December 2015

Enjoy the best San Francisco events, festivals, and things to do in December 2015 with this calendar of events.

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<—-November Events || January Events—->

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All Month: San Francisco Holiday Events: Bazaars, Christmas, Shopping, Light Displays, Buy Local, & More

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All Month: Free San Francisco Walking Tours | Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More
City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco. Walk along the streets, sidewalks, and byways of America’s most beautiful – and fascinating – city! More info.

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December 31: New Years Parties, Events, Champagne Toasts, & More

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December 31: Ride Muni Free on NYE | Complimentary Public Transportation Service, DEC 31, 8PM-JAN 1, 5AM

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December 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks | Gorgeous Fireworks Display Over SF Waterfront, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Attendees, Kicks Off At 11:59PM (more info)

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December 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises @ Pier 43 1/2 | 3-Hour Sail Through SF Bay, View Of Fireworks & Lights, DJs, Appetizer & Dessert Buffets, Drinks (more info)

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December 31: Champagne Resolutions New Year’s Eve @ Hyatt Regency | Beautiful Ballroom Setting, DJs Sets, Premium Bar, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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December 31: Epic New Year’s Eve @ Park Central Hotel | 20,000 Sq. Feet Of Party Space, 4 Dance Floors, 2 Levels, Balloon Drops (more info)

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December 31: NYE Massive @ Parc 55 | SF’s Original Multi-City Themed NYE Event, 5 Areas With 5 Dancefloors, Casino-Style Gaming, Balloon Drops (more info)

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December 31: Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve @ Fish & Farm | 2-Level Speakeasy Location, Roaring 20’s Theme, Open Bar, Midnight Champagne Toast, VIP Areas, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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December 31: Mega New Years Eve @ LUXX Events Space | 3 Dancefloors On 2 Levels, Afterhours Until 4AM, 7 DJs, Balloon Drops & Confetti Blasts (more info)

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December 31: Get Lucky NYE @ Lucky Strike SF | Live Casino Gaming, Complimentary Champagne Toast, Premium Open Bar, Evening Attire (more info)

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December 31: NYE Comedy Countdown @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy, Midnight Toast (more info)

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December 31: San Jose – Black & White Affair @ SP2 Communal Bar & Restaurant | New Year’s Eve Party, DJ Sets, Drinks, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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December 31: Cupertino – New Year’s Eve @ Arya | 4-Course Dinner Menu, Champagne Toast, Belly Dancing, Dancing, Balloon Drops (more info)

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December 31: Oakland – British New Year’s Party @ Commonwealth Cafe & Pub | Bagpipes & Bubbly, Free, 4PM (more info)

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December 31: Sierra Club New Year’s Eve Midnight Hike & Fireworks | Guided Hike, View Of Fireworks, Free, 8PM-Midnight (more info)

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December 31: Santa Cruz – NYE Daytime Bowling & Canned Food Drive @ Boardwalk Bowl | Free (more info)

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December 31: Santa Cruz – “Last Night” DIY New Year’s Eve Parade & Street Party @ Saturn Cafe Parking Lot | Free, 5PM (more info)

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December 31: Menlo Park – Countdown To Noon @ Cheeky Monkey Toys | NYE Balloon Drop & Kid Crafts, Free, 11AM-1PM (more info)

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December 31: Albany – Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ Albany Community Center | Free, Family-Friendly, Balloon Drop, Arts & Crafts, Trivia, 11AM-1PM (more info)

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December 31: San Jose – Family Fun NYE @ Downtown San Jose | Free, Winter Wonderland Amusement Park With Rides, Mazes, Obstacle Course, & More (more info)

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December 24-27: 70+ San Francisco Christmas Weekend Events: Velocity Circus, Telegraph Ave. Street Fair, Shopping, Music, Film, & More!

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December 27: 49ers Vs. Lions Tailgate Game Watch Breakfast Party @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free, 10+ TVs, Big Screens, Food Trucks, Beer Specials, 10AM (more info)

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December 27: 90’s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party @ The Knockout | Free, 6-9PM (more info)

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December 27: Hilltop Hike Across The City | Secret Stairs, Nature Trails, Great Views, Free, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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December 26: Boxing Day Dance Party @ Hemlock Tavern | Free, DJ, 60s & 70s Soul Music, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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December 26: Velocity Circus @ Winter Walk | Innovative Performance Arts Group, Encore Performance in Union Square

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December 25: Free Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. More info.

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December 25: SF Critical Mass @ Pee Wee Herman Plaza | Bicycle Ride, 5:30PM, Free, Last Fridays
Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in cities around the world. Everyone is invited! You are encouraged to bring your ideas, energy, opinions and talents to Critical Mass. More info.

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December 25: Christmas Orphans’ Bike Tour @ McLaren Lodge | Free, 29-Mile Figure 8 Loop Bike Ride, Costumes Encouraged, 10AM (more info)

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December 25: Oakland – Xmas Party On The Street | Free, Community Christmas Party For The Homeless, Donations Of Food & Supplies Needed, Live Music, Food, 7PM (more info)

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December 25: San Jose – Christmas In The Park @ Plaza de Cesar Chavez | Free, Over 60 Musical & Animated Exhibits, 60′-Tall Giving Tree, Live Music, 9AM-Midnight (more info)

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December 25: A Jewish Christmas @ Make-Out Room | Strip Dreidel, Chinese Food, Woody Allen Movie Night, Drinks, Burlesque Review, 6-11PM (more info)

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December 25: Berkeley – Interfaith Labyrinth Walk @ Grace North Church | Free, Live Music, 6-10PM, Last Fridays
Find peace. Find calm. Find hope. — by walking the Grace North Church Labyrinth. When our lives get busy, this Interfaith labyrinth offers the perfect place and time for contemplation, meditation and prayer in community with others. More info.

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December 24: Home For The Holidays @ Castro Theatre | SF Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Eve Performances, 5,7,&9PM (more info)

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December 24: Whiskey & Chocolate @ Secession Art & Design | Last-Minute Christmas Eve Shopping, Free Entry, 60 Independent Makers, Hand-Made Treasures (more info)

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December 24: Holiday 3D Light Show @ Westfield SF Centre | Free, Iconic Dome Covered In Animated 3D Spectacular, Every Half-Hour, 5-9PM (more info)

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December 24: “Jingle Ball” EDM Dance Party @ The Grand | Mix Of EDM, Hip-Hop, K-Pop, Top 40, & More, Red & Green Theme, 9:30PM-2AM (more info)

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December 24: Candlelight Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long With Choir @ St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church | Free, 10PM (more info)

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December 23-28: Solano – Star Wars: The Force Awakens @ Solano Drive In | 5:30, 8:15, & 11PM Showtimes On The Drive-In Screen (more info)

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December 23-24: Berkeley – Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | 200+ Artists, Festive Lights, Free, 11AM-6PM (more info)

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December 20: Sand Art Creations @ Ocean Beach | Free, Watch The Sand Art Creations Being Made, 11AM-1:30PM (more info)

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December 20: Winter Solstice Eve @ Ocean Beach | Beach Celebration & Plunge, Dancing, Singing, Drumming, Free, 3:30PM (more info)

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December 20: Oakland – Christmas Bird Walk | Free, Start Off Christmas Bird Count Day With Bird Watching (more info)

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December 20: Holiday Hoedown @ The Yard At Mission Rock | Farmers Market Pop-Up, Cooking Demos, DIYs, Free, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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December 20: Children’s Day Celebration @ Shambhala Meditation Center | Free, Family-Friendly, Shrine Building, Potluck Lunch, 9:30AM-2PM (more info)

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December 19-January 1: “Potted Potter” Harry Potter Parody @ Palace Of Fine Arts | Hilarious Live Show, 7 Books In 70 Minutes (more info)

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December 19-20: Berkeley – Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | 200+ Artists, Festive Lights, Free, 11AM-6PM (more info)

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December 19: Random Acts Of Jazz: Mini Jazz Fest On Fillmore | Free, Multiple Jazz Performances, 12:30-3:30PM (more info)

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December 19: Unsilent Night Holiday Walk @ Civic Center Plaza | Free, Family-Friendly Night Filled with Music & Caroling

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December 19: Holiday Spirit Hike @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Group Walk With Cocoa & Drinks, 1-4PM (more info)

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December 19: SantaCon 2015 | Massive Caltrain Santa Pub Crawl, Carols, Costumes, Free (more info)

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December 19: Sing You A Merry Christmas @ Grace Cathedral | Holiday Sing Along, Family-Friendly, 11AM-1PM (more info)

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December 19: Light-Up Bike Parade & Stargazing Telescope Night @ Presidio Main Post Lawn | Free, Festively Decorated Bikes, Astronomers, 4PM (more info)

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December 19: Oakland – Winter Solstice Wellness Celebration @ Mohari | Tea Tasting & Acupuncture, Free, Aerial Silks Performance, Belly Dancing, Music, Yoga, Tastings, 9AM-6PM (more info)

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December 19: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday
Participants are expected to a) meet at a local bar, b) depart for a ride at midnight, c) bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and d) be awesome. Ride start location will be posted to our website the day of the ride. Only the ride leader knows where we’re going so bring your sense of adventure. Rides are strictly no rider left behind and generally around 5 miles. More info.

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December 19: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party
A monthly tribute party for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths every third Saturday at Milk Bar! More info.

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December 19: Oakland – “Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap @ American Steel Studios | Free, 4PM
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Also included is a series of DIY craft and sewing workshops through which a community explores creativity and reuse. More info.

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December 18-24: A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! @ Davies Symphony Hall | Live Action Performance Of Peanuts Classic, Carols, Sing-A-Longs (more info)

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December 18: Lightsaber Battle SF | Ultimate Showdown Between Jedi & Sith On Star Wars Episode VII Opening Weekend, Free, All Ages

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December 18: Oakland – The Tasting Room “Star Wars: Episode VII” Celebration @ Rosenblum Cellars | Opening Day Festivities, Costume Contests With Prizes, Free, 1-4PM (more info)

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December 18: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party Nightmare Before Christmas Ride | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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December 18: MELT Art Opening Reception @ Reclaimed Room | Free, New Works By Mariana Nelson, Refreshments, Live Music, 4:30-6:30PM (more info)

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December 17: Campbell – Road Runner Sports Holiday Party | Drinks, Discounts, Raffle, Christmas Treats, Free, 6-8PM (more info)

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December 17: Holiday In The Plaza @ Annie Street Plaza | Free, Music, Gift Wrapping Station, 12:30-2:30PM (more info)

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December 17: Holiday Party: Up All Night With Live DJs @ 1015 Folsom | Free With RSVP (more info)

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December 17: Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena | Free, Downtown Art Walk
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena: a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in San Francisco’s arts and culture district in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. Free and discounted museum and gallery events, live performances, and extended happy hours throughout the neighborhood. More info.

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December 17: Oakland – Slow Ride Sessions @ The Crucible | Free Yoga Class, Tour, Slow Ride To Bars, Third Thursdays, 6:30-9:30PM
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a free yoga class, tour of The Crucible, & slow ride to a local bar to cheers with your buddies both old and new! We will be FUNdraising for our friends at The Crucible and they will be hosting a raffle for participants with some really swell gear! Join us for one of many monthly community rides and bring your friends! More info.

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December 17: Oakland – Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Free, Art Walk, Third Thursdays, 6-9PM
Every 3rd Thursday of the month we invite you all to come out to the Ave to join us in supporting local artists, local independent businesses and community fun. Piedmont Ave. Stroll is in restaurants, stores, cafes and more with art, music, events and more. More info.

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December 17: YCBA: Converge Monthly Art Gathering | Free, Music, Art, Performances, Cocktails, Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. More info.

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December 17: Oakland – The Smart Culture Show @ 3rd St. Warehouse | Free Admission & Pizza, 3rd Thursdays
Art themed comedy show held in a warehouse space in the Jack London section of Oakland. Each month, they bring you some of the Bay Area’s best comedians, who will not only tell you jokes, but hilariously dissect the theme at hand. More info.

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December 14: Prince & Michael Experience @ Neck Of The Woods | Prince & MJ Karaoke Night, Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 9PM-1:30AM (more info)

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December 10-13: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Lights & Sights at the Wharf, Santa Skivvies Run, Hanukkah, Holiday Markets, Film, Music, & More!

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December 13: Holiday “Urban Air Market” @ Pier 70 | Free, 125+ Sustainable Design Brands, Activity & DIY Zones, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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December 13: Santa Skivvies Run through The Castro | Festive Costumes, Race for a Cause, Hundreds of Runners, Block Party

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December 13: Chanukah Grand Finale @ Union Square Park | Free, 25′ Tall Menorah, Live Music & Performances, 5PM (more info)

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December 13: Hanukkah Under The Dome @ Westfield SF Centre | Free, Lighting The 8th Candle On 25′ Menorah, Traditional Jewish Treats, Crafts, Music, 3-5PM (more info)

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December 13: Berkeley – Hanukkah Fest @ JCC East Bay | Menorah Lighting, Crafts, Live Music, Ask-The-Rabbi, 3:30-6PM (more info)

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December 13: David Benoit Christmas Tribute To Charlie Brown @ Montalvo Arts Center | Carriage House Concert Series Performance, 7:30PM (more info)

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December 12-13: Last Chance Market @ Cyclecide Swearhouse | Local Vendors For Holiday Shopping, Live Music, Food, Record Swapping, Beer & Bloody Mary Bar, 11AM-7PM (more info)

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December 12: Kimochi Silver Bells @ St. Mary’s Cathedral | Arts & Crafts Faire, Free Admission & Raffle Tickets, Unique Gift Shopping

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December 12: SantaCon 2015 | City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl, Hundreds Of Costumed Participants, Free, All Day (more info)

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December 12: Saturday Night Action Club | Creative Team Play, Discover Cool Bars & Local History, Prizes, 21+, Second Saturdays
A competitive bar crawl that sends teams scouring one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods for local flavor, daring photo-ops, and willing strangers for scandalous hi-jinks. Join us on the second Saturday of each month. Come with friends, or ready to meet some new ones, and get ready to have a blast. More info.

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December 12: Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Educational Science Discussions, 2-3PM, Second Saturdays
Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration. On the second Saturday of every month from 2-3PM, gather at the lake to hear researchers from a variety of disciplines talk on topics ranging from Archaeology to Zooplankton. More info.

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December 12: Oakland – Jack of All Trades Market @Jack London Square | Free, Second Saturdays, 11AM-5PM
Free & Pet friendly market includes 85+ local vendors, DIY workshops, food, local music, beers, and more. More info.

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December 12: Oakland – Golden Gate Second Saturdays | Free, Community Event
The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event, with activities in the following categories: Art, Music, Food, Volunteerism, Classes, and Family Friendly. More info.

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December 12: Campbell – Second Saturdays @ Downtown Campbell | Free, 2-6PM
Second Saturdays is a blend of everything that makes Downtown Campbell one of the best places in the South Bay to spend a Saturday afternoon. You’ll find artists exhibiting, sidewalk sales, live music, street entertainment, special deals, and various other fun sights and sounds. More info.

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December 12: Berkeley – Beginner Parkour Class @ Mulford Hall | Free, Second Saturdays, Noon
The Beginner’s Class is geared towards first timers & lasts 1.5 hours. The emphasis will be on controlled progression and will cover: philosophy of parkour, training, conditioning and safety tips, and basic movements such as vaults, landings and rolls. More info.

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December 11-12: Holigays Are Here @ Nourse Theater | SF Gay Men’s Chorus Performances With Classics & World Premier Pieces (more info)

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December 11: Holiday Lights & Sights At The Wharf | View Parade With 60+ Boats Festooned In Lights & Decorations

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December 11: East Bay Bike Party | Free, Second Fridays 
East Bay Bike Party EBBP is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Bike Party is a 100% volunteer organized event for and by bike enthusiasts, celebrating community and human power. Rides are casual, with party stops at public spaces along the 10-17 mile route. More info.

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December 11: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM
The galleries, clubs and restaurants that make Alameda and Jingletown a lively and cosmopolitan destination welcome you! Make time every 2nd Friday of the month to discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful and challenging contemporary art from the bay area and beyond. More info.

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December 11: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael.  Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. More info.

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December 11: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays
Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. Most locations are in the central core of the downtown and very walkable but a few are spread out a few blocks in each direction. More info.

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December 10: Holiday Bazaar NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | Merry Marketplace Filled with Gift-Worthy Treasures, Live Reindeer, Crafts, Dancing, & More!

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December 10: Night At The Jewseum @ Contemporary Jewish Museum | $5 Museum Admission, Food, Drinks, Menora Lighting, 21+, 6:30-9PM (more info)

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December 10: Dongzhi Winter Solstice Festival @ Chinatown YMCA | Free, Celebration Of The Beginning Of Winter, Families Eating & Preparing Food Together, 5:30-8PM (more info)

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December 10: Bing Crosby In “White Christmas” @ Orinda Theatre | Free Movie Night, 7PM (more info)

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December 10: Drag Queens On Ice @ Union Square Park | Free, SF’s Most Colorful Drag Personalities Performing Ice Skating Routines, 8-9:30PM (more info)

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December 10: Sandbox Playtests @ The GoGame | Monthly Game & Adventure Testing, 7-9PM
Sandbox is a monthly playtesting event. Think of it as an open mic for real world game design, participatory theater, and immersive experiences. Each month we create a space where you can test out your adventures and receive criticism on how to make it better. More info.

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December 10: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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December 8: Free Second Tuesday Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. More info.

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December 7: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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December 3-6: 75+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Holiday Arts Festival, Wunderfaire, Light Displays, Art, Block Parties, Wine, More!

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December 6: Santastic Block Party & Street Fair @ Inner Sunset | Free, Holiday Fair, Live Music, Games, Dance, Art, Caroling (more info)

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December 6: Oakland – Cat Art Show @ Cat Town Cafe | Book Release Party, Adorable Kitties, Arts & Crafts, Holiday Gifts, Free, Noon-4PM (more info)

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December 6: Berkeley – Snow Day @ Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto | Arts & Crafts, Pony Rides, Hot Cider & Cookies, Visit With Snow Queen, 10AM-3PM 
Visit with the Snow Queen who will listen to all of your holiday wishes, ride the decorated live ponies, make holiday crafts like greeting cards and dreidels, and warm up with hot cider and chewy cookies courtesy of Andronico’s. Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local craft vendors. More info.

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December 6: Free Admission To The Exploratorium Museum @ Pier 15
The Exploratorium has six main galleries, each focused on a different area of exploration. Common to all are interactive exhibits that reward your attention and give you much to think about. Indulge your curiosity and ask your own questions as you play with the exhibits, and discover new ways to understand how our world works. More info.

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December 6: Free First Sundays @ The Asian Art Museum
Free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. More info.

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December 6: Oakland – Free First Sundays @ Oakland Museum of CA
OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California. More info.

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December 5: Oakland – “Brave The Bay” Holiday Cable Car Races & Santa Triathalon @ Aquatic Park | Free, Fun Run, Polar Plunge, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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December 5: Lazy In A Onesie | Free Costumed Pub Crawl Through Mission District, 5-10PM (more info)

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December 5: Lower Haight Holiday Block Party & Art Walk | Free, Art Shows, DJs, Discounts, Food & Drink Specials, 6-10PM (more info)

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December 5: San Leandro – Repeal Day @ 21st Amendment | Free, 1930’s Prohibition Party, Parade, Casino Night (more info)

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December 5: Oakland – Edible & Medicinal Plants Of The Bay Area | Guided Seasonal Herb Walk, 10AM-4PM (more info)

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December 5: Holiday Arts Festival @ Richmond Art Center | Live Music, Festive Wine, Hors d’Oeuvres, Live Auction, 11-3PM (more info)

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December 5: Fantasy of Lights @ Union Street | Free, Lights Display, Santa, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, 3-7PM
On December 5, Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop. This is truly a holiday tradition that should not be missed. More info.

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December 5: Cars & Coffee @ Cafe SpA Cars & Coffee SF | Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup, Free, First Saturdays, 8-11AM
Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. More info.

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December 5: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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December 5: Chantey Sing @ Hyde Park Pier | Free, 8PM-Midnight 
A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider. More info.

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December 5: Sausalito – Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays
Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close. More info.

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December 5: Oakland – The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. More info.

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December 4: Mission Holiday Block Party & Cookie Crawl @ Valencia Corridor | Free, Discounts, Holiday Spirits, Music, Cookies, 5-10PM (more info)

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December 4: Oakland – Tree Lighting @ Jack London Square | Free, 55′ Tall Tree, Live Reindeer, Holiday Market, Live Music, 5-7PM (more info)

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December 4: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays
San Francisco Bike Party is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. The rides are fun and safe with stops to dance and socialize along the way. More info.

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December 4: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM
First Fridays presents the North Beach community the chance to marvel in the vibrant art scene that awaits them right outside their doorstep. Participating galleries stay open until 9pm and offer drinks, live music, poetry, meetings with local artists, and entertainment for the guests. More info.

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December 4: Oakland – First Friday Follies @ Stork Club | Free, Burlesque & Caberet Performances
First Friday Follies @ the Stork Club is Oakland’s own community supported giggles ‘n’ jiggles. Featuring the very best in burlesque and cabaret performances, First Friday Follies is FREE!! More info.

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December 4: First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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December 4: Oakland – Great Wall Of Oakland @ 400 Grand Avenue | Outdoor Digital Art & Film, First Fridays, 7-11PM
The Great Wall of Oakland is the Bay Area’s premiere space for digital art and film. Every first Friday, during Oakland’s Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland illuminates the Uptown with cutting-edge digital art and film from artists locally and world-wide. More info.

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December 4: Oakland – First Friday Shorts @ The New Parkway | Film Screenings, 6-8PM
The monthly screenings highlight short films by local filmmakers and from Bay Area community arts organizations that use media production as part of a larger commitment to social justice and community transformation. More info.

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December 4: Oakland – Temescal First Fridays @ Temescal Square | Free, Art Galleries, Shopping, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, 6-9PM
Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling the streets along Telegraph Avenue and in Temescal Alley and Alley 49. More info.

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December 4: Half Moon Bay – Night Of Lights | Free, Family-friendly, Carolers, Live Music, Holiday Lights, Roasted Chestnuts, Kids’ Activities
Visit downtown Half Moon Bay during Night of Lights and find the trees decorated in dazzling lights and many stores will stay open late for you to do some holiday shopping in the unique coastal shops. More info.

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December 4: Redwood City – Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum
The History Museum is an innovative regional history center. Featuring interactive experiences, the long-term exhibits are the place where you can explore the county’s rich and colorful history. More info.

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December 4: San Jose – South First Fridays Art Walk
An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month. More info.

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December 4: Santa Cruz – Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as the “whale museum”, is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. More info.

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December 4: Oakland – First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. More info.

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December 4: Oakland – The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM
On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring member galleries and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. OAM is an organization of over 40 galleries that produces weekly art walks, guided tours and other exclusive events. More info.

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December 3: Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Carnival @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Sledding, Snow Play Area, Santa, Live Entertainment, Caroling, 4PM (more info)

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December 3: Wunderfaire @ IDEO SF | 40+ Vendors, Live Music, Food Trucks, 4:30-8PM (more info)

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December 3: Walnut Creek – Tree Lighting With Santa Claus & Snowfall @ Broadway Plaza | Free, 6-9PM (more info)

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December 3: Feel The Force NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Channel Your Inner Jedi, Live Entertainment, Lightsaber Skills Workshop, Food & Drinks, 6PM (more info)

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December 3: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall @ Montalvo Arts Center | Carriage House Concert Series Performance, 7:30PM (more info)

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December 3: Free First Thursday Admission | The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. More info.

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December 3: New Filmmakers Open Screening @ Artists’ Television Access, Mission | Free, 8PM, First Thursdays
ATA’s openscreening is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area. One hour of shorts are accepted monthly on an open revolving basis, anything goes with the screened work, and the refreshments are pretty good too. More info.

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December 3: First Thursday Lower Polk / Tenderloin Art Walk
Every First Thursday from 6-10PM / / Over 20 galleries and art spaces bringing together the arts and culture of the surrounding Lower Polk and Tenderloin communities. More info.

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December 3: Holiday Wine Walk @ Noe Valley Neighborhood | Holiday Stroll, Wine Tastings, Finger Foods, $20, 4-8PM
Don’t miss this unique chance to experience the holidays in Noe Valley. The tasting event will be located throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and will include merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. More info.

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December 3: Burlingame – Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Over 900 unique Pez characters have been produced since 1950. See them all at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia including the World’s Largest Pez Dispenser. More info.

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December 2: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall @ Montalvo Arts Center | Carriage House Concert Series Performance, 7:30PM (more info)

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December 2: Free First Wednesday Admission @ GLBT History Museum in Castro District
Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.More info.

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December 2: Berkeley – Free First Wednesday @ UC Berkeley Botanical Garden | 9AM-5PM, First Wednesdays
Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres. More info.

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December 1: First Tuesday Free Admission To Conservatory of Flowers
Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. More info.

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December 1: First Tuesday Free Admission To San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship. More info.

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December 1: First Tuesday Free Admission @ de Young Museum
Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. More info.

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December 1: First Tuesday Free Admission To Legion Of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections include Rodin’s Thinker, which sits in the museum’s Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. More info.

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December 1: Free First Tuesday Admission To Museum of Craft and Design
Since opening to the public in 2004, the Museum of Craft and Design has delivered innovative exhibitions and programs to thousands of visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. More info.

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November 21-December 20: Great Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace Exhibition Halls | Victorian London Setting & Performances, Food & Drink, Crafts & Shopping 
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London –  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. More info.

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November 27-January 1: Winter Walk SF @ Union Square | Pop-Up Plaza with Carolers & Live Music, Nightly 3D Light Shows, Food Trucks, & More, Nov 27-Jan 1

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November 26-January 1: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day

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November 22-December 24: Photos With Santa @ Westfield SF Centre | Fun For All, On 4th Level, Under The Dome (more info)

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November 19-December 31: Nutcracker Under The Dome @ Westfield SF Centre | Every 30 Minutes Starting At 5PM, 3D Light Shows (more info)

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San Francisco Weekly Events:

  • Wednesdays: Castro Farmers’ Market @ Noe Street at Market Street | March 15-Dec 16, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Geary at St. Joseph’s Street | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: VA San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Veterans Drive | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM
  • Wednesdays: Mission Bay Farmers’ Market at UCSF | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market @ 505 Parnassus Ave | Year-Round, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
  • Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
  • Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Berkeley – Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
  • Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (mo
  • Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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