This week: giant fish fly over Berkeley, Rufus Wainwright plays at Stern Grove, Rob Delaney proves that he’s just as funny off the web, travel agents plan outer-space vacations, and Eat Drink SF showcases chef favorites. As always, check Groupon for even more things to do in San Francisco.
Berkeley Kite Festival
Berkeley | Saturday, July 26–Sunday, July 27
Every year, the Berkeley Kite Festival turns the world upside-down, transforming the sky into an ocean where gigantic sea creatures ride the air currents. The family-oriented fest also has free kite-making and kite-flying lessons, so anyone can add to the spectacle. (César Chávez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way; free)
Rufus Wainwright at the Stern Grove Festival
Merced Manor | Sunday, July 27
Rufus Wainwright only needs a piano to perform his trademark marriage of pop and classical music—and that’s all he’ll have at this intimate outdoor concert. Arrive at 2 p.m. to hear Quartet San Francisco open with their genre-jumping instrumental songs. (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard; free)
Russian Hill | Wednesday, July 30
Rob Delaney wears many hats, all of them hilarious: he’s a legendary Twitter presence, a memoir author (Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.), and a standup comedian. Catch him in that third role at Cobb’s Comedy Club on Wednesday, as long as you’re OK with foul language and a two-drink minimum. (915 Columbus Ave.; $20–$25; buy tickets here)
Intergalactic Travel Bureau
SoMa | Wednesday, July 30–Friday, August 1
Even if you have the budget for space tourism, it can be tough to decide on a single destination. That’s where the Intergalactic Travel Bureau comes in. Its agents—a team of actors versed in astronomical research—will tell you where to go and what to do there, whether it’s skiing on Pluto or hiking the red canyons on Mars. Stop by [freespace] between noon and 8 p.m. for your consultation. (1011 Market St.; free)
Eat Drink SF
Marina | Friday, August 1–Sunday, August 3
One of many food festivals scheduled for this summer, Eat Drink SF certainly sets the bar high. The first day kicks off the celebration with My Big Obsession: Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. Eatin’, a gathering of dishes beloved by the city’s best chefs. Expect bites from restaurants such as Casey Thompson’s Aveline, Flour + Water, Delfina, and Spruce. (Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd.; prices vary depending on the event; save on regular or VIP admission with a Groupon, or buy regular tickets here)
Image credits: Berkeley Kite Festival photo by _e.t, Rufus Wainwright photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Intergalactic Travel Bureau photo by Olivia Koski, Eat Drink SF photo by Gamma Nine.