It’s one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar, a commemoration of the Jews’ victory over Haman in ancient Persia, told in a suspenseful, good vs. evil, read-aloud story. Events in the Bay Area will mark the holiday in creative ways, from Keshet’s LGBT Purim celebration in San Francisco for the over-21 crowd to Chabad of Sunnyvale’s family-friendly “Purim in the Lower East Side,” where New York comes to the South Bay. Expect plenty of hamantaschen and a good time.

Gender Schmear photo/larry utley


Purim party for tots. Storytelling, games and light snacks for children ages 2 to 6 and their families. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $6-$9. www.bethamisr.org.


Older adult Purim luncheon. All ages welcome. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F.  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation ages 60 and older; $8 suggested donation ages 59 and younger. RSVP required. www.jccsf.org.


“Gender Schmear.” Keshet’s LGBT Purim party with music, dancing, food, drink and a Jewish drag show. At 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20 in advance; $10-$25 at the door. www.tinyurl.com/m82m4b7.


Shabbat Purim celebration. Music, grape juice and challah. At JCCSF,  3200 California St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.


Purim celebration. Costume parade for young children, live music and party. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 5:30 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818.

“Purim Extravaganza.” Megillah reading followed by satirical theater troupe Purim Shpielers. Adama finishes the night with live music and klezmer dancing. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $15-$20. www.aquarianminyan.org.

“Purim Extravaganza.” Costume and dance party plus a puppet show. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. $5-$15. www.chochmat.org/purim-extravaganza.

“Purim Palooza.” Open bar, live band and DJ. Presented by Chabad of S.F. At San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., S.F. $15-$20. 9 p.m. www.chabadsf.org.

“A ‘Simpsons’ Purim.” “Simpsons”-themed Purim celebration with Homer’s favorites: beer and doughnuts. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7 p.m. Free. www.bethemek.org.

Purim at the JCCSF last year


Purim carnival. Food, bounce house for kids and carnival games for everyone. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. www.netivotshalom.org.

Purim celebration. Come in costume, hear the Megillah and exchange food gifts. At Chabad of Napa Valley, 18 Lodestar Lane, Napa. 3 p.m. Free. www.jewishnapavalley.com.

“Purim at the Circus.” Circus-themed celebration. At Chabad of the Tri Valley, 784 Palomino Drive, Pleasanton. 4 p.m. Free. www.jewishtrivalley.com.

Megillah reading and Purim play. Middle-school production followed by Queen Esther banquet and dairy potluck. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.bethamisr.org.

“Purim in the Lower East Side.” New York deli–style feast, pickle making, klezmer music and children’s entertainment. At Chabad of Sunnyvale, 540 Utica Drive, Sunnyvale. 3:30 to 6 p.m. $16-$22, RSVP required. www.chabadsunnyvale.com.

“Purim in Outer Space.” Space-themed dinner, arts and crafts for kids and performance by a mind reader. Hosted by Chabad of the Greater South Bay. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4:15 p.m. $20-$40. www.chabadgsb.com.

“Purim Palooza.” Carnival with live music and food from Miller’s East Coast Deli.

At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. www.marinjcc.org.

“Purim Party.” Celebration for children. Make your own chocolate hamantasch, enjoy music and kids’ activities. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1336 Willard St., #D, S.F. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. www.chabadcv.org.

“Purim in the Sports Zone.” Ballpark-style buffet, bounce house for kids and raffle prizes. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751-25th Ave., S.F. 4 p.m. $25-$35. www.sfshul.org.

“Purim Unmasked.” Festival and parade with music, activities for kids and food. Bring a new blanket, book or plush animal to donate to Project Night Night. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.

“Purim in the Wild West.” Live country music and Western cuisine. At Sonoma County Chabad Jewish Center, 2312 Bethards Drive, Ste. 2, Santa Rosa. 5 p.m. $15 adults, children free. www.jewishsonoma.com.