SFist often receives emails about events happening in the Bay Area, and though we can't write about them all, we've compiled a list of the coolest stuff happening this weekend, August 15-17.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Bang Data Album Release Show
Oakland's beat heavy, genre-bending Bang Data will celebrate its new album, Mucho Poco, with a show at The Independent. It kicks off at 9 p.m. $15.
628 Divisadero Street
Aziz Ansari Secret Shows
The Parks and Recreation star stops by San Francisco for a set of six shows from Friday to Sunday. In order to get tickets, you have to sign up through the lottery system. Expect a text telling you that you've been entered; if you receive a second text, you will be able to purchase tickets to a show. You won't be notified until the day before the show and you will be able to text back to confirm if you want the tickets. The shows on Friday and Saturday are at 9 p.m and 11 p.m.; the show on Sunday are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
If ska-punk's your thing, don't miss the legendary Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Fillmore. The fun starts at 9 p.m. $30.
1805 Geary Boulevard
Dinner In The Dark
A popup charity event, the San Francisco Blind Cafe is a "sensory tasting experience" served by a blind wait staff — all in the pitch dark. The event benefits the VEX vocational project for the blind and the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Group and starts at 7 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. $65-195.
953 De Haro Street
Walt Disney Family Museum: Mary Blair, Imagineer
Over at the Walt Disney Family Museum, its Spotlight Talks series will focus on Mary Blair, the artist behind the classic Disneyland ride, "It's A Small World." At 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August. Free with special exhibition admission.
104 Montgomery Street
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
SF Street Food Festival
Who doesn't enjoy a street food festival? More than 80 local vendors will gather in the Mission for the 6th annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m on Folsom Street between 20th to 26th, and 21st and 25th from Treat Street to Shotwell Street. $25-$300.
2948 Folsom St
Bay Area Brew Fest
If you'd rather drink your calories, head to the Bay Area Brew Fest at Fort Mason from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. With more than 60 breweries present and unlimited beer served, you may need to pace yourself. It's sold out, but check for tickets on Craigslist. $40-50.
2 Marina Boulevard
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Hal Sparks At Cobb's Comedy Club
Some of you might remember Hal Sparks from Queer as Folk or I Love the '80s. Catch him at the last of his six-show stand at Cobb's Comedy Club at 7:30 p.m. $20.
915 Columbus Avenue
Fred Armisen At Castro Theatre
Saturday Night Live and Portlandia funnyman Fred Armisen comes to the Castro Theatre for a one-night-only performance at 8 p.m. Following the event, there will be a Q&A. $25.
429 Castro Street
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