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M40 Schedule of Events

Dec 8, 2021

We know there's a lot going on during the 40th Anniversary Takeover Weekend, so we took all the ticketed and free events and combined them in one list to be your guide to San Francisco December 16-19!

Please note: San Francisco proof of vaccination and mask requirements apply to all events. For more information, visit SF.gov.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

Metallica Block Party in the Valencia Corridor

5 PM – 10 PM | Valencia Corridor between 15th and 17th Streets
Enjoy food, drinks, music, philanthropy, trivia, and more!

ALL WITHIN MY HANDS ON PHILANTHROPY & ROCK ‘N ROLL

5 PM | Stage Werx | 446 Valencia Street

A one-hour conversation with All Within My Hands Associate Director Renee Richardson and representatives from Outside Lands and Salesforce to discuss how musicians, their crews, music business professionals, and fans can all join together to do good for communities worldwide.

Moderated by Mr. Mission, Manny Yekutiel, owner of Manny’s, a community-focused learning and meeting space.

Please note: Space will be extremely limited and registration is required to reserve your spot in the audience. If registration is full, try your luck by arriving early and seeing if there is any available space.

METALLICA TRIVIA WITH STEFFAN CHIRAZI

7 PM | West of Pecos | 550 Valencia

Join long-time Metallica scribe Steffan Chirazi to test how much you really know about Metallica, meet other fans, win cool prizes, and enjoy amazing Southwestern food and cocktails along with BLACKENED Whiskey drink specials.

Please note: Space will be extremely limited. If you want to ensure your participation, you must register in advance. When you register, you can select a team of 2-4 participants. If you pick any fewer than 4, be prepared to make new friends at the event as teams of 2 will be combined and teams of 3 will be added on to with walk-up participants. You must also have the names and email addresses of your team members at time of registration. If you don't have a team or if registration is full, try your luck by arriving early and seeing if there is any available space.

VISIT LOCAL RESTAURANTS, BARS, AND MERCHANTS ON THE BLOCK

Manny’s
Community-focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco
3092 16th Street

Limon
Family-owned Peruvian restaurant
524 Valencia Street

La Cumbre
Taqueria and birthplace of the Mission Style burrito
515 Valencia Street

Casanova Bar
“Your neighborhood Mission bar”
527 Valencia Street

West of Pecos
A Southwestern-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar
550 Valencia Street

Blondie's Bar
Martini and live music specialists
540 Valencia Street

Fellow Barber
Pioneers in contemporary barber culture
696 Valencia Street

Hawker-Fare
Lao Isan Tiki Bar
680 Valencia Street

LUNA
An all-day American Brasserie in the Mission District
694 Valencia Street

Flour + Water Pizzeria
“Respect the dough”
702 Valencia Street

Curio Bar & Restuarant @ The Chapel
At the heart of the Mission District, reflecting the free-spirited, artistic culture that defines this neighborhood
775 Valencia Street

Mosto & Tacolicious
Tequila, Mezcal y Botanas
741 Valencia Street

ChezChez
A celebration of terrace and aperitivo culture
584 Valencia Street

OTTTO, All To The Grave, District

A special East Bay addition!
7 PM | Starline Social Club Ballroom | 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Oakland | Tickets On Sale Now for $21

White Reaper, Taipei Houston

8:30 PM | August Hall | 420 Mason Street | Tickets On Sale Now for $25

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17

JOIN TEAM ALL WITHIN MY HANDS & VOLUNTEER AT THE SF MARIN FOOD BANK POP-UP FOOD PANTRY

Registration Full | 10:15 AM – 1 PM | 74 Mission Rock Street

Volunteer at the Drive-Through Food Pickup at Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, in conjunction with our long-time partners, SF-Marin Food Bank. The pop-up will be held in Lot A, across the cove from the stadium. Help those in need and receive a free All Within My Hands t-shirt!

Registration for this event is now full. Sign up for the waitlist to be alerted if space becomes available.

Check-in with food bank staff - 10:20 AM
Orientation and roll assignments - 10:30 AM
Approximate shift end - 1 PM

Work up an appetite helping others? Or perhaps you'd like to meet up with your fellow fans after they volunteer. Visit SPARK Social SF, a food truck park, beer and sangria garden, and event space located a short walk away in the heart of the Mission Bay neighborhood. The Park includes 150+ unique street food vendors to create a different dining experience every single day.

BLACKENED WHISKEY’S METALLICA PRE-SIGNED BOTTLE EVENT AND MEET AND GREET WITH MASTER DISTILLER ROB DIETRICH

12 PM | Blackwell’s Wine and Spirits | 5620 Geary Blvd.

Rise, Shine & Get In Line! Meet Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich and snag your Blackened Special Release Bottle Pre-Signed by Rob and all four members of Metallica. One bottle purchase per customer - first come first served! No live signing.

BLACKENED WHISKEY’S OFFICIAL METALLICA 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRE-PARTY NIGHT #1

5 PM – 7 PM | Executive Order Bar & Lounge | 868 Mission Street

We're getting the party started with signature BLACKENED cocktails, swag, games and of course...Metallica music.

METALLICA 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW NIGHT 1

7:30 | Chase Center | 1 Warriors Way

If you’re joining us at Chase Center, get there early to kick off the night right with our pre-show bash hosted by comedian Dean Delray along with Dj LORD as they set the mood to get everyone fired up before we hit the stage!

The Wedding Band, Goodnight, Texas, and Bastardane

10 PM | The Fillmore | 1805 Geary Blvd | Tickets Sold Out

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18

OCEAN BEACH CLEAN-UP WITH ALL WITHIN MY HANDS

Registration Full | 10 AM – 12 PM | 704 Great Hwy Parking at Ocean Beach

Help keep our beaches clean, safe, and beautiful as we partner with TogetherSF for a morning clean-up in an iconic, scenic setting! Come early and grab a free continental breakfast (that’s fancy for coffee, juice, bagels, and pastries). All participants will receive a free All Within My Hands t-shirt!

Registration for this event is now full. Sign up for the waitlist to be alerted if space becomes available.

Grab lunch when you’re done and continue to enjoy the views and beach vibes at one of these classic San Francisco beach locales: Beach Chalet, TJ Café, or Ocean Beach Café.

EXPLORE LOCAL ARTISANS AND VISIT GALLERIES IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT

10 AM – 5 PM

THE SFMADE GIFT-MART

10 AM – 4 PM | Great Northern | 119 Utah Street

We’ve partnered with SFMade – a nonprofit that supports local manufacturers who create jobs and career pathways for local residents overcoming barriers to employment for a more vibrant, equitable, and resilient economy – to host a gift-mart featuring over 20 local small businesses and makers.

There will be local food trucks outside, music by DJ CIP, and you can enjoy a BLACKENED Whiskey “Wakey Wakey Old Fashioned” with cold brew coffee and orange bitters inside, along with other craft cocktails. Get your Christmas shopping done while supporting local artists!

THE BLACK ALBUM IN BLACK & WHITE ROSS HALFIN

11 AM – 5 PM | Gallery Show | 198 Utah Street

1 PM – 3 PM | Book Signing | Elk’s Lodge in Union Square | 450 Post Street | Book Must Be Purchased On-Site | Limited to 200 People

5 PM | Q&A with Steffan Chirazi | Elk’s Lodge in Union Square | 450 Post Street | Tickets Sold Out

FILM FEST

Check In @ 11 AM | The AMC Kabuki 8 | 1881 Post Street | Tickets On Sale Now for $10
Cliff ’Em All | Cunning Stunts | Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México

OTTTO, Taipei Houston, and Bastardane

8:30 PM | The Chapel | 777 Valencia Street | Tickets Sold Out

Dunlop Presents: …And Tributes for All!

...A Celebration of Metallica with Damage Inc., Motorbreath, and Sandman

8 PM | Bimbo’s 365 | 1025 Columbus Ave | Tickets On Sale Now for $29.50

Kamasi Washington

9 PM | August Hall | 420 Mason Street | Tickets On Sale Now for $55

BLACKENED WHISKEY'S METALLICA NIGHT CAP PARTY

10 PM | Great Northern | 119 Utah Street | $10 Cover Charge at Door

10 Albums. 2 DJs.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19

BLACKENED WHISKEY BRUNCH

12 PM | AtWater Tavern | 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd.

Killer Food. Killer Drinks. Killer Views.

BLACKENED WHISKEY’S OFFICIAL METALLICA 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRE-PARTY NIGHT #2

5 PM – 7 PM | Executive Order Bar & Lounge | 868 Mission Street

Join us night 2 for more pre-party good times featuring Metallica music, signature BLACKENED cocktails, swag & more.

METALLICA 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW NIGHT 2

7:30 | Chase Center | 1 Warriors Way

If you’re joining us at Chase Center, get there early to kick off the night right with our pre-show bash hosted by comedian Dean Delray along with Dj LORD as they set the mood to get everyone fired up before we hit the stage!

TOURING SAN FRANCISCO - METALLICA LANDMARKS

Still looking for ways to stay busy? Those of you who attended S&M2 back in 2019 may remember our comprehensive guide to Metallica history in San Francisco. We dug that list back up in case you missed anything, or would like to visit some of the Classics again!

THE STONE

412 Broadway

Photo by Brian Lew

What it was then: A small music club known by many names, 412 Broadway was home of The Stone from 1980 - 1993 when it hosted not only Metallica, but also Prince, James Brown, Machine Head, Muddy Waters, The Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, John Lee Hooker and countless others. The Stone is attributed for hosting Cliff Burton’s first concert appearance with Metallica.
First played by Metallica: September 18, 1982 - check out the setlist!
What it is now: Vanity After Dark Nightclub & Gentlemen's Club - If you’re traveling with the kids, you might want to skip this one.

OLD WALDORF

444 Battery St

What it was then: A famous music club during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s that hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry including AC/DC, Dire Straits, Blue Öyster Cult, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Rory Gallagher, Pat Benatar, R.E.M., Spirit, Poco, U2, Dead Kennedys, and of course, Metallica.
First played by Metallica: October 18, 1982 - check out the setlist!
What it is now: Punch Line San Francisco (Comedy Club) - The venue regularly hosts premier comedians and features eclectic food, craft beer, and endless laughs!

MABUHAY GARDENS

443 Broadway

What it was then: Originally constructed in 1919, the venue became home to Bay Area punk and New Wave bands as well as an important touring stop for bands from beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the acts to grace the stage were Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Toy Dolls, Blondie, The Go-Go’s, Devo, The Runaways, Metallica and more.
First played by Metallica: November 30, 1982 - check out the setlist!
What it is now: Now FAME Venue (Event Venue) - Today the venue hosts corporate events, conferences, summits, expos, product launches, live streaming, video recording, film hosting and more.

KABUKI THEATER

1881 Post St

Photo by John Hara/The Chronicle

What it was then: Home to weekly shows put on by Bill Graham in the early ‘80s including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Eurythmics, Men at Word, Eddie Money, and Metallica.
First played by Metallica: March 14, 1985 - check out the setlist!
What it is now: Now AMC Kabuki 8 (Movie Theater) - A multiplex located in the Japan Center complex in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood. Sound familiar? That's right! This is where the official Metallica 40th Anniversary Film Fest will be screened!

SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC AUDITORIUM

99 Grove St

What it was then: Built in 1915 as part of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this historic building has hosted a multitude of significant cultural events, including a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to the NAACP in 1956, and served as the Golden State Warriors’ home court from 1964 to 1966. Among the performers to fill the auditorium are Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, and Metallica.
First played by Metallica: December 31, 1985 - check out the setlist!
What it is now: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Concert and Event Venue) - Located in the heart of Civic Center Plaza, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium has hosted huge names in music including Grateful Dead, Elton John, Sam Smith, Swedish House Mafia, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Janet Jackson, Phish, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Tool, Bruno Mars, Zedd, Bette Midler, Juanes, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.

CLIFF BURTON MEMORIAL PLAQUE ON THE BARBARY COAST TRAIL

Broadway and Colombus Ave

The Barbary Coast Trail is one of several San Francisco Historical Society walking tours connecting 20 historic sites and local history museums in San Francisco, California. Approximately 180 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk mark the 3.8-mile (6.1 km) trail. The Cliff Burton Memorial Plaque is located on the corner of Broadway and Colombus Ave, below the Condor Club Sign (560 Broadway – yep! Another strip club.)

STRAWBERRY HILL

Golden Gate Park

A favorite spot for young rockers to hang out, drink, and talk music, Lars remembers a particularly pivotal moment in Metallica history that happened on Strawberry Hill:

Well, I came up here [to San Francisco], actually, in the spring of 1981 and ended up at a kegger over on Strawberry Hill. And I met a bunch of really cool San Francisco kids. One of them was named Ron [Quintana]. And he told me he wanted to start his own fanzine, like a hard rock fanzine, where he wrote about all his favorite bands. And he wanted… he asked me whether he should call the fanzine Metallica or Metal Mania. So I suggested that he call it Metal Mania.

TOMMY'S JOYNT

1101 Geary Blvd

Tommy's Joynt is the Original Hof-Brau of San Francisco, and has become one of San Francisco's longest-living institutions. On top of that, this is where Metallica asked Jason Newsted to join the band. Great Americana fare, a pile of steaming pot roast, and endless free dill pickle slices make this place a must-visit on any trip to The Bay Area.

The Record Vault

2423 Polk St

The now-defunct Record Vault was the epicenter of Bay Area Metal in the ‘80s. It was the place to go to find whatever record you were looking for, no matter how deep the cut, and to hang out with other kids rocking the same music. The party has left the building, and this location is now vacant.

KUSF Radio - Ron Quintana Rampage Radio

While we’re taking this trip down memory lane, we wanted to give a quick shout out to KUSF, specifically Rampage Radio hosted by Ron Quintana, which was responsible for helping launch the metal scene in San Francisco.

Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue

Photo by Stefan Cohen

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall opened in 1980 as the home of the San Francisco Symphony. Collaboratively designed by architects and acousticians to create an auditorium that allows sound to rise to its very top, this modern but warm space captures and diffuses music throughout the audience, creating an intimate setting that belies the stature of the building itself.

With sweeping views of San Francisco City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the curved glass-enclosed lobby offers an unmatched view of San Francisco's Civic Center. The 2739-seat auditorium is ideal for concerts, speakers, readings and presentations. Named for the most generous benefactor of its construction, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is dedicated to the joy of music.

Amoeba Music

1855 Haight St

A trip to San Francisco isn’t complete without a stop into Amoeba in the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. If you’re looking to pick up some music while you’re in town, this is the place to go.

If you’re making your way out of the city…

The Record Plant

2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito

The studio that captured Prince’s For You, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Jefferson Airplane’s Nuclear Furniture, Gregg Allman’s Laid Back, Sly and the Family Stone’s Fresh, The Wailers’ Talkin' Blues, and so many more, The Plant in Sausalito is where both Load and ReLoad were recorded. To learn more about the historic life of the Record Plant, check out So What!’s 2016 article, "2200 Bridgeway: Inside The Plant." Good news, though ownership has changed, this location is once again a recording studio! It is now known as The Sausalito Record Factory.

Rasputin Music

2401 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Rasputin Music is the largest independent chain of record stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and another great spot to pick up a new record while you’re here. To celebrate Record Store Day in 2016, Metallica invited some Fifth Members and old friends from back in the day to Rasputin in Berkeley for a little gig. This was the first time in 17 years that Metallica performed in Berkeley. They last played here on April 21 & 22, 1999 while they recorded S&M with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Berkeley Community Theatre

1930 Allston Way, Berkeley

Speaking of those original S&M gigs, Berkeley Community Theatre was the site that first saw Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony join forces for two historic nights and the recording of the live album, S&M. There's not much to see at present, though, as the venue is currently under renovation.

Ruthie’s Inn

2618 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Photo by Harald Oimoen

Ruthie's Inn was a small club run by Wes Robinson on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California that was instrumental in supporting the east bay punk scene and eventually spawned a thriving thrash/metal scene from 1983 - 1987. Many bands played their first gigs at this venue and helped pave the way and supported an incredibly vibrant community of social misfits and serious musicians who had something to say -- a great venue that has established itself in the annals of punk and metal history. A far cry from Ruthie's glory days of the '80s, the building is now vacant.

Metallica Mansion

3132 Carlson Blvd, El Cerrito

Photo by Brian Lew

Oh the humble beginnings of James and Lars… the pair lived here between ‘83 and ‘86 and wrote Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets in the garage that has since been torn down (don’t worry - James made a guitar out of the wood).
*A note of kindness: This is a residence, aka innocent people live here. Do us a favor and don’t knock on their door. If you visit, better make it a drive-by.