A nighttime paddle in the Oakland Estuary. (Courtesy of calkayak.com)

Weekend Guide: Paddle Beneath a Full Moon, Laugh at Improv Night + More Can’t-Miss Events


Get your weekend warrior on at these Bay Area happenings.

Friday, July 7th: Jazz up lunch hour @ Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden

When: Noon to 1pm

Where: 300 Lakeside Drive (Oakland), kaisercenterroofgarden.com

Why: Enjoy some free New Orleans bluegrass and jazz while eating your lunch in a rooftop garden. Don't forget the SPF!

Friday, July 7th: Laugh @ PianoFight

When: 7:30-9pm

Where: 144 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), pianofight.com

Why: Spend a ridiculously happy hour as One Night Only puts on an improv show that's interactive with the audience. Go early to eat and drink.

Saturday, July 8th: Spike Your Summer @ Piers 30-32

When: 9am to 6pm

Where: 599 The Embarcadero (The Embarcadero), avp.com

Why: Check out some of America's finest volleyball players at the San Francisco Open, with matches much of the afternoon. Feeling peckish? Look for light and beachy cuisine ($25 per person) from 8:30am to 6:30am.

Saturday, July 8th: Full Moon Paddle Kayaking @ Jack London Square

When: 7-10pm

Where: Oakland Estuary, calkayak.com

Why: Because kayaking on glassy waters beneath the light of the full moon is a refreshing way to catch your breath at the end of the week. Price ($69) includes all necessary equipment; reserve your space online.

Saturday, July 8th: Pig Roast @ Stay Gold Delicatessen

When: 3-8pm

Where: 2635 San Pablo Avenue (Oakland), staygolddeli.com

Why: Check out one of Oakland's best-kept secrets and treat yourself to some damn good barbecue on the eclectic patio.

Sunday, July 9th: Toast @ Dogpatch WineWorks

When: Noon to 4pm

Where: 2455 3rd St. (Dogpatch), dogpatchwineworks.com

Why: Cap off the weekend at this Dogpatch Winemakers tasting event, with 12 varietals for sniffing and swirling. Tickets are $10 at eventbrite.com

Sunday, July 9th: Get Spooked @ Downtown Napa

When: 8-10pm

Where: 825 Brown St. (Napa), napaghosts.com

Why: Take a two-hour walk with some of the best ghost hunters anywhere in California and learn all about the hidden (and haunted) past of Downtown Napa. Tickets start at $28 at fareharbor.com.

(Courtesy of Gig Car Share)

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