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Wine walks, tiki crawls, feminist pub quizzes and more fun things to do in San Francisco this week

Written by
Matt Charnock

This week’s best Bay Area events celebrate feminism, booze walks, and more.

Monday: Show off your best tiara

Gather a team of feminist smarties for the return of Virgil’s Sea Room feminist pub quiz. Contestants have the chance to win free drinks and prizes throughout the competition and teams wearing crowns or tiaras will get a bonus point, with a special prize for the winner of Best Tiara. 

Tuesday: See the West Coast's top female photographers

Swing by the Scott Nichols Gallery this Tuesday for the grand opening of their newest exhibit, Women of the West. The exhibit was curated by women photographers and features contemporary and historical pictures taken by women photographers who either hail from the American West or documented our rugged coast. 

Wednesday: Get a signed copy of Rich Table

Sarah and Evan Rich's new cookbook, Rich Table, brings recipes from their lauded restaurant straight to your kitchen. In celebration of the book’s launch, the duo will be hosting a one-night event at William Sonoma in Union Square featuring a live cooking demo and small bites. 

Thursday: Put old avocado pits to use

Learn how to dye your own sheets, tablecloths and other cotton textiles using leftover avocado pits at this fun DIY class. Design guru Roxanne Young will lead the class. 

Friday: See why sharks are friends, not food

The David Brower Center kicks off another leg of its multi-year partnership with National Geographic with the exhibition, Art/Act: Brian Skerry–SHARKS, curated by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, who’s spent over 30 years swimming with countless sharks from around the world. Attendees will learn about the dire circumstances that tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic whitetips and other species face due to warming waters and the shark fin trade.

Friday: Go on a tiki crawl

This Friday, jump on a bus and drink your way through three of East Bay’s most iconic tiki bars: Trader Vic’s, Forbidden Island and Kon-Tiki. Your ticket includes one drink at each stop, food, transportation, and a takeaway gift. A portion of the event’s proceeds also goes toward ROC the Bay and their restore Oakland initiative. 

Saturday: Watch baristas compete for bragging rights

A barista battle is going down at Spark Social SF this weekend, featuring espresso, lattes and signature coffee cocktails from some of the Bay Area’s best baristas. Food trucks and pop-up vendors will also be on site to satiate any hunger pangs. Be one of the first 200 people through the door, and you’ll be rewarded with a swag bag. 

Saturday: Sip and walk in Jack London Square

Jack London Square will host its first Wine Walk on the Waterfront this Saturday, featuring tastings from over 25 Northern California wineries. Wine walkers will be given a passport that gives them specially-priced menu items and exclusive offers at participating Jack London Square restaurants and retail stores. Live entertainment will be spread out throughout the evening, including a performance by the Luminescent Grand, the world’s first synesthesia piano.

Sunday: Pet all the good boys and girls

Enter your fur child into the Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets, where they can win such accolades as “best dressed” and “wildest hairdo” and even compete in a runway show at the Tenderloin Museum. Judges will be dishing out plenty of praise and tasty treats. 

Sunday: See the eye-opening COAL+ICE exhibit

COAL+ICE, a photography and video exhibition that documents global climate changes from all corners of the world, is having its last free showing Sunday at the Fort Mason Center. Co-curated by photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, the lofty exhibit features the works of over 30 photographers from around the globe. 

Sunday: Make art and sip bottomless mimosas

The Midway is hosting an afternoon session of bottomless mimosas and crafts. All materials will be provided to create a stretched canvas painting and even an original song. Once your masterpieces are complete, partygoers will enjoy a well-catered brunch and, as promised, bottomless mimosas.

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