Happy Friday Everyone! As things are beginning to slowly get back to normal, one thing we really want to see returning to normal is you taking some time to have fun! Life goes on, and having a little fun and/or some relaxation is still necessary for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can participate in this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, May 7th
Terra Gallery and Event Venue, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
After more than a year of quarantine, where are all the Bay Area artists, and what have they been making? Installations, interactive art, murals, films, dance, sculpture, music and more. Come celebrate and support the diverse Bay Area arts community at these in-person exhibitions, featuring scores of amazing local artists working across all mediums!
We have curated more than 30 Bay Area artists for the 20,000 square ft. exhibition and we have scores more participating in the daily music and outdoor vending programs on Friday evenings and weekend days.
The ten day art festival will take place at Terra Gallery, one of San Francisco's premier event venues that features 24,000 square feet of exhibition space on two floors, with an additional 6000+ square feet of gated exterior area for local music, food, and drinks.
This is a community-minded event, designed to support the participating local artists.
Our exhibit plan allows small groups to enter one side of the building and exit the opposite side on the second floor creating a unique one directional experience. All patrons can return to the gated outdoor area for social distanced food, drinks, and music. On Friday nights and weekend days, we will feature local arts, crafts, music, and fashion vendors in the exterior area. Masks are required at all times inside the exhibit and when not eating or drinking outside.
Executive Order, San Francisco
6 PM, All Ages
Laugh City's "Stand Up SF" at Executive Order brings you a lineup of established comedians from around the country.
Showtimes are 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM.
About the venue: Executive Order is an American-history-themed bar with antique sofas and revolutionary cocktails and with decor that pays tribute to the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
Reserve a table for 4, 5 or 6, and split it with your friends! Patio seating with heaters and umbrellas.
Saturday, May 8th
Legion of Honor
9:30 AM, All Ages
"The incredibly preserved art, furnishings and eatables of Pompeii give us the rare opportunity to explore the Romans' infatuation with food and wine-which is analogous to our own enjoyment of the activity today," states Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "I am thrilled to bring Last Supper in Pompeii from the Bay of Naples to the San Francisco Bay Area, which will be the first in a series of upcoming exhibitions examining life in the ancient Mediterranean."
Image: Polychrome mosaic panel with a marine scene, Roman, from Pompeii, 100-1 BC. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, MANN 120177. Photograph by Carole Raddato (2014) / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Valencia Street, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
If you light it, they will come. Such was the successful reasoning of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association as they sought to beautify and promote the Mission District avenue that has become a symbol of the area's resilience during COVID and its recovery as we move beyond it. On Friday, May 7 at 8pm, a ceremony between 16th & 17th on Valencia Street will officially launch the project that has electrified community support - and the neighborhood - with LED ambient string lights stretching all the way to 24th Street.
"Lighting up Valencia from end to end, from 14th to 24th street, will bring a sense of community and warmth we all need as we re-emerge as a City and come back swinging. It's a project built by the community and we should all be so proud of that fact. We did this together." said Jonah Buffa, co-owner of Fellow Barber and President of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association. "TheVCMA as the group, in service of the merchants, the corridor, residents and neighborhood, really made this happen."
The lighting of Valencia Street for a ten-block stretch is the first such initiative in the history of the neighborhood, and a direct outgrowth of the COVID-induced Shared Spaces Program - of which the Valencia Street Corridor was the first -- which continues on weekends through June 27 when three blocks of Valencia becomes a pedestrian and cyclist only area to encourage retail and outdoor socially distant dining options. Cars are prohibited during this period in the following blocks of Valencia: 16th to 17th; 18th to 19th; 20th to 21st during the following times: Fridays 5pm to 9pm and Saturdays 12pm - 9pm. Vehicular traffic on the cross streets will not be impacted.
Sunday, May 9th
Ferry Building, San Francisco
7 AM, All Ages
Celebrating Mother's Day on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, the Ferry Building welcomes Flowers by Romy with a selection of beautiful flower bouquets to treat Mom. Visitors can also commemorate the special day with loved ones by posing for gorgeous portraits in front of a flower wall installment with Vanity Portrait Studio. All guests who have their portrait taken on Sunday, May 9 at Vanity Portrait studio, will be automatically entered to win a Mother's Day gift set from Epicurean Trader. All moms will receive one free portrait print with additional prints available for purchase. Ferry Building goers are encouraged to make the outing a full experience by grabbing a Saturday mimosa at Boulibar, nabbing a sweet treat at Recchiuti Confections or Dandelion Chocolate, and shopping a variety of curated Mother's Day gift sets from merchants including Epicurean Trader, Maison Verbena, and Stonehouse Olive Oil. If in need of a card - The Gardener and Book Passage have plenty to choose from!
For more information, please visit the Ferry Building Happenings page at https://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/happenings.
Kapwa Gardens: San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
Lakas Ng Loob Yoga @ 11am - 12pm
50 minute gentle yoga class for cultivating inner strength (beginner friendly)
Rona (PsyD, RYT200) offers a safe space for people to come authentically to the mat, to explore and attune to all layers of the self. She brings a gentle authenticity to the practice that welcomes all bodies, and encourages an empowering self-discovery. Gentle flow, mindful movement, and meditations are included in her offerings.
Hot Hula Fitness + Meditation @ 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Spend an afternoon on your physical health and mental well-being.
Leilani will lead you thru a mindful meditation breath work exercise to ground in and be present. Then you will jump right in to learning the basics of hot hula fitness, warm up/stretch, learn a choreographed routine to the drumbeats, dance to the music, focus on legs/abs, and end with a cool down for an hour.
Flower Crown Class @ 1pm
Led by Kapwa Garden's landscape designer and principal of CAMO Studio, Christina Antiporda. You'll work with fresh flowers to create unique headdresses to coronate the queen and princess in your life.
Lil' Balikbayan's Trip To Chocolate Hills @ 12p & 4pm
"A Trip to Chocolate Hills," includes an itinerary filled with fun art activities like tarsier making, silly storytime, and more. It also has a recipe for tablea tsokolate so mother and child can savor a bit of the Philippines while making interesting cultural discoveries. Paired with Oodaalolly Philippine Chocolates.
W/ Manila Bowl
Nourish the body with heart warming Filipino Rice Bowls.
Entrance to the Kapwa Gardens is free, classes and food are extra.