7 amazing Bay Area things to do over Thanksgiving weekend


Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the Holiday Season 2021! We want you to get off to a grand start with these fun weekend ideas, from lovely hikes and day trips to a new take on “A Christmas Carol” and a talented South Bay singer’s homecoming shows.

If you are headed to a live performance or exhibit, please check the venue or production’s website for the latest COVID safety precautions before you go.

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1 SEE: There’s a new Scrooge in town

Fans of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” can rejoice: The award-winning Broadway revival is arriving in San Francisco for an monthlong run. Here’s what you need to know. Or head to the South Bay for a winning adaptation of another Dickens classic.

A trip to Carmel should include a hike along the scenic bluff path. (Photo courtesy of CarmelCalifornia.com) 

2 PLAY: Explore Carmel

Why not add a great escape to your holiday weekend? We’re talking about a day trip to the jaw-dropping beauty that is Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here’s a hiking and wine-tasting itinerary.

3 EAT: Leftovers with pizzazz

Let’s get down to one of the most important, and most overlooked, Thanksgiving weekend issues. The leftovers. With the year we’ve had, this calls for something bold and delicious. So we offer unto you … turkey-topped nachos.

4 WATCH: New movies, both terrific and tawdry

From the sublime family drama “C’mon C’mon” to the way-over-the-top “House of Gucci,” we’ve got a bunch of new movies you might want to check out.

5 PLAY: Calorie-burning, with views

There are lots of ways to melt off your Thanksgiving overindulgences — jogging, sweaty yoga, kick-boxing to your favorite Devo songs. But here’s a novel idea: How about something that’s actually pleasant? Like one of these four gorgeous Bay Area hikes.

6 SEE: Banksy’s provocative art

There’s a new exhibit in S.F. focusing on contemporary art’s No. 1 bad boy. No tricks, no hidden shredders, just Banksy images — and lots of ’em. The deets are here.

Singer and Saratoga native Jacqui Naylor plays six S.F. shows this weekend. (Courtesy of Jacqui Naylor) 

7 SEE & HEAR: Jacqui Naylor’s homecoming shows

The Saratoga native is a wonderfully versatile singer with a cool and eclectic taste in music to boot. Her new album features covers of David Bowie and Kurt Weill and even a smashup of Coldplay and Miles Davis. And she’s got a string of shows in S.F. this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.



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