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22 fun things to do this week (7.11.22)

Grab a light jacket and get outside – these are the best things to do this week around the Bay Area.

Don’t put your red, white and blue aside just yet! This week, there are several ways to celebrate another national holiday, July 14 of France. Plus, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, shop from over 100 independent vendors at the San Francisco Art Book Fair, be entertained at the 111th anniversary of the Hayes Valley Carnival, and more.

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Toast the city at Oakland’s newest cocktail bar, Night Heron. Choose between “Downtown” cocktails served over ice, “Uptown” cocktails served, or “Old Oakland” drinks with low or no ABV; Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. // 1780 Telegraph Ave (Oakland); details on Instagram @nightheron1780.

Be dazzled during the final week of “The Prom”, the hit Broadway musical at BroadwaySF’s Golden Gate Theater until Sunday, July 17. // 1 Taylor Street (net); tickets to broadwaysf.com.

Surrender your heart and set your alarm for free tickets to see Leann Rimes at the Stern Grove Festival on July 24. Tickets will go online this Tuesday at 2 p.m. Reservations are required for all shows this year and they are going fast. Good luck! // Sigmund Stern Grove (Parkside); reservations at sterngrove.org.

Feel the thrill on the 21st anniversary tour of the Shins’ 2001 hit album Oh, reverse world.(We will pre-play watching garden condition); Tuesday at 8 p.m. // The Warfield, 982 Market St. (net); tickets to axs.com.

Spend quality time with your pup and Berkeley Humane at Barks & Bites at Claremont Club & Spa. Enjoy happy hour bites (for humans and pets), floof-inspired cocktails and more; Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. // Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd. (Berkeley); details at fairmont.com.

Watch history in the making when 250 members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus perform for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony; Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue (Hayes Valley); tickets on sfsymphony.org.

If you can’t resist “the world’s most hated form of humor,” the Bay Area Pun-Off is for you. Sit back and try not to cringe in this live pun contest; Thursday at 7 p.m. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street (Hayes Valley); tickets to seetickets.us.

Discover the future of music at Uccello Lounge, a new way to hear and support emerging talent. Indulge in cocktails, wine, and delicious cuisine from award-winning chef James Beard Loretta Keller, while students from the SF Conservatory of Music perform; Thursday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. // 200 Van Ness Ave (Hayes Valley); reservations at uccellolounge.com.

Get your fried chicken fix when Raising Cane, the famed Louisiana-founded fast food chain, opens its first Bay Area restaurant in Oakland this week. If you visit the restaurant on July 14 (opening day), you will be entered to win free Cane’s for an entire year. Pro Tip: Don’t skip the sauce; Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. // 8430 Edgewater Dr. (Oakland); details at Raisingcanes.com.

Break loose for Corinne Bailey Rae in concert at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater; Thursday at 8 p.m. // 3601 Lyon Street (Marina); tickets to axs.com.

Purify your soul with a meditative sound bath at Bayview Opera House; Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. // 4705 3rd Street (Bayview); tickets to eventbrite.com.

After an eight-year hiatus, Bastille sur Belden is back. Transport yourself to Europe in the heart of Downtown SF with classic accordion music, French-inspired dishes served by restaurants in Belden Place, and complimentary berets provided by Downtown SF; Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. // Belden Place, 374 Bush St. (financial district); details at centre-villef.org.

The 5th San Francisco Art Book Fair returns this weekend for a free, multi-day festival celebrating artist publications. Over 100 independent publishers, artists, collectors and enthusiasts will have books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, ephemera printed and much more. Additionally, the fair hosts a diverse range of conferences, talks, book launches, onsite and offsite special projects, exhibitions and signings. SFABF’s opening night will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6-10 p.m. and will feature music from DJ Sue Problema, drinks from True Laurel, Buddy and Bar Part Time, and food from Tacos San Buena. // Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street Project (Dogpatch); details at sfartbookfair.com.

Celebrate July 14 with authentic French traditions, champagne flights and entertainment including a unicyclist, a stilt walker and a magician. Don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue; Thursday all day. // Left Bank Brewery locations (Larkspur, Menlo Park, San Jose); details at leftbank.com.

Experience one of North America’s most unique boutique festivals in the heart of California’s iconic redwood forests. Northern Nights connects music and nature on the Humboldt/Mendocino border with an eclectic mix of live music, camping, yoga and an industry-leading cannabis program; From Friday to Monday. // Cooks Valley Campground (Piercy); tickets to Northernnights.org.

Party in the streets for SF’s official July 14 celebration. Celebrate Paris, San Francisco’s sister city, with a full day of French culture, food, wine, Kronenbourg beer, a vintage car show, and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. // Embarcadero Plaza (Embarcadero); details at bastilledaysf.org.

Treat yourself to craft cocktails, tarot readings, a nail bar, free ice cream and a curated shop of local brands at Oakland’s Sip Shop Eat pop-up; Saturday and Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. // Oak Stop, 2323 Broadway (Oakland); tickets to sipshopeat.com.

A Bay Area tradition, 106.1 KMEL Summer Jam returns with performances by Roddy Ricch, Wale, Vince Staples and Yung Bleu; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. // Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd. (Concorde); tickets to livenation.com.

Drink beer in a British-style inflatable pub at Pub in the Park. Plus, bring your picnic gear and spend the day listening to live bluegrass music, playing croquet and cornhole, and enjoying food truck bites; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. // Red Morton Park (Redwood City); details at redwoodcity.org.

Be entertained at the 111th anniversary of the Hayes Valley Carnival. This free, family-friendly event will include FLIP*FLOP*FLY*, an outdoor one-ring circus performance by Circus Bella, carnival activities, and food and drink from local vendors; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. // PROXY, 432 Octavia Street (Hayes Valley); details at eventbrite.com.

Take epic views of the bay while supporting a good cause at EPIC Steak’s annual High on the Hog event. Sample gourmet pork-centric bites (Waterbar, Perry’s Scoma, Baby Blues BBQ, and more) and pinot noir from award-winning vineyards. This year there will also be a watermelon eating contest, a raffle and live music. All proceeds will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. // EPIC Steak, 369 The South Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets to eventbrite.com.

The war against Ukraine is still raging and the Ukrainian people still need our support. Head to Birch & Rye for an authentic family dinner to benefit World Central Kitchen; Sunday at 5 p.m. // Birch & Rye, 1320 Castro St. (Noe Valley); tickets to eventbrite.com.