7 incredible Bay Area things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

First off, our warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We’re so glad you decided to check in with us over this busy time. We’ll try to make it worth your while with some awesome weekend ideas: from amazing light shows to a lovable, dancing bunny and one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies.

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

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1 SEE: Holidays lights that will amaze you

The Bay Area’s creative spirit definitely spills over into the revered genre of twinkly holiday light displays. And here are 24 places that prove it.

Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord and Michelle Williams star in Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film “The Fabelmans.” (Universal Pictures) 

2 WATCH: Steven Spielberg on Spielberg

The legendary filmmaker tackles a new topic in “The Fabelmans” — himself. The result is a surprising and moving film that tops our list of great movies and shows you can catch in theaters or at home.

3 EAT: More delightful quirkiness in Point Richmond

Black Star Pirate BBQ might be closing down this weekend, but a new, no-less-unconventionally-delicious new restaurant/club has opened nearby. We caught an early taste and we have some thoughts.

4 COOK & EAT: The chili recipe you need this weekend

Technically, it’s a mouthwatering chili verde, but swap in a different kind of meat and … voila! … you’ve got a mouthwatering meal with leftover turkey.

5 SEE & HEAR: Great shows and exhibits

There’s a ton of cool stuff to catch in the Bay Area this weekend, whether you’re in full-on holiday mode or not. We’re talking magic bunnies, a world-famous choir and robots that paint.

6 SHOP & SIP: Holiday ideas for your favorite beer-lover

Got a bestie who’s a brew buff? Here are some great gift ideas to make sure they have a hoppy holiday (we’re sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).

7 SEE & HEAR: A Bay Area blues legend

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol has been thrilling music fans for more than 50 years, and this weekend she’s bringing some of her most talented friends to a festival in Berkeley. And you’re all invited.

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