Sophie Bolich

Sugar Maple’s ‘Wes Fest’ Celebrates Wes Anderson’s Films

At Bay View bar Feb 2-5 with themed music, drinks, costumes, film screenings, local art.

By - Jan 16th, 2023 04:08 pm
Sugar Maple. Photo taken May 29th, 2013 by Nastassia Putz.

Sugar Maple. Photo taken May 29th, 2013 by Nastassia Putz.

Rich color palettes, symmetry and distinctive headwear will soon abound at The Sugar Maple, as the Bay View bar prepares to host its latest pop-up: Wes Fest.

The Wes Anderson-themed event will feature music, cocktails, costumes, decor, film screenings and local art — all inspired by the American filmmaker’s signature visual style.

Known for his spirited dialogue, eccentricity and attention to detail, Anderson debuted his first film, Bottle Rocket, in 1996. He is also responsible for nine others including Fantastic Mr. Fox, Life Aquatic and The French Dispatch. Two more, Asteroid City and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar are expected to release in 2023.

The “quirky, immersive” experience is scheduled to run from Feb. 2 through Feb. 5 at The Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave. In addition to the bar’s “head to toe” interior transformation, guests can look forward to a brand new menu of Wes Anderson-inspired cocktails, as well as food from Sojourn Mobile Restaurant. The restaurant will serve guests on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until sold out.

On Friday, Feb. 3, break out those berets and bandit hats for the Wes Fest costume competition, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes. The following day, Feb. 5, a vendor fair featuring Wes Anderson-themed wares from local makers will run from noon until 6 p.m.

The upcoming event will be the second installment of an ongoing series of themed pop-ups from the bar, to be held seasonally. The first, Studio Ghibli-themed event took place in October and was so popular that it was extended an extra week.

The bar is currently accepting Wes Anderson-inspired artwork submissions from local makers to be showcased on its walls during the event and beyond. Selected works will be on display through March 2. Those looking to participate in the showcase are encouraged to contact The Sugar Maple via Instagram direct message or email and

Applicants should label their submission “gallery show” or “vendor fair” and provide their name, email, a link to art or products and proposed work. The deadline for art submissions is Friday, Jan. 20.

The four-day pop-up will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m. to close on Friday, Feb. 3, noon to close on Saturday, Feb. 4 and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.5.

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