28 Fun Things: The Art of Burning Man, Glass Room Pop-Up, Harry Potter  + More Bay Area Events
Cure your annual Burning Man FOMO with a trip to No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, at Oakland Museum of California. (Courtesy of @oaklandmuseumca)

28 Fun Things: The Art of Burning Man, Glass Room Pop-Up, Harry Potter  + More Bay Area Events


Halloween technically isn't until next week, but there are some good excuses to go ahead and try on your costume: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites returns to Jack London Square for you and your furry friends, while Cal Academy hosts SuperNatural, a Halloween-themed evening bash.

Into other sorts of scary? Head to The Glass Room pop-up to learn what your technology knows about you (hint: everything). Or, you can simply shell out the big bucks for a ticket to the Warrior's first game at Chase Center (or just cheer them on from Anchor Public Taps); down a volcano bowl at newly reopened tiki bar; munch on Midnite Bagels at Tartine; and check out gadgets and art by more than 170 makers at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.

Monday, October 21st

Aziza is open—but, like, for real this time.

Dinner 5:30 to 10pm nightly; brunch 11am to 2:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Aziza, 5580 Geary Blvd. (Outer Richmond), aziza-sf.com

Aziza jumped the gun on us and announced their opening for the 14th, but this is San Francisco: delays are real. Here's your reminder that the beloved Moroccan-Californian restaurant is back and now open for service.

Marc Benioff

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St. (TenderNob), marinesmemorialtheatre.com

Stop by Marines' Memorial Theatre to hear Marc Benioff, Salesforce co-CEO and author of Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change, in conversation with San Francisco Chronicle EIC, Audrey Cooper. They'll talk all about how businesses and individuals can make the world a better place. // Tickets ($15 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

DIY Amari Cocktails

7pm to 9pm

The Alembic, 1725 Haight St. (Upper Haight), alembicsf.com

During this two-hour class with mixologist Michael Cecconi, you'll become an expert on all things amari, and most importantly try your hand at concocting four cocktails with the bitter Italian spirits. // Tickets ($85) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

The Glass Room

Noon to 8pm daily, through November 3rd

The Glass Room, 838 Market St. (Tenderloin), theglassroom.org

Prepare to be freaked out by all of your devices after a trip to this traveling Black Mirror-esque pop-up produced by Mozilla Firefox. Inside the expansive, modern space you'll find a range of interactive exhibits that offer insight into the secrets of technology. Plus, after scanning your drivers license to see all the information generated from the barcode, or searching through a list of leaked LinkedIn passwords, be sure to gain some tips from the Ingeniuses at the Data Detox Bar. // Free to attend.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Rumble Training

Classes are offered 7:15am to 7pm daily

Rumble Training, 3322 Fillmore St. (Marina), doyourumble.com

Get hyped because the Marina is finally getting a Rumble! Stop by the popular boxing studio's highly anticipated second San Francisco location for a sweat sesh beginning this week—but don't expect to throw punches. While you're sure to be just as sore, Rumble Training will be offering a brand new 45-minute training workout, complete with 10 rounds of treadmill and resistance work. // Book a class and see the schedule at doyourumble.com.

Every Outfit on Sex and the City

6:30pm to 7:45pm

Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St. (TenderNob), marinesmemorialtheatre.com

Every Carrie Bradshaw fan knows Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni for their ambitious quest to document Sex and the City's every outfit via their Instagram account, @everyoutfitonsatc. (That's to say nothing of their #WokeCharlotte meme.) Crack up with the SATC experts and hear all about their newly released book, We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons From Sex and The City's Most Underrated Character, and their argument that Miranda Hobbes is the ideal role model for modern working women. // Tickets ($15 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Afternoon High Tea

11:30am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday; 10:30am to 4pm on Sundays

Elements Bar & Lounge at One65, 165 O'Farrell St. (Tenderloin), one65sf.com

The holidays are just around the corner—get into the mood with a special tea service between all your shopping expeditions. Escape the crowds to the fourth floor of French culinary destination, One65, for tea snacks like avocado salmon toast, calisson tarts, lemon cake, ice cream coupes, macarons and more. // Tea is $60 per person, or $150 with caviar and champagne add-ons. Reserve by calling (415) 814-8888.

Spotlight on Sustainability

6pm to 8pm

The Assembly, 449 14th St. (Mission), theassembly.com

Curious about how brands can prioritize the planet? Head over to The Assembly for an interactive panel with speakers from Pottery Barn, Tcho Chocolate, Equator Coffees, and more. Expect drinks, snacks, and even some Fair Trade Certified goodies. // Register for the free event on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 23rd

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man"

Through February 16, 2020

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (Oakland), museumca.org

Haven't made it to Burning Man in person? Here's your chance to get a tiny bit closer to experiencing the real thing. Get a peek at how the festival started and view the relics that have shaped it over the years—costumes, desert cars, photos, sculptures, gifts, and art pieces. There will even be a 40-foot-tall temple outside of the museum, built especially for this experience. // Tickets ($21) can be bought on museumca.org.

Foreign Cinema Cookbook Dinner

6:30pm to 9pm

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

Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark will be cooking up a meal based on their new book, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars. Meet the chefs and enjoy a family-style meal of dishes like ceviche, cocoa ajwain steak, garganelle with wild mushroom sugo, and more. // Tickets ($120/dinner; $160 with cookbook) include wine and are available on Eventbrite.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Through June 2020

Curran, 445 Geary St. (Tenderloin), sfcurran.com

The award-winning Harry Potter show is coming to SF. Follow Harry through his adventures through two different performances—a Part One and Part Two, since there is so much to cover (much like how some of the movies were split up). // Tickets ($59 and up) are available on sfcurran.com.

Thursday, October 24th

Drink a volcano bowl.

5pm to 2am, Tuesday through Saturday

The Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway (North Beach), bamboohutsf.com

Last year The Bamboo Hut closed down, and we found ourselves with one less tiki bar to get our fix for rum-based tropical drinks. The owner and his landlord resolved a few issues and the hut is back—stop by for classic volcano bowls plus a few new cocktail recipes on the menu.

Reimagine End of Life Festival

Through November 3rd

Various locations around the Bay Area

Death: We spend a lot of time trying to avoid it. The return of this annual, weeklong festival blows open the conversation around death through art, music, comedy, and talks. Themes events include 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother; A Beginner's Guide to the End; What is a Death Doula; Not Your Grandma's Funeral: Planning the Modern Memorial; and Morning with the Dead—Bringing Our Loved Ones Back to Life. Things kick off tonight with discussions, symphony performances, live painting, a poetry reading, and more. // Peruse the schedule and get tickets for different events on letsreimagine.org.

Man in the Box

8pm, through Saturday

ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (Mission), odc.dance

At the age of 73, St. Louis, Missouri-based performance artist and choreographer Tom Brady now finds himself living part-time in the Bay Area and staging what is essentially a 40-year work-in-progress performance piece at ODC Theater. Man in the Box is the evolution of Boxes, a piece that was first staged in New York City in 1979. With an original score by Brady, videos by Zlatko Cosic, and aerial work taking place on 15-foot poles onstage, the show stars Monica Newsam in a grapple with life and death, personal reflection, and time. // Find out more on satori3003.net and purchase tickets ($25) here.

Light up the Night Benefit


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

Get dressed up for a good cause at this special benefit. Things start with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a live auction. Proceeds benefit low-income families in the Bay Area. // Tickets ($250) are available on classy.org.

Golden State Warriors Kickoff

7:30pm to 10pm

Anchor Public Taps, 495 De Haro St, (Potrero Hill), anchorbrewing.com

Basketball is back. If you can't quite pony up the dollars for a ticket to the shiny new Chase Center, we recommend heading over to Anchor Public Taps to watch the Warriors on the big screen. Food vendor Frank Grizzly's will be on site selling Mexican eats to pair with $3 pints of Anchor's California Lager will be available for purchase. // Event details on Facebook.

Friday, October 25th

Badass Bagel Pop-up

6pm Fridays

Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero St. (Mission), tartinebakery.com

Meet Midnite Bagel, the new pop-up from Tartine bread baker Nick Beitcher. Order 'em plain, sesame, poppy, or with everything seasoning. Eat 'em straight up or order your bagel with fixins like Sierra Nevada Cream Cheese, smoked salmon and dill, or veggies and herbs. // Guarantee your bagels through pre-order on midnitebagel.com.

Farm Dinner

6pm and 8pm seatings

Manresa Bread, 195 E. Campbell Ave. (Campbell), manresabread.com

There are some fun, new farm dinners on the table at Manresa Bread. Catch one tonight at one of two seatings, featuring four courses with ingredients from Corvus Farm and Ranch (think squash, persimmons, pumpkins, apples, and rabbit), along with Twelker wines and Fort Point beer. // Tickets ($45 and up) are available on pre-ordermanresabread.com.

"Living the Shuffle"

8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays, and 5:30pm Sundays; through Dec. 1

The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way (Berkeley), www.themarsh.org

Actor/director Robert Townsend is sharing the real-life story of his own journey through show business—climbing the ranks from the Chicago streets to shows at a pimp convention in NYC and, finally, the film where he caught his break—Hollywood Shuffle. // Tickets (Previews $25-$100) are available at themarsh.org.

Saturday, October 26th

Alameda Harvest Celebration

Noon to 9pm, today and tomorrow

Around Almanac Beer Co. and Admiral Maltings, 651 W. Tower Ave (Alameda), almanacbeer.com

Celebrate the bounty of Alameda at this two-day festival. Hosted by Almanac and Admiral Maltings, expect beverages and food by the likes of Alameda Island Brewing, Alameda Point Craft Soda Company, Building 43 Winery, Burnt Ends BBQ, Faction Brewing, Hangar 1 Vodka, Next Door Baker, Rock Wall Wine Company, Squabisch Pretzels, and St. George Spirits. Sales benefit Alameda Point Collaborative to end homelessness // Free to attend, RSVP on Facebook.

Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites

11am to 4pm

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

Gather up your furry friends—because tbh they look way cuter in costumes than we do—and spend the afternoon taking photos, crafting, enjoying local food vendors, live music, beer and wine gardens, and the ultimate costume contest for the pups. Pets will also be welcome at all the outdoor restaurants around the square. // Free to attend, event details on Facebook.

Boo at the Zoo

10am to 3pm, today and tomorrow

Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland), oaklandzoo.org

Don your Halloween costume and get ready to hang with some animals at this spooky zoo party. Solve clues to find different tasty treats, ride a scary train, get your face painted, break it down on the dance floor, and even make some treats for the zoo's animals. // Zoo admission ($24) can be purchased in advance at oaklandzoo.org.

Shopping and Dumplings

Workshop 2pm to 4pm today

Foragers Present, 1186 Valencia St. (Mission), foragerspresent.com

Foragers Present is a new shop on Valencia Street that's part artisan goods enclave, part DIY workshop space, and part cafe. Goods include Truffle Shuffle salt from former French Laundry chefs; Bar Agricole bitters; and Antonio Massarutto's hand-crafted Tuscan jewelry. Stop in today for the afternoon dumpling workshop. // Free to shop; workshop ($85/person) can be found on foragerspresent.com.


6:30pm to 9pm

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Don your costume and hang out at the Academy after hours for an evening packed with pumpkin carving, face paint, a silent disco in the aquarium, wandering magicians, and tricks and treats in the Planetarium. // Tickets ($55 adults, $40 kids) are available on calacademy.org.

Sunday, October 27th

Mini Maker Faire

10am to 5pm

Park Day School, 360 42nd St. (Oakland), parkdayschool.org

Get crafty at this mini festival celebrating DIY projects with more than 170 makers exhibiting their creations, including rockets, robots, digital fabrications, urban farming and sustainability projects, art, and so much more. Live music, food vendors, and workshops will also be part of the day. // Tickets ($19) can be found on eastbay.makerfaire.com.

Lumpia Palooza

11am to 4pm, today and Sunday

SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. (SoMa), somastreatfoodpark.com

In honor of Filipino-American History Month, today's lumpia fest is a license to endlessly munch on versions including elote lumpia, banana-stuffed lumpia, and cheeseburger lumpia. Wash it all down with craft beer and sangria, then work up an appetite for the all you can eat lumpia contest by dancing to some DJ beats. // Tickets ($5 and up, food available for purchase) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

"Soft Power"

Through Feb 17, 2020

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

Explore two floors of art from 20 artists as they use sculpture, sounds, paintings, and video to share how their roles in society can influence the world on a higher level. // Tickets ($25) are available on sfmoma.org.

DIY Ice Cream Pints

2pm to 9pm, daily

Smitten's online Brrr Bar

Smitten has expanded its offering via an online Brrr Bar where you can customize ice cream pints with mix-ins like cookie dough, brownies, lemon shortbread cookies, marshmallow fluff, olive oil, and so many more—and then have it delivered. Start with one of 14 base flavors, choose your additions, and hit the order button. Netflix and chill just got a little sweeter. // Custom pints start at $15. Order via brrrbar.com.

(Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil)

Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna"

Nov. 3, 2019 through Jan. 12, 2020

Under the Big Top at Oracle Park (China Basin)

Get ready to drift away to a mysterious island where a thrilling adventure of love, energetic sound, and acrobatic splendor will unfold. // Use the code AMA15 to receive 15 percent off premium tickets, subject to availability, at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.

Thank you to our partners at Cirque du Soleil.

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