13 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.1.24)
Bundle up for a film screening on the bay—literally. (Courtesy Red and White Fleet SF)

13 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.1.24)


Ready or not, a new year is here.

We're starting 2024 with the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, free admission to museums, a sailing movie theater experience, a fun run through Golden Golden Park with hot chocolate at the finish line, and more.

Happy new year!

Start 2024 on the right foot: the dancing kind. It's A New Day and Breakfast of Champions all-day block party brings together more than 100 DJs across 10 stages; Monday, 4am to 9pm. // The Great Northern 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Stuff your face with soul food backed by the sounds of an authentic New Orleans second-line brass band at Brass & Brunch 2024; Monday, 11am to 3pm. // Victory Hall & Parlor,360 Ritch St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

If being braver (and colder) is your resolution, strip down to your skivvies for a New Year’s Day tradition—the polar bear skate in Union Square. Prizes will be awarded for the wildest and most inventive beach attire on the ice; Monday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm. // Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square (Union Square); tickets at unionsquareicerink.com

Snag a seat at Nisei for a special Osechi menu this week only. Osechi Ryori is the traditional Japanese New Year cuisine, only served once a year to promote a prosperity and good fortune; Wednesday through Sunday. // Nisei 2316 Polk St. (Russian Hill); reservation at tock.com

Take to the bay for a floating screening of The Goonies. The one-of-a-kind cinematic experience also includes popcorn and all the NA hot beverages your heart desires (plus cocktails for purchase); Friday at 6pm. // Pier 43 (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at redandwhite.com

Set your intentions for the new year with a sound bath in a sacred space; Friday, 7pm to 8:30pm. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at Gracecathedral.org

Preview this year’s Sundance Film Festival at the Short Film Tour which will include a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts; Friday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 1pm. // The Roxie Theater, 3125 16th St. (Mission); tickets at roxie.com

Feel the sound of music. The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features four distinct concerts of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 46 local and international composers in a dark, three-dimensional space; Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 7pm & 9:30pm, and Sunday at 7pm. // Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (Mission); tickets at sfsound.org

Get your shroom fix at the fourth annual MycoMarin Fungus Fest. You'll find all sorts of earthy fun—think mushroom exhibits, cooking demos, and a raffle—plus vendors selling mushroom kits, guides, treats, and more. Plus, study up at the large mushroom identification table; Saturday, 10am to 5pm. // Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto (Mill Valley); tickets at wildinmarin.simpletix.com

Gather your Beyhive for a showing of Renaissance at the Castro Theatre; Saturday at 8pm. // Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at ticketweb.com

Giving Dry January a try? Sample more than 15 of the best NA beverages on the market, selected by cocktail journalist Camper English; Saturday, 1pm to 4:30pm. // Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St. (Financial District); tickets at eventbrite.com

Got a BofA card? Get free admission to more than 225 cultural institutions across the U.S.—including OMCA, the CJM, de Young, Legion of Honor, San José Museum of Art, and more around the Bay Area; Saturday and Sunday. // Details at bankofamerica.com

Run a 5K and eat some chocolate, too. The San Francisco Hot Chocolate Run is back with 5K, 10K, or 15K races plus sweet rewards at the finish; Sunday at 7:20am. // 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park); register at hotchocolate15k.com

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