The Westin St. Francis unveils its annual holiday display, which includes a European-inspired Sugar Castle. (Courtesy photo)

Nov. 23-24: Westin St. Francis castles, Sons of the Prophet, Auto Show, Generation Startup, Jai Wolf, Porter Robinson & Madeon

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23

St. Francis hotel castles
: Pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré opens the holiday display of handcrafted sugar and enchanted castles. [11 a.m.. Westin St. Francis, 355 Powell St., S.F.]

Sons of the Prophet: New Conservatory Theatre Center stages the regional premiere of the comedy drama by Stephen Karam about a Lebanese-American family that has fallen on hard time that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012. [8 p.m., Walker Theatre, lower level, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

International Auto Show: Dozens of the world’s major manufacturers display hundreds of 2017 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Generation Startup: The film by Cynthia Wade and Cheryl Miller Houser about what it takes to launch a startup in Detroit gets its first San Francisco screening. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wittycircle HQ, 169 11th St., S.F.]

Jai Wolf: Rolling Stone writes that musician Sajeeb Saha “lives in the middle ground between electronic music and hip-hop.” [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

‘Tis the Season for Science: The attraction’s annual holiday programming (continuing through Jan. 8) includes live reindeer, indoor snow and festive performances. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Porter Robinson & Madeon: The electronic artists who joined forces on the hit “Shelter” play the first of two sold-out concerts this week; the second is on Friday. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Lost Legends Tribute: The show is “a country and bluegrass tribute to the music legends we lost in 2016” including Merle Haggard, Ralph Stanley, David Bowie, Prince, Guy Clark. James King, Glenn Frey, Dan Hicks and Paul Kanter. [8:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


THURSDAY, NOV. 24

S.F. Zoo: Open daily, the park and gardens are home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals (representing more than 250 species). [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sloat Boulvard at Great Highway, S.F.]

S.F. Botanical Garden: Free admission is offered on Thanksgiving Day at the “living museum,” which has 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces and more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. [7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Thanksgiving concert and vegetarian dinner: Badarikashrama, a spiritual and cultural center in the East Bay, hosts its annual Thanksgiving gathering, including a concert by Srikanth Chary followed by a vegetarian meal with multicultural dishes. [3 p.m., 15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro]

Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration: The International Indian Treaty Council presents Indigenous Peoples’ Annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering, with drummers, dancers and information about indigenous peoples’ ongoing efforts for sovereignty; to attend, purchase a $14 ferry ticket. [4 a.m. to 6 a.m., depart from Pier 33 for Alcatraz Island, S.F.]

Turkey Trot
: Registration is officially closed for the 14th annual Thanksgiving Day event, which includes a five-mile Turkey Trail Trot (run), three-mile Pilgrim Promenade (walk) and 100 meters Kid’s Gobbler Chase. [7 a.m., Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Thanksgiving Day 5K: The run (or walk) along the Embarcadero and under the Bay Bridge benefits local food banks. [8 a.m., China Basin Park, Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, S.F.]

Japanese Tea Garden Tour: City Guides hosts the stroll through the five-acre, world-famous site, which offers information about its icons and the family that lived there. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Vegan No Thanksgiving Protest: Direct Action Everywhere hosts the free potluck event (participants are asked to bring a vegan dish) for those seeking an alternative to traditional holiday observances. [11 a.m., Delores Park, Delores & 16th streets, S.F.]

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