San Francisco events calendar for November 2017. Best film festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, craft fairs, Thanksgiving events in San Francisco, California.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area with this calendar.

Miles are from from San Francisco City Hall.

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Science Festival

November 1 - 11, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Science Festival offers 40 fun events about science and technology, including exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, and workshops.

Jewish film festival

November 1 - 12, 2017

Palo Alto & San Jose

Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights (Oct. 21 and Nov. 12).

Day of the Dead - S.F.

November 2, 2017

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.

Day of the Dead - Berkeley

November 2, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

13.7 miles NW

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration that includes the building and blessing of an altar, art projects, face painting, food trucks, music, a beer & wine garden, and a procession at Kittredge Street and Harold Way. Free.

Haunted house - San Jose

November 2 - 4, 2017

52.6 miles south

The Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions include a pre-show Midway of Terror, The River Styx, and DethworX at 2501 Tully Road in San Jose.

Haunted house - San Leandro

November 3 - 4, 2017

23 miles SE

Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Art & antiques show

November 3 - 5, 2017

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 March.

Local gift fair

November 4, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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 4, 2017

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.

Wine tasting

November 4 - 5, 2017

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 March.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 4 - 5, 2017

2.7 miles NE

Shop for skis, boards, apparel, and lift tickets at SnowBomb, which also has a climbing wall, BMX/skate ramp show, and beer and wine tasting at Pier 35. Free.

San Jose home show

November 4 - 5, 2017

48.3 miles south

See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Fall Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Repeats in March.

Visit art studios

November 4 - 5 and 11 - 12, 2017

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.

Half marathon

November 5, 2017

2.1 miles north

The 13.1 mile Golden Gate Half (formerly US Half Marathon) includes scenic views as you run from Muni Pier in Aquatic Park across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Napa film festival

November 8 - 12, 2017

52.5 miles north

See 100 new independent films, and attend food and wine events at the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF).

Art at Fort Mason

November 10 - 11, 2017 (opens Fri. 7 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

You’re invited to the San Francisco Art Institute’s Opening Spectacle to browse the work of 100 student artists, with music, live performances, a beer garden, and food trucks at Fort Mason. Free.

San Mateo art fair

November 10 - 12, 2017

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.

Pinot Noir tasting

November 11, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

0.8 miles NE

Taste Pinot Noir wine from 90 producers and attend an optional seminar during Pinot Days San Francisco at Bespoke Coworking in Westfield San Francisco Centre.

Free parks on Veterans Day

November 11 - 12, 2017

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 today than usual.

Craft fair

November 11 - 12, 2017

2.3 miles north

Renegade Craft Fair has indie crafts, artisan food, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Repeats in July. Free.

Holiday dance show

November 12, 2017 (2 p.m.)

25.3 miles NE

A Swingin’ Holiday and More is an upbeat celebration featuring Diablo Ballet performing three ballets (A Swingin’ Holiday, Valse Fantaisie, and No One Does It Like You) followed by a complimentary dessert and coffee reception at Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.

Mexican mole tasting

November 15, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles south

Taste homemade mole recipes and vote for your favorite at Mole to Die For at Mission Cultural Center.

Wine tasting

November 16, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

3.9 miles NW

Taste Napa Valley wines and meet the makers at Spring Mountain Harvest Celebration, with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+.

Embarcadero festival

November 17, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

1.7 miles NE

Visit Embarcadero Center’s Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival for a family carnival, a Disney ice skating show, fireworks, and the lighting of 17,000 Christmas lights at 6 p.m. Free.

Belmont craft fair

November 18, 2017

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 19, 2017

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.

Chocolate show

November 19, 2017

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.
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Gluten-free expo

November 19, 2017

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.

Auto Show

November 19 - 26, 2017

1.2 miles NE

Manufacturers display their new cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans at the International Auto Show at Moscone Center, and some offer test drives.

Victorian fair

November 19 - Dec. 17, 2017

6.5 miles south

Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers holiday shops, 7 stages of entertainment, costumed carolers, pubs, and tearooms built to look like old England at the Cow Palace in Daly City, weekends and Nov. 24.

Santa train in Napa

November 19 - Dec. 29, 2017

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.”

Cool contraptions

November 19, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018

2.4 miles NE

See amazing sculptures that move at the temporary exhibition Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium on Pier 15. Closed Nov. 23, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 25; Jan. 8.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 23, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Free garden

November 23, 2017

3.3 miles west

Visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park on Free Days, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Holiday castles

November 23, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018

1 mile NE

Stop by the lobby of the Westin St. Francis to admire the St. Francis Holiday Display, featuring two castles with circular towers, individual rooms, and illuminated windows, surrounded by holiday sugar cakes. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 24, 2017 (6 p.m.)

1.1 miles NE

Expect crowds at the Union Square Tree Lighting, which begins at 6 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.

San Jose tree lighting

November 24, 2017 (6 p.m.)

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.

San Jose art fair

November 24 - 26, 2017

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.

Discount tickets 2 for $12.

Tap-dancing musical

November 24 - Dec. 10, 2017

0.9 miles NE

42nd Street is an upbeat musical with popular songs about a chorus girl working hard to make it on Broadway, at Alcazar Theatre.

Discount tickets $18 to $65.

Holiday cheer at Great America

November 24 - Dec. 30, 2017

43.2 miles south

WinterFest includes an ice rink, falling snow, lights, decorations, live shows, and rides at Great America in Santa Clara. Closed Dec. 24-25.

Discount tickets $20.

Disney’s Aladdin

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

0.3 miles east

Aladdin is a love story filled with “beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle” with a lamp that grants three wishes, at SHN Orpheum Theatre.

Discount tickets $60 to $122.

Model train show

November 25 - 26, 2017

36.2 miles SE

The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and train rides for the kids at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Family theater

November 25 - Dec. 10, 2017

1.2 miles NE

The Velveteen Rabbit “keeps kindergartners on the edge of their seats while moving some parents to tears” [S.F Chronicle] with its compelling narration, charming music, and modern dance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Discount tickets $23 to $33.

Gingerbread House

November 25, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

1.3 miles NE

See the two-story giant Gingerbread House made of thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. Free, but you may have to wait in line. Optional Gingerbread Holiday Tea.

Parade in Los Altos

November 26, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Southern musical

November 28 - Dec. 17, 2017

1 mile NE

Steve Martin co-wrote Bright Star, a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the 1920s and 1940s, with songs by Edie Brickell at the Curran.

Discount tickets $47 to $158.

Jingle Ball concert

November 30, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

48 miles south

KYLD FM radio 94.9 brings big-name music artists to the annual Jingle Ball at SAP Center in San Jose.
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