Happy Friday, San Francisco! It’s been a mostly cool and dreary week for us in the Bay Area, but Karl the Fog is giving us a break for the weekend, with highs reaching 72°F on Sunday (tanning at Dolores Park, anyone?). Make the most of it — the fog is expected to return by Monday, and Fogust is coming.
But first, the weekend:
Friday, July 22nd:
GET IN FOR FREE → Friday is free admission day at the Japanese Tea Garden, in honor of National Parks and Recreation Month. Admission to the nation’s oldest public Japanese tea garden typically runs San Francisco residents $6.00, and tourists $8.00. Take advantage, if you haven’t visited the gardens already.
Japanese Tea Garden // 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94102 // 9:00AM–6:00PM
GET BAKED → San Francisco’s most-Instagrammed bakery, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, has opened a kiosk just outside Workshop Café on the corner of Montgomery and Bush in the FiDi. While the new outpost is not serving up cruffins, you can still pick up croissants, doughnuts, bostock, danishes, and more on your way into the office.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse // 180 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 // Monday–Friday, 7:00AM–1:00PM
VIVA EL ARTE → The de Young Museum has collaborated with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco to present this week’s Friday Nights at the de Young, themed “MEX-I-AM.” This week’s free after-hours happening will have DJs, Mexican art projects, and an “¡IDEAS!” presentation at 7:00PM with short, intriguing lectures (in English), along with musical performances.
de Young Museum // FREE // 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Franicsco, CA 94118 // 5:15–8:45PM
CATCH ‘EM ALL → Did you miss the world’s biggest Pokémon GO gathering on Wednesday? A second Pokémon GO crawl in The Castro will take place on Friday night, starting at 5:30PM at Cervecería de MateVeza on the corner of 18th and Church Streets at Dolores Park. (If you haven’t already, read our updating guide to catching Pokémon in San Francisco.) The crawl will continue on to The Castro’s landmark gay bars:
- 5:30PM – Cervecería de MateVeza,
- 6:10PM – Moby Dick Bar
- 6:30PM – Twin Peaks Tavern
- 7:15PM – Beaux
- 8:30PM – Brewcade SF
- 10:00PM – Lookout
PRAY THE FOG AWAY ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ → Off The Grid’s weekly “outdoor food truck bonanza” will take place at the Fort Mason Center, as always, with cocktail and wine bars, beer, food tents, and dessert trucks.
Off The Grid @ Fort Mason // FREE // 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco 94123 // 5:00–10:00PM
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY → World famous EDM star Madeon will be performing a live DJ set at Love + Propaganda in Union Square on Friday night. Doors for the 21+ event will at 9:00PM. Tickets are available from $93.00 on StubHub.
Love + Propaganda // 85 Campton Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 // 9:00PM–2:00AM
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999 → Mezzanine is “Gonna Make You Sweat” this Friday with The Max: 90’s Dance Party. Relive the decade that no one can seem to get enough of as you dance the night away to old school jams. Also, there will be a Spice Girls drag performance.
Mezzanine // FREE with RSVP, $10 at Door // 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 // 9:00PM–2:00AM
Saturday, July 23rd:
CLEAR THE SHELTERS → Over 40 Bay Area animal shelters have teamed up with NBC Bay Area to offer free pet adoptions for Clear The Shelters Day. The Berkeley Humane Society is putting on the largest event with a family street fair called Bark (& Meow) Around the Block. Come out and find a shelter pup (or cat) to give a furever home.
Berkeley Humane Society // 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 // 10:00AM–4:00PM
NOT THAT KIND OF POKÉ → SoMa StrEat Food Park will be hosting a two-day PokeCon. (And no, it’s not that kind of Poké.) Come out and celebrate all things Ahi tuna and sesame, and the best poke in San Francisco. Over 10 vendors will be serving up the best of this Hawaiian specialty, along with Hawaiian drink specials.
PokeCon at SoMa StrEat Food // $5 // 428 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 // Saturday, July 23rd: 11:00AM–9:00PM; Sunday, July 24th: 11:00AM–5:00PM
NON-STOP J-POP → The 2016 J-Pop Summit is taking place at the Fort Mason Center and Regency Ballroom all weekend, celebrating Japanese culture, including J-Pop music, fashion, film, art, video games, technology, anime, food, and niche subcultures. Performers will include Harajuku icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, boy band World Order, girl band Siren Siren, and more. Tickets are $25.00.
2016 J-Pop Summit // $25 // 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DISHES → Corey Lee’s restaurant, In Situ at SFMOMA, has extended its service to include dinner three nights a week, Thursday–Saturday, from 5:00–9:00PM. It’s already pretty difficult to get a reservation, but you can give it a shot here. Read The New York Times‘ review of In Situ, published this week.
In Situ // 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 // Daily: 11:00AM–4:00PM; Thursday–Saturday: 5:00–9:00PM
FIND YOUR EAST BAY DREAM HOME → JODI Group Real Estate agents are hosting two open houses in the East Bay this weekend. Join listing agent Oscar Morquecho at 1431 San Jose Avenue in Concord, CA ($495,000) on Saturday and Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00PM to tour this beautifully remodeled 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, just two blocks from Concord BART Station. Listing agent William Yee will also be hosting an open house on both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00–4:00PM at 24951 Avocado Court, Hayward, CA (3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, $669,000).
BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY → Are showings for Star Trek: Beyond completely sold out at Alamo Drafthouse and Kabuki Theatre? Head over to the Marina District’s Bayfront Theater for a completely improvised salute to Star Trek: BATS Improv: Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek. The cast will use audience suggestions to beam aboard a new crew of characters, created and introduced on the spot. Tickets are $17.00, $20.00 at the door.
Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek // 2 Marina Boulevard, Building B, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123 // Saturday, July 23rd, 8:00PM
Sunday, July 24th:
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY → SFMOMA is welcoming families for its first Free Family Day on Sunday, July 24th. While the museum is always free for visitors 18 and younger, the museum will be giving free admission for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and younger. Check out our full review of SFMOMA here.
SFMOMA // 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 // 10:00AM–5:00PM
WATERFRONT SYMPHONY → The San Francisco Symphony is holding its second annual free outdoor waterfront concert at Pier 27 (Cruise Ship Terminal) on Sunday from noon to 2:00PM. The “thrilling” (The New York Times) Makoto Ozone will be performing on piano with the San Francisco Symphony.
Pier 27 // Pier 27, San Francisco, CA 94111 // 12:00–2:00PM
FIND YOUR KUBRICK → Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition opened last month at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, covering the breadth of Kubrick’s achievements, beginning with his photography for LOOK magazine through his directorial achievements he became known for.
Contemporary Jewish Museum // Admission: $13–15.00 // 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 // 11:00AM–5:00PM
D‘OH! → The Knockout bar in the Bernal Heights will be hosting a 90s Simpsons Trivia Night (we told you no one can get enough of this decade!) from 6:00–9:00PM on Sunday night. Come out to watch classic episodes of The Simpsons and partake in trivia for prizes.
Knockout // 3223 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 // 6:00–9:00PM
CHECK OUT THE VIEW → JODI Group Real Estate broker associate Vincent Heung will be hosting an open house in South Beach this Sunday from 1:00–4:00PM. 425 1st Street #4605 is a chic 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit located on the 46th floor of the ultra-luxury condominium building, One Rincon Hill. ($988,000)
COME HERE TO LOL → Attractive Camp is a live comedy battle between standup comedians you know from Conan, Comedy Central, Cobb’s Comedy Club, and SF Punchline. Enjoy creative talks on social issues and intelligent, incisive rapport. Tickets are $12.00, but you can take 50% off with promo code “attractivecamp”. $15.00 at the door.
Attractive Camp // 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 // 7:00–9:00PM