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9 awesome things to do this week in the Bay Area

Rainbow Flag, Castro, San Francisco
Photograph: Flickr/Torbakhopper The Castro, San Francisco

Labor Day weekend is over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. 


Tuesday: Learn about Frida Kahlo

Take advantage of free admission to the Bedford Gallery on the first Tuesday of the month to see their new exhibit The World of Frida. The exhibit includes over 150 pieces of artwork that feature Frida Kahlo—including some of the most iconic color and black and white images of the artist that exist—as well as works inspired by her life and cultural impact.

Tuesday: Hear tales of thrilling adventures

Satiate your wanderlust with a series of short lectures and talks about investigators, travelers and inquisitive minds on the threshold of discovery. Get to Public Works around 6pm for pre-salon cocktails and conversation; talks will begin at 7:30pm sharp.

Wednesday: Fall in love with The Phantom of the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production is back in SF and includes exciting new special effects, including the show’s legendary chandelier. Don't miss this bigger and bolder version of The Phantom. 

Thursday: See stars and other celestial bodies

The UC Berkeley Astronomy center is inviting the public to use their telescopes, including the 17-inch telescope located in the roof-top observatory, as part of Astro Night. The event will also include talks about astronomy from local experts.

Thursday: Taste wines from across the world

Full Circle Wine Productions is hosting a tasting event featuring wines from all over the world. Between 5:30-8pm, enjoy over 300 vino selections from far-away lands like Argentina, Australia, Austria and more.

Friday: Nosh on free hummus

SAJJ Mediterranean is celebrating the grand opening of its seventh Bay Area store (in the Financial District), by giving away a free side of hummus and chips with any order to the first 30 people in line at 11am. 

Saturday: Help clean the streets

Hit the streets for the 2018 citywide cleanup day, SF Giant Sweep. Be sure to register for a specific meetup location and other details.

Saturday: Eat all the chocolate

The 23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival promises live culinary demonstrations, chocolate tastings and a tantalizing array of chocolate-themed events and activities—plus, there's plenty to take home as souvenirs to remember the day.

Sunday: Wave your rainbow flag

Oakland Pride culminates this weekend with a hella fierce parade. Starting at 10:30am, over 100,000 people are expected to strut their stuff down Broadway, from 12th to 21st Streets. Afterward, pride festivities and happenings will be held from 11am-7pm, including drag shows, dance parties, and more