Everything Fun You Can Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Get out there and enjoy the long weekend with holiday pop-up bars, a Disney musical, an emo dance night, and more.

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After a long day of eating and drinking, you’ll probably be ready to head back out into the world for some fun that doesn’t involve a third piece of pie. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, as there’s lots to do this weekend, including an Emo night at The Independent, Frozen the musical, FAN EXPO, and a screening of The Godfather with the SF Symphony playing the score. That being said, if you also just want to keep eating and drinking, that will be all-too-easy thanks to lots of holiday pop-up bars. Whether you want kitschy cocktails, elegant decor and bubbles, or something in between, keep reading for everything fun you can eat, drink, and do in SF this weekend. And for more fun things to do in SF anytime, check out our fall guide

Friday, November 25
The Independent
If there’s one thing Thanksgiving with the fam can do, it’s bring up your teenage angst all over again. Hold it inside until the following day, when you can let it all out at this touring DJ show where you’ll hear all of your emo favorites from bands like Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and My Chemical Romance.
Cost: $22 in advance; $25 at the door

Friday, November 25–Saturday, November 26
Pacific Cocktail Haven and Kona’s Street Market
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at P.C.H. where Miracle, the popular Christmas-themed bar, is popping up with loads and loads of kitschy decor and holiday beverages like hot buttered rum and a cosmo with spiced cranberry. Kevin Diedrich’s other bar, Kona’s Street Market, is also getting in on the holiday fun—Miracle’s tropical-themed spinoff, Sippin’ Santa, will be popping up there, also with lots of fun decor and tiki concoctions.
Cost: Drinks are usually around $16.

Friday, November 25–Saturday, November 26
The Vault Garden
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Or, at least let it look a lot like winter, which is what you’ll find inside The Vault Garden’s fully tented, expansive, and temperature-controlled outdoor drinking and dining holiday destination. Enjoy gorgeous winter decor and cold and warm seasonal cocktails like Buddy’s Nutty Buddy (brandy, rye, rum, pistachio, cream sherry, eggnog, nutmeg), plus delicious bites.
Cost: Admission is free.

Friday, November 25–Saturday, November 26
Davies Symphony Hall
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse… A chance to see the classic Francis Ford Coppola mafia film with the SF Symphony performing Nino Rota’s score live. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $125

Friday, November 25–Sunday, November 27
Union Square
We’re still in the first couple of days of the month-long World Cup, but excitement is in the air. Feel it for yourself watching the games live at different locations across SF. This weekend, the games will be shown at Union Square Plaza, including USA vs. England, at 11 am on Friday.
Cost: Free

Friday, November 25–Sunday, November 27
Orpheum Theatre
The Broadway hit musical FROZEN has arrived in San Francisco with stunning sets, gorgeous choreography, and, of course, the famous soundtrack that you either hate-to-love or love-to-love but that you probably most definitely love one way or the other. “Do you want to build a snowman?” If you liked the film, you definitely want to hear Anna ask her big sister Elsa that very question over and over (in a good way!) in this performance that runs through December 30.
Cost: Tickets start at $80.50

Friday, November 25–Sunday, November 27
The Blue Light, Outré & the Deck the Halls flagship
Deck the Halls, another holiday pop-up bar because one can never have too many, is taking over three different Union Street (Cow Hollow) locations because what are the holidays about if not excess? Drink holiday-themed cocktails, like the Polar Expresso Martini (it is Cow Hollow, after all), eat holiday-themed food, and bring an unwrapped and unopened toy to donate to Toys for Tots (and get a free order of tots).
Cost: Admission is free

Friday, November 25–Sunday, November 27
Moscone Center West
If you’re a pop culture fan with a specific interest in comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, or gaming, you’ll probably want to check out FAN EXPO, which includes three days of artist signings, celebrity panels, cosplay red carpets, and industry workshops, and a chance to meet everyone from Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) and other cast members of Clerks to Lou Ferrigno (the original Hulk) to cast members from Sons of Anarchy and more.
Cost: Single-day tickets start at $40.

Saturday, November 26–Sunday, November 27
Anchor Brewing Company
It just doesn’t feel like the holidays until Anchor Brewing releases its seasonal Christmas Ale. Instead of grabbing a six-pack at your local corner store, why not really go for it and experience Anchor in all of its Christmas glory at a special Christmas Ale tour? The brewery is all decked out for the holidays, and you’ll get to taste all kinds of Anchor beers during your tour, as well as tastings of the 2018, 2019, and 2022 Christmas Ale paired with a holiday cookie. Oh, and instead of that corner store six-pack, you’ll be heading home with a magnum of 2022 Christmas Ale.
Cost: $52.80

Saturday, November 26–Sunday, November 27
The Westin St. Francis
If you’re planning on heading to Union Square for shopping, ice skating, World Cup-watching, or just to see the holiday decorations, at some point, you’ll want to rest your weary feet. Do just that at POP! Lounge, a glamorous pop-up champagne bar tucked away just off of the Landmark Lobby at the Westin St. Francis with windows overlooking the Macy’s Holiday Tree and the ice rink. The menu offers champagne, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, and small bites, and there’s a DJ to keep things festive. While you’re there, you’ll also want to check out the famous Sugar Castle, a 12-foot-tall and over 1,200-pound French chateau made of sugar and surrounded by a quaint village and running train. (It’s in the lobby, so you’d have a hard time missing it!)
Cost: Assume you’ll spend around $50 for two.

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Saturday, November 19–Sunday, November 20
Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party returns to the Cow Palace in all of its glory for the first time since 2019. Wander the winding lanes of Victorian London to discover characters from Dickens novels, chimney sweeps, carolers, Father Christmas, music halls, dance parties, theaters, pubs, and lots of “shoppes.” Go hungry and thirsty as you’ll want to eat roasted chestnuts and shepherd's pie, and drink plenty of absinthe. The fair is open on weekends (plus the Friday after Thanksgiving) through December 18.
Cost: $30 to $45 for adults

Saturday, November 19–Sunday, November 20
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
West Coast Craft is rolling into town for the weekend with goods from over 275 artists and designers who are sure to have something for everyone on your list, as well as food and drinks (alcoholic and NA) to keep you happy and hydrated.
Cost: Admission is free.

Saturday, November 19
Solbar at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection/Calistoga
Taste world-class wines from 38 Calistoga wineries and food from seven acclaimed Napa Valley restaurants at the Calistoga Food & Wine event at Solage. The three-hour fest includes walk-around wine tasting, gourmet food pairings, and live music. Wineries include Bennett Lane, Chateau Molena, Solario Family Wines, and so many more. Restaurants include Solbar, The Mattheson, Truss, Little Saint, and others.
Cost: $250

Sunday, November 20
San Francisco County Fair Building
Taste the best chocolates and confections at this event, where you’ll get to taste the sweet treats of over 25 chocolatiers, confectioners, and other culinary artists, while also shopping for all of your host and hostess gifts for the holiday season. And why not treat yourself while you’re at it?
Cost: $20

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who is taking advantage of these strange times by exploring San Francisco on foot. Follow her on Instagram to see where she goes next.