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October is here, and you know what that means...haunted houses and Día de Los Muertos!
Plus, salute the Blue Angels during Fleet Week, splurge dinner and drinks at the revamped and reopened Boulevard, watch Top Gun while sailing around the Bay, and take a MasterClass in rock climbing with Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell.
Have a good one!
Reach new heights in rock climbing when you take the just-released MasterClass with expert climbing duo Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Their 12-episode course will teach you the ropes, from footwear fundamentals to advanced hand holds. Ready to scale the Dawn Wall? // masterclass.com
Add flavor to your weeknights at Hén-zhì's pop-up at Cassava. Chef Chris Yang is offering a seven-course dinner inspired by Taiwan's night markets. Expect pork shrimp toast, steamed fish, rice porridge, and more; Monday and Tuesday. // Cassava, 3519 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond); reservations ($80 per person) on exploretock.com
Get spooked at Winchester Mystery House. Embark on a paranormal adventure during the Lost in the House tour, then make your way through an illuminated Jack O' Lantern Trail; through October 31st. // Winchester Mystery House, 525 S. Winchester Blvd. (San Jose), winchestermysteryhouse.com
Eat all the beef at Thrive City's glamorous new steakhouse, Miller & Lux. From celeb chef Tyler Florence comes a Ken Fulk–designed restaurant serving the likes of a 45-day-aged tomahawk ribeye steak and a burger topped with Mt. Tam cheese and green peppercorn bordelaise. // Miller & Lux, 700 Terry A Francois Blvd. (Mission Bay), millerandluxrestaurant.com
Do an adult take on Halloween at Terror Vault's "The Immortal Reckoning." Start with a drink in the Fang Bang bar before making your way through with terror at every turn. If you dare, opt in to participate in show activities; Thursdays through Saturdays through October 31st. // San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa); tickets ($50-$55) on showclix.com
Pop by the reopened Gregangelo Museum for "A Quickie." You'll see seven fantastical art-filled rooms in the immersive space of the acclaimed San Francisco artist; Thursdays. // Gregangelo Museum (SF); tickets ($45 per person) on gregangelomuseum.com
Kick off Litquake's annual festival at The Masked Ball. Join literati like Robert Mailer Anderson, Natalie Baszile, Daniel Handler, and SF's third Poet Laureate Devorah Major for a bit of elbow-rubbing, poetry, live music, tacos, and wine; 6pm to 8pm Thursday. Then, get excited for more than 80 IRL and virtual events in the coming weeks. // Opening night is at Saint Joseph's Arts Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); get details and tickets ($50) on eventbrite.com.
Mt. Tam cheesecake ice cream is now a thing, people. Get a taste of Smitten's newest flavor teamed with sour cherry compote and graham cracker crumble; available through November 10th. // At all five Smitten locations and Cowgirl Creamery's Point Reyes Barn Shop, 80 4th St. (Point Reyes Station);smittenicecream.com
Team live music with a movie at Balboa Theater. West Coast Americana band The Quilters and Good World will set the tone for a screening of Wayne's World; Thursday at 8pm. // The Balboa, 3630 Balboa St. (Outer Sunset); tickets ($10 in advance or $12 at the door) on veezi.com
Start your day with a runny egg sandwich or churro donuts at Copas. The new all-day eatery in the Castro also serves sustainable sparkling wines and produce-centric cocktails; open Wednesday through Sunday. // Copas, 2223 Market St. (Upper Market), copasonmarket.com
Binge watch as many as 200 films from around the world during the Mill Valley Film Festival. Choose from IRL and online showings including an opening night screening and chat with Joe Wright, director of Cyrano, a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac; Thursday through October 17. // Details and tickets on mvff.com
Hop aboard the Enhydra for a floating cinema show. You'll get to watchTop Gun and enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate against SF Golden Gate Bridge views; Friday and Saturday at 8:15pm. // Red and White Fleet, Pier 43 ½,Taylor St. and Embarcadero (Fisherman's Wharf); tickets ($50) on redandwhite.com
Take a workshop or just shop handicrafts from more than 100 artists, artisans, and purveyors at the Marin Arts & Crafts Show, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th century; 10am to 6pm Friday through Sunday. // San Rafael Embassy Suites Ballrooms, 101 McInnis Pkwy. (San Rafael), artsandcraftsshow.com
Thank you to our partners at Marin Arts & Crafts Show.
See more than 100 local artists work their magic in real time during Southern Exposure's 20th Annual Monster Drawing Rally. You might even get to take home a piece for just $100; Saturday from 2pm to 6:30pm. // Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St. (Mission); tickets ($20) on eventbrite.com
Or, enjoy paintings by Oakland-based urban impressionist Steve Javiel. The pop-up exhibit opens with a reception on Friday (5pm to 8pm) and a live painting event on Saturday (1pm to 6pm); exhibit through October 14th. // Voss Gallery, 3344 24th St. (Mission); details and RSVP (free) on eventbrite.com
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at SomArts' annual exhibit, Dreams Emerging, Beyond Resilience, featuring a selection of contemporary installations and traditional alters that consider how grieving rituals have changed in response to the pandemic; 12pm to 2pm and 2:30pm to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays through November 5th. // SomArts, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org
Get outside and enjoy the fall weather with REI, Sierra Nevada, and Salomon! Dirt, Sweat & Beers—REI's 5K/10K run and DIY cleanup is just what you need to get active and give back to your favorite spots. The open course 5K/10K runs are open from now through November 30. // Register at reidirtsweatandbeers.splashthat.com/7x7.
Thank you to our partners at REI.
Wine and dine at Boulevard. Nancy Oakes' iconic Embarcadero restaurant has reopened with a fresh interior by Ken Fulk plus new prix-fixe menus and craft cocktails. // Boulevard, 1 Mission St. (Embarcadero), boulevardrestaurant.com
Celebrate Beethovens' 250th birthday with 18 renowned pianists playing 32 sonatas chronologically throughout four concerts; 1pm and 7pm Saturday and 10am and 4pm Sunday. // Miner Auditorium, 205 Franklin St.; tickets ($50) on sfjazz.org
Catch the air show in honor of 75 years of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels—yep, it's Fleet Week, through October 11th. // Get the full schedule of events at fleetweeksf.org.
Share an outdoor movie night at Dirty Habit. Don your headphones for silent cinema and order food and drinks for delivery to your seat. This week's screening is To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Proceeds will benefit the Trevor Project in honor of National Coming Out Day; Sunday at 8pm. // Dirty Habit at Hotel Zelos, 12 4th St. (SoMa); tickets and details ($17) on eventbrite.com
Learn to draw with author/illustrator Charlotte Rygh, of Shrimp 'n Lobster: A San Francisco Adventure. Then, explore the SF Botanical Gardens; Saturday at 1pm. // San Francisco Botanical Gardens, 310-312 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. (Golden Gate Park); register (free) on greenapplebooks.com.
Pay tribute to feminist icons with a risograph workshop at BAMPFA's Art Lab. Then see the exhibit New Time: Art and Feminisms in the Twenty-First Century; Sunday at 1pm. // BAMPFA, 2155 Center St. (Berkeley), bampfa.org
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