9 Ways To Have A Blast This Week

mainPhoto: Via Rebecca Minkoff.
If you've been slaving away sifting through those pesky emails all week, we've got a bevy of bashes that will bring forth the "work hard, play hard" mentality to get you in the spirit. And, nothing says it's Wednesday like penciling in parties to look forward to this weekend, or better yet, the ones happening tonight! Take a peek at these nine totally killer, must-hit events, from a kid-friendly fete at Rare Device to an evening at Welcome Stranger, which is sure to draw in all the dapper dudes. Fair warning: Be prepared to lose a few hours of shut-eye for these shindigs.
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West Coast Craft Fair
There is one quick way to realize that your DIY efforts are of the amateur-hour variety, and that would be to swing by the West Coast Craft Fair. Don't let this fact get you down — those handmade techniques are often more enjoyable when made by an avid, albeit professional artisan. Enjoy the colorful goods representing just how cool and creative our beautiful West Coast (yes, the best coast) is! With a feast of specialties such as wood, metal, leather, and paper, each represents a nostalgic aspect of California livin'.
When: Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard (at Marina Street); 415-345-7500.
Passion Projects Tech Talks With Ligaya Tichy
Don't you just wish you could rack the brains of Silicon Valley's finest females? Passion Projects knows you are full of burning Qs and brings you monthly hangouts with some of the most buzzed about ladies in town. For its eighth installment, meet Ligaya Tichy, the mastermind behind many of your favorite start-ups, such as Yelp and Airbnb (where she worked her magic building it from the ground up). Learn what makes this girl's brain tick, and how she continues to make big waves. Grub and beverages will be served up at right on the dot, so don't be fashionably late!
When: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: GitHub HQ, 88 Colin P Kelly Junior Street (at Brannan Street); 415-344-0829.
Rsvp: Here
Flower Arranging Fête
If you were planning on entertaining at all this holiday season, this workshop is one you won't dare miss. As the perfect crash course to flower arranging, and thus centerpiece mastering, you will be the crowd-pleaser of the year. Create an eye-popping bloom set led by Natalie Bowen Designs, while you indulge in cocktails and take 20% off Margaret Elizabeth's stunning jewelry collection. In reality, you are killing three birds with one stone here (cocktails, shopping, and arranging those blooms) so you are basically just putting your killer multitasking skills to work!
When: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Margaret Elizabeth Studio, 1735 Union Street (between Octavia and Gough streets) Suite B; No phone.
RSVP: here!
Yellow Owl Book Signing & Little Prints
Whether you have permanent kiddos in your life, or you just love to hang out with your BFF's kids, this activity is for bonding with the tots! Join in celebrating the latest book by Christine Schmidt, Yellow Owl's Little Prints. The fun will start with stamping your very own holiday goodies at Rare Device, and snacks from its friendly neighbor Bi-Rite Market. The lesson will include all kinds of skills such as printing, image transfer, and stamping. One-of-a-kind gifts anyone? We think that's the best way to go!
When: Saturday, November 16, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street (at Hayes); 415-863-3969.
Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
While it has yet to be scientifically documented, there are certain things that make us women extremely competitive, and sample sales just happen to be one of them. We don't mean to start any tiffs between you and your girls, but when it comes to this Saturday's bi-annual Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale, being quick on your feet will be necessary, and throwing elbows may just come with the territory. Make sure you are on top of your game this time around because a hot 75% off the goods is a swoon-worthy offer no one in their right mind could pass up. 
When: Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street (between Hyde and Leavenworth streets); 415-563-0800.
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4505 Meats & Welcome Stranger Party
The ultra-femme ladies may drag their S.O.s on enough rom-com dates and frilly brunches, but now is the time to return the love and show some appreciation. Welcome Stranger (you know, where the style-savvy gents shop) is hosting an evening with 4505 Meats, games and shopping included. The two may not immediately go hand-in-hand, but wait until you see the array of hungry and happy fellows queuing up. With everything from a butchery demo from Whole Hog, deli goods, and a musical performance by local folk group Twig and The Berries, you will have yourself one happy and well-attired man friend. 
When: Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Welcome Stranger, 460 Gough Street (at Ivy Street); 415-864-2079.
Juniper Ridge Live Aromatics Distillation at Fellow Barber
You may be on the hunt for a new scent, or you just want to come in close contact with this hottie. Either way, Juniper Ridge will be posting up with some cool tricks at Mission's Fellow Barber. The tricks we speak of include a live distillation of wild aromatics for your whiffing pleasure. With its super-natural, outdoors-inspired scents, the Juniper team will be crafting the backpacker's lifestyles right into a bottle (it smells better than it sounds, trust). 
When: Thursday, November 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Fellow Barber, 696 Valencia Street (at 18th Street); 415-621-9000.
Amaluna Cirque Du Soleil
Finally, we have found the secret to getting your butt in the game for bikini season (it's cheaper than you thought). Yep, a simple trip to the latest Cirque Du Soleil production Amaluna will have you so caught up with those tight-rope toned figures you'll be catapulted to get your fitness on. As visually appetizing as ever, Amaluna is a futuristic love story between two star-crossed lovers. Enjoy those moments that induce heavy jaw-dropping, thanks to the acts and the costumes.
When: Wednesday, November 13 to Sunday, January 12; various times.
Where: AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at 3rd Street); 415-972-2000.
Tickets: $55 to $135; buy 'em here. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/amaluna/default.aspx
Mulberry Wonderland Exhibit
If you are jonesing to indulge in an escapist moment but can't get out of town, Mulberry can supply the fix. Unlike any real-life getaway, the British cult favorite will transport you to a wonderland. Partnering up with Harper's Bazaar and local socialite Vanessa Getty, the Grant Street boutique has created its very own English countryside to get you familiar with the brand's background. Then, you'll zip through the buzzing streets of London with an interactive experience through a short film by Norman Wong. Further surprises will be at the ready, too.
When: Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Mulberry, 166 Grant Avenue (between Geary and Post streets); 415-399-9418.
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