31 Fun Things to Do This Week (4.11.22)
We'll spare you of our egg-cellent puns—Happy Easter week!
No need to wait until Sunday to have some fun. Beyond a slew of family-friendly activities, te week also brings a free bluegrass music festival, cheese tastings, a rosé garden party, National Park Week, and more.
Oh, and Hunky Jesus rises again.
Have a good one.
Be one of the first to get an extraordinary look at deep-sea animals including bioluminescent jellies, bone-eating worms, and giant isopods at Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean, a five-years-in-the-making exhibition at Monterey Bay Aquarium; daily from 10am to 5pm. // 886 Cannery Row (Monterey); tickets at montereybayaquarium.org
Get down to Motown on Mondays at Madrone Art Bar. The weekly dance party celebrates 13 years! Monday, 7pm to 2am. // Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St. (Fillmore); tickets at eventbrite.com
Dig into a one-of-a-kind, 10-course dinner to benefit World Central Kitchen's relief work in Ukraine. The dinner at Nari will feature dishes from Lord Stanley, Lazy Bear, SingleThread, Commis, Viridian, Avery, and several more; Tuesday, 6:30pm. // Nari, 1625 Post St. (Japantown); reservations at opentable.com
Celebrate Thai New Year with Amanda Kunte Maneesilasan, the chef in residence at Turntable at Lord Stanley this month. She will be serving up a family-style Thai tasting menu paired with natural wines by women winemakers; Tuesdays to Saturdays through April 30th. // Lord Stanley, 2065 Polk St. (Russian Hill); reservations at exploretock.com
Head to Birch & Rye for a collaborative vegetarian dinner by chefs Anya El Wattar and Dominique Crenn. In addition to a five-course meal with wine pairings, speakers for the evening include James Beard Award winner Traci Des Jardins and writer Aleksandra Bulatskaya who is also a refugee from Ukraine. Proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen and their efforts with #chefsforukraine; Wednesday at 6pm. // Birch & Rye, 1320 Castro St. (Noe Valley); tickets at exploretock.com
Learn the latest on legal cannabis at a KQED-led conversation with cannabis insiders. On the agenda: solutions to local bans, the answer to high taxes, access and equity, and the future of the flowering industry—plus a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Flore Dispensary; Wednesday at 7pm. // KQED Headquarters, 2601 Mariposa St. (Mission); RSVP at kqed.org
Electronic duo Disclosure comes to town for a hump day headlining show before heading to the desert for a Coachella set; Wednesday at 8pm. // Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. (Civic Center); tickets at ticketmaster.com
Learn how to make tamales from the masa masters at Donaji. After class, sit down for a family-style dinner; Wednesday, 6:30pm to 9pm. // Donaji, 3161 24th St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com
Grammy-winning reggae artist Koffee brings her North America headlining tour to the Warfield with endorsements from Harry Styles, John Legend, and Rihanna (rumors have it she’s helping Ri with her upcoming reggae album); Thursday at 8pm. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at axs.com
The Tenderloin Museum will host artist Charles Blackwell as he pays homage to lively San Francisco jazz culture with an evening of live painting, music, poetry, and performance art; Thursday, 6pm to 7:30pm. // Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com
For the realists, don’t miss the return of You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes, an open mic event exploring death and dying at the San Francisco Columbarium; Thursday, 7pm to 10pm. // San Francisco Columbarium, 1 Loraine Ct. (Inner Richmond); tickets at eventbrite.com
View the works of arborist turned experimental wood sculptor Ido Yoshimoto. Inspired by landscape of his hometown of Inverness, Yoshimoto has been named one to watch by Architectural Digest; 1pm to 5pm Friday through Sunday, through June 5th. // Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Rd. (Bolinas); details at bolinasmuseum.org
Get a springtime bluegrass fix at the free Pickin' on the Polk Festival. Expect two days of live music at various bars and restaurants as well as an outdoor stage; 7pm to 11pm Friday, 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to midnight Saturday. // Polk & Broadway (Nob Hill); details at pickinonthepolk.com
Curd nerds won’t want to miss a weekend of fromage-related events from The Cheese School to kick off the West Coast tour for Erika Kubrick’s new book, Cheese Sex Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed. Highlights include a tour and lunch at Tomales Farmstead Cheese Company complete with baby goat snuggles; tastings at Ramini Creamery; and an Easter Sunday Cheese Church brunch service. // Tickets and additional details at thecheeseschool.com
Groove with friends at a Burning Man fundraising event for The Dusty Rhino; Friday, 9pm to 3am. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com
See the blooms at the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the West Coast. The annual springtime celebration is in its final weekend; 11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Japantown Peace Plaza (Japantown); details at sfcherryblossom.org
Celebrate National Park Week with free entrance and special events. Parks across the country will host a variety of programs and digital experiences. Not sure where to go? Here are nine national parks in California that are very much worth exploring; Friday through April 24. // Details at nps.gov
Celebrate Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo with a full day of hands-on stations, chalk murals, the 100 Year Vision Tree, and performances by Earthcapades at the Wildlife Theater; Saturday, 10am to 4pm. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland), oaklandzoo.org
Enjoy a Mad Hatter–style affair at Silverado Vineyards to celebrate the release of their 2021 Borreo Sangiovese Rosa. This rosé garden party will feature tea sandwiches, scones, and savory bites; Saturday, 1pm to 3pm. // Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail (Napa); tickets at exploretock.com
Celebrate 4/20 at the High, San Francisco! cannabis scavenger hunt, hosted by Collective High. The fastest contestants to race around the city and decode all the clues are eligible for prizes, and all attendees will be celebrated with an epic after-party and a dope swag bag. Can’t make this one? Join their mailing list and keep up with happenings on the horizon; noon to 5pm Saturday. // Register at highsf.splashthat.com/7x7.
Thank you to our partners at High Collective.
Get egg-cited: free Easter celebrations are abundant this weekend. Head to the Castro for an Easter Eggstravaganza Block Party for Easter Bunny photo ops and drag queen storytime (Saturday, 11am to 5pm). Hop over to Alameda’s South Shore Center for face painting, glitter tats, and a petting zoo (Saturday, noon to 3pm). Sausalito will be hosting its 40th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade (Saturday at 10am). Santana Row’s Spring Family Festival will include live music, balloon twisting, and a photo booth (Saturday, 10am to noon). And, the Easter Bunny will also pay a visit to Corte Madera’s Town Center with free gifts and goodies (Saturday, noon to 3pm).
Celebrate the remarkable career of 100-year-old National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid. All are invited to join the NPS ranger Betty Reid Soskin for a free public recognition ceremony; Saturday, 1pm to 2pm. // Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way (Richmond); details at nps.gov
Preview chef Jonny Black's forthcoming Carmel restaurant, Chez Noir, with a series of Bay Area pop-up dinners. Experience the former Atelier Crenn chef's seafood-centric, six-course tasting menu paired with wines from Temescal's Snail Bar; 8:45pm Sunday. // Snail Bar, 4935 Shattuck Ave. (Oakland); tickets at exploretock.com
Hunky Jesus rises again—spend Easter with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The annual Easter in the park event is back and in-person. Partake in the Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus contest and catch appearances by Peaches Christ, Connie Champagne, Kitten on the Keys, and more; Sunday, noon to 4pm // Mission Dolores Park (Mission); details at thesisters.org
Order up cicchetti (small bites) sourced from local purveyors to pair with Italian wine and beer at Club Fugazi—that's right, the North Beach venue is now serving food and bev from the likes of Liguria Bakery and Ramen Shop. Service is available at every seat in the house, so get your tix to "Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story." // 678 Green S. (North Beach), clubfugazisf.com
Thank you to our partners at Club Fugazi.
Sip and shop at Head West Marketplace. The indoor/outdoor event features local merchants, cocktails, food trucks, and an indoor plant shop; 11am to 5pm Sunday. // Hangar 1, 2505 Monarch St. (Alameda), headwestmarketplace.com
Get a little zany at Super Mario Karts Live 20th Anniversary Big Wheels Race. Join in on the fun or save yourself a trip to the hospital by watching on as racers in costumes head full speed ahead down one of San Francisco's windiest streets; Sunday, 3pm to 5pm. // Vermont St. (Potrero Hill); details at urbandiversion.com
See Wendy Red Star: American Progress, a new exhibition at Stanford's Anderson Collection, where admission is always free. Plus, join a special lecture and conversation with the artist, who was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana; 6:30pm on April 27th. // Advance registration at anderson.stanford.edu.
Thank you to our partners at Anderson Collection.