The five coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week
Choices choices in the Bay Area this week. Nine hours of music is a great reason to head over to Oakland and discover some new acts at the Oakland Music Festival, but Sunset Magazine’s outdoorsy gastronomy festival is taking place at the same time down on the Central Coast. It is possible to do both if you plan well, but then you might miss Jenni Olson’s thought-provoking The Royal Road screening at the Roxie, and you’d certainly have to skip CUESA’s Mission Rock pop-up. Still, some choices are good to have, and at least the deep-fried lobster tail will always be waiting for you at Westfield. On a stick.
September 24 | Film
The Royal Road
The Roxie Theater’s “Bay Area Docs” series continues with a unique selection from director Jenni Olson, who will appear to screen and discuss her 16mm film, The Royal Road. It’s part historical documentary and part personal monologue, intertwining the story of Spanish colonist Father Junipero Serra, who founded several missions in what later became California and is now the namesake of a major street in San Francisco, with Olson’s own gender and queer identities. The Royal Road is all the more topical in the wake of the Pope’s controversial plan to canonize Serra during his first visit to the United States in October.
7–9 p.m. | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1087 | $10 | website
September 26 | Music festival
Oakland Music Festival
The third annual OMF offers nine hours of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music performed by DJs and live artists from the Bay Area and beyond. The breadth and depth of artists slated to appear ensures a day of musical discovery for a diverse audience. Highlights planned for the marathon show include San Francisco DJ/Pandora music curator J Boogie, recent Dr. Dre collaborator Anderson .Paak, and Los Rakas, a Panamanian rap duo raised in Oakland who rhyme in Spanish and English.
12–9 p.m. | 22nd and Franklin Streets, Oakland | From $25 | website
September 26 | Pop-up farmers’ market
CUESA’s Preservation Celebration
The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, or CUESA, is the host of phenomenal food-related programming at San Francisco’s Ferry Building, including the thrice-weekly farmers’ markets. This weekend, CUESA is bringing a special pop-up farmers’ market to the Yard at Mission Rock, a temporary spot that houses food trucks and an Anchor Beer garden across the street from AT&T Park. Shop for fresh produce and take in pickling and preserving demos while nibbling on an exotic array of hot bites, including bone broth, Italian doughnuts, and Nepalese dumplings.
10 a.m–2 p.m. | The Yard at Mission Rock, Third St. (at Terry Francois), San Francisco | Free | website
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September 26 | Restaurant opening
The Westfield San Francisco Centre provides a new home for this quick-service Maine lobster specialist, which also has locations in Vegas and Maryland. Sure, it’s in the mall, but LobsterME offers fun tastes that make eating here well worth it. Don’t miss the ridiculously good lobsicle, which is a lobster tail on a stick that can be grilled or fried; we trust you’ll make the proper choice, which includes a dip in some hot oil. You can also opt for hearty sandwiches like a lobster grilled cheese or the Golden Gate, which has been created as an exclusive menu item for this location: It’s a lobster roll with lobster tossed in miso-sesame sauce and dressed with shredded nori seaweed. The mall has never tasted so good.
Westfield Centre, 865 Market St., San Francisco | website
September 24–27 | Weekend escape
Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast
It’s time to make that drive down to the Central Coast you’ve been planning forever, wisely timed to coincide with Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. Sunset Magazine’s celebration of the area’s food, wine, and nature offers three days of beer and wine tastings, dinners, and unique outdoor adventure tours like kayak fishing on Morro Bay or a working horse ranch visit and lunch in Paso Robles. It’s the ultimate active gastronomic weekend. Opt for a luxurious stay in nearby Pismo Beach at Avila Lighthouse Suites or venture into towns like San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, or Cambria, where there are plenty of options for accommodations.
11 a.m.–4 p.m.| Santa Margarita Ranch, 9000 Yerba Buena Avenue, Santa Margarita | (805) 540-3214 | From $91 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.