Did You Say "Long Weekend?" The Coolest Events To Fill Those Vacay Days!

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main We have pretty much been overdosing on this red-hot-heatwave the last few days and itching for more excuses to head outdoors. Thankfully these rad events heed the call. Besides, we can always DVR those trash TV marathons for another day. Since it seems the temps aren't bidding us adieu anytime soon, and our inner social butterflies are soaring, check these nifty events that will pack your Independence Day weekend! Just add some red, white, and blue to your getup and you're good to go!

Oakland Surf Club One Year Party
When we heard that Oakland Surf Club was turning one, we couldn't wait to grab our coolest street-style ensemble and get ready to hang with some super-hot locals for its anniversary bash. Visually speaking, the event is pretty much going to blow your mind with some awe-inspiring photography that recalls all the things we love about our city's unique fashion sense. To please our ears, Oakland based band Caldecott will be setting the mood with its jams mid-party.
When: Friday, July 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Oakland Surf Club, 337 14th Street, (between Webster and Harrison streets) Oakland; 510-645-2770.

Mustache Baked Goods and Dandelion Chocolate Pop-Up
You can't dream up a collaboration as sweet as this: Two favorite chocolate companies are coming head-to-head to form the ultimate union. Mustache Baked Goods and Dandelion Chocolate have honed in on our sweet tooths and created a five-day pop-up dedicated to all things locally sourced and masterfully crafted, just for your taste buds sake. Oh, and did we mention the packaging is just as delicious to our eyes as what's inside? As soon as your 5 p.m. craving hits, mosey on over and bask in the land of rich dark cocoa, whether it be the Mustache-O (a specialized take on the classic Oreo) or The Miller (a marriage between Dry Creek Olive Oil cake and Meyer lemon curd). Calories, schmalories!
When: Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday July 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street (between 18th and 19th streets); 415-349-0942.

Stern Grove San Francisco Symphony Concert
San Francisco houses some of the coolest free concerts year round, making us a pretty harmoniously cultured population. This Sunday is the perfect time to buff up on your orchestra-related knowledge, as the sounds of Edwin Outwater and Measha Brueggergosman will take you to new musical heights. Going down amongst the lush green backdrop of Stern Grove, you can get lost in something new and chill out to the tunes.
When: Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m.
Where: Stern Grove, 19th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard); No phone.

Etsy Meet Up & Make: Craft Lab
Creating something completely with your own two hands is a pretty rewarding feeling for anyone, so cue a pat on the back for no one better but yourself once you complete this rad craft lab! Join the Etsy darling Katy Atchison and create a totally-from-scratch bath scrub concluded with a beautifully packaged finish. Possibly the perfect gift for all those summer babies in your life, or a take-home reminder of how crafty you can be. You never know, it may just be the beginning of a strong love for DIY-ing your own pampering products!
When: Thursday, July 11, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street (between 22nd and 23rd streets); 415-773-0303.

Tricycle Day
Not only does the Fourth of July signify a very important day of independence for our glorious country, but it also happens to be a special day for tricycles! This year rings in the 10th annual tricycle races at none other than Pop's Bar, and missing out will really put a dent in your style. Whether you are a speedy tricycle pro, or just there for the BBQ and entrainment, joining on the fun is a must. Oh, and FYI, costumes are a requirement, but then again what festivity in S.F. doesn't make dressing up an unspoken rule?
When: Thursday, July 4, at 5 p.m.
Where: Pop's Bar, 2800 24th Street, (between York and Bryant streets); 415-401-7677.

Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Surf Club