Fun Summertime Events, from a French Fry Festival to Guest Chef Tacos

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Guest chef Azalina’s Malaysian taco for the Tacolicious guest chef series. Photo courtesy of CUESA.

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The first act of SOLIS will be an alfresco dinner in West Marin. Photo: David Briggs.

Summertime is in full swing, with Karl the Fog frolicking in the early evening more than some of us would like. So that’s when the Summer Movie Nights at ~TOP OF THE MARK~ come in handy, since they’re indoors. On Tuesday evenings through August 29th, come by for films from the Summer of Love, like Easy Rider and The Odd Couple. Check out the lineup here. The screenings are complimentary and seating is first come, first served. No reservations required. Bonus: the 19th-floor sky lounge features complimentary wine tastings (including Etude, Cloudfall Wines, and Domaine Chandon) prior to each film from 5:30pm-7pm. Movie at 7pm. InterContinental Mark Hopkins, One Nob Hill (California at Mason).

The Tacolicious annual guest chef series kicks off Thursday June 29th at their Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand, and this year includes Aaron London of Al’s Place, Kim Alter of Nightbird, Telmo Faria of Uma Casa, and even more chefs slinging their own taco variations on the weekly lineup. All the proceeds from the sales of each chef’s taco benefits CUESA (the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture). This week is Arthur Wall of Bayou. Check the lineup here. 10am-2pm.

On Tuesday July 4th, it’s the second annual Eat Trill Festival, dedicated to “real people, real food, real music, and real community.” It’s going to have food (including Wing Wings, Craftsman & Wolves, Minnie Bell’s, and more), music, art, vendors, and it’s kid- and dog-friendly. Plus you can see the fireworks. And it’s free.

There is a real charitable component too: last year they raised more than $4,000 for the Homeless Youth Alliance to help them move into a new space, and this year they’re raising money for Support for Families, an organization that provides support and resources to families with children that have disabilities or special health care needs. Spark Social, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. at 4th St.

The party doesn’t stop: on Saturday July 8th, Broke-Ass Stuart and the ~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~ are teaming up for the French Fry Fest, with food trucks doing up french fry specials, DJs spinning funk and disco, and the option to buy a ticket for all-you-can-drink beer (and sangria) for five hours (11am-4pm) for $30, including admission (which is just $5). 428 11th St. at Division.

Sometimes you need to escape the city completely for any sense that it’s summertime, and this special experience in West Marin would be one way to do it: SOLIS from Julia Adam Dance. Each evening starts with a multicourse, farm-to-table, family-style alfresco feast featuring Marin and Sonoma purveyors like Big Mesa Farm, Gospel Flat, Star Route Farms, True Grass Farms pork and lamb, and Aaron Lucich’s Holistic Ag Beef. Wines, beers, and nonalcoholic options will be served. After dinner, guests will walk (sipping chocolate in hand) to the open-air stage for the world premiere of the latest ballet from Julia Adam Dance. SOLIS is held the weekends of July 14th-16th and July 21st-23rd. Tickets are $200. 5pm-10pm. Big Mesa Farm, 280 Mesa Rd., West Marin.