BARTable This Weekend: Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving is upon us and whether you're spending the long weekend with family or not, we'll make sure you're eating well and entertained. Take a hike with some wild turkeys, get last-minute meal recipes, or dance to your heart's content with multiple virtual ballet offerings. Happy Thanksgiving from BARTable!

Editor's Note: Please wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least six feet while riding the trains or at an in-person event. Before you go, use our Trip Planner to get estimated travel times as we will be running on a Sunday schedule on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. See BART's 15-step plan to safely welcoming riders here.

BARTable This Weekend Thursday

Sweet potato casserole

This sweet potato casserole is so yummy. Photo courtesy of

Macy's Parade

Since there won't be marching down the streets of NYC this year, the only place to see all the performances, gigantic balloons and fabulous floats is from the comfort and safety of your home. Watch it live from 34th Street from 9am-noon.

Where to see wild turkeys in the Bay Area

If you live in the Bay, chances are you've seen more than a few wild turkeys strutting around your neighborhood or your local hiking trails. But where did they come from? Check out our latest feature to find out.

What's cooking in our home kitchens | Thanksgiving edition

Thanksgiving is here and this year, it may look different for many of us with the pandemic now moving into a new heightened phase. While gatherings may be smaller or moving to virtual platforms, it is still a holiday to be celebrated because ‘tis the season for food and nothing is more comforting than food. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite holiday “go-to’s” from the BARTable team (and beyond) that are so full of goodness – well, let’s put it this way - most of us can only justify making them (and enjoying them) at this time of year.

Turkey train coloring contest

Color our turkey train for a chance to win a BARTable prize pack! Get creative with the crayons and show us your masterpiece. Visit our Instagram page to see all of the details and enter to win.

BARTable This Weekend Friday

SF Ballet Nutcracker

SF Ballet's "Nutcracker" kicks off this Friday. Photo courtesy of SF Ballet.

German Holiday Market | Virtual

This holiday market usually doesn't take place until December but this year they've gone virtual with the event. The site will simulate the look and feel as if you are visiting an actual German Holiday Market with shopping, information and videos that share the Weihnachtsmarkt traditions and the Gemütlichkeit of the season. The event will run through Dec. 20 and can be accessed here

SF Ballet's "Nutcracker" | Virtual

Watch SF Ballet’s spectacular Nutcracker stream in HD, tour the virtual opera house full of fun activities, send downloadable holiday snaps to your friends and family, enjoy historical highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s "Nutcracker," and learn steps from the choreography. You can even check off items on your gift list with a visit to SF Ballet’s online Holiday Shop! The show starts Friday, Nov. 27 and runs until Dec. 31. Tickets are $49 for 48-hour access.

“HellaSecret” Outdoor Comedy Show & Cocktail Night | Secret SF location

Get ready for San Francisco's very first fully dedicated outdoor comedy club that will take place at a secret and unique location around the City. This "HellaSecret" Comedy Show and Cocktail Night will take place at a new double-parklet with built-in socially-distanced seating. Enjoy a 70+ minute comedy show with comics with credits like Cobbs, Punchline, SF Sketchfest, NBC, and Outside Lands. Tickets are available online for Friday and Saturday nights and start at $20. The location will be emailed out the morning of the show. 21+ only. 

Faultline Artspace hosts 10xTEN Art Show | Virtual

Faultline Artspace is an East Oakland organization that provides workspace for local artisans and around this time of year, typically opens up their space for an art show and a kick-off to holiday shopping. Since this year looks a little different, they've partnered with 10xTEN to host a virtual art show featuring 100 talented and creative women artists from the Bay Area. The event will run on Faultline Artspace's Instagram account that can be accessed here and will run through the holidays.

BARTable This Weekend Saturday

Crowden Music Day

Experience a musical carnival for all ages on Saturday with Crowden Music Center's Community Music Day. Photo courtesy of Crowden Music Center.

Black Laughs Matter Comedy Show | Virtual

Laughter is truly the best medicine so immerse yourself and support Black comics as they come together for "Black Laughs Matter," an online comedy show live from San Francisco. Hosted by comedian and actor Terry Dorsey, the show this week features Alan Massenburg (Sirius XM, Buzzfeed) and Jay Whittaker (voted “Best Utah Comedian 2014”). The show begins at 8pm and is free but donations are welcome. Tune in for some feel-good chuckles.

Crowden Music Center's Community Music Day | Virtual

Crowden's annual free musical carnival for all ages, Community Music Day, will be presented online on Saturday, November 28, from 10am-12pm. Discover the joys of classical music from the comfort of home in this year's online event! Enjoy hands-on activities, beautiful music, and a gigantic virtual Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids and adults alike explore all the different instruments in a symphony orchestra. 

Play Streets: Tenderloin | Civic Center/UN Plaza

Enjoy a safe and open space to play, stretch the legs, people watch, and have some fun at Play Streets this Saturday. Event runs from 10am-4pm with arts & crafts, music, wellness classes and Covid-19 resources. Event takes place on Turk Street between Jones and Leavenworth. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk five minutes to event.

San Francisco Chinatown Walkway Weekends | Montgomery St

SF’s Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue will be closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant walkway every weekend (11am-5pm) through Dec. 27. Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and a cultural shopping experience. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk four minutes to the Grant Avenue Chinatown entrance.

BARTable This Weekend Sunday

Smuin Virtual Fall Dance Series

See the final chapter in Smuin Contemporary Ballet's Virtual Fall Dance Series this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Smuin Contemporary Ballet.

San Jose Berryessa Flea Market : Vintage Black Friday | Berryessa/North San José

This is the alternative way to do your holiday shopping. Shop good, eat good, and say no to fast fashion while supporting small, local businesses. Enjoy 60+ vintage vendors, 6+ food trucks, a farmer's market, and more. Located within one of California's largest outdoor markets, you'll find a new Black Friday tradition that will give you some nostalgic vibes while offering truly unique gifts for people you love (or for yaself, too)! The event runs from 2-8pm and walk-in admission is free. Take BART to Berryessa/North San José and walk to the parking lot on the west side of the station. 

UNDSCVRD Sunday Market | Civic Center/UN Plaza 

Celebrate Filipino-American History Month by shopping, strolling, and dining down Folsom St. on Sunday from 11am-4pm. Enjoy two blocks of artisan markets and street art in a safe and physical-distanced manner. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to Folsom St.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet | Virtual Fall Dance Series “Program D” | Virtual

The last in the Smuin Contemporary Ballet Virtual Fall Dance Series, filmed and recorded live in October, delves into Michael Smuin’s vast archive to provide solos and duets that showcase Company Artists as well as Michael’s flair for entertaining. “Offstage/Onscreen” allows the Smuin Artist to exercise their artistic voices in a series of new works. The program includes a virtual Q&A with Artistic Director Celia Fushille and the Artists immediately following the presentation. This performance streams Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased with livestream link here.

Let's get social. 

What are you doing this long weekend? Let us know via social media, @SFBARTable #SFBARTable! Keep up with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see all of the best BARTable (virtual) events, places to eat (grab take out from) and have fun (outside) around the Bay. 

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