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Weekend Planner: December 15th, 2023

View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, December 15th


Buckminster Fuller sitting on earth in space

Grand Theater, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: All


Buckminster Fuller Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a spectacular in-person event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Buckminster Fuller Institute! This is designed as an immersive experience and will not be live streamed or recorded.

We are thrilled to invite you to the Gray Area / Grand Theater on Mission Street in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA.

This milestone celebration promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with inspiration, creativity, innovation, and special guests! We will celebrate forty incredible years of Buckminster Fuller Institute and the transformative work underway heading into our fifth decade!

We'll also have updates on current projects to reach 100 million life-centered designers, regenerate bioregions, center indigenous knowledge in design, transform financial systems, engage with regenerative AI, uplift and build capacity for design scientists, support large-scale ecological restoration and more.


5:00-5:45 pm: Doors open, mingling, cash bar and delicious food

5:45-6:15 pm:

  • Amanda Gregory Performance – "ResoVoir" - synergistic blend of neuroscience and audiovisual art in a 24-minute multisensory expedition

6:15-7:30 pm: Presentations from BFI Community, Updates, and Performances

7:30-8:30 pm: Community Connection Time

8:30-9:00 pm: Special Surprise Performance

  • Lauren Turk – singer, songwriter, climate solutionist and Compost Queen

9:00-10:00 pm: After Party: Music and Mingling with the BFI community

Sustainable local food provided by Delicious Future, a project incubated in the Design Science Studio will served throughout the evening and a cash bar will be available.

This event is designed and produced by BFI and our partners Design Science Studio and habRitual. It will feature many artists, designers, and leaders from our community!


Circus Bella Presents Kaleidoscope

The Crossing at East Cut, San Francisco

7 PM, Ages: All


From the moment you arrive, let us transport you to a delightful world of magic and splendor…

Performed in the round in a 350-seat Circus Tent, the beauty of “Kaleidoscope” is the intimacy and immediacy of the one-ring circus. A diverse cast of 12 perform thrilling feats of balance and strength, demonstrations of grace and poise, outrageous humor and slapstick antics. Original music is performed live by our beloved 6-piece Circus Bella All-Star Band. Let yourself be dazzled and join in the celebration.

“Kaleidoscope” is the perfect show for families and children of all ages, looking for a joyous holiday event that will stay with you all season long and beyond!

Our big top Circus Tent is located at the intersection of Main and Howard Streets, at the Crossing at the East Cut in Downtown San Francisco.

The show runs 90 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Now, more than ever, we all need moments to sit down with each other, all together, to celebrate, reflect and LAUGH!

Ticket Info

  • Ticket prices for all guests are $55 for Standard, and $75 for Premium seats.

  • Premium seating is for the first two rows of seats - in the heart of the action!

  • Children 2 and under are free when sitting on the lap of an adult

  • All tickets are General Admission within their section (i.e. Standard and Premium)

  • Seating is first come, first served. We recommend arriving early!

  • The Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to each performance

  • All ticket sales are final

General Info

  • The tent will open to guests 30 minutes before showtime

  • There is NO SMOKING allowed in the tent

  • There are no animals allowed in the tent with the exception of licensed service animals.

  • Strollers have a dedicated parking area outside the venue and are not allowed in the tent due to fire code enforcement.


Saturday, December 16th



Merry Misfit Cabaret

Alcazar Theater, San Francisco

8 PM, Ages: 18+


Come spend the evening with a tour de force of talent at San Francisco’s wildest variety show for the camp and nostalgia that makes the Holidays bearable!

Are you tired of the same old holiday traditions and craving something a little different this festive season? Look no further than "A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret," a one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza that's sure to jingle your bells and rock your stockings.

This year, Brendan Getzell, our resident Musical Director is in a rut; it has been a very hard year. But magical holiday fairy Candysprinkles is here to bring the holiday cheer. Help Candysprinkles make her Christmas quota and cheer up grumpy Brendan in the process!

Here to help Candysprinkles Cheer up Brendan and fill up her Cheer-O-meter

Our Darling Misfits:

Shadow Circus Creature Theater: Get ready for a wild ride as the Gremlins take over the stage, bringing mischief and mayhem to your favorite holiday classics.

Qu’in de la Noche (week 1) and Edie Eve(week 2,3): Slow Burn Burlesque brings the heat to the cold winter nights with a tantalizing performance that will leave you wanting more.

Johnny Rockitt: Embrace your inner Star Wars fanatic as this drag darling channels the Force and takes you on a journey to a galaxy far, far away.

Elise Southwick: Hang onto your seats as she soars through the air, performing jaw-dropping aerial acts that will make you believe in Christmas magic.

KaiKai Bee Michaels - Step into the dark side of the holidays as KaiKai Bee Michaels embodies Krampus in a drag performance that's both naughty and nice.

A Stunning Cast of Darling Misfits: Our eclectic cast will keep you entertained and laughing all night long, ensuring your holiday season is filled with unforgettable memories.

Rock 'n Roll Variety Show: "A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret" combines the best of rock and roll with a dash of variety show flair, creating the perfect night out to give you that fuzzy, ugly sweater feeling.

Original Music by Kat Robichaud: Groove to the holiday beats with original music by the talented Kat Robichaud, including "The Gremlin Song," "The Star Wars Holiday Special," "Cheer Up, It's Christmas," and many more.

Experience the holidays like never before at "A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret." This show is the antidote to the traditional, the cure for the conventional, and the perfect way to celebrate the season with a mischievous twist. Get your tickets now, and make this holiday season one to remember!

Misfit Cabaret is a splendiferous variety show centered around magical music with a rotating cast of eccentric performers. From burlesque to drag to circus to magic, you never know what you're going to see (or what you're getting yourself into)!

For each new Misfit Cabaret, emcee Kat Robichaud writes two original songs keeping with the theme of the evening and plays them with her Darling Misfit band, as well as a special medley to kick off the evening and welcome in the spirits of San Francisco's saucy past


lakehouse jazz performance

Stow Lake Boathouse, San Francisco

7:30 PM, Ages: All


About Lakehouse Jazz

Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.

Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.

Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!

About the venue

Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!

Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.


Sunday, December 17th


Outer Sunset Farmer's Market and Mercantile

37th Between Ortega and Pacheco, San Francisco

9 AM, Ages: All


A weekly market featuring farmers, ranchers, food artisans, live music, children’s activities, vendors, makers, merchants, artists, and local organizations. Explore all the amazing local businesses surrounding the farmers market at

You can find us every Sunday 9am-2pm year round on 37th avenue/Ortega and every Wednesday 3pm-7pm (June to August)

Getting There

Muni: Lines 7, 29, 48

Unlike most of San Francisco, street parking is usually fairly easy surrounding the market.

Every Sunday

Typically 25+ vendors

Seasonal tastings

Live Music

Kids Storytelling

Weekly activities and fun

The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages.

Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! for more details.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Neiman Marcus, San Francisco

8:30 AM, Ages: All


Neiman Marcus San Francisco invites you and your family to join us for BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, and get your picture taken in a photo booth! Santa's helpers make dazzling balloons.

Sunday, December 17 8:30am

$65 General Admission Adults/$55 Kids 3 - 12, Breakfast with Santa Neiman Marcus San Francisco December 10, 8:30am. Your ticket includes Breakfast and Service Charge and Tax. Eventbrite Fees will be added on to final cost.


Coffee, Hot Chocolate, OJ & Apple Juice

Mimosa for adults 21 and over

Preset on the tables Assorted Breakfast Pastries

Brioche French Toast with Whipped Cream, Seasonal Fruit & Vermont Maple Syrup

Scrambled Eggs with Herbed Creme Fraiche ( kids served plain )

Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausage

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes with Red Peppers & Onions

**Allergies/Dietary Restrictions will be accommodated.

Additional specialty beverages available for purchase.


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