SF LIFE: Glass & Clay, Games & Cocktails, Full Moon Hike
The weather is warm(ish) and there is nothing more fun (I think) than hanging outside, sipping a cocktail of choice and playing games. Let the inner kid come out as you visit these locations that spark the inner child. Bocce, cornhole, horseshoes and more. Tomatoes, if you haven’t been for a while check out all the new fabulous art at the Palo Alto Glass and Clay fest. How about a full moon hike this month? Chabot Space Center brings you the magic of the moon.
Games and Cocktails
Tomatoes – let the summer games continue at a few of the bay area’s finest “play” spots for grownups.
Set in a charming, rustic metal and wood “barn,” Vie captures a bit of the rural wine country vibe in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Vie’s wine portfolio is eclectic—with mourvédre and grenache from Santa Barbara, pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast, and sauvignon blanc from Lake County. Taste what they’re pouring, then get a bottle of your favorite and head outside for a friendly game of bocce ball with unbeatable views of the Bay Bridge (reservations strongly recommended). 448 Clipper Cove Way (Treasure Island), viewinery.com
Nothing says summer like carnival fare and games. Spend a sunny afternoon at Plank in Jack London Square, where 18 bowling lanes, a video game arcade, and billiards tables inside—plus a beer garden, three bocce ball courts, and fire pits outside—guarantee a full day of fun. In addition to their usual beer garden fare, this summer Plank is serving grown-up versions of carnival favorites—think shrimp in a cone, funnel cake fries, and a cotton candy margarita. Look out for live music on Thursdays, carnival decor, and clown and magician appearances. 98 Broadway (Oakland), plankoakland.com
Foundry & Lux
This casual restaurant and play space has just about anything a grown-up kid could want including a basketball court, a putting green, horseshoes, corn hole and, of course, a full bar. Open weekdays only from 7am to 9pm, Foundry & Lux is perfect for blowing off some happy hour steam or doing justice to a weekday staycation. Lunch and dinner menus specialize in wood fired pizzas and classic sandwiches and burgers with an emphasis on sustainably raised meats and responsibly caught seafood. Fuel up while you play or head inside to eat in one of the lounge’s many quiet nooks. 151 Oyster Point Blvd (South San Francisco), foundryandlux.com
July 13-14. Clay and Glass Festival
The Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival is held every July at the Palo Alto Art Center and it is waiting for you to visit this weekend. It is beyond fabulous. Peninsula tomatoes, I’m sure you have been before, but it has expanded to include even more unique artwork and fun activities. It is free to attend but bring your checkbook because I know that one of the glass or clay creations will look perfect in your home.
Featuring handcrafted pottery, unique jewelry and show-stopping glass art and sculptures. You can browse through the more than 130 artists displaying their best work. As an attendee you will also enjoy several demonstrations hands-on activities, including pottery-making and ikebana. Feel free to get your hands dirty in an interactive clay project – not just for wee ones. www.acga.net
July 19. Chabot Space & Science
The magic is real at Chabot Space& Science center. On Friday July 19th from 6 – 9 p.m. join other moon lovers for a 5-mile hike celebrating the magical moon. The hike starts at the center and will take you into the beautiful surrounding redwood forest. Along the way you will learn about the local history and ecology of the forest and hear all the cool and interesting facts about the moon. After the mild hike you head to the observation deck where you can stargaze and planet hunt. Each hiker receives two complementary glasses of wine or beer along with small bites. $27 for non-members. What a date night to remember!
Also appearing at the center is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. July 20th marks the actual day that humans landed on the moon. At the center, there will be hands on Moon demos, a new planetarium show, Lunaverse and an Apollo adult party. Space karaoke, a rocking DJ, live performances and a simulated mission to the moon. To infinity and beyond! Get the details.