There are only two months left in the year—it's time to pack it all in.
This week, colorful altars are popping up for Día de los Muertos, Union Square's holiday ice rink opens for the season, and Mendocino's mushroom season is in full bloom.
Have a good one!
Spend Halloween on Kaiyo’s Rooftop complete with a screening of the beloved Japanese animated film Spirited Away, a themed bar, DJ, and optional three-course prix fixe dinner; Monday, 4pm to 10pm. // Kaiyo Rooftop, 701 3rd St. (SoMa); tickets at resy.com.
Don't miss your last chance for Boo at the Zoo! The beloved family-friendly Halloween event includes an animal-themed scavenger hunt. Costumes are encouraged; Monday, 10am to 4pm. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland); advanced reservations are required and can be made at oaklandzoo.org.
For Halloween, Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace with a special screening of Wallace Worsley’s immortal 1923 silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The score will be performed live on Grace’s famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos; Monday at 7:30pm. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at sfjazz.org
Enjoy spirits while hunting down spirits on the Haunted Haight Pub Crawl. Not for the faint-hearted, this adults-only adventure is a paranormal walking tour (led by legit paranormal investigators) through the haunted bars and clubs of the Haight-Ashbury; Monday at 7pm. // Tours start in front of Magnolia Brewing Company, 1398 Haight St. (Haight-Ashbury); tickets at hauntedhaight.com
San Francisco’s largest Halloween pub crawl—Crawloween—returns with drink specials and costumed revelry at more than 40 bars—a party bus will get you to each destination); Monday, 6pm to 9pm. // Mayes Oyster House, 1233 Polk St. (TenderNob); tickets at crawloween.com
Sing along to the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with a live cast and burlesque show; Monday at 8pm. // The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at theuctheatre.org
Get a taste of NYC’s Momofuku—at home. For the first time, celebrity chef David Chang has partnered with Good Eggs to deliver a collection of sauces, spices, and meal kits in California. Offerings include the restaurant's famous bo ssam pulled pork, ginger scallion sheet-pan fish, one-pot spicy shrimp noodles with mizuna, and sheet-pan soy-marinated steak. Hells yes. // Details at goodeggs.com
Whether you’re booking a client dinner or product launch, a cocktail soiree or multi-course food and wine pairing, Afici’s warm and professional team will attend to every detail. This new SoMa restaurant with European and Italian influences offers two private dining rooms or one large space to create the perfect setting for your special event. // 680 Folsom St. (SoMa), aficisf.com
Thank you to our partners at Afici.
Just in time to start packing on the winter weight, Delfina has finally reopened after a gorg floor-to-ceiling renovation. Check out the new cocktail program, oh, and the introduction of housemade bread; open for dinner nightly (closed Tuesdays). // Delfina, 3621 18th St. (Mission); reservations at delfinasf.com
Step into the Midway’s newest exhibition, a World of Grooves–a nostalgic, black and white collection of broken vinyl records reimagined as musical icon records by Las Vegas artist Denver Miller III; on view through November 28. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); details at themidwaysf.com
Join National Park Rangers for two days of Fiesta de Arte del Dia de Los Muertos—free, family-friendly activities including face painting, paper flower making, and skull decorating; Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 3pm. // Presidio Tunnel Tops, 210 Lincoln Blvd. (Presidio); details at presidio.gov
Join the merrymaking at opening day of the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Special on-ice performances, local celebrities, and opportunities to slap on a pair of skates and hit the ice await at the kick-off of the 15th season; Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm. // Union Square; details at unionsquareicerink.com
Be inspired when Jemele Hill and Dr. Ibram X Kendi join together for a thought-provoking conversation about sports and the pursuit of an antiracist future; Thursday at 7:30pm. // Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at Cityboxoffice.com
It’s the most wonderful time to visit Mendocino. The annual Harvest Mendocino kicks off this week with the region’s top seasonal gem, mushrooms, being celebrated far and wide. Belly up for mushroom-laced menus, winemaker dinners, foraging, and rides on the Mushroom Train; weekends through November 13. // Mendocino County; details at visitmendocino.com
Hop a direct flight to Austin this week. The Michelin-starred Saison hospitality group will be in the house at the Ken Fulk–designed Commodore Perry Estate for an exclusive culinary collaboration including a private nine-course dinner ($325/person, $175/wine pairing) at the resort's restaurant Lutie’s and a fermenting workshop ($250, tickets at Eventbrite); Friday and Saturday. // For dinner reservations, call 512.817.5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information, go to aubergeresorts.com.
Rock out with Italian band Måneskin on their first headline tour of North America. They’ll be taking over the Masonic for two nights; Thursday and Friday at 8:30pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com
Take a workshop and shop handicrafts from more than 100 artists and purveyors at the Marin Arts & Crafts Show, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th century; 10am to 6pm Friday through Sunday. // Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave of the Flags(San Rafael); tickets at artsandcraftsshow.com
Watch films by and about indigenous peoples, panels on social change, and sample American Indian traditional foods at the 47th annual American Indian Film Festival; Friday through Saturday, November 12. // Venue details and tickets available at aifisf.com
Plan your exclusive gathering at SoMa’s shrine to steak (with an Asian flair). Alexander’s can accommodate parties in its Board Room with a flatscreen TV; in the Mezzanine overlooking the restaurant; and in the Wine Library, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling displays of fine vintages. The restaurant's gracious hospitality will ensure an extraordinary and memorable event. // 448 Brannan St. (SoMa), alexanderssteakhouse.com
Thank you to our partners at Alexander’s Steakhouse.
Get a head start on your holiday gift shopping at the Heath Newsstand x Maido x Kinokuniya Bookstore pop-up, including unique books, stationery, and Studio Ghibli merch; Saturdays in November, noon to 5pm. // Heath Newsstand, 2900 18th St. (Mission); details at usa.kinokuniya.com
Practice your fancy footwork at Chromeo’s DJ set; Saturday, 10pm to 2am. // Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St. (SoMa); tickets at templesf.com.
Shop from more than 200 local and national artists under one roof at Renegade Craft. Plus, eat from local food trucks, sip on seasonal drinks, and more; 11am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details on renegadecraft.com
Warm up with unlimited tea tastings at the SF International Tea Festival. Discover your next favorite blend and learn from experts in the tea community; Saturday, 10am to 5pm. // Ferry Building Marketplace (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com
You’ll be greeted by Aztec dancing, dedicated altars, and exquisite folk art before sitting down for an exciting Día de Los Muertos concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and the SF Symphony; Saturday at 12:45pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org
Meet the artist at the opening reception of Mona Kuhn: Timeless. Kuhn is internationally acclaimed for her contemporary re-interpretations of the nude. A guided walk-through will begin at 4pm Saturday, exhibit on view through December 23. // Equinom Gallery, 1295 Alabama St. (Mission); details at euqinomgallery.com
Savor perfect pairings at the 24th Annual Wine & Food Affair. Mix and mingle with winemakers and enjoy tasty bites paired with wines from wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys; Saturday and Sunday. // Participating wineries and tickets at wineroad.com
Support your local makers at Made in Oakland. Grab a wine flight (or a bottle—no corkage fee!) at Côte West and shop from Oakland artisans; Saturday, 1pm to 5pm. // Côte West, 2102 Dennison St. (Oakland); details at eventbrite.com
Join Calavera for the Pal’Alma dinner, an exquisite, multi-course meal prepared by executive chef Omar Huerta. You can even enjoy a selection of mezcals from Mexico presented by Erick Rodriguez; 6pm, Wednesday Nov. 9. // Seats are very limited; get tickets ($120/dinner with drinks or $85/dinner only) at toasttab.com.
Thank you to our partners at Calavera.