22 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.5.22)
Cozy up with festive, low-proof cocktails at Red Window. (Courtesy Red Window)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.5.22)

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You better not pout, we're telling you why: Michelle Obama is coming to town.

Plus, Dandelion Chocolate is hosting a sweet night market, reindeer are headed to Cal Academy, a Filipino Christmas market takes over SoMa, Sausalito's lighted boat parade returns, and much more.


Have a good one.

Satisfy your munchies with a first-of-its-kind pizza and pre-roll pairing, from Tony’s Pizza and new neighborhood dispensary North Beach Pipeline. Tony's “Up in Smoke" pizza comes in a colorful box designed by local artist Jeremy Fish. Pipeline's one-gram “pizza joint” also comes in cool packaging with art by Fish. Present your pre-roll at Tony's or your takeout box at Pipeline for $5 off. //Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, 1570 Stockton St. (North Beach) and North Beach Pipeline, 1331 Grant Ave. (North Beach); details at instagram.com.


Cozy up to the bar for low-proof holiday cocktails and decor at Red Window. The festive menu includes an apple cider spiced rum, spiked hot cocoa, gingerbread clarified milk punch, seasonal sangrias, and even booze-free beverages for the designated Rudolph in your crew; 5pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 4:30pm to 11pm Friday, and 10am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday, through December 31st. // Red Window, 500 Columbus Ave. (North Beach); reservations at theredwindow.com


See visiting reindeer Nicky and Butterscotch for one night at only at Welcome Winter Night, a new all-ages seasonal event featuring a mix of festive activities including magic shows, musical performances, face painting, holiday cookie decorating, and more; 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); get tickets at calacademy.org/welcomewinternight.

Thank you to our partners at California Academy of Sciences


Laugh your ass off with dragapella group the Kinsey Sicks, which returns to SF with their hilariously naughty Christmas musical, "Oy Vey in a Manger." But first, try your hand at a holiday craft project led by the fabulous Ruby Vixen; Thursday at 7pm. // New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at nctcsf.org.

Don’t miss the hilarious Jewish spin on Christmas live at the Fillmore. Last year’s underground semitic sensation, “A Very Jewish Christmas Spectacular,” is back for an edgy late night variety show featuring an all-Jewish cast of musicians and comedians including the Sklar Brothers. Think of it as The Daily Show meets a Jewish twist on a Radio City Christmas, in support of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. It would be a shanda to miss, so snag your last minute tickets before they’re gone; Thursday, Dec. 8. // veryjewishchristmas.com

Thank you to our partners at A Very Jewish Christmas Spectacular.


Head to the Oakland hills for the 20th Annual Montclair Village Holiday Stroll. Festivities will include live performances, photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, the Oakland Fire Department parade rig and toy drive, and more; Thursday, 5:30pm to 8:30pm. // 2050 Mountain Blvd. (Oakland); details at montclairvillage.com


Celebrate a year of carefully curated music with the Noise Pop crew. They’re throwing a free holiday party complete with DJ sets from Ben Browning (Cut Copy) and Wonway Posibul; Thursday, 6pm to 9pm. // Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St. (Japantown); details at instagram.com


Be your bubbliest self at Chandon’s chef’s table, where you’ll be treated to five courses of Juan Cabrera’s new Napa Valley cuisine—think garden beets salad, black cod with winter vegetables, and creamy caramel pudding—along with sparkling wine pairings by winemaker Pauline Lhote. Communal experiences can accommodate up to eight guests, must be 21 and up; multiple dates through December 18th. // Chandon,

1 California Dr. (Yountville); tickets ($350) at exploretock.com.

Thank you to our partners at Chandon.

Enjoy a night of tiny fish. Chef Stuart Brioza (Anchovy Bar) and California author/sea forager Kirk Lombard will be discussing their work; Christopher Chapman of Tacos Everywhere will be serving up sardine tostadas; and Jeff Croci will be giving free tiny fish tattoos; Thursday, 5pm to 8pm. // Bernal Cutlery, 766 Valencia St. (Mission); details at bernalcutlery.com


Catch Grammy Award–winning soprano Hila Plitman at the opening of SF Symphony’s SoundBox. The experimental late-night live music series returns for its ninth season with the premier program curated by Reena Esmail; 9pm, Friday and Saturday. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org


Bring your bib for the Guardsmen’s annual crab feed at the Christmas tree lot.
Fill up on fresh shellfish and pasta before the after-party with an open bar. Best part? It’s for the kids. Proceeds will benefit at-risk youth in the Bay Area; Friday at 6pm. // Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com


Get into the holiday spirit at Anchor Brewing Co. For a limited time, the historic San Francisco brewery is offering festive tours featuring cult favorite Anchor Christmas Ale. Learn some craft beer history while you enjoy a flight and a holiday cookie, then take home a magnum of 2022 Christmas Ale; 3pm, Friday through Sunday, through December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). // Anchor Brewing Company, 1705 Mariposa St. (Potrero Hill); tickets at anchorbrewing.com.

Thank you to our partners at Anchor Brewing Co.

Santa Claus Michelle Obama is coming to town! For three nights, the former First Lady turned author will take the stage at the Masonic for the tour of her new book, The Light We Carry; 8pm, Friday through Sunday. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets livenation.com


Have a Halo Halo Holiday at a Filipino Christmas crawl and art exhibit in the heart of SoMa. Expect family-friendly activities, food trucks, local retailers, and artists; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission St. (SoMa); details at kapwagardens.com


DIY at a wreath-making workshop with Jenni Kayne and Unwritten Florals; 4pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. // Terrene at 1 Hotel, 8 Mission St. (Embarcadero); tickets at unwrittenflorals.com


Show off your red undies at Santa Skivvies, the Castro fun run and fundraiser for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The route starts and ends at Lookout (Noe and 18th streets); 11am Sunday. // Get $5 off registration with the code 7X7 at santaskivvies.donordrive.com.

Thank you to our partners at SF AIDS Foundation.

Dandelion Chocolate is hosting a sweet night market and has invited their favorite chocolatiers, ceramicists, food producers, foragers, and printmakers to join them. Fort Point and Miracle Plum will be pouring beer and wine, and food trucks will be ready for your noshing pleasure. Bring pantry items for donation to the SF-Marin Food Bank; Saturday, 4pm to 9pm. // Dandelion Chocolate, 2600 16th St. (Mission); RSVP at tock.com


Bundle up for Sausalito's 35th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks extravaganza
; Saturday at 6pm. // Gabrielson Park (Sausalito); details at destinationsausalito.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.


Wear your best '70s getup, then get down at a Soul Food Holiday Party, hosted by Burdell restaurant, Cream Co. Meats, and Broc Cellars; Sunday at 5pm. // Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way (Oakland); RSVP at exploretock.com.


Forget the teddy bears. Indulge in a Moroccan-inspired high tea. A spread of North African provisions will be paired with tasty drinks from SF’s Aroma Tea Shop; Sunday, beginning at 9:30am. // Berber, 1516 Broadway (Nob Hill); reservations at tock.com


Experience 12 days of Christmas at 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, Dec. 12 through 8pm Friday, Dec. 23. // Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St. (Fisherman’s Wharf), ghirardellisq.com.

Thank you to our partners at Ghirardelli Square.

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