Here are the five coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more. Planning a trip? Check out the AFAR guide to San Francisco.
September 18–20 | Food
Eat Real Festival
Up to 150,000 people are expected to enjoy the seventh annual edition of Oakland’s beloved Eat Real Festival, celebrating approachable and delicious street food. Presented by the Food Craft Institute, a local artisan business school, the festival also includes cooking demos, workshops, and panels. Pair an international selection of bites (all $8 or less) with $10 alcohol tasting flights and snack your way across the globe. Make a leisurely day of it by catching the ferry over from San Francisco, which drops you off right in the center of the action.
Times vary | Jack London Square, Embarcadero West, Oakland | (510) 842-1017 | Free | website
September 20–27 | Music
SF Punk Renaissance
A group of activists and artists called the Punk Rock Sewing Circle has organized a week’s worth of music, film screenings, and art events throughout San Francisco (with one stop in Oakland) to mark four decades of punk music and culture in the city. As well as various concerts and parties, there will be a photography exhibit and a zine/record/collectible sale. Perhaps most exciting, there will be a trio of punk-centric walking tours, open to all ages, that will have you visiting the old stomping grounds that were so vital to the development of the local scene.
Times and venues vary | From free | website
September 22 | Live podcast
KQED Pop Presents The Cooler Podcast
KQED Pop are debuting their new pop culture podcast, The Cooler, with a high school dance–themed party in front of a live audience. Hosts Jamedra Brown, Emmanuel Hapsis, and Carly Severn will preside over an evening of guilty-pleasure pop tunes from 1990 to 2005, live art, comedy, commentary, and a dance performance displaying the still-thriving New York movement subculture known as vogueing. Special guests will include comedian, activist, and CNN correspondent W. Kamau Bell.
7:30–10:30 p.m. | The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., San Francisco | (415) 551-5157| $10 | website
September 20 | Photography reception
Molly DeCoudreaux: A Farmer, A Baker, A Kimchi Maker
The Bay Area’s vibrant culinary scene acts as a kind of muse for prolific photographer Molly DeCoudreaux, whose current exhibition at 18 Reasons (the nonprofit extension of Bi-Rite Market across the street) highlights the processes and craftsmanship of 10 local female food entrepreneurs. As the show comes to a close, there’s still time to meet DeCoudreaux and view her work at a beer-assisted reception on September 20. If you can’t make that, you have until September 26 to catch the exhibition at your leisure.
8:30–10 p.m. | 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., San Francisco | (415) 568-2710 | Free | website
Flow Into Fall
Wake up early and drive north to Petaluma for this one-off session of yoga and pampering on the picturesque 550-acre McEvoy Ranch, producer of top-quality olive oil products. You’ll practice yoga for 70 minutes and then, post-namaste, sip on McEvoy’s 2014 Rosebud rosé, sample bites from produce grown on-site, and enjoy hand massages with products from their proprietary body care brand, 80 Acres.
10 a.m.–1 p.m.| McEvoy Ranch, 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma | (707) 778-2307| $85 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.