Make a break for it.
Sam’s Chowder House Lobster Fest
What: Avoid the Bay to Breakers melee by driving to Half Moon Bay for an old-fashioned lobster bake that raises funds for the town’s Fourth of July fireworks.
Why: Oyster-shucking contests, train rides, corn on the cob, and plenty of chowdah.
When: Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 470 Capistrano Rd., at Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay. Food and drink tickets ($10-$50) online at samschowderhouse.com.
Art in Storefronts Launch Celebration
What: An after-work street fest for the SF Arts Commission’s Art in Storefronts unveiling, spotlighting the debut of two temporary public art sculptures by Karen Cusolito and receptions at three Central Market galleries.
Why: When else can you party in the middle of Market Street with live music and Off the Grid eats?
When: Fri., 5-7 p.m.
Where: Market St., at 6th St.
80 Acres Blood Orange Collection
What: McEvoy Ranch’s new line of luxe blood orange skin care (body balm, lotion, lip balm, and more) is chockful of organic EVOO.
Why: Nothing says “summer approaching” like the scent of a blossoming orange grove.
When: You need a little pick-me-up.
Where: Online at mcevoyranch.com.
Thoroughly Modern Maupin: the Legacy of Armistead
What: The next generation of up-and-coming SF writers pays tribute to the iconic Armistead Maupin, in preparation for the American Conservatory Theater’s debut of its Tales of the City musical this spring.
Why: Proceeds benefit Litquake.
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., at Sanchez St. (415-861-5016). Tickets ($15) online at brownpapertickets.com or at the door ($18).
Roller Disco at Mighty
What: Afros, bell-bottoms, sequins, and skates take over tomorrow night for the club’s DJ- and cocktail-fueled roller party, where disco attire is strongly encouraged.
Why: You’ve been practicing your backward skate moves.
When: Fri., 9 p.m.
Where: 119 Utah St., b/t Alameda & 15th Sts. (415-626-7001).
Photo: japes18 / Flickr