29 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.12.22)
Pack your picnic baskets for the return of Flower Piano this weekend. (Courtesy San Francisco Botanical Gardens)

29 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.12.22)


Expect Golden Gate Park to be filled with music thanks to a performance by the French disco pop band L'Impératrice at Conservatory of Flowers and the return of Flower Piano to San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

Plus, say prost! to Oktoberfest at Schroeders annual block party, shop the Mill Valley Arts Festival, catch Alonzo King and Steve Kerr in conversation at SFJazz, and more fun things to do this week in the Bay Area.

Have a good one!

Cool down with free ice cream at Humphry Slocombe's new Emeryville location. Even sweeter, the ice cream shop will be accepting $1 donations to benefit Project Open Hand; Tuesday, noon to 7pm. // 5614 Bay St. (Emeryville), humphryslocombe.com

Hightail it to Calavera for a midweek pick-me-up. They'll be serving up a multi-course, Michoacán-inspired meal paired with La Luna mezcal; Wednesday at 6pm. // Calavera, 2337 Broadway (Oakland); reservations at toasttab.com

Bad Bunny is bringing the heat to the Bay on his World’s Hottest Tour; Wednesday at 7pm. // Oakland Arena - Ring Central Coliseum; tickets at ticketmaster.com

Get groovy at Remi Wolf 's Gwingle Gwongle tour; the Palo Alto native and American Idol contestant brings her set to SF; Wednesday at 8pm. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at axs.com

Have a Marvel-ous evening with the return of Jack London Square’s free fall waterfront flicks. Up first: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Thursday at 8pm. // Marina Lawn (Oakland); details at jacklondonsquare.com

Celebrate 12 years of Public Works with a four-night blowout event. See Talaboman (John Talabot & Axel Boman), Amon Tobin Presents: Two Fingers (DJ set), Jeff Mills, and Acid Pauli; Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 7pm. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Catch one of Britain's top talents in an intimate setting at Popscene: Fans of Love Island UK (and reality TV in general) will recognize Becky Hill’s dance hits instantly; Thursday at 8pm. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at eventbrite.com

Don't miss French disco pop band L’Imperatrice’s free concert as part of the dedication ceremony for the sculpture "La Rose Des Vents." Before the band goes on, there will be a special performance featuring 50 local performers with music by composer Eddie Ruscha; Thursday at 5pm. // Conservatory of Flowers (Golden Gate Park); details at eventbrite.com

Pack your picnic baskets for the return of Flower Piano. The San Francisco Botanical Garden will be transformed into an interactive alfresco concert experience with pianos tucked among the flora. Listen to the pros play everything from jazz to opera or give it a go yourself; Friday, through September 20th. // San Francisco Botanical Garden (Golden Gate Park); tickets at sfbg.org

Catch Berkeley artist Libby Black's pop-up exhibit, The Way Things Also Are; through October 8th. // The David Ireland House at 500 Capp St. (Mission); details at 500cappstreet.org

Mix and mingle with performers from Passengers, a new show from the creators of Dear San Francisco: A High Flying Love Story. Join a special happy hour before the show, then sit back and enjoy a spectacle of contemporary dance, circus arts, singing, acrobatics, and theater; Friday at 7:30pm. // The Geary Theater, 415 Geary St. (TenderNob); tickets at act-sf.org

Find out what basketball and ballet have in common whenAlonzo King and Warriors coach Steve Kerr sit down for a one-of-a-kind conversation exploring the parallels between the two sports; topics will include social justice, human rights, mindfulness, and self-care; Friday at 7:30pm. // SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at sfjazz.org

Fete the opening of New Century Chamber Orchestra’s "Berlin 1938: Broadcasts from a Vanishing Society." This gripping theatrical event explores the disappearing freedoms of pre-war Germany and shares the story of the artists who pushed back. An exclusive afterparty in the courtyard will feature swing dancing to the retro-fusion hits of Golden Bell Music, 1930s-style cocktails, and Eastern European delights from the Borsch Mobile food truck; 7:30pm Friday. // Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave. (Presidio); tickets ($35-$88) include admission and one drink ticket and are available at ncco.org.

Thank you to our partners at New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Don your Lederhosen for Schroeders annual Oktoberfest block party.
Enjoy plenty of brews plus German brats, pretzels, and live music; Friday, 3pm to 8pm. // Schroeders, 240 Front St. (FiDi), schroederssf.com

Watch your favorite films as you’ve never seen them before: The San Francisco Symphony’s popular movie series is back, kicking off with Star Wars: A New Hope set to live orchestra; 7:30pm Friday and Saturday with various screenings through November. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Thank you to our partners at San Francisco Symphony.

Dip your pointed toes into Smuin Contemporary Ballet's 29th season, featuring a long-awaited world premiere by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado. Also on the bill is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s hit Requiem for a Rose and the music of jazz legend Dave Brubeck in Take Five by former company member Rex Wheeler; Friday through Sunday. // Mountain View Center for the Arts, 500 Castro St. (Mountain View); tickets at smuinballet.org

Join Berkeley’s renowned Axis Dance Company for Adelante, a triple bill of new works by international disabled and non-disabled choreographers for Nadia Adame's first home season as artistic director. Named after the Spanish word for both "forward" and "go ahead," the three works by Adame, Ben Levine and Asun Noales find common ground in the triumph of the human spirit. Following Axis' commitment to accessible performances for all, Adelante features ASL interpretation, audio description, and a pre-show touch tour for blind and low-vision audiences; 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. // ODC Theater, 351 Shotwell (Mission), tickets available at axisdance.org.

Thank you to our partners at Axis Dance Company.

Get your kebab fix at the largest Armenian festival in the Bay Area. Taste your way through a range of authentic cuisine while also enjoying Armenian folk dancing, live music, art, and more; noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday. // 825 Brotherhood Way (Lake Merced); details at facebook.com

Head out to the California Soul Food Cookout and Festival, with a lineup of food trucks, vendors, and outdoor gospel and R&B concerts; 1pm to 11pm Saturday and Sunday. // Alameda County Fairgrounds (Pleasanton); tickets at californiasoulfoodcookoutandfestival.com

Hear the Santa Cruz mountains come alive with the sound of music—Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival returns with headliners The String Cheese Incident. Other acts appearing at the two-day fest include the Devil Makes Three, Jackie Greene, Circles Around the Sun, Katchafire, Matt Hartle & Friends and Object Heavy. Hop aboard the Sol Train for a scenic ride from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the festival which will return after the closing performances each night; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 9pm. // Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Rd. (Felton); tickets at santacruzmountainsol.com

Discover new artists with gorgeous waterfront views of the Bay at the Mare Island Dock of the Bay Festival. In addition to a headlining show by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, there will two stages rockin' with music all day long. Fuel up with food trucks, NorCal wines, and Mare Island Brewing Co. beer; Saturday, 2pm to 10pm. // Mare Island, 850 Nimitz Ave. (Vallejo); tickets at ftpresents.com

Listen to music and celebrate art and the beauty of Marin’s old-growth redwoods at the annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival; Saturday and Sunday. // Old Mill Park, 64 Cascade Dr. (Mill Valley), visitmarin.org

Thank you to our partners a Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ogle classic cars and historic planes at Pacific Coast Air Museum's Wheels and Wings car show; Saturday, 10am to 4pm. // Pacific Coast Air Museum, One Air Museum Way (Santa Rosa); tickets at pacificcoastairmuseum.org

If you could use a love song right now, don't miss country singer Maren Morris'Bay Area tour stop along with The Lone Bellow; Saturday at 8pm. // Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd. (Berkeley); tickets at apeconcerts.com

Scratch your itch for some sultry burlesque when an all-star international cast comes to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hubba Hubba Revue, complete with a supersized spectacular of circus skills, variety acts, and plenty of tease; Saturday at 7:30pm. // DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at dnalounge.com

Fresh off of two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Giveon brings his soulful Give or Take tour to the Fox Theater, Sunday at 8pm. // 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at thefoxoakland.com

You'll have "Something to Talk About" at the water cooler Monday morning after seeing Bonnie Raitt in concert with Mavis Staples; Sunday at 7pm. // Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd. (Berkeley); tickets atthegreekberkeley.com

Celebrate the legacy of African-American heroes, ashighlighted in the book Changemakers: Biographies of African Americans Who Made a Difference, based on murals of 95 inspiring African-Americans at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Western Addition; Sunday at 2pm. // Virtual; register at sfpl-org.

Close out the summer season poolside. Autograph Collection’s Tetra Hotel is opening up its terrace pool deck for the first time for a celebration featuring Humphry Slocombe ice cream; a bao bun bar from the hotel’s restaurant, Adrestia; cocktails from the Nokori bar; Suntory Whisky tastings; and snacks from Sunday Bakeshop. Beats will be provided on the deck by DJ Chalé Brown; 3pm to 5pm, Sunday. // Tetra Hotel, 400 W. Java Dr. (Sunnyvale); advance tickets ($35/person) are available at Eventbrite, same day tickets are $45. Get 15 percent off same day at Adrestia and Nokori with reservations at OpenTable.

Thank you to our partners at Tetra Hotel.

(Courtesy of Tetra Hotel)

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