26 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.16.23)
(Courtesy of ArtSpan)

26 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.16.23)


San Francisco's Lit Crawl is back, baby, and it's lit-erally one of our favorite nights of the year.

In fact, it's an exciting week for arts lovers of all kinds as both Hunters Point Shipyard Artists and ArtSpan present their fall open studios events. Plus, comedians Adam Sandler and Fortune Feimster bring some much-needed comic relief to the Bay, San Francisco's largest Filipino block party is pulling out all the stops for its season finale, and so much more.

Have a good one!

Don’t miss your chance to choose SF's new “I Voted” sticker. Up for replacing the decades-old red, white, and boring sticker are nine fresh designs from local artists. Voting ends Tuesday so get to it! Cast your vote at surveymonkey.com.

Start your week (or keep the weekend going) with Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake. The final leg of his Playing Robots Into HeavenTour ends in Los Angeles on Friday, but first a stop in the Bay; Monday at 8pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com

Making pizza is an art, and the folks at Eataly want to take you to school. Learn to make a Roman classic, pizza alla pala—an oval flatbread served on a wooden paddle—from scratch, then enjoy it with some wine and get recipes to take home; Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // Eataly Silicon Valley, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. (San Jose); tickets at eataly.com

While you may not be invited to his daughter’s bat mitzvah, you are invited to Adam Sandler’s: The I Missed You comedy tour; Wednesday at 8pm. // SAP Center, 525 W Santa Clara St. (San Jose); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Treat yourself to a hump day special at Boulettes Larder. The popular French-inspired restaurant just announced a midweek prix-fixe special that includes a 12-inch pizza, salad, and starter for 40 bucks; Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm. // Boulettes Larder, Ferry Building (Embarcadero); details at bouletteslarder.com

Watch the Warriors play without breaking the bank during open practice. For just $5 you’ll get behind-the-scenes access to watch the team prepare for the season ahead. Plus, your ticket gets you free rides on Muni all day long; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at nba.com

Get a taste of Livermore Valley at the region’s premier food and wine affair. Kick it off with the food and wine pairing competition Taste Our Terroir, then enjoy intimate winemaker dinners, cooking demos, vineyard tours, and exclusive tastings of award-winning wines; Thursday through Sunday. // Various venues in Livermore Valley; get tickets at lvwine.org/events.

Thank you to our partners at Livermore Valley Wine Winegrowers Association.

Spend the evening with McSweeney’s and comedian/actor Tim Heidecker as part of Litquake’s programming. The quirky and enduring publisher is celebrating 25 years with drinks, food, riveting readings, and general revelry; Friday at 7pm. // Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Lay your eyes on more than 300 locally made artworks at ArtSpan's SF Open Studios. Opening weekend is the best way to plan ahead for four weekends of artist-hosted events where you can meet local makers and buy one-of-a-kind works; noon to 7pm Friday and until 5pm Saturday and Sunday. // SomArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Head to the Fort Point Beer Garden for Ferry Flicks. At sundown on Fridays in October you can catch an outdoor screening of a classic SF film. This week: Escape from Alcatraz. Tickets include picnic table seating and snacks. Plus, enjoy $5 draft pours before the show (5pm to 6:45pm). // Fort Point Ferry Building (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

If Disclosure, Kaytranada, SG Lewis, and Anderson Paak get you movin’ and groovin’, don’t miss Dang! A Soulful Electronic Dance Nightat The Great Northern; Friday at 9:30pm. // 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Enjoy poetry and spoken word from the pews of Grace Cathedral at Litquake’s annual Grace Notes event; Friday, 7:30pm to 9pm. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at tockify.com

Sneak a look behind the canvases at Hunters Point Shipyard Artists' fall open studios. The weekend event gets you up-close access to the works of more than 130 local artists, plus Shipyard history tours, food, and live music. Can't make it IRL? Bid for works in the online art auction; preview exhibitions 6pm to 9pm Friday, open studios 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. // Hunters Point Shipyard Studios, 451 Galvez Ave., and Islais Creek Studios, 1 Rankin St.; for more info, go to shipyardartists.com/open-studios.

Your weekend plans arebooked: Lit Crawl takes over the Mission Saturday night. This massive, one-night-only literary pub crawl and epic conclusion to Litquake 2023 is hosted in venues ranging from bars and bookstores to tattoo parlors and barbershops; Saturday, 5pm to 9pm. // Multiple locations (Mission); get the full schedule at litquake.org

Rediscover the Undiscovered Filipino block party, which is celebrating its three-month series finale. The group's last free event of the season concludes with DJs and cultural movers and shakers including Ruby Ibarra, DJ Noodz, and Trackademics; Filipino food and drink vendors; a cinema lounge; kids zone; and more. Saturday, noon to 6pm. // The Parks @ 5M, 44 Mart St. (SoMa); details at undiscoveredsf.com

Laugh out loud and Live Laugh Love! with comedian Fortune Feimster. The former "Chelsea Lately" writer turned sitcom series regular brings people together through her unique style of confessional comedy and storytelling; Saturday at 7pm. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at thefoxoakland.com.

Thank you to our partners at Outback Presents.

Scope out the new Google Visitor Experience during the first Community Day on the Plaza. This free indoor/outdoor celebration welcomes all ages to share in art, live performances, music, food trucks, local makers, and creative activities; 11am to 5pm Saturday. // 2000 N. Shoreline Blvd. (Mountain View),rsvp.withgoogle.com

Thank you to our partners at Google.

Be dazzled by the Epiphany Dance Theater and the return of 20th annual San Francisco Trolley Dances this weekend. Dancers will bring movement and performance to downtown SF, Exploratorium, and Fisherman's Wharf—all accessible by public transit; Saturday & Sunday, 10:15am to 1:15pm. // Reservations at epiphanydance.org

Raise a glass at the inaugural Toast to Sausalito
—a new beer, wine, and spirits festival. Sample sips from more than 60 breweries, wineries, and distilleries; plus, artist competitions, live music, and performances; Saturday, 1pm to 5pm. // Caledonia St. (Sausalito); tickets at sausalito.gov

In the spirit of a true German Federweisser release, Hammerling Wines is hosting a 2023 harvest celebration with a spread of authentic German dishes from Berkeley and Oakland businesses. Pair the freshly released Federweisser—a slightly sparkling, off-dry white wine—with bites from Edith’s Pie, Jules Pizza, Squabisch, The Black Forest Kitchen, and De La Creamery; Saturday, noon to 5pm. // Hammerling Wines, 1350 Fifth St. (Berkeley); details at hammerlingwines.co

View of the exhibition 'Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say,' Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, 2018.(Courtesy the Pacita Abad Art Estate and MCAD Manila; photo: At Maculangan/Pioneer Studios)

Experience the vibrant works in Pacita Abad during a free community day at SFMOMA. The museum will come alive with engaging activities with local partners in celebration of the first major retrospective of Abad’s work. The wide-ranging exhibition features more than 40 daring works, including bold experiments in quilted paintings that reveal stories from the periphery of power; Saturday through January 28, 2024. // SFMOMA, 151 3rd St. (SoMa),sfmoma.org/pacita-abad

Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.

See more than 100 local artists work their magic in real time during Southern Exposure's annual Monster Drawing Rally. You might even get to take home a piece for just $100; Saturday, 3pm to 9pm.// Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St. (Mission); tickets on eventbrite.com

Pull up with the whole squad when Bay Area rapper P-Lo brings his Very Good Food tour to Señor Sisig’s brick-and-mortar. The free event will include Oakland-only merch, refreshments, and music; Saturday, 4pm to 7pm. // Señor Sisig, 330 17th St. (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Have yourself a family-friendly Halloween Haunt. The di Rosa Residence will be transformed into a haunted house with a hay bale maze, an art and makers market, costume contest for kiddos, trick-or-treating, and a seasonal activity station; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy (Carneros); tickets at dirosa.com

Join Visit Oakland for a guided vintage shopping tour. A private shuttle will transport you to vintage shops in various Oakland neighborhoods—from Fruitvale to Piedmont—so you can shop for one-of-a-kind finds. A light lunch and swag bag will also be provided; Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm. // Visit Oakland, 481 Water St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Feel the beat when Brazilian pop and samba queen Marisa Monte visits Berkeley for two special nights; 8pm Saturday and Sunday. // The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave. (Berkeley); get tickets at theuctheatre.org.

Thank you to our partners at the UC Theatre.

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