Get your pumpkin spiced everything ready because fall is officially here! Stock up on jumbo-sized bags of Halloween candy, pull out your coziest sweaters (as if they weren’t already in use all summer) and don’t miss this week’s array of awesome arts and culture activities. Celebrate the return of movies to SF Symphony, hear from acclaimed local authors, admire large-scale artwork and more, all around the Bay.
See stunning acrobatics in the City
If you’re in the mood to be awed by acrobatics, skip the Vegas Cirque du Soleil trip and instead head to Club Fugazi to catch the premiere of Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story. The mesmerizing stage show features a series of acts including hoop diving, hand-balancing and juggling — taking the audience through the City’s epic history from the Gold Rush to today.
Now through December 30
Enjoy a night of cinema with a special soundtrack
Movies are returning to San Francisco Symphony, and the season premiere is a must-see: The Princess Bride, slated for Wednesday and Thursday nights. The iconic Rob Reiner-directed ’80s film — whose storyline includes everything from sword fights to monsters and true love — will be shown on the big screen while the talented symphony artists perform the entire musical score of the fairy tale adventure live-to-picture. Can’t make those performances? Then snag tickets to the Friday or Saturday screening of Ron Howard’s classic, Apollo 13.
Wednesday, September 22, through Saturday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.
Commemorate Latinx heritage with a creative children’s workshop
Encourage the kids in your life to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by partaking in the San Francisco Public Library’s Aztec Chimalli/Shields workshop. Attendees will learn to create their own personal shield, or chimalli, inspired by the Aztec Sun Stone — a basalt sculpture that measures 141 inches in diameter and dates back to the early 1500s. Instructor Rachel-Anne Palacios grew up in Oakland and is a self-taught, multicultural artist who also teaches fine arts around the Bay Area.
Wednesday, September 22, 4–4:45 p.m.
Relax with a flower-powered after-work activity
Unwind in a unique way after work with a Flower Power Happy Hour at the Ferry Building. Kicking off the new seasonal partnership with floral design expert Sharla Flock of Sharla Flock Designs, Bloom Tuesday and The School of Bloom, the event will feature a hands-on workshop that integrates seasonal and locally grown hand-selected blooms. Sip some vino from the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant while you create your own floral masterpiece.
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30–7 p.m.
Take in large-scale artwork and performances in Silicon Valley
The theme of this year’s Silicon Valley Sculpture (SVS) is “Shifting Perspectives,” and the four-day fine art fair is sure to flip your point of view upside down. Produced by nonprofit Menlo Park Public Art, SVS exhibits large-scale sculptures in an effort to increase access to art in the tech-centric world of Silicon Valley. The event will also include performance art that draws attention to pertinent issues like privacy, equality and displacement.
Thursday, September 23, through Sunday, September 26
Get ridiculously freaked out
It may still be September, but if the Halloween candy at Walgreens is any indication, tricks and treats are fast approaching. To get into the spirit, head to the San Francisco Mint to experience The Immortal Reckoning, a brand-new, immersive experience that combines theater, haunted mazes and special effects. Attendees can also view an exhibition of rare artifacts related to the occult and supernatural, but just be warned: Things are guaranteed to get super spooky.
Friday, September 24, through Sunday, October 31
Hear from two acclaimed artists, activists and advocates
Artist and writer Chanel Miller, author of the award-winning Know My Name: A Memoir, will sit down with novelist, essayist and mental health advocate Esmé Weijun Wang at the Asian Art Museum to discuss everything from activism to transformation through the arts. Miller’s first commissioned museum artwork, I was, I am, I will be, is a mural representing healing as a three-part process and is currently on view in the museum’s new Wilbur Gallery.
Thursday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
Liven up your home by going green
If your home is in desperate need of some greenery, stop by the Gardeneur Plant Market Pop-Up at the Ferry Building this weekend. In partnership with Fog City Flea, online marketplace Gardeneur — founded by Bay Area husband-and-wife team Liony and Gent Dirga — will offer up a variety of specialty plants, plant-inspired art and a plant raffle.
Sunday, September 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Snap some Instagram-worthy fall photos
Now’s the perfect time to experience the outdoor magic at Filoli with the estate’s special Orchard Days series. Through the end of October, the Gentleman’s Orchard will be open every weekend for all ages to wander through rows of apple trees and grapevines, plus learn about food production. Of course, attendees will also have the opportunity to pose for as many fall-themed photo ops as they like.
Weekends, September 25 through October 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Stock up on athleisure goodies and get moving
Treat yourself to a weekend of wellness at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, where you’ll have the chance to shop athleisure apparel and accessories from Alala and Rhone. Book an overnight stay at the hotel and you can also test out your new gear with complimentary fitness classes in the hotel’s private outdoor courtyard.
Friday, September 24, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, September 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Raise a glass to this dance institution’s new season
Celebrate the start of ODC/Dance’s 50+ anniversary season with “Fall for Art,” a benefit held at McEvoy Ranch in Sonoma. Amid the property’s lake and gardens, guests will enjoy an alfresco lunch overlooking the grape arbors and olive groves, a special auction supporting the artists and benefiting the Youth & Teen Program, and site-specific performances from ODC dancers.
Sunday, September 26, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.