Neighborhood Notes: 415 Day, Big Wheels, Hunky Jesus, climate action month, and more

In case you, like me, felt like the only person who couldn’t make it to the Soapbox Derby last weekend … well, it’s a hard one to get over, but we have plenty more events this coming weekend to soothe the FOMO.

415 Day

Don’t you love it when holidays fall on a weekend? This Friday, April 15 is 415 day, and the neighborhood has some events to celebrate our favorite area code that you won’t want to miss.

  • Treat Street Cocktails, at the old Blind Cat location at 24th and Treat, will have tacos from Fishin in the Mission, new items from Dying Breed, and music by DJ B1. And cocktails, of course. The festivities will kick off at 4 pm
  • At District Six near 11th and Bryant streets, Empire and FTC are hosting their own 415 day party, with performances by RBL Posse, Showbanga & Ronski, Prezi, and Stunnaman02. There will be lowriders, live screenprinting of local artists’ designs on 100 shirts, and food and drink vendors. The show starts at 2 pm and goes to 8 pm Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or at the door.
  • At 1435 San Bruno Ave next to La Raza park, Hella Paisa, Hyphy Iceez and others bring you the second annual Oowap Popup from 2 pm to 8 pm There will be live performances from local artists, including a danza Azteca ceremony, plus the chance to get all your Frisco gear from local vendors.
  • There’s another party at City Station at Valencia and 18th streets, in case you haven’t had enough. From 6 pm to 9 pm there will be rappers rapping, and the Vegan Hood Chefs slinging out tasty treats.

Salon reading

Also on Friday is a kickoff reading in Grotto’s “Reading and Meeting” Salon series. Our own copy editor, Beth Winegarner will be doing a short reading — probably about cemeteries, she says.

After the readings, stick around for a happy hour with refreshments, appetizers, and mingling. The event will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Grotto office at 1663 Mission St near Duboce. For details and to RSVP, click here. To sign up to read at the next gathering, click here.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Even though the relentless cold and wind and rain might make it seem otherwise, it’s technically spring. Seeing the Japantown cherry blossoms in full bloom might make it feel a bit more real — and this weekend is the second and final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, hosted at and around the Japantown Peace Plaza at Polk and Buchanan streets.

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