28 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.17.22)
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28 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.17.22)


Put your gas rebate to good use and hit the town.

This week is a foodie’s paradise with the kick-off of Eat Drink SF plus restaurant week, a free screening of The Best Chef in the World, a special Osito x Little Fish Co. collaboration dinner, and boozy brunch at Aziza.

Plus, Pop-Up Magazine kicks off its new "Love Stories" tour in Oakland, Sound Summit takes over Mount Tam, and Northern California's largest sand castle contest returns to Ocean Beach.

Have a good one!

Take your yoga practice to new heights with classes on the 40th floor of the Four Seasons Embarcadero. Let the folks at Wheel House guide you through stretches and poses as you take in views of the bay; Wednesdays at 5:15pm and Saturdays at 9:30am. // Four Seasons, 222 Sansome St. (FiDi); book your class at wheelhouse-sf.com.

Meet your local elected officials over drinks. RSV to meet your local supervisor at a bar, brewery, or coffee shop in your neighborhood followed by a special town hall with Mayor London Breed at Manny’s; Wednesday, 7am to 7pm. // Details at eventbrite.com

Join a star-studded room as Melissa McCarthy receives the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award. Bring Change to Mind, the Glenn Close–founded nonprofit to fight stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness, host its 10th Annual Revels & Revelations event to raise funds for the cause. The event will feature performances by Alanis Morissette, Andy Grammer, and comedian Jay Pharoah; Wednesday at 6:30pm. // Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave. (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at bringchange2mind.org

Roll over to Uptown Oakland for Yonsei Handrolls, the newest restaurant from chef Kyle Itani (Hopscotch, Itani Ramen, Nikkei Sushi) that serves open-faced temaki accompanied by sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails; Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 9:30pm (reservations required ). // Yonsei Handrolls, 1738 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), yonseihandrolls.com

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind culinary journey at Stanly Ranch. The experience will begin Thursday night with a five-course dinner and wine pairing prepared by the Harbor House Inn’s Michelin two-star chef Matthew Kammerer and Stanly Ranch’s executive chef Garrison Price at the resort's signature restaurant, Bear. On Friday, enjoy a three-course prix-fixe brunch in the on-site culinary garden. // Stanly Ranch, 200 Stanly Crossroad (Napa); reservations available at exploretock.com

Pair cheese and caviar with your vodka at Hangar 1’s Alameda distillery. Explore their menu of experiences including distillery tours, cocktail classes, and adorably delicious mini cocktail flights that you can sip on the gorgeous patio with SF views; Thursdays through Sundays. // 2505 Monarch St (Alameda), hangarone.com

Thank you to our partners at Hanger1.

Enjoy a free screening of The Best Chef in the World, which chronicles the life of Sally Schmitt, the French Laundry's original chef/owner. The California native, who died in March this year at the age of 90, will be honored with opening remarks by her grandson. There will also be a special menu inspired by Schmitt's book, Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons From a Pioneer of California Cuisine; Friday at 6pm. // Town Square at Carneros Resort and Spa, 4048 Sonoma Hwy (Napa); details at carnerosresort.com

Taste the best of the Pacific Northwest, from ocean to forest. For two nights only, Osito chef Seth Stowaway will host dinner with former Top Chef contestant Sara Hauman, owner of Tiny Fish Co. in Portland; Friday and Saturday, 5pm to 9pm. // Osito, 2875 18th St. (Mission); reservations available atexploretock.com

Catch up with the OG wife guy Gomez Addams when Sundown Cinema brings Addams Family Values to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater; Saturday at 5pm. // Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park (Portola); details at sanfranciscoparksalliance.org

Chug and grub Munich-style at Oktoberfest by the Bay, featuring music, German food from Suppenküche, bottomless beer, and a commemorative stein to take home; Friday, 5:20pm to 10pm. // Gallery 308 at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets ateventbrite.com

Get tickets to the dinner of a lifetime: Chefs Charles Phan, Mourad Lahlou, and Belinda Leong will join chef Mark Dommen (One Market) for a four-course dinner, paired by sommelier Tonya Pitts, to kick off Eat Drink SF and SF Restaurant Week; Friday at 5:30pm. // One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St. (Embarcadero); tickets at eatdrink-sf.com

Eve, an Opera brings together a cast of more than 60 performers including members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bay Area symphonies and opera, aerialists, dancers, and more for a powerful show about women's exploitation and liberation; Friday at 7:30pm. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at eveopera.com

When your special occasion calls for fancy surf and turf, book one of a variety of stylish dining rooms and lounge spaces at STK Steakhouse, which promises signature menus and world-class service whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a blowout celebration. The special events team even offers tailored packages for bachelor(ette) parties, cocktail soirees, and private holiday events. // 1 Market St. (Embarcadero), stksteakhouse.com

Thank you to our partners at STK.

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at Shipyard Open Studios. Open to the public only twice a year, the event provides art lovers the chance to connect with more than 100 artists and purchase work directly; Saturday and Sunday, 11pm to 6pm. // Hunters Point Shipyard, 451 Galvez Ave. (Hunters Point), shipyardartists.com

Ooh and ahh over some crazy cool sand castles: The 40th Annual Leap Sandcastle Classic returns to Ocean Beach; Saturday, 11am to 3:30pm. // Ocean Beach at Balboa St. (Outer Richmond); details at leapsandcastleclassic.org

Give your dog the best day ever at DogFest Bay Area. The special Halloween-themed event includes dog-centric entertainment, a canine costume contest, and other festivities all in support of Canine Companions, a nonprofit providing people with disabilities trained service dogs free of charge; Saturday at 11am. // Jack London Square (Oakland); details at facebook.com

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Oakland Ballet. Luna Mexicana is a beautiful blend of dance, music, colorful costumes, flowers, candles, food, and family; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. // Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio (San Jose); tickets at oaklandballet.org

Experience an only-in-San Francisco event when Epiphany Dance Theater returns with the 19th annual San Francisco Trolley Dances this weekend. Participating artists include Ballet22, Charya Burt, Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, Grrrl Brigade and Megan Lowe Dances; Saturday & Sunday, 10:15am to 1:15pm. // Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (SoMa); reservations at epiphanydance.org

Make a ghostly self-portrait in an etched-glass mirror, create a haunted pumpkin diorama, or carve soap skulls at a Halloween-themed maker event; Saturday, 5:30pm to 9pm. // Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St. (Dogpatch); tickets at sfmcd.org

Get your live music and nature fix at Sound Summit. Catch the War on Drugs, Faye Webster, Fruit Bats, and Wreckless Strangers at the outdoor Mountain Theater,; Saturday at 11am. // Mountain Theater, Easy Grade Trail (Mill Valley); tickets at soundsummit.net

San Francisco's largest Filipino festival and market is back and bigger than ever with a theme park–inspired event. Explore emerging artists and vendors alongside live entertainment and special guest appearances from DJ Miles Medina and NYC-based chef Harold Villarosa of Bon Appétit; Saturday, 12pm to 6pm. // The Parks at 5M, 44 Mary St. (SoMa); details at undiscoveredsf.com

Get tickets for family-favorite Boo at the Zoo! This beloved Halloween event includes an animal-themed scavenger hunt. Costumes are encouraged (just not inflatables, they scare the animals); Saturday through October 31. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland); advanced reservations are required at oaklandzoo.org

Get yourself to Aziza for brunch. Stuff your face with shakshuka, custard French toast, and Moroccan pancakes and wash it down with a choice of three different bloody Marys, a spritz, or a boozy hot chocolate; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:20am to 2pm. // Aziza, 5800 Geary Blvd. (Outer Richmond); reservations at azizasf.com

Two things we really love: Oakland's drop-dead glamorous Art Deco Paramount Theatre; and the interactive lit-meets-music-and-performance event that is Pop-Up Magazine. The first show of their Love Stories tour kicks off in Oakland; Saturday at 7:30pm. // Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (Oakland); tickets at popupmagazine.com.

Participate in SF-Marin Food Bank’s biggest fundraising event of the year. This year’s One Big Table dinner will be specially curated by 20 chefs from the Bay Area’s most celebrated restaurants—think Estiatorio Ornos, Luke's Local, Nopa, Penny Roma and Flour+Water, Rooh, Slanted Door, Waterbar, and Souvla. Dinner will be followed by an after-party complete with music, drinks, and dancing; Saturday, 6pm to 10pm. // San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Warehouse, 900 Pennsylvania Ave.(Potrero Hill); tickets at sfmfoodbank.org

Embrace the best of the season at Cornerstone Sonoma's Harvest Party. The autumnal festival will include family-friendly activities, live music, carnival rides and games, face painting, specialty cocktails, cider, and more goodies; Saturday, 11am to 3pm. // Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get up close and personal with the San Francisco Opera at a community open house. In celebration of its centennial season, everyone is invited to the War Memorial Opera House stage to learn what goes on behind the curtain including hair, wig, and makeup demonstrations; prop crafting; conducting lessons; performances; and much more; Sunday, 9:30am to 3pm. // War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); details at sfopera.com/openhouse

Gather for the planet: The Agricultural Institute of Marin and the Center for Food & Agriculture are hosting an inaugural gala celebration and fundraiser for the future of food. See the presentation of AIM’s first Climate Action Champion Award; enjoy a farm-forward feast crafted by regional chefs; bid on incredible goods and experiences in the auction; and dine and dance the night away in community with visionaries, farmers, local leaders, and friends; 5pm to 8pm, Dec. 3. // Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market S (Duboce Triangle); for tickets, go to agriculturalinstitute.ejoinme.org.

Thank you to our partners at Agricultural Institute of Marin.

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