The Weekender

July 16-25th • Festival del Sole • Ongoing
Festival del Sole takes place every summer in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. The Festival features concerts by some of the world’s most celebrated musical artists, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa’s top vintners, blended in a unique celebration of the art of life.

Friday July 23th • Food Truck Congregation • 5-9PM
Music, great food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include Peko Peko Catering, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina’s Malaysian, Hapa SF, Seoul On Wheels, Soul Cocina, Onigilly, Chairman Nao Truck, and many more. Get your grub on!

Friday July 23th • Friday Nights at the de Young • 6-9PM
Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted.

Saturday July 24th • Epicurious’ 3rd Annual Farmer’s Market Tour • 8-2PM 
Stop by the Epicurious booth at Saturday’s Ferry Building’s Farmer’s Market, where you can search for recipes on their new iPad app, sample chocolates, and pick up an eco-friendly tote (perfect for shopping the market)—all for free! Three local chefs will be present at the booth for live demonstrations and informational sessions on the  Chefs Move to Schools campaign, a healthy-eating initiative started by Michelle Obama.

Saturday July 24th • Make Fancy Brunch Easy • 2PM
Sunday Brunch has been a tradition at the gorgeous, venerable Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco for decades. Join Executive Chef Llapitan as he shares top cooking ideas from his spectacular brunch menu and gives a behind the scenes view of the incredible resorts he has worked for all over the world.

Saturday July 24th • Underground Farmers Market • 11-4 & 6-12
 The SF Underground Farmers Market is a venue where you can taste and purchase the food that is being produced in backyards and home kitchens in the Bay Area. At the early shift you be able to purchase “take homeables” like jams, produce, and soaps. The later shift will mainly be food that’s ready to eat.

Saturday July 24th • Salsa on Fillmore • 7PM
The evening begins with a FREE Summer Outdoor Social Dance. It is open to the public and all ages welcome. An engaging performance by Los Boleros Havana Dance Party fronted by Felix Samuel of Cuba and the Bay Areas own Alexa Weber Morales. Can’t quite salsa? Now worries… the FREE Summer Outdoor Social Dance includes a salsa lesson by the Best of the Bay award winners, Juan Gil and Rebecca Miller. Get there on early to take the lesson and be get ready for a night of dancing fun!!

Saturday July 25th • Chocolate Tour • 2PM
San Francisco is at the center of the new wave of artisan chocolatiers. They’re experimenting with high quality beans, new methods of production, exotic fillings and breathtaking packaging. Tour participants will learn about what makes fine chocolate and sample from a wide array of San Francisco gourmet chocolate boutiques. They will also get a Chocolate Lover Card to use on future chocolate shopping trips.

Monday July 26th • Riesling Week • Ongoing
During the week of July 26-August 1, the European Union and Wines of Germany will sponsor the sixth annual “Riesling Week,” a celebration of the diverse Rieslings from Germany, Austria and Alsace. During this week, restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami will offer consumers and Riesling enthusiasts the chance to sample different styles of European Riesling by the glass, by the bottle, or with a special pairing menu. In addition, wine shops will host European Riesling tastings throughout the week.

The Weekender

July 16-25th Festival del Sole • Ongoing
Festival del Sole takes place every summer in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. The Festival features concerts by some of the world’s most celebrated musical artists, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa’s top vintners, blended in a unique celebration of the art of life.

Friday July 16th Food Truck Congregation • 5-9PM
Music, great food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include Peko Peko Catering, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Chaac Mool, Hapa SF, Seoul On Wheels, Soul Cocina, Onigilly, Azalina’s Malaysian and Global Soul. Get your grub on!

Off the Grid: Fort Mason

Friday July 16th Fashion Fights AIDS • 9PM
“Fashion Fights Aids” is a benefit fashion show in support of the upcoming AIDS Walk. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. FFA has a full line up of talented designers, DJs, giftbag giveaways, and talent dancers performing alongside the runway.

Saturday July 17th The BreastFest • 1-5PM
A breast cancer brewfest with more than 60 breweries. Ticket price includes unlimited beer tasting, food and non-alcoholic beverages, commemorative glass, and a good time. Live music by Pocket Change and Metal Shop. Win a beach cruiser and many other great prizes at the raffle. All proceeds go to the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Sponsored by Marin Brewing Company.

Saturday July 17th Learn Lamb with Melissa Perello • 2PM
Frances chef Melissa Perello will be teaching a lamb lesson in the Macy’s Cellar.  Drop by to see what the chef is cooking up—the event is free and the first 50 guests will receive a free gift.


Sunday July 18th AIDS Walk SF • 9AM
Join SDSAA and Club Dine In! in the fight against AIDS by walking and fundraising. AIDS Walk San Francisco does not require walkers to raise a minimum amount of money. The money raised by AIDS Walk San Francisco supports the services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), in addition to other benefiting organizations representing the entire spectrum of HIV/AIDS services. Please donate or join our team.

Sunday July 18th The Peruvian Food Festival • 10AM
The Peruvian Food Festival is  all about the Food.  With over 40 unique dishes from every region of Perú you could imagine prepared by 20 Restaurants/Chefs.  If you have never tried Peruvian Food this definitely the place to start your love for Peruvian Food.  If you already have tried Peruvian Food, here you will be able to enjoy unique dishes that you won’t find in restaurants.  Lastly, you can not forget to try Peruvian Pisco and Cerveza Cusqueña.  Enjoy everything the Peruvian Culture has to offer  and be entertained by traditional Peruvian music and dance performances.

Sunday July 18th Run for Teachers • 10AM

Teach with Africa works to break down the economic and social barriers to education in Africa by sending teams of educators to implement projects in underserved communities through an exchange of teaching and learning. Run For Teachers organizes a benefit run (5K) to honor Tracey Lurie-Sklar and to benefit Teach With Africa.  The run is a 3.5 mile out-and-back course from the parking lot of the St. Francis Yacht Club along Crissy Field to the turnaround point at Fort Point.

Tuesday July 20th Happy Tea Hour • 5:30-7:30PM

Get happy over tea Happy  Hour with Club Dine In!. Enjoy a sampling of teas at the tea bar and some sweet and savory snacks. Meet cool people, learn about tea, get uplifted, have a blast. $10 includes all the samples you can drink and delicious snacks like Samovar’s squash dumplings, halloumi veggie kebabs, and tea-infused cookies. Better than any Groupon deal! Please help spread the word about this unique event and forward this invitation to other like-minded folks interested in supporting the healthier social life in San Francisco. RSVP here.


Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena Gardens