TO DO | August 2016

One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is that there is always a lot going on. These are a few things that I want to try to get to this month… hoping to add a few more as the month progresses.

KQED’s WOMEN TO WATCH | August 3rd, 2016 – San Francisco, CA


KQED is doing a series on Bay Area women artists called, Women to Watch, and they are having a party to celebrate it at the SFJAZZ Center. You can check out more on the website, or follow the tag on social media – #BayBrilliant. Tickets are $10



First Friday’s in Oakland have been a favorite of mine since I moved here in 2012. There’s always something going on, beautiful things to see in the galleries, and great food from street vendors. You can really dig into the local arts and makers community, and there is something for everyone. KQED made this great Postcard from a recent First Friday, and you even get a little peak into Chapter 510‘s First Friday open house, held in their writing sanctuary.  Located on Telegraph Ave between 22nd and 27th Streets, this is a free event.


VERY VEGAN SUNDAY | August 14th – San Francisco, CA

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Me and a papusa combo plate | by Maggie Lee

Even if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, the food is fantastic! Very Vegan Sunday is a monthly thing at SOMA StrEat Food Park, every second Sunday. I’m really hoping the pupusa folks are there this month – they’re my favorite – the plate they serve comes with amazing pan-fried sweet plantains, beans, a heap of guacamole, and some chips, and the salsa is so good! The park has indoor and outdoor seating, and there are TVs inside for the sports fans. SOMA StrEat Food will also host an opening day party for the Summer Olympics, with a full food menu for the omnivores, the first weekend of the month.



THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD | through August 17th – San Francisco

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The Black Woman is God, at SOMArts | photo by Stephanie Podue

I wrote about this exhibit, here, and I you should definitely check it out before it’s gone. The exhibit is at SOMArts. Local artist Karen Seneferu, born and raised in Oakland, and curator …. have pulled together black women artists works into this uplifting and beautiful expression of black womanhood, reclaiming beauty and the divine. Located in SOMA and easily reach via BART + MUNI.



ART + SOUL OAKLAND | August 20th and 21st – Oakland, CA

Art + Soul Oakland is just what it sounds like, and right in downtown Oakland. I am really looking forward to seeing the John Brothers Piano Company, who I saw for the first time at the Stern Grove Festival (more on that if you scroll down). There will be tons of local artist and performers, as well as some great food. The admission is $12 for grown-ups, $7 if you’re over 65 or 13-17, and free for the wee ones.


STERN GROVE FESTIVAL | Sundays through August 21st – San Francisco, CA

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Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco | by Stephanie Podue

Throughout the summer,  the beautiful amphitheater in Stern Grove plays host to musicians and dancers from near and far, classical to funk, and all free to the public (though they are ready to take donations). This is a great spot for picnicking and spending quality time with the folks you love, while taking part in pleasures sonic and scenic (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). Take a look at the list of artist – you are sure to find something that you’ll love!


DANCING | through mid-August – Oakland, CA

There are two spots I know of for free, and family friendly dancing under the sun and stars… One is Dancing Under the Stars in Jack London Square, and the other is at the Oakland Museum of California. Both are weekly, on Friday nights, through the summer.


There’s my list, so far! What are you up to in August?


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