What: Skip straight to dessert at the pastry-centric celebration, with delights from Humphry Slocombe, Tout Sweet Pâtisserie, Delfina, Boulevard, Chez Panisse, and Recchiuti Confections.
Why: Sip wine and beer from the open bar and participate in auctions benefiting Spark Program, which gives work apprenticeships to disadvantaged middle schoolers.
When: Tonight. VIP reception, 7 p.m.; general admission, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., at Sutter St. (415-392-7755). Tickets ($75-$125) at sparkprogram.org.
Maverick and Smitten Ice Cream Pop-Up Dinner
What: Hayes Valley’s Smitten Ice Cream joins Maverick chef Emmanuel Eng to create dishes like slow-cooked beef short rib with frozen red wine carrot puree and spiced persimmon clafouti with apple quince streusel ice cream.
Why: Ten percent of proceeds benefits Mission Graduates, which aims to increase the number of local students who complete college.
When: Tonight, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Maverick, 3316 17th St., b/t Mission & Valencia Sts. Reservations to 415-863-3061. Dinner is $50 ($65 with wine pairings).
What: Camping-equipment designer Alite Designs and Vietnamese culinary crew Rice Paper Scissors team up for an indoor screening of Wet Hot American Summer. (Don’t forget your sleeping bag.)
Why: Snack on beef pho, fried oysters, and s’mores with Bulleit bourbon marshmallows.
When: Sat., 4-9 p.m.
Where: Mission Dispatch, 1975 Bryant St., b/t Mariposa & 18th Sts.
Come Out and Play Festival
What: A three-week celebration for your inner child with public street games, from origami fishing to a citywide take on capture the flag.
Why: The opening-night party includes a laser maze, plus an SMS-based cowgirl adventure.
When: Sat., 6-9 p.m.
Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., b/t 8th & 9th Sts. (415-863-1414). R.S.V.P. (required) at eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Photojojo Secret Store
What: The popular online photography shop’s real-life holiday store has tripods, camera bags, iPhone lens filters, instant cameras, and everything else your favorite shutterbug would want under the tree.
Why: To get in the door, Instagram a picture of your feet with #pjsecretstore or check in on Foursquare and get the code sent to your phone.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Where: 766 Valencia St., b/t 18th & 19th Sts. (855-843-5656).
Photo: Barbara Bell / Courtesy of Sugar Rush