25 Fun Things: Union Square Ice Rink, Cider Fest, de Young Artisan Fair + More Bay Area Events
Safeway's Union Square ice rink opens this Wednesday. (Courtesy of @unionsquarerink)

25 Fun Things: Union Square Ice Rink, Cider Fest, de Young Artisan Fair + More Bay Area Events


We're barely into November but the holidays seems to be coming at us full force: This week brings the opening of the Union Square ice rink, Macy's holiday windows with all the cute furry friends, and Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

Not quite ready for that? We don't blame you. Munch on nacho-rrones at Señor Sisig's first brick-and-mortar restaurant; drink all the cabs at Cabfest; shop Supreme's new SF shop; see some Picasso at Pace Gallery; pick up some edibles at the Sunset's first cannabis dispensary; and peruse locally made goods at 38Makers.

Monday, November 4th

Supreme Store Opening

11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday

Supreme, 1015 Market St. (SoMa), supremenewyork.com

In case you haven't heard the hype, SF got its very own Supreme store. Stop in to grab some new threads and up your street style game. Bonus: Former pro skater Reese Forbes is reportedly the new manager for the space, so keep an eye out when you visit.

Astronomy Lecture


Morrison Planetarium at the Cal Academy, 55 Music Concourse Drive (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Are you a space fan? The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been in operation for 20 years and Cal Academy is recognizing the achievement with a special lecture by astrophysicist Belinda Wilkes, PhD. Come ready to understand the telescope's learnings around star deaths and black holes—and the projects it will be working on next. // Advance reservations required. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at calacademy.org.

Spotlight on Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

6pm to 9pm

Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St. (FiDi), juliamorganballroom.com

Support women in the restaurant industry through the WCR's nonprofit gala. The night will include chef tastings, auctions for special foodie adventures, and an awards ceremony. Enjoy tastings from local chef bosses including Sarah Rich (Rich Table), Kim Alter (Nightbird), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), and Angela Pinkerton (Che Fico). // Tickets ($100 and up) are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, November 5th

Petaluma Takeover Menu

Seatings between 5pm to 9pm

Pläj Restaurant, 333 Fulton St. (Hayes Valley), plajrestaurant.com

Scandinavian restaurant Pläj is hosting some of their friends from Petaluma for a special four-course dinner. The team—the chef from Petaluma's Pearl restaurant, winemakers from Barber Cellars, and the bar stars from Whisper Sisters—will serve up dishes like fried falafel with smoked sesame burrata, a beef and lamb meatball tagine, and a Persian love cake. Yum. // Tickets ($95) are all inclusive; reserve via OpenTable.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (Presidio), palaceoffinearts.com

RIP, Halloween. It's Christmastime! The Moscow Ballet, accompanied by the Moscow Festival Orchestra, its bringing its Great Russian Nutcracker for one epic night in San Francisco. Get ready for Russian nesting dolls, a 15-foot Rat King, falling snow, and more enchanting effects. // Tickets ($29 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Poetry Invitational

5pm to 8pm

Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), tildenhotel.com

You may already know that the Tenderloin's stylish Tilden Hotel hosts art openings on the first Tuesday of every other month. Now poetry lovers have reason to visit Tilden Tuesdays. Starting tonight, the first Tuesday of every odd month will be devoted to verse. Come celebrate local poets, engage in thoughtful discussion, and enjoy live entertainment in the hotel's lobby and backyard. // Event is free to attend, find details on facebook.com.

Wednesday, November 6th

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

9am to 10:30am, Icebreaker Ceremony

Union Square, 333 Post St. (Union Square), visitunionsquaresf.com

You know it's official when the Union Square ice rink opens. Today's the day things kick off at the Safeway's holiday rink at the annual Icebreaking Ceremony with performances from Olympic champions Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, and Drag Queens on Ice star Paju Munro. There will also be an onsite photo booth with festive backdrops and designated selfie areas around the rink. // 10am to 11:30pm, daily through January 20, 2020;; tickets ($18 adults, $13 children; rental skates included) can be purchased in advance on unionsquareicerink.com.

Barbary Coast opens in the Sunset.

9am to 9pm daily

2161 Irving St. (Outer Sunset), barbarycoastsunset.com

It only makes sense that there should be an excellent cannabis dispensary serving the surfers, beach bums, and picnickers around Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. But until now, nada. But ta-da! Local dispensary Barbary Coast is now slanging curated cannabis goods in the Outer Sunset.

Picasso at Pace

Through February 16, 2020

Pace Gallery 229 Hamilton Ave. (Palo Alto), pacegallery.com

Celebrate five years of Pace Gallery in Palo Alto at the new exhibit, "Seeing Picasso: Maker of the Modern," featuring more than 35 pieces paintings and ceramics from different stages in his career, including his Blue Period and invention of Cubism.

Rise & Style With ThredUP

10am to 11:30am

La Bande, SF Proper Hotel, 1100 Market St. (Civic Center), properhotel.com

Start your morning with a little inspo courtesy of this free fashion talk from ThredUP brand manager Erin Wallace. She'ss walk you through her career to her current role at the world's largest resale thrift platform. She'll also share advice on how to reduce fashion waste and her own tips on carving out your path in the industry. // Free to attend, RSVP via Eventbrite.

Thursday, November 7th

2019 SF Transgender Film Festival

Through November 10th

Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission), roxie.com

Over four days at the Roxie, this year's Transgender Film Festival will showcase films—including political shorts, animation, music videos and documentaries—centering on trans culture. // Tickets ($12-15 per show) are available on sftff.org.

Señor Sisig goes brick-and-mortar.

11am to 9pm daily

Señor Sisig, 990 Valencia St. (Mission), senorsisig.com

Hot food truck on the block Señor Sisig is finally making the move to bona fide restaurant status. Come in for the usual Filipino fusion burritos, tacos, and fries, plus some new items like the nacho-rrones and Sisig crunchwrap.

Pinot & Pork Dinner

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd. (Livermore), wentevineyards.com

Nosh your way through five courses exemplifying different cuts of pork prepared in various ways. Think Spanish chorizo salad, pork belly tacos, pork tenderloin skewers, and smoked pork chops. Each dish will also pair with it a special glass of Wente pinot noirs. // Tickets ($200) can be purchased on wentevineyards.com.

We Dine Together fundraiser

Various reservation times and restaurants throughout SF

Support National No One Eats Alone Day (a group working against social isolation for students) by dining at participating SF restaurants including Angler, Boulevard, Flores, Waterbar, Wayfare Tavern, and Delfina. // Reservations ($175 and up) can be booked for each restaurant via Eventbrite.

Friday, November 8th

Richard Mosse: Incoming

Through Feb 17, 2020

SFMOMA, 151 3rd St (SoMa), sfmoma.org

Explore a new video and photography installation that captures photographs of body heat at the SFMOMA. The images at hand? Documentation of the movement and displacement of people happening in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. // Tickets ($25) are available on sfmoma.org.

The Cuddle Experience

2pm to 4pm

Macy's, 7th Floor, 170 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), macys.com

Stop by Macy's Holiday Lane for plenty of puppy kisses and kitty snuggles during this adorable two-hour event—and get excited for the cutest holiday window display in the city. The best part? All of the animals are adoptable from the SF SPCA, so if you fall in love with a new furry friend, it can be yours forever. // $10 for 10 minutes with the adoptable animals, first come first served. Event details can be found on facebook.com.


Dinners from 7:30pm to 10:30pm today; Grand Tasting tomorrow from 3pm to 6pm

Westfield Under the Dome, 865 Market St. (SoMa), westfield.com

Cabernet connoisseurs flock to this two-day event for endless pours from around the world. The festivities kick off tonight with four intimate wine pairing dinners (at Michael Mina Restaurant, Marianne's, and more). On Saturday, taste from more than 80 wines from around the world beneath the dome at the Westfield. // Tickets ($150 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Saturday, November 9th

A Brazilian Breakfast

7:30am to 4pm, Monday through Saturday

Cafe de Casa, 2701 Leavenworth St. (Russian Hill), cafedecasa.com

Choose from a refreshing acai bowl, crepes, salads, and sandwiches—or some more traditional items like salgados, aka traditional doughy filled treats, packed with the likes of creamy chicken, ground beef and corn, or ham, cheese, and tomato.

Make it a museum day.

9:30am to 5:15pm

de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org

The de Young has quite a lot going down this weekend. Peruse the new exhibit, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983, which opens today. While you're there, pop into the Piazzoni Mural Room for a holiday artisan fair featuring 17 makers with wares like jewelry, accessories, and clothes. // Free to visit today; reserve your tickets online at deyoung.famsf.org.

38Makers 2019: Holiday Fair at Pinterest

11am to 4pm

Pinterest, 651 Brannan St. (SoMa), pinterest.com

SFMade and Pinterest have taken the hassle out of your holiday shopping by curating a collection of the best local vendors and artisans. Peruse goods like bags, clothing, accessories, decor, pet gifts, wine, gourmet good, cards, and more. // Free to attend, RSVP via Eventbrite.

Balboa Block Party

11am to 6pm

Balboa Cafe, 3199 Fillmore St. (Marina), balboacafesf.com

Get your day party on outside Balboa Cafe. There will be live music all day, and drinks and food for purchase—proceeds will benefit the families of the Holy Family Day Home charity. Bring your non-perishable food items and winter coats for donation. Want the day to keep going? A DJ will be spinning at White Rabbit starting at 6pm if you're still feeling the vibes. // Free to attend, RSVP via Eventbrite.

Cap the night with some pizza.

5pm to 10pm Sundays through Thursdays, 5pm to 10:30pm Fridays and Saturdays

Zachary's Pizza Grand, 3917 Grand Ave. (Oakland), zacharys.com

We love our Chicago-style deep dish as much as the next person and are pumped to see a new location of Zachary's slanging stuffed 'za in the East Bay. Pop in for those legendary pies, like the classic Zachary's Special with peppers, mozzarella cheese, sausage, onions, and mushrooms. Extra points for this location carrying cocktails, beer and wine.

Patricia Nash 10th Anniversary + Holiday Launch

2pm to 4pm

Handbag department at Macy's, 170 O'Farrell St. (Union Square)

Tennessee is coming to San Francisco this weekend! Internationally renowned leather accessories designer Patricia Nash will be at Macy's Union Square today to celebrate the brand's 10th anniversary and launch the Holiday 2019 Collection. Browse pieces inspired by Nash's European travels, and even meet the designer herself. In addition to lite bites and sparkling beverages, the event will feature an awesome giveaway: a trip for two to Nashville! // patricianashdesigns.com

Thank you to our partners at Patricia Nash Designs.

Sunday, November 10th

Inner Sunset Flea

10am to 4pm

Between 9th and 10th Avenues (Inner Sunset)

Cruise through the Sunset's last flea market of the year to hunt for hidden treasures. Food vendors, sellers, artisans and more will be out to share their businesses—and, if you're a pie expert, make sure to bring one of your best flaky creations to enter the pie contest. Other activities for the day also include a fall pet pageant and parade. // Free to attend, more info on isflea.com.

Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage Food Tour

11:30am to 2:30pm

Safeway Plaza Courtyard, 6310 College Ave (Oakland)

Find yourself an SF foodie unfamiliar with the East Bay? Head out on this excursion through Rockridge to explore six spots with the neighborhood's best eats, served up with a side of history, culture, and architecture facts. On the menu: house-made sausages, crispy chicken tacos, morning buns, and cheese. // Tickets ($69) can be purchased via localfoodadventures.com.

The San Francisco Fall Cider Fest

12pm to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

Spark Social, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North (Mission Bay), sparksocialsf.com

Nothing feels more like fall than a fizzy glass of cider. Head over to Spark Social for endless pours of more than 20 ciders alongside eats from various vendors, including themed specials like Thanksgiving sandwiches, apple pie empanadas, and pumpkin-laced treats. // Tickets ($5 for admission or $46 for unlimited cider) are available on Eventbrite.

Fashion Party with Patricia Nash

2pm to 4pm

Macy's Union Square - Handbags Department; Patricia Nash Designs, 170 O'Farrell St, patricianashdesigns.com

This weekend Tennessee is coming to San Francisco! Internationally renowned leather accessories designer, Patricia Nash, will be at Macy's in Union Square to celebrate the brand's upcoming 10th anniversary and the launch of the Holiday 2019 collection. Meet the designer and browse the winter collection inspired by her travels. In addition to lite bites and sparkling beverages, the brand will be giving away a trip for two to Nashville with an itinerary planned by Patricia herself! Stop by Macy's this Saturday November 9th to your explore your fashion adventure!

*Thank you to our partners at Patricia Nash Designs.

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