22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.6.24)
(Odell Hussey)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.6.24)


Go all out in costume at Oasis on Monday and wrap up the week celebrating mom.

Also, it’s time to dance: downtown at Bhangra and Beats, over the bridge at the Mill Valley Music Festival, or at a day party with Cozy Worldwide. Save some time to sip, sample, and shop all over the city for Small Business Week.

To good times and good vibes.

It's all flavors and vibes at Oakland's Parché where chefs Paul Iglesias and Juan Hormiga are hosting chef Nelson German for a special dinner just for 7x7 Social Club. (Courtesy of Parché)

Take a seat at a Top Chef's table. Chef Nelson German (alaMar, Sobre Mesa) is teaming up with Parché chefs Paul Iglesias and Juan Hormiga to cook a one-night-only feast celebrating their Colombian and Caribbean cultures. The vibrant (and GF!) meal will feature seven courses—think crispy Spanish squid and piri piri quail—plus optional craft or N/A cocktails and natural wine pairings; 5:30pm and 7:30pm seatings, Thursday May 23rd. // This custom experience at Parché (2295 Broadway, Oakland) is open exclusively to 7x7 Social Club members; join now.

Judge and be judged at Oasis' Met Gala party. Watch the famous event's red carpet walk followed by a drag show from Iconique. Don’t forget to don your finest ensemble (theme: “The Garden of Time”) for the audience runway contest; Monday at 6pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMA); tickets at eventbrite.com

Warm up for the mayoral race at Manny’s. Hear from SF Chronicle and Mission Local political journalists in a discussion on the state of San Francisco’s heated 2024 race; Tuesday at 6pm. // Manny’s, 3092 16th St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get your literal LOLs with David Sedaris. Hear from the master of satire and the voice behind some of America’s funniest stories; Tuesday at 7:30pm. // Ruth Finley Person Theater, 50 Mark West Springs Rd. (Santa Rosa); tickets at lutherburbankcenter.org

Raise a glass to bubbly everywhere. Sample Champagne, cava, prosecco, and sparkling wines from around the globe; Tuesday, 6pm to 7:30pm // Flanerie Wine, 617 Florida St. (Mission District); tickets at eventbrite.com

Explore alt food from mushrooms to plant-based meats. Berkeleyside’s Idea Makers series brings together foodies, researchers, foragers, and more to discuss fungi and meat alternatives from past to sustainable present; Wednesday at 6:30pm. //BAMPA, 2155 Center St. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com

Do some lunchtime shopping to support small businesses. The Shop Dine SF Small Business Week Pop-up features more than 40 makers and artisans—plus good food and tunes to fuel your spending; Wednesday, 11am to 3pm. // Salesforce Transit Center, 78 Natoma St. (SoMA); details at sf.gov

Toast to a good cause. The 5th Annual Embarcadero Center Wine Walk features local wineries and businesses for a sip-and-shop experience benefitting Sonoma County Fire Relief; Wednesday, 3:30pm to 5:30 pm. // Urban Patio at Two Embarcadero Center, 250 Clay St. (FiDi); tickets at eventbrite.com

Ask Alison anything. Cook, author, and internet foodie sensation Alison Roman is bringing her podcast “Solicited Advice” live to SF; Wednesday at 8pm. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at ticketmaster.com

See what’s happening at the Vacant to Vibrant Community Market. Come for the free ice cream and stay for the shopping, food trucks, live music, and more in honor of San Francisco Small Business Week; Thursday, noon to 4pm. // 333 Market Street (SoMA); details at vibrantsf.org

CAAMFest's opening night gala is at the Asian Art Museum this Thursday.(Courtesy of CAAMFest 2024)

Kick off CAAMFest to celebrate Asian cinema. The annual festival showcases “brave, bizarre, and beautiful” stories across Asian American and Asian film, food, and music with more than 100 works to watch; Thursday May 9 through Sunday May 19. // Tickets and schedule at caamfest.com

Eyes on design in Dogpatch. Doors are open for the Dogpatch Design Studio Crawl to meet designers, explore their work, and get inspired; Thursday, 4pm to 8pm. // See interactive map for studio locations; tickets at eventbrite.com

Explore your spicy side with a chili oil crunch tasting. Momofuku can’t gatekeep these free samples of chili oil crunch from local, small batch makers and big grocery store names; Friday at 4pm. //Bayview Branch Library, 5075 3rd St. (Bayview); details at sfpl.org

Get moving at Bhangra and Beats. The night market returns with a cultural celebration of live music and libations; Friday, 5pm to 10pm. // Battery St. and Clay St. (Downtown), details at bhangraandbeats.com

Lace up at Golden Gate Park
. David Miles Jr., AKA the Godfather of Skate, is bringing inline and roller skate rentals to Skatin' Place so anyone can go for a glide; Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm. //Skatin’ Place, JFK Promenade near Sixth Ave. (Golden Gate Park); details at sfrecpark.org

Make Saturday your Saturday night. Bounce to R&B with a pop-up day party from Cozy Worldwide; Saturday, 3pm to 8pm. // The EndUp, 401 6th St. (SoMA); tickets at cozyworldwide.net

Walk through Black history in Oakland. The Condé Nast Traveler–recommended Black Liberation Walking Tour in the Hoover-Foster neighborhood goes though 100 years of Black history and culture; Saturday, 10am to 12:30pm // Oakland; tickets and details at eventbrite.com

Don’t miss Notes & Words, a night of smart, satisfying entertainment featuring musical sets from Semisonic’s Grammy-winning frontman Dan Wilson, The Curtis Family C-Notes, and Oakland School for the Arts, plus readings from best-selling authors Nicholas D. Kristof and C. Pam Zhang. All proceeds directly support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals; Saturday, May 11. // Fox Theater (Oakland), notesandwords.org

Thank you to our partners at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Pick up padel in the park. Hit the courts across from the Ferry Building for free lessons, giveaways, and live music to fuel the padel action; Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Interested in a beginner padel clinic? 7x7 Social Club members can sign up for just $20 ($55 value); join now. // Park Padel (Embarcadero Plaza); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Mill Valley Music Festival is back. Groove to Fleet Foxes, Greensky Bluegrass, and a lineup of indie faves against the backdrop of Mt. Tam; Saturday and Sunday. Want 15% off tickets? 7x7 Social Club's got you. // Friends Field, 180 Camino Alto (Mill Valley); tickets and lineup at millvalleymusicfest.com

Go high tea, high brow, or high seas with Mom this Sunday. The Westin St. Francis is hosting a tea service with DIY floral arrangements (1pm to 3pm, tickets at eventbrite.com) in Union Square—or embark from Sausalito into history for a Women of the Bay Sail with SF Bay Adventures (12:45pm to 3:30pm; tickets at eventbrite.com). For less work and more extravagance, book Mother's Day brunch at Lord Stanley (reservations at exploretock.com). Need a gift? We've got discounts on Heath Ceramics, Alexis Bittar jewelry, Bloom Gallery bouquets, and massages at Bamboo Spa; join 7x7 Social Club to score big deals.

Get tickets now for Gala for the Gardens to celebrate the Gardens of Golden Gate Park in the company of friends who share your appreciation for the natural world. Guests will enjoy gourmet lunch alfresco and have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind auction lots, all in support of plant conservation and collections, lifelong learning and engagement, and making the Gardens accessible to everyone; Saturday, May 18. // Buy tickets and learn more at gggp.org/gala.

Thank you to our partners at Gardens of Golden Gate Park.

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