21 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.15.22)
Souvla opens its first full-service restaurant in Dogpatch this week with an expanded menu of Greek mezze and wines. (Jordan Wise)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.15.22)


Dying to let loose? Get ready to guffaw when Australian funny lady and Instagram sensation Celeste Barber comes to town; plus, twerk with the best of them, i.e. Big Freedia.

Plus, Souvla opens its first full-service restaurant, the SF Aerial Arts Festival is looking up, roll down to Monterey Car Week, and much more.

Have a good one!

Twerk it with Big Freedia, live at Lagunitas. Proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Society; Monday at 4:20pm. // Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 North McDowell (Petaluma); tickets at eventbrite.com

Catch up with LCD Soundsystem at one of two Bay Area runs: first, at Oakland’s Fox Theater (Tuesday through Friday this week), then at the Warfield in SF (August 21-24). // Tickets at ticketmaster.com and axs.com.

Painting becomes a spectator sport at Secret Walls, a series of artist battles as part of the Support Your Local Artist (SYLA) Tour. Special guests include Balloonski and Apexer, plus food by World Famous Hotboys; Tuesday at 7:30pm. // New Parish Theater, 1743 San Pablo Ave. (Oakland); tickets at bucketlisters.com

Gorge on Greek wines and mezze at Souvla's first full-service restaurant. You'll still find your favorite salads and wraps, plus fresh hot and cold bites and an expanded beverage menu; 11am to 10pm daily starting Wednesday. //2505 3rd Street (Dogpatch), souvla.com

Start your engines: Monterey Car Week is back. Aficionados of all things fast, classic, and on wheels can take part in car shows, races, auctions, and lectures, plus of course the piece de resistance: the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the legendary 18th fairway; Monday to Sunday. // seemonterey.com

Explore the intersection of science and art at Nightlife: Art Lab. Go for hands-on activities, craft workshops, and artist demos; Thursday, 6pm to 10pm. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets at calacademy.org

Get a little sexy up in Napa with Cameo Cinema’s Cabaret Noir, starring burlesque performer Frankie Fictitious and DJ Rotten Robbie. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar, and an open wine bar; Friday at 7:30pm. // The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main St. (St. Helena); tickets at eventbrite.com

Catch Disney’s charming Encanto under the stars at this week’s Sundown Cinema; Friday at 6pm. // India Basin Shoreline Park (Bayview); details at sanfranciscoparksalliance.org

Look up: The San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival returns this weekend. The dynamic, three-day festival will feature internationally recognized artists as well as newcomers with performances in aerial dance and circus arts; Friday to Sunday. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at fortmason.org

Sleep over at Chabot Space & Science Center. You'll experience hands-on activities, exclusive after-hours time in the exhibits, planetarium shows, telescope viewings guided by the pros, and much more; Friday at 6pm. // Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. (Oakland); tickets at chabotspace.org

No one does "Instagram famous" as well as Celeste Barber. Hailed as the Australian queen of comedy, Barber lets it, uh, all hang out in her hilarious celeb and influencer parodies on IG, attracting more than nine million followers today. Catch her in SF when her tour, Fine, Thanks, stops at The Masonic; Friday at 7pm. // 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com.

Party for a worthy cause at Fight for Our Rights, an abortion access fundraiser with music from Heidi Lawden, Bonitababy, Bad Juuju, and more. One hundred percent of proceeds will go directly to the National Network of Abortion Funds and Planned Parenthood; Friday at 9pm. // 1015 Folsom (SoMa); tickets at seetickets.us

Put on something sparkly for the Glide Legacy Gala. To celebrate folks who are making a real difference in our communities, the night brings dancing, live entertainment, food, and an awards ceremony; Friday, 8pm to 11pm. // Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St. (SoMa); tickets at fundraise.givesmart.com

Learn to dance (or just go show off) when Yerba Buena Gardens becomes a big outdoor dance center with free one-hour classes—salsa, bachata, body percussion, rhythm & motion, soul line dance, contemporary dance, and more—with talented local teachers; Saturday, 10am to 3pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens (SoMa); details at ybgfestival.org

Celebrate 21st Amendment Brewery's 22nd anniversary at Augustfest. Food trucks and live local bands are part of the fun, but the real draw is the chance to taste special birthday collab brews with the likes of Fieldwork Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, East Brother Brewing, and more; Saturday, 1pm to 7pm. // 21st Amendment Brewery, 2010 Williams St. (San Leandro); RSVP at eventbrite.com

One man's lost luggage can be your treasure. Unclaimed Baggage is touring the country and picked Secondhand Saturdays in the Sunset for their San Francisco stop. They will have games, giveaways, and their vintage truck Hugo, with luggage packed with prizes; Saturday, 10am to 4pm. // 37th Ave. between Ortega & Pacheco (Outer Sunset); details at sunsetmercantilesf.com

Pair art with wine when Faust Haus debuts its two latest releases alongside sculpture by New York–based artist James Perkins. The event goes down in two seatings with culinary offerings; 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, Sunday. // Faust Haus, 2867 St. Helena Hwy. (St. Helena); tickets at exploretock.com.

Help clear the shelters at a special adoption event at the Oakland Zoo.
While giraffes aren't up for grabs, there will be plenty of dogs, cats, and guinea pigs looking for forever homes. If you adopt an animal, you will get a free family pass to return to the zoo at a later date; Sunday, 10am to 2pm. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland); details at visitoakland.com

Bring the kiddies to see jugglers, stilt walkers, plate spinners, and roaming musicians. This mini circus will include giant Jenga, gelato, and bouquets from Poppy the Flower Truck; Sunday, noon to 4pm. // City Center Bishop Ranch (San Ramon); details at citycenterbishopranch.com

Be ready to come hungry and leave inspired: Heritage Fire, the nationwide live-fire food and wine tour, is returning to Charles Krug Winery in Napa. The feast will highlight star chefs, whole-animal cookery, heirloom produce, local wineries, and more; Sunday, August 21st. // Tickets are all-inclusive of food, wine, and beer and are available at https://bit.ly/3noUxUE.

Thank you to our partners at Heritage Fire.

Forget Napa, America's first craft brewery is right in city limits. Experience history with a tour of the iconic Anchor Brewing Company. Start in the taproom with a classic Anchor Steam while an expert guides you through the brewhouse. Learn what makes Anchor Brewing Company a craft beer icon, and end the tour with a generous tasting session; 1pm and 3pm Thursdays and Fridays, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays. // Tours are open to all ages but visitors must be 21+ to sample the brews; get tickets at anchorbrewing.com.

Thank you to our partners at Anchor Brewing Company.


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