Engage your senses this June in the Bayview. From tasting great food, to hearing the rhythm of dance, seeing nature or touching the earth. Get your hands dirty. Get your mind clear. And experience the vibrant events in Bayview-Hunters Point this summer.
National Soul Food Month
Various Bayview restaurants
Don’t let June pass you by without enjoying some of the excellent soul food that Bayview restaurants serve up. This belly-filling cuisine that is traditionally part of African-American culture in the South will make your heart and your stomach happy. Try the shrimp and grits and the collard greens at Old Skool Café, which also regularly hosts live jazz music. Taste the namesake dish at Auntie April’s Chicken-N-Waffles, and don’t miss the fried chicken and mac ‘n cheese at Frisco Fried (just to name a few).
Saturday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
India Basin Shoreline Park
Hunters Point Boulevard and Hawes Street
Registration required; space is limited
As part of San Francisco Pride month, Habitat for Humanity is working with the LGBTQ community and allies to offer a special volunteer opportunity to spend the day beautifying India Basin Shore Park with SF Rec & Parks gardeners. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t forget to pick up tickets for free drinks at Laughing Monk Brewing afterward. Space is limited, so be sure to register. All participants get a commemorative “Build with Pride” t-shirt.
Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
1601 Lane St.
Free with membership
Need to work off the delicious food you’ve been enjoying this month? Head to the Bayview branch of the YMCA for a high-energy Zumba class. Zumba is slang in Spanish for “to move fast and have fun,” and you’ll find the hour passes quickly as you shake your hips to Latin rhythms. The class is suitable for all levels, and if you aren’t a member of the YMCA, contact the branch to learn more about memberships and trial classes.
Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30
Zaccho Studio & Mount Tamalpais
1777 Yosemite Ave
Registration and scholarship information
Add a truly unique experience to your repertoire with a four-day retreat that starts at Zaccho Studio. The workshop will open with a two-hour lecture on Thursday night outlining the history of “site-specific dance,” a performance designed for a specific place outside of a theatrical stage. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, award-winning, site-specific choreographer Joanna Haigood will lead participants in two days of creation among the ruins of the “Radar Site” on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Dancers and dance makers of all levels and genres are welcome to attend.
Friday, June 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Laughing Monk Brewing
1439 Egbert Ave., Unit a/b
Free, food for purchase
Want a no-frills meal? Stop by Laughing Monk Brewing on June 28 to try one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches SF has to offer. The Grilled Cheez Guy’s standard cheddar on sourdough is always a good choice, but the more adventurous eaters can add on “works,” which includes arugula, bacon, basil and pickled onion. For a next-level grilled cheese experience, however, add-on a specialty jam—customers recommend the jabanero jelly.
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 2019
San Francisco’s annual Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation. Celebrations begin on a Saturday in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.