San Francisco events November 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events November 2019

Film festival

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 26)
2.1 miles south
American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) helps American Indian media artists, screens their films at Brava, and gives awards.

Haunted house - San Leandro

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 4)
36.2 miles SE
Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers five haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. See schedule.

Haunted house - San Jose

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 4)
52.6 miles south
Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions has multiple mazes at 2501 Tully Road in San Jose. See schedule.

Country dance weekend

November 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Oct. 31)
San Francisco locations
Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls line dancing, two-stepping, and attending dance workshops at the LGBT friendly Sundance Stompede.

Death week

November 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Oct. 24)
multiple locations
Death is the focus of 175 events, 33 performances, 32 workshops, and 25 art experiences during Reimagine End of Life, which explores “big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation.” Register online. More than half of the events are free.

Art & antiques show

November 1 - 3, 2019
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.

Jewish film festival

November 1 - 17, 2019
(begins Oct. 27)
Palo Alto & San Jose
Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights.

Day of the Dead - S.F.

November 2, 2019
1.8 miles SE
Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) 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 - Oakland

November 2, 2019
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.

Visit art studios

November 2 - 3, 2019
(begins Oct. 12)
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. Held in May and October/November.

Coffee festival

November 2 - 3, 2019
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.

Cat show

November 2 - 3, 2019
21.4 miles south
See 250 cats from a large variety of breeds compete for awards at TICA International Cat Show, with rescue cats available for adoption at San Mateo Event Center.

Ticket deal $7.50

Snow sports sale

November 2 - 10, 2019
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. 2 & 3 - San Francisco
  • Nov. 9 & 10 - Santa Clara

Half marathon & 5K

November 3, 2019
(expo Nov. 2)
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 - Redwood City

November 3, 2019
(4 to 9 p.m.)
25.7 miles south
Día de los Muertos 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.

Wine tasting

November 8 - 10, 2019
0.8 miles NE
The schedule for Cabfest includes a dinner and a party on Friday, a brunch on Sunday, and a walk-around Grand Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, with 100 wineries, chefs, and guest speakers at Westfield San Francisco Centre for age 21+.

Racy movies

November 8 - 23, 2019
multiple locations
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under five minutes long), made by amateurs of all persuasions, at Victoria Theatre for age 21+.

Local gift fair

November 9, 2019
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.

Cider festival

November 9 - 10, 2019
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.

Free national park day

November 11, 2019
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.

Fake wedding

November 12, 2019
(7 p.m.)
1.6 miles east
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco at Bluxome Street Winery.

Napa film festival

November 13 - 17, 2019
52.5 miles north
See 100 new independent films, and attend food and wine events at the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF).

Cirque du Soleil

November 14, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
2 miles east
Set on a mysterious island of goddesses, Amaluna is the latest show performed by the amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers, and gymnasts of Cirque du Soleil in a heated tent at Oracle Park.

Ticket deal $50 to $265

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

November 15, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer. Hear live music (7 to 10 p.m.), visit the Conservatory of Flowers (timed entry), and hang out in the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11 p.m.) for age 21+. Monthly from June to November.

San Mateo art fair

November 15 - 18, 2019
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.

Wine tasting

November 16 - 17, 2019
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.

Craft fair

November 16 - 17, 2019
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.

Santa train in Napa

November 18 - Dec. 27, 2019
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.”

Embarcadero festival

November 22, 2019
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.

Pop-culture convention

November 22 - 24, 2019
48.3 miles south
Wizard World is about comic books, wrestling, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at Oakland Convention Center.

Christmas dance show

November 22 - Dec. 29, 2019
multiple locations
A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet. Dates in 2019:
  • Nov. 22 - 23: Walnut Creek
  • Nov. 29 - Dec. 1: Mountain View
  • Dec. 12 - 23: S.F. at Yerba Buena Center
  • Dec. 28 - 29: Carmel

Belmont craft fair

November 23, 2019
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.

Stylish craft fair

November 23 - 24, 2019
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 23 - Dec. 22, 2019
6.5 miles south
Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers 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.

Chocolate show

November 24, 2019
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.

Holiday castles

November 27, 2019 - Jan. 2, 2020
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 28, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Free garden day

November 28, 2019
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.

Auto Show

November 28 - Dec. 2, 2019
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.

Christmas tree lighting

November 29, 2019
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 29, 2019
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 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
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.

San Jose art fair

November 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
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.

Christmas play

November 29 - Dec. 24, 2019
0.6 miles NE
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the transformation of miserly Scrooge at ACT’s Geary Theater.

Ticket deal $18 to $110

Holiday cheer at Great America

November 29 - Dec. 31, 2019
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 29, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
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.

Diwali dance party

November 2019
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.

Short plays

November 2019
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.

Mexican mole tasting

November 2019
2 miles south
Taste homemade mole recipes and vote for your favorite at Mole to Die For at Mission Cultural Center.

Diwali fireworks at Pier 39

November 2019
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.

Futuristic formal party

November 2019
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.

Model train show

November 2019
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.

Day of the Dead - San Jose

November 2019
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.

Christmas tree lighting

November 2019
1.8 miles north
Celebrate the season with carolers, Mr. Claus, snow, and music during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square. Free.

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