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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 23 - Dec. 22, 2019
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.
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.
November 28, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.
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.
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.
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under five minutes long), made by amateurs of all persuasions, at Victoria Theatre.
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.
Diwali dance party
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.
Chocolate and Art Show
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+.
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.