San Francisco September 1–7: Hiero Day Hip-Hop Festival & Grillin’ After Dark

The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week

This week in San Francisco, head to Public Works for an ’80s-themed club night that will have you dancing till the dawn. Or get your music in Oakland at the annual Hiero Day hip-hop festival. Throwback to childhood with The Little Mermaid sing-along, and top it off with a creative cocktail from the new Linden Room. Instead of a Labor Day barbecue at home, head north to Napa’s Meritage Resort, which will be hosting its own holiday party.

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September 1–5 | Film and sing-along
The Little Mermaid Sing-Along
The Castro Theatre’s sing-along events make frequent appearances on the film palace’s event calendar, and they’re always a guaranteed good time for something a little different. Who doesn’t like to sing out loud to great cult films and childhood classics? This week, the focus is on Disney’s perennial favorite The Little Mermaid, with on-screen lyrics karaoke-style in case you really have no idea what the words to “Under the Sea” are.
Times vary | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $16 | website

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September 2 | Club night
That Big ’80s Party
Dave Paul, the DJ behind the long-running Prince and Michael Experience parties in San Francisco and beyond, is throwing a huge version of his That Big ’80s Party this weekend in the main room at the always-cracking nightclub Public Works. There’s no dress code to worry about as you dance to the sounds of new wave, rock, pop, and hip-hop beats, but people definitely like to have fun with the retro theme, so feel free to break out the shoulder pads and big hair.
9 p.m. | Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco | From $8 | website

September 3 | Escape the city
Grillin’ After Dark
In honor of Labor Day, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa is putting on a special Grillin’ After Dark dinner. Admission grabs you a drink and four courses: yuzu chicken lollipops, grilled Tomales Bay oysters with XO barbecue sauce, oysters on the half shell, and smoked duck pastrami sliders. The evening should provide a fun and economical way to have an al fresco evening in wine country this weekend, plus alleviate the stress of hosting your own Labor Day barbecue.
5–7 p.m. | The Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa | $35 | website

The Meritage Resort and Spa

September 5 | Music festival
5th Annual Hiero Day
Oakland’s Hieroglyphics crew have been at the helm of the Bay Area’s most significant all-ages hip-hop festival for five years now, and this year’s edition of Hiero Day promises even more star power, food, and fun in a family-friendly environment. The Hieroglyphics, who have been international musical ambassadors for the West Coast for more than 20 years, will perform alongside a packed lineup of local and national artists, including Too $hort, Juvenile, Just Blaze, and Dilated Peoples. Head here to check out the breadth and depth of the Bay Area’s multi-generational hip-hop scene.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. | Third and Chestnut Sts., Oakland | From $20 | website

Now open | Restaurant and lounge
Nightbird and Linden Room
Chef Kim Alter has departed from the acclaimed Daniel Patterson Restaurant Group to open two new solo ventures, Nightbird and Linden Room. Nightbird joins the city’s high-end tasting menu options, with a frequently changing multi-course dinner for $125. Highlights from the opening dishes include lobster with hearts of palm, chanterelle and summer truffle, rabbit with peach, summer squash and vadouvan, and Valrhona Manjari chocolate with salted pluots, goat’s milk, and cocoa nibs. Linden Room, meanwhile, is a neighboring cocktail lounge with just six seats that serves Nightbird’s full menu of cocktails, including originals such as Pins & Needles (tequila, Genepy des Alpes, cantaloupe, and hot bitters) and I’m Really Into Amaro Right Now (Rye, Montenegro, Averna, and Nonino).
330 Gough St., San Francisco | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.

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