26 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.3.22)
Drop anchor and pop some bubbly—it’s Fleet Week. (Courtesy of San Francisco Fleet Week)

26 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.3.22)


Break out the doggy CBD—the Blue Angels are back and so is Fleet Week.

Also this week: Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, Yerba Buena Night, the Mill Valley Film Festival, Elton John's farewell tour, and the West Coast debut of Angela Davis — Seize The Time.

Oh, and a Shrek rave. As always, have a good one.

Drop anchor and pop some bubbly—it’s Fleet Week. Catch free neighborhood concerts, art exhibits, sports tournaments, ship tours, and more. The big action is Friday through Sunday when the Blue Angels airshows take to the skies performing aerial stunts, flips, and tricks; Monday through Sunday. // Full itinerary at fleetweeksf.org.

Stuff your face with Top Chef–approved Detroit-style pizza. Melissa King has collaborated with the Square Pie Guys on the King’s Pie, topped with pepperoni cups, mushrooms, and Szechuan chili honey. Three percent of proceeds from the pizza will benefit La Cocina; Monday through January 2nd. // Available at both San Francisco & Oakland locations; order at squarepieguys.com.

Catch Isabella Rossellini in her latest animal-themed one-woman show, Darwin’s Smile; Monday through Wednesday. // Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. (Tenderloin); tickets at gamh.com.

Be the first to witness the only West Coast exhibition of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion. See how 15 Black fashion photographers from all over the world present fresh perspectives on themes of race, beauty, gender, and power. The New Black Vanguard features more than 100 images by contributors to top glossy magazines and designer fashion brands; Wednesday through March 5th. // Museum of African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. (SoMa); tickets at moadsf.org

What do Daniel Handler, Bonnie Tsui, K.M. Soehnlein, and Kamau Bell's mom have in common? They're all making appearances at this year's edition of Litquake. Beginning Thursday and lasting two whole weeks, San Francisco will feel just a little smarter as bookworms come together for storytelling, panels, and talks; the Poetry World Series; live jazz; and book launches; Thursday through October 22nd at venues around San Francisco. // Full itinerary atlitquake.org.

Get your kicks at the new after-hours party at the de Young Museum. The event will feature musical performances from Madame Gandhi, DJ sets, access to exhibitions, an open bar, dancing, and other treats; Thursday, 9pm to midnight. // de Young Museum (Golden Gate Park); tickets at tickets.famsf.org.

Think you can’t find fall color in the Bay Area? Find fall fun at Filoli, where the vibrant landscape is painted with autumn hues, fruit at its harvest peak, and seasonal festivities abound during Orchard Days, through October 30th; open daily. // Filoli, 86 Cañada Road (Woodside),filoli.org.

Thank you to our partners at Filoli.

Cinephiles can binge as many as 145 films from around the world during the Mill Valley Film Festival. Hot tickets include Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery with director Rian Johnson, Kate Hudson, and Leslie Odom Jr. planning to attend; Women Talking with Bolinas' local Frances McDormand; a screening of The Whale and tribute to actor Brendan Fraser; the world premiere of Fantastic Negrito: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?; and much more;Thursday through October 16th. // Details and tickets on mvff.com

Short on time? Catch SF Indie Festivals Short Film Fest live; Thursday through October 16. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets at sfindie.com

Get inspired by the debut of Angela Davis — Seize the Time.
The exhibition examines the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland icon and offers a deeper look into Davis' life through the lens of race, gender, economics, and policy; Friday through June 11th, 2023. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland); tickets at museumca.org

Try not to take yourself too seriously and hit up a Shrek Rave. Party all night surrounded by Lord Farquaad's, ogres and other fairytale creatures to remixes of the Grammy-nominated (seriously!) Shrek album; Friday at 9pm. // The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave. (Union Square); tickets at axs.com

Break out your best Top Gun–inspired attired for Spinsters of San Francisco’s 13th Annual Fleet or Flight Party. Tickets include an open bar with specialty drinks for the first hour of the event, a DJ, photo booth, raffle, and more. The fundraiser will benefit Compass Family Services' work to end family homelessness; Friday, 6:30pm to 9:30pm. // Westwood, 2036 Lombard St. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Groove to the sounds of Phoenix and opening act Porches; Friday at 7:30pm. // Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd. (Berkeley); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Grab your snazziest PJs and waddle over to the California Academy of Sciences for the ultimate overnight adventure. At Penguins + Pajamas, you’ll uncover the depths of the ocean, watch the penguins snooze, traverse the rainforest, and explore space all before bedtime. In the morning, rise and shine with breakfast and next-day admission; Friday, October 7th. // California Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park);overnight garage parking and next-day admission are included in tickets at calacademy.org.

Thank you to our partners at California Academy of Sciences.

)(Courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

Get your hands on beads, gems, jewelry, and clothing at the Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show, featuring more than 150 exhibits presented by independent artisans, beadmakers, and tradespeople, as well as interactive, hands-on workshops; Friday and Saturday. // Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr. (Concord).beadanddesign.com

Thank you to our partners at Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show.

Head to 10th edition of Yerba Buena Night for an evening of free music, dance, and performance at venues including 111 Minna Gallery, Executive Order, American Bookbinders Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Fly Trap, and more; Saturday, 6pm to 10pm. // Yerba Buena, 750 Howard St. (SoMa); details at eventbrite.com

Sip wine and get down to the sounds of Gary Clark Jr., Portugal. The Man, and others at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. From the folks behind BottleRock, this intimate festival experience at B.R. Cohn winery provides stellar stage and vineyard views, gourmet food and drink from Sonoma's best, and more; Saturday and Sunday. // B.R. Cohn, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. (Glen Ellen); tickets at sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com

Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Cupertino's 19th Annual Diwali. The free, family-friendly festival brings together flavorful Indian cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and dancing; Saturday, 11am to 6pm. // Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Rd. (Cupertino); details at eventbrite.com

Join Leica Camera for a photographic immersion at Faust Haus, with special guests chef Dominique Crenn and Amelia Davis of the Jim Marshall Estate. Borrow a Leica and try your hand at photography around the winery while sampling Faust wines and cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery; Saturday, 10am to 5pm. // Faust Haus, 2867 St. Helena Hwy (St. Helena); tickets at exploretock.com

Break out your bedazzled sunglasses to bid farewell to Sir Elton John on his final tour before retirement. The Piano Man brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Bay Area on Saturday at 8pm. // Levi's Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way (Santa Clara); tickets at axs.com

Catch Klay, Steph, and Draymond when our 2022 NBA champions take on the Lakers in a preseason game; Sunday at 5:30pm. // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at chasecenter.com

Take in the Blue Angels along with live music and American cocktails from the rooftop at Kaiyo. Plus, enjoy a two-course pre-fixe lunch menu; Sunday, 2pm to 4pm. // Kaiyo, 701 3rd St. (SoMa); tickets at resy.com

A free all-day music marathon celebrating local musicians is coming to SF. SF Music Day will host more than 100 artists ranging in style from classical to global and to modern jazz; Sunday, noon to 7pm. // War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (Civic Center); details at intermusicsf.org

Set sail with the Caviar Co. for an afternoon cruise with stellar views of the Blue Angels. Indulge in bumps of caviar and bubbly while cruising along the Marin Headlands for the best views of the air show; Sunday, 1:30pm to 4pm. // Pier 15 (Embarcadero); tickets at thecaviarco.com

Prefer to party on land? The Guardsmen's Fleet Week party has you covered. You'll have great views of the air show from Fort Mason plus an open bar, bites, and the 49ers game on TV; Sunday, noon to 4pm. // The Firehouse at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

For those in full spooky season mode, head to Gilman Brewing Co. for the Beers & Broomsticks Peculiar Pop-up. Shop for the unusual (bones, bugs, taxidermy, fine jewelry for weird people), have a tarot or tea leaf reading, and much more. Costumes are encouraged; Sunday, noon to 6pm. // Gilman Brewing Company, 912 Gilman St. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get into spooky season with three wonderfully wicked programs perfect for Halloween. SF Symphony’s special October series includes Symphonie Fantastique (7:30pm Thursday, Oct 20th and Saturday, Oct 22nd); Hocus Pocus set to live orchestra (7:30pm Tuesday, Oct 25th); and Frankenstein & Psycho (7:30pm Oct 27-29). // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center) sfsymphony.org

Thank you to our partners at San Francisco Symphony.

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