The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week
It’s a week to celebrate in San Francisco. First, with family-friendly fun at Eat Trill Fest at Spark Social SF and later with Public Works’ sixth-anniversary party. See dance of all genres at the West Wave Dance Festival, or toast to a new bar in Bernal Heights.
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September 17 | Music and food festival
Eat Trill Fest
Not to be confused with next weekend’s Eat Real Fest in Oakland, Eat Trill Fest is a new San Francisco event providing a fun (and free) family-friendly alternative to the city’s pricey food and music festivals, set in the city’s newest food truck park, Spark Social SF. The day’s activities include an art and zine fest, face painting, bike maintenance, voter registration, live performances from acclaimed local rappers Mac Mall and Equipto, and tasty snacks from chefs, restaurants (organizer Christian Ciscle owns Lower Haight eatery Wing Wings), and mobile vendors.
11 a.m.–10 p.m. | Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, San Francisco | Free | website
September 17 | Music
Public Works’ 6-Year Anniversary
San Francisco was a much duller place at night before the advent of Public Works, a multi-purpose club and art space that marks six years of bringing music to the masses this weekend. Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza headlines a diverse bill of DJs that includes a special set from Public Works owner Peter Blick and Hisham Zahran, an accomplished DJ from Cairo.
9:30 p.m.–4 a.m. | 161 Erie St., San Francisco | From $12 | website
Through September 18 | Dance festival
West Wave Dance Festival
The 25th annual season of the West Wave Dance Festival, hosted by nonprofit performance incubator SAFEhouse Arts, is underway and showcasing a vast spectrum of classic and modern movement. The final four days of the festival this Thursday through Sunday include choreographed performances by a variety of local ensembles, including FatChanceBellyDance, For Change Dance Collective, and Oakland Ballet Company.
8 p.m. | Z Space, 450 Florida St., San Francisco | From $15 | website
El Dorado Gold Week 2016
Go back to the Gold Rush by heading up to El Dorado County, where the miners first struck it rich, for the annual World Gold Panning Championships and the myriad of countywide activities that make up El Dorado Gold Week. The final days of the celebration include options to tour gold mines and farms and check out the three-day American River Music Festival, which takes place in various venues. While in the area, consider hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, and camping—all activities that won’t cost a veritable gold mine to do.
Times and venues vary | El Dorado County | Free | website
Now open | Bar
Old Devil Moon
Named after a popular song that’s been covered by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and Josh Groban, Old Devil Moon has brought even more craft beer and cocktails to Bernal Heights. There’s a Southern tarot reading motif that goes along with the bar’s slogan of “mischief made, spirits raised.” Forecast your future over drinks and fried green tomato po’ boys. Original cocktails include La Louisiane (rye, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and Herbsaint), Bonbon (spiced rum, sweetened condensed milk, and cold nitro brew coffee), and Alcachofa (Reposado tequila, Cynar, and grapefruit bitters).
3472 Mission St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.