It's no secret San Franciscans love food. This week, food festivals offer plenty to taste, from Cajun street food and all things bacon to local chocolate and three days dedicated to Cabernet. Supplement all those good eats with music—the stripped down sound of Prince, or a singalong disco musical.
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March 4 | Food fest
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center Season Opener
The city’s ultimate street food party returns this week with cocktails, music, and 31 mobile food vendors, including new faces like the popular A16 restaurant, a porcine peddler called Bacon Mania, Cajun food from Southern Comfort Kitchen, and grilled dessert sandwiches from PB&GJ. Each vendor has also created an exclusive menu item for this season, which will only be available here at Off The Grid. The weekly food fest runs each Friday evening through October.
5–10 p.m. | Fort Mason Center parking lot, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco | Free | website
March 4 | Music
Prince: Piano and a Microphone
The artist formerly known as The Artist has holed up in the Bay Area all week following two surprise performances at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on February 28 and the annoucement of a third surprise show for Friday at the much-larger Oracle Arena. These are the first U.S. dates on what’s expected to be a whole tour of Prince stripped down—just a grand piano and his voice. While most of the tickets have been snagged already, some of the premium seats up close are still available and second-hand sales abound, if you’re inclined to look for a deal.
9 p.m. | 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland | (510) 569-2121 | From $500 | website
March 4–6 | Escape the city
CabFest Napa Valley 2016
If you’re a fan of fine Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a perfect weekend to get up to Napa. This year’s CabFest begins on Friday with a concert from Mat Kearney and encompasses boutique and grand tastings as well as two large food and wine pairing events. Bring a designated driver if you plan on getting home, or make a whole weekend out of it and grab a room at one of these hotels.
Times vary | Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville | (707) 944-9900 | From $35 | website
March 5 | Food festival
San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Bring your sweet tooth to this large-scale chocolate tasting and buying fair, which has been a city staple now for 10 years running. Exhibitors come from all over the country to participate, but you’ll want to make especially sure to hunt down the inventive confections from local independent candy makers such as Neo Cocoa, Socola Chocolatier, and Jade Chocolates. It’s an excellent place to find unusual yet universally crowd-pleasing gifts, plus you’ll leave sweetly satisfied.
10 a.m. | Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco | From $10 | website
Through March 13 | Musical
Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
Don’t miss your last chance to see a wonderful musical before it hits Broadway in 2017. Anthony Wayne dazzles as the late San Francisco disco legend (and San Francisco transplant) Sylvester in this biographical musical. The show, which encourages audience participation by singing and dancing along, has had multiple local runs because the music and messages still resonate deeply with our community.
Times vary | Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., San Francisco | (415) 641-7657 | From $35 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.