BBQ Tuesday Preview at Mission Beach Cafe
What: The beloved weekly BBQ returns a day early, bringing with it tea-smoked albacore, fig-wood smoked pork ribs, and a mouth-watering assortment of pies.
Why: A Memorial Day ’cue you don’t have to cook.
When: Mon., 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: 198 Guerrero St., at 14th St. (415-861-0198).
Live 105’s BFD Local Band Contest
What: Up-and-coming Bay Area bands compete for a chance to play at BFD 2010.
Why: Five bands for $5.
When: Mon., 1 p.m.
Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., b/t Texas & Missouri Sts. (415-621-4455). Tickets online at stubmatic.com.
Bayside Blizzard at Waterbar
What: Celebrate the holiday with boozy blended concoctions made with fresh fruit on the restaurant’s sun-soaked waterfront patio.
Why: If you squint, the Bay looks like a beach.
When: Mon., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: 399 The Embarcadero South, b/t Folsom & Harrison Sts. (415-284-9922).
New Shoplets at the Ferry Building
What: Seven new retail kiosks, including Charles Phan’s sauce and stock outpost, Beekind Honey Shop, Benedetta Holistic Skincare, and Pepples Donuts.
Why: Walk off the burger you scarfed at Gott’s Roadside.
When: Opens Tues., 10 a.m.
Where: 1 Ferry Building, at The Embarcadero.
The Great High-Heeled Drag Race
What: Seriously skilled queens race in heels to complete 500 steps from the 17th Street Plaza to the Castro Country Club.
Why: Every stride benefits Keep the Steps in the Castro.
When: Mon., noon.
Where: Race begins at the 17th Street Plaza and finishes at Castro Country Club, 4058 18th St., at Hartford St. (415-552-6102).
Brick & Bottle
What: Local boy Scott Howard returns to Marin with a restaurant serving homey New American fare (brick-oven pizzas, pimiento cheeseburgers, mains like duck confit with honey-lavender gastrique).
Why: The outdoor patio boasts views of Mount Tam.
When: Opens Tues., 11:30 a.m.
Where: 55 Tamal Vista Blvd., at Sandpiper Cir., Corte Madera (415-924-3366).
Photo: Courtesy of Mission Beach Cafe