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7 Amazing Things to Do in the Bay Area Over Thanksgiving Weekend


Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers, and we hope that a fun and wonderful holiday season awaits us all. But first we need to have fun this weekend, and we’ve got some cool ideas along those lines, from the quirky “Saltburn” to great plays and concerts and a soapy day trip to Jack London Square.

And, as always, be sure to check event and venue websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines. In the meantime, if you’d like to receive this Weekender programming delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, simply sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.

1 WATCH: Wild ‘Saltburn’ is a winner

Emerald Fennell’s zany film about two Oxford University students on summer vacation is wild, unique and a little naughty – and tops our list of new movies and shows you should totally watch this weekend -end. And if you’re curious about which films will be showing in theaters over the holidays, we’ve got a preview of those too.

2 COOK AND DEVOUR: Turn leftovers into something special

The trick to getting the most out of your Turkey Day leftovers is to turn them into something that doesn’t taste, small, or look like Thanksgiving, Part 2. Like this spicy and delicious jambalaya.

The musical “The Lion King” returns to San Francisco from November 22 to December 22. 30 at the Orpheum Theater. (Deen van Meer/BroadwaySF)

3 SEE AND HEAR: Great shows are everywhere

From the return of the musical “The Lion King” to Handel’s “Messiah,” there will be plenty of great shows and concerts to see this weekend.

4 SIP & PLAY: Hop on board Jack London Square

Get it? In our opinion, nothing beats a good beer pun. Unless it’s a pint or two in Oakland’s Jack London brewing district. Here is an itinerary.

5 SHOP: Discover these unique gift ideas

If you want to get started on your holiday shopping this weekend, check out these unusual gift ideas for your loved ones who love food, drinks and fun.

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Emmy and Tony Award winner Billy Crudup stars in “Harry Clarke” at Berkeley Repertory Theater. (Carol Rosegg/Berkeley Repertory Theater)

6 SEE AND HEAR: Billy Crudup on stage

The “Almost Famous” and “Morning Show” star is also a talented stage performer, and he’s totally in his element in the bizarre one-man show “Harry Clarke” playing at the Berkeley Rep.

7 PLAY: A day trip to sell eggs

Petaluma was once known as the egg capital of the world. And you can still find all kinds of eggs and poultry products there. But there’s so much more going on in the charming Sonoma County town, as we learned on a recent fun day trip there.


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