24 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.03.24)
Downtown SF's new First Thursdays is back this week. (Courtesy of @dftsanfrancisco)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (6.03.24)


Maybe because it’s San Francisco Design Week, the coming days are full of ways to bring art into your life and home—from marketplaces at Heath and MMclay to an auction benefiting the Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program and Head West in Hayes.

Lest we forget the art of food and drink, some seriously rich items are on the menu: rainbow bagels from Tony Gemignani, donuts from Dynamo, specialty pork dishes from Left Bank Brasserie, plus brunch, whiskey and amaro.

Out in the community, Pride and Filipino Independence Day events are starting up. Let’s celebrate!

Treasure Island is starting its own sunset movie experience, hosted by Gold Bar Distillery. (Jared Erondu)

Make it a movie night. Enjoy a waterside screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Treasure Island at sundown—conveniently held in proximity to both the ferry and a whiskey tasting room; Monday, 6:30pm. // Gold Bar Distillery, 1 Avenue of the Palms (Treasure Island); tickets at eventbrite.com

Devour a free stack of "the gayest pancakes ever" ($24 value) when you join 7x7 Social Club and then make a reservation for dinner at Hilda and Jesse during Pride month; open for dinner Monday, Thursday, and Friday. // Hilda and Jesse, 701 Union St. (North Beach), hildaandjessesf.com

Go bananas, in the literary sense. Odd Salon brings together wild, wacky, absurd, and preposterous stories from the odd corners of science and culture under the theme "Bananas"; Tuesday, 6:30pm to 10pm. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); details at eventbrite.com

Pop bottles of Billecart-Salmon at Tasting House’s special six-course small plate bubbly pairing with award-winning chef Julian Silvera. Learn about each Champagne and the history of the seven-generation, family-run winery; Tuesday, // Tasting House, 368 Village Ln. (Los Gatos); tickets ($250/person + tax & gratuity) are available at tastinghouse.com.

Thank you to our partners at Tasting House.

You can catch Fred again.. (again). He’s still hanging around the Bay and performing at Stanford for anyone who missed his surprise stop in SF; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7pm. // Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lasuen St. (Stanford, CA); tickets at live.stanford.edu

Welcome a summer of jazz. The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival begins this week and over nine days brings endless show options to see Grammy Award winners and local legends of jazz, funk, soul, swing and more; Wednesday, through Sunday, June 16. // Schedule and tickets at sfjazz.org

Start your bidding on dozens of original works by local and national artists in a live auction to benefit the Community Arts Program at the Tenderloin’s Hospitality House. Funds will go toward securing a permanent home for a studio and gallery space on Market Street; Wednesday at 6pm. // Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); details at thheauction.org

Brush up on your botanicals and liqueurs. Explore amaros like Campari, Fernet-Branca, and more in a tasting class with local drinks expert Camper English; Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm. // Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St. (Tenderloin); details at beverageacademy.com

The most delicious way to support Pride: rainbow bagels from Dago Bagel. (Tony Gemignani)

Eat the rainbow (for Pride). Together with legendary SF drag queen Donna Sachet, pizza phenom Tony Gemignani is slinging limited-edition rainbow bagels to benefit the Rainbow Honor Walk; Thursdays through Sundays in June. // Dago Bagel, 728 Vallejo St. (North Beach); order via doordash.com

Party downtown in a new tradition. Downtown First Thursdays returns again. You know the drill—DJs, drinks, food and vendors galore; Thursday, 5pm to 10pm. // 2nd St., between Market St. and Howard St.; details at dftsf.com

Examine the world with Kara Walker. Ahead of her new installation at SFMOMA in July and an essay collection, the renowned artist joins Doreen St. Félix in conversation; Thursday at 7:30pm. // City Arts and Lectures, (Hayes Valley); tickets at cityarts.net

Start National Donut Day off right. Yes, it’s a real day and you get to honor it with mini donut flights of three new vegan flavors from Dynamo: yuzu orange chocolate, coconut key lime and vanilla guava; Friday at 7am. // Dynamo Donut and Coffee Marina Kiosk, 110 Yacht Rd. (Marina); pre-order for pickup at dynamo-donut-coffee.square.site

Fête and pig out. A French tradition, La Fête du Cochon is a culinary celebration of all things pork. Left Bank Brasserie is hosting all weekend long with special, dare we say succulent, menu additions; Friday through Sunday. // Left Bank Brasserie, 55 Webster St. (Oakland); details at leftbank.com

Check out the art and retail scene in Ingleside. Walk your way through the Ocean Avenue Art and Wine Walk to pop into local businesses, sip global wines, and enjoy art specially commissioned for the event; Friday, 5pm to- 7pm. // Ingleside; participating vendors and tickets at eventbrite.com

Kick off a Kyoto-centric celebration. Heath is bringing Japanese artisans into the shop nearly all month long for Craft from Kyoto. Join the opening party or pop in for weekend workshops; Friday, through Thursday, June 27. // Heath San Francisco, 2900 18th St. (Mission); details and tickets at heathceramics.com

Don't miss a truly special, limited-time collaboration: Alonzo King's Lines Ballet takes the stage at the SF Symphony, directed by legend Petar Sellars; Friday through Sunday. 7x7 Social Club members receive discounted tickets. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Party for Pride and honor the legacy. A festive party held in partnership with the Tenderloin Museum and San Francisco Pride will feature the creators behind a new play that shares the story of the seminal 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot; Friday at 5pm for a walking tour, 6pm to 9pm for the festivities. // Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com

Traverse the city’s most famous trail. For the fifth anniversary of the Crosstown Trail, walk some or all the 17-mile trek that takes you through the heart of the city; Saturday at 9am. // Lands End Lookout, 680 Point Lobos Ave. (Sea Cliff); details and RSVP at eventbrite.com

Try Che Fico for brunch. The beloved Italian spot is expanding with daytime hours and bringing sweet and savory twists to classics—think blueberry focaccia, Bomba Marys and pizza, of course; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 1:30pm. // Che Fico, 838 Divisadero St. (NoPa); reservations at chefico.com

Elevate your Saturday with a rooftop party. Dance the day away with an unstoppable lineup of DJs at the iconic bank-turned-venue The Hibernia; Saturday, 1pm to 9pm. // The Hibernia, 1 Jones St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Shop with intention. Pottery studio MMclay is hosting a pop-up marketplace recognizing "Intentional Living through Culinary Connections," with collaborators including Charles Phan of Slanted Door, Hendersons’ Harvest Wine, and goods by Citta, Estelle Colored Glass, and JBrody & Co.; Sunday, 11:15am to 4:30pm. // MMclay, 69 Gough St. (Hayes Valley); details and RSVP at sfdesignweek.org

Check a quirky-as-hell, totally iconic event off your Bay Area bucket list: The 65th Annual Monterey Artichoke Festival is back with live music, chef demos, a 'choke-eating contest, and the crowning of the next Artichoke Queen; Saturday and Sunday. 7x7 Social Club members get BOGO tickets. // Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Rd. (Monterey), artichokefestival.org

Come out for your Filipino friends. Join the Filipino Independence Day Festival for a celebration of freedom and heritage with live performances, Filipino dishes, and recognition of cultural traditions; Sunday, noon to 5pm. // District 6, 428 11th St. (SoMa); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Head West in Hayes. Your favorite West Coast market is bringing nearly 100 vendors to take over the neighborhood offering homemade gifts, vintage finds, and the best of the local handmade scene; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Patricia's Green and Hayes Valley; details at headwestmarketplace.com

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