With California reopening this week, we’re more than ready to head to town for events like Stern Grove’s first concert since 2019.
Plus, celebrate pride by watching Frameline movies or attend a party with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; eat your heart out at Off the Grid; meander through the renovated gardens of the OMCA; and maybe even go to a pub crawl on Tuesday night.
Had a good time!
Get a pride-themed rainbow manicure at High Five Nails. Until the end of the month, all profits from the manicure will be donated to the Transgender District of San Francisco. // 1893 Hayes St. (NoPa) and 2243 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur), details on instagram.com
Go on a Hayes Valley Scavenger Hunt via Pop-Up Magazine’s Sidewalk Issues. Instead of an IRL performance, head to the map at Ritual Coffee Roasters, then experience interactive stories at neighborhood locations; from noon to 9 p.m. until Sunday. // Start at Ritual Coffee Roasters, 432b Octavia St. (Hayes Valley), details on popupmagazine.com
Win tickets to the September TreasureFest. If you missed attending the monthly Treasure Island flea market then get excited as this festival is coming back bigger and better than before with musical performances, lots of picnic space, hundreds of local vendors, food from some of the best local restaurants; and funky art installations. Tickets on sale Tuesday, September 18-19 festival at the Center Marin. // Treasurefest.com
Go on a pub crawl. Relive the glory of the good ol ‘trendy bar on Tuesday on 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 collect five stamps, you will receive a treasure; Tuesday at 6 p.m. // Details on instagram.com
Join the jazz / swing group Cosmo Alleycats for a concert at Le Colonial’s District 721. Bring proof of vaccination, then sample Vietnamese street food and cocktails as you watch; Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. // Le Colonial SF, 20 Cosmo Place (TenderNob), tickets ($ 10) at sevenrooms.com
Let yourself be captivated by queer cinema during Frameline45. Watch three different movies at Fort Mason Flix this week, then stop by the Castro Theater next weekend for more screenings. You can also stream 50 movies and 10 digital lectures from your couch; until June 27. // Details and tickets (all streaming access passes cost $ 115) on frameline.org
Remember the excellent dinner you had in Novo on your last visit to San Luis Obispo? Recreate the flavors of SLO’s most iconic restaurant or get a taste for yourself when you prepare chef Michael Avila’s pan-seared duck breast with Penang curry at home. That’s right, SLO is the fourth stop on our summer culinary road trip to California! PS: Don’t miss out on 25% off any herbs and spices you’ll need at The Spice Hunter. // 7×7.com
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Visit one of the new Off the Grid locations. Opt for a Bacon Bacon Breakfast Sandwich or Bowl’d Acai Bowl at the Salesforce Tower from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays; at Levi’s Plaza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday; and Menlo Park on Wednesdays. // Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission Street (SoMa); Levi’s Plaza, 1160 Battery St. (Embarcadero); and 1120 Merrill St. (Menlo Park), details on offthegrid.com
Discover “The woman just in case”, 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 3D objects, videos and audio soundscapes; live show from Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. // Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. (Mission), tickets ($ 15) at missionculturalcenter.org
Relax during Temescal Wellness Week. Your body will thank you for attending a DIY acupressure workshop, kickboxing open house and more until Sunday. // Various locations (Oakland); details (free) on temescaldistrict.org
Take the Cruisin ‘The Castro Gay District Walking Tour. You will learn about 70 years of local LGBTQ activism and see historical monuments and works of art; in-person tours offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursday to Saturday. // Book virtual tours ($ 25) and in person ($ 30) on cruisinthecastro.com.
Explore Shoreview Park. Bayview-Hunter’s Point Park got a facelift 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
Log in for the 20th Annual SF DocFest. Offers include Summer of the soul, with previously unseen footage from the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival, and Art, all around you, which examines two artists’ exploration of SF’s abandoned grain silo; live screenings at the Roxie until Thursday. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets for in-person events on roxie.com, at home transmits eventive.org
Get out of work early for a drink at Dorian’s Golden Hour on weekdays. Your excuse? Two new $ 5 martinis –the Wrongdoer and the Magic Mushroom â plus $ 12 botanical vodka spritz; oysters from Hog Island; and the Caviar Co’s white sturgeon caviar; Tuesday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. // Le Dorian, 2001 rue ChÃ¢taigne (Marina), doriansf.com
Find out about the many Pride flags and their creators on In their own voices, in the former Harvey Milk camera store. Plus, visit the nearby GLBT History Museum to see Gilbert Baker’s original 1978 Pride Flag; until June 29. // 575 Castro Street (Castro), details on gilbertbaker.com
Take a queer underground tour of Haight. Led by performance artist Tina D’Elia, you’ll learn about elephant-legged jean inventor Peggy Caserta and Cockettes founder George Harris III. Plus, visit sites like the Doolan-Larson Building and the Old Haight Theater; visits at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. // Tickets are available on eyezen.org.
Watch a spectacular lavender bloom at Araceli Farms. Until June, the naturally grown farm has spectacular exposure to just over an hour of SF. You will also find various food vendors and pop-ups. // Araceli Farms, 7389 Pitt School Road. (Dixon), tickets ($ 5) per person on aracelifarms.com
Taste the pies from the A16 pizza truck at the Backyard at Broc, the new cellar patio area. While you’re there, sip natural Berkeley wines. Take-out bottles are 16% off; Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. // Broc Cellars, 1300 5th St. (Berkeley), details on broccellars.com
Party at Monarch. Friday marks the reopening of the club and DJ Nick Monaco, along with Femmelectric and Alvaro Z, will provide tunes to mark the occasion. Make sure you bring proof of vaccination; Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. // Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa), tickets ($ 20-30) on eventbrite.com
View Masako Miki: new mythologies. Cult Aimee Friberg’s first exhibition in the Fuseproject space includes bronze tabletop sculptures, watercolor paintings, and felt sculptures that explore Tsukumogami yaikai, or shape-shifters in common objects; From Wednesday to September 25. // Fuseproject, 1401 16th St. (Potrero Hill), details on cultxhibitions.com
Attend MegaBlack SF’s Juneteenth on the waterfront. Black-owned businesses – think Soul Movement, Delightful Foods, and Minnie Bell’s Peaches Patties – will provide endless delicious food. There will also be live music and an educational booth to inform about the importance of Juneteenth; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. // Ferry Plaza, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), details on megablacksf.org
Take part in the gay carnival with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Watch an epic lip-sync battle and grab a drink or two. The proceeds of the ticket go directly to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. // Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St. (TenderNob), tickets ($ 25) on eventbrite.com
Revisit the Oakland Museum of California. The OMCA reopens its doors with a free weekend. Stroll through California’s art, history and natural science galleries, and explore the museum’s recently redesigned gardens; opens Friday. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), details and tickets (free until Sunday) at museumca.org
Tune in to the fresh meat festival. Although online this year, the trans and queer performance festival will feature a variety of premieres and archival content. Over the first weekend, catch three different live programs featuring artists such as SF opera singer Breanna SinclairÃ©; live shows from Friday to Sunday at 5 p.m., content available until June 27. // Free participation, details on Freshmeatproductions.org
The Stern Grove summer festival is back! COVID times call for advance reservations (but always free). Plan ahead to kick off the series this Sunday with Grammy-winning R&B musician Ledisi. Don’t miss Perfume Genius and Honey Mahogany for next week’s Pride celebration; Sundays at 2 p.m. until August 29. // Book your tickets (12 days before each show at 2 p.m.) on sterngrove.org