Epic events continue to pop up this summer, with everything from street fairs to comedy shows on the horizon. Grab your friends (and maybe some warm clothes for those characteristically chilly summer conditions) and check out some of the Bay Area’s best arts and culture events taking place this week. As always be sure to check event websites for mask requirements.
LOL and eat to your heart’s content
Don’t miss the District Six Comedy Night, taking place at the location formerly known as SoMa StrEat Food Park. The weekly event features a long list of comedians you’ll recognize from Netflix, Comedy Central and Conan, plus some of the City’s top culinary treats served from a selection of food trucks. With American, Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern cuisine and more, you’ll find your new favorite meal and have the opportunity to laugh out loud with friends all night long.
Thursday, August 5, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Hear the inspirational sounds of soulful musician Gregory Porter
Two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter will grace the stage of the Frost Amphitheater for the latest installment of Stanford Live, presented in partnership with SFJazz. Porter’s sixth studio album, All Rise, is a mix of jazz, soul, blues and gospel, and he’ll be performing his hits alongside the Marcus Shelby Quintet and vocalist Tiffany Austin.
Thursday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
Take in a truly unique multimedia art exhibit
Organized by assistant curator Kathryn Wade, the San José Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Factory of the Sun, features the work of Hito Steyerl. The artist mixes the genres of video games, internet dance videos, news reportage and documentary film to tell a story surrounding the actions of workers whose forced dance moves in a motion capture studio are transformed into artificial sunlight. The surreal project is based on a quote from Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto (1985), describing machines as “made of pure sunlight.”
Opening Friday, August 6
Wander through the South Bay’s coolest art galleries and museums
Head down to San Jose for South First Fridays Art Walk & STREET MRKT, a nighttime “urban faire” full of truly unique works at local galleries and museums. This month’s featured exhibitions include Anno Domini from artist LeonKa, a series of prints in his signature black and gold color palette taking on philosophical topics through symbolism.
Friday, August 6, 5–9 p.m.
Plan an outdoor movie night picnic
Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie night. Berkeley’s Friday night outdoor film series continues with a showing of Smallfoot at James Kenney Park, a family-friendly animated flick about the friendship between a Yeti and a human. Pack blankets and a picnic basket, and get there early to snag a good spot.
Friday, August 6, 8:15 p.m.
Listen to the blues while sipping an array of brews
Catch the South County Blues Band at Redwood City’s Freewheel Brewing Company. The English pub is opening its doors (no cover!) for a family-friendly performance from the local group known for its eclectic mix of regional blues and original compositions. While you’re there, order a pint from the impressive beer menu or grab an elevated take on pub classics like garlic chips and pulled-pork mac and cheese.
Saturday, August 7, 7 p.m.
Stock up on indie arts and crafts
The Marin Arts & Crafts Show highlights handcrafted jewelry, artwork, woodwork, ceramics and clothing from a range of independent artisans and studio artists working in a variety of styles. Stock up on one-of-a-kind designs and scope out the collection of furniture, textiles, architectural objects and much more during the three-day event.
Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8
Get comfy in the park for an afternoon of free comedy
Bundle up and head to Golden Gate Park for Blankets & Wine Comedy. The free weekly event features a rotating roster of performers, and guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages of choice and some cozy blankets to settle in for a late afternoon of laughs on the Polo Field bleachers.
Saturday, August 7, 4 p.m.
Spend a Saturday shopping local
Browse the unique wares of small local shops at Berkeley’s free Artists & Fleas event at Summer Saturdays on Fourth Street, uniting local makers and vintage curators from all across the Bay Area. Discover new favorite creators and go home with some innovative finds, from clothes and jewelry to home decor and much more.
Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appreciate the work of the next generation of great artists
The attendees of SJMA’s Kids Summer Art Camp are ready to display their talents at the museum’s special exhibition. The online event will showcase the students’ art and includes insights from studio art educators, gallery teachers and guest artists. A special sneak preview reception will take place on August 7 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 8