You know it's fall in San Francisco when the list of amazing things to do starts piling up. And after our chilly summers, who isn't eager to soak up the clear skies and tastes of the season? From cocktails classes to lavish dinners to down-home barbecue and harvest festivals, here are five seasonal events for every taste — all going down this week!
Boozy Punch Classes at Novela
Elegant SoMa bar Novela is kicking off its boozy punch class series tonight in preparation for the holiday season. First up, Novela's punchmeister Dillon Lockwood will teach you how to make the ultimate Halloween punch while you sip his own creations (for inspiration, of course) and nibble snacks. The best part? Take home a bottle of punch, primed and ready for your next party (just add booze). If you can't make tonight's class, stay tuned for classes structured around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve drinking.
Date: Oct. 21, 6:30–8 PM
James Beard Taste of America Dinner
San Francisco's greatest chefs, including James Beard Award–winner Craig Stoll of Delfina and Staffan Terje from James Beard–nominated Perbacco, come together for a lavish dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation and celebrating the art of Italian cooking. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner prepared by James Beard Award–winner Tony Mantuano (of Chicago's Spiaggia) and local James Beard Award–winner Michael Tusk (of Quince) await you at this fancy event — not to mention the chance to party with the culinary elite in North Beach's historic Bimbo’s 365 Club.
Date: Oct. 23, 5:30 PM
Brews on the Bay
Beer-lovers looking for fresh air this weekend shouldn't miss this unique festival that takes place on one of the Bay's most historic ships, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien. Enjoy more than 60 beers from San Francisco breweries while soaking up the salty air, sunshine, live music, food and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco.
Date: Oct. 24, 12–5 PM
SF BBQ Festival
Anyone who thinks San Francisco isn't a barbecue town will likely sing a different tune after this inaugural festival taking over SoMa's The Yard. The event will include a beer garden, live music, games, the latest in barbecue tech and of course smoked goodness from SF barbecue joints including Cat Head's BBQ and The Whole Beast.
Date: Oct. 24, 12–6 PM
CUESA's Harvest Festival
The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, which is behind the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, brings local farms, food crafters, restaurants and classic harvest activities, like a DIY apple cider press, to its new monthly pop-ups at The Yard. This Sunday is all about fall pies with a baking demo from Three Babes Bakeshop and a pie contest.
Date: Oct. 25, 10 AM–2 PM
Free! Get more information.