Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26, 2017.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
'Tis the Season for Science
Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, an ice skating rink and the giant Snowman Theater return to highlight this celebration of the winter season at the California Academy of Sciences. Don’t miss holiday-themed programs, including quiz shows and live music. Nov. 22-Jan. 7.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” at SF Playhouse
Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Gun. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, “A Christmas Story” is a classic and heartfelt holiday tale backed by a magnificent score. Nov. 22-13.
Winter Walk SF
Winter Walk SF, a one of a kind holiday pop-up plaza in the heart of Union Square, returns for its fourth year this Holiday season. For 5 weeks, two blocks of Stockton Street (between Geary St. and Ellis St.) will open for winter merriment. Nov. 25-Dec. 31.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Ghirardelli Square
The 53rd annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in the West Plaza and Fountain Plaza with free kids activities like face painting, henna, and caricatures. Also enjoy live music, snow and Santa. Nov. 24.
Treasure Island Flea
Rain or shine, this weekend is the open-air indie market’s celebrates with the big holiday show. Each month the market brings together vintage and antique finds, wares from local artisans and food and fashion trucks. Live music, workshops for all ages and a dog-friendly policy create a community atmosphere. And with a $3 entry fee, it’s a bargain. Take the Muni 108 line from the city. (This is a good chance to visit the wineries and brewery on the island too!) Nov. 25-26, 10 am-4 pm.
Santa Trains at Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa Valley Wine Train transforms into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults, the Santa Trains. Guests of the Santa Trains will experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. Nov. 18-Dec. 29.
San Francisco International Automobile Show
Now in its 60th year, the auto show is back with everything from hot rods to hybrids, exotic sports cards to classic cars and many of the latest models. Nov. 18-26.
“France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child”
On view at the Napa Valley Museum Yountville is “France Is a Feast— The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child.” Inspired by the book “France Is a Feast” by Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt, the exhibition features black-and-white photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954, rare objects and pictures of Paul’s wife, Julia Child, long before she became a celebrity cookbook author. Nov. 11-Feb. 18.
“Aladdin” at SHN
Opening Nov. 1 at the Orpheum Theatre, this blockbuster production of “Aladdin” is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,” “Something Rotten!”) and features all the classic songs from the film as well as new ones written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken. The VIP Orchestra package includes the best seats in the house, a commemorative souvenir program and Aladdin tote bag. Nov. 1-Jan 1.
The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
Celebrate the holiday spirit in San Francisco with the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Located in Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building. Nov. 3-Jan. 7.
“Couture Korea” Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum
A new exhibit on view at the palatial Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center neighborhood, “Couture Korea” showcases historical and contemporary Korean fashion, from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) to today. The exhibit features more than 120 works, including pieces by Korean designer Jin Teok and Seoul-based designers Im Seonoc and Jung Misun, as well as works by Karl Lagerfeld that were inspired by Joseon dynasty fashion and art. Nov. 3-Feb. 4.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
A local tradition, this outdoor ice rink is located in the heart of Union Square. “Arabian Nights”, Disney’s Aladdin-themed skate sessions every Wednesday this holiday season. Nov. 1-Jan. 15.
“Le Switch” at New Conservatory Theatre Center
David is a self-possessed New York librarian with a need for classification, in this "wickedly smart boy-meets-boy story" that TimeOut calls “delightfully fun”. What happens when his best friend’s bachelor party takes him to Montreal, and he is swept off his feet by a charming young florist? A witty and whimsical romantic comedy tied in knots. “Le Switch” by Philip Dawkins is playing. Oct 27-Dec 3.
ACT presents “Small Mouth Sounds”
This acclaimed comedy satirizing the mindfulness and wellness industry was written by from Drama Desk Award-winning playwright Bess Wohl and follows six urbanites on a silent retreat. Oct. 11-Dec. 10.
“Walker Evans” at SFMOMA
Examine the language of everyday American life in Walker Evans, which explores Evans’s impact and reflection on the culture and spirit of the United States in the 1930s. The exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art brings together the best of the best, pulling from national and international collections, including rarely exhibited pieces. Sept. 30-Feb. 4.
“Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument” at BAMPFA
This major exhibition at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive of work by the photographer, artist, and filmmaker Gordon Parks explores the untold story behind Parks's breakthrough photo series "Harlem Gang Leader," which was published in Life magazine in 1948 and chronicled life among the street gangs of postwar Harlem. Sept. 27-Dec. 17.
This exhibition at the Mexican Museum comprises more than 42 works on paper by 15 Mexican artists, including Diego Rivera, Alfredo Ramos Martínez and Rosa Rolanda. Through Dec. 8.
San Francisco Opera Season
The opera's 95th season includes performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot”. Through Dec. 9
“Fantasy Life” By Tabitha Soren
Bay Area-based artist Tabitha Soren (ABC, NBC and MTV News) has spent the past fifteen years exploring baseball and the American dream. Soren takes us into intimate and thoughtful territory, creating a complex and epic portrait that celebrates the game we think we know. Tabitha Soren's “Fantasy Life” looks behind the scenes and through the hype of professional baseball. City Hall through Dec. 15.
“Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle”
On view this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum, “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” explores the life and work of Earle, best known as the lead stylist for “Sleeping Beauty” and for concept art for both “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan.” The first-ever Eyvind Earle museum retrospective features more than 250 works, large-scale concept artworks, elaborate landscapes, scratchboards, sculpture, poetry and commercial illustrations. May 18-Jan. 8, 2018.
“Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown” at OMOC
The Oakland Museum of California presents the world premiere of “Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown,” an immersive experience featuring a large-scale, commissioned work by Los-Angeles based FriendsWithYou—the fine art collaborative including Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. OMCA’s Great Hall is transformed into an imaginative and otherworldly place that sets the stage for visitors to experience friendship, magic, and social connection. Oct. 7-Jan. 21.