6 Rad Events Worth Canceling Your Plans

Whoa — hey there August, coming in strong with such a busy social calendar. Well, make some room for a few more because it would be a shame to miss out on this week's best blowouts. We've got a little bit of everything for all sides of your personality — for the dancing queen, there's a music fest that is a no-miss, and for the health-addict we've got two great evenings to renew your spirit. And, last but not least, for the sociable girl in you, a few bashes that will feed your fluttering spirit. Break out your iCal and get those thumbs busy typing in these rad shindigs.
Matsuri Festival
Umami Mart wants to invite you to celebrate its first anniversary, and will be hosting a food-full bash to remember, Umami style! Try something new, like octopus balls, also known as tako-yaki, or stick to the classics like burgers and noodles. While you chow down, you will be entertained by Emeryville Taiko and DJ Chungtech, setting the night up for a crazy fun party. So, stuff your face and dance it off, all in the name of a great first year!
When: Saturday, August 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Umami Mart, 815 Broadway Street (between 8th and 9th streets), Oakland; 510-575-9152.
Urban Remedy Store Opening
Sometimes, we get the urge to switch out our martini for a fresh glass of organic juice. This Friday, Urban Remedy will be throwing a fête in honor of its brand-new store located in Mill Valley, with healthy treats for all! Meet and hang with founder Neka Pasquale, and maybe even pick up a few of the health guru's tips for natural living. Grab yourself a vegan dessert and get ready for a party that won't leave you feeling foggy the morning after!
When: Friday, August 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Urban Remedy, 15 East Blithedale Avenue (between Sunnyside and Buena Vista avenues), Mill Valley; No phone.
First City Festival
Everywhere we turn, there seems to be a new music festival that we just can't wait to get to. The latest? First City Festival, debuting in Monterey for the first time ever, and bringing in some pretty serious names. With headliners like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, and MGMT, moves will surely be busted out by attendees all around. While you aren't moving what your mama gave you, enjoy the sweet carnival thrills, and be sure to save us some cotton candy!
When: Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25
Where: Monterey County Fair, 2004 Fairground Road (between Michael J. Smith Lane and Casa Verde Way); No phone.
Tickets: $85 to $279.50; Buy them here!
Herbalism 101: The Kitchen Pharmacy
It's always in style to be educated and healthy, and you can really never have too much knowledge about what you are eating. Get the low down on the goods (a.k.a things you can find in your cupboard) with Gravel and Gold and Heavy Nettle Collective in a lesson on keeping you healthy and glowing! With these three tutorials — including crafting herbal raw butter, a heart-healthy sprinkle, and a medicinal vinegar — you will be a pro in the well-being department. And, when flu season rolls around, you'll have remedies to keep you out of trouble! Just don't forget your pad and pen because these tips are worth noting.
When: Wednesday, August 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street (between Valencia and Bartlett streets); 415-552-0112.
Oh Hayes Micro-Hood
Do you live in a micro-hood? If you aren't quite sure, Google+ Local and the The Bold Italic can probably bring you up to date. This time around, the neighborhood in question will be the ever-bubbling Hayes Valley, and some of our favorite local spots like Azalea, Nomads, 2 Sisters Bar and Books, Proxy SF, Rand and Statler, and Lux SF (along with many more). With a handful of great locals providing discounts, giveaways, and freebies — how could you not make an appearance? Miette will be providing free macaroons and champagne to keep you fueled, while you shop and socialize with your favorite stylish guys and gals around town!
When: Thursday, August 22, at 6 p.m.
Where: 432 Octavia Boulevard (at Oak Street); No phone.
RSVP: Here!
20th Street Block Party
Everybody loves a good block party, and it seems that it would be hard to rival those in S.F. Well, it's that time of year again and 20th Street is ready to host a night to remember. Mission Dispatch and The NWBLK present a whole nightfall of fun for everyone! You would be right to guess that the food and drink situation will be out of control with Fuki Truck, Phat Thai, Burr-Eatery, and Garden Creamery on the scene. As if that wasn't enough, there will be musical musings by Glass Decade, Hot Einstein, and OK FWY. It seems like the list of awesomeness is endless, so don't miss this street swingin' affair.
When: Saturday, August 24, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Mission Dispatch, 1975 Bryant Street (between 18th and Mariposa streets); No phone.
Cost: $5 Donation
Photo: Via Rand and Statler