Enjoy the best San Francisco events in November 2017. This month, you will find dozens of fun activities from free walking tours to holiday lights celebrations.
Other highlights this month include the Great Dickens Fair, SF 49ers games, and Thanksgiving Day and Weekend activities. You can also enjoy a night out at the theater, opera, or symphony. Read on for more about what's on this month in SF.
In addition, you will find two special ice skating rinks in the city this time of the year. One is in Union Square and the other is near the Embarcadero Center.
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The biggest theater performance this month is Disney's incredibly popular Broadway show, Aladdin. It's based on the hit movie of the same name and created by the producers of The Lion King. This show is sure to be a hit with everyone in the family.
Dates: 11/1 - 1/7
Learn More: Get theater performance details
SF's Mission District has been celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) since the 1970s. Every year, the community sets up a festival of altars in Garfield Park from 4pm - 11pm, and holds a procession at 7pm starting from 22nd and Bryant. If you want to see what this Latin American tradition is all about, head over to check out the art and music. If you want to honor a deceased loved one yourself, feel free to bring flowers, mementos, and candles.
Learn More: Read more about the SF celebration
If you are curious about American Indian culture, traditions, and current struggles, join the American Indian Film Festival in its 42nd year this November. This festival lasts over a week, showing a variety of short stories, documentaries, and feature films, several of which have been directed by American Indian filmmakers. All films will be screened at the AMC Metreon Theater in downtown SF.
Learn More: Find more details and the schedule of screenings
The first place to look for discounts is on Goldstar. They offer deals on tickets to tours, the theater, and more. These are just a few of the discounts you will find this month.
SF Bay Cruise: 60-minute cruise around the SF Bay, this is the most popular cruise that takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz as you learn all about SF and our history, Full price $32, Goldstar COMP-$16*, check availability
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: Cruise from attraction to attraction on this popular Hop On Hop Off Bus tour, Full price $19.99-$30.99, Goldstar $13.20-19.80*, check availability
Morning Expedition of Muir Woods: Explore the Coastal Redwoods in the morning on this half-day tour, includes pick up from Union Square, spend about 1.5 to 2 hours in the park, Full price $79, Goldstar $39.50*, check availability
*Small service fee at checkout
Though it doesn't snow in San Francisco, the city has ways of bringing wintry fun right to the heart of downtown. People of all ages love the holiday ice rinks installed at the Embarcadero (right across from the Ferry Building) and Union Square (right next to the giant Christmas tree and the stores all decked out to the nines). 90-minute sessions are affordably refreshing and a great break from all the hustle and bustle of this part of town.
Dates: November 1 - January 7
Learn More: Get details on the Union Square ice rink
Learn More: Find out more about the Embarcadero ice rink
Take an adventure of a lifetime and come face to face with some of the world's largest great white sharks in their natural habitat. During this season, the famous Farallon Islands just of the coast of San Francisco offer incredible opportunities to view sharks feeding on local seals. You can watch them from the boat, or get up close in the underwater shark cage.
Dates: 11/4 & 11/11
Learn More: Find out more tour details on the webpage
Head over to the SF Opera House in the Civic Center District to see one of two shows this month. The first is Manon which is set in Paris and is about young love as well as the underground world of the City of Lights. It runs from 11/4 to 12/1.
This month's second show opens on November 21. Girls of the Golden West is about Gold Country and the attitudes and issues that arrive when everyone is searching for the treasure. It runs until December 10.
Dates: 11/4 - 12/10
Learn More: Visit the SF Opera page for more information
Calling all wine lovers! This month's SF Vintner's Market is a great place to sample new wines and purchase your favorites from more than 200 wineries. You will find several local producers from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and more. It runs from 2pm to 5pm both for two days. Don't miss out on our chance to pick up some great presents for your friends, family, and yourself!
Dates: 11/4 & 11/5
Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar
The ski season is almost here and this festival is a great chance to stock up on new gear. This annual event features discounts on clothing, skis and everything else you need for a season in the moutains. You can also test your skills on the climbing wall, watch the BMX and skate ramp show, and mingle with other snow lovers. The event is at Pier 35.
Dates: 11/4 - 11/5
Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar
Spend an evening at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall, steps away from City Hall, for a performance of the world renowned San Francisco Symphony. Among the many shows you can enjoy this month are: Dia de los Muertos Community Concert, MTT Conducts Mahler's Fourth, and Zukerman Plays Beethoven with the SFS.
Learn More: See the complete schedule of performances
Head over to Levi's Stadium to watch the San Francisco 49ers play their fourth season at this new stadium in Santa Clara. This month, the 49ers will be taking on the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Giants, and the Seattle Seahawks at home. Go Niners!
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, & 11/26
The Golden Gate Half Marathon is an annual event that takes runners over the Golden Gate Bridge during the race. Your run starts near Fisherman's Wharf at the Municipal Pier. You will then run along the waterfront, up and over the Golden Gate Bridge, and return back to San Francisco. The race ends in the beautiful Presidio.
Some of the best San Francisco events in November also include games in Oakland with the Golden State Warriors. The 2016/2017 NBA Champs play almost a half a dozen games this month against teams such as the Chicago Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Miami Heat.
Dates: 11/6, 11/8, 11/11, 11/13, 11/24, 11/25, and 11/27
If you are always striving to embark on new visions for your company, this may be the event for you. Deemed to be a transformational week of idea sharing among entrepreneurs and pioneers of every industry, this year's Dreamforce event is sure to drive inspiration, imagination, and innovation in all its participants.
Dates: 11/6 - 11/9
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Every night of the week, you will find a variety of great concerts all around San Francisco. Top performances are at venues such as the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and the Fillmore. Additional top venues include the Fillmore, the Independent and the Great American Music Hall. Below are just a few of the top shows. Make sure to visit the November concert page for a full list of performances this month.
Head over to the Curran Theater to listen to KQED's Michael Krasny interview Edward Snowden via live video link. Snowden is a controversial figure known by some as a hero and by others as a traitor after leaking goverment information to the public. During this event, they will discuss human rights, politics, and online security. The show starts at 7:30pm.
Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar
Each day of this annual film festival offers a different program that includes four to seven films selected from independent filmmakers internationally. These works of art showcase and raise awareness about the transgender community. The films will be screened at the Roxie Theater in the Mission District, and at the Castro Theater on Castro Street.
Dates: 11/9 - 11/12
This film festival is a can't-miss event for anyone intrigued by South Asian cultures--including stories from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and Afghanistan. Enjoy everything from documentaries to Bollywood over four days of screenings in SF's Japantown and Castro Districts, plus one day in Palo Alto. You can buy tickets to individual movies or a pass to see all SF or Palo Alto films.
Dates: 11/9-12, 11/18
Grab your glass and sample dozens of Pinot Noir wines from the best local producers. Pinot Days is the largest event in the world dedicated to this lovely and flavorful varietal of red wine. For three hours, you can sample pours from wineries such as DeLoach Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and (one of my personal favorites) Landmark Vineyards.
Tickets: Find discounted tickets on Groupon
A great outing for the whole family, Discovery Day at AT&T Park is a free event that transforms the ballpark into a science wonderland. This event draws thousands each year to conclude the larger Bay Area Science Festival. Ignite the inner scientist in you with over 150 hands-on exhibits all over the field. It runs from 10am to 4pm.
This year's holiday Renegade Craft Fair is on November 11 and 12 at the Fort Mason Center. More than 300 artists will be on hand showing and selling their handmade goods. The event is free to enter and lasts from 11am to 6pm both days.
Dates: 11/11 & 11/12
Learn More: Find out more about this November's event
This year's International Tea Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at the Fort Mason Center. At this event, you will get the chance to sample a variety of teas from around the world. You will also receive your own teacup to sample during the event. All of the teas will be on sale too, so you can easily pick up anything you want!
Learn More: Visit their site for ticketing information
Spend the evening in an intimate setting with New York Times bestselling author and humorist David Sedaris. He will be reading new all new stories including those from his recently released book, Theft By Finding Diaries. The evening also includes a Q&A session with the audience as well as a book signing after. The event is at the War Memorial Opera House and starts at 7:30pm.
We all know San Francisco is a big, beautiful, complex city. But what does that mean? Let yourself delve deeper into this urban world with the 4th annual week-long SF Urban Film Fest, whose film screenings, panel discussions, and storytelling workshops are designed to inspire and awaken civic engagement.
Dates: 11/13 - 11/19
Learn More: Find out more on their website
This year marks the 19th annual SF International Hip Hop Dancefest, the first festival of its kind to honor the artistry of hip hop in a non-competitive environment. The festival features performances by professional dance companies from all over the world. This all-ages event takes place at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater over the course of three days.
Dates: 11/17 - 11/19
Learn More: Check out the festival website for details
In addition to all of our fun San Francisco events in November, you will also find a variety of other fun things to do. These include cruises, tours, and free activities. You can also head out on a day trip, visit one of our top museums, and shop at some in some of our most popular districts.
San Francisco has a fantastic comedy scene. You can enjoy live performances of improv or standup nearly every night of the week. This month, you can catch David Sedaris, Trevor Noah, and many more on stage at SF's biggest comedy clubs. In addition, this is the home of the famous Beach Blanket Babylon, a long-running, ever-changing satirical musical with fabulous hats.
Learn More: See the full calendar of upcoming shows
This is the 60th year for the San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show. In 2017, it will once again be held at the Moscone Center in SF's SOMA District. Stop by to see the latest trends in the auto industry and some of the newest models on the market.
Dates: 11/18 - 11/26
If you are fascinated by the ocean, its wildlife, surfing, or coastal communities, you will appreciate the Save the Waves Film Festival. Not only do you get an evening full of shorts, documentaries, and feature films about the sea--you also help raise money for a good cause. The San Francisco event takes place at the Victoria Theater in the Mission District.
Do you love history? Are you interested in hearing more about San Francisco's unique districts and culture? If so, then check out one of the free walking tours offered by SF City Guides (part of the SF Library). Every day of the week, you will find five to ten tours available all around SF. There is no cost to join a tour, but they do request a small donation at the end to keep their program running strong.
Dates: Every Day
This November make sure to check out one of the tree lighting ceremonies and/or holiday celebrations in San Francisco and beyond. They range from the popular tree lighting celebration at Pier 39 to the lighting of the menorah at Union Square. Click the link below for this year's schedule of events.
Dates: Several in November and December
Learn More: See the entire schedule of events this year
This is your chance to visit some of SF's top museums for free! Toward the beginning of the month museums such as the Asian Art Museum, the de Young, and the Conservatory of Flowers invite you to visit their exhibits for free.
Dates: Several dates in November
Learn More: Discover the schedule of free days for November
Take advantage of SF's world-class museums, each offering unique exhibits throughout the year. November is your last chance to see The Sculptural Turn at the Asian Art Museum and Noguchi's Playscapes at the SF MOMA. Other top exhibits this month are In That Case at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Revelations at the de Young, and Gods in Color at the Legion of Honor.
Dates: Throughout November
Celebrate the holiday season at this unique festival. The Great Dickens Fair is a recreation of Victorian London and includes costumed characters, lively entertainment, and food and drink. It's a great place to also pick up some interesting holiday gifts for those on your list. The event is held at the Cow Palace.
Dates: Weekends from November 18 - December 17, plus the day after Thanksgiving
Discounted Tickets: Find tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar
Learn More: Visit their site for more event details
Comedian Trevor Noah will take the stage at the Nob Hill Masonic Center this November in San Francisco. Noah is the current host of The Daily Show, which he origianlly started in 2014 as a contributor with Jon Stewart. Noah is also set to release a new comedy special in February. In addition to his stand-up comedy, he's also written a few books about what it was like growing up in South Africa.
Dates: 11/20, 11/24, & 11/25
Santa Claus is coming to town! He will be making his way all around San Francisco in both November and December. Some of his most popular stops are at the Westfield Mall, the Japantown Center Malls, and the SF Zoo.
Dates: Various Dates in November and December
You will find dozens of fun events this Thanksgiving in San Francisco. Use my planning guide to find the best places for a traditional or not-so-traditional holiday meal. Head out on a tour, visit some of SF's famous attractions, or cruise around the SF Bay. My guide also gives you recommendations on what do to all weekend long.
Date(s): Thanksgiving Day is November 23; Weekend is November 24 - 26
Enjoy a perfect day in Chinatown with my self-guided tour. Stop by historic temples, learn more at the Chinatown Museum, and sample dim sum. You will also get the chance to get in a little shopping for yourself or anyone on your list. In one day, you will see all of the best of this interesting SF District.
Dates: Any day of the week
Learn More: Check out my perfect day in Chinatown itinerary
Do you need some advice on what to wear in November? Check out my insider's guide on what to expect from the weather and some tips on what to pack for your stay.
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