Friday, June 24, 2011

What to Do This Weekend: 6/24-6/26

It's Pride Weekend! Weeeeee!! I'm a big fan of all things gay, a rabid fan of all things drag, and have never really turned down an opportunity to day drink, so I'll start this roundup with some Pride activities, and finish it up with other things to do this weekend if you don't feel like making it out to the city or seeing a few socks on penises. Sorry, I know the offerings are a little scant this week, but I'm going to try and roundup a list of places near the start of the parade where you can drink, and I also need to focus my efforts on making this Sunday up to D, who I promised a nice leisurely brunch.

The official SF Pride website has a whole list of official pride events. Today/Tonight:  The 33rd annual Pride Concert, 12 hour dance marathon Ghettodisco at the Endup, and SF Trans March (3:30pm). TomorrowMamas and Papas Pride Potluck Brunch (all families welcome), The San Francisco Men's Spanking Party over at the Power Exchange (boys only!), Sundance Saloon Pre-Pride Dance (yee-haw), Go Bang! Go Pride! disco party at Deco Lounge (free before 10pm, $2 PBR and $3.75 vodka crans). Sunday: Massive Dance Party for big and bear men at Mist Ultra Lounge. I had no idea how many random clubs and lounges there were until I looked at this list.

Sunday, June 26:
Pride Parade: starts at 10:30am at Market Street and Beale and ends at Market and 8th Street. The theme this year is "In Pride We Trust." I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate my afro wig into the celebration.
Hard French's "Los Homos": An all day celebration, with live music on two stages from 2-10pm. At Public Works.
Juanita More! Pride Party: 12 hours of DJ and performer entertainment. At Chambers Eat + Drink.
Misc: if you buy a half dozen cupcakes from That Takes the Cake you will not only save $11, but also help raise money for Pride.

Residual Sugar Anniversary (All Weekend): My all-time favorite wine bar (aka the only wine bar in WC) is celebrating its one year anniversary this entire weekend. Expect live music, wine raffles, and a $10 anniversary special that will land you a glass of wine, sampling of cheese and charcuterie, tasting of port, and a cupcake. Not too shabby...

Oakland Zoo Walk in the Wild (Saturday): This is the zoo's biggest fundraising event of the year, which I guess explains the $150 price tag. Sections of the zoo are set up with tables from over 100 Bay Area vendors, where you can sample different food, wine, and beer from 5–8pm. Oliveto, Plum, and local brewery Ale Industries are some of the vendors to expect. Head over to Flamingo Plaza after gorging yourself to do a little dancing until 10pm, when it's presumably bedtime for everyone who can afford to go.

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