34 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.19.23)
This week is for the gays (courtesy Fred Rowe for Juanita More!)

34 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.19.23)


This week is bursting with Pride. That’s right, San Francisco’s largest party of the year has finally arrived with rainbow-colored events taking place all over the 7x7.

Plus, the longest day of the year arrives, and with it comes Off the Grid's spring season finale at Fort Mason; Trader Vic's yacht rock party; pickleball and Champagne pairings; The Tudors opening day at Legion of Honor, the Gimme Gimme Disco dance party; and much more.

Happy Pride!

Pair pickleball and bubbly at Carneros Resort and Spa. Book the “aprés-play” experience for over an hour of sunny court time, light bites, and bottle service from the adjacent Champagne Bar & Lounge; open daily, sunrise to sunset. // Carneros Resort and Spa, 4048 Sonoma Hwy (Napa); reservations at carnerosresort.com

Sip on small-production wines in a 19th century historic house at Napa’s newest tasting room. The Mathew Bruno Rutherford Estate is an inviting spot for tastings with a wraparound porch, bocce ball in the courtyard, and picnics curated by Oakville Grocery; open daily, 10am to 6pm by appointment only. // Mathew Bruno Rutherford Estate, 1151 Rutherford Rd. (Rutherford); reservations at mathewbruno.com

Shop made-in-SF fine jewelry at the Goldstories pop-up, showcasing sustainable and ethically sourced gold pieces at 10 percent off this week only; noon to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. // 542 Laguna St. (Hayes Valley); details on instagram.com

Party like it’s 1923 at the Harlequin, a new Art Deco–style bar and restaurant in downtown SF. Happy hour (daily from 4pm to 6pm) includes $2 oysters; open daily from 4pm till late. // The Harlequin, 68 4th St. (SoMa); reservations at harlequinsf.com

Celebrate Latin American arts and culture atFiesta Cultural. Expect comedy, theater, visual arts, and a free street fair at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Program highlights include Lesher Speaker Series guest Ana Navarro (Tuesday), Latinx comedian Gina Brillon (Thursday), jazz musician Arturo Sandoval (Friday), and Center Repertory Company’s performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights (through Saturday). // Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr. (Walnut Creek); tickets at lesherartscenter.org

Spring into summer at California Academy of Sciences' new all-ages evening event to celebrate the season. Delight in a bouquet of activities including storytelling and song from the Ohlone tribe, magic shows, science presentations, face painting, cookie decorating, and more. Experience the museum after hours with hands-on themed activities and all the iconic exhibits open late; 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday. // Get tickets at calacademy.org.

Thank you to our partners at California Academy of Sciences.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair returns for this week only. Get access to all the fair fun you’ve grown to love including concerts, carnival rides, farm olympics, sprint car racing, fried foods, and more; opens 3pm Wednesday through Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. // Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr. (Petaluma); tickets at sonoma-marinfair.org

Celebrate the summer solstice at Fort Mason Center’s Art Walk. Pop-up artist and curator talks will take over the galleries, plus art workshops and live performances; Wednesday, 5pm to 9pm. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd (Marina); details at fortmason.org

Settle into Greens’ private, waterfront dining room for a sunset view and a four-course menu with wine pairings from Matthaisson; Wednesday at 6pm. // Greens Restaurant, Fort Mason Center (Marina); tickets at opentable.com

Catch country darling Kelsea Ballerini on her Bay Area "Heartfirst" tour stop this Wednesday at 8pm. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Dancing shoes will be essential for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Sweet But Psycho” singer Ava Max’s debut tour stop at The Fillmore; Thursday at 8pm. // The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. (NoPa); tickets at livenation.com

Explore the Gardens of Golden Gate Park, an urban oasis to connect with nature without leaving the city. Get a Gardens Pass and see tropical plants in the Conservatory of Flowers, find serenity at the historic Japanese Tea Garden, and travel the world of plants at SF Botanical Garden; open daily. // Golden Gate Park; for more information and passes, go to gggp.org.

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

Take a Walk in the Wild at the Oakland Zoo’s signature fundraiser. Taste delicious bites and sips from more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, and breweries on zoo grounds after hours; Thursday, 5pm to 10pm. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd (Oakland); tickets at paybee.io

Horn Barbecue is teaming up with Wade Cellars—the namesake wine brand created by NBA champion Dwyane Wade—to host the label’s When We Gather Tour celebrating BIPOC chefs and sommeliers. The food and wine experience will feature a six-course menu and pairings; Thursday at 6pm. // Horn Barbecue, 2534 Mandela Pkwy (Oakland); tickets at exploretock.com

Don’t miss the season finale of Off the Grid. California’s largest nighttime street food festival will conclude its spring season this week and, to celebrate, they have a ton of special surprises in store; Friday, 5pm to 10pm. // Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details at offthegrid.com

Get your royal family fix with the opening of The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. The first major exhibition of the Tudor courts' decorative arts and portraiture in the United States opens this week with special curator presentations and conversation, as well as calligraphy demos; opening event is 10am to 2pm Saturday, exhibit through Sept. 24. // Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (Sea Cliff); tickets at famsf.org

Grab a seat for True Laurel's debut drag brunch in celebration of Pride. Themed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the three-course family-style meal includes a welcome drink and performances from Die Anna, Churro Nomi, and Amoura Teese. Donations and proceeds will benefit the SF LGBTQ Center; 11am Saturday. // True Laurel, 753 Alabama St. (Mission); tickets at tock.com

The Castro Family Pride Block Partyhas something for everyone, like photos with the fabulous Castro Unicorn, a petting zoo, drag queen story time and performances, and an all-day art mart; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // Noe St at Market St.(Castro); details at eventbrite.com

Party poolside with a stacked lineup of DJs at the Phoenix Hotel. The two-day Mighty Real Pride Weekender will feature Minx, Mousse T, Jason Kendig, Holographic, Tedd Patterson, and David Harness; Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 7pm. // The Phoenix Hotel. 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com

Sashay to Abacá for drag bingo brunch. Enjoy an a la carte menu alongside performances by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and Dulce De Leche. All bingo card sales will benefit The Trevor Project; Saturday, 11am to 1pm. // Abacá, 2700 Jones St. (Fisherman's Wharf); reservations at resy.com

Let yourself be personally victimized by Regina George at a free outdoor screening of Mean Girls; Saturday at 8:30pm. // Marina Lawn, Jack London Square (Oakland); details at jacklondonsquare.com

Taste of Sonoma, one of Sonoma County’s most highly anticipated events of the year, will include a walk-around wine tasting, guided seminars, garden tours, premium wine experiences, food trucks, themed lounges, and more; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens; 5007 Fulton Rd. (Santa Rosa); tickets at tasteofsonoma.com

Find yourself a man after midnight at the Gimme Gimme Disco dance party which will spin ABBA and other '70s hits all night long; Saturday at 9pm. // Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St. (TenderNob); tickets at axs.com

You better get yourself to 620 Jones for the third annual Mr. Queen San Francisco Gay Pride daytime party. There will be food, drinks, go-go dancers, and more on Jones' outdoor patio; Saturday, noon to 8pm. // 620 Jones St. (TenderNob); tickets at tixr.com

Day rave inside the historic San Francisco Mint with house DJ Shiba San and special guests Ranger Trucco, Foolie, and Maj b2b Que Lindo; Saturday, 2pm to 8pm. // The Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa); tickets at tixr.com

Transport yourself to the South of France at Jordan Winery’s annual release day party. The French Riviera–style fête will include the uncorking of new vintages, pours from magnums, decadent food pairings, chateau lawn games, and lively music; Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. // Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Rd. (Healdsburg); tickets at jordanwinery.com

Satisfy your thirst at Polyglamorous & Great Northern’s Annual Pink Block Party. The day-to-night Pride party will feature headlining performances from Big Freedia, Horse Meat Disco, Doc Martin, and more across five stages; Saturday, noon to 3am. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

The belle of the ball—The San Francisco Pride Parade—is back, along with celebrations at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday from noon to 6pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 6pm. This area will be the entertainment hub for the weekend with live music stages (headliners include Princess Nokia and Hayley Kiyoko), food and drink vendors, merch, and more. The parade starts at 10:30am on Sunday at Market and Beale Streets. // Details at sfpride.org

Raise a glass while raising funds for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA at Bark 'n’ Brewfest. Enjoy unlimited sips from local craft breweries, cider makers, and a few artisan wineries. Well behaved dogs are welcome; Saturday 2pm to 5pm. // West Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave. (Burlingame); tickets at eventbrite.com

A family-friendly festival is taking over the shores of Lake Merritt this weekend. You can expect hundreds of food, drink, and artist vendors, a massive kids fun zone, tech pavilion, outdoor beer garden, and more; Saturday, 11am to 8pm. // Lake Merritt (Oakland); details at lakefestoakland.com

Celebrate Pride with Juanita More! The iconic queen's community-centric bash is one of the hottest tickets in town, all in support of some of SF’s most impactful LGBTQ+ organizations; Sunday, noon to 7pm. // Halcyon, 314 11th St. (SoMa)); tickets at dice.fm

Grab a Pride dog and grilled spam musubi at Good Good Culture Club x Liholiho Yacht Club’s Pride pop-out benefit for PFLAG SF; Sunday, 11am to 2pm. // Good Good Culture Club, 3560 18th St. (Mission); details on instagram.com

Sofi Tukker headlines A Block Called Rhonda, a street party of colorful excess featuring three stages of live performances, DJ sets, and massive decor installations; Sunday, 1pm to 9:30pm. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Break out your Hawaiian shirts for Trader Vic’s yacht rock cookout. The home of the original Mai Thai will be firing up the grill on its bay-front deck and slinging nautical-themed cocktails while DJ Captain Speakeasy Ray spins yacht rock hits from decades past; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. // Trader Vic’s, 9 Anchor Dr. (Emeryville); tickets at eventbrite.com
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