We hoped you saved up some energy after the weekend.
This weekend promises plenty of ways to work it off with free classes and performances at Bay Area Dance Week, Cal Academy’s annual fancy gala, the Lexus Culinary Classic in Sausalito, new bar and restaurant openings, an Italian Passover dinner, and more.
Have a good one!
Monday, April 22nd
Through April 28th
Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, waterbarsf.com
Lovers of riesling should head over to Waterbar this week for a special four-course tasting menu with riesling pairings. Dishes may include Alaskan halibut carpaccio, seared sea scallops, and curry braised pork cheek. // The tasting menu is $110 per person, and $35 for wine pairings; reservations recommended.
Passover at Perbacco
Dinner service until 9pm
Perbacco, 230 California St. (FiDi), perbaccosf.com
Pop into Perbacco for their one-night-only, four-course dinner of Jewish-Italian dishes and kosher wines. Expect platters of antipasti, matzo ball soup, simmered brisket, meatloaf, and more. // The dinner is $58 per person, beverages not included; see the sample menu at perbaccosf.com.
Tuesday, April 23rd
Dining out for Life
Various restaurants Bay Area–wide
For the 19th year in a row, more than 100 local restaurants—think 1760, The Front Porch, Starbelly, Central Kitchen, and more—will participate in this culinary fundraiser, donating 25 percent of each check to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. // For more info and a full list of participating restaurants, go to diningoutforlife.com.
Constant Thought Documentary
7pm to 8:30pm
REI Berkeley,1338 San Pablo Ave (Berkeley) rei.com
This new documentary by Oakland filmmakers, in collaboration with REI and Backpacker magazine, follows the life of an Iraq War veteran as he dives into outdoor therapy—attempting to walk the 2,000-plus miles of the wild Pacific Crest Trail—to tame his PTSD. // Free to attend; find more event details and RSVP at rei.com.
Wednesday, April 24th
Springs Cocktails at the Farmers Market
5:30pm to 8pm
San Francisco Ferry Building (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Spring has sprung and we’re in the mood for drinking. Pop over to the Ferry Building for CUESA’s annual event featuring cocktails made with seasonal ingredients—think edible flowers, herbs, and spring’s first berries—by 13 local bartenders from hot spots including Horsefeather, China Live, and Pagan Idol. Bites will be provided from the likes of 15 Romolo, Waterbar, Gibson, and more. // Tickets ($60-65) are available at Eventbrite.
FiDi’s New Golden Restaurant
Now open for dinner; lunch service begins April 24
The Vault, 555 California St (FiDi), thevault555.com
At the end of last year, Hi Neighbor Restaurant Group (Trestle) shut down Stone’s Throw, but now they’ve got a new restaurant in the game. At the base of 555 California sits The Vault, serving swanky vibes, twists on American classics, and creative cocktails. Dishes include crispy pork belly, dry-aged Liberty Farms duck breast, and Monterey Bay black cod, plus there’s a raw bar with uni from Fort Bragg, oysters, caviar, and a singing pink bay scallop crudo.
SF Ghost Hunt
7pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, through Oct. 31
Tour starts near the Healing Arts Center, 1801 Bush St. (Pac Heights)
The season is in for hunting ghouls in Pacific Heights. This popular guided walking tour is back with dish on the city’s restless spirits, scandals, and legacy families. See if you can spot the ghost bride of California Street. // Tickets ($20) can be found on sfghosthunt.com.
Thursday, April 25th
Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border
6pm, through September 2019
JCCSF Katz Snyder Gallery, 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights), jccsf.org
La Frontera, a showcase of artworks exploring such concepts as immigration, detainment, border issues, and asylum—by artists including Victor Cartagena, Juan Fuentes, and Matt Gonzalez (a 7×7 Hot 20 honoree)—opens tonight. Can’t make it? The show will be open through September. // Reception is free to attend, RSVP on jccsf.org.
Big Bang Gala
6pm to midnight (NightLife at 8:30pm)
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive (Golden Gate Park)
Cal Academy’s annual Big Bang Gala fundraiser returns tonight with two phases of parties: Up first, the gala dinner of sustainable eats with talksfrom the director of the Charles Darwin Foundation and Google’s sustainability officer. Afterwar, the regular NightLife activities ensue with a a silent disco in the aquarium, DJ set by Grammy Award winner St. Vicious, and more shenanigans. VIP ticket holders can hang out with drag artist,Juanita MORE!. // To purchase tickets ($2,500 and up/gala, $125 and up for NightLife), visit calacademy.org/big-bang-gala.
A Dinner to Save the Kelp Forest
The Alice Collective, 272 14th St. (Oakland), thealicecollective.com
Support efforts to save our kelp forests and understand overtaking urchin growth through a healthy dinner conversation with ocean conservationists. Dishes for the night are in-theme and include sea urchin tostadas, abalone, and seaweed salad, all sourced by sustainable provider FreshCatch. // Tickets ($75) are available on Eventbrite, and support Reef Check.
Friday, April 26th
Tropical Thunder Opens
4:30pm to 1am (Thursday through Sunday)
Tropical Thunder at Don Pistos, 2030 Lombard St. (Marina), donpistos.com
Mexican cantina and tiki bar collide inside Don Pistos where a new, brightly colored pop-up bar decked with tropical greenery is slangin’ a variety of tequila- and mezcal-based drinks alongside noshes like poke, chicken wings, tamales, and tacos. $1 from every cocktail served will be donated to The San Francisco Clean City Coalition.
Bay Area Dance Week
Through May 5th
ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (Mission), odc.dance
The next 10 days are dedicated to getting your groove on with free classes, a special showcase performance, health clinics from nutritionists and physical therapists, and an open house at ODC Theater. // Some events require an RSVP and are free to attend, others require tickets. View the few schedule and get more info at odc.dance/BADW.
Lexus Culinary Classic
Through April 28th
Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Cir. (Sausalito), cavallopoint.com
Foodies looking for an indulgent weekend can head to Sausalito for cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market adventure, a biking trip with a pro cyclist, and more—all culminating in a grand tasting event on Sunday. // Tickets ($120 to $250 per event, or purchase an all-access pass) are available on lexusculinaryclassic.com.
Saturday, April 27th
9:30am to 4pm
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine, 336 Water St. (Oakland), farmhousethai.com
Celebrate the Thai, Lao, Myanmar, and Cambodian New Year with an all-day festival at Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, starting with an opening ceremony with local monks. There will also be a parade and a competition where you dance and make papaya salad at the same time. No pressure. Of course, there will be loads of food vendors and a beer garden, too. // Free to attend, more info on tlmcbayarea.com.
Oakland Murder Mystery Dinner
6pm to 9pm
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington St. (Oakland), jdvhotels.com
A diamond has been stolen! Get dressed to the nines and channel your best game of Clue while trying to solve the mystery of a missing glittering rock. Your ticket includes a drink, dinner, and all the murder mystery entertainment you can handle. // Tickets ($125) are available on Eventbrite and benefit Wardrobe for Opportunity.
Cyclists’ Night at the Speedway
Calistoga Speedway, 1415 Oak Ave (Calistoga), calistogaspeedway.org
Get your bikes in gear for CampoVelo’s Saturday Night at the Speedway. Assemble your best team of four and pedal your hardest to win a relay race (where you pass your single-speed bike, not a lame baton). Live music, food trucks, beer, and wine will be on hand for the festivities. // Proceeds support the Napa Valley Vine Trail non-profit, tickets ($35/person) can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.
Annual Gala for SF Gay Mens’ Chorus
5pm cocktails, 6pm dinner
Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason St. (Russian Hill), fairmont.com
Crescendo, the 41st annual fundraising gala for the SF Gay Men’s Chorus, guarantees to be a big time with special honorees including Olympic medalist Adam Rippon and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Mayor London Breed will give th keynote. // Tickets ($250 and up) are available at sfgmc.org.
Sunday, April 28th
11am ro 2pm
Le Marche,1144 Sutter St. (Nob Hill), lemarchesf.com
If Parisian-style croissants are your Sunday-morning raison d’etre, then don’t miss this chance to get hands on with pastry experts. You’ll make your own twice-baked croissants, stuffed with the filling of your choice and boxed to take home. End the class with a tour of the Le Marais bakery and enjoy a brunch spread of croque monsieurs, salads, and more. // Tickets ($65) are available on Eventbrite.
Souvla’s 5th Anniversary & Greek Easter Feast
2pm to 7pm
Souvla, 531 Divisadero St. (NoPa), souvla.com
The restaurant responsible for coining “granch” is having a party to celebrate their five years in biz. It will be a feast with all you can binge on their roasted meats, frozen yogurt, wine, and beer, plus live Greek music. // Tickets ($75) are available at eventbrite.com.
Sonoma County Agricultural Tours
10am to 4pm
Sonoma County, farmtrails.org
Take your weekend Sonoma escape to a new level with tours of various farms that are thriving with the spring season. Meet baby farm animals, milk goats, make cheese, shop local farm produce, and make your own flower bouquets. // Free to attend; get details and RSVP at Eventbrite.