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Food, Faires, and First Fridays: This Week’s Best Fun Stuff

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September is drawing to a close and San Francisco’s “summer” has begun. You know what that means –  outdoor street faires, food truck parties, and all kinds of fun in the sun! And don’t worry, we won’t let the sunshine ruin the beginning of Spoopy Season either – there’s penty of ghostly and ghastly fun to be had as October approaches! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 9/28/21…

Our Partners’ Events

Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret presents: ASYLUM

10/8-10/9, 10/15-10/16, 8:00 pm | Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary Street | $20-300

Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret is a splendiferous variety show centered around magical music with a rotating cast of eccentric performers. For each new Misfit Cabaret, emcee Kat Robichaud writes two original songs keeping with the theme of the evening and plays them with her Darling Misfit band, as well as a special medley to kick off the evening and welcome in the spirits of San Francisco’s saucy past. Join Kat Robichaud as she discovers the mysteries of the Alcazar Asylum, meets Patients, Doctors, and Nightmares in a bone-chilling comedy-horror musical variety show.


This Week’s Giveaways

Wanna See the New Show at Club Fugazi? We’ve Got You!

We Wanna Send You and a Friend to Dead Rabbits Valhalla!

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 9/28


Bacchae Before

8:00 pm | Joe Goode Annex, 499 Alabama Street, Suite 150 | $40

Bacchae Before is a hybrid, experimental work of live performance inspired by the tragedies of gender reveal parties and Anne Carson’s Bakkhai, a new version of Euripedes’ The Bacchae. Co-directed by playwright Maxe Crandall and choreographer Hope Mohr, Bacchae Before features a quartet of performers and original puppetry(!!!) by Mike Chin.


Perreo Tuesdays

9:00 pm | The Valencia Room, 647 Valencia Street | Free

Join DJs Eli, ChrisGo, and Checo for your weekly dose of Latin and hip-hop vibes! Dance the night away, and keep yourself fueled up for fun with $2 tacos and specials on beer and tequila.

Wednesday, 9/29


Concord Taco Trail Challenge

Through 10/15 | Various Restaurants in Concord | Free

Sign up for the 2021 Concord Taco Trail Challenge and chow down for the chance to win some awesome prizes! Check in at all 10 participating restaurants to receive free merch, or just cross your fingers that you’ll be one of the lucky weekly sweepstakes winners. Either way, you get to eat delicious, delicious tacos all over the city… yummm! Sign up for your Taco Trail passport right here!


Thursday, 9/30


Terror Vault presents: The Immortal Reckoning

Wednesdays through Sundays through 10/31, 6:00 pm | The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th Street | $55-70

Step into an immersive experience of fear, fright, and freakish mayhem! Peaches Christ and terrifying team are bringing you a new kind of haunted house – one where you get to become a part of the adventure! Featuring an interactive lounge space teeming with vampires and a Halloween-Eve Terror Ball, this ongoing show will keep you coming back all through the Spooky Season.

And don’t forget to use the promo code BrokeAssStuart to get $10 off your ticket!



Moonlighting: A JOill Tribute Show

7:00 pm | The Midway, 900 Marin Street | $20+

Honoring the life of Moonlighting SF’s original DJ and co-host, JOill, tonight’s party will be turning it up to 11! From the PREHEAT pre-party featuring live painting and the Galaxy Storm Dancers, to the afterparty with DJs Duserock and Chris Harnett, this multifaceted celebration has something for everyone.

Japanese Breakfast w/ Luna Li

8:00 pm | The Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter Street | $30-35

Fresh off her new album, Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) is bringing her synthgaze sounds to the Regency. See her in concert tonight with dreamy songstress Luna Li!

Friday, 10/1


Come What May: Hardly Strictly Everywhere 2021

Through 10/3, 1:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

For the second year in a row, we’ll be missing out on the live experience of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival… But lucky for us, we’ll still get to enjoy the show! Check out 27 live performances over three days this weekend – including headliners Ani DiFranco, Andy Shauf, Emmylou Harris, and Bachelor – all without the stress of trying to get to Golden Gate Park through the festival traffic!

Queer First Fridays

5:00 pm -10:00 pm | Temescal Brewing, 4115 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland | $10

Queer First Fridays is back at Temescal Brewing’s beer garden, and boy howdy are we excited! Reunite with your QFF family for fantastic performances by the likes of Sir Joq and C. Quinn Angels in a safety-and-community-focused space.


Rasa Vitalia’s Hot Salsa Nights 

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Amado’s, 998 Valencia Street | Free, tips encouraged

Join world-music-and-dance superstar Rasa Vitalia for a steamy evening of hot beats and steamy dancefloor action! Learn the basics of salsa dancing from a pro, then let loose during the freeform salsa social hour. ¡Baile!


Saturday, 10/2


Off the Grid: Food Truck Pop-Up

Every Saturday through 10/31, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | The Presidio, 50 Moraga Avenue | Free

Every Saturday through the end of this month, wander over to the Presidio and enjoy your lunch out in the open at Off the Grid’s weekly food truck op-up. This week’s scheduled trucks include Dominic’s Food Truck, El Fuego, and Viva Vegan Burger. Next week… who knows? You better get down to the park to find out!


35th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibit

Thursdays through Sundays through 10/31, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Bay Street, Emeryville | Free

Celebrate Art and Artists at the 35th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, a month-long juried exhibition featuring over 200 pieces of artwork created by 87 Emeryville artists. The result is a carefully curated group show featuring the works of artists and craftspeople that live or work in Emeryville. The exhibition is open to artists of all media and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, ceramics, textiles, video, glass works, and literary arts.


Sunday, 10/3


The 47th Annual Castro Street Faire

11:00 am – 6:00 pm | The Castro District, along Castro and Market Streets | Suggested donation $5-10

She’s back, baby! The Castro Street Faire returns for more outdoor fun, including vendors, food trucks, performances, and even a faire-wide scavenger hunt! Grab your friends and your masks and head down to the Castro for a day of fun in the sun.

Speisekammer Oktoberfest

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda | Free, food and beer available for purchase

Enjoy musik, dancing, bier, and grilled meat in the beer garden! Dancing with Der Brassworks Oktoberfest Band and the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club makes this one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the Bay Area.


Classic Simpsons Trivia Night

5:30 pm | Mission Bowling Club, 3176 17th Street | $11-30

SF’s very own version of Barney’s Bowl-A-Rama is hosting a Simpsons-themed trivia night! And it’s not just a night of trivia – there’ll also be a very special themed Simpsons menu, cocktails (yes, the Flaming Moe shot specials will be back), crazy cool prizes , episodes in between rounds and even VIP bowling lanes. Get your team together early and snag a discounted team ticket pack!


Monday, 10/4


Freight Open Mic

Doors at 6:30, lottery for performance slots at 7:20, show at 7:30 pm | Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley | Free (registration required)

Wanna show off your musical chops? Head on over to Freight and Salvage tonight and flaunt what you’ve got! Get there early to throw your hat in the ring for a performance slot, or just hang out and listen to the cool new artists – who knows, you might just discover a new indie fave!

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Friday, 10/8 – Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret presents: ASYLUM

Saturday, 10/9 – Dead Rabbits Valhalla

Rad Ongoing Events

Through 11/6 – STROMA x MUSA Group Exhibition

Through 10/17 – ARTSPAN Open Studios

And don’t forget to check out our Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Event 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.