Weekend roundup

October 1-4


West Coast Craft Market 2020 in San Francisco

West Coast Craft Market 2020

Oct. 3. Get ready to shop at West Coast Craft’s first-ever single-day, outdoor market at Fort Mason Center. While this event will be a smaller affair (and more socially distant) than you’re used to, you’ll have the opportunity to peruse fashion, jewelry, art, home decor and more from 50+ emerging designers and artists in the Bay Area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free entry. 2 Marina Blvd., 415.345.7500. westcoastcraft.com

Celebrating 43 Years of Mill Valley Film Festival

Upcoming | Oct. 8-18. Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has earned a reputation as a filmmakers festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, alongside high-profile and prestigious award contenders. Join this year’s celebration where films will be streaming online or watched at the MVFF drive-in theater. Some of the highlights include Blithe Spirit (pictured), Nomaland, Time, Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in her Own Words, The Father and many more! Tickets. Lagoon Park-Marin Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, 415.383.5256. mvff.com

Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco

Aquarium of the Bay

Reopened. Visit more than 180 unique local species and learn about what makes the San Francisco Bay a welcoming home for wild marine life! It has added vital COVID protocols to keep guests safe, including reduced capacity limits, increased air ventilation, social distancing reminders and a mask requirement. While you’re there, stop for lunch at a safe outdoor dining option on Pier 39. Tickets are timed entry, so make sure you get them in advance. Open daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Pier 39, 415.623.5300. aquariumofthebay.org

Food + Drink

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square

Open. Visit Ghirardelli Square for some retail therapy and wrap up your day with dim sum al fresco on Palette Tea House’s private patio or a cold beer in SF Brewing Co.’s sunny beer garden. Enjoy the live music program on Friday evenings and be sure to leave room for a world-famous Ghirardelli Chocolate sundae or a boba tea from the new Tea Square. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500, ghirardellisq.com


Open. Pretzels and bratwurst and beer, oh my! Come enjoy German-influenced cuisine at this new, spacious outdoor beer garden featuring plenty of tables for sit-down dining as well as wine barrel tabletops. Among the bottled options and 10 beers on tap, Hofkuche will also feature local brews from Ghost Town Brewing, Temescal Brewing and Fort Point Beer Co. The food menu will showcase a mix of German salads, pretzel knots, larger plates such as currywurst and rotisserie chicken and more. W-F noon-4 p.m., 5-8:30 p.m., Sa-Su 2-8 p.m. 478 25th St., Oakland, hofkuche.com

Barbecue platter featuring smoked brisket, beef ribs and sausages from Horn Barbecue

Horn Barbecue

Open. Barbecue lovers, you are in for a treat! Highly anticipated Horn Barbecue, created by pop-up barbecue legend Matt Horn, is finally open to the public. The Horn way features the meat-smoking techniques of Central Texas infused with the deep foodways of the Black South. Expect some delectable dishes such as smoked brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, spareribs and turkey, all sold by the pound. Also available are the classics including half and whole quartered chickens, homemade hot links and a variety of sandwiches. 2534 Mandela Parkway, Oakland. hornbarbecue.com

Arts + Culture

Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

Asian Art Museum

Reopens Oct. 1. Calling all art aficionados! Asian Art Museum is reopening its doors on October 1-2 for members and on October 3 for the general public! Stop by and explore two full floors of refurbished galleries that reimagine our masterpieces from across Asia. See an “old friend” in a new light and discover special exhibitions that speak to this moment’s universal need for mindfulness, togetherness and healing. Admission to the museum will be free from Oct. 3 through Oct. 12. Th 1-8 p.m., F-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tu-W closed. asianart.org

Open Space Visions: BayWood Artists Paint Marin

Oct. 2-4. Buy some art while supporting a good cause! The BayWood Artists 22nd annual art exhibit Open Space Visions: BayWood Artists Paint Marin features Marin landscape paintings with half of the proceeds benefitting the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST). MOST is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve land in Marin County. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. The Studio located at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, 415.518.5116. marinarts.org

de Young Museum in San Francisco

de Young Museum’s Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents

Every Saturday. Bring the family together for a day engaging and educating exhibits at the de Young Museum. The museum has reopened and is now offering Bay Area residents free general admission to their permanent galleries every Saturday. General admission is also free on the first Tuesday of every month. Reserve your tickets in advance online and bring along your I.D. Visitors ages 17 and under always receive free admission to the permanent collection galleries. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.750.3600. deyoung.famsf.org

Photo credits: Open Space Visions, BayWood Artists website. West Coast Craft via Facebook. Blithe Spirit, IMDb. Hofkuche, website. de Young Museum, website. All other images are courtesy photos.

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