With California reopening this week, we're beyond ready to hit the town for happenings like the first Stern Grove concert since 2019.
Plus, celebrate Pride by watching Frameline films or attend a party with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; eat your heart out at Off the Grid; meander OMCA's revamped gardens; and maybe even head to a Tuesday night bar crawl.
Have a good one!
Get a Pride-themed rainbow manicure at High Five Nails. Through the end of the month, all proceeds from the manicure will be donated to San Francisco's Transgender District. // 1893 Hayes St. (NoPa) and 2243 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur), details on instagram.com
Embark on a Hayes Valley scavenger hunt via Pop-Up Magazine's Sidewalk Issues. In lieu of an IRL performance, pick up at map at Ritual Coffee Roasters, then check out interactive stories at locations around the neighborhood; noon to 9pm through Sunday. // Start at Ritual Coffee Roasters, 432b Octavia St. (Hayes Valley), details on popupmagazine.com
Score tickets to September's TreasureFest. If you've missed attending the monthly Treasure Island Flea Market, then get excited because this festival is coming back bigger and better than before with musical performances, plenty of picnicking space, hundreds of local vendors, food from some of the best local eateries, and funky art installations. Tickets on sale Tuesday, festival September 18-19 at the Marin Center. // treasurefest.com
Go on a bar crawl. On Tuesday, relive the glory of the good old fashion bar hop during the Tenderloin Treasure Hunt Pick up a treasure map, then buy a drink at Shovels Bar and Grill, Ha-Ra, The Geary Club, Emperor Norton's Boozeland, and Amsterdam Cafe to receive a stamp. If you manage to pick up five stamps, you'll receive a treasure; Tuesday at 6pm. // Details on instagram.com
Join jazz/swing band Cosmo Alleycats for a concert at Le Colonial's District 721. Bring proof of vaccine, then enjoy Vietnamese street food and cocktails while you watch; Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. // Le Colonial SF, 20 Cosmo Place (TenderNob), tickets ($10) on sevenrooms.com
Be riveted by queer cinema during Frameline45. See three different films at Fort Mason Flix this week, then next weekend stop by Castro Theatre for more showings. You can also stream 50 films and 10 digital talks from your couch; through June 27th. // Details and tickets (all access streaming pass is $115) on frameline.org
Remember that terrific dinner you had at Novo on your latest visit to San Luis Obispo? Recreate the flavors of SLO's most iconic restaurant—or get a first taste for yourself—when you make chef Michael Avila's pan-seared duck breast with Penang curry at home. That's right, SLO is the fourth stop on our summertime California Culinary Road Trip! PS: Don't miss out on 25 percent off the herbs and spices you'l need from The Spice Hunter. // 7x7.com
Thank you to our partners at The Spice Hunter.
Visit one of Off the Grid's new locations. Opt for a breakfast sandwich from Bacon Bacon or an açai bowl from Bowl'd, at Salesforce tower from 7:30am to 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays; at Levi's Plaza, 11am to 2pm, Tuesday through Thursday; and Menlo Park on Wednesdays. // Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St. (SoMa); Levi's Plaza, 1160 Battery St. (Embarcadero); and 1120 Merrill St. (Menlo Park), details on offthegrid.com
Check out "The Just In Case Woman," a dance installation that explores personal survival, the impact of social and economic systems, and the strength of women. In addition to a live performance by contemporary dancers Gizeh Muniz and Amy Wasielewski, the installation also offers the audience the opportunity to interact with 3-D objects, videos, and audio soundscapes; live performance Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. // Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. (Mission), tickets ($15) on missionculturalcenter.org
Relax during Temescal Wellness Week. Your body will thank you for participating in a DIY acupressure workshop, a kickboxing open house, and more through Sunday. // Various locations (Oakland); details (free) on temescaldistrict.org
Take Cruisin' The Castro's walking tour of the gayborhood. You'll learn about 70 years of local LGBTQ activism and see historical landmarks and art; in person tours offered 10am Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays. // Book virtual ($25) and in-person ($30) tours on cruisinthecastro.com.
Explore Shoreview Park. The Bayview-Hunter's Point park received a makeover just in time for summer and now features a playground with a 25-foot slide, outdoor fitness equipment, and a barbecue area. // Shoreview Park, 1 Lillian Court (Bayview), sfrecpark.org
Tune in for the 20th Annual SF DocFest. Offerings include Summer of Soul, featuring unseen footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, and Art, All Around You, which examines two artists' exploration of SF's abandoned grain silo; live screenings at the Roxie through Thursday. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets to in-person events on roxie.com, at home passes on eventive.org
Sink your teeth into Sharks at the California Academy of Sciences. Develop a deeper love for sharks and the many roles they play at this jaw-dropping new exhibit created by Grande Experiences; now open through January 23, 2022. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org
Thank you to our partners at California Academy of Sciences.
Skip out of work early for a drink at the Dorian's weekday Golden Hour. Your excuse? Two new $5 martinis—the Mischief-Maker and the Magic Mushroom—plus $12 botanical vodka spritzes; Hog Island oysters; and The Caviar Co.'s white sturgeon caviar; Tuesdays through Fridays from 4pm to 6pm. // The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St. (Marina), doriansf.com
Learn about the many different Pride flags and their creators at In Their Own Voices, at Harvey Milk's former camera shop. Plus, visit the nearby GLBT History Museum to view Gilbert Baker's original Pride flag from 1978; through June 29. // 575 Castro St. (Castro), details on gilbertbaker.com
Go on a queer underground tour of the Haight. Led by performance artist Tina D'Elia, you'll learn about bell-bottom jean inventor Peggy Caserta and Cockettes founder George Harris III. Plus, see sites like the Doolan-Larson Building and former Haight Theater; tours at 11am and 3pm on Friday and Sunday. // Tickets are available on eyezen.org.
See a spectacular lavender bloom at Araceli Farms. Through June, the naturally grown farm puts on a spectacular display just over an hour from SF. You'll also find various vendors and food pop-ups. // Araceli Farms, 7389 Pitt School Rd. (Dixon), tickets ($5) per person on aracelifarms.com
Nosh on pies from A16's pizza truck at the Backyard at Broc, the winery's new patio space. While you're there, sip on Berkeley-made, natural wines. To-go bottles are 16 percent off; Friday from 4pm to 7pm. // Broc Cellars, 1300 5th St. (Berkeley), details on broccellars.com
Party at Monarch. Friday marks the club's reopening and DJ Nick Monaco—along with Femmelectric and Alvaro Z—will supply tunes to mark the occasion. Be sure to bring proof of vaccination; Friday from 9pm to 2am. // Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa), tickets ($20-30) on eventbrite.com
View Masako Miki: New Mythologies. Cult Aimee Friberg's first exhibit in Fuseproject's space includes bronze tabletop sculptures, watercolor paintings, and felt sculptures that explore Tsukumogami yōkai, or shapeshifters in common objects; Wednesday through September 25th. // Fuseproject, 1401 16th St. (Potrero Hill), details on cultexhibitions.com
Attend MegaBlack SF's Juneteenth on the Waterfront. Black-owned business—think Minnie Bell's Soul Movement, Delightful Foods, and Peaches Patties—will supply endless delicious eats. There will also be live music and educational booth to provide knowledge about the importance of Juneteenth; Saturday from 8am to 2pm. // Ferry Plaza, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), details on megablacksf.org
Partake in carnival gaymes with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Watch an epic lip sync battle, and enjoy a drink or two. Ticket proceeds go directly to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. // Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St. (TenderNob), tickets ($25) on eventbrite.com
Revisit the Oakland Museum of California. OMCA is reopening its doors with a free weekend. Wander the galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences, plus check out the museum's newly redesigned gardens; opens Friday. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), details and tickets (free through Sunday) on museumca.org
Tune into the Fresh Meat Festival. Though online this year, the festival of trans and queer performance will include a variety of premieres and content from the archives. During weekend one, attend three different live programs featuring performers like SF opera singer Breanna Sinclairé; live shows Friday through Sunday at 5pm, content available through June 27th. // Free to attend, details on freshmeatproductions.org
Summer's Stern Grove Festival is back! COVID times call for advance (but still free) reservations. Plan ahead to kick off the series this Sunday with Grammy Award–winning R&B musician Ledisi. Don't miss Perfume Genius and Honey Mahogany for next week's Pride celebration; Sundays at 2pm through August 29. // Reserve tickets (12 days before each show at 2pm) on sterngrove.org