A Huge List Of Things To Do If You’re Not Going To Burning Man
Your friends’ Burning Man posts are already freaking relentless on Facebook, and you’re the sad sack who’s stuck at home. But don’t trip! There are plenty of Bay Area events if you’re not at Burning Man from August 25 – September 2, and it turns out San Francisco and Oakland bars and stores are still open regular hours the whole week. The Broke-Ass Borg has your itinerary covered with this handy list of Bay Area things to do if you’re not at Burning Man, so you don’t get FOMO while those mofos are out partying on the playa.
We’ve listed each week-of-Burning Man 2019 event chronologically by date below, with a whole bunch of Bay Area options for every day you’re not out on the playa. But if we missed any good ones, burn us on it in the comments section! We’ll radically include new suggestions as the week goes on. You can also always check the BAS event calendar for more great stuff.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
This only happens one day a month! Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days. There will be more people and less parking than usual!
It doesn’t get more Burner-y than Beats Antique’s Zoe Jakes and her belly dance troupe House of Tarot, performing at the upstairs of VNA Lounge for Monday Night Hubba. Admission to DeathGuild afterwards is free, though there will not be a Thunderdome.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
There’s go-go bays galore at the strip show where you can win money at the Castro’s Moby Dick.
It’s like the Playa, but at a museum! There will also be mezcal tasting, bats, and bat experts.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Last Sunset Cruise of the year, and tickets are marked down to $55! You also get a sandwich buffet and one drink ticket.
There’s unlimited food and rum tasting, along with the Tikiyaki Orchestra, DJ Speakeasy Ray, luau fashion vendors, lei making, and photo booths, as Trader Vic’s in Emeryville celebrates the 75th anniversary of the franchise.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
El Rio’s daytime queer dance party welcomes the amazing India Sky, with DJs and free BBQ.
The El Rio Labor Day BBQ tradition blazes into its 17th year, with an all-day lineup of ironic and non-ironic country artists the BettyJacks, Secret Emchee Society, Moonshine Maybelline, and Lisa Marie Johnston. As with any Monday at El Rio, the Tecates are only $2.