25 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.7.22)
Get cozy for the return of a beloved Bay Area tradition, the 14th annual Opera at the Ballpark. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen for SF Opera)

25 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.7.22)

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Take a break from the daily grind at the San Francisco Coffee Festival.

Plus, Opera at the Ballpark is sure to be a high note, a Black Panther Party tour of Oakland is a great way to pre-game before screening Wakanda Forever, and Bono is coming to town.


Have a good one!

Get up close and personal with Academy Award–winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino on his multi-city Cinema Speculation book tour. His Bay Area stop at the Castro Theatre will include an intimate evening in conversation with several notable film critics and film historians. Tarantino will also read an excerpt from his new book which is included in the ticket price; Monday at 7pm. // Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at apeconcerts.com.


Be one of the first to taste Fort Point and Broc Cellars collab beer: Nouveau. To celebrate, Fort Point Valencia will be hosting a launch party complete with flowing glasses of the bright farmhouse ale made with zinfandel grapes, a wine list takeover from Broc, Fault Radio spinning vinyl, and Head Brewer Mike Schnebeck and Broc Winemaker Chris Brockaway behind the bar; Monday, 5pm to 8pm. // Fort Point Valencia, 742 Valencia St. (Mission); RSVP at eventbrite.com.


Check out the botanical-inspired art pop-up at Flowers Vineyards & Winery, an installation by Naomi Clark in collaboration with local art gallery Legion Projects. With a reservation for Flowers, you’ll enjoy a day of wine tasting amid the collection of paintings; on view now through November 22. // Flowers Vineyards & Winery, 4035 Westside Rd. (Healdsburg); reservations at flowerswinery.com or call 707-723-4800.


Chef Susan Kim is taking the helm at Turntable at Lord Stanley with her roving pop-up, Doshi. The Seoul-born, California-raised chef cooked at Chez Panisse before moving to NYC. Her residency runs Tuesdays through Saturdays until December 3, with a special tasting menu available on Thanksgiving. // Turntable at Lord Stanley, 2065 Polk St. (Nob Hill); reservations available on tock.com.


Cheers to 20 years of shopping bliss on Santana Row. Celebrate Santana Row’s 20th Anniversary with wine tastings, signature cocktails, and light bites from Santana Row restaurants. Plus, live entertainment, a signature swag bag, discounts at stores like Vuori, Ted Baker, and more; Monday, 4pm to 8pm. // Santana Row, 377 Santana Row (San Jose); tickets at eventbrite.com.


Gather for the planet at the inaugural gala fundraiser for the Future of Food. Dine and dance in celebration of the Agricultural Institute of Marin and the future Center for Food and Agriculture. The event will feature stories that give us hope for the future of our food system and will provide a way to give back to your favorite farmers market and community programs; 5pm to 8pm Saturday, December 3rd. // Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. (Castro); tickets and details at gatherfortheplanet.org.

Thank you to our partners at Gather for the Planet.


Is a new bike on your kiddo's holiday wish list? Stop by the Woom pop-up—the premium kids bike manufacturer founded by two Austrian dads— to test out bikes and accessories firsthand. Plus, bikes are available for rent and there will be weekly family rides around the neighborhood; Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 6pm & Sundays from 2pm to 5pm through December 3. // 1250 Mason St. (Nob Hill); details at woom.com.


Head to ArtSpan's SF Open Studios Exhibition where you can peruse more than 300 works of art by local artists. Local art luminaries will discuss how and why they each selected their AMPLIFY: Juror's Choice Award-winning artworks. You'll also hear from winning artists about their inspiration and process; Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com.


When your special occasion calls for fancy surf and turf, book one of a variety of stylish dining rooms and lounge spaces at STK Steakhouse, which promises signature menus and world-class service whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a blowout celebration. The special events team even offers tailored packages for bachelor(ette) parties, cocktail soirees, and private holiday events. // STK Steakhouse, 1 Market St. (Embarcadero), stksteakhouse.com

Thank you to our partners at STK Steakhouse.

The longest nights of the year are about to get a little brighter with the return of the 10th annual Illuminate SF Festival of Light. Explore more than 60 temporary and permanent eco-friendly light art installations across the city created by a diverse array of acclaimed international and local artists; on view Wednesday through January 2023. // Details at illuminatesf.com


Add some color to your winter with a visit to “Judy Chicago: Making Advances,” a solo exhibition featuring a series of new minimalist sculptures alongside historical drawings that explore color as a means of transformation and perceptual awakening; on view Thursday through January 7, 2023. // Jessica Silverman, 621 Grant Ave. (Chinatown); details at jessicasilvermangallery.com


Pop some bubbly at a special La Mar Cebicheria Peruana x Roederer Estate dinner. La Mar will be serving six sparkling wines from the Roederer portfolio—including two vintages of Cuvee de Prestige—alongside a special six-course Peruvian tasting menu; Thursday at 6:30pm. // La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 (Embarcadero); reservations at eventbrite.com.


Experience the magic of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in the home of the Black Panther Party. This special evening includes a hybrid mobile-walking tour of historical and culturally significant Black Panther Party locations in Oakland followed by a screening of the sequel film at Grand Lake Theatre; Multiple times on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. // Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com.


Celebrate the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with a premiere weekend party at the Moxy featuring DJs spinning Afrobeats and Wakanda-themed drinks; Friday, 6pm to 11pm. // Moxy Oakland, 2225 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com.


Indulge at Cabfest, a blend of winemakers, local chefs, and world renowned cabernet sauvignon. Enjoy a prix-fixe dinner ($75/person) for opening night at Club Fugazi on Friday, and the CabFest Grand Tasting ($150/person) at Westfield Under the Dome on Saturday. Both events benefit Steph and Ayesha Curry’s Eat.Learn.Play and other local nonprofits. // Club Fugazi, 678 Green St. (North Beach) and Westfield Under the Dome, 865 Market St. (SoMa); tickets available at cabfest.com.

Thank you to our partners at CabFest.

Immerse yourself in a fog-Inspired performance and installation, Here.Take It from Liss Fain Dance. The evening-length dance installation features an original score from composer Dan Wool, film, projected images, text as voiceover, and a cast of six dancers and an actor, all incorporated into a gallery-like set and environment. You’ll be able to walk at will to experience the work from multiple perspectives; Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. // Z Space, 450 Florida St. (Mission); tickets at zspace.org.


Once again, Meritage Resort and Spa is transforming into Wine Country’s beloved winter wonderland, Merry Meritage.Beginning Friday, the ice rink will be open to all with seasonal cocktails and bites to nosh on rink side. Best yet, every Tuesday the resort will host Giving Tuesday Skate Night, where a portion of ticket sales will be donated to a local non-profit; Monday to Friday, 4pm to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 10pm. // 875 Bordeaux Way (Napa); tickets at meritageresort.com.



Get cozy for the return of a beloved Bay Area tradition, the 14th annual Opera at the Ballpark.
Order a hot dog and garlic fries and enjoy a free, one-night-only live simulcast of the San Francisco Opera’s brand-new production of Verdi’s La Traviata ; Friday at 7:30pm (doors at 6pm). // Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Mission Bay), sfopera.com.


The nation’s oldest and largest festival of Arab films returns this week for a hybrid program of in-person and virtual events across the Bay Area. The program spans ten days, presenting 60 films from 18 countries, 22 of which are directed by women; Saturday through November 20. // Lineup and details at aff2022.eventive.org.


Spend the holidays with the San Francisco Symphony. Kick things off at Cool Yule Christmas on Tuesday, December 13th; catch a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Friday, December 16th or Elf in Concert on Thursday, December 22nd; and celebrate New Year’s Eve with Seth MacFarlane on Saturday, December 31st. There’s something for everyone this season. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Thank you to our partners at SF Symphony.

For one night only, Bono will bring the stories of his life—to life. He’s hitting up Orpheum Theatre as part of his the book tour for his memoir, Stories of Surrender; Saturday at 8pm. // Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St. (Tenderloin); tickets at broadwaysf.com.


Get your hands on some unique gifts at East Bay Open Studios. In addition to shopping locally made art, you’ll get to mix and mingle with the artists behind the work; Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Locations and details at eastbayopenstudios.com.


Take a break from the daily grind at the San Francisco Coffee Festival. Specially curated roasters and exhibitors will perk you up with unique beans and brewed coffee flavors. Plus, live entertainment and a latte art competition; Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 4:30pm. // Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at sfcoffeefestival.com.


Come dressed in your best Bollywood glam for a special Diwali edition of Non Stop Bhangra—the vibrant dance party open to all. Enjoy interactive dance lessons, dance performances, complimentary snacks, Indian food trucks, beautiful henna art, and more; Saturday, 8pm to 12:30am. // St. Joseph's Art Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com.


Inspiration Glows during Holidays at Filoli. Just south of San Francisco, Filoli's holiday visitors can step into the magic of the 54,000-square-foot historic house decked in holiday cheer, and explore the 16-acre garden where over 20 miles worth of lights glow all day and night. Holidays at Filoli is open every day from November 19th to January 8, 2023; tickets are on sale now at filoli.org/holidays.

Thank you to our partners at Filoli.

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