Best Activities You Wouldn’t Think To Do In San Francisco

July 8, 2011 11:10 AM

If you’ve found yourself out of new things to check out in San Francisco or you’re getting tired of the usual, here’s a few fun and unusual activities that may help you get back in the game.

Games Of Nonchalance @ Jejune Institute

580 California Street
Suite 1607
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 325-4014

Games of Nonchalance offers adventurous participants an “urban interactive narrative” that reveals a San Francisco you’ve likely never seen before all while engrossed in an “epic fantasy” — in other words, Games of Nonchalance is a super trippy scavenger hunt that will leave you awed and amazed. To get started, the curious and brave are invited to visit the Jejune Institute for a free Induction Session, which are held Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Word is, it’s best to take a friend or two, a few dollars, your cell phone and an open mind.


1798 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 874-9186

Workshop makes arts and crafts cool by offering DYI classes in a very chill environment. For example, in Rock-N-Roll Sewing For Beginners ($34) students learn the intricacies of the craft while rocking out to tunes of Black Sabbath — and all you need to bring along is a spare pillow case. Some other offerings cover mixology, starting up a business and health and fitness — yes, those are all related (not really). The instructors are patient, fun and passionate about their work and will likely leave you inspired.

Gallery 1988

1173 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 409-1376

Gallery 1998, opened just a few years ago, has quickly become the space for pop culture and emerging artists. Their current exhibit in San Francisco is sure to please any movie enthusiasts. It’s called Crazy 4 Cult: Customs (runs Sept. 4 – 24) and features works of vinyl and sculpture inspired by our favorite cult films — like “Kill Bill” for example. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you see something on display that you like, it may end up for sale later on.

SF Mixtape Society @ The Make Out Room

3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2888

The San Francisco Mixtape Society is not a cult nor a covert organization with crazy rules but a group for music lovers who seriously love to mix it up and pass it around. Meetings go down bi-monthly and attendees must bring a mix tape, CD or USB centered on a pre-announced theme. The best mix masters may get some praise and a prize. It’s totally free and usually happens over the weekend. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the next event.

Teacher With A Bus

(415) 424-1058

Teacher With A Bus is the environmentally-friendly brainchild of Jens-Peter Jungclaussen (yes, he’s German) and has been rolling through San Francisco since 2004, and don’t let company name fool you. Yes, Teacher With A Bus caters to students, but Jungclaussen also offers his tricked-out buses for corporate, cultural and (most importantly) party events (there’s even a dance floor!). Invite a bunch of your best buds and girlfriends for a wild four-hour trip to wherever there’s a road. You can bring your own music and beverages or Teacher With A Bus can provide the sounds and food. If you’re still skeptical about throwing a shindig on a school bus, check out some Flickr photos from a recent Transported SF event.

Airship Ventures

(650) 969-8100

Want to see the Golden Gate Bridge from a new height — like from a 1,000 feet up in the air? Or maybe you’ve been itching to get behind the controls of an air craft (you know you have)… Well, Airship Ventures will get you inside a zeppelin, either at the controls or in a passenger seat depending on your desires and your wad. Tours start at $495 while the pilot for a day program starts at $2,950. It may be a lot of money, but you’ll be able to say you’re certified to fly a zeppelin. How many people with a private pilots license and a current FAA medical certificate can even say that?

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