27 Fun Things: Haunted Happenings, Cirque du Soleil, SF Coffee Festival + More Bay Area Events
Scare your pants off at The Terror Vault, at SF Mint. (Courtesy of @intothedarksf )

27 Fun Things: Haunted Happenings, Cirque du Soleil, SF Coffee Festival + More Bay Area Events


Happy Halloweek! We've got all sorts of tricks up our sleeves.

Not so into it? There's also lots to eat, seasonal cocktails to drink, a stylish new coworking space, a vintage shopping fair, flamenco night, and more. Have a spooktacular week!

Monday, October 28th

Julia Roberts Movie Marathon

9am to 10pm

Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission)

The world's on fire and we could all use a feel-good moment. If you can take time out today, catch screenings of Steel Magnolias , Erin Brockovitch , Pretty Woman and more. They'll have spiced popcorn. // Free to attend; register at eventbrite.com .

Jayu Pop Up

5:30pm to 9pm

Cerf Club, 925 O'Farrell St. (Civic Center), cerfclub.com

Chefs James Lok and Yutaro Tachibe will be melding their backgrounds in Japanese and Chinese cooking to create a family-style dinner that's part izakaya, part street food. Together the pair has experience in top-notch establishments such as Benu, In Situ, Jardinière, and The Restaurant at Meadowood. Expect dishes like American Pekin duck, griddled daikon radish cakes, and a fried silken tofu with sausage and lobster sauce. // Tickets ($60) include all seven courses and are available on Eventbrite .

Yarn Bombing Display

6am to 9pm, through Oct. 31

Salesforce Transit Center Park 425 Mission St. (SoMa), salesforcetransitcenter.com

Catch a pretty rad art installation at Salesforce Park. YouTuber Kristen McDonnell of "Studio Knit" spent 300+ hours and 16,000+ feet of yarn to create a harvest wonderland—explore a forest of trees "yarn bombed" by harvest corn, vines, flowers, and pumpkins. // Free to attend, more info on salesforcetransitcenter.com .

Into the Dark Terror Vault

Every night through November 10th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa), intothedarksf.com

Scare your pants off with the annual horrific stylings of Terror Vault's interactive and immersive Halloween show inside the SF Mint. Are you seriously hardcore? Opt to wear a red glow necklace, which tells the scaries inside that you're game for anything. Also catch Apocalypse, a zombie experience set in 1985. Make the creepy crawlies easier to face with a drink (or four) at the pop-up Gold Bar. There's also a menu of eats and a separate themed Madam Zola's Cafe with dishes like pumpkin curry, cheese fondue, and a meatball sub if hunger strikes. // Tickets ($10-$62) are available on intothedarksf.com .

Tuesday, October 29th

True Laurel's new fall cocktail menu highlights seasonal ingredients.

(Courtesy of True Laurel)

New Cocktails at True Laurel

4pm to 2am, Monday to Friday; 11am to 2am Saturday and Sunday

True Laurel, 753 Alabama St. (Mission), truelaurelsf.com

Gather for small plates and autumnal drinks at True Laurel, where the new menu of complex cocktails highlights seasonal ingredients and clarification techniques. Try the labor-intensive Melons Triple Lindy, made with three types of melon frescas, local aloe, melon-infused liquor, shiso syrup, and two types of infused dill spices—one with vodka-salt and the other with green oil. The entire drink is then whipped through a centrifuge for one flavor-packed bevvie. // Check out the full new menu at truelaurelsf.com .

Build a Conscious Wardrobe

Amy Kuschel, 23 Grant Ave., Floor 6 (Union Square), amykuschel.com

Curious about how you can make your closet more sustainable? Join a discussion with Overdressed author and journalist Elizabeth L. Cline and Bay Area bridal designer Amy Kuschel to learn about the future of ethical fashion and about how you can reduce the impact of your fashion choices. Plus, sip champagne and munch on snacks while you chat, and pick up some new reading material in the form of a signed copy of Cline's newest book, The Conscious Closet . // Register for the free event on Eventbrite .

Martial Arts Class

50-minute classes at 7pm and 8pm=

CS Jiu Jitsu, 350 Divisadero St. (NoPa), csjiujitsu.com

Learn a new hobby at this jiu-jitsu studio, owned and operated by a fourth-degree black belt. Don't be intimidated—classes welcome beginners and traditional uniforms are not required. // Classes are $25 per session, or $300 for an unlimited monthly pass, and can be purchased at the studio.

SF in 1978

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission), welcometomannys.com

Learn all about how San Francisco's current political and social contradictions can be traced back to three key events in 1978 with San Francisco history expert and author of San Francisco Year Zero , Lincoln A. Mitchel. // Tickets ($5 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite .

Wednesday, October 30th

Sip cocktails and munch on seafood-centric dishes at Over Proof.

(Courtesy of Grace Sager)

Haunted Howl-o-Ween Party—for Dogs

6pm to 8pm

Wag Hotels, 39 4th St. (Oakland), waghotels.com

Don't want to leave your pup home for Halloween? Get them in on the fun at this doggie bash with a costume contest (including a Best Owner/Dog Combo category—yesss), tricks and treats, raffle, silent auction and photo ops with Cruella de Vil. Proceeds benefit the Pets In Need Rescue Organization. // Tickets ($5-$15) are available on Eventbrite .

Over Proof re-opens tonight

6:30pm to 11:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday

Inside ABV, 3174 16th St. (Mission), overproofsf.com

Remember the themed, mini-restaurant pop-ups in the upstairs den at ABV? After a short break, the concept is back with a fresh theme: seafood and classic drinks. We're talking uni, seared scallops, caviar service, oysters, and crudos—plus wines and creative takes on negronis, martinis, and old fashioneds. // Snag your reservation on overproofsf.com .

Thursday, October 31st

Stop by Mission Community Market today for a pop-up pumpkin patch, fresh fruit and veggies, and leave with a festive coat of face paint.

(Courtesy of Cuesa)

Día de los Muertos and Halloween

4pm to 8pm

Mission Community Market, 22nd Street between Mission and Valencia (Mission), missioncommunitymarket.org

Don your party hat for double the fun at this dual celebration for Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Grab a pumpkin at the pop-up patch, get your face painted, eat tasty food, and enjoy live music by Dos Bandoleros and Louda y Los Bad Hombres. // Free to attend, details on cuesa.org .

Totally Rad '80s Halloween Party

8pm to midnight

White Rabbit, 3138 Fillmore St. (Marina), whiterabbitsf.com

Head back in time for the breakdancing, moonwalking, and air guitar contests; a costume contest (the winner will take home $100), DJ beats, and drinks. // Free to attend, event details on whiterabbitsf.com .

Beastly Ball

10pm to 2am

The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St. (Marina), doriansf.com

Gear up for all sorts of freaky—think stilt walkers sporting animal masks, contortionists, and snake dancers—at the Dorian's first annual Beastly Ball. Rest assured that the Dorian's nitro espresso martini cart and signature punch bowls will be on hand to keep you grooving to DJ beats all night long. // Free with RSVP via Eventbrite .

Drag Me to Hell

8pm to 2am

Virgin Hotel, 250 Fourth St. (SoMa), virginhotels.com

If hotel parties are your thing—this one sounds like the tops. All 13 floors of the Virgin Hotel will be turned into a "tower of terror" with creepy decor, a silent disco, and three stages featuring DJs and Juanita MORE! The Commons Club, Upstairs at Commons Club, and Everdene bar spaces will be transformed, complete with an open bar for constant cocktails and unlimited passed apps. // Tickets ($100 and up) are on Eventbrite .

Friday, November 1st

Movember Happy Hour

6pm to 8pm

Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St. (Union Square), viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Kick off Movember festivities with this special happy hour. Festivities include an on-site clean shave (before you grow your bear for the next 30 days), three cannabis companies showcasing their goods, styling consultations from Shop The City 's founder, and special cocktails at Rambler . // Tickets ($5) via Eventbrite .

The Rocky Horror Show

8pm performance today; shows through Saturday, Nov. 2

Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (Mission), victoriatheatre.org

Sure, Halloween was yesterday, but stop by the Victoria Theatre for the final weekend of Ray of Light's fifth annual Rocky Horror Show. Expect new choreo and sets, plus an epic performance by veteran Frank-N-Furter D'arcy Drollinger during the cult classic. // Tickets ($30 and up) can be found on Eventbrite .

Wagyu Burger Happy Hour

4:30am to 6:30pm, daily

Niku Steakhouse, 61 Division St. (SoMa), nikusteakhouse.com

Meat lovers, now is your chance to get a taste of Niku Steakhouse on the cheap. The restaurant's new happy hour menu includes dishes priced $5 to $15. Try the Niku Wagyu burger (50 percent Imperial wagyu, 50 percent Japanese A5 wagyu), oysters, A5 and Imperial wagyu meatball skewers, and our favorite nitro-fried crispy potatoes. Plus, beers are $5 and wines are $10 for happy hour.

Saturday, November 2nd

A Current Affair

10am to 6pm

The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South (Richmond), craneway.com

Pick up some stylish vintage threads ranging from designer finds to perfectly worn-in denim, funky jewelry and accessories, at this traveling shopping event with 70 vintage retailers and private dealers from around the country. Look out for Bay Area purveyors including Mercy Vintage, Pretty Penny, and Eden and Eden. // Tickets ($12 and up) can be found on Eventbrite .

Beachside Bar and Cafe

7am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Boavida, 3560 Taraval St. (Outer Sunset), boavidasf.com

From the founder of the Mission brunch spot Cafe St. this Outer Sunset spot just steps from beach is serving healthy acai bowls, to-go salads and sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and waffles. A wine bar will be incorporated soon, and artisan goods are available for purchase, small- market style.

Patchwork Show

11am to 5pm

Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Venture over to Jack London Square to pick up handmade goods including clothing, ceramics, jewelry, art, and wellness products from more than 150 strategically selected makers at this free, dog friendly festival. Plus, if you're feeling crafty, participate in a variety of onsite workshops—think play dough bar, crystal bracelet making, create your own succulent-topped pumpkins, and mini pinch pot pottery. // Event is free to attend, details can be found on dearhandmadelife.com .

Hook Fish Co.

Opening today

Proof Lab, 244 CA-1 (Mill Valley), prooflab.com

Stop by Hook Fish Company's new outpost across the Bay for the same fresh fish-filled burritos, tacos, and sandwiches you love at the Outer Sunset spot—plus a little more sun. Opening in collaboration with surf store-meets-event space Proof Lab, Hook Fish's new digs will include a reclaimed redwood trailer housed inside a large beer garden with an outdoor stage, adjacent to an indoor bar serving up beer and wine.

Wine & Food Affair

11am to 4pm, today and tomorrow

Wineries throughout Sonoma County

Despite the fires raging in Sonoma, it's harvest season. Support the wineries of the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys at this Wine Road event featuring tastings and pairings 80+ wineries . // Tickets for the weekend ($95) or Sunday-only ($75) are available on wineroad.com .

*UPDATE: Please watch Wine Road's website for updates in case this event is cancelled due to North Bay fires.

Flamenco Night

7:30pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 2pm Sundays, through Nov. 16

Z Space, 450 Florida St. (Mission), zspace.org

Watch talented flamenco dancers perform the theatrical show Entre Tú y Yo ( You and I), exploring the limiting and limitless possibilities of human relationships. Well-known and respected Spanish flamenco dancer, Soledad Barrio, will take the stage for multiple acts. // Tickets ($25-70) can be purchased on zspace.org .

Sunday, November 3rd

Prepare to be impressed by the daring aerial and acrobatic performances in "Amaluna."

(Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil )

The Hivery opens

10am to 5pm

Landmark Building D at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), fortmason.org

Mill Valley coworking space The Hivery is opening their first spot south of the Golden Gate. Check out the space today with some hosted tours, wellness sessions, workshops and talks by Karen Behnke (founder & CEO of Juice Beauty) and Grace Kraaijvanger (The Hivery's founder)—and a champagne toast and ribbon cutting. // Free to attend, RSVP requested .

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna

5pm today, shows through Jan. 12, 2020

The Big Top at Oracle Park, 74 Mission Rock St. (Mission Bay)

The 33rd production by Cirque du Soleil is coming to SF. Tonight marks the premier show, featuring the tale of a queen whose daughter discovers a forbidden love when a storm shipwrecks a crew of young men to their island. Extra cool points for a mostly female cast and all-female band. // Tickets ($54 and up) are available on cirquedusoleil.com .

SF Coffee Festival

9am to 4:30pm, today and Saturday

Festival Pavillion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Boulevard (Marina), fortmason.org

Get your caffeine fix at this two-day coffee extravaganza complete with more than 90 roasters—including Ritual, Equator, and Verve—and exhibitors including Boba Guys and Topo Chico. After sampling all the unique beans, stop by a Coffee Convo to hear experts discuss a variety of topics—think Coffee with a Purpose, Double Shot of Insta, and Queens of Coffee—check out some coffee art, and munch on eats from Bay Area vendors including Conchinita, Toasty, and Bowl'd Acai. // Tickets ($25 and up) can be found on Eventbrite .

Branca Games 2019


The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch), themidwaysf.com

Fernet-Branca might as well be the official spirit of San Francisco. Tonight, 12 local barbacks will face off in events like the Spill Clean Up, Keg Changing Relay, Bottle Relay, and Beer Restocking—all sponsored by Fernet-Branca—to be named the Best Barback in the Country. Food, art, and cocktails are also on deck. // Free to attend with RSVP, or free to compete (accepting the first 40 competitors to show up only). RSVP via Eventbrite .

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