The Weekend Guide

12 nights of chocolate!

Cuckoo for cocoa.

Twelve Nights of Chocolate
Unleash the chocoholic within via events like a prix fixe menu from Farallon and Waterbar’s chefs, paired with spirits from Bar Agricole.
Why: Other sweet happenings include Japanese whiskey and a night of fondue.
When: Tonight & Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m.
Where: Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia St., at 18th St. (415-349-0942).

Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale
Get 80 percent off select titles for holiday gifting, including children’s books, guides, and art and design tomes.
Why: Stock up on stationery for holiday thank-yous and a journal for New Year’s resolutions.
When: Tonight & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 680 2nd St., b/t Brannan & Townsend Sts. (415-537-4200).

Renegade Craft Fair
What: Last-minute shopping is stress free among more than 300 vendors of handmade jewelry, clothing, home goods, and bath and body products.
Why: Capture the moment in the photo booth or get a jump-start on gift wrapping at the DIY station.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., at Brannan St. (415-490-5800).

Oakland Ballet Presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Watch sugarplum fairies and dashing princes with the historic Paramount Theatre for backdrop.
Why: A postshow Sweet Dreams Party with dancers and treats.
When: Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: 2025 Broadway, b/t 20th & 21st Sts., Oakland (510-465-6400). Tickets (show, $20-$60; party, $15) at ticketmaster.com.

Ugly Sweater Party
New living and co-working space 20Mission throws a Christmas bash with free drinks, a brass band, and a group show of local artists.
Why: Take toys for underprivileged kids and wear an ugly sweater for admission.
When: Tonight, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: 2415 Mission St., at 20th St. R.S.V.P. at eventbrite.com.

Eleanor Friedberger
The Fiery Furnaces’s chanteuse has gone solo in recent years, and she’s playing with Icewater in support of her new album, Personal Record.
Why: It’s is a benefit for underprivileged music students.
When: Fri. Doors, 9 p.m.; show, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., at Sanchez St. (415-861-5016).

Photo: Courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate

2415 Mission St
@ 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
740 Valencia St
@ 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
680 2nd St
bt Brannan & Townsend Sts
San Francisco, CA 94107
2025 Broadway
bt 20th & 21st Sts
Oakland, CA 94612
635 8th St
@ Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cafe du Nord
2170 Market St
@ Sanchez St
San Francisco, CA 94114