21 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.23.20)
The slopes are open in Tahoe for socially distanced skiing with limited passes available. (Courtesy of @northstar_california)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.23.20)


The holidays get into swing this week with special Thanksgiving markets and various gift-ready shopping events.

Also, fit in some self-care with a virtual gratitude yoga class; snag passes to hit the slopes at Heavenly or Northstar; and listen to a Yo-Yo Ma concert at home.

Kick off the holidays at Vault Garden's Winter Wonderland, a twinkle-lit heated tent where you can enjoy seasonal drinks—think Apple-y Ever After (bourbon, sage brown butter, and spiced apple cider)—plus caramel apple beignets, Maine lobster, and baked clams. On Friday, look out for $3 sherry cobblers and a holiday tree lighting on Saturday. // Make reservations at thevault555.com.

Support Oakland Asian Cultural Center with Quiz for a Cause. Test your knowledge during the Zoom event to benefit the East Bay's only pan-Asian arts and cultural center; Monday at 5pm. // Register ($6 per device) on oacc.cc.

There won't be puppies and kitties up for adoption in Macy's windows this year, but you livestream videos of SF SPCA's animals at home; Tuesday through January 3. // Details on sfspca.org

Gawk at the police cars, buses, garbage trucks, and fire trucks in City of Napa's Truck Parade; Tuesday at 10am. // Route on scribblemaps.com

Order noodles from Sunset Slurps. SoMa's new takeout-only pop-up is offering spicy bún bò huế, fried egg roll stuffed nem nuong cuon, and more; Tuesdays through Thursdays. // sunsetslurps.com

Visit Marin Museum of Contemporary Art's "Justice," an exhibit of 40 works in varying mediums that depict the courage of historic resisters, such as "Angela Davis in Oakland, 2020" by Lewis Watts and a 300-pound bronze fist by Woody De Othello; through December 24. // Free to visit, details on marinmoca.org

Pick up last minute Thanksgiving must-haves at CUESA's holiday farmers market. At the Ferry Building, you'll find the usual Tuesday market vendors along with special pop-ups with festive treats such as holiday nog from Beber Almondmilk, pies from Three Babes Bakeshop, and cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company; 10am to 2pm. // cuesa.org

Go for a late night, socially distanced grocery run at Rainbow Grocery. If you're worried about crowds this week, the grocery co-op is offering 30-minute after hours shopping appointments with a 35 person capacity; appointments began at 9:15 or 9:30pm through Wednesday. // Reserve on signupgenius.com.

Give thanks with yoga and meditation expert Dana Damara. For an hour and 45 minutes, you'll use chanting, breathwork, yoga, meditation, and journaling to tap into gratitude as you consider your past, present, and future; Thursday at 9am. // Tickets ($27) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Skip the cooking this year and order Turkey Day takeout from your favorite local restaurant. Whether you're looking to keep it traditional with a whole roasted turkey and endless pie, looking for vegan options, or more in the market for pumpkin pie spiced churros, we promise you'll be just as happy as you'd be with a home cooked spread. // Find options on 7x7.com.

Stop by Zeitgeist for a boozy Thanksgiving lunch. Nosh on turkey sandwiches, fried brussels sprouts with bacon, pie—and plenty of drink specials; Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. // zeitgeistsf.com

Hit the slopes at Heavenly or Northstar. Ski season is officially open with social distancing protocols in place. Book soon before limited tickets sell out. // epicpass.com

Submit your vision to beautify Sunnyside's Detroit Steps. Print out an easy-to-decorate stair template and submit it by December 6th for your chance to win prizes like a Zoo pass or liquor basket, then vote on your favorite designs. // Contest details on detroitsteps.org

Wind down your week with a Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott concert, presented by Cal Performances at Home. The cellist and pianist will offer takes on "Shenandoah," "Londonderry Air," "Last Rose of Summer," and more; Friday at 7pm. // Tickets (price varies) on calperformances.org

Shop goods from more than 50 Black women–owned businesses at Just Be's 5th Annual For the Culture Market, which goes virtual this year. You can also tune into a workshop, dance party, and meet makers on Instagram Live; Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. // Tickets on Eventbrite

Thank you to our partners at Just Be.

Visit IlluminOdyssey, a light- and color-filled winter experience. Snag Friday or Saturday night tickets and enjoy music and drinks while you wander through CuriOdyssey's zoo, Discovery Field, and Bay View Grove—or stop by during the day to explore light in the pavilion area; through December 19. // Tickets on curiodyssey.org

On Black Friday, visit Feathered Outlaw's Magickal Market. Shop crystals, tarot cards, CBD-infused products from Malaya Botanicals, and arrangements from ST Succulents. Treat yourself to a tarot reading; Friday from 5 to 9pm and Saturday from 11am to 6pm. // featheredoutlaw.com

Partake in Dickens Fair festivities at home. The beloved IRL Christmas festival is cancelled this year, but you can still don your Victorian garb and hop online to shop treasures from nearly 50 artisans, sing along with the Coventry Carolers, watch a puppet show, and even make some brandied eggnog; through December 24. // Details on dickensfair.com

Watch A Chef's Voyage, starring Manresa's James Beard award-winning chef David Kinch. In the documentary, Kinch and his team travel to France to cook alongside chefs at renowned eateries including Le Taillevent, L'Oustau de Baumanière, and Le Petit Nice, stream beginning Tuesday on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Apple TV. // firstrunfeatures.com

Watch 42nd Street Moon's "A Distant Dinner Party with Jess and Jaron." Jessica Coker and Jaron Vesely, along with some special guests, will cover everything from virtual dating to Zoom meetings with a comedic and musical twist; Thursday through Sunday (viewable for 48 hours). // Purchase tickets ($20) on vendini.com.

Pick up low-waste holiday gifts and cleaning products at Re-Up Refill Shop's pop-up at Oakland's Morningtide. Instead of purchasing hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, olive oil, and more in single-use plastic containers, Re-Up Refill allows you to bring your own containers to fill up or even get products in reusable containers delivered straight to your door, milkman style, via bicycle; Sunday noon to 3pm. // https://reuprefills.org/

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