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The Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events

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Every week, we curate a newsletter of the best boldest in Bay Area events and entertainment. We usually like to focus on the things that don’t happen every day, the once-in-a-lifetime, totally unique experiences that you can only find in this very special neck of the woods.

But you know, there are so many dope events that happen weekly, monthly, quarterly, or every single day! We wanted to make sure we had a special place to showcase these ongoing events, which are just as vital to making the Bay weird, wild, and wonderful. So here they are – make sure to check back here often, as we’ll be updating the list regularly!


Every other Wednesday through 7/28 – Magic Lantern Microcinema



Every Tuesday – Haight’s Debates

Every Friday – Cheaper Than Therapy Stand-Up

Every Saturday – “Hella Secret” Black Laughs Matter

Every Saturday – “Hella Secret” Comedy and Cocktail Night

Every Wednesday – “Hella Secret” Outdoor Comedy Night @ Secret Beer Garden

Every Thursday – “Hella Secret” Speakeasy Night



Every Monday – The Marsh’s Online Storytelling

Every other Tuesday – SFLCD Erotic Storytelling Hour


Art Shows:

Through 7/31 – Day Trip @ Slate Contemporary Gallery

Through October – Benicia Art Walk

Through 7/31 – Rich Silverstein: I Read the News Today Oh Boy

Through 8/28 – Deirdre Weinberg: Hear Me Out

Through 8/28 – POLLAN-ators


Dance Parties:

Every 2nd Friday – Nightshift @ Cat Club

Every Saturday – No Scrubs @ Neck of the Woods

Every Sunday – Big Top Sundays @ Beaux

Every Wednesday – Club Papi Presents ¡Pan Dulce!

Every Monday – Death Guild @ DNA Lounge

Every Saturday – Bootie Mashup @ DNA Lounge

Every Saturday – El Superritmo!


2SLGBTQIA+ Gatherings:

Every 3rd Monday – Queer Bowling Night


Drag, Burlesque & Variety Shows:

Every 1st and 3rd Sundays – Laugh Riot!

Every Friday – No-Cover Cabaret

Every 2nd Friday – Circus of Sin

Every 2nd Friday – Nicki Jizz presents: Reparations! An All-Black Drag Show

Every 4th Thursday – InTransit: An All-Trans Drag Show

Every 3rd Saturday – Hubba Hubba Revue

Quarterly – The Exhale

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, and 4th Thursdays – Rebel Kings of Oakland



Every Friday in July – Ferry Fridays: Music on the Plaza

Every Sunday through 8/29 – Stern Grove Festival



Through 2024 – Ellen Reid: SOUNDWALK

Through 9/6 – Immersive Van Gogh

Through 8/29 – The Musiquarium @ The Selfie Market

Through 7/25 – OUT of Site: Haight Ashbury


Community Activism:

Select Dates – Refuse Refuse Neighborhood Cleanups and Action


Food & Drink:

Every Friday – Pay-What-You-Can Taco Day @ TATO


Museum Events:

Every Saturday – de Young Free Days for Bay Area Residents

Every Saturday – Legion of Honor Free Days for Bay Area Residents

Select dates once per month – SFMOMA Free Days

Every Wednesday – Japanese Tea Garden Free Admission Hour

Every 1st Tuesday – Free First Tuesdays @ the Conservatory of Flowers

Select Thursdays – NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences

Every Thursday – Exploratorium After Dark Online


Cool places to visit and stuff to see:

Every Day – Sky Star Observation Wheel


Farmers Markets:

Every Wednesday – Castro Farmers Market

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Every Saturday – Alemany Farmers Market

Every Sunday – Heart of the City Farmers Market

Every Sunday – Inner Sunset Farmers Market

Every Sunday – Jack London Square Farmers Market

Every Thursday – Mission Community Market

Every Sunday – Fog City Flea


Other Markets:

Every Sunday: Sundaze Brunch and Marketplace

Every Saturday and Sunday through September- Chinatown Walkway Weekends

Every Friday – The Night Market @ District Six

Through 10/9 – SOMA Second Saturdays

Every Saturday through 7/24 – Makers Row “Artists and Fleas” Market 

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Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.


  1. July 14, 2021 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Stewart, here’s the info on my book release and art show at Vesuvio:

    6-8 pm Wednesday the 28th of July at Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Ave. Convenience is the name of the book and it covers one night in North Beach in 1979. There are chapters on the mabuhay and Savoi Tivoli with early punk rockers. Following my show magic lantern with show films on early punk in North beach and Ron Turner of Last Gasp will be selling his new book on the Mab. I have graphic to go with this, but I see no way of uploading them to this message. Hope you can make it,

    Jack “The Hat” Yaghubian

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