This week has all the workshops you could want—from glass blowing to succulent gardening—plus an Etsy market, plenty of barbecue, cocktails, and more.
Have a great week!
Monday, August 27th
When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: 2527 Clement Ave. (Alameda)
Why: Learn to make a drinking glass, candle holder, or ornament in this glass-blowing class for beginners. // Tickets ($150) are available at verlocal.com.
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: The Malonga Casquelourd Center for The Arts, 1428 Alice St. (Oakland), mccatheater.com
Why: Get moving with some of the Bay Area’s hottest dance teachers—you can even get a tilapia and shrimp or curry chicken plate for $10. // Tickets ($30) are available at facebook.com.
When: 6pm to 8pm
Where: SF Wellness & Arts Pop-Up, 1500 Market St. (SoMa), sfwellnessarts.com
Why: DIY essential oils with Oilow, and learn how to use them to boost immunity, improve digestion, reduce pain and inflammation, support emotional health, and get better quality sleep. // Attendance is free but space is limited; register at eventbrite.com.
Eat Colombian Food
When: 4pm to late
Where: El Arepazo, 2169 Mission St. (Mission), elarepazosf.com
Why: Head to a literal hole in the wall at 18th and Mission for Colombian arepas including la santandereana (shredded beef, tomato, onion, pepper, quail egg), la vegana (beans ,avocado, tomato, onion, cherry tomato), and a special off-menu chorizo situation with avocado and quail egg.
Tuesday, August 28th
Clay and Coffee
When: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: 1045 Sutter St. (TenderNob)
Why: Learn the basics of the wheel as you work at throwing a cylinder. You’ll get to play with clay and have your work dried, glazed, and fired to pick up once it’s all done. // Tickets ($59) are available at verlocal.com.
When: 7pm to 11pm
Where: Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond), cinemasf.com/balboa
Why: Prepare for a night of action with two of the greatest martial arts films—Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee’s final film, and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, which greatly impacted the Wu Tang Clan.
Japanese Hanging Plant & Moss Ball Gardens
Where: Workshop SF, 1798 McAllister St. (NoPa), workshopsf.org
Why: Learn the art of kokedama, where Japanese bonsai roots are wrapped in moss and string. You can add different houseplants into the bonsai mix like succulents, houseplants, and even herbs. // Tickets ($52) are available at etix.com.
Laughs and Drafts
When: 7:30pm to 9pm
Where: BuzzWorks, 365 11th St. (SoMa), sfbuzzworks.com
Why: LOL all night to some of the Bay Area’s best comics while enjoying beers and bites. // Show is free; register at eventbrite.com.
Hawker Fare Dinner @ Tartine Manufactory
When: 5pm to 10pm
Where: Tartine Manufactory, 595 Alabama St. (Mission), tartinebakery.com
Why: Join Hawker Fare’s James Syhabout for a special dinner celebrating his new book, Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots. He’ll be cooking alongside Manufactory chef Christa Chase and, wait for it, his own mother to offer a unique taste of the food of his heritage. Dinner will be paired with beers from Old Kan brewery. // Tickets ($55) include dinner and a copy of the book; purchase at eventbrite.com.
Wednesday, August 29th
When: Multiple times
Where: Green Guide HQ, 301 Post St. (Union Square)
Why: Join a tour of the SF cannabis dispensaries while learning about the science, history, agriculture, and booming industry. Just book a private tour when you’re looking to toke one. // Tickets ($24) are available at greenguide.tours.
When: 7pm to 10pm
Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St. (Mission), drafthouse.com
Why: Laugh your ass off at a screening of Ben Stiller’s ridiculously funny 2008 release Tropic Thunder. // drafthouse.com/sf/show/tropic-thunder
When: 3pm to 7pm
Where: Presidio Social Club, 563 Ruger St. (Presidio), presidiosocialclub.com
Why: Catch the finale of PSC’s third annual Wednesday afternoon BBQ Biergarten. Take off work early and indulge in some slow smoked meats and libations. // facebook.com
Kamayan Deluxe Dinner
When: 6pm and 8pm
Where: Francisca’s, 3047 Mission St. (Mission), franciscassf.com
Why: Join chef Manny Torres Gimenez as he hosts a collaborative dinner with Monterey-based chef David Baron (Casanova, Saltwood). Gimenez will be cooking up Venezuelan cuisine while Baron will offer traditional Filipino fare. There will also be mini donuts from Hookt.
Thursday, August 30th
Drugs In the Tenderloin film screening
When: 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), tenderloinmuseum.org
Why: Catch a rare screening of director Robert Zagone’s 1966 guerilla-style documentary about how the TL became a center for queer and drug culture. Zagone himself will introduce the film and hang around for a Q&A afterwards. // Tickets ($10) are available at eventbrite.com.
When: 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Halcyon SF, 314 11th St. (SoMa), halcyon-sf.com
Why: Bring a yoga mat, pillow, and blanket, and get ready for an evening of zen as you zone out to the sounds of gongs and chimes, and singing bowls. There will also be aromatherapy and hands-on reiki. // Tickets ($25) are available at the door and at eventbrite.com.
Dinner at Theorita
When: 5pm to 11pm
Where: Theorita, 834 Divisadero St. (NoPa), theorita.com
Why: Early adopting foodies may have already chowed chef Angela Pinkerton’s pie (ohh the pie) at Theorita, the more casual downstairs sister to Che Fico. Tonight, the elevated diner-style resto opens for dinner with a modern take on diner favorites—expect sandwiches, burgers and, yes, the pie.
When: 7:45pm to 9:30pm
Where:The Beer Basement, 222 Hyde St. (Tenderloin)
Why: Get in some giggles while sipping a tasty brew. // Tickets ($15) are available at eventbrite.com
Friday, August 31st
Screen Printing Workshop
When: 4pm to 8pm
Where: Art Attack SF, 2358 Market St. Ste #1 (Upper Market), artattacksf.com
Why: Meet screen printing artist Harumo Sato and learn about her work, then print your own fruity piece of art. Supplies and refreshments are included. // Tickets ($10) are available at eventbrite.com.
When: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight), thecentersf.com
Why: End the week with an all levels gentle practice including hot stones and essential oils. // Tickets ($30) are available at eventbrite.com.
When: 7pm to 10pm
Where: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, 100 J F Kennedy Dr. (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org
Why: It’s the final night of the popular murder mystery series! Channel your inner detective in a Victorian greenhouse and get ready for some crime fighting. The night will include a complimentary glass of wine or beer, light bites, and a guide to track clues. // Tickets ($85-$100) are available at eventbrite.com.
Saturday, September 1st
When: 11am to 4pm
Where: Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North (Mission Bay), sparksocialsf.com
Why: Rosé the day away while sampling more than 20 options, bottomless house-made rosé sangria, and tasty savory eats and sweet treats. There will also be lawn games, DJs jams, a flower-wall photo booth, and lounging mats. // Tickets ($38-$43) are available at eventbrite.com.
When: 5pm to 7:30pm
Where: Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle (Yountville), napavalleymuseum.org
Why: Head to the opening of Melissa Chandon and Matt Roger’s joint exhibition embodying the idyllic California dream of the 1960s—think palm trees, lifeguard stations, and Woody-style station wagons topped with surfboards. // Tickets ($20 for non-members) are available online.
Silent Disco Beach Yoga
When: 11am to noon
Where: Baker Beach
Why: Get outside, soak up some sun and stretch and breathe. // Tickets ($5-$28) at eventbrite.com.
When: 8pm to 1:45am
Where: Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St. (Fillmore), madroneartbar.com
Why: Hit the dance floor and show off your moves to Prince and Michael Jackson hits. // facebook.com
When: 2pm to 2am
Where: The Midway, SF 900 Marin St. (Bayview), themidwaysf.com
Why: Virgos get in free before 6pm at this day of DJs—think Tony Touch, Apollo, Pete Rock, and Talib Kweli—both inside and on the patio at The Midway. // Tickets ($15-$30) are available at facebook.com
Sunday, September 2nd
Etsy Market + Block Party
When: 11am to 3pm
Where: Civic Center Commons, Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl. (Civic Center)
Why: Shop handmade art, jewelry, and skincare products, or join a DIY paper bead workshop at this block party at Fulton and Larkin streets. // facebook.com
When: 10am to 5pm
Where: Marinship Park, 2200 Marinship Way (Sausalito)
Why: Explore art from over 250 creators across 14 mediums, feast on gourmet bites, sip on fine wine, champagne, and beer, and listen to live music in the perfect Labor Day weekend event. // Tickets ($3110-$150) are available at eventbrite.com.