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

Best events for 12 months

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.

Film festival

November 1 - 8, 2017 (begins Oct. 25)

1.1 miles NW

Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival screens horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and exploitation films at New People Cinema in Japantown.

Science Festival

November 1 - 11, 2017 (begins Oct. 26)

San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Science Festival offers 50 fun events about science and technology, including exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, and workshops.

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.
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Haunted house - San Leandro

November 3 - 4, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

23 miles SE

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

Film festival

November 3 - 11, 2017

0.5 miles north

American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) helps American Indian media artists, screens their films at AMC Van Ness 14, and gives awards at Fillmore Heritage Center.

Rooftop 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 offers beer and wine tasting at Pier 35.

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 (begins Oct. 14)

San Francisco locations

Visit up to 900 emerging and established artists in their studios during the weekend ArtSpan Open Studios, and attend preview and tasting parties.

Sexy poetry

November 5, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles SE

Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and cabaret entertainment at The Great Northern for age 21+.

Discount tickets $20.

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

Transgender films

November 9 - 12, 2017

1.2 miles south

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival screens documentaries and short films at the Roxie Theater.

Films of India

November 9 - 12 and 18, 2017

San Francisco & Cupertino

See films from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) at New People and Castro Theatre. On Nov. 18 it moves to Cupertino.

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.

Urban films

November 13 - 19, 2017

1.2 miles NE

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, mostly at SPUR on Mission Street.

Embarcadero festival

November 17, 2017

1.7 miles NE

Visit Embarcadero Center’s Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival for family activities (carnival games, face painting, cookie decorating, interactive arts & crafts), live music, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Mickey Mouse, an ice skating show, fireworks, and 15,000 Christmas lights.

Hip hop festival

November 17 - 19, 2017

3.2 miles NW

See award-winning hip hop dance artists from around the world at the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Christmas dance show

November 17 - Dec. 24, 2017

1.2 miles NE

A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet.
  • Nov. 17 - 18: Walnut Creek
  • Dec. 6 - 10: Mountain View
  • Dec. 14 - 24: S.F. Yerba Buene Center for the Arts

Gluten-free expo

November 18 - 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.

Discount tickets $5.25.

Auto Show

November 18 - 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 18 - 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.

Chocolate show

November 19, 2017

Location uncertain

Taste fine artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Fall Chocolate Salon.

Holiday castles

November 22, 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.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 23, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

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

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 23, 2017

Bay Area

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.

Glowing art

November 23, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

multiple locations

See dozens of dramatic glowing art installations in different neighborhoods during Illuminate SF Light Art Festival with free guided tours, an illuminated bike ride, self-guided walks, and artist talks. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 24, 2017

1.1 miles NE

Expect crowds at the Union Square Tree Lighting, which includes singers and a visit from Santa. Free.

Winter festival

November 24 - 25, 2017

18 miles north

The San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland includes snow sledding, arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a Friday parade with Santa. Free. Free.

Arts & crafts in San Jose

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.

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.

Gingerbread House

November 24, 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.

Holiday crafts fair

November 25 - 26, 2017

18.2 miles NE

Shop from 200 exhibitors at the Craneway Crafts Fair for one-of-a-kind, handmade, and limited edition goods in a variety of media at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond to support public radio.

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 riding trains for the kids at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Christmas tree lighting

November 28, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony offers family-friendly entertainment, celebrity guests, and a countdown to lighting “the largest tree in the Bay Area” at the corner of California & Kearny Streets. Free.

Spanish wine tasting

November 2017 (undated)

1.1 miles NE

Taste 200 world-class wines from Spain paired with tapas from local Spanish restaurants at Spain’s Great Match at the City View at Metreon for age 21+.

Short Nutcracker in Walnut Creek

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Cirque in San Jose

November 2017 (undated)

50 miles south

Nutz Re-Mixed is a madcap spectacular with world-class singers, ballroom dancers, Mongolian contortionists, and exotic performers for all ages at Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose.
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