Are you spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco? If so, you will be excited to learn that there are a lot of fun events scheduled on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend. In 2015, this popular holiday falls on November 26.
Several restaurants open their doors to serve up a variety of gourmet dishes. You can also do something a little different and enjoy your meal while cruising around the bay. In addition, many tour companies run most of their fun adventures throughout the day.
The rest of the weekend is also full of activity including the lighting of the Union Square Holiday Tree and Black Friday Shopping.
Many places are still working on their plans for 2015. Below you will find details for 2014 to give you an idea on what to expect again this year. I'll continually update this page as the event details for this year are announced.
The best place to start your planning for 2015 is to check out the opening and closing times for all of SF's main attractions. While many museums and a handful of attractions close this day, you will still find several that open their doors to visitors.
One of my favorite ways to spend this holiday is on a dinner cruise with my loved ones. You can enjoy a seated dinner or take a more casual cruise that offers a buffet. All offer an unforgettable experience.
Last year, all of these cruises sold out. I recommend booking early to avoid missing your chance for a lovely evening on the water to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Most SF Tour Companies remain open during this busy holiday. They offer an almost complete schedule of tours both on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend.
Some of my favorite tours that run this day include bike tours over the Golden Gate Bridge, walking tours through some of SF's top districts, and the standard SF Bay Cruises. Here are a few I recommend.
Waterfront Segway Tour
Red & White Fleet Bay Cruise
Chinatown Walking Tour
Below are two lists with recommendations for both lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Many of these restaurants will be offering special Thanksgiving meals.
These are the restaurants scheduled to be open for lunch on Thanksgiving.
These restaurants plan to be open for dinner on Thanksgiving evening.
*Note: All prices exclude taxes and gratuity
Once you have decided where you want to go for your Thanksgiving meal in San Francisco, I highly recommend you make a reservation immediately. Since there are a limited number of tables, it will be impossible to get a spot without a reservation. You can either contact the restaurant directly or use OpenTable to reserve your spot today.
Are you staying all weekend in SF? If so, then check out some of these fun brunch spots throughout the city. They range from the famous Mama's of North Beach to Brenda's French Soul Food.
Are you still looking for the perfect place to stay during your visit to SF? Below you will find the best hotels in each neighborhood. You will also find recommendations for hotels based on your budget and for certain amenities (such as pet friendly). Click the links below to learn more about each one.
Before booking, make sure you also check out the specials for this weekend on TripAdvisor. They offer dozens of special hotel deals from discounts off your hotel room rate to freebies. Click here to find a list of current special offers for Thanksgiving weekend.
Are you visiting with kids? Here is a quick guide to the 25 most kid friendly places in the city. All offer a fun experience for both your kids and you!
If you plan on going shopping, I recommend heading over to the Fishermans Wharf area. Most shops in that area are open this holiday.
Chinatown is another great option as most of the shops and restaurants run their regular hours.
If you head to Union Square, plan on most shops being closed as they prepare for Black Friday.
Turkey Trail Trot: This annual event only takes a limited number of entrants, around 1,400, and registration is open for 2015. The cost is $34 per person. The run takes place in Golden Gate Park. The start is at Polo Fields at 8:00am on Thanksgiving morning and the course is mostly flat.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 26 at 8:30am
Location: Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park
Learn More: Visit Active.com to Register
San Francisco Turkey Trot: Starts at 8am at AT&T Park and runs along the waterfront. Registration is open and it starts at around $34 per person. It benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 26 at 8:00am
Location: AT&T Park
Learn More: Visit EventBright to Register
All museums and attractions run regular schedules for the rest of the weekend. All tour companies run their full schedules also. In addition to these activities, here are a few other fun things to check out this weekend.
Save today by booking your tour and event tickets for Thanksgiving Weekend through Goldstar. They are already offering dozens of tickets at up to 50% off. Here is just a sample of the tickets currently available at a discount:
Black Friday is a big shopping day in SF. This is when you'll want to head back to the places with larger retail stores for the best deals.
The San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals the Sunday after Thanksgiving at their new stadium in Santa Clara. Head over for pre-game celebrations and to watch the game. Kick-off is at 1:05pm Pacific Time.
Learn More: Full Schedule & Details to Attend a Game
Buy Tickets: On Sale Now
On Friday night, catch the SF Opera's rendition of Die Meistersinger. This music drama includes three acts and is the longest running opera performed today. It starts at 6pm at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center neighborhood.
More Details: 2015 SF Opera Calendar
Catch a performance from the SF Symphony on Saturday night. Listen to the SF Symphony as they perform The Night Before Christmas. The show starts at 8pm at the Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district.
More Details: SF Symphony November Calendar
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