San Francisco events November 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events November 2018

Country dance weekend

November 1 - 4, 2018
San Francisco locations
Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls line dancing, two-stepping, and attending dance workshops at the LGBT friendly Sundance Stompede.

Used book sale

November 1 - 4, 2018
2.3 miles north
Browse 500,000 books, DVDs, and CDs at the Big Book Sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Free.

Jewish film festival

November 1 - 11, 2018
Palo Alto & San Jose
Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights.

Whisky festival

November 2, 2018
1 mile NE
Taste from a selection of 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Day of the Dead - S.F.

November 2, 2018
1.8 miles SE
Mexican Day of the Dead includes a 7 p.m. parade starting at Bryant & 22nd Streets plus candle-lit altars in Garfield Square to honor the departed until 11 p.m.

Spirits tasting in Alameda

November 2, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
14.9 miles east
A $50 ticket to Downtown Spirits Stroll gets you “top-notch, handcrafted, small-batch spirits paired with yummy bites prepared by some of your favorite eateries” in Alameda restaurants, beginning at Edit One, for age 21+.

Haunted house - San Leandro

November 2 - 3, 2018
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Art & antiques show

November 2 - 4, 2018
21.4 miles south
Shop from 200 vendors of fine antiques and decorative arts ranging from the 17th century to modern day at the Hillsborough Antiques + Art + Design Show at San Mateo Event Center. Repeats in April.

Local gift fair

November 3, 2018
1.4 miles SE
Shop for gifts from S.F. manufacturers and artisans at the 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair, with free holidays treats at Pinterest, 651 Brannan Street. Donation.

Coffee festival

November 3, 2018
3 miles SE
“Twenty specially curated roasters and coffee shops share with you unique beans and flavor profiles” at the San Francisco Coffee Festival, with live entertainment at Dogpatch Studios. No children.

Sandcastles at the beach

November 3, 2018
5.8 miles west
See fantastic sandcastles built by competing teams of architects, designers, engineers, and students at Leap Sandcastle Classic at Ocean Beach. Limited parking. Free.

Day of the Dead - San Jose

November 3, 2018
48.5 miles south
Community Day: Día De Los Muertos features live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and art-making activities at San Jose Museum of Art. Free registration online.

Visit art studios

November 3 - 4 and 10 - 11, 2018
San Francisco locations
Visit up to 800 emerging and established artists in their studios during the weekend SF Open Studios, and attend preview and tasting parties on weekdays.

Snow sports sale

November 3 - 11, 2018
S.F. & Santa Clara
Shop for skis, boards, apparel, and lift tickets at SnowBomb, which also has a climbing wall, and a BMX/skate ramp show at Pier 35 in San Francisco or Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Free.
  • Nov. 3 to 4 - San Francisco, Pier 35
  • Nov. 10 to 11 - Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Half marathon & 5K

November 4, 2018
2.1 miles north
The 13.1 mile Golden Gate Half includes scenic views as you run from Aquatic Park across the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5K goes to Crissy Field Marsh and back.

Day of the Dead - Oakland

November 4, 2018
15 miles east
Dia de los Muertos Festival has entertainment on three stages, art and food vendors, face painters, altars, and a children’s area at International Boulevard & Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland. Free.

Day of the Dead - Redwood City

November 4, 2018 (4 to 9 p.m.)
25.7 miles south
Día de los Muerto has vendors of art and traditional Mexican food, free craft making in San Mateo County History Museum at 5 p.m., speeches at 7 p.m. before a procession on Broadway (from Courthouse Square to Jefferson), and then dancers and musicians. Free.

Napa film festival

November 7 - 11, 2018
52.5 miles north
See 100 new independent films, and attend food and wine events at the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF).

San Mateo art fair

November 9 - 11, 2018
21.4 miles south
Shop from 200 vendors of handmade arts and crafts at the San Mateo Harvest Festival, with entertainment and a food court at San Mateo County Event Center.

Diwali dance party

November 10, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
Dance to DJ Bhangra beats, and buy South Indian food (paneer, masala dosas, chicken tikka masala, veggie korma, samosas) during Dosas & Samosas at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Optional unlimited Indian beer & sangria. Free admission for age 10 and younger.

Bacon & beer festival

November 10, 2018
2 miles east
Sample bacon-inspired dishes from restaurants with locally made beer during San Francisco Bacon and Beer Classic, which also has lawn games, music, and contests at AT&T Park.

Diwali fireworks at Pier 39

November 10, 2018
2.6 miles north
The Diwali Fireworks Show begins at 7 p.m. “over Pier 39’s East Park” preceded by family-friendly activities to celebrate India beginning at noon. Free.

Craft fair

November 10 - 11, 2018
2.3 miles north
Renegade Craft Fair has indie crafts, food trucks, craft cocktails, DJ music, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Repeats in April and July. Free.

Free national park day

November 11, 2018
U.S. National Parks
Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Cider festival

November 11, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)
2.1 miles SE
Taste 30 ciders from 8 producers, shop from food trucks, warm up by a fire pit, and hear live music at The San Francisco Fall Cider Festival, which is $6.24 entry-only or $44.04 with unlimited tasting at Spark Social SF. Children age 10 and younger can enter free.

Chocolate and Art Show

November 15 - 16, 2018
1 mile SE
The Chocolate and Art Show features artists, live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate at SOMArts Cultural Center for age 21+.

Mexican mole tasting

November 16, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
2 miles south
Taste homemade mole recipes and vote for your favorite at Mole to Die For at Mission Cultural Center.

Racy movies

November 17, 2018 (6 p.m.)
multiple locations
Hump! features 21 five-minute films made by amateurs of all persuasions at Victoria Theatre for age 21+.

Futuristic formal party

November 17, 2018 (8 p.m.)
3.3 miles south
Wear “dashing and elegant attire” to the Artumnal Gathering Future Formal Celebration, which combines art installations, live performances, three dance floors, an indoor lounge, and an outdoor area at Space 550.

Women’s art fair

November 17, 2018 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
11.3 miles east
The Holiday Market Extravaganza promises “120 local, female identified makers, healers, and lady bosses, as well as a DJ, bar, and food truck” at the Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt. Free.

Belmont craft fair

November 17, 2018
23 miles south
Shop from 70 art and craft makers at the Holiday Craft Faire inside various buildings at Twin Pines Park, with live music and food trucks. Free.

Urban films

November 18, 2018
multiple locations
Organized by urban planners, SF Urban Film Fest (SFUFF) screens compelling films about cities and civic engagement to help shape urbanist ideas and improve our cities.

Short plays

November 18, 2018
1.1 miles NE
Playoffs is “a collection of eight excellent short plays: six selected by audience vote during three preliminary rounds of readings, and two chosen by the production team” at Shelton Theatre.

Golfing event

November 18, 2018
2 miles east
Two to six players hit golf balls from the stands into targets on the outfield to score points at Topgolf Crush, with music, a bar, and food for sale at AT&T Park.

Wine tasting

November 18, 2018
2 miles north
Taste fine wine from 100 vintners at SF Vintners Market and then purchase the bottles you like at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion for age 21+. Repeats in April.

Stylish craft fair

November 18, 2018
2.3 miles north
Shop from artists and designer craftsmen “inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle” at West Coast Craft in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Held in June and November. Free.

Chocolate show

November 18, 2018
3.1 miles west
Taste fine artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Fall Chocolate Salon in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

Gluten-free expo

November 18, 2018
21.2 miles south
Sample and buy products from vendors at Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, and take classes at San Mateo County Event Center.

Santa train in Napa

November 19 - Dec. 28, 2018
46.9 miles north
Watch a stage show before boarding the Santa Train, and then take a 90-minute ride with cookies, cocoa, and songs to meet Santa at “the North Pole.”

Evening cruise

November 19 - March 2, 2019
2.6 miles north
California Twilight Cruise includes two hours of romantic views on San Francisco Bay, live guitar music, a drink, and appetizers, departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Ticket deal $44

Daytime cruise

November 20 - March 22, 2019
2.5 miles north
Golden Gate Bay Cruise is a scenic one-hour ride from Fisherman’s Wharf, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and then around Alcatraz.

Ticket deal $20

Auto Show

November 21 - 25, 2018
1.2 miles NE
Manufacturers display their new cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans at the San Francisco International Auto Show at Moscone Center, and some offer test drives.

Adventurous women

November 21 - Dec. 16, 2018
0.3 miles east
An all female cast plays “a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers” exploring waterways of the American West with a sly bit of subtext in Men on Boats at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater.

Ticket deal $18 to $54

Thanksgiving dinner

November 22, 2018
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Free garden day

November 22, 2018
3.3 miles west
Visit the 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park on Free Days, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and second Tuesdays. Always free with S.F. identification.

Christmas tree lighting

November 23, 2018
1.1 miles NE
Expect crowds at the Union Square Tree Lighting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with singers, a chorus, a gospel choir, and visits from Snoopy and Santa. The tree is lit at approximately 6:50 p.m. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 23, 2018 (4 to 9 p.m.)
1.8 miles north
Celebrate the season with carolers, Mr. Claus, snow, and music during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square. Free.

San Jose tree lighting

November 23, 2018
54.8 miles south
The annual Tree Lighting event includes music and Santa Claus at Plaza de César Chávez, where you’ll also see lights and animated exhibits all season long at Christmas in the Park. Free.

Short Nutcracker in Walnut Creek

November 23 - 25, 2018
24 miles NE
The Nutcracker is a family-friendly one-hour version featuring Contra Costa Ballet in colorful costumes on whimsical sets at Lesher Center for the Arts.

Ticket deal $22

San Jose art fair

November 23 - 25, 2018
48.3 miles south
Shop for handmade items from 200 vendors at the Harvest Festival, which offers strolling entertainment, stage acts, a food court, and a kids’ area at San Jose Convention Center.

Ticket deal $9

Classic musical by Gershwin

November 23 - Dec. 16, 2018
0.9 miles NE
Set in the 1930s, Crazy For You tells the story of a wealthy bachelor determined to become a professional dancer, with comedy, romance, and plot twists, at Alcazar Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $33

Victorian fair

November 23 - Dec. 23, 2018 (weekends)
6.5 miles south
Great Dickens Christmas Fair ofers holiday shops, seven stages of entertainment, costumed carolers, pubs, and tearooms built to look like old England at the Cow Palace in Daly City, weekends and the day after Thanksgiving.

Ticket deal $27 (November)

Wizard of Oz in Berkeley

November 23 - Dec. 23, 2018
12.9 miles NE
The Wizard of Oz takes Dorothy and her dog Toto over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs at Berkeley Playhouse.

Ticket deal $20 to $28

Holiday cheer at Great America

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
43.2 miles south
WinterFest includes an ice rink, falling snow, lights, decorations, live shows, and rides at Great America in Santa Clara. See schedule.

Ticket deal $22

Gingerbread House

November 23, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019
1.3 miles NE
See a life-sized Gingerbread House made of thousands of homemade gingerbread bricks and tons of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. Free. The optional Holiday Gingerbread Tea sells out early.

Mary Poppins - the musical

November 23, 2018 - Jan. 12, 2019
1 mile NE
Magical nanny Mary Poppins sings catchy tunes and works her charms on an English family at San Francisco Playhouse.

Ticket deal $36 to $48

Comedy in San Jose

November 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)
36 miles south
The Comedy Get Down features four superstar comedians (George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer) in SAP Center at San Jose.

Ticket deal $28 to $50

Model train show

November 24 - 25, 2018
18.3 miles NE
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and train rides for the kids at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

Flamenco show

November 24 - Dec. 15, 2018 (Saturdays 7 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
The mother-daughter team of Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña entertain with pulsating sounds of footwork, songs, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar at Peña Pachamama in North Beach. (Minimum purchase of two food or drink items.)

Ticket deal $11

Parade in Los Altos

November 25, 2018
42 miles south
Watch floats, bands, and costumed characters at the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Los Altos. Weather may postpone. No pets. Route map. Free.

Vaudeville cabaret

November 25 - 29, 2018
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Ticket deal $70 to $95

A Bronx Tale

November 27 - Dec. 23, 2018
0.6 miles NE
Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be, co-directed by Robert De Niro at SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

Ticket deal $55 to $70

Film festival

November 28 - Dec. 12, 2018
1.1 miles NW
Another Hole in the Head Film Festival screens horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and exploitation films at New People Cinema in Japantown.

Musical: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

November 29 - Dec. 9, 2018
0.2 miles west
Sung in English with supertitles, It’s a Wonderful Life demonstrates how one man’s life matters because it touches so many other people, at War Memorial Opera House.

Ticket deal $51 to $156

Wine tasting on the pier

November 30, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
Participating merchants offer wine tasting and entertainment to ticket holders during Winter Wine Pour at Pier 39.


November 30, 2018
43 miles south
Pac-12 North and Pac-12 South champions play for the conference title at the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Christmas dance show

November 30 - Dec. 24, 2018
multiple locations
A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet.

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