26 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.6.23)
Get a buzz at the seventh annual San Francisco Coffee Festival and latte art competition. (Courtesy SF Coffee Festival)

26 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.6.23)


This week brings plenty of opportunities to get a buzz.

Perk up at the San Francisco Coffee Festival, sip on something seasonal at the Fall Cider Fest, rub elbows at Eat Drink SF's annual cocktail party, dress up for a night out at Flowers Vineyards' takeover of Petite Left Bank, or join the Friends and Family Cocktail Club.

Other fun things include the opening of Souvla Marin, an Oakland Roots dinner at Parche, Emo Orchestra, the Marché curated holiday marketplace, Sports Basement's SnowFest, and more.

Have a fun one.

Leave the cocktail-making to the pros at Friends and Family Bar so you can spend more time hosting—and sippin’. The Oakland-based bar's new Friends and Family Cocktail Club delivers monthly bottled cocktails plus all the necessary garnishes, recipe cards, and pairing recommendations. Members also receive 10 percent off in-person visits to the bar. // Sign up at table22.com.

Hit podcast host and author Liz Moody is promising to change your life in one night at a book launch event unlike any other. Laugh, learn, and make new friends as Moody shares tips from her new book, 100 Ways to Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships & Success. Plus, a Q&A, interactive activities, and more surprises; Monday at 6pm. // Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. (NoPa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get a taste of Souvla’s first location outside the 7x7 with the grand opening of Souvla Marin. The new restaurant is their largest location yet with airy indoor/outdoor seating options. The menu will offer all the beloved usuals including house wine and the best Greek yogurt this side of the Atlantic; Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 9pm. // Souvla Marin, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Cr. (Marin); details at souvla.com

On the heels of his final performance with The Grateful Dead, see John Mayer in a “New Light” when he headlines Chase Center; Tuesday at 7:30pm. // 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Don’t be afraid of a little Sweat + Dirt: Bay Area artist Charles Lee’s so-called first solo exhibition of black-and-white photographs and larger-than-life mural prints is a document and investigation of contemporary Black rodeo culture and cowfolk in the U.S.; opens Tuesday, reception with the artist 6-8pm Friday, exhibit through Feb. 3. // SF Camerawork at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building A (Marina), sfcamerawork.org

Thank you to our partners at SF Camerawork.

Join the Golden Gate Restaurant Association for Eat Drink SF’s annual cocktail party at Curio. Of course there will be plenty of bites, adult beverages, and terrific company; Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm. // Curio Bar & Restaurant, 775 Valencia St. (Mission); all-inclusive tickets are available at opentable.com

Experience a site-specific composition by award-winning composer and pianist Yang Ba. The live performance merges piano and orchestra with an immersive sound installation, transforming Opus One into a monumental soundscape; Wednesday at 6:30pm. // Opus One Winery, 7900 St. Helena Winery (Oakville); tickets at festivalnapavalley.org

Join Petite Left Bank for a one-night-only winemaker dinner with Flowers Vineyards & Winery. You’ll be guided through a tasting experience by acclaimed winemaker Chantal Forthun with carefully paired courses by chef Brandon Breazeale; Thursday at 6pm. // Petite Left Bank, 1969 Tiburon Blvd. (Tiburon); reservations at petiteleftbanktiburon.com

Kick it with players from the Oakland Roots while enjoying an unforgettable, six-course Columbian meal. The special fundraiser dinner will include a silent auction and two seating options; Thursday at 5:30pm and 8pm. // Parche, 2295 Broadway (Oakland); reservations at resy.com

Get down with Goapele, Valerie Simpson, D’Wayne Wiggins, Martin Luther McCoye and more at Glide's Annual Holiday Jam; Thursday at 7pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at glide.org

Find illumination at Oakland Zoo's Glowfari. The holiday experience that always sells out features a mile-long stroll filled with glowing, larger-than-life animal lanterns; Friday through January 28, 5pm to 9pm. // Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland); tickets at oaklandzoo.org

Join fellow “sad dads” for beloved band The National’s SF tour stop with opening act Hand Habits; Friday at 8pm. // Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. (Civic Center); tickets at billgrahamcivic.com

Sip on something seasonal at the San Francisco Fall Cider Fest. Throw on your coziest sweater for unlimited pours of more than 30 ciders, plus food trucks, fire pits with s’mores, lawn games, live music, and more; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. (Mission Bay); tickets at eventbrite.com

Enjoy food and products made with love by Black Bay Area businesses at Maker’s Row's Second Saturdays, curated byWiggins Markets and Bizerkeley Vegan, whose Maker's Row debut brings Black food vendors to the parking lot; 11am to 4pm Saturday. // Fourth St. Maker's Row, 1901 Fourth St. (Berkeley), fourthstreetmakersrow.com

Thank you to our partners at Fourth Street Maker's Row.

Take a break from the daily grind at the SF Coffee Festival. Specially curated roasters and exhibitors will perk you up with unique beans and brewed coffee flavors. Plus, live entertainment and a latte art competition; Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4:30pm. // Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at sfcoffeefestival.com

Disco dance with DJs A-Trak, The Magician, and special surprise guests; Saturday, 9:30pm to 2am. // Love + Propaganda, 85 Campton Place (Union Square); tickets at eventbrite.com

The 10th annual More Than 2 Blocks of Art is just that—in various spaces from galleries to restaurants and plazas along Market Street. The free art walk event is bookended by Market Street’s The Line Hotel and the new IKEA at one end, and the Trinity Plaza sculpture garden and Orpheum Theatre at the other. The historic and grand Hibernia will host exhibitions, a live DJ, building tours, and a cocktail lounge—the first 150 attendees each day receive a free drink with an Eventbrite registration; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. // Market Street, between 5th St. and 8th St. (Civic Center); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Celebrate 20 years of long nights and strong cocktails at Mission mainstay Elixir. To celebrate the milestone, the bar will have drink specials all day and night, snacks, guest bartenders, free swag, a charity raffle, and more; Saturday, 2pm to 1am. // Elixir, 3200 16th St. (Mission); details at facebook.com

Deep part your hair down the side and get in your feels with Emo Orchestra featuring Hawthorne Heights. A full orchestra arrangement will bring to life the emo hits of your youth with a touch of adult elegance; Saturday at 7pm. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Meet and support local women-owned brands when Marché brings its curated holiday marketplace to the Bay Area. Shop goods from Estelle, Freda Salvador, Coyuchi, Amber Interiors, and more under one roof. You can also expect food and beverages from Flywheel and Norcina, holiday wreaths from Marigold, and brow appointments with Nutured Brow; Saturday, 10am to 4pm. // The Bridge Yard, Burma Rd. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Eating with your hands is encouraged at Besharam’s Diwali celebration. Chef Heena Patel and her team will host a two-night feast featuring 20 different thali-inspired savory and sweet bites and mains presented in individual thali-style ceramic pieces; Saturday and Sunday, multiple seatings. // Besharam, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch); reservations at resy.com

Press Club is celebrating 15 years with its annual harvest party. A half-dozen wineries will be pouring sips to be paired with passed apps and DJ beats; Saturday, 6pm to 9pm. // Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Ln. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get in on a free street party at CCA's Homecoming and Holiday Craft Fair. There will be food trucks, music, and handmade goods, plus the main building will welcome guests inside for open studios and demos; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St. (SoMa); details at eventbrite.com

Get your hands on beautiful, locally made ceramics at Sarah Kersten Studio's pre-holiday, in-person seconds and unique pieces sale; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm. // 2725 Magnolia Studio (Oakland); details on Instagram

Get a bargain on your winter gear at Sports Basement's annual SnowFest. In addition to discounts on more than 50 brands, you can enter for a chance to win gear, free beer tastings, and two-for-one lift tickets to Palisades Tahoe; Sunday, 10am to 5pm. // Sports Basement Stonestown, 3251 20th Ave. (Lake Merced); details at eventbrite.com

Tap into your imagination by creating your own fairy doors for installation at Albany Bulb. The public art–making event for kids and adults will start with a blank wooden door for you to decorate and accessorize; Sunday, 1pm to 3pm. // Albany Bulb, 1 Buchanan St. (Albany); RSVP at eventbrite.com

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