Weekend roundup

May 27-30


Storytime Science for Kids Online: The Food Episode

May 27. Grab the kids and join for Storytime Science—a storybook read-aloud, followed by kid-approved activities like dying some vegetables from the inside out and making your own chemical reaction from basic kitchen ingredients! Last but not least, stick around for two Shel Silverstein poems and a traditional Japanese haiku. This month, the Exploratorium’s own Vivian Altmann reads Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero. exploratorium.edu

HellaRnB Night 

Opens May 28. HellaRnB is back with Beyoncé, Rihanna, TLC, Prince and more! Reserve a table of two, four or six for a socially distanced dance party at Neck of the Woods—reopened for the first time since early 2020. The venue has also been extensively renovated with a brand new sound system, upgraded lighting and seating, brand new hardwood floors, new DJ booth and a full bar with spring cocktail specials. Ages 21+. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-20. Tickets

S.F.’s Family Vaccine Party

Through June 5. San Francisco is hosting a series of Family Day vaccination events with free snacks, entertainment and raffle prizes—including free tickets for the SkyStar Wheel, free admission to the SF Zoo, memberships to SFMOMA, and more. All vaccination sites are open to drop-ins and offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently approved for individuals ages 12 and older. The Family Day events are designed to encourage all eligible household members to get vaccinated. Free. Locations vary. More Info

F-Line Streetcars

Reopened. The historic F-Line streetcars are back! The line runs six miles each way between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Castro District, passing through Union Square on Market Street. You can buy a ticket through the Muni app or with exact change on the streetcars, including the convertible Boat Tram (pictured). Don’t forget to pay a visit to the San Francisco Railway Museum. Open Th-Sa noon-5 p.m. Admission is free.  

Food + Drink


Open. Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Billingsgate is a new seafood market and cafe from the team behind Four Star Seafood, a wholesale seafood company in S.F. Located in Noe Valley, this new oyster bar and fish market offers a raw bar, with menu items of prepared dishes that highlights excellent seafood, like clam chowder, octopus carpaccio and seafood salads. Su-F 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sa 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 3859 24th St., 415.590.3001. billingsgatesf.com

The Vault Garden

Open. The Vault Garden, the popular garden oasis in the heart of downtown designed for socially distanced dining and fun, unlocks The 555 menu for happy hour and introduces lunch menu items. Enjoy snacks like ranch and dill almonds, tempura fried asparagus, and Dungeness crab dip; or lunch items like the Vault Burger (pictured), crispy fish tacos, corn risotto chorizo, and ricotta cannelloni. Happy hour W-F 4-6 p.m. Open W 4-9 p.m.; Th-F noon-10 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 555 California St., 415.508.4675. thevault555.com

Arts + Culture

Carpool Cinemas: Napoleon Dynamite

May 29. Join for a socially distanced viewing of cult-favorite Napoleon Dynamite at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 comedy film that tells the story of a listless and alienated teenager who decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., showtime from 8:50-10:45 p.m. $35 per car advance; $40 day of show. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. lutherburbankcenter.org

Stringband Fever: Spring Bluegrass Parklet Music Series

May 29. Jam out at the 5th annual Stringband Fever: Spring Bluegrass Music Series. What started on the stages of Cafe du Nord, the Great American Music Hall, and the Plough & Stars has moved outdoors to the streets of West Portal—the parklet in front of Bursa Restaurant and next door to The Music Store to be exact. This Saturday, enjoy music by Muleskinner Stomp (pictured), hot food, cold beer and good wine from the kitchen of Bursa. 1-3 p.m. Free. 66 West Portal Ave. More Info

S.F.’s Chinatown Art Festival

May 30. The 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) is hosting the first outdoor art event in Portsmouth Square since the start of the pandemic. Under the theme of Forging Our Futures, USAAF showcases AAPI artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aim to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander artists working in all disciplines—theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts and more! 1-6 p.m. Free. Tickets limited to 50 seats per showcase. If tickets run out, you can attend by signing up to volunteer. 733 Kearny St. More Info

Photo credits: Every Night is Pizza Night, GoodReads website. yhelfman Getty Images Pro & Maksim Goncharenok Pexelsvia, Canva. Streetcars, Union Square Business Improvement. Billingsgate, Elle Z. via Yelp. Muleskinner Stomp, Facebook. Napolean Dynamite, Luther Burbank Center for the Asrts website. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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