Welcome to the latest installment of SF Happenings, where you'll find the coolest things to do in San Francisco beginning August 25, 2016.

If you’re a local, you’re probably already aware that there are a lot of amazing things happening in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area — from art exhibits and cultural events to outdoor activities and a seemingly never-ending array of new restaurants and other spots opening.

But, in case you didn’t know (or are having trouble keeping up with them all), we’ve launched a new series to help you out called SF Happenings.

Each Thursday we’ll publish a roundup of the coolest events and fun things to do so you can plan your weekend — and maybe even the next few weeks — with ease.

Happening This Weekend…

SF Happenings August 25: CA Rum Festival

California Rum Festival


This week, TheRumLab.com is hosting the 2nd California Rum Festival!

This two-day festival will kick off on Friday afternoon with a Sprit Industry session (geared toward professionals in the industry), followed by a Rum Aficionado Grand Tasting “General Admission” session (yes, you heard right, it’s a tasting event where you’ll try new rums!) in the evening.

The festival continues on Saturday with The Rum Bazaar, during which “attendees will enjoy (1) great tropical rum cocktails made with the rum brands that are participating in the event  + elaborated by some of SF best bartenders, (2) arts & craft by local vendors and (3) some pleasant retro/surf music.”


  • Friday, August 26, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Spirit Professional Session) and 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Rum Aficionados “General Admission” Session)
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Rum Bazaar)


SOMArts – 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103


Tickets start as low as $5 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Coming Up in the Next Few Weeks…

SF Happenings August 25: The Little Mermaid

“The Little Mermaid” Sing Along


As described by the Castro Theatre: “This interactive presentation of Disney’s classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along!”

“Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. Plus goody bags for everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as your favorite character from the film!”


Thankfully, you’ll have several opportunities to catch this fun, family-friendly event:

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 3, 2016 and Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Monday, September 5, 2016 at 2:30 PM


The Castro Theatre – 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114


$16 for general admission; $11 for kids (12-) and seniors (62+). Purchase tickets on the day of the show or in advance via TicketWeb.

New Spots Opening…

SF Happenings August 25: Trader Joes

Image credit: Fiona Lee, Hoodline

Trader Joe’s


As Hoodline reported earlier this month, “Trader Joe’s is sailing into a new central city location, below the Old Navy at the corner of Fourth and Market.”


Expected October 2016


Corner of Fourth and Market streets below the Old Navy


Free to browse 🙂


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