The sweltering heat might break soon, but it’s still looking like a hot, hot, hot weekend around these parts, with a sizzling array of choices for fun, food and tasty adult beverages. So here are seven ways to kick it in the Bay Area and beyond this weekend, from the world’s most famous rock band to San Francisco’s favorite witches to cool, beachy fun.
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1 SEE: The legendary Rolling Stones
OK, get your best “this may be the last time” puns ready, because here come the Rolling Stones, the iconic geriatric rockers who literally had to postpone part of their tour so frontman Mick Jagger could get heart surgery. But word is they are delivering a great show on their resumed trek and dropping more than a few surprise rarities into their setlist. The Stones head up what is a phenomenal weekend for concerts, including the Avett Brothers, Young the Giant, Jason Mraz and more. Here’s a roundup.
2 WATCH: Homecoming witches, or a play that falls apart — literally
Two big touring theatrical productions have set up shop in the Bay Area. “Wicked,” the Wizard of Oz musical that was born in San Francisco before becoming a blockbuster on Broadway and making stars of Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, is playing at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Catch our chat with composer Stephen Schwartz here. Meanwhile, “The Play That Goes Wrong” a comedy about … well, you get the idea, has opened for a weekend run in San Francisco.
3 EAT: Summery outdoor pop-ups
One of the riches of living in the Bay Dining is the outdoor dining season lasts a loooong time. But we’re in the thick of it now, so here’s a look at some of your tastiest new options, including a swanky Italian riviera themed pop-up. Or how about a greenhouse-themed botanical bar? Yes, please.
4 CELEBRATE: The anniversary of Woodstock
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark music festival that had a huge impact on popular culture, and you can commemorate the occasion with live music or watching the acclaimed documentary that captured the essence of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair like nothing else. Here’s a roundup of your options.
5 PLAY: Incredible Bay Area beaches
Sure, the sandy strands of Maui and Kauai are fabulous. But these 14 incredible beaches are right here in the Bay Area. Grab your sunscreen and beach toys and head out for an idyllic day trip.
6 WATCH: 2 talented performers talk “S***” about a certain president
Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon are two of the Bay Area’s wittiest and most talented solo stage performers, and now they’ve joined forces on a comedy titled “The Great American S*** Show,” which is not recommended for supporters of Donald J. Trump. Here are the deets.
7 PLAY: Alfresco ping-pong
The only thing better than playing ping-pong in the backyard as a kid? Playing ping-pong at this cool San Francisco nightspot’s outdoor patio, paddle in one hand, Topspin cocktail in the other. Here’s a look.
7 epic Bay Area things to do this weekend, Aug. 16-18