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
(begins Oct. 31)
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.

Jewish film festival

November 1 - 11, 2018
(begins Oct. 14)
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.

Haunted house - San Leandro

November 2 - 3, 2018
(also Oct.)
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.

Broadway musical

November 2 - 18, 2018
26 miles south
Featuring striking visuals, rousing choruses, and a score by Elton John, Aida is Verdi’s epic tale of star-crossed lovers at Fox Theatre in Redwood City,

Ticket deal $20 to $55

Pinot Noir tasting

November 3, 2018
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.

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.

Visit art studios

November 3 - 11, 2018
(begins Oct. 13)
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
  • Nov. 10 to 11 - Santa Clara

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 Fruitvale Village in Oakland. Free.

“Jurassic Park” with live score

November 6, 2018
(7 p.m.)
0.1 miles SW
Watch Jurassic Park on the big screen while the San Francisco Symphony performs its majestic score by John Williams live at Davies Symphony Hall.

Ticket deal $60

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).

Vaudeville cabaret

November 8 - 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 $95 to $120

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.

Ticket deal $6.50

Holiday dance show

November 9 - 11, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $25

Wizard of Oz in Berkeley

November 9 - 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 $19 to $28

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.

Classic musical by Gershwin

November 10 - 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 $50

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.

Urban films

November 12 - 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.

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+.

Embarcadero festival

November 16, 2018
(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.

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.

Christmas dance show

November 16 - Dec. 24, 2018
multiple locations
A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet.
  • Nov. 16 to 17 - Walnut Creek
  • Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 - Carmel
  • Dec. 5 to 9 - Mountain View
  • Dec. 13 to 24 - S.F. (Yerba Buena Center)

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.

Wine tasting

November 17 - 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 17 - 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.

Victorian fair

November 17 - Dec. 23, 2018
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 the day after Thanksgiving.

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.

Ticket deal $19

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.”

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.

Holiday castles

November 21, 2018 - Jan. 2, 2019
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 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.

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.

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

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.

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. Optional Holiday Gingerbread Tea.

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.

Family theater

November 24 - Dec. 9, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $25 to $35

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.

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.


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.