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9 fun things to do this weekend in San Francisco

Written by
Ivy McNally

Divisadero Art Walk

Explore the vibrant stretch of bars and businesses along this busy corridor at the Divisadero Art Walk. Cute boutiques selling everything from hand-crafted jewelry to skate accessories and wine will fling their doors open late, offering special sales and displaying work by local artists. Pick up drink and dinner specials as you make your way from Page to McAllister, including craft brews on offer as part of SF Beer Week.

Shiba San

If you didn’t find love on Valentine’s Day, try hitting the floor at 1015 Folsom as Parisian DJ-producer Shiba San spins his low frequency iteration of deep house music. Tunes off his October EP release Fearless pretty well sum up the romantic rollercoaster — "Chance," "Rise," "Fearless," and most importantly, "Think." Special guests including DJs Femmelectric, Symonne and Cira will get the party ramped up.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

It's been a whole decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah exploded out of nowhere with a wildly acclaimed album, Some Loud Thunder. These days, frontman Alec Ounsworth is the only member left from those heady mid-aughts days; the David Byrne–esque singer and his current band turn up at the Rickshaw Stop this week to toast the iconic record’s big birthday.    

Pop Up Kids' Cartooning

If you’ve got a kiddo with a knack for doodling, escort them up to the new location of the Cartoon Art Museum for a pop-up class. This session gives kids ages 7-12 an opportunity to see how to take their hobby to the next level. The two-hour classes are free with museum admission, but registering ahead of time is strongly suggested.  

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Over 18 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has matured into the largest competition of American wines in the world — makes sense given our city’s proximity to the legendary Wine Country. At this public tasting, wine lovers get a chance to sample the best of the best while mingling with the makers, judges and gourmet foodies who will be on hand to serve complimentary bites to match your reds, whites and rosés.  

Not My F***ing President's Day: Evening of Comedy

Brava hosts this night of yucks with an undeniably controversial target of ire: Donald Trump. Hosted by Francesca Fiorentini, familiar from the AJ+ web series Newsbroke, expect to hear unique gripes and genuine laments from Chris Garcia (Comedy Central), Johan Miranda (who recently debuted his one-man show, “Why Johan Miranda Should Be Deported”), Bay Area favorite Karinda Dobbins and more.  

Nature Mandala Hike
Photograph: Courtesy Bloom Generation

Nature Mandala Hike & Workshop

Here’s a hike with a twist: Participants will gather natural offerings along the route through Golden Gate Park, and at the jaunt’s conclusion, build a mandala together. If you don’t know what a mandala is, this is a chill outing to find out, but we’ll give you a little hint courtesy Merriam-Webster: “a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe.”    

Singles-Only Winter Ball

This glamorous event at the Fairmont Hotel is for singles only. Dress up in something fancy enough for the elegant Venetian Room, but comfortable enough to walk home in at 7am if you end up meeting the love of your life and strolling through the city like Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise. A free photo booth will be provided to document your new romance. 

The Wedding Singer: The Musical

The charmingly geeky Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie has been given the live musical treatment, and the five-time Tony Award nominee is landing its time machine at the Victoria Theater all month. Can Robbie pen a song winning enough to save Julia from a lifetime as “Julia Gulia”? While most audiences already know the answer, the live staging is a sweet piece of nostalgia for a movie about nostalgia.

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