SF LIFE: Music, Mani’s, Street Fairs, Art

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Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Happy “Fog”ust Tomatoes – August, the month where Karl the fog makes his presence known daily. If you want to escape the fog head to SFMOMA for some great offerings. Japan Town Street Fair is back, Sausalito has the maritime festival, and you can find free music outdoors in various locations around the bay. And if your nails need a pick me up, check out the new robo mani we found.  Lastly, I’m in the running for a FAB over 40 contest hosted by New Beauty Magazine. If you have a Facebook account, voting is easy to do. We are ALL fab over 40 – but you knew that already!

Mini Mural Festival

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

We all know how wonderful and engaging a visit is to SFMOMA. And now Bay Area Walls, an ongoing exhibit is more thoughtful than ever. Currently you can view a series of commissions by local artists that consider the Covid-19 pandemic and unfolding crises of 2020. Displayed across three floors of the museum, the artworks reveal the far-reaching impact of these events on Bay Area communities.

A unique free event hosted by SFMOMA takes place in the Howard Street entrance outdoor corridor, August 14, 15, 28 and 29. You can watch the artistic process unfold live at the Mini Mural Festival. The event takes inspiration from Art in Action which took place in 1940. More than sixty-five artists made their creative processes public when they participated in Art in Action, an exhibition of live art making conceived by architect Timothy L. Pfleuger as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.

Taking inspiration from this historical connection, the Mini Mural Festival invites three local organizations to commission and host artists to paint murals live. Music, movement, and other activities will complement the live-painting experiences. The 8’x8’ murals — responding to the theme of cross-cultural solidarity — will be temporarily displayed at the museum, then returned to the partner organizations. www.sfmoma.org

Live Music at the Ferry Building

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

How about a little toe tapping in the great outdoors, Tomatoes? Every Friday on the back patio of the Ferry Building you can enjoy Bay Area bands and D.J.’s from 3 – 6 p.m. Grab a bite from one of the eateries, grab a seat, or dance!

Music on the Square in Redwood City

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Peninsula tomatoes, if you have not yet been to Music on the Square in Redwood City, it’s time for you to experience the fun of live music once again. Great music, and delicious food, you might even see a friend or two. This Friday is Yacht Rock tribute band and next Friday the 13th, it’s all about The Beatle’s music. www.redwoodcity.org

Rockridge Rock and Stroll

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

East Bay friends might want to head to Oakland’s Rockridge area on August 14th for Rockridge Rock and Stroll. You will enjoy live music, art, give-a-ways, and fun activities for the whole family. Different musical performers throughout the area from 1 – 4 p.m. Sales at all the great stores and you know the food offerings are delish. http://www.rockridgedistrict.com

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

This weekend celebrates Japan Town with the 47th annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. There will be no foodfest, rather the organizers are hoping to lure you back to the local restaurants. Let’s support them and get entertained by the amazing line-up of performers. On Sunday the celebration continues in conjunction with the closing of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nhonmachistreetfair.org

Maritime Day Festival

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Craving some fish and chips? Sausalito’s Galilee Harbor is the place to be on Saturday August 7th. Live music, homemade pie and traditional fish and chips will keep you satisfied during this annual Maritime Day Festival. Observe a wooden boat building demonstration by Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, raise a cheer at a dinghy dash race, see historic vessels, and go on a free boat ride aboard Galilee Harbor’s SV Carodon. 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. 300 Napa Street, Sausalito

Robot Manicurist

Things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

If you’re craving a new colorful coat on your nails but don’t need the whole filing, cuticle- cutting and soaking routine, check out Clockwork on Chestnut Street in SF. One of the salon’s two trusty robots will have your nails polished and ready to grab a latte and croissant—we suggest the nearby Le Marais Bakery—in about 10 minutes.

Pick your polish, which comes in a cartridge-like container, place it in the compartment and, one by one, place your fingers under the rubber ring/hand grip. Make sure to hold steady, say “ready,” and painting commences. Easy peasy. (Don’t worry, there’s always a human on site to help.). It’s a fun option when you have little time and need a quickie “minicure”—and it’s only $8. Currently appointments are available Friday to Sunday; 2209 Chestnut St. (Marina), likeclockwork.com.


  • Kim Selby

    Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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