Starting tomorrow, and running successive weekends (and one Friday) through December 17, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The immersive event, now in its 35th season, transforms the venue into Victorian London with the help of 800 performers dressed in period costume. Also this weekend, on Sunday Pier 39 offers an afternoon of activities and entertainment culminating with a tree lighting celebration at 6PM.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 11/12/17 – 11/18/17

It’s Price Reduction Season

Very expensive San Francisco homes tend to sell in greater numbers in October, according to a recent real estate

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Time is running short. Thanksgiving is a week from today. If you haven’t made plans yet, it’s probably time you should! We’ve got some options for you courtesy of that will make this Thanksgiving manageable, whether you prefer to dine in, dine out, or take out.

Dine-In You’re doing the cooking; Here’s where to get your turkeys:

  • Belcampo Meat Co. 998 Polk Street
  • Bi Rite Market 3639 18th Street and 550 Divisadero Street
  • Local Mission Market 2670 Harrison Street
  • Luke’s Local 1750 Cesar Chavez Street Unit E (delivery is also available)
  • Olivier’s Butchery 1074 Illinois Street

To see the entire list with full descriptions, click here.

Dine-Out You’re going to a restaurant; These places are serving

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Beginning this Saturday, and running successive weekends (and one Friday) through December 17, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The immersive event is now in its 35th season.

Here you’ll find over three acres of lamp lit streets, boisterous pubs, theaters, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures. It’s a dazzling interactive experience, and you’ll have the chance to mingle with more than 800 performers.

To begin to appreciate the attention to detail and the scale of this event, you’ll want to check out this “Cow Palace as Victorian London” map by clicking here.

The Dickens Fair takes place on November 18, 19, 24, 25,

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Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s highly anticipated new barbecue restaurant, International Smoke, officially opened yesterday in a space once occupied by RN74.

We’re guessing you know that Ayesha Curry is Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, and that she has already made a name for herself in the culinary world by hosting a very popular cooking show on Food Network. This is her first foray into the world of brick-and-mortar restaurants.

According to a Yelp fan, the menu features grilled and smoked meat recipes with sensational seasonings that leverage Chinese, Jamaican, African-American and Polish influences.  Physically, the remodel of the space has been extensive, and includes a handsome bar and atrium.

Too soon for

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Thanksgiving is still a week and a half away, and most tree lighting ceremonies have not yet taken place. Nevertheless, San Francisco’s ice rinks are already open and ready for your visit.

The City’s outdoor rinks have become very much a part of San Francisco’s holiday tradition. We’d just like to remind you there’s also an indoor option (in case it’s raining), and that rink is open every day of the year.

  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center (Open Nov. 3, 2017 — Jan. 7, 2018)
  • Holiday Ice Rink In Union Square (Open Nov. 1, 2017 — Jan. 15, 2018)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center (open year-round)

There’s no better time than now to lace up some skates and start carving up the ice.

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The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s already so much going on. For starters, the Renegade Craft Fair takes place all weekend long at Fort Mason. On Saturday at Ocean Beach you’ll find the 35th Annual Sandcastle Classic from 11AM to 3:30PM — the biggest competition of its kind in Northern California. Then on Sunday, at 11AM in Fisherman’s Wharf, the 97th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade takes place. Finally, also on Sunday, you can enjoy a free concert at Herbst Theatre. From 3PM to 5PM The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents Mozart to Mendelssohn. Seating is limited, so if you’re interested in attending visit their Eventbrite page today!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week,

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Niantic Labs, a San Francisco company that attracted the world’s attention in 2016 with an augmented reality game called Pokémon Go, is working with Warner Bros. Interactive on its next endeavor: a Harry Potter game.

The new game, called “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” will possibly launch in 2018. Like Pokémon Go it will also be interactive and utilize augmented reality. We’re betting you’ll love it, and that people will be playing it everywhere!

To see the company’s announcement, click here.

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The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents Mozart to Mendelssohn’s 2017-2018 season opening concert, Flute, Fanfare & Fairies, this Sunday.

Admission is FREE and registration/RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:30 PM. Organizers ask that you arrive early to ensure your spot. Donations are accepted, with a $10 suggested donation per person.


  • Mozart – Overture to The Magic Flute
  • Haydn – Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat major featuring trumpet soloist Chris Wilhite
  • Mendelssohn – Suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue

For details, click here.

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It often seems San Francisco is trends-crazy. Especially when it comes to dining spots. It’s all about hybrid this and fusion that. What’s the next great concept?

Sometimes you just want to say, “Enough!” You want a taste of tradition, you want to sample something from your past. 7× has just the thing for you. Writer Brea Salim profiled three of San Francisco’s oldest bakeries, and says they are still among the City’s best.

The three on her list?

  • La Victoria Bakery Founded 51 years ago, 2937 24th Street in the Mission
  • Eastern Bakery Founded 93 years ago, 720 Grant Avenue in Chinatown
  • Schubert’s Bakery Founded 106 years ago, 521 Clement Street in the Inner Richmond

The writer presents thumbnail histories for each spot,

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Harvey’s Halo launches this Wednesday and will be illuminated for seven nights (from dusk to midnight) over two weekends, concluding on November 18th. Schedules may change, but it’s expected to be illuminated on November 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18.

This new installation, produced by Illuminate, the San Francisco arts nonprofit behind The Bay Lights and the illumination of the Conservatory of Flowers for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, features lights from the rainbow directed skyward and shining brightly into the night.

The Grand Lighting takes place at Harvey Milk Plaza, on the corner of Castro and Market Street at 6PM.

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