SF LIFE: Eat Drink Sf, Ferris Wheel, Corn Maze
This fall is speeding along, and we hope you are getting your fill of pumpkins and apple pie. A great way to get out of the house is to visit some of the aMAZing corn mazes in the bay area. These are not just for kids and who doesn’t need a little something different right about now. Eat drink SF is reimagined, but it’s a go—so please support our local restaurants. Want to hop on a Ferris wheel? You can, SkyStar is now open in Golden Gate Park. Also check out this week’s podcast and our next book event (take note, Broadway lovers.)
Oct. 23-Nov. 1. Eat Drink SF
This year’s event is reimagined, and we all need to get out and dine to support our local restaurant industry. This year the event is called Eat Drink SF Presents: 10 Days of Dining, Culture and Community. Starting with an opening dinner tonight Friday, October 23rd, and running through Sunday, November 1st, this year’s Eat Drink SF itinerary will explore the neighborhoods of San Francisco through outdoor dining, with Restaurant Week–style prix-fixe menus, exclusive to-go offerings, virtual demos and forums, and ticketed outdoor seated dinners—all in adherence with current SF Department of Public Health guidelines.
The 10-day celebration will kick off with a ticketed, socially distanced outdoor dinner at The Vault Garden on Friday, October 23rd. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on OpenTable.
Eat Drink SF 2020 will conclude with a ticketed dinner on Sunday, November 1st. Called A Night of Gratitude, the waterfront surf and turf experience will be presented by the culinary teams from Waterbar and Epic Steak, and promises iconic San Francisco Bay views from the Embarcadero locales. Of course, there are wonderful Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menus for both take-out and dine in available. Great way to try new spots and support our local restaurants. http://www.eatdrinksf.com
Welcome the SkyStar Ferris Wheel
2020 marks the 150th birthday of Golden Gate Park, and America’s largest traveling observation wheel is here to celebrate! Scheduled to open at their big celebration in April, The SkyStar Ferris wheel has finally arrived and is ready for riders. Standing 150 feet in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse, the SkyStar Observation Wheel features 36 fully enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas that hold up to six passengers each. Guests will soar 15 stories above the Park for an unparalleled Bay to Breakers view in the 9 – 12-minute ride.
With more than 1,000,000 colored LED Lights, SkyStar promises to light up the San Francisco skies nightly. The SkyStar Observation Wheel was previously installed in Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Norfolk, Virginia. This is the first time an observation wheel of this scale has operated in San Francisco since Golden Gate Park hosted the Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Of course, Covid-10 Protocols are in place.www.skystarwheel.com
Oct. 24-25. The San Francisco International Arts Festival
Another reimagined event. This year finds them asking performing arts lovers (us) to put on our masks, pull up a chair……and bring a picnic to enjoy small (but distanced), informal, in-person, live performances at Upper Fort Mason. Twenty local ensembles and artists will present their work live and in-person over the course of this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25.
There will be everything from classical music to flamenco, Balinese and traditional dances, to solo performances and concept theatrics. There are three open air venues in Upper Fort Mason all within close walking distance of each other: http://www.sfiaf.org
Corn mazes used to be created manually, those insane twists and turns…. now they are mostly done by GPS and computer-controlled machines (spoiler alert), but they are still as fun as ever. Wander amongst these finds:
The 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze offers everyone a challenge, young and old alike. Think of walking through 10-foot-tall corn stalks, with only one way out; the course usually takes at least 45 minutes to complete. Corn Maze Daytime Admission is $7; evening is $10.
Day Maze open daily: 10am until 6pm; Friday and Saturday Night Maze: 6-10pm.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch | 450 Stony Point Rd. Petaluma, CA 94952
This 30-acre family farm is packed with fun fall activities including Sonoma County’s largest corn maze (8 acres) for $6. Day Maze: 11am – 6pm; Night Maze: Fri-Sat 6-10pm & Sun 6-8pm
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch | 5157 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Venture on your wild side and take a trip in the Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze. The maze covers over 2 acres and is constructed entirely out of 7-8-foot-tall bales of hay with a completely new design every year. Maze pricing is $15 during day and $20 at night. Parking is $20 but includes a $10 voucher valid towards a pumpkin purchase.
Sun – Thu: 9am – 6:30pm; Fri & Sat: 9am – 10:30pm
Arata’s Pumpkin Farm | 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019