Carnaval king & queen competition 

Carnaval is coming up next month, and this weekend you can meet the contestants for king and queen as they dance to Latin rhythms in competition for their crowns and titles. 

The contest will be held at KQED headquarters, 2601 Mariposa St., on Saturday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For tickets, click here

Cinco de Mayo bike rideout 

Mission Food Hub is hosting a bike rideout this Sunday with NorCal Pedal Gang, to raise awareness about the environment, health, and the increase in food prices due to inflation, cost of gas, housing and other basic needs. 

On May 1, show up at John O’Connell High School at 10 a.m. and get a free breakfast burrito. The ride kicks off at 1 p.m. and heads toward the De Young Museum. If you make it all the way back to the Mission, you can also enjoy a free dinner at John O’Connell High. 

For details on the event and timing, click here. To donate to the cause, click here or mail a check to CANA Mission Food Hub at 1333 Florida St. San Francisco, CA 94110.

Frida Kahlo celebration 

The hosts of Carnaval SF are throwing an immersive Frida Kahlo celebration for Cinco de Mayo. The event will support Carnaval SF’s new (and first) very own brick-and-mortar home. The organization says its roots in the Mission go back to 1978 and, after five evictions since 2009, they are excited to move into the Cultural Arts Healing Center at 681 Florida St. 

The immersive experience on May 5 will be held at 10 South Van Ness Ave. Come in your best traditional attire, a la Frida. There will be a 7 p.m. VIP reception and 7:30 p.m. show for $50, or you can catch the late show at 8:30 p.m. for just $30. Register here

Una Noche de Tango

The Red Poppy House at 23rd and Folsom is reopening its in-person performance series tonight, April 28, with two shows of “Una Noche de Tango.” Catch some classic Argentinian tango music while you can; although we miss the days of Red Poppy spilling into the streets, the hosts are limiting attendance to 25 people per show. 

For tickets and showtimes, visit here. For event details on Facebook, click here

Drag-burlesque show

Milk SF, “Your queer community cafe,” is hosting a free drag-burlesque show on Saturday, April 30, with tips going to a fundraiser for a community member with leukemia. Show up at 302 Valencia St. near 14th Street from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fool[ishly Optimistic]

Medicine for Nightmares is hosting a night of poetry and music tonight for the debut of Katie Aliféris’s debut book, “Fool[ishly Optimistic].” The event will be today, April 28, at the 3036 24th St. bookstore and gallery, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 


Opening this Saturday, April 30 is a digital curation from Voss Gallery at Blackbird. A pop-up exhibition, “Saturation,” from Deena Smith, will be on display through July, 2022.

Come to the 2124 Market St. bar on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and meet the artist and enjoy creative cocktails and craft beer. To RSVP and see previews of Smith’s work, click here.

Pups and pints

Mission Food Hub is going to the dogs, and cats, with a fundraiser party this weekend in support of its pet food pantry. Volunteers from SFDOG distribute free dog and cat food to low-income Mission residents, and since July, 2020, says it has distributed 60 tons of cat and dog food to families in need, in addition to the groceries the Hub provides to thousands every week.

Come out on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. to the Hub, at 701 Alabama St. near 19th Street, enjoy a beer from Standard Deviant or Seven Stills, plus Mexican food and horchata. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

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