What’s Up: Bay Area events to bring you to life after school ends


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Ella McLeod and Olivia DiNapoli

After a long year of 20-page history handouts, 50-page English readings, unsolvable problem sets, and getting cozy with the teachers in math cafe, you’re finally free. But how will you spend your 11 weeks of summer? In front of the TV with your legs up, back hunched, eating Cool Ranch Doritos? Or out in the real world—attending concerts and art openings, practicing hot yoga and eating free waffles? How can I have such a fulfilling summer, you ask? We’ve got you covered.


National Doughnut Day

Friday, June 6

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

1575 Sullivan Avenue, Daly City


Bottom line: You’re almost done but you need one final push. Let a free doughnut roll you through finals.



Metronomy with Cloud Control

Saturday, June 14

9:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 p.m.)

The Fillmore

1805 Geary Blvd. San Francisco

$25.00 (plus applicable charges)

Bottom line: Kick off your summer at one of San Francisco’s most iconic music venues, featuring electronic-pop group “Metronomy,” supported by up-and-coming alternative rock group “Cloud Control.”


6th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day

Sunday, June 15

3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

University Ave., Palo Alto


Bottom line: Enjoy a Father’s Day full of music! This event will feature both professional and amateur musicians representing a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, rock, Greek, Balkan, World Music, and choral.


2014 Berkeley Juneteenth Music Festival

Sunday, June 15.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adeline Street at Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley


Bottom line: If Palo Alto isn’t your scene, celebrate the first days of summer with this Berkeley festival featuring African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and reggae.


Patriotic American 4th of July Concert (ft. Golden Gate Park Band)

Friday, July 4

1:00 p.m.

Spreckles Temples of Music

Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco

Bottom line: Spend the Fourth of July relaxing in Golden Gate Park while watching one of San Francisco’s oldest and most revered symphony orchestras.


Cloud Nothings with Metz, The Wytches

Monday, July 7

8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Great American Music Hall

859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco

$20.00 (general admission), $44.95 (dinner & admission)

Bottom line: Enjoy up-and-coming indie-rock, featuring the Chicago-based headlining band, “Cloud Nothings,” along with supporting  acts “Metz,” and self-described psychedelic surf band “The Wytches.”


The Neighborhood

Saturday, July 26

Fox Theater

8:00 p.m.

1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

$27.50 (General Admission)

Experience popular American rock group “The Neighborhood,” whose hits include “Sweater Weather” and “Afraid,” as they headline at the Fox Theater.


Art and Museums: 

Friday Nights at the de Young

Every Friday

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco


Bottom line: Though most visit the de Young during the day, fun people visit the de Young on Friday nights. With weekly themes, music, dance performances, art activities, talks, film screenings, and an observation tower open until 8:15 p.m., the de Young will bring you to life on a dark night.


Upper Tenderloin Art Walk

Every first Thursday

6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tenderloin District


Bottom line: Let go of your fear of the Tenderloin with monthly art openings at galleries and retail spaces including Larkin Street Youth, LOOK Gallery, and SpokeArt.


North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl

Every first Friday

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

North Beach neighborhood, San Francisco


Bottom line: After a Thursday night of art in the Tenderloin, head north for a Friday night of art in North Beach. Venues include The Beat Museum, The Emerald Tablet, and Live Worms.  Classic Italian restaurants stay open late to satisfy your pasta cravings.


Legion of Honor Free Admission Day

Every first Tuesday

9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, San Francisco

FREE (except for special exhibitions)

Bottom line: Explore 4,000 years of ancient and European Art at the Legion of Honor (self-proclaimed  “most beautiful museum” in San Francisco).




Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Yoga to the People

2973 16th St., 5th Floor, San Francisco

Suggested Donation: $10, but no one’s counting. Mat rental: $2.

Bottom line: Missing the weight room? Work even more muscles with Warrior and Cobra poses at the Mission District’s “Yoga to the People.” For best results: Get there 15 minutes early. Purchase a burrito on your way home.



GRADUATION (not optional)

Saturday, June 14

11:00 a.m.

Rhoda Goldman Concert Meadow, Sigmund Stern Grove

19th Avenue and 7 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco


Bottom line: Send off your favorite seniors at Stern Grove. Music, speeches, cake — it doesn’t get any better.


Annual Golden Gate Rose Show & Free Roses

Sunday, June 15

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hall of Flowers

9th Ave. and Lincoln Way, San Francisco


Bottom line: Bring someone you love or someone you like a little bit to the Hall of Flowers at 12:30 p.m. to bask at the sight and scent of San Francisco’s finest roses. Or arrive at 4:30 to pick up one fine rose.


City-Wide Menlo Park Block Party

Wednesday, June 18

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Menlo Park


Bottom line: Enjoy a night of food, shopping, and live music only a calming Caltrain ride away!


Sunday Streets in San Francisco

Great Highway: Sunday, June 8

Richmond District: Sunday, July 13

Mission District: Sunday, Aug. 24

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Bottom line: Bike, walk, roller blade, or scooter among Yogi’s, free popchips, and children selling lemonade at one of San Francisco’s monthly Sunday Street Block parties.


National Park Free Entrance Day

Monday, Aug. 25

All day

All national parks


Bottom line: Sum up the summer with a day at the lush Muir Woods, or the desolate Death Valley.  Both are beautiful, both are free.



Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday

Wednesday, July 2 and Wednesday, Aug. 6

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Capital One 360 Café

101 Post St, San Francisco

FREE (while batter lasts)

Bottom line: IHOP’s Bananas & Crème Belgian waffles not rich enough to satisfy your spoiled San Francisco taste buds? Try b. street waffles’ flavor of the month (July: Farm-Stand Cherry and Dark Chocolate,  August: Apple-Cinnamon) for free, if you can wake up in time.


“Off The Grid” Twilight Campfire Party

Thursday, June 19 and Thursday, June 26

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


103 Montgomery Street, Main Post, Presidio, San Francisco

Bottom line: Do you like food? Do you like fire? Do you like stars? Scarf up tasty treats from San Francisco’s most popular food trucks while listening to acoustic music in the middle of San Francisco’s fattest forest.



Classics at the Castro

Interview with the Vampire: Friday, June 13 ,7:20 p.m.

Rosemary’s Baby: Wednesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.

American Graffiti: Wednesday, July 2, 7:00 p.m.

Back to the Future Trilogy: Friday, July 4, Part 1: 5:00 p.m., Part 2: 7:30 p.m., Part 3: 9:30 p.m.

Castro Theatre

429 Castro St.