20 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.30.22)
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20 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.30.22)


Happy Memorial Day!

This week, Instapoet Rupi Kaur brings her verse to life on stage, the Castro Theatre celebrates 100 years with 11 days of back-to-back film screenings, Escape from Alcatraz makes a splash, and Oakland heats up with Caribbean Carnival.

Plus, snag tickets to the Bridgerton Experience before it sells out. Have a good one.

Secure your invitation to the most coveted ball of the season—The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience is coming to the City by the Bay. Guests will be transported to a beautiful ballroom set in 1813 London to share cocktails and mingle with actors dressed in period costumes and hear live music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack. Plus, there will be acrobatic and dance performances, interactive experiences, and surprises; July and August // Tickets on sale now at feverup.com.

Spice up your week at the Sazon Latin Food Festival. Get tastes from Haiti to Peru at this free, curated foodie event with music to match; Monday, 11am to 6pm. // Speakesy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave. (Bayview); RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Find your new late-night spot. Members Only is a new bar and restaurant that, despite its name, is open to everyone for dinner (hello, parmesan truffle fries and fried chicken sliders) until 11pm on weeknights and 1am on weekends. Take the stairs down for cocktails at sister spot Finders Keepers. Early to bed? Go for a dozen oysters and a bottle of Poema cava ($45) at happy hour (4:30pm to 6pm). // Members Only, 1000 Larkin St. (TenderNob); reservations at membersonlysf.com

Hear Rupi Kaur's (Milk and Honey) poetry on life, love, mental health, and relationships. The writer stop at the Paramount in Oakland, 8pm Wednesday. // Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (Oakland); tickets at paramountoakland.org

Celebrate the SF icons that are The Cockettes in a colorful, multimedia revue by original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn and DJ Dank. Expect elaborate costumes and carefree chaos; 7pm Thursday through Saturday. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Bust out your psychedelic best for Black Tie & Tie Dye, a fundraising event with apps, drinks, music, and a fashion show to benefit Haight Ashbury Medical Clinics and HealthRight 360; Thursday, 6pm to 10pm. // The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets at classy.org

Unafraid of things that creep, crawl, and fly? Don't miss NightLife: Buggin' Out. See and learn about some of the world's most fascinating bugs; Thursday, 6pm to 10pm. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets at calacademy.org

Celebratethe Castro Theatre's 100th birthday with 11 days of iconic films from every decade since the 1920s; Thursday through June 12. // Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at apeconcerts.com.

Ditch your center part for side bangs and pile on the eyeliner—it's the We Write Sins! Emo Prom. Hella Emo San Francisco is back at the Cat Club with two rooms of music, multiple DJs, Myspace-worthy prom decor, and more; Friday, 9:30pm. // Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Embrace the woo at the Summer San Francisco Crystal Fair. Recharge with crystals, minerals, beads, and jewelry—plus massages, psychic readings, singing bowls, and more; 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Look on as more than 2,000 triathletes from around the globe invade SF's streets and waters for the 2022 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.If you don't have the guts for the grueling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz to the Marina Green, plus an 18-mile twisting bike ride through the Presidio and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach, watch from Marina Green. Then take part in the freeEscape Fitness Festival & Expo with festivities, interactive displays, food trucks, a beer garden, and more; Friday through Sunday. // Details and schedule at escapealcatraztri.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, too; Saturday, 2pm to 5pm. // Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com.

Get saucy at Oakland's Caribbean Carnival with multiple curated stages and activity zones repping culture, community, and wellness. Expect local and international talent, art, food, and music all day long; Saturday, 11am to 7pm. // Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Experience the redwoods like never before. Just a few hours north of San Francisco, the historic Skunk Train has run weekly trips out of both Fort Bragg and Willits since 1885 and continues to transport visitors along the world-famous Redwood Route over historic trestle bridges, along gently wending tributaries, and deep into primeval redwood canyons. Don't miss their custom-build new railbikes experience. // For more info, go to skunktrain.com.

Thank you to our partners at Skunk Train.

Calling all potheads, the Hella Plants Market is back. Shop the pop-up plant market, plus vegan food this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm. // 5699 Bay St. (Emeryville); tickets at eventbrite.com.

A garden party, but make it indoors with air conditioning. Monarch will once again transform the club into a modern Garden of Eden jam-packed with greenery and smooth sounds from local DJs; Saturday at 9pm. // Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com.

Celebrate the 17th anniversary of Cheese Plus with ooey goodness at an outdoor tasting event in the parklet; Saturday, 11am to 2pm. // Cheese Plus, 2001 Polk St. (Nob Hill); details at eventbrite.com.

After a two-year closure due to the pandemic, Ashkenaz is reopening with an all-day free event. The popular nonprofit venue, designed to resemble an Eastern European synagogue, welcomes back dancers and roots-music lovers with an open house featuring live music from around the world plus a raffle for free dance lessons and shows; Sunday, noon to 8pm. // Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at ashkenaz.com.

You're invited to the 100th birthday of the Oakland Zoo! Celebrate the centennial with a day of free fun and family-friendly entertainment at the zoo's birthplace, Snow Park at Lake Merritt. There will be performances from Children's Fairyland, juggling and comedy with EarthCapades, and a special performance from Alphabet Rockers; Sunday, 11am to 3pm. // Snow Park, Harrison & 20th St. (Oakland); details at oaklandzoo.org.

Designed specifically for Haines’ new Fort Mason gallery, Ai Weiwei's new exhibition, Everyday Monuments, is comprised of 18 works in materials such as Legos, marble and wood. Each work is a synthesis of complex historical, cultural, and political references. The exhibition marks the San Francisco debut of Ai’s Zodiac (2018), a series of 12 panels depicting the mythical animals of the traditional Chinese Zodiac, created from thousands of Lego blocks; opening reception on Saturday, 3pm to 5:30pm. // Haines Gallery, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details at hainesgallery.com.

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