The fabulous season of short-lived sunshine is finally upon us and never too late as this month is jam-packed with amazing events to get you out doors, away from your computer or television, and having fun with your fellow community members. The Wigg Party has put together a list of some of the best events this month and, trust us, cutting it down to five was no easy feat. Hope you can make it out to all of these wonderful events. We’ll see you with our “wiggs” on!
Divisadero Art Walk | Thursday, September 2 from 5-9pm | Most of you already know about this wonderful event. Get drunk roaming up and down Divis (hint: there are also several shops off the beaten path) while you view local artists awesome work. A variety of bars, restaurants, coffee houses and retailers will be offering promotional discounts throughout the evening. In the past the party has flooded the street until the wee hours. Now they want us to take it inside by 9pm. If not as much fun, at least reasonable, since we don’t want to ruin the event for the nearby neighbors that suffer our quarterly sloshed revelry. The recent update from those who organize the event reads:
We do ask that you enjoy yourselves responsibly,safely and with respect for the neighbors that live in the area. There will lots of lively art to enjoy, but at 9pm, we ask that you pick a spot, and head inside to finish your night. We want this event to continue to showcase the fantastic art and merchants of our street, and we need your help to keep our street clean of litter, and to keep the late night noise inside, and not impact our neighbors who have been so supportive of this fun event.
The Wigg Party Party | Thursday, September 9 from 7:30 – 11pm | Many of you may have been following us on facebook or run into us at various community events. Now is your chance to hear about all of the work that we’ve been up to and get involved yourself. The Wigg Party Party is an SF-style blend of backyard community meeting and social networking event. We gather at 7:30pm to network and socialize with friends and neighbors. At 8pm we have a quick meeting to discuss Wigg Party and community happening. Around 9pm we socialize again with drinks and lively conversation. By 11pm we head out on foot and bike parade to chalk The Wiggle with our guerrilla art and tags. The meeting happens as always at the Sunshine Castle (1571 Fulton Street @ Lyon).
Park(ing) Day | Friday, September, 17 All Day | Park(ing) Day is an annual experiment in the activism of reclaiming public space. Groups such as Rebar, SPUR and other forward-thinking urban design groups encourage you to get out and occupy a metered car space. Fill the meter with some change and create a park or garden installation. Ideas range from the simple placement of chairs and potted plants to the more elaborate lawn games and design projects. For more general information visit the website. You can register your local action as well as get information and useful tips at the Park(ing) Day DIY Network. You can also learn more about how Park(ing) Day got started here in SF. Not quite up to doing your own park installation but want to get involved, email email@example.com.
Sunday Streets – Western Addition | Sunday, September 19 from 10am – 3pm | We’ve all been waiting for Sunday Streets to hit the Western Addition. You see our count-down timer in the upper right on our webpage? Any idea how excited we are? There will be open streets to bike, skate and walk through all the way from the Panhandle to Japantown. View the full route here. The Wigg Party will be focusing our activities on the streets of Grove and Baker. We’ll have live music, cooking workshops, a bike maintenance booth, and art supplies for the little ones (as well as adults). It’s too fun to miss, but it won’t happen on it’s own. To make this event a success we need volunteers to run activity booths, entertain the crowds and make sure all goes according to plan. We would love to have more bands, artists, cooks and volunteers for our booths. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved or can contribute supplies (bike tools, sound equipment, furniture, cooking equipment, craft supplies, etc.).
Tour de Fat | Saturday, September 25 from 11am – 5pm | This year at the new location of Lindley Meadows in GG Park, the Tour de Fat is an SF biker’s surrealist dream come true. Just check out photos from 2008. The SFBC has a stellar record of throwing great events for cyclist all over the city, but this one is in collaboration with the New Belgium Brewing Company. Come get your funky bike grove on and enjoy some wind powered microbrews. Proceeds go to support the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council. The morning will kick off with a parade through the park (ride at 10am, registration at 9am) and then the afternoon festivities at Lindley Meadows. Knowing SFBC there will probably be an after party to wrap up a great day of biking. Learn even more about the event on the SFBC event page.
Hope that is enough to keep you busy. Let’s get out there and be the change – one community event at a time!