19 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.25.23)
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19 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.25.23)


Welcome to the last week of the year. Somehow, we did it.

For those of you still hanging around town, there are plenty of ways to spend the final days of 2023—like ice skating in Wine Country, groovin' with The Roots in Oakland, noshing on famous focaccia in North Beach, cheering on the Warriors, and more.

Spending the week in the mountains? Check out Palisades disco tubing or Heavenly’s ice sculpture contest. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Have s’more holiday fun at Wine Country’s winter wonderland, Merry Meritage. Through January 7, take a spin on the ice rink then grab seasonal cocktails and bites to nosh on rink side. Make things extra special by booking an igloo to hang out in our securing a s’mores kit and fire pit; 11am to 10pm, daily. // The Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way (Napa); tickets at meritageresort.com

Transport yourself to Botticelli’s Florentine workshop.Botticelli Drawings is the first exhibition ever dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, and is being touted as one of the best showcases of the artists work in the world. The collection is on view now through February 11th. // Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (Sea Cliff); tickets at famsf.org

Preorder your New Year’s Eve cioppino kit from Fort Point. One of SF’s most famous—and laborious—dishes is being prepped by the team at Fort Point so all you have to do is heat and serve on NYE. Each order ($60) includes 32-ounce of cioppino broth, 16-ounce fresh seafood, lemon, parsley, olive oil and Maldon salt for finishing, plus a half loaf of levain batard. Pre-orders close Wednesday, December 27th and will be available for pickup at Fort Point Valencia on Sunday, December 31st. // Available for order now at fortpointbeer.com

Headed to the mountains? Gather your crew and throw on your funkiest gear for Disco Tubing at Palisades Tahoe. The family-friendly, night-time snow tubing experience features neon lights, lasers, and a live DJ; 5pm to 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday. // Palisades Tahoe (North Lake Tahoe); tickets at palisadestahoe.com

If you’re on the south side of the lake, head to Heavenly Village for the annual ice sculpture contest. The multi-block competition will feature renowned ice carvers showing off their skills and the winner (which you can vote on) will receive $500 to donate to the charity of their choice; 11am to 7pm, Wednesday. // Heavenly Mountain Resort (South Lake Tahoe); details at visitlaketahoe.com

Savor some of the city’s very best focaccia at the re-opening of Liguria Bakery. After a fire shuttered the business temporarily this summer, the beloved bakery is back in time for the holidays; 7am to noon, Tuesday through Saturday. // Liguria Bakery, 1700 Stockton St. (North Beach)

A week-long Kwanzaa celebration brings seven days of community events to venues across SF. Each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba) will be acknowledged via seven free family-friendly events from Tuesday, December 26th through January 1st. Expect live music, performances, ceremonies, workshops, and more. // Schedule and additional details at thevillageprojectsf.org

Get your last laughs of 2023 in with traveling comedy showcase, We Own the Laughs. The show features standup from Terrence DeLane, Jenn Sterger, and more comedians who have been featured everywhere from Comedy Central, HBO, and more; 7:30pm on Wednesday. // Cobbs Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave. (Russian Hill); tickets at cobbscomedy.com

Toast to local cocktail culture on the Old Potrero Rye Trail, featuring signature Old Potrero whiskey drinks at nearly 30 destinations from San Francisco and Oakland and Sacramento. // For a full list of participating venues, go to ryetrail.oldpotrero.com.

Thank you to our partners at Old Potrero Rye.

Cue the OMGs: River otter snow day has arrived at Aquarium of the Bay. Look on as the resident otters slip and slide their way around fresh snow. Plus enjoy hot cocoa, fresh pastries, and enjoy a guided VIP tour around the Aquarium before the aquarium opens to the public for the day; 9am on Wednesday. // Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at aquariumofthebay.org

Deep part your hair down the side and lace up for Goth Skate at Church of 8 Wheels. DJs Decay and Starr Noir will provide the goth tunes to skate to—from dark wave to synthpop, and more; 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday. // Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight); tickets at eventbrite.com

Don your blue and yellow and root for the home team when the Golden State Warriors take on the Miami Heat; 7pm on Thursday. // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at chasecenter.com

Jam with Questlove and Black Thought when the Roots play the Fox. The beloved hip-hop group—now commonly known for their tenure as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—will play through their hits; 8pm on Thursday. // Fox Theater,1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Party with Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, Sango, Kitty Kash, and Starrza; 8pm on Friday. // Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave. (Daly City); tickets at axs.com

Find yourself a man after midnight at the Gimme Gimme Disco dance party which will spin ABBA and other '70s hits all night long; 9pm on Saturday. // Cornerstone Berkeley, 2367 Shattuck Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at tixr.com

Get ready to party on NYE. We’ve rounded up the best parties, dinners, comedy shows, and experiences worth leaving the house for; go to 7x7.com.

Get a Fresh Start at this multi-day nonstop party featuring Odesza, Tchami, Louis the Child, Kaskade, and SG Lewis; 1pm to 10pm Saturday, 3pm to 1am Sunday, and 1pm to 10pm on Monday. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets ($74+) available at freshstartsf.com

Stick out your tongue for the Belvedere martini ice luge and endless caviar at Bar Crenn's NYE soirée. The elegant dining destination will be spinning records all night, pouring bubbly (only the good stuff), doling out caviar bumps, and other snacks; 8pm to 10pm on Sunday. // Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St. (Cow Hollow); reservations at sevenrooms.com

The city’s newest rooftop restaurant, Chotto Matte, will be all things glitter and gold this NYE. Dinner will feature a selection of tasting menus as well as a la carte specials. There will also be an extensive entertainment lineup—from a live DJ and taiko drum performances to fire breathers, dancers, and a can’t-miss photo booth with festive props; 4pm ‘til late on Sunday. // Chotto Matte, 50 O’Farrell St. (Union Square); limited space is available, so be sure to book a table at chotto-matte.com

(View of the exhibition 'Pacita Abad,' SFMOMA, 2023; courtesy of the Pacita Abad Art Estate; photo: Nick DeRenzi. 'Pacita Abad' is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.)

Experience Pacita Abad. The most significant U.S. presentation of the artist’s multifaceted and mesmerizing art practice is in its final weeks at SFMOMA. This wide-ranging exhibition features more than 40 daring works, including her signature trapunto paintings—stuffed, quilted canvases Abad adorned with materials and methods she investigated during her lifetime; through Sunday, January 28th. // SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (SoMa); reserve tickets now at sfmoma.org.

Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.

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