San Francisco events November 2020. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events November 2020

Half marathon & 5K

November 1, 2020
2.1 miles north
The 13.1 mile Golden Gate Half Marathon includes scenic views as you run from Aquatic Park across the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5K goes to Crissy Field Marsh and back.

Art & antiques show

November 1, 2020
(begins Oct. 30)
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.

Day of the Dead - Redwood City

November 1, 2020
25.7 miles south
Día de los Muertos has vendors of art and traditional Mexican food, free craft making and altars in San Mateo County History Museum at 5 p.m., welcoming speeches, a procession on Broadway at 7 p.m. (from Courthouse Square to Jefferson), and then dancers and musicians. Free.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

November 1, 2020
(begins Oct. 2)
36.2 miles SE
Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers five haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Day of the Dead - S.F.

November 2, 2020
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.

Fake wedding

November 5, 2020
(7 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have light bites and a signature drink (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco at Fort Mason Center.

Political show

November 6 - 7, 2020
(8 p.m.)
0.8 miles NE
IncivilitySF: Join the Resistance is “an irreverent showcase of election-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground ... with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening” at Exit Theatre.

Cider festival

November 7 - 8, 2020
2.1 miles SE
Taste 20 ciders, shop from a dozen food trucks, warm up by a fire pit, and hear live music at The San Francisco Fall Cider Festival, which is $7 entry-only or $50 with unlimited cider tasting at Spark Social SF. Children age 10 and younger can enter free.

Craft fair

November 7 - 8, 2020
2.3 miles north
Renegade Craft Fair has 200 vendors of indie crafts and specialty foods, food trucks, and DJ music in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Held in April, July, November. Free.

Free national park day

November 11, 2020
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.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2020
San Francisco & San Jose
Honor those who served by attending a free parade.

San Mateo art fair

November 13 - 15, 2020
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.

Coffee festival

November 14 - 15, 2020
2.3 miles north
“The top specially curated roasters and exhibitors share with you their unique beans and flavor profiles with a soundtrack provided by live entertainment” at San Francisco Coffee Festival in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. No children.

Belmont craft fair

November 21, 2020
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 admission and parking.

Stylish craft fair

November 21 - 22, 2020
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.

Holiday castle

November 25, 2020 - Jan. 2, 2021
1 mile NE
Enter the lobby of the Westin St. Francis to admire the rotating holiday Sugar Castle. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2020
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Free garden day

November 26, 2020
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 27, 2020
1.1 miles NE
Expect crowds at the Union Square Tree Lighting, which includes entertainment and Santa. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 27, 2020
1.8 miles north
Celebrate the season with carolers, music, snow, and Santa during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square. Free.

Winter festival

November 27, 2020
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 parade with Santa (Friday 5:30 p.m.) that is followed by a tree lighting. Free.

San Jose tree lighting

November 27, 2020
54.8 miles south
See the lights and animated exhibits all season long at Christmas in the Park at Plaza de César Chávez. Opening Night has a parade (5 p.m.), Santa (6 p.m.), a tree lighting (6:20 p.m.), and music (7 p.m.). Free.

San Jose art fair

November 27 - 29, 2020
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.

Gingerbread House

November 28, 2020 - Jan. 1, 2021
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 Gingerbread Holiday Tea sells out early.

Parade in Los Altos

November 29, 2020
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 29 - Dec. 13, 2020
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.

Mythology theater

November 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles NE
Watch 38 new plays of varying length that each “explore a different legend or god from the mythology of ancient Gaul, Britain, Ireland, and the legends of King Arthur” during You’ve Got Gaul: SF Olympians XI at Exit Stage Left.

Wine tasting

November 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles NE
The schedule for Cabfest includes four pairing dinners and a party at multiple locations on Friday, and a walk-around Grand Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, with 40 wineries, chefs, and guest speakers at Westfield San Francisco Centre for age 21+.

Burning Man fundraiser

November 2020
(undated)
1.1 miles SE
Artumnal Gathering Celebration raises funds for the Burning Man Project with a dinner plus a party that features “performative stories in art, dance, and music” at The Great Northern.

Auto Show

November 2020
(undated)
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 jam for charity

November 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles NE
Watch live performances by professional vocalists at Dare to Love. Your $50 ticket includes “pre-concert and intermission receptions with hors d’oeuvres from some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants” at The Masonic. Festive attire is encouraged.

Local gift fair

November 2020
(undated)
1.4 miles SE
Shop for gifts from S.F. manufacturers and artisans at the 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair at Pinterest, 651 Brannan Street. Donation.

Embarcadero festival

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Middle Eastern theater

November 2020
(undated)
1.9 miles SE
Watch seven short plays “diverse in content and style, highlighting the multiplicity of Middle Eastern perspectives and identities” during ReOrient Festival of Short Plays at Potrero Stage.

Mexican mole tasting

November 2020
(undated)
2 miles south
Taste homemade mole recipes and vote for your favorite at Mole to Die For at Mission Cultural Center.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Snow sports sale

November 2020
(undated)
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 in San Jose. Free.
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Chocolate show

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Wine tasting

November 2020
(undated)
4 miles NW
Taste highly rated wine from 100 vintners at San Francisco Vintners Estates, and then purchase the bottles you like at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+. The event also has music, art, and specialty foods for sale.

Hip Nutcracker

November 2020
(undated)
11.4 miles east
The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Day of the Dead - Oakland

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Cat show

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Short Nutcracker in Walnut Creek

November 2020
(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.

Jewish film festival

November 2020
(undated)
Palo Alto & San Jose
Watch two dozen feature-length films “that showcase Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor” at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival at three venues in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Holiday cheer at Great America

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Handel’s Messiah - South Bay

November 2020
(undated)
46.7 miles south
San Jose Symphonic Choir performs Handel’s Messiah in its entirety with San Jose Baroque Orchestra at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga.

Day of the Dead - San Jose

November 2020
(undated)
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.

American Indian celebration

November 2020
(undated)
52 miles south
American Indian Heritage Celebration promises “entertainment for the entire family” including dancers, drummers, a craft market, Indian tacos, and fry bread in the Pavilion Hall at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose. Free, except parking.

Haunted house - San Leandro

November 2020
(undated)
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two haunted houses “rich with monsters and unsavory demons from the darkest depths of your fears” in San Leandro. See schedule.

Halloween at Six Flags

November 2020
(undated)
34.7 miles NE
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. Enjoy 6 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, 4 shows, and many rides on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Halloween at Great America

November 2020
(undated)
42.6 miles south
Halloween Haunt at Great America has monsters, 8 haunted mazes, 3 live shows, 2 scare zones, and all of the rides at California’s Great America in Santa Clara for age 13+. Great Pumpkin Fest is for age 12 and younger on some weekends.

Christmas dance show

November 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet [website has sound] is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet.

Victorian fair

November 2020
(undated)
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.

Santa train in Napa

November 2020
(undated)
46.9 miles north
Watch a stage show before boarding the Santa Train, and then take a 75-minute roundtrip to “the North Pole” as Santa gives each child a stuffed bear. The ride features songs and games, with cookies and cocoa on the way back. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.

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