20 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.12.22)
Step inside Clara's dreams at San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. (Erik Tomasson)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.12.22)

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Pull up a seat, Horn Barbecue is now offering dinner service.

Plus, get a taste for Flour + Water at home with the launch of new dried pastas; secure tickets to SF Sketchfest before they sell out; celebrate 75 years of Mel's Drive-In; take a photo with Santa on a classic SF cable car; and catch the World Cup final in Golden Gate Park.


Have a good one, and Happy Hanukkah!

Secure your tickets for SF Sketchfest 2023. After a Covid-related hiatus, the comedy festival returns with a stacked lineup. Hot tickets include Fred Armisen; a Laraine Newman tribute; “A Mighty Wind” 20th anniversary screening and conversation with Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, and more; David Cross and friends, and much more; January 20th through February 5th. // Tickets at sfsketchfest.com


Get the "it" girl on your holiday shopping list the shoe of the moment: clogs. Bryr Clogs is having a sample sale this week with over a thousand shoes discounted up to 70 percent off; through midnight Monday. // Online only at bryrstudio.com.


Get your hands on a limited edition candy cane shake at Gott’s Roadside. From Napa to Palo Alto, all Gott’s locations will be serving 'em up through the end of December. (Psst: The Ferry Building location has Dungeness crab sandos through February.) // Details at gotts.com


Experience 12 days of Christmas and Ghirardelli Square’s Winter Wonderland. The action kicks off with a showing of The Grinch, followed by photos with Santa, live music, a Hanukkah celebration, and much more; 6:30pm Monday through 8pm Friday, Dec. 23. // Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., ghirardellisq.com.

Thank you to our partners at Ghirardelli Square.

Get cracking to the San Francisco Ballet for the return of everybody's holiday favorite. The Nutcracker features more than 150 dancers and a live orchestra; Tuesday through December 27th (except Christmas Day). // War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfballet.org


Celebrate 75 years of delicious diner fare at Mel’s Drive-In. To celebrate the annniversary, every Mel’s location will be offering 75 percent off menu classics. That means you can get a classic Melburger and fries for only $4.24; Wednesday. // Details on instagram.com


Make reservations...at Horn Barbecue?
That's right, the award-winning Oakland joint is now hosting dinner service; Thursdays to Sundays, 5pm to 8:30pm. // Horn Barbecue, 2534 Mandela Pkwy (Oakland); reservations at tock.com

No reservations are needed for pasta at from Flour + Water. The beloved resto has just dropped dried pasta, and it's is available at Whole Foods stores throughout Northern California (and for nationwide shipping). To celebrate, the eatery is throwing a launch party complete with spritzes, pasta bites, and more; 6pm to 9pm Thursday. // Flour + Water, 3000 20th St. (Mission); pasta + spritz party details at instagram.com and dried pasta details at flourandwaterfoods.com.


Build a snowman, go ice skating, shop local vendors, and visit with Santa at Bayview's 10th Annual Winter Wonderland ; Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm. // Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St. (Bayview); details at eventbrite.com


Get all toasty inside as you watch Jim Carrey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas,backed by live music from the SF Symphony; Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org


Anchor Beer rhymes with holiday cheer. Get you some of both at the brewery that started America’s craft beer movement. The Christmas Ale Experience features a tour and flight paired with holiday cookies, plus a 2022 Christmas Ale magnum to take home; 3pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). // Anchor Brewing Company, 1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Potrero Hill); get tickets at anchorbrewing.com.

Thank you to our partners at Anchor Brewing.

Pray it doesn't rain again: West Coast Craft is back on for this weekend. Shop from more than 100 artists, designers, and craftspeople at the outdoor event; Saturday, 10am to 3pm. // Fort Mason Center (Marina); details at westcoastcraft.com


Go mushroom foraging at Porcini and Chanterelle Camp. Join Flora & Fungi for two hours of mushroom hunting followed by a wild mushroom–focused lunch over a campfire at Salt Point State Park. Flora Jayne, the Lagotto Romagnolo truffle pup in training, will be there to show off her ever-evolving fungi skills, too; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. // Salt Point State Park (Jenner); tickets at floraandfungiadventures.com.


Set your alarms for the World Cup final. Breakfast and drinks will be available at the World Cup Village watch party at JFK Promenade; Sunday, 7am to noon. // JFK Promenade, 100 JFK Dr. (Golden Gate Park); details at worldcupsf.org

We can't help but smile when we see SMO Ceramics out in the wild. If you need us, we'll be at SMO and Friends Holiday Art Mart shopping for colorful ceramics, art prints, vintage, and more handmade goods; Sunday, 10am to 5pm. // 988 Oak St. (Lower Haight); details at smoceramics.com


Get into the Hanukkah spirit with craft making, candle lighting, games, and a live concert with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra who will play classic Hanukkah sing-along songs; Sunday, 3:30pm to 6pm. // Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way (Palo Alto); tickets at paloaltojcc.org


Celebrate the first night at JCCSF’s Glowing Hanukkah pop-up.
There will be music, crafts, games, candle lighting, and treats. Light up one of the darkest nights of the year by wearing your best illuminated gear and glittery outfits; Sunday, 3pm to 6pm. // Ghirardelli Square (Fisherman’s Wharf); details at jccsf.org


Take a very San Francisco holiday photo with Santa on a decorated cable car. Santa will be stationed on Cable Car 12 at Beach and Hyde Turnaround, reservations recommended; Sunday, noon to 4pm. // 2800 Hyde St. (Fisherman’s Wharf); reservations at fishermanswharf.org


Experience Netflix’s Matilda the Musical mobile library truck when it makes a stop in San Francisco.
Grab a book and some holiday cheer at the pop-up to celebrate the release of the new film; Sunday, 11am to 6pm. // Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf); details at broadwayworld.com


Plan your holiday getaway to Hawaii this week with savings up to $188 when you stay at Queen Kapi'olani Hotel, just steps from Waikiki Beach and with unobstructed views of Diamond Head. // Make reservations at queenkapiolani.com.

Thank you to our partners at Queen Kapi'olani.

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