21 Fun Things to Do This Week (4.15.24)
Party After Dark at Cal Academy. (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (4.15.24)


San Franciscans don't often stay out until midnight on a weeknight, but we'll make an exception for Cal Academy's Party After Dark this Thursday.

We're also filling our days this week with a bread-baking class at Faction Brewing, Noe Valley's Spring Wine Walk, Bay Area Brew Fest in the Presidio, Petaluma's Butter and Egg Parade, and a Taylor Swift–themed bar crawl in the Marina.

Have a good one.

Start the week with a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. You deserve it; Tuesday, noon to 8pm. // Find your nearest location at benjerry.com

Get 30 percent off an all access pass to see Irving Penn and Fashioning San Francisco when you join 7x7 Social Club. Your membership will also get you a free boozy slushy at Bar Nonnina to toast a great day out afterward. // 7x7 Social Club membership is $7/month and offers members a rotating set of killer local perks; join at 7x7.com.

See and be seen at a special Michael Kors fashion show and luncheon presented by SF Opera Guild and Neiman Marcus. Things kick off with a Champagne reception followed by a viewing of the designer’s new collection (Kors will be in attendance) and lunch; Tuesday at 11:30am. // Neiman Marcus San Francisco, 150 Stockton St. (Union Square); tickets at sfopera.ejoinme.org

Spend hump day baking bread. In this class, you’ll use the Faction's fresh spent grain and turn it into a tasty loaf of bread. There will also be a bread-and-butter sampling, recipe and instruction guide, and extra grain to take home and test your new baking skills; Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // Faction Brewing, 2501 Monarch St. (Alameda); tickets at eventbrite.com

Sip and savor an array of wines from local vineyards at the Noe Valley Spring Wine Walk. The stroll through one of SF’s most beloved 'hoods provides the opportunity to explore boutiques and sample artisanal goods from Noe Valley merchants; Thursday, 4pm to 8pm. // Noe Valley Town Square, 24th St. (Noe Valley); tickets ateventbrite.com

Groove with the fishes and sing with the finches at Cal Academy’s Party After Dark. You’ll enjoy a spectacular night of science, tasty bites and cocktails, silent disco, live music from DJ Umami, and more. Plus, hear from ecologists, activists, and storytellers; Thursday, 8:30pm to midnight. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music ConcourseDr. (Golden Gate Park); for more info and tickets, go to calacademy.org.

Bundle up for a free outdoor screening of Fremont. Arrive early to claim a good spot and join a speed trivia session for a chance to win a free scoop of ice cream. While you watch, enjoy a frosty Fort Point beer or nonalcoholic tonic from Juice Shop; Friday at 8pm. // Proxy, 432 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley); details at proxysf.net

Grab your binoculars for three days of discovery at the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival. This annual event benefits the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin’s (EAC) nonprofit mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of coastal Marin County. There’s something for everyone with three days of special events, guided tours, art shows, family day, and more; Friday to Sunday. // Full schedule and details at pointreyesbirdingfestival.org

National Park Week kicks off with free entry to more than 400 parks across the country. In the Bay Area, that means access to Alcatraz, John Muir National Historic Site, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, the San Francisco Maritime Museum, and more; Saturday. // Details at nps.gov

For an only-in-California experience, don’t miss Petaluma’s Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival. Now in its 41st year, the events features enchanting farm-inspired floats, a variety of food, crafts, kids zones, and more spread over four city blocks; Saturday, 10am to 5pm (parade starts at noon). // Downtown Petaluma; details at petalumadowntown.com

Head to Berkeley’s charming Fourth Street for Earth Day activities including wildflower and succulent planting, pot decoration, face painting, live music, and more; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Fourth Street (Berkeley); details at fourthstreet.com

The Bay Area Brew Fest returns this weekend with views of the Bay. The event will feature more than 70 breweries, 200 beers, food trucks, lawn games, and live music; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Presidio Lawn, 42 Moraga Ave. (Presidio); tickets at eventbrite.com

Culture meets ecology at Town Life, the first edition of Oakland’s new festival. See Oakland in a positive light with art installations, panels with community leaders, live music, food trucks, open studios, and more; Saturday, 11am to 9pm. // O2AA, 2311 Magnolia St. (Oakland); details at loudspring.org

Cover your wrists in friendship bracelets and sing your heart out alongside other Swifties when a Taylor Swift-inspired pub crawl takes over the Marina. To celebrate the release of her newest album, The Tortured Poets Department, you’ll find drink specials, themed decor, and T-Swift songs on repeat at participating bars; 4pm to 10pm. // Start at Del Mar, 2125 Lombard St. (Marina); tickets at crawlsf.com

Spend Earth Day weekend with SPUR and the Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy. Take a free ride on the carousel, make some art on the ice rink, help plant trees, enjoy a live performance from Grammy-nominated artist SaulPaul, and more; Saturday 10am to 3pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens Great Lawn, 750 Howard St. (SoMa); details at spur.org

Grab your pals—two-legged and four—and Head West. The roving outdoor marketplace for local creators is back at St. George Spirits; Saturday, 11am to 5pm. // St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch St. (Alameda); details at headwestmarketplace.com

See the blooms at the final weekend of the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the West Coast. Don’t miss the grand parade from Civic Center to Japantown on Sunday beginning at 1pm. // Japantown Peace Plaza (Japantown); details at sfcherryblossom.org

Celebrate queer brilliance at SF LGBT Center's Soirée, the 22nd anniversary fundraiser hosted by icons Sister Roma and Honey Mahogany, with entertainment by Juanita MORE! and music by DJ LadyRyan. Enjoy performances, dancing, locally sourced food, an open bar, and a lively auction; Saturday, April 20. // City View at Metreon (SoMa); tickets at sfcenter.org.

Thank you to our partners at SF LGBT Center.

Art Bash 2023.(Myleen Hollero)

Art lovers, makers, and visionaries: Make your way to SFMOMA’s most spectacular party of the year. Art Bash will be an unforgettable night of art, music, and fashion to raise funds for the museum’s groundbreaking community engagement and education programs; April 24. // SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (SoMa); get tickets at sfmoma.org.

Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.

Dine out on April 24th to help end HIV. During Dining out for Life, a portion of your bill will be donated to San Francisco AIDS Foundation to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV. // Find info and participating restaurants at doflsf.donordrive.com.

Thank you to our partners at SF AIDS Foundation.

Don’t miss Notes & Words, a night of smart, satisfying entertainment featuring musical sets from Semisonic’s Grammy-winning frontman Dan Wilson, The Curtis Family C-Notes and Oakland School for the Arts, plus readings from best-selling authors Nicholas D. Kristof and C. Pam Zhang. All proceeds directly support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals; Saturday, May 11. // Fox Theater (Oakland), notesandwords.org

Thank you to our partners at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Join Family House San Francisco at the Superbloom Gala, a night of community and celebration, featuring a festive cocktail reception, gourmet dinner with amazing wines, a finely curated live auction, music and more; May 18. // Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St. (Nob Hill); tickets atfamilyhouseinc.org

Thank you to our partners at Family House.

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