23 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.7.23)
Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, and Odesza headline Outside Lands 2023 (courtesy Alive Coverage/Outside Lands)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.7.23)


Fogust has arrived which means it’s Outside Lands weekend. Wear your layers and get out there.

Once the music stops in Golden Gate Park, it continues at smaller venues around the city at Official Outside Lands Night Shows from Soccer Mommy, Shaquille O'Neil (yep, seriously), Trixie Mattel, and more.

Big crowds not your thing? Check out Pac Heights' new oyster bar, rock out at the 12th Annual Bowie Summer Bash, dig in at Souvla's anniversary dinner series, score some goods at the Bernal Hillwide Garage Sale, and much more.

Have a good one!

Celebrate the Cable Car’s 150th anniversary by hopping aboard the cable car crawl. Pay a visit to some of the city’s legacy businesses—from Scoma’s to The Buena Vista to the Tonga Room—who will be offering special prizes, including overnight stays, meals, and rounds of cocktails; now through October 30th. // Details at sftravel.com

Shuck, yeah. There’s a new oyster bar in town. Little Shucker (from the folks behind The Snug) is now serving up oysters (duh), seafood-centric small plates, and glasses of wine and spritzes for lunch, dinner, and happy hour; Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 10pm. // Little Shucker, 2016 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights); reservations at littleshucker.com

It’s spritz o’clock over at Mattina with the launch of their new “Appi Hour”. The apertivo-inspired menu will have a significant focus on vermouth spritz-inspired drinks served with shareable snacks like fried stuffed olives, pickled vegetables, and local cheeses. Chef Accarrino has sourced over 20 vermouth selections and plans to roll them out on a cart during the service. Appi Hour is available Wednesday to Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. // Mattina, 2232 Bush St. (Pacific Heights); reservations at mattinasf.com

Sip on award-winning cocktails when Yacht Club (Denver, CO) sails into town for a pop-up at True Laurel. Currently ranked number 42 on North America’s 50 Best Bars list, Yacht Club and the team at True Laurel will be slinging signature cocktails alongside True Laurel's food menu; Thursday, 7pm to 11pm. // True Laurel, 753 Alabama St. (Mission); details on instagram.com

Pre-game Outside Lands weekend at Cal Academy’s special NightLife Live event with indie pop band No Vacation and an opening set by guitar-wielding trio, Sour Widows. Plus, a pop-up marketplace, an art gallery, and DIY stations; Thursday at 6pm. // California Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park); tickets at calacademy.org

Stop to smell the artisan candles—and create your very own—at Maison Verbena. Head to the Ferry Building for a candle-making demo, then customize your own scent and personalize your candle with a monogram service. Nosh on complimentary Parisian macarons, chocolates by Thomas Keller and Armando Manni of the French Laundry, and Four Barrel coffee; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Maison Verbena, Ferry Building (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

Stock up for OSL at Solful Dispensary, which is hosting a week of events and specials to celebrate this year’s music fest. Get 20 percent off curated cannabis products, make your own s’mores (1-4pm Thursday), grab coffee and donuts (Friday through Sunday), and shop to DJ beats over the weekend. Wear your OSL wristband to score a Country Light cannabis pre-roll for a penny. // Solful, 900 Irving St. (Inner Sunset), solful.com

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Join 55 Bay Area Hip Hop artists, activists, and educators as they are inducted into the Bay Area Hip Hop Archives in a public ceremony during Friday Nights at OCMA. Expect photo ops, a Turf Dance class, continuous screenings of KQED’s award-winning If Cities Could Dance films, and legendary DJ Davey D will keep the energy and spirits high in celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th birthday; Friday, 5pm to 9pm. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland); details at museumca.org

Outside Lands returns to the Polo Fields this weekend with a kickass lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Odesza, Lana Del Rey, Zedd, Maggie Rogers, Megan Thee Stallion—the list goes on. That is, of course, not to mention all that food and wine, the curated cannabis experience Grass Lands; and much more; Friday through Sunday. // Golden Gate Park; details at sfoutsidelands.com

The 12th Annual Bowie Summer Bash is taking over Great American Music Hall for two days of performances celebrating the late, great singer. The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual will be joined onstage by the finest in drag and burlesque performers for an over-the-top sparkly spectacle. The tribute band will perform Aladdin Sane front-to-back, with an encore set of Bowie’s greatest hits; Friday and Saturday at 10pm. // Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. (Tenderloin); tickets at gamh.com

Get down to the sounds of DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) at his official Outside Lands night show set; Friday at 10pm. // 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St. (SoMa); tickets at apeconcerts.com

For a sweet way to kick off the weekend, head to Edith’s Pie for a slice of sweet or savory pie alongside a natty wine tasting flight from Hammerling Wines led by head winemaker, Josh Hammerling; Friday, 6pm to 9pm. // Edith's Pie, 412 22nd St. (Oakland); details at edithspie.com

Experience a dance production in The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Yud Gallery with the premiere of Regard. It’s inspired, in part, by the ideas of Jewish philosopher Martin Buber and his book I and Thou, published 100 years ago. Following Saturday’s performance, there will be a live Q&A discussion with the artists.Tickets are free with museum admission; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1pm. // The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (SoMa); tickets at thecjm.org

For those looking for something family-friendly to do, pack a picnic for an outdoor screening of Disney’s Turning Red in Berkeley; Friday at 8:15pm. // Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose St. (Berkeley); details at berkeleyca.gov

Similarly, for those in the North Bay, you’ll find an outdoor screening of Finding Nemo at the Mill Valley Community Center Lawn; Friday at 8pm. // Mill Valley Recreation, 180 Camino Alto (Mill Valley); details at cityofmillvalley.org

Every Saturday in August, Souvla’s Dogpatch location is celebrating its first anniversary with a limited-time-only dinner series. For $35, tuck into a whole roast lamb dinner that includes an appetizer, sides, and a mini version of their frozen Greek yogurt. Plus, the option to add on wine pairings; Saturday, 5pm until sold out. // Souvla, 2505 3rd St. (Dogpatch) ; details on instagram.com

Bring a wad of cash and look for some serious scores at the Bernal Hillwide Garage Sale—which is quite possibly the city’s largest single neighborhood rummage sale; Saturday, 9am to 2pm. // Cortland Ave. (Bernal Heights); details and map at hillwide.com

Show your pride at the 30th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. The free, two-day event features hands-on and authentic cultural experiences in eight pavilions: art, culinary, dance, health, heritage, innovation, sports, and tavern. The Filipino heritage celebration will culminate with a parade on Market Street; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens (SoMa); details at pistahan.net

No OSL tickets, no problem. Rock out with Soccer Mommy at her solo headline show at The Independent; Saturday at 10pm. // The Independent, 628 Divisadero St. (Fillmore); tickets at apeconcerts.com

Join drag superstar Trixie Mattel for her official Outside Lands night show DJ set; Saturday at 10pm. // Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave. (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at apeconcerts.com

Head to Chinatown for traditional lion dance, drum performances, Chinese food, and other cultural activities at the 2nd Annual SF Chinatown Lion Dance Festival; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Grant Ave. (Chinatown); details at eventbrite.com

Pre-game Outside Lands or make it the main event at Toasted Life’s Summer Day Party; Saturday, 2pm to 7:30pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at eventbrite.com

End the weekend with some sun salutations and a cold pint of Almanac Beer. On the second and fourth Sunday of every month, Almanac Beer Co. hosts all-levels yoga outdoors at their Alameda taproom; Sunday at 10am. // Almanac Beer Co., 651 West Tower Ave. (Alameda); tickets at eventbrite.com

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