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Music and Munchies: A Guide to This Week’s Sounds and Flavors

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This week, a whole contingent of mini-festivals will be popping up in outdoor areas across the Bay, and most of them are focused on the two things that every San Franciscan loves most: great food and great live music. Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 7/27/21…

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This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 7/27

Slow Jams @ The Make-Out Room

9:30 pm | The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street | Free

Join DJ Primo and your old pals at the Make-Out Room for some “sweet 60s soul and stuff!” Bump n’ grind to some deep-strokin’, baby-makin’ rhythms and let all of your troubles and stress from this past week melt away. (Yes, I know it’s only Tuesday. Adulting is stressful.)

Wednesday, 7/28

Local Love Summer Art Festival

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm; continues through 8/1 – click here for daily schedule | BLOC15, 252 2nd Street, Oakland | $20 (kids free)

The Local Love Summer Art Festival is a six day celebration of Bay Area art and culture that is designed to support the participating local artists. The festival features a curated 10,000 square foot exhibition of Bay Area artists, daily musical acts, arts, crafts, and fashion vendors on the weekend days. Stop by to browse the art, dance to the music, and show a little love to our local artists!

Running SF During a Pandemic: A  Conversation with Mayor London Breed

6:00 pm | Manny’s, 3092 16th Street | $5 Virtual tix (in-person GA sold out)

Sit down with Mayor Breed for a candid conversation about the Pandemic and its effects on The City. What changes have been made and how will those changes continue on into the future? What have we learned, and how have we grown? Find out from the lady in charge herself!

Turbopageant: The Lost Cycle!

8:00 pm | Oasis, 298 11th Street | $10

Picking right back up where they left off 68 weeks ago, Turbopageant’s eight finalists will return to the stage at last for the final showdown! Competing for a $500 grand prize and bragging rights, these queens will be bringing their most sickening looks and most stunning acts. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the new Turbopageant queen crowned – and whatever else insanity happens to go down!


Thursday, 7/29

Immersive Absinthe Tasting with Absinthia

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Palette Gallery, 816 Folsom Street | $25

We told you about the new POLLANators exhibit going on at Palette a few weeks ago – a collection of works celebrating the relationship between flora and humankind. Tonight, the gallery is hosting a related immersive tasting event, celebrating the subtle power and magic of botanicals as they relate to the creation of the notorious liquor, absinthe. Hosted by Absinthia, a true priestess of the Green Fairy, this immersive experience will be both enlightening and intoxicating!


After Dark: Art for Action

6:00 pm, music begins at 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm | The Exploratorium, Pier 15 | $19.95

Tonight at After Dark, experience work from artists who use art as a tool to invigorate public spaces, evoke social consciousness, and encourage awareness. Featuring two newly commissioned murals and music by DJ Malachi of Hip Hop for Change, this community art-focused dance party promises send you home with inspiration and hope for the future.


Savoir Faire Presents: Live Music @ The Knockout

9:00 pm | The Knockout, 3223 Mission Street | $10

What’s better than a packed lineup of live bands at your favorite dive bar? Literally nothing. Savoir Faire presents this show featuring The Shutups, The Wind-Ups, and CVCC. Slam back that shot of tequila with a Tecate chaser and get ready to jam!

Friday, 7/30

Balay Kreative + KSW Present: Baysia

7:00 pm | Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission Street | Free

Baysian is a celebration of Bay Area Asian culture, a festival of flavors, sounds, and art. With performances by musician Basi Vibe and poet Jason Bayani, delicious cuisine by Ox and Tiger, and craft cocktails by Lady Victory, you won’t want to miss out on the chill vibes of this evening groove session.

The Hanging Garden vs Post Mortem

9:00 pm | Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street | $5

Every 5th Friday, get your dose of darkness with Hanging Garden and Post Mortem! DJs Owen, Davey Bones, Adrienne Scissorhands, and The Barbary Ghost will be spinning goth, synthpop, new wave, deathpop, and more. Come experience the goth-sway-dance party you didn’t know you needed!

Saturday, 7/31

Avocado Con

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | District Six, 428 11th Street | Free

Considering the stereotypes surrounding the Bay Area and avocados, all I have to say is: IT’S ABOUT TIME! District Six (formerly the SOMA StrEAT Food Park) has organized a fabulous celebration of the Bay Area’s favorite fruit, the avocado. Featuring special dishes created just for the event by the likes of Toasty SF, Marley’s Treats, Nucha Empanadas, and more, Avocado Con promises tasty treats and exciting eats.


Sunset Mercantile’s “Last Saturdays

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Corner of 37th Avenue and Ortega | Free

Every last Saturday of the month, Sunset Mercantile will be presenting a family-friendly musical mini-fest! With an all-afternoon lineup of musicians and a slew of delicious food vendors, you won’t want to miss this summer sweetness in the Outer Sunset!

Sunday, 8/1

Free Cable Car Rides

All Day through 9/1 | Throughout SF | Free

I know I’ve certainly missed the iconic San Francisco cable cars while they’ve been out of commission during the Pandemic – but they’re on their way back! While the cable cars will be running on a limited schedule until normal operations resume in September, you can hop on and ride anywhere for free throughout the month of August!

Brunch Party w/ Gardenstate

1:00 pm | Bergerac, 316 11th Street | Individual admission $12-17; group reservations $100

A day party that feels like a house party? Gourmet nibbles and drinkypoos? Punch bowls that promise to keep you dancing till you drop? Sign me up! Bergerac’s intimate, cozy setup makes this DJ-powered party something a little more luxe. Space is hella limited, so get your tickets ASAP!

Swagger Like Us

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm | El Rio, 3158 Mission Street | $20

And the day parties just keep coming! Swagger Like Us is back in action, bringing you the hottest DJs and performers in the Bay. Hosted by Sir JoQ, this backyard patio party never disappoints.

Monday, 8/2

Sierra Nevada Big Little Things Presents: The Mattson 2 Livestream Concert

6:00 pm | Hybrid Event – in-person at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, 203 Fourth Street, or virtually on Instagram Live | Free, donations to suggested charity encouraged

Tune in to a free hybrid concert, in-person with friends or in the comfort of your own home! Watch the Mattson 2’s live-streamed jazz concert on the big screen at the Torpedo Room, or just check it out yourself via the Sierra Nevada IG Live. And don’t forget to check the Big Little Things full lineup so you don’t miss the next show!

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Thursday 8/5 – MoAD’s Open Mic Night w/ Raina J. Leon 

Saturday, 8/7 – Alemany Farmers’ Market

Rad Ongoing Events

Every Saturday – El Superritmo! @ The Make-Out Room

And don’t forget to check out the Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!

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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.

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