The Weekender July 30-Aug 1st

Ongoing • Relay For Life • 11AM
Join the race, help fundraise, or just kickback and have fun. Relay For Life SF Embarcadero will be held at Little Marina Green near Chrissy Field. This will be a full day with bands, food, fun, and – most of all – a celebration of the fight against cancer!

OngoingSunset Cruise • Ongoing
Embrace your inner tourist and go on a sunset cruise on the Bay, with your fleece and camera of course! The Red and White Fleet’s largest vessel, The Royal Prince, plays host for a two-hour journey with live guitar music, buffet appetizers, and a complimentary cocktail or soda.

July 26th-Aug 1st • 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.

Friday July 30th • Food Truck Congregation • 5-9PM

Live music, gourmet 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  El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina’s Malaysian, Hapa SF, Curry Up Now, Chairman Bao Truck, and many more.  The slightly new location will better protect you from the wind and give you more space to stand in the lines Get your cultural grub on!

Saturday July 31st
A New Farmer’s Market • 9-1PM

The Cow Palace Farmers’ Market will provide the surrounding communities of Visitacion Valley and Bayshore with a source of fresh and locally grown produce. Come out to the Cow Palace at 2600 Geneva Ave., Gate 5, to enjoy a day of fun and delicious food!

Saturday July 31st Indonesian Day • 11-4PM

Celebrate the Indonesian culture with food, dance, and music. An uniquely San Francisco tradition, this event continues to be the biggest Indonesian event in the United States.

Sunday Aug 1st Outside Art Street Party • 11AM
An outdoor event for the whole family, Out Side Art is bringing together a talented group of artists and DJs to represent some of San Francisco’s most creative scenes. The primary artistic focus of this event will be a coordinated effort by local artists to complete a Mural started by the internationally renowned British artist BANKSY. The live mural painting will be complimented by music from an eclectic variety of San Francisco’s best DJs.

Sunday Aug 1st Yoga on the Pier • 11AM
Take in the fresh air as you move from asana to asana on Pier 39 this Sunday. Learn to quiet your mind and not be distracted by external factors as you strengthen and lengthen your body.

Sunday Aug 1st Foodie Anniversary Extravaganza • 11:30-2:30PM
Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of your favorite street carts; Adobo Hobo, Gumbo Man, and The Chai Cart! It will be big birthday bash with many more  your favorite street food vendors such as Chile Lindo, Lumpia Cart, and Mali Num Num so come ready to eat!


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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.

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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

The Weekender July 9-11

Friday July 9th 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!

Friday June 9thGroove with Mucho Axé • 9-12AM
Put on your dancing shoes and head over to Berkeley for a night full of live Latin grooves and dancing. Sambada and Mucho Axé will keep you going the entire night. Mucho Axé is a 7-piece band performing original compositions with a unique blend of grooves, rhythms, and flavors from Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico & from here.

Mucho Axe

Saturday June 10thDairy Farm Family Tour• 1:30-3:30PM
With almost 2,100 acres, 900 milking cows, and two milking parlors, Tresch Dairy is the largest of the Straus Dairy partners. Join Kathy Tresch for a tour, bottle-feed a calf, see cows being milked, and churn and taste butter. Take a hay ride to the heirloom apple orchard, taste Straus milk products and learn about sustainable agricultural methods and the important role farms play in preserving watersheds and wildlife habitat. Suitable for the whole family.

Saturday June 10thInside Outside Food & Art • 7-10PM
Exploring the concept of “inside” beauty being brought outside, and vice versa, this collection of sculpture and assemblage features work that is both organic and man-made. Plant life inhabits art in living, growing pieces throughout the existing gallery, while artwork makes it way outdoors into our recently-expanded garden. Food by Soul Cocina, Evil Jerk Cart, Gobba Gobba Hey, and Creme Brulee Cart.

Saturday June 10thDirty Dancing Film Night • 8-10PM

Grab a blanket, a date, pack a picnic, and watch this classic in the Union Square park.Maybe you will get inspired to dance and sparks will fly!

Sunday June 11thNew Wine Release Party • 1:00-5:00PM
Join Broc Cellars winery for their second annual food and wine pairing. Three new wines will be released: a white blend, a red blend, and a 120-year-old vine carbonic maceration carignan. Chef Ian Begg of Naked Lunch will be preparing very specific food pairings for each wine. $20 for food and wine pairing.

Sunday June 11th Spain vs Netherlands • 11:30AM
Get your friends together for paella, Dutch chocolate, sangria and beer and watch the biggest sporting event come to an end. Is the Octopus still allowed to pick a winner?

Image: Reuters

The Weekender July 1-5

The long weekend is finally here! If you don’t have plans to jet out of town¸ check out these good ol’ American (non-touristy) events happening in the Bay Area. Check out the slide show for more inspiration!

Thur-Mon July 1-5Marin County Fair • 11-11PM
The 65th edition of the Marin County Fair will celebrate the theme Going Global: Connecting Cultures complete with attractions, interactive exhibits and contests that offer the best in family fun. Along with traditional Fair favorites (thrilling carnival rides, delicious food, loveable farm animals and dazzling fireworks) there’ll be exciting family discoveries each day of the Fair!

Friday July 2nd Turning the Tables • 7-9PM
A recurring theme in the art of Glenda and Jesse Drew is to render visible the often unseen human labor embodied in the modern food system.  Their most recent effort, Turning the Tables, is a series of video/audio portraits of waiters in local San Francisco restaurants.  By sharing the hopes, thoughts, and stories of these men and women, Turning the Tables offers viewers a richer, more human view of restaurant culture.  Join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition, enjoy a glass of wine, and spend some time with these wonderful moving portraits.

Friday July 2nd Food Truck Congregation • 5-8PM
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

Sat-Sun July 3-4 • Fillmore Jazz Festival • 10-6PM
With live acts spinning grooves on multiple stages, the Fillmore Jazz Festival welcomes artists from all over the jazz spectrum, including everything from jazz-fusion to vintage jazz standards. The Jazz Festival prides itself on not only looking forward into the future of jazz music, but it is likewise deeply respectful of the jazz legends that came before. In addition to live music, the Fillmore Jazz Festival will feature over eight blocks of arts and crafts, gourmet food and drinks on San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Street.

Saturday July3th Crush Barrel Wine Market • 12-5PM
The Crush Barrel Wine Market is the first of its kind to offer consumers a $10 instant rebate towards the purchase of wine. Northern California’s premiere wine tasting and wine market celebrates the Bay Area’s vintners, food purveyors, specialty vendors, live music (Bautista), and more. Buying tickets early is recommend — they sold out last time.

Sunday July 4thSummer Festival and Chili Cookoff 10-4PM
The 29th Annual Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off continues the tradition of the Independence Day Celebration, attracting thousands of sun and chili lovers. The festival embraces everything wonderful about summer, and teams of chefs battle for the chili championship. There will be live music, dancing, children’s activities, food vendors and more.

Sunday July 4thMind, Body & Wellness Workshop 10-4PM
Mind-Body Wellness Workshop is a free community service initiative by The Art of Living Foundation and aims at creating more awareness about healthy and stress-free way of life. The experience of meditation can take us beyond the usual mental stress and emotional agitation to a calm centered place. Explore the delicate art of quieting the mind!

Sunday July 4thFireworks and BBQ 1-6PM
It’s San Francisco’s biggest Fireworks Party! Come sample and shop for dozens of boutique wines and enjoy barbecue food in the historic Del Monte Square next to the Cannery on July 4th at 1p-6p. Fill up on barbecue food, enjoy boutique wines, and select your wine for the fireworks and for your after party!

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