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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 


Here's your SF event calendar for Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Livestream a "Golden Girls" drag show, catch a concert with Bay Area music legends or take a watercolor workshop — all from the comfort of your couch.

Online watercolor workshop with Lucia Gonnella

Image: Hayes Valley Art Works/Facebook

In this painting class hosted by Hayes Valley Art Works, North Beach-based artist Lucia Gonnella will guide artists of all levels through the basics of watercolor painting. You'll need to have materials on hand, including paints, brushes and watercolors, to participate; see the full list here

When: Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.

How to join: Via Zoom (instructions can be found in the Facebook event)

Price: Free

A Trestle Ran Through It: Early Days in Glen Park

Photo: Courtesy of the Western Neighborhoods Project

Join the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project for a walk back in time with historian Evelyn Rose, as she discusses the life of the neighborhood in different areas. From the lives of the Ohlone, San Francisco's indigenous people, to the electric railroad and Glen Park's link to the El Camino Real, she'll lead up to the early 1900s, when homesteads, women's clubs, and earthquakes began setting the foundation for today’s Glen Park. 

When: Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m.

How to join: Please RSVP to GlenParkHistory@gmail.com to receive your meeting access link.

Price: Free; become a member for $15 (individual) or $20 (household)

Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam

Image: Golden Gate Park 150 years

With in-person celebrations of Golden Gate Park's 150th anniversary canceled, viewers can tune in for a livestream of last year's "Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam" in the park. Celebrating the music of 1969, the two-hour concert features founding members of iconic Bay Area bands like Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and the Jerry Garcia Band, joined by musicians from a newer generation of San Francisco bands.

When: Saturday, May 16, 5 p.m.

How to join: Via Golden Gate Park's 150th-anniversary website

Price: Free

The Golden Girls: Live

Image: The Golden Girls Live

At SoMa LGBTQ+ club Oasis, live drag performances of episodes of "The Golden Girls" have become a holiday tradition. Now, Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia) are bringing back the fun with a special live-streamed reading of an episode they've never done before. 

Fans can help support Oasis by purchasing a "shoutout video," in which one of the Golden Girls offers a personalized greeting to you or a friend, sent via a private link.

When: Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via RushTix

Price: $10 admission; $30 for admission and shoutout video

Draw & Chill

Image: Cartoon Art Museum/Facebook

With the help of the Cartoon Art Museum, connect on Google Meet and doodle with artists from around the globe. Expect fun art games to warm up and cool down with, an "engaging artsy-fartsy convo," and a chance to chat with other artists about your passion projects.

When: Sunday, May 17, 5 p.m.

How to join: Via Google Meet

Price: Free

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