With the official first day of fall behind us, friends and family around the country are starting to lament the winding down of summer. Not us! Things in San Francisco are hot hot hot, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out this week and enjoy the weather. However, fear not — if you'd rather hang out in a dark room than go to a free concert in the park, we have some great activities in store for you as well. Let's take a look.


BARTENDER BOOK SIGNING: When it comes to fancy cocktails, the modern city-dweller has a lot of options. But just how did that come to be? Have a few drinks at Bar Agricole and listen to author Robert Simonson get deep into the history of our love of cocktails as he discusses and signs his new book, A Proper Drink. Actually, while you're at it, have more than a few drinks — and some snacks, too. The event is all you can eat and drink. Bar Agricole, 355 11th Street, between Folsom and Harrison, 6:00 p.m., $50

DUMP ART: In addition to picking up your garbage and recycling, Recology has an artist in residency program. It allows artists to comb the dump and repurpose what they find into something that isn't, well, trash. The company also provides a gallery for artists to show their work. Take this opportunity to both check out the Recology San Francisco Art Studio and to see what others get up to when they turn your forgotten trash into artistic treasure. Recology San Francisco Art Studio, 401 Tunnel Ave, between Visitacion Avenue and Recycle Road, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Free


POLITICAL HAPPY HOUR: Because nothing quite mixes like booze, politics, and live entertainment, you need to get yourself down to the Dial It Up meet-and-greet hosted by Juanita MORE!. With a huge list of notable guests (Jane Kim, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Cleve Jones, Tom Temprano for College Board, Kimberly Alvarenga, Hillary Ronen, Sandra Lee Fewer, Bevan Dufty for BART Fundraiser, Aaron Peskin, Rafael Mandelman, Mark Sanchez, David Campos, Shanell Williams, Matt Haney), the organizers hope to energize the progressive electorate as well as entertain. Starlight Room, 450 Powell Street between Sutter and Post, 6:00 p.m., Free

CRIME PHOTOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY: As the SF Latino Film Festival draws to a close this week, those fascinated by crime, journalism, and photography should take note of the one-of-a-kind documentary film The Man Who Saw Too Much. Focused on the life and work of renowned Mexican photojournalist Enrique Metinides, we follow his life as he documents crime scenes across Mexico City for tabloids. He was often the first on the scene following a death, and this award-winning documentary takes a look at how his camera lens shaped our views of our neighbor to the south. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Albion Street, 7:00 p.m., $12


MODERN DANCE: Renowned choreographer Jess Curtis teams up with Claire Cunningham to use dance as a means to explore how we look at and engage with each other. As a disabled artist, Cunningham investigates how our bodies influence our perceptions of the world, and for The Way You Look (at me) Tonight she and Curtis work with "philosopher of perception" Dr. Alva Noë for a presented combination of music, text, and movement. CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, between Mason and Taylor Street, 8:00 p.m, $24.99

IMMERSIVE THEATER: Many of you probably heard about The Speakeasy, the immersive and boozy show from Boxcar Theater, when it had a limited run in 2014. Well, the highly anticipated show is back, and theatergoers once again have the opportunity to sip cocktails in a speakeasy-themed bar while a theater peace unfolds around them. Tickets are moving fast on this one, but don't let that be an excuse to not read the very specific rules before attending. The location of the show is only revealed to ticket buyers, 7:35 p.m., $85


COMEDY MUSICAL: Laughing along to some catchy tunes is a wonderful way to spend an evening, and with the latest musical from comedy group Killing My Lobster you are definitely going to be cracking up for the entire night. KML The Musical, as the show is titled, promises many things, including leotards. PianoFight, 144 Taylor, between Turk and Eddy Streets, 7:00 p.m., $25

ARTIST'S JOURNEY TO MARS: With all this talk of sending people to Mars, one artist went ahead and did it (not literally, of course). Tom Sachs's A Space Program follows the creation of his acclaimed exhibit "Space Program 2.0: MARS" and takes a deep look into his studio and his methods. YBCA, 701 Mission Street, between 3rd and 4th Street, 7:00 p.m., $10


TARANTINO MOVIE WEEKEND: Sometimes you just want to get lost in the world of your favorite director, and this weekend's dive into the works of Quentin Tarantino is a chance for fans to do just that. Showing Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Inglourious Basterds, the Balboa Theater basically has your Saturday covered. Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa Street, between 37th and 38th Avenue, first movie starts at 2:00 p.m., $11

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: This weekend brings with it the always wonderful opportunity to see a little free theater in the park. In this case, SF Shakes is performing Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at McLaren Park. So grab your wine and crackers, spread out that blanket, and enjoy the show. McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 50 John F. Shelley Drive, 2:00 p.m., Free


HARDLY STRICTLY: OK so this one is pretty obvious, and is mostly included on this list just in case you somehow managed to forget that this weekend is the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The list of great bands playing (the festival starts Friday) is huge and diverse, and yes, it's completely free. So bring some water, snacks, and whatever else you feel like sipping and head on down to Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow, 11:00 am to 7:00 p.m., Free

CASTRO STREET FAIR: If you want to be outside doing something free but bluegrass isn't your thing, trek on down to the 43rd Annual Castro Street Fair. Founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, the fair offers tons of live entertainment and numerous opportunities to dance off whatever hangover you may or may not be feeling. On top of that, it's a much-loved tradition in the neighborhood featuring a bevy of local vendor booths. Market & Castro Street, 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., $5 to $10 donation requested