Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
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Friday, July 15th
Fort Mason, San Francisco
5PM, Ages: All
Re-emerging for its 12th season, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is the Bay Area’s most beloved and anticipated community event, as well as the largest recurring nighttime street food festival in Northern California. After a challenging couple of years, we’re ready to reignite the San Francisco food scene with our flagship marketplace in full style. This year’s event will highlight both creators and guests through a more dynamic way to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Together, we can throw a heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make this city so vibrant.
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30 PM, All Ages
Enjoy the most reviewed intimate music experience WORLDWIDE! Lakehouse Jazz, a unique and intimate concert experience in the iconic Golden Gate Park at a hidden and iconic boathouse. As Karl the Fog moves over the lake and covers a slew of colorful boats, we’ll sit inside our intimate and improvised concert venue where the music of the best musicians in the Bay Area and a glass of beer or wine will be the perfect way to unwind your week. By attending this event not only you’ll listen and learn jazz from some of the best musicians in The Bay Area but also, you'll be actively supporting the local art scene and its musicians. Kudos!
Every week (Fridays & Saturdays) we feature new bands and it's a secret, so you won't know who is performing in advance. This makes each concert unique and fresh. All things Jazz, from 1920's Swing to Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Hip Hop and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions.
About the venue
Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known mostly to locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!
Saturday, July 16th
Club Fugazi, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
Exhilarating, moving, and beautiful, Dear San Francisco: The Intimate Cirque Experience makes the perfect date! Get swept up in this thrill-a-minute acrobatic joy ride through the colorful and storied legacy of the City by the Bay. Powered by astonishing feats of athleticism, video projections, original music, spoken word, and more, this new resident production is wowing audiences nightly only at the historic Club Fugazi—former home of Beach Blanket Babylon—right in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco’s most romantic neighborhood! Treat yourselves to a snack and drink from our delectable, curated menu, get comfortable in our new swivel chairs, and jump into an aerial extravaganza that will have you delighted!
The show runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Mountain Winery, Saratoga
7:30 PM, Ages: All
The Shins are a multiple GRAMMY nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, the band was signed by Sub Pop Records who subsequently released its first three full length records. Their debut full length, Oh, Inverted World caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. Moved by the strength of verifiably life changing songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy,” a generation of artists ditched the previous decade’s lo-fi aesthetic in favor of Oh, Inverted World’s emphasis on melody. Selling nearly a million copies and featuring heavily in the cult classic Garden State, the influence of Oh, Inverted World continues to be as profound as it is wide-reaching. The Shins released their sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow in 2003. The album garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, among numerous others solidifying The Shins’ iconic standing. The band’s third LP 2007, the epic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 moving more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and saw their Saturday Night Live debut and a second GRAMMY nomination, once again reaffirming The Shins’ stature as one of the most significant acts of the new millennium. The fourth Shins album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records. Preceded by “Simple Song,” the highest charting Shins single to date, Port of Morrow debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was met with rave reviews: Entertainment Weekly declared it “the band’s best album in almost a decade” and Pitchfork described it as a “triumphant return.” Heartworms, the band’s fifth album, will be released March 10th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record will be supported by a world tour on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys). No refunds or exchanges. Children age 3 and older require a ticket. A child under the age of 3 is considered a lap child and does not require a ticket. Doors open 2 hours prior to the show time. Seating begins 1 hour prior to the show time. All shows are rain or shine. For directions, dining, parking, or carpool information, please visit www.mountainwinery.com. For information on how to purchase VIP season tickets including suites and box seats visit https://www.mountainwinery.com/vip-seating/
Sunday, July 17th
37th and Ortega, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
Come celebrate the summer season at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile with our Wednesday relaunch! The farmers market is now available Wednesdays, June 8th - August 10th, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm as well as every Sunday 9:00 am-3:00 pm year-round, rain or shine on 37th Avenue at Ortega. The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages. Music lineup on June 8th includes Young & Up Too late at 3 pm and Tyler H at 6 pm and local favorite, Olive the Storyteller, will weave her stories at 5 pm.
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth with special food, activities and two stages of live music to honor the day on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Local favorites Gumbo Social, Smokin’ D’s BBQ, Sunset Roasters and Yes, Pudding will be on-site with special Juneteenth menus. Local musicians include: Kaylah Marin, Hanif, Vazh, Allura Lex, Season of Us, Saint Pigeon, Dr. Rick and No Country. Please join us in recognizing this important day!
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Skylight at The Armory, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: 13+
Beware, nerd: the Gate to the Upside Down is opening! Hawkins Lab is back, and only the bravest guests are invited to discover the secrets within its walls. Write your story as you journey through a delightful gathering of iconic locations and fan-favorite moments, enjoying one-of-a-kind photo ops and uncovering plenty of thrills along the way. There may also be the occasional testing, analysis, or psych evaluation. But don’t worry—it's safe... perfectly safe...
Become the hero and unlock your power in a brand-new, exclusive Stranger Things story
Interact with your favorite Stranger Things characters
Enjoy a high-quality production with incredible special effects
Explore nostalgic 80s-themed shops and iconic locations straight from the show such as Scoops Ahoy
Enjoy themed food & drinks and take home exclusive merch
Take pics in the Byers’ living room, in an 80s-style photo booth, at the Palace Arcade, or with a Demogorgon
Dates: June 4 - July 31, 2022
Duration: 1-hour immersive experience, but you are welcome to stay and hang in the Mix-Tape as long as you’d like!
Location: Skylight at The Armory
Age requirement: this event is recommended for ages 13+. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Due to the nature of the experience and special effects, children under 5 will not be admitted
Dress code: the 80s are calling! You're invited to a bodacious world of fanny packs and shoulder pads
Accessibility: the experience is accessible to wheelchairs
Please consult the FAQs of this experience here