5 Best Things to Do This Week: November 25 – December 1
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Cirque du Soleil returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with Amaluna. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and elements of Romeo and Juliet, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna invites you to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon where the natural elements — particularly water — play a huge role in creating this unforgettable show. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984, and its 19th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. The show will be performed under the Big Top in Lot A at Oracle Park beginning through Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Art lovers from around the Bay Area are invited to tour artists’ studios in the Point Reyes area during the annual Point Reyes Open Studios (PROS) event Thanksgiving Weekend 2019. PROS artists will display and demonstrate their work in their studios and homes from Friday through Monday 11am to 5 pm each day. The Point Reyes Open Studios tour leads visitors along the back roads of this scenic rural area known for hiking trails, beaches, restaurants and inns less than an hour drive from San Francisco. Many of West Marin’s finest sculptors, photographers, potters, painters, printmakers and woodworkers will open their studios to the public beginning Friday, November 29. Visitors will be able to meet the artists, see new original work and explore the studios and workshops where the art is created. Several artists plan demonstrations of their complex craft techniques. The free, self-guided tour of Point Reyes Open Studios enables visitors the opportunity to explore the many charming neighborhoods of this sparsely settled region, from the forested lanes of Inverness Ridge to the grassy hills around Tomales Bay.
Holiday fun returns to Marin for the annual San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland holiday celebration on Friday, November 29 on Fourth Street between B Street and Lootens in Downtown San Rafael. A day of holiday cheer and activities for all to enjoy, The Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland features a Holiday Marketplace with unique arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, a tree lighting ceremony, and the celebrated Parade of Lights with Santa and his friends.
Etsy comes to life and is bringing the cheer at San Francisco’s popular holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted goods, artisans, designers, emerging brands and unique gifts for the holiday season. This event features local Bay Area designers and artists featured on the popular handcrafted shopping website, Etsy. Also featuring small batch food items from local makers, musical performances, artistic demonstrations, and crafting workshops provided by mobile craft company – GoGo Craft; plus giveaways. Come and experience Pier 27 and take in all the scents and sights of over 150 vendors and their holiday merchandise, textiles, pottery, decor, jewelry, fashion and bath and body products. Meet the artists behind all these handcrafted and locally designed goods and celebrate the holiday season. Customers of all ages are invited to stop by.
The San Francisco International Auto Show, which is supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, is the Bay Area’s largest and most prestigious auto exposition and the only show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-end displays from the world’s major automotive manufacturers. In addition to providing visitors with the opportunity to get an advance preview many of the 2020 model vehicles, this year’s Auto Show will feature: Free Test Drives, electric and alternative fuel vehicles, exotic sports cars, the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection, the San Francisco Auto Salon with modified and custom cars, plus exhibits from the Ferrari Club of America, an exhibit of Tesla cars, and much much more. Whether you’re a car enthusiast, looking for a pressure-free non-sales environment to gather information for your next vehicle purchase, or you’re searching for an affordable day of fun for the whole family, the 62nd Annual San Francisco Auto Show offers something for everyone.
All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.