25 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.14.22)
Irish Bank's beloved St. Patrick's Day block party returns this week. (Courtesy of Irish Bank)

25 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.14.22)


Bad news: We lost an hour of sleep last night. Good news: We finally get an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day, and that means more energy for fun things.

This week, East Bay foodies won’t want to miss the grand opening of Pomet on Piedmont Avenue and the Occitania pop-up from the Duende team. For the musically inclined, enjoy Toy Story accompanied by the SF Symphony, John Mayer at Chase Center, and a free all-day music showcase in San Francisco. Plus, Point Bonita Lighthouse has officially reopened, The Irish Bank's annual St. Patrick's Day block party returns, and more.

Have a good one!

Get your steps in—the historic Point Bonita Lighthouse has officially reopened to the public after two years of renovations. Situated on a picturesque bluff in Marin, this is a favorite spot for whale watching. Visitors can once again enter the structure from 12:30 to 3:30pm on Sundays and Mondays. // nps.gov

No matter how you slice it, you won’t want to miss Pi Day at the Exploratorium.
Join the 35th annual celebration of the never-ending ratio that helps describe circles of all sizes. There will be poetry, original music performed by Science Band, math-inspired activities, a pi parade and, of course, pie; Monday, 11am to 3pm. // Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero); tickets at exploratorium.edu

Secure tix for Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball summer stadium tour. Tickets are on sale now for her September 8th stop at Oracle Park. // ticketmaster.com

Catch a Norah Ephron double feature at Balboa Theater. Get an extra dose of romance with back-to-back screenings of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle; Tuesday, 7pm to 11pm. // Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond); tickets at balboamovies.com

Explore thrilling exhibitions at SFMOMA this spring. On view now is Tauba Auerbach — S v Z (through May 1st) andNature x Humanity: Oxman Architects (through May 15). // Hours and tickets at sfmoma.org/visit

Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.

Thelma and Louise. Romy and Michelle. Trixie and Katya. Don't miss this comedic musical drag show homage to the classic girls' road trip comedies of the '90s to 2000s starring Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova; Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at axs.com

Raise funds for World Central Kitchen (WCK) and their support for Ukraine by purchasing a new piece of artwork. At this special benefit exhibit at SHOH Gallery, Bay Area artists and the gallery itself will be donating up to 80 percent of the proceeds from sales. With art beginning at $200, this is a fabulous way to support Ukraine; Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. // SHOH Gallery, 700 Gilman (Berkeley); details at shohgallery.com

Be a critic for the night at Art Battle's Regional Championship, where artists have 20 minutes to transform blank canvases into works of art before you help pick the winner. Plus, you’ll have the chance to take the art home. This time, past winners from SF, Monterey, and Oakland return for their chance to become the 2022 regional champion; Wednesday, 7pm to 10pm. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Make the most of the extra hour of daylight in Marin County, where you’ll find good times among lush green landscapes in the great outdoors. // visitmarin.org

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

Taste the best the season has to offer at the opening of Pomet. The first restaurant from K&J Orchards owner and second-generation farmer Aomboon Deasy, opens on Piedmont Avenue this Wednesday. Enjoy a menu of seasonal California-inspired dishes created by chef Alan Hsu (of three-Michelin-starred Benu and New York's two-Michelin-starred Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and an approachable wine list by sommelier Paul Einbund (The Morris); open Wednesdays to Sundays, 5pm to 9pm. // Pomet, 4019 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland); reservations at pomet-oakland.com

Catch one of the most thrilling snow sport competitions in the Sierras. Red Bull Raid, the only event in the world that combines uphill skill with downhill mastery, takes over Palisades Tahoe this week; Wednesday to Friday. // Palisades Tahoe, 1960 Olympic Valley Rd. (Tahoe); details at redbull.com

Raise a toast to four days of St. Patty’s celebrations at Sláinte Oakland. With 100 different kinds of Irish whiskey, authentic grub, Irish dancing, music, and plenty of outdoor seating; Thursday to Sunday, 12:30pm to midnight. // Slainte, 131 Broadway (Oakland); details at slainteoakland.com

The Irish Bank's annual St. Patrick's Day block party makes a triumphant return! Live music, bangers and mash, drink specials...you know the drill; Thursday, 1:30pm to 11:30pm. // The Irish Bank, 10 Mark Ln. (FiDi); details at theirishbank.com

Get a first taste of Occitania, the upcoming French restaurant from the Duende team expected to open later this spring. For those who can't wait, two pop-up dinners ($65; March 17 and April 13) will offer a preview via four-course menus with optional beverage pairings; Thursday at 6:30pm. // Duende, 468 19th St. (Oakland); limited number of reservations available at duendeoakland.com

Wipe your tears, or don’t—Crybaby, a new nightclub, is opening in the former Uptown Nightclub location in Oakland. The music and events venue opened this past weekend and already has shows booked through May. This week, catch Machinedrum on Friday and an Afrobeats soca rave on Saturday night—carnival attire encouraged. // Crybaby, 1928 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); details at instagram.com

You could say Bahamas has a "Way With Words." The Finnish-Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist brings his songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles to The Fillmore; Friday at 8pm. // 1805 Geary Blvd. (NoPa); tickets at livenation.com

Ladies and gays, John Mayer is coming to town. His appropriately named Sob Rock tour takes over Chase Center for two nights; Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at chasecenter.com

Rev up your taste buds because Oakland Restaurant Week is back. For 10 belly-filling days, participating restaurants including Homeroom, Pomella, Hopscotch, Sobre Mesa, Agave Uptown, and more will be offering special lunch and dinner experiences; Friday through March 27. // Get details and full lineup at oaklandrestaurantweek.org.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Oakland.

Arguably the greatest Pixar film ever made, and made even better by acclaimed composer Randy Newman’s score,Toy Story will be accompanied by the SF Symphony orchestra. You can cry to You’ve Got a Friend in Me, IRL; Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm. (Also look out for Skyfall on Wednesday and Thursday.) // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley); tickets at sfsymphony.org

Thank you to our partners at SF Symphony.

Celebrate the end of Prohibition quarantine at the 36th Annual Art Deco Preservation Ball. As if you needed yet another excuse to put on a costume, this party will re-imagine the urban glamour of San Francisco circa 1930. In addition to live music from the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, the ball will also award folks who have shared in the preservation of Art Deco’s historic legacy; Saturday at 7pm. // The City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome St. (FiDi); tickets at artdecopreservationball.com

Embrace the spring equinox with legendary jazz singer Paula West, live at Saint Joseph's Arts Society. Consider going VIP for exclusive access to a private wine bar and caviar service from CaviarCo; Saturday at 8pm. // Saint Joseph's Arts Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

No need to leave your better half at home, Wilder is now offering Yappy Hour. You'll find discounted punch bowls, half-off bottles of wine, chef-made bark bites, puppuccinos, and more; Saturday and Sunday, 3pm to 6pm. // Wilder, 2154 Fillmore St. (Marina); details at wildersf.com

Get schooled by Dominique Crenn. The multi-award-winning chef brings her techniques and unrivaled innovation to MasterClass for a crash course in modern vegetarian cuisine. // masterclass.com

Who will be crowned SF's Drag Superstar?So You Think You Can Drag is a competition fundraiser for the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. In addition to some of the Bay Area's best queens, the top five fundraisers from the community will be put in drag to compete for the crown; Saturday at 5pm. // The Cafe, 2369 Market St. (Castro); tickets at eventbrite.com

A free, all-day music marathon celebrating local musicians is coming to SF. Now in its 14th year, SF Music Day will host more than 100 artists ranging in style from classical to global and to modern jazz; Sunday, noon to 7pm. // War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (Civic Center); details at intermusicsf.org

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