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5 Weird And Wonderful Things To Do In The Bay

By Ashlyn Davis

Glow At The Exploratorium

A handful of things you can only do in San Francisco.

From water beds to fortune cookies, San Francisco may just be the king of quirky! As the city that brought you Burning Man, this is where eccentric science meets technicolor art, infused with Eastern philosophies. So leave all your preconceived ideas of the world at the gate and allow the city to take you on a weird and wonderful journey. [Glow At The Exploratorium, PHOTO: Bryony Francis]

1. Audium, Laguna Heights

 

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There is no other place like Audium. This is the original soundscape adventure, where you’re are immersed in a labyrinth of carefully constructed surfaces and elevations that act as a compositional tool. The effect? An immersive sound experience where sound begins to take shape in darkness.

The pioneering space offers a list of performances that are guaranteed to expand your sonic vocabulary and allow you to access a world beyond visuals. Prefer creating your own sound sculptures? Well, they’re now offering workshops too. Here the passionate pioneers will teach you how to compose your very own music for space. 

Come with an open mind and leave with a profound, new perspective of the world!

📍1616 Bush St. (@ Franklin), San Francisco, CA 94109

🎟️ $20.00 (workshops vary)

2. Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, North Beach

 

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This technicolor, mirror labyrinth lighting up Pier 39 is the best place to lose yourself and your mind while listening to 80s rave tunes. With (seemingly) endless psychedelic archways, it’s about the closest you’ll get to a legal high. And at $5 it’s also cheaper — and way more fun — than any infinity mirror exhibition that may pass through the city. 

📍Pier 39 O-11, San Francisco, CA 94111, US

🎟️ $5

3. Crab Feed Dinner at Cathedral of St Mary of The Assumption, St. Francis Square

 

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The radical 1970s structure is a whole feast on its own, throw in a four-course dinner with two different types of crabs and you’ll be feeling a lot closer to the heavens. The first one is happening on January 26, 2020, with proceeds going to St. Brigid’s Scholarship fund. Talk about soul food!   

📍1111 Gough St. @ Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109-6686

🎟️ $75 – $85 (until sold out)

4. Wave Organ, Marina Bay

 

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Perch yourself on edge of the bay and let the ocean take the stage. This acoustic sound sculpture, brought to you by The Exploratorium, is activated by waves crashing over its 25 organ pipes. As the tides change so do the subtle harmonies, making you feel like you’re tuning into nature. The wild invention constructed from leftover marble and granite of a bulldozed cemetery may just be the best free show in the Bay. 

📍 83 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States

🎟️ Absolutely free!

5. The Exploratorium, Embarcadero 

 

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This interactive science museum fuses tactile experiences with science, art, cinema, and music. If you’re looking for a happy-hour upgrade, every Thursday this educational wonderland becomes an after-dark playground encouraging visitors to touch, see, smell… and drink!

📍Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

🎟️ $29.95

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