So long holiday, hello full work week.
Make it not suck with a wine and comedy pairing, outdoor films, the Frida Kahlo festival, an Indian cooking class, a tasty book sale, and more.
Monday, July 9: The Frida Kahlo Festival
When: Throughout July
Where: Various venues
Why: The Bay Area is throwing a month-long party for Frida’s 111th birthday. Celebrate at a slew of events—art exhibits, live music, spoken word, film screenings, and mezcal tastings—at venues including SF’s Puerto Alegre, Alley Cat Books, and Mission Cultural Center, as well as Sanchez Contemporary in Oakland. Plus, take the #fridaselfiechallenge for a chance at Frida-themed prize package. // fiestasfridas.com
Monday, July 9: Wine Tasting + Comedy
When: 5pm to 9pm
Where: The Social Study, 1795 Geary Blvd. (NoPa), thesocialstudysf.com
Why: Every first Monday of the month, a group called That’s What She Said hosts a free, lady-powered event for, you guessed it, women only. Tonight, head over to the Social Study for a blind wine tasting sponsored by Barone Fini, followed by a standup show starring all female comedians including Nicole Calasich, Ali Littman, and Anica Cihla. Stay afterward for the Q&A. // RSVP at facebook.com/events.
Monday, July 9: Pizza & a Movie
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: Brewcade SF, 2200 Market St. # B (Upper Market), brewcadesf.com
Why: As if a free screening of Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion weren’t enough to get us out to Brewcade on a Monday night, there will also be free pizza, popcorn, video games, and a cocktail special. // facebook.com
Monday, July 9: Comedy x Pop-up Food
When: 8pm to 10pm
Where: Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way (Oakland), starlinesocialclub.com
Why: Bay Area comedians Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo are hosting another night of laughter with surprise stand-up comics—previous guests have included Michael Che (SNL) and Chris Garcia (NPR)—and food vendors in Starline’s intimate setting. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, July 10 and 11: World Cup Semifinals Outdoor Viewing Party
Where: Sue Bierman Park (Embarcadero)
Why: Soccer fans can wathc the semi-final matches in epic fashion—with a zillion of your closest friends at a free party in the park. Kick the ball around, get some grub from Off the Grid food trucks, and woot woot for your favorite team. // worldcupsf.com
Tuesday, July 10: Poetic Tuesdays
When: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens (SoMa)
Why: Take your lunch to the lawn for a lyrical workaday moment as local poets and musicians recite their lines beneath the sun as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, in partnership with Litquake. // For more information, go to ybgfestival.org and litquake.org.
Tuesday, July 10: “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival
Where: St. Francis Winery and Vineyard, 100 Pythian Rd. (Santa Rosa), stfranciswinery.com
Why: Back for its ninth year, Stars Under the Stars kicks off with a concert by the Atomic Lounge Show followed by a screening of Singin’ in the Rain. Roll out your blanket, grab a glass of wine, and chill on the lawn of the Sonoma Valley tasting room. There will also be food available for purchase from El Coyote.
Tuesday, July 10 : Oren’s Hummus Opens in SF
When: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Oren’s Hummus, 71 Third St. (SoMa), orenshummus.com
Why: Oren’s Hummus has been South Bay’s favorite hummus spot since the first shop opened in 2011. Now the Mediterranean fast-cas spot is bringing its freshly baked pita and creamy hummus with toppings (think roasted cauliflower, braised lamb shoulder with mint, and Moroccon-spiced beef with pine nuts)to SF. Plus, look for the green shakshuka and challah French toast at breakfast.
Wednesday, July 11: Your Morning Workout
Where: Alta Plaza Park (Pacific Heights)
Why: Join the North Face–sponsored November Project at a bright-and-early, kick-your-butt boot camp that might include running hills, core work, and endurance training—it’s a surprise!rain or shine. // november-project.com
Wednesday, July 11: Live Jazz
Where: Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), cigarbarandgrill.com
Why: If you’re in need of a Hump Day pick-me-up, head to this Jackson Square bar and restaurant for apps and drinks set to the tune of Brother Khalil. Here’s a preview.
Thursday, July 12: Backyard Green Grill-out
When: Noon to 5pm
Where: Burton Snowboards SF, 1630 Haight St. (Haight), burton.com
Why: Hang loose this afternoon at Burton, where they’ll be grilling vegetarian barbecue, pouring kombucha, playing corn hole, and offering special deals to shoppers. // splashthat.com
Thursday, July 12: Uncaged Nights
When: 8pm to 11pm
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. (Tenderloin), slimspresents.com
Why: Imprint City, a nonprofit activating art spaces and community development projects, is closing out its series of Uncaged Nights with DJ Cutso and up-and-coming musical talents Le Vice, Tin Mai, and Momoko Ishiguro. // eventbrite.com
Friday, July 13: Miss Piggott’s (Not-So) Nice Cream Pop-up Parlor
When: 11am to 5pm
Where: The San Francisco Dungeon, 145 Jefferson St. (Fisherman’s Wharf), thedungeons.com
Why: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with free ice cream and terrifying toppings—think insects, scorpions, and worms—at the SF Dungeon. Those brave enough to chomp into one of these cones will spin the Wheel of Misfortune to determine their disturbing flavor, as well as a chance to win tickets to the SF Dungeon to see the real-life inspiration behind the scary treats. // No tickets required; more info at eventbrite.com.
Friday, July 13: Brainwash Movie Festival
Where: Nimby, 8410 Amelia St. (Oakland)
Why: Drive in, bike in, or walk in to the opening night of Brainwash, an eclectic show of weird and unusual short films from around the world. Tonight, catch zombie romance Rotting Love. // brainwashm.com
Friday, July 13: Summer Cocktail Party
When: 9pm to 2am
Where: Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Pl. (Union Square), barfluxus.com
Why: Enjoy a seasonal cocktail menu with tasty sips like the Mistake (tequila, Luxardo bitter bianco, lime, agave, and Cocchi rose) and Make a Salad (tequila, verdita, velvet falernum, and lime). Happy hour is from 9 to 9:30pm. There will also be live painting from underground street artist Zack Wiseman who paints while playing live chess with attendees (so far he’s undefeated). Once you’re tipsy off those tasty drinks, hit the dance floor. // eventbrite.com
Friday, July 13: Alameda Summer Concert Series
When: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Alameda), ebparks.org
Why: Catch a live set from Wall of Blues while sipping on brews from Faction Brewing and Drake’s. There will also be freshly prepared street tacos from Calafia Taqueria, sausages from Café Jolie, wine from R & B Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars, and Rock Wall Wine Company, and more. // seecalifornia.com
Friday, July 13 : Halal Guys Opens in Oakland
When: 10am to 2am
Where: The Halal Guys, 2214 Broadway (Oakland), thehalalguys.com
Why: The Halal Guys continues its world domination with the grand opening of their Oakland location. The first 50 customers will get free platters of gyro, falafel, chicken and Halal’s famous white and hot sauce. The first 1,000 will receive swag like t-shirts, pins, stickers and more.
Saturday, July 14: Bastille Day
When: 10am to 7pm
Where: Embarcadero Center (Embarcadero); Belden Place (FiDi)
Why: Shout vive le france at SF’s 138th annual Bastille Day celebration at Embarcadero Center, where you can gorge on French food, get drunk on wine and beer, hear live music, see a vintage car show, and play petanque. Or, for authentic French feels, order up glasses of Champagne and moules et frites at one of the restaurants on Belden Place, which is always festive on this day. // bastilledaysf.org; sf.funcheap.com
Saturday, July 14: Anime and Cosplay Festival
When: 11am to 4pm
Where: Peace Plaza (Japantown)
Why: Get your costumes and pastel-toned wigs, the Anime festival is here. There will be interactive stage shows, lots of food, and even a cosplay 101 crash course. // japancentersf.com
Saturday, July 14 : Annual Book Sale
When: 11am to 6pm
Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St. (Noe Valley), omnivorebooks.com
Why: It’s time for Omnivore’s annual sale. All books in store will be 20 to 50 percent off. Bring a tote and stock up.
Saturday, July 14: Clay and Glass Festival
When: 10am to 5pm
Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. (Palo Alto)
Why: Shop fine and functional art from 130 juried artists. Meet the makers, take a pottery class, learn wheel-throwing, and more. // acga.net
Sunday, July 15: Hamlet In The Park
When: 4pm to 7pm
Where: John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Pl. (Berkeley)
Why: Actors Ensemble kicks off its season of performances with a 105 minute version of “Hamlet.” There will be two acts with an intermission (and food). // aeofberkeley.org
Sunday, July 15 : Learn to Cook With Chef Manish Tiyagi
When: 10am to 2pm
Where: SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfcooking.com
Why: Bone up on the vast world of Indian cuisine with chef Manish Tiyagi of August 1 Five in a class that will explore common spices of the Indian pantry, cooking techniques, and more. There will be a menu of dahi kebab, lamb chops, pepper chicken, mushroom makhana, and wine to wash it all down. // Tickets ($190) are available online.