23 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.8.21)
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23 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.8.21)


Fight the urge to head home early this week (thanks a lot, daylight savings). We promise, there are plenty of fun things to do around the Bay.

Catch Mister Jiu's chef Brandon Jew's takeover of Zuni Café, a sustainable shopping pop-up in Pac Heights, a truffle and wine tasting adventure in Sonoma, and an intimate SF performance by Fantastic Negrito.

See for yourself, and see ya out there.

Experience the best part of camping—s'mores by the fire—then head home to sleep in your own bed. Reserve a fire pit at Spark Social SF for you and up to 12 friends and you'll get access to your own s'mores cart while enjoying happy hour (4-7pm) and local food trucks; 11am to 9pm daily. // Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North (Mission Bay),sparksocialsf.com

Transport yourself to Greece with happy hour at newly opened Estiatorio Ornos, a Michael Mina restaurant. The happy hour menu includes select Mediterranean wines, ouzo, beer, and sips such as the Athen's Spritz (ouzo, orange, and vanilla cream soda) or the Mini Greek Martini (gin or vodka, extra dry vermouth, and a caper leaf). For small bites, go for the $2 oysters, crispy calamari with spicy ouzo-tomato sauce, or the trio of spreads served with warm pita; 4pm to 6pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. // Estiatorio Ornos, 252 California St. (FiDI), michaelmina.net

Play some skeeball and test out the world's most expensive golf simulator. Thriller Social Club's multi-level space is jam-packed with nostalgic games like Pac-Man and Mortal Combat. Also new: a food and drink menu inspired by Coney Island—think gourmet hot dogs, lobster rolls, boozy cotton candy, and more; 4pm to late, Wednesday through Saturday. // Thriller Social Club, 508 4th St. (SoMa); details on @thrillersocialclub

Learn all about whiskey the easy way—by drinking it up with a four-course pairing menu. Expect an interactive experience with distillers and memorable multi-sensory elements; Thursday at 6:30pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at exploretock.com

Enjoy a dose of the high life at a THC-infused multi-course dinner. The first installment of the Harborside Supper Series features chef Travis Petersen (The Nomad Cook), whose menu will be paired with CBD mocktails and tailored to the tolerance level of each guest. Must be 21+; Friday at 6:30pm. // Private location (Oakland); tickets at exploretock.com

The Fall Issue of Pop-Up Magazine brings never-before-seen stories, music, art, and performance to life on stage. If you've been to one before, you know. If you haven't, you need to. No one show is ever the same; Friday at 7:30pm. // Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway Ave. (Oakland); tickets on popupmagazine.com

Shop sustainable brands without sacrificing style at an anti-greenwashing shopping pop-up. Founded by a Gen Z woman of color, online retailer Toward presents luxury brands focused on tangible environmental change. Virtual screens will share information about responsible fashion; Friday through Nov. 14, 8:30am to 7:30pm. // 2115 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights)

Don't miss Brandon Jew's Asian twist on Zuni Cafe's famous roast chicken—Mister Jiu's Michelin-starred chef pays tribute to the iconic SF restaurant in a once-in-a-lifetime meal, this weekend only; Friday through Sunday. // Zuni Café, 1658 Market St. (Hayes Valley); reservations at resy.com

Green thumbs unite at The Sill's plant swap. If you bought an abundance of greenery to get you through quarantine and you're ready to share the love, don't miss this opportunity to swap your clippings, healthy plants, pots, and planters with fellow plant enthusiasts; Friday, 6pm to 9pm. // The Sill, 2181 Union St. (Cow Hollow); tickets at eventbrite.com

Feel the good vibes with an intimate performance by Talib Kweli at Yoshi's. After a nearly 20-year career, he's proved himself to be one of the most talented hip-hop artists with lyrics that inspire; Friday at 8pm. // Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Share the shame and embrace the cringe at Mortified Live. The popular stand-up show plays host to adults confronting their childhood past by sharing their (very real) diary entries, poems, letters, lyrics and more in front of strangers. First kiss, first puff, prom nightmares, bible camp woes—anything goes; Friday at 7:30pm. // DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at dnalounge.com

Indulge in truffles, oysters, and wine in Sonoma. The Truffle Adventure takes you from Obsidian Wine Co. to Cornerstone Gardens for black truffle hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting. Author Rowan Jacobsen will be there to talk truffles and sign copies of his new book, Truffle Hound; Saturday at 1pm. // Obsidian Wine Co., 23568 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma); ickets at exploretock.com

Let Gogh at an immersive yoga experience. The class will be choreographed to music along with the moving images of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh; Saturday and Sunday at 9:30am. // Lighthouse Immersive, 10 S. Van Ness Ave. (SoMa); tickets at universe.com

Join Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito for an intimate evening of music and conversation. KQED'sForum hosts Mina Kim and Alexis Madrigal will team up for a special evening taping including an interview and intimate musical performance; Friday at 7pm. // KQED Headquarters, 2601 Mariposa St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

For just $5, you can live out your Greatest Showman dreams. On Fridays, Circus Center opens its doors for demos in plate spinning, balancing acts, handstands, and stretching. Have an extra $5? You'll get to take your turn on a flying trapeze. At the end of the night, enjoy a short flying trapeze performance by the Circus Center Flyers. Ages 16 and up; Fridays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. // Circus Center, 755 Frederick St. (Inner Sunset); tickets at circuscenter.org

Pucker up! The Rare Barrel is celebrating eight years of sour beers in the East Bay. To mark the occasion, there will be DJs, food vendors, a local artisan market, and, of course, beer; Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. // The Rare Barrel, 940 Parker St. (Berkeley); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Shop local at historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard. With stunning Mt. Tam views, the Makers Market returns with outdoor shopping, live music, food, and drink; Saturday from 11am to 5pm. // Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller Ave. (Mill Valley); details at eventbrite.com

Katie Couric's 11-city book tour stops in SF. The award-winning journalist and best-selling author will discuss highlights from her new memoir, Going There, and will host special guest Leslie Jordan; Saturday at 7:30pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com

Find peace with Mary Jane as your sound bath guide. BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis) for tea service, light snacks, and interactive activities to connect with intentions, reflections, and other attendees. After the sound bath, you can stick around to share your journey and hear from others; Saturday at 1pm. // The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight); tickets at eventbrite.com

Take a break from the daily grind at the San Francisco Coffee Festival. Specially curated roasters and exhibitors will perk you up with unique beans and brewed coffee flavors. Plus, live entertainment and a latte art competition; Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 4:30pm. // Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Embrace the woo at The Winter San Francisco Crystal Fair. Recharge with crystals, minerals, beads, and jewelry—plus massages, psychic readings, singing bowls, and more; 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Dust off the roller skates you bought at the start of quarantine and head to Pier 70 to roll with Church of 8 Wheels. BYO skates, scooters, or bikes (or rent skates when you get there) and celebrate art, food, and community with Noonan Building Artists and La Cocina, too; noon to 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Pier 70, 588 22nd St. (Dogpatch); RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Get a head start on your winter holiday decor with a DIY wreath workshop. Enjoy complimentary Lillet cocktails (and non-alcoholic bevs, too) while you create your own personalized wreath; Sunday at 2pm. // Alkali Rye, 3256 Grand Ave. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com
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