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San Francisco September 8–14: Oakland Pride Parade & Opera in the Park

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

This week in San Francisco, go back in time to see the city in the ’60s at a mini film fest. Then head to Oakland for the annual LGBT festival and parade, or catch Opera in the Park, a time-honored San Francisco tradition. Finally, try out a new, izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in the Castro.

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September 8 | Film
The Trip Back: The Original San Francisco Psychedelic Freakout
Check out some groovy, trippy short 16mm films about 1960s counterculture in San Francisco to see how local movers and shakers imbibed, protested, and simply had fun back in the daze. You’ll see home movies from local legends Jefferson Airplane, a proto-Burning Man celebration, and even how people once smoked banana skins to get high (folks, don’t try this at home). Seating is limited, so it’s advisable to call and make a reservation (or email your intended attendance to RSVP@oddballfilms.com).
8 p.m. | Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., San Francisco | From $10 | website

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September 9–11 | Escape the city
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
This is a perfect weekend to take that long-desired drive up to Lake Tahoe—besides near-perfect weather expected, it’s also time for the annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The three-day extravaganza takes place in various locations and caters to all price points and involvement levels. Whether you want to enjoy a free market, hike to a craft beer picnic, or dine at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, there’s something on the itinerary for you.
Times and venues vary | Prices vary | website

eptember 10–11 | Festival
Oakland LGBT Pride 2016
Get up early and get out to the East Bay for this year’s Oakland LGBT Pride parade and festival on September 11. Shortly after the parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m., the main stage will fire up at 11 a.m. to bring you beautiful divas such as Deborah Cox, Lisa Lisa, and Frenchie Davis to be the soundtrack for your glorious people-watching. And if you want to get started a day early, sign up for the Official Oakland Pride 5K run, which takes place on September 10.
10:30 a.m. | Parade route: Broadway between 14th and 20th Sts. (Festival entrance: Broadway and 20th St.), Oakland | From $10 | website


September 11 | Music
Opera in the Park
A San Francisco tradition, the Opera’s 94th annual free concert in Golden Gate Park takes place this weekend. Music director Nicola Luisotti is scheduled to lead the Opera Orchestra and vocalists in a selection of arias from the upcoming 2016–2017 season, which will include Dream of the Red Chamber, Don Pasquale, The Makropulos Case, and Madame Butterfly.
1:30 p.m. | Sharon Meadow, Kezar Dr. and Waller St., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco | Free | website

Now open | Restaurant
Lovers of the cult favorite Sushi Ran in Sausalito now have an exciting Japanese option in San Francisco with Nomica, a new restaurant from the same owners. The izakaya (Japanese snack and drinking house) is located in the Castro and reflects the liveliness of the neighborhood. Here, cocktails feature awamori, an Okinawan spirit made from long-grain rice, and bites include karaage chicken, waffles made with Hitachino beer, foie gras ice cream, and a whole chicken in brioche that needs to be ordered a day in advance.
2223 Market 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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