27 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.11.21)
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party returns this week. (Paige K. Parsons)

27 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.11.21)


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This week brings plenty of reasons to ditch your screens for IRL events.

Kick things off with live performances celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day at Yerba Buena Gardens, then groove a little harder at Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party and The Midway's Diplo show. Plus, chow your way through Eat Drink SF, enjoy Oakland's Autumn Lights Festival, and squeeze in some kickboxing or soul flow yoga.

See you out there.

Indigenous Peoples' Day takes over Yerba Buena Gardens for a day of celebration and reflection complete with Native American art, music, and vendors; Monday, noon to 3:30pm. // Yerba Buena Gardens (SoMa), ybgfestival.org

Litquake, SF's favorite literary festival, is taking over the city this month. On our list? Straight, No Chaser Writers at the Bar—a live reading hosted by Alia Volz (author of Home Baked) at the famed Vesuvio Cafe. Sit back and order a "Jack Kerouac" to be on theme; Tuesday at 7pm. // Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus Ave. (North Beach); RSVP for free tickets on eventbrite.com.

You've listened to Fleetwood Mac's Rumoursbut never before like this. Thirty-two speakers will envelop you in sound that will make you feel like you were in the recording studio when this legendary album was created. (BTW, is it just us or does that viral skateboarding while drinking cranberry juice while listening to Fleetwood Mac Tik-Tok feel like a straight-up fever dream at this point?); Tuesday at 7:30pm.// Envelop SF at The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch); tickets ($30) on envelop.us

Ignite your date night with a candlelit evening of classical compositions. Enjoy the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart, and more played by a talented string quarte, in an intimate environment surrounded by hundreds of luminous candles; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. // Gasser Garden, 176 2nd St. (FiDi); tickets ($55) on feverup.com

Sip and paint? Nah, sip and plant! Head to Calicraft Brewing Co. for a terrarium workshop complete with soil, plants, rocks, and other decorations. The first beer or beverage is also included; Wednesday, 6-9pm. // Calicraft Brewing Company, 2700 Mitchell Dr. (Walnut Creek); tickets ($30) on eventbrite.com

Get "Lost in the House"—the Winchester Mystery House, that is. All Hallows' Eve events this season feature a paranormal investigative adventure and the family-friendly Jack O' Lantern Trail through the Victorian gardens. // 7-11:30pm Wednesdays through Sundays in October; tickets at winchestermysteryhouse.com

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The 10th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival transforms Oakland's hidden gem into a twinkling paradise. More than 100 local artists will create and display illuminated art in this Lake Merritt garden; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. // Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave (Oakland); tickets on eventbrite.com.

SF's famed gay bar takes on The Rocky Horror Show, with a twist. This club-style performance of the cult classic is making the show as immersive as possible with performers mixing it up with the crowd; 6:45pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October 31. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets ($30-$60) on eventbrite.com.

All the rumors are true: Lizzo vs. Lil Nas X Night is the place to be Friday night if dancing is on your mind; 9pm to midnight. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets ($12-$18) on eventbrite.com

Wilco is here to stay, whether you like it or not. The decades-long-running alt-rock band takes their Ode To Joy Tour outdoors to the vibey Oxbow RiverStage in Downtown Napa; Friday, 5:30pm to 7pm. // Oxbow RiverStage, 1268 McKinstry St. (Napa); tickets ($55) on oxbowriverstage.com

Sundance documentary Try Harder! hits close to home, focusing on five students attending San Francisco's Lowell High School. Head to Proxy's outdoor film festival for a free screening of the doc, followed by a Q&A with director Debbie Lum and crew Friday 6pm to 10pm. // Proxy, 432 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley); details on eventbrite.com

Dig into 10 days of dining, culture, and community at Eat Drink SF 2021 (Friday through Oct. 24). The Golden Gate Restaurant Association's ticketed events include cocktail soirees, unique tastings, collaborative dinners at premier restaurants, parklet parties, and more. Plus, SF Restaurant Week (Oct. 15-24) is featuring prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from more than 150 restaurants. // Get tickets to one-of-a-kind experiences at eatdrink-sf.com, and go to sfrestaurantweek.com.

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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party is the perfect way to start priming yourself for Outside Lands with a more approachable outdoor fest featuring indie artists Y La Bamba, Con Brio, L.A. Witch, French Cassettes, and more; Saturday from noon to 6pm. // 20th street (Mission); tickets and details (free-$70) on eventbrite.com

Start stocking up on fall closet staples at the last week of the Oliver Charles (and friends) pop-up at The Bar Code SF; closing night is Saturday. // The Bar Code, 3600 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), thebarcodesf.com

Get your kicks at an Oakland Roots soccer game. Oakland takes on Orange County for their second-to-last home game of the season; Saturday at 7pm. // Laney College Stadium, 900 Fallon St. (Oakland); tickets on oaklandrootssc.com.

Get down while getting outside at The Do-Over SF Block Party. Celebrating their 15th anniversary, this tropical house daytime party is sure to clear the fog and your mind; Sunday at noon. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch); details and tickets on tixr.com

Take a hike at the dump. No really. The Albany Bulb is a thin peninsula that offers stunning views of the Bay—it's also a landfill. UC Berkeley students have created art responding to the ways mining, manufacturing, and construction industries have used and abused the shoreline and an accompanying audio tour to listen to as you explore; open daily. // The Albany Bulb, 1 Buchanan St. (Albany); details on monumenttoextraction.org

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Sister Actat Dirty Habit's chic, fifth-floor patio. The beloved film will be projected on a large screen with audio provided by wireless headphones. You'll be able to order food and drinks from a special menu with themed items. Proceeds will benefit GLIDE; Sunday at 7pm. // Dirty Habit, 12 Fourth St. (SoMa); tickets ($17) on eventbrite.com

Get your Burning Man fix with Diplo and friends at The Midway. The outdoor fest will feature three stages, food trucks, and circus antics; Saturday at 1pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch); tickets ($60-$85) on tixr.com

If you prefer being fashionably late, head to a Tokimonsta-headlined Diplo after-party; Saturday, 10pm to 3am. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); tickets ($30-$35) on eventbrite.com

Kick it and sip it with cardio boxing at Original Pattern Brewing Co. Earn your beer(s) with a high-intensity kickboxing class and complimentary beer to follow; Sunday, 10-11am. // Original Pattern Brewing Co., 292 4th st. (Oakland); tickets ($20) on eventbrite.com

Mask up, costume up, and vax up for Halloween Meltdown—a West Coast–heavy Halloween-themed festival that celebrates the Bay Area's music scene. It will be hosted by John Waters and feature Osees, The Mummies, The Gories, Seth Bogart, and more; Saturday and Sunday. // Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. (Oakland); tickets ($39-$139) on dothebay.com

Stretch your body and your mind with R&B soul flow silent disco yoga. Join Yogi Elesia as she guides you through a calm and relaxing silent disco yoga session backed by the best R&B jams, vibes, and energy; Saturday, 11am to noon. // Lake Merritt Amphitheater (Oakland); tickets ($30-$40) on eventbrite.com

Take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see feminist artist Judy Chicago's multicolored, pyrotechnic-fueled performance art at the de Young museum. "Forever de Young" will take place in front of the museum's main entrance and is a celebration of her exhibition currently on view in the museum; Saturday at 5pm. // De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park); free to attend, details on deyoung.famsf.org.

Picnic on Telegraph turns Oakland into a pedestrian paradise with a multi-block party. No Sunday scaries to be found here with plenty of live music, brunch options (including outdoor drag brunch at North Light), shopping, and more; Sunday from 11am to 7pm. // Telegraph Ave. between 40th and 51st streets (Oakland); temescaldistrict.org.

Hop aboard the Harry Potter Murder Mystery Wine Train. Anything from the trolley, dear? For a few select nights in October only, the Napa Valley Wine Train will transform into The Hogwarts Express—but better because there's wine. Don your witch's hat and wizard's robe for dinner and a murder mystery; Saturday, 6:20pm to 8:30pm. // Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry Street (Napa); details and tickets on winetrain.com.

Dinner featuring four Top Chef Season 18 cheftestants? Say less. Each ticket includes a six-course tasting menu and cocktail pairing, plus other surprises; Sunday at 5pm. // Sobre Mesa, 1618 Franklin St. (Oakland); details and tickets ($295) on tock.com.

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