22 fun things to do this week (6.27.22)

By a show of hands, who ordered some sort of air conditioning unit last week? ✋ With slightly cooler days ahead, we’ve rounded up the best ways to spend your week in the Bay Area.

Transport yourself to the days of summer camps in the limited-time Michelin-starred Marlena pop-up; laugh till it hurts with comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short; find joy in soy at the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival; and more.

Rejoin Please check! welcomes Leslie Sbrocco to celebrate the resilience of the Bay Area’s culinary spirit with the return of Taste & Sip. Sample dishes from dozens of restaurants featured on the show as well as wines from Leslie’s favorite local wineries; Monday at 6:30 p.m. // Galleria of the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street (SoMa); tickets to kqed.org.

Be the hero of your summer evening by learning how to concoct refreshing and sparkling cocktails with the pros of The Alembic; Monday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. // The Still, 1725 Haight St. (Upper Haight); tickets to eventbrite.com.

Relive the glory days of your summer camp for a limited time at the Marlena pop-up. Michelin-starred restaurant Bernal Heights is hosting a pop-up summer camp at the Zeppelin Hotel until Labor Day. Choose between an a la carte dining experience in the lounge or a seasonal summer tasting menu ($125). Whatever you do, don’t miss the table-top gourmet s’mores; From Tuesday to Saturday, until September 3. // Summer Camp at the Zepplin Hotel, 545 Post St. (TenderNob); reservations at marlenarestaurant.com.

Grateful Dead Night returns to Ashkenaz! Deadheads unite on the dance floor as a rotating cast of incredibly talented musicians perform through the Dead’s vast catalog; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. // Ashkenaz Community Music and Dance Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue (Berkeley); tickets to eventbrite.com.

Get your daily dose of veggies at The Greens’ One Night Guest Chef Dinner featuring Chef Crystal Wahpepah of Native American (and named by James Beard) Wahpepah’s Kitchen. Greens leader Katie Reicher will collaborate with Wahpepah on a vegetarian menu using local ingredients with a portion of the proceeds going to Foodwise to support education and food access programs; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. // Greens Restaurant, Bld. A, Fort Mason (Marina); reservations at opentable.com.

Taste through the main cheese-producing regions of Italy alongside perfectly paired wines at The Cheese School’s Italian cheese and wine course. Enjoy your lunch ! Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. // The Cheese School, 900 North Point St. (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets to eventbrite.com.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the wonderful world of arthropods at Insects, a fantastic exhibition at the California Academy of Sciences created by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Weta Workshop. With ultra-detailed, larger-than-life models, videos, hands-on activities, science specimens, and immersive experiences, visitors will revel in the bizarre beauty of insects, see the world from their perspective, and learn how point they have evolved. some of their amazing adaptations and behaviors; open now until January 22, 2023. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); buy tickets at calacademy.org.

Thank you to our partners at the California Academy of Sciences.

Shake, Rattle and Roll at Make-Out Room’s Elvis Presley Tribute Party. The party will be all Elvis all night long, with the San Francisco Elvis All-Stars band playing their way through hits from the king of rock n roll; Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. // Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (Mission); tickets to elvisbowiebash.com.

LOL with ccomedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short at the couple’s new show, You won’t believe what they look like today! at the Frost Amphitheater this week. The two comedy titans will be joined by pianist Jeff Babko and Grammy-winning American bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers; Thursday at 8 p.m. // Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lausen Street (Stanford); tickets to stanford.edu

The 2022 Marin County Fair returns this week! The whole family can enjoy outdoor entertainment including concerts (Sheila E., Dumpstaphunk), traveling performers, interactive art experiences, carnival rides and fireworks nightly over the lagoon park at the Civic Center; Thursday, until July 4. // Marin County Fair, 10 Ave of the Flags (San Rafael); tickets to fair.marincounty.org.

Taste the best of summer at the Cabernet Grill in Far Niente. Toast the season with fabulous Napa wines, freshly smoked brisket and other grilled dishes at this Cabernet-inspired event; Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. // Far Niente Winery, 1350 Acacia Dr. (Napa); tickets to explorestock.com

If you are queer and like to drink beer, go to Manny’s to see fire island,the recently released Hulu film where two best friends embark on a week-long vacation to the famous gay escape off the south shore of Long Island; Friday at 6:30 p.m. // Manny’s, 3092 16th St. (Mission); RSVP to eventbrite.com.

Get drunk on wine and learn a thing or two at the Wine Explorers Club. This culinary experience from the folks at Nove Vineyards will showcase wine pairings designed to showcase the personalities of each wine; Friday at 6:30 p.m. // The Midway, 900 Marin Street (Bayview); tickets to explorestock.com.

Find joy in soy as the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival returns. Expect free samples, food vendors, live performances, artisan vendors, kids’ activities, and a chance to win round-trip tickets to Japan; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. // Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd. (Japantown); details at soyandtofufest.org.

Treat yourself to a cup of tea and a scone at Lovey’s Tea Shoppe while shopping with local artists and makers during a special pop-up event; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. // Lovey’s, 4431 CA-1 (Pacific); details at facebook.com.

Toasted Life’s 4th of July Block Party is the place to be this weekend. Bring your best vibes and immerse yourself in hip-hop, R&B, Afrobeats and more in downtown Oakland; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. // 341 13th Street (Oakland); tickets to eventbrite.com.

Calling all dancing queens – relive the golden age of Studio 54 at the ultimate Abba disco dance party. Bring on the glitter and glitter to celebrate the band’s new album, Travel. We’ll see you under the disco ball; Saturday, 9:30 p.m. // The Far North, 119 Utah Street (Mission); tickets to eventbrite.com

Don’t miss the first episode of Illum, The Midway’s new annual 4th of July weekend block party featuring two Kaskade headliners, multiple stages, food trucks, art galleries and more; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. // The Midway, 900 Marin Street (Bayview); tickets to tixr.com

Art Walk SF takes over Divisadero this Saturday with pop-up galleries, live music, murals, roller-skating and more; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. // Divisadero Street, between Haight and the Golden Gate (NoPa); details at eventbrite.com.

The Oakland-based Mosswood Meltdown Festival will have its first edition this weekend after two years of pandemic-related delays. Hosted by John Waters, the festival, which replaces Burger Boogaloo, will feature performances by Bikini Kill, Kim Gordon, Hunx and His Punx, Shannon Shaw, the Linda Lindas, Dirtbombs and more. Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m. // Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street (Oakland); tickets to mosswoodmeltdown.com.

Get your dose of vegan food at The gastronomic festival of Bizerkeley, to benefit Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Services. Sample from over 40 vegan food and drink vendors, enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, and discounts at Sports Basement; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. // Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St. (Berkeley); tickets to eventbrite.com.

Pack a picnic and head to the Stern Grove Festival this week for performances by Cold War Kids and Geographer. Access to the show in the outdoor amphitheater is always free but, unlike in previous years, you must reserve your place online in advance and show up early to get a good seat (entrance, even with reservation, always done in order of arrival); Sunday at 2 p.m. // Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd. (Park); tickets to sterngrove.org

Joshua B. Speller