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Folsom Street Fair, cat yoga and more things to do this week in San Francisco

Written by
Matt Charnock

Fall may have officially arrived, but the forecast calls for sunny skies and outdoor activities this week. 

Monday: See a mashup of two great musicals

On Monday night, the casts of the Phantom of the Opera and On Your Feet are joining forces to create a one-night-only musical and comedy cabaret. Tickets are still available, and part of the event’s proceeds will go toward Broadway Cares, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and Equity Fights AIDS.

Tuesday: Learn to swing dance 

As part of their fall open house, Breakaway is hosting an evening of free live music and swing dancing. Performances by Evelyn and Her Vintage Ties will take place in the ballroom, and dancers will find a photo booth, snacks, raffles, and more just outside the main hall. For newcomers, there will be a 30-minute master class from 8:30-9pm, designed to give you the basic steps needed to hit the dance floor swinging. 

Wednesday: Find zen with a feline friend

Head to Kit Tea on Wednesday night for a paw-some evening of cat yoga. Humans will be led through a restorative Hatha routine while rescue cats roam the space at their leisure. Mats and towels are provided, so you can focus on your feline flexibility; class begins promptly at 7:30pm.

Thursday: Chat about the state of the Internet

The host of the The New York Times' "Internetting with Amanda Hess,” will be chatting about all things memes, viral dog videos, and DMs with author Thomas Page McBee and Teen Vogue editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay. Get your tickets for this emoji- and insight-filled look at a place where we all spend a lot of time.

Thursday: Watch a free screening of Black Panther

The finale of North Oakland's outdoor film series Temescal Street Flicks goes down this Thursday with a free screening of Black Panther Temescal Alley. #WakandaForever 

Friday: Get down at a Richmond block party

The unveiling party for Erin Yoshi and Franceska Gamez’s freshly painted Generations of Hope mural will double as a Richmond community mixer, complete with food, drink, and other activities.

Friday: Raise a glass at Oktoberfest

Fort Point is getting Oktoberfest started early with the second of four Friday night parties this fall (the next two parties are Oct 5 and Oct 12). Head to the Ferry Building for an extended beer garden, limited-release beers, pub fare and plenty of drunken singing. 

Saturday: Let your mutt strut its stuff

Join fellow animal lovers (dogs not required) for a walk to help homeless pets at Little Marina Green in San Francisco this weekend. After, you can hang out and enjoy tasty dishes from local food trucks as well as pet-related vendors and lots of fun, family-friendly activities.

Saturday: Make a beeline to Levi’s Stadium

The Carters are headed to the Bay Area on one of their final OTR: II tour stops. Get there early for openers Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled. Tickets, oddly enough, are still up for sale! 

Sunday: Enjoy live music and beer with a view

Head to Starr King Open Space on Saturday evening for live performances by local musicians, craft beers from neighborhood breweries, gourmet food truck fare, and San Francisco’s most stunning views. All proceeds benefit Starr King Open Space, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to keeping this land open, undeveloped, and available to all.

Sunday: Get kinky at Folsom Street Fair

Attracting more than 400,000 lovers of latex, leather, whips and chains to the 13 city blocks covering Folsom from 8th to 13th Street, this one-of-a-kind fest celebrates the fetish culture that once thrived south of Market. Boasting two massive dance areas with ass-thumping EDM and alternative acts, a live music stage, 200 gear vendors and a head-spinning array of public play areas, Folsom Street Fair is a tradition treasured by many, avoided by a few and definitely an intrinsic part of our community fabric.

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