San Francisco Events In November 2014

Thanksgiving Activities, Theater, & Other Fun SF Things to Do

Grab your jacket and get ready to enjoy all of the fun San Francisco events in November 2014. This time of year, the weather starts to cool down and you can expect a little rain toward the end of the month. Don't let this dampen your spirits though as you will find dozens of fun things to do all month long.

The biggest holiday this month is Thanksgiving. Even though some top attractions close for one day, you will still find many great things to do. That weekend, you will also find several special events planned including many holiday tree lighting festivals.

Other highlights this month include Cirque de Soleil's Kurios under the Big Top near AT&T Park, SF Open Studios where you can visit the place where local artists work, and several craft fairs and film festivals.

Click here for the 2015 November calendar.

Thanksgiving Day & Weekend

Let's start with the biggest event of the month, Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on the last week of the month, November 27. As I mentioned above, some attractions close on Thanksgiving Day. However, all resume regular hours throughout the weekend. You will also find a number of tours that still run this day as well as several special events.

Dates: November 27 - November 30

Learn More: Find Details for Thanksgiving Day & Thanksgiving Weekend

SF Open Studios

Toward the beginning of the month is when you can enjoy SF Open Studios. This month long event offers the public a chance to step inside local artists' studios to learn more about how they work. Many artists are on hand to answer questions and to sell their unique pieces of work.

Dates: November 1 & 2; November 8 & 9

Learn More: Find the Full Schedule & More Details on SF Open Studios

Sf 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers play three home games in November. They recently relocated down south to Santa Clara, but it's an easy trip from San Francisco to see the games. They face off against the Rams, Redskins, and Chargers.

Dates: November 2, 23, & 27

Learn More: Full 2014 Schedule

Cirque du Soleil: Kurios

This year, Cirque du Soleil performs Kurios under the Big Top in the parking lot near AT&T Park. This season's shows offer you a look inside an inventor's cabinet of tricks. It will make you ask yourself the question on whether you could change the course of reality at will. These lively, colorful performances start on November 14.

Dates: November 14 - January 18

Learn More: 2014 Cirque du Soleil

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

Did you always want to know what it would have been like to sit in the audience to see I Love Lucy live? Well, now you can! Okay, it's not the original cast, but it's a fun way to feel like you are part of history.

Dates: November 11 - 23 at the Curran Theater

Learn More: Ticketing Details & the Full November Theater Calendar

Tree Lighting Events & Celebrations

November is one of my favorite times of year as this is when the city is gorgeous with all of the holiday lights. Many attractions and Bay Area cities also hold official tree lighting ceremonies and/or festivals during this time of year. It's such a fun way to celebrate before and after the official holidays.

Dates: Several Dates in November

Learn More: Discover a Full Calendar Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Holiday Festivals

Hotel Recommendations

Do you want to find that perfect place to stay during your visit? Most people enjoy staying in one of the two most popular districts: Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. While these are both great, you will find a number of other fun places to stay throughout the city. Click on the links below to learn more about each option.

You can also start your search on TripAdvisor's Deals Page. On this page, they offer discounts to some of SF's best hotels including those in the top districts. It's a great way to find a fun place to stay while also saving money.

Santa in San Francisco

Santa will make his first stop in San Francisco at the Stonestown Mall on November 15. You will also find him at other places for the rest of November and most of December including the SF Zoo, Ghirardelli Square, and the Japantown Center Malls.

Learn More: Full List of Santa Stops in 2014

SF Symphony Performances

In November, you will find a number of performances by the SF Symphony. Most performances are on the weekends, with just a handful of shows during the week. This month, you can catch MTT as he conducts Mahler 7, an Organ Recital with Ken Cowan, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Dates: Several Dates in November

Learn More: Full November Schedule of Performances

Yosemite: A Storied Landscape

Head over to the California Historical Society to see Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Throughout the month of November, you can visit the exhibition, take a look at an enhanced e-book on the topic, and listen to a few talks on the subject.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Full Museum Exhibit Calendar for November 2014

San Francisco Opera

The SF Opera also has a full schedule of performances this month. During November, they feature several shows including Tosca, Cinderella, and La Boheme. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District.

Dates: Several Dates in November

Learn More: Full 2014 SF Opera Schedule

Concerts & Live Music

The November calendar is heating up with dozens of amazing live shows throughout the city. This month, check out Black Veil Brides at the Warfield, The Psychedelic Furs at the Fillmore, and Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at The Regency Ballroom.

Learn More: List of Shows in November

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Film Festivals in November

Every month, SF hosts a handful of film festivals. This month is no exception. In November, you can check out several thought-provoking independent pieces at the International South Asian Film Festival, the Transgender Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival.

Dates: Various Dates in November

Learn More: November Film Festival Details

Discovery Days at AT&T Park

Join other science lovers for a free science extravaganza at AT&T Park. This 5-hour event is part of the 10-day Bay Area Science Festival. On Saturday, November 1 from 11am to 4pm, enjoy interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows. This year, they anticipate they will once again have more than 150 exhibits. Reservations are not required, simply show up and enjoy!

Date: Saturday, November 1 from 11am to 4pm

Craft Fairs at Fort Mason

November is the time to start shopping for those you love. The perfect place to do that is at these craft fairs at the Fort Mason Center. The first is the Renegade Craft Fair on November 8 & 9. Later in the month, head over to the Celebrations of Craftswomen in the Herbst Pavilion.

Dates: November 8 & 9; November 28 - 30

Learn More: All Fort Mason Events

SF International Hip Hop Dancefest

One of the largest Hip Hop Dance Festivals in the world is right here in San Francisco. From November 14 - 16, head over to the Palace of Fine Arts to see amazing performances by dancers from around the world.

Dates: November 14 - 16

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US Half Marathon

San Francisco is also home to the US Half Marathon. On Sunday, November 2, break out your running shoes for this challenging, yet gorgeous course around the SF Bay. You will start at Aquatic Park in Fisherman's Wharf. The race takes you along the waterfront past the Marina Green, Crissy Field, and then up and over the Golden Gate Bridge. After reaching the other side, you then return over the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio, and back to the finish line at Aquatic Park.

Date: Sunday, November 2

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

The Day of the Dead event is an annual event in SF's Mission District. It's a time for the community to remember those that have passed away. It includes a procession and festival of alters. All events are on Sunday, November 2 near Garfield Park at 26th and Harrison Streets.

Date: Sunday, November 2

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Head over to the Cow Palace for this year's annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Enjoy food, crafts, and lots of entertainment. All events are the five weekends between November 22 and December 21 (including the Friday after Thanksgiving).

Dates: Five Weekends Between November 22 and December 21

Free Museum Days

If your budget is tight, one way you can save on your trip is to visit one of the SF museum on their free admission day. Most offer it on the first Tuesday of the month. Others offer it later that same week or the following week.

Learn More: Free Admission Days for November 2014

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