invites you to enter a film noir scene for an immersive cocktail party game in a (usually) members-only club. Guests receive a profession they might find in a crime film, then team up with or turn the tables on one another as they race to be the player with the most money at the end of the night. Guests can heist a casino, join a mafia, win an election, or murder anyone who isn’t watching their back; Friday. // Buy tickets or learn how to host your own game at theracket.party.

Thank you to our partners at Haus of Hoax.

It’ll be a blast from the past when the Barbie Malibu Truck rolls into town. The neon truck will be popping up in Walnut Creek with exclusive retro-inspired merchandise celebrating the iconic heritage of the original California girl; Saturday, 10am to 7pm. // Broadway Plaza, 1275 Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek); details on instagram.com

Find joy in soy at the return of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival. Expect free samples, food vendors, live performances, artisan vendors, children's activities, and a chance to win round-trip tickets to Japan; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd. (Japantown); details at soyandtofufest.org

Art Walk SF takes over Balboa Village in the Outer Richmond with pop-up galleries, live music, activities for kids, and specials from favorite restaurants and bars; Saturday, noon to 5pm. // Balboa Village between 35th ave. and 39th ave. (Outer Richmond); details at eventbrite.com

Join soccer legends Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, Danielle Slaton, and Aly Wagner at FC Day for the Bay. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is coming to the Bay next year and to kick things off, they’re hosting a free, family-friendly event with meet-and-greets, live music, food trucks, giveaways, lawn games, and opening remarks from Sheryl Sandberg; Saturday, noon to 3pm. // Presidio Main Post Lawn (Presidio); details at nwsltothebay.com

Help keep Oakland clean with a neighborhood clean-up and ice cream social. On Saturday, you can redeem a bag of trash that you’ve picked up from the neighborhood for some of Oakland’s best soft serve ice cream at MyGoodness; Saturday, noon to 6pm. // MyGoodness, 2834 Lakeshore Ave. (Oakland); details on instagram.com

Stroll down to Cow Hollow for the Union Street Spring Festival. For two days, Union Street will come alive (even more so than usual) with nonstop music, food and drink vendors, local artists, and fun activities like the waiters race and collaborative paint temple; 11am to 7pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday. // Union Street between Fillmore St. and Octavia St. (Cow Hollow); details at unionstfestival.com

Pawty for a good cause at Berkeley Humane's Pints for Paws event. The concept is simple: Drink beer, save animals. Plus, you can bring your pup; Saturday, 2pm to 5pm. // Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St. (Berkeley); tickets at berkeleyhumane.org

Nosh on something sweet at the San Leandro Cherry Festival. The beloved annual event features a parade with festive floats and classic cars, main stage entertainment, food and drink vendors, a cherry pie contest, and much more; Saturday, 10am to 6pm. // Historic Downtown San Leandro (San Leandro); details at downtownsanleandro.com

Shop unique handmade gifts and goods at Patchwork Show Makers Market. Plus, craft something of your own—think hand stamped jewlery, card making, and dried floral bouquets—at DIY stations; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Jack London Square, Broadway and Water St. (Oakland); details at dearhandmadelife.com

Get down with two days of art and wine in Walnut Creek. The annual festival will also have food, craft vendors, live music, and kids activities; 11am to 7pm Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday. // Heather Farms Park, 301 N. San Carlos Dr. (Walnut Creek); details at contracostalive.com

Stock up on summer reads at the SFPL Book Sale Block Party. Sift through more than 10,000 books, comics, media, and vinyl on sale. Plus, enjoy live music, author talks, and crafting stations; Saturday noon to 5pm. // 1630 17th St. (Potrero Hill); details at eventbrite.com

Epic Steak's Annual Pork and Pinot Festival, benefitting Guide Dogs for the Blind, is back, baby. Taste your way through pork-centric bites from popular eateries and sip unlimited wines and cocktails at High on the Hog 2023; Sunday, noon to 3pm. // Epic Steak, 369 Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

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Thank you to our partners at Bloom Gallery Flowers.

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