Nov 18, 200901:40 PMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: November 18-24
The holidays approach. This week, you can get a head start on Christmas shopping, skate through a winter wonderland, and even race up a hill for your Thanksgiving turkey! Here are your Top Tickets…
November 19–January 10: Tri-Valley's holiday ice rinks
There are now three holiday ice rinks in Diabloland! Walnut Creek’s opened last week, and Pleasanton and Dublin open their first rinks ever this week. Stop by to skate some laps or take a class, and at Pleasanton's, enjoy free skating exhibitions every Saturday at 5 p.m. Pleasanton's Holiday Ice Rink, 400 Old Bernal Rd., between City Hall and the library, Pleasanton, $10–$16, devconholidayicerink.com; Dublin Holiday on Ice, 4808 Dublin Blvd. (Dublin Toyota), $7–$15, californiaiceadventures.com.
November 20–21: Diablo Ballet
Diablo Ballet kicks off its season with George Balanchine’s Apollo, the premiere of Gary Masters’ Fete for Three, and Arthur Saint-Léon’s playful Coppelia. Plus, with your performance ticket, enjoy complimentary wine, hors’ devours, and live music before the show at Silk Road (November 20) and Prima Vini (November 21). Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 7:30 p.m., $48, (925) 9437469, diabloballet.org.
November 21–22: Sidewalk Sale
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Downtown Walnut Creek’s semi-annual sidewalk sale. More than 30 stores and boutiques participate, offering great bargains and super savings. Visit the website for a complete list. Downtown Walnut Creek, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., (925) 933-6778, walnutcreekdowntown.com.
November 22: Turkey Trot
Run for your dinner—literally—at Pleasant Hill’s 34th annual Turkey Trot. Winners of the challenging 8.4-mile race up to Briones Peak receive turkeys. The rest get a T-shirt, and who wants to eat that!? (This race is not for beginning joggers.) Briones Regional Park, Bear Creek Entrance, 9 a.m., $20–$25, (925) 682-0896, pleasanthillrecsports.com.
November 22: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Asia’s oldest orchestra celebrates 130 years with a U.S. tour, and makes a stop in Berkeley. Enjoy Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, as well as an appearance by 22-year-old piano star Yuja Wang. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 3 p.m., $28–$60, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.
For even more events happening this week, browse the complete listings on Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook (links below), and you'll be notified as soon as Top Tickets posts each Wednesday afternoon.