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San Francisco Events in November 2020

Enjoy the best San Francisco events in November 2019. 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.

Union Square Holiday Tree in November.

In addition, you will find three special ice skating rinks in the city this time of the year. One is in Union Square, one in the Civic Center, and the other is near the Embarcadero Center.

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

Broadway Shows & Theater Productions

Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater

Dates: Several in November

You will find three Broadway shows on stage this month. Some of the top San Francisco events in November include Hamilton and Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. 

Hamilton: This is your chance to see one of the top musicals on stage at the Orpheum Theater. Hamilton is the story of one of our founding father's Alexander Hamilton. Learn all about his life with all non-white actors. Performances run all month long.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child: Another top show for this month is Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. Follow Harry Potter as an adult and father to see what happens when things don't go as planned. It's playing at the Curran Theater. Find tickets for all upcoming performances.

STOMP (11/6 - 11/10): Head over to ACT's Geary Theater to see the high-energy performance STOMP. This eight member group uses everything except conventional instruments to make music. It's a show you will not want to miss!

>> Find additional shows around SF this month

>> More about the theater district

Thanksgiving Day and Weekend Activities

Thanksgiving in SF

Date(s): Thanksgiving Day is November 28; Weekend is November 28 - December 1

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. 

You will also find many other fun things to do on Thanksgiving Day from riding a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge to cruising around the SF Bay on boat. Many of our top attractions are open also including the California Academy of Sciences, the Palace of Fine Arts, Botanical Gardens and others.

The holiday weekend is also full of fun activities and most attractions, tours and activities offer a regular schedule all weekend long.

My guide also gives you recommendations on what do to all weekend long.

>> Find out what to do on Thanksgiving Day & Weekend

SF Bay Cruises

November Cruises

Some of the top San Francisco events in November are our daily cruises. You can head out on the SF Bay for an hour or two and enjoy the amazing views all around you.

Many of these cruises leave from Fisherman's Wharf and return to the same place they started. Almost all of them cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, along the San Francisco shoreline, and make their way near or around Alcatraz Island.

Some of the cruises also offer dinner, dancing or a few drinks along with your ticket. The sunset or evening cruises are also popular.

Here are a few of my top picks for November.

Sunset Sailing Cruise: This 90-minute sunset tour is a fun way to relax and unwind during your stay in November. This month, it runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and leaves at 4pm. Also included with your ticket, you will get two complimentary beverages and some light appetizers. Find availability for the Sunset Sailing Cruise.

60-Minute Bay Cruise: The most popular cruise all year long is the 60-minute Bay Cruise. This one provides you with a great highlight of the bay. It takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. It starts and ends in Fisherman's Wharf. It leaves several times every day of the year. Find tickets for this cruise.

Sausalito Ferry: You can also take the ferry over to Sausalito for the day. This is a one-way ticket that gets you from SF over to Sausalito. Buy a second ticket for your return journey. With these tickets, you can take any ferry for that day. Sausalito is a fun place to visit with plenty of shopping, amazing restaurants, and views that you won't get anywhere else. Find tickets for the Sausalito Ferry.

Additional Fun Cruise for November

Golden State Warriors Basketball

Golden State Warriors

Dates: 11/1, 11/2, 11/4, 11/11, 11/15, 11/25, & 11/27 

Some of the best San Francisco events in November also include games at the Chase Center

The 2017/2018 NBA Champs play almost a half a dozen games this month against teams such as the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs.

All games are played in the new facility here in San Francisco, the Chase Center. It's an easy train ride from Union Square or bus ride from other locations throughout the city. Head over to cheer on (or against!) the Warriors. 

>> Read more about attending a Golden State Warriors game

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Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna

Amaluna

Dates: 11/14 - 1/12

Location: Under the Big Top near Oracle Park

This year's performance of Cirque du Soleil is Amaluna. It's the story of an island where only women live.

Shortly after the island's queen holds a coming of age ceremony for her daughter, she causes a storm. After the storm clears, the women find that several young men have washed ashore.

The queen's daughter quickly falls in love with one of these young men. It follows the story of the challenges of their love.

The performance includes high-flying acrobats, gorgeous costumes, and a high-energy experience you will never forget. 

San Francisco Events in November: Concerts

November Concert Calendar

Dates: Nightly in SF

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 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. Click the names of each performer for ticketing information.

>> Full November concert calendar

49ers Football

49ers Football

Dates: 11/11, 11/17 & 11/24

Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara

Tickets: TBD

Head over to Levi's Stadium to watch the San Francisco 49ers play their sixth season at this new stadium in Santa Clara. 

The stadium is about an hour south of San Francisco and is easy to get to by both public transit and by car.

This month, the 49ers will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks (11/11), Arizona Cardinals (11/17), and the Green Bay Packers (11/24). Go Niners!

>> Click here for the full schedule and links to tickets

Cabfest Wine Tasting Event

Cab Fest in SF

Date: 11/9

Location: Westfield San Francisco Centre

San Francisco offers lots of wonderful wine tasting events throughout the year, but this one is truly special. It's your chance to sample some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, Sonoma, Washington, Bordeaux and from other regions around the world.

This year's event features more than 80 wines. There will also be several food and wine experts that will be guest speaking throughout the weekend.

The event offers several activities with the most popular being the Grand Tasting Events. The first Grand Tasting is on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. The second tasting is on Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 4pm.

>> Find a full calendar of upcoming wine tasting events around SF

Additional Festivals in SF in November

SF Coffee Festival (11/2 & 11/3): This is the perfect festival for those that are in love with coffee! Sample unique flavors from a large variety of exhibitors. You can also listen to live music as you savor your coffee samples. The event is at the Fort Mason Center and starts at 9am. Find tickets at a discount on Goldstar.

San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival (11/2 & 11/3): 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 mountains. 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.

Renegade Craft Fair (11/16 & 11/17): 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. Find out more about this November's event

SF International Hip Hop Dancefest (11/22 - 11/24): This year marks the 21st 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. Check out the festival website for details

Discovery Day at Oracle Park 

Discovery Days at Oracle Park

Date: 11/2

A great outing for the whole family, Discovery Day at Oracle 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 4:30pm. It's an all ages event and one of the top family friendly San Francisco events in November!

>> Find out more on the Bay Area Science Festival website

>> Additional free things to do this month in SF

Holiday Ice Rinks in SF

Ice Skating in Union Square

Dates: Opening 11/6

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), Civic Center Plaza, and Union Square (right next to the giant Christmas tree and the stores all decked out to the nines). 

90-minute sessions are refreshing and a great break from all the hustle and bustle of this part of town. 

>> Get details on the Union Square ice rink

>> Find out more about the Embarcadero ice rink

>> Find a list of the 12 top rinks in the SF Bay Area

SF Opera

It's a wonderful life

Dates: 11/8 - 11/30

Head over to the SF Opera House in the Civic Center District to see one of two shows this month. The first is Manon Lescaut which is set in four locations including Paris and New Orleans in the second half of the eighteenth century. It runs from 11/8 to 11/26.

This month's second show opens on November 15. Hansel & Gretel is based on the classic book by the Grimm Brothers with the same name. It's the story of a brother and sister that are kidnapped by an ugly witch. They outwit her in order to escape. It runs until December 7.

>> Visit the SF Opera page for more information

Day of the Dead in SF

Day of the Dead Parade in SF

Dates: 11/2

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. 

>> Read more about the SF celebration

SF Vintner's Market

Vintner's Market SF

Dates: 11/16 & 11/17

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 3pm to 6pm both for two days. Don't miss out on our chance to pick up some great presents for your friends, family, and yourself!

This year's event will once again be at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.

SF Symphony

SF Symphony

Dates: Several

Spend an evening at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall, steps away from City Hall, for a performance of the world renowned San Francisco Symphony. 

Some of the top San Francisco events in November with the SF Symphony include Ghostbusters in Concert (11/29 - 11/30). Listen to the live score of this film performed by the symphony.

Other top shows include Koopman Leads 18th-Century Delights (11/7 - 11/9) and Elegant Vienna: Honeck Conducts Mozart & Bruckner (11/22 - 11/24). 

>> See the complete schedule of performances

South Asian Film Festival

South Asian Film Festival

Dates: 11/7 - 11/10 & 11/16

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.

Additional Film Festivals in November

American Indian Film Festival (10/26-11/3): If you are curious about American Indian culture, traditions, and current struggles, join the American Indian Film Festival in its 43rd 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. 

Transgender Film Festival (11/8-11/10): 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. 

Save the Waves Film Festival (11/16): 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. 

SF Dance Film Festival (11/1 - 11/10): Love dance and film? This three-day event is the perfect combination. Come to the Brava Theater Center for screenings of short dance pieces designed especially for the big screen, documentaries about the art, and features on dancers and choreographers. It's one of the top San Francisco events in October. 

Golden Gate Half Marathon

Golden Gate Bridge SF

Date: 11/2 & 11/3

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. 

>> Click here to visit their site and to register today

Top Hotel Deals in San Francisco

Are you still looking for a great place to stay during your visit to San Francisco? If so, I recommend starting your search on one of these three hotel sites. The links below will take you immediately to the deals section so you can find a great rate for your stay! 

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SF Comedy Shows

Comedy in November

Dates: Several

San Francisco has a fantastic comedy scene. You can enjoy live performances of improv or stand-up nearly every night of the week. 

This month, you can catch Jimmy Carr, Chris D'Elia, and many more on stage at SF's biggest comedy clubs. 

Our comedy shows are some of the best San Francisco events in November.

>> See the full calendar of upcoming shows 

San Francisco International Auto Show

SF Auto Show

Dates: 11/28 - 12/2

This is the 62nd year for the San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show. 

In 2019, it will once again be held at the Moscone Center in SF's SOMA District. For five straight days, check out the latest vehicles on display throughout the showroom. See up and coming models from Chevy, Ford and BMW.

You will also get the chance to see unique cars all weekend long. It's a fun way to spend some time this Thanksgiving Day Weekend and one of the most highly anticipated San Francisco events in November.

>> Visit their site for the full schedule of events and ticketing info

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Dates: Several in November and December

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. 

The tree lighting ceremonies typically begin the weekend before Thanksgiving. You will also find several large celebrations the weekend of Thanksgiving as well as in early December.

Click the link below for this year's schedule of San Francisco events in November and December. 

>> See the entire schedule of events this year

Free Museum Admission Days in November

Free Museum Admission Days for November

Dates: Several dates in November

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.

On free days, they open their permanent collection to all visitors. You can spend just an hour cruising around or all day long. I recommend heading over early to get your spot in line with a chance to see some of our amazing museums at no cost.

Some of their temporary exhibits do require a paid ticket even on free days.

>> Discover the schedule of free days for November

Museum Exhibits in SF

Museum Exhibits in SF

Dates: Throughout November

Take advantage of SF's world-class museums, each offering unique exhibits throughout the year. These are a few of the top exhibits scheduled for display this month.

Asian Art Museum: Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

deYoung Fine Arts Museum: Moving Forward, Looking Back, Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection

Museum of Modern Art: JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco

Click the links below for a full schedule of upcoming San Francisco events in November at our top museums.

>> See the full list of top museums and their exhibits

Great Dickens Fair

Great Dickens Fair

Dates: Weekends from November 23 - December 22, plus the day after Thanksgiving

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 and runs from 10am to 7pm. You can either pick up tickets from their website in advance or buy them at the door when you arrive.

>> Visit their site for more event details

Santa Claus in SF

Santa Claus in SF

Dates: Various Dates in November and December

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. You can also see him at tree lightning ceremonies around town.

Don't miss your chance to let Santa know if you've been naughty or nice!

>> Uncover a list of places Santa plans to stop this year

Additional Things to Do in SF in November

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.

>> Find 50+ fun things to do this month

What to Wear in November

Do you need some advice on what to wear in November? To make sure you are prepared for these San Francisco events in November, you will want to bring along a jacket and some great walking shoes.

What else should you bring? Check out my insider's guide on what to expect from the weather and some tips on what to pack for your stay. 

>> Tips on what to pack and wear in SF

More SF Bay Area Events in November

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Dates: 11/7 - 11/9

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival is known is without question one of the premier festivals in Northern California. If you are looking for great views, food, wine, and music, this is definitely the place for you. 

Not only are there 4 days of wine and food, but there are also special tours, trips and the always amazing, "Wine and Swine at the Henry Miller Library" where you will have a special celebrity chef dinner, with over 20 different wine makers and bands all night long.

>> Visit their site for more details

>> More events in the Monterey Bay Area this month

Napa Valley Film Festival 

Dates: 11/13 - 11/17

A favorite of all the SF Bay Area events in November includes the incredible Napa Valley premiere film festival. This event hosts more than 300 directors, 100 films and more events than you could ever imagine for 5 full days. 

With movies ranging from massive box office releases to the some of the smallest artistic films, you will have your pick of what to watch. There are also food and wine demos from some of the top chefs and, of course, wine tasting and dinners.

>> Full calendar of Napa events this month

Hands-on History Days: Happy Birthday San Jose

Date: 11/9

Time travel back to the days when San Jose was just starting up with a visit to the Peralta Adobe at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site. This one day event, starting at 11 am and ending at 4 pm, includes live music, live performances, and tours of the Peralta House. You can also try your hand at bull roping, building your own corn husk doll, or making a leather bracelet. 

San Jose Sharks Hockey

Dates: 11/1, 11/2, 11/5, 11/7, 11/9, 11/12, 11/16, 11/19, 11/23, & 11/27

The San Jose Sharks hockey games are another one of the more popular SF Bay Area events in November. This month they take the ice at home for nine home games. They play host to teams such as the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks.

>> Full schedule and more details to attend a game in San Jose

San Jose Harvest Festival

Date: 11/29 - 12/1

With the holidays coming up, it's time to get shopping! And the the perfect place for that is at the San Jose Harvest Festival. This huge arts and crafts event features more than 24,000 items including handmade jewelry, art, specialty foods, home decor and more. 

This is one of the SF Bay Area events in November that also features kids activities and entertainment for adults alike. All events are at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center starting at 10am all three days.

Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: 11/22

Hours: 5 pm - 7 pm

If you are looking for a tree lighting in the city of Oakland, Jack London Square is the place to be! Their 55 foot Mount Shasta Fir tree will be adorned with over 5,000 beautiful sparkling lights to be seen by all. 

This event is free for all to attend and is located on the Oakland waterfront so you can enjoy views of the bay as well as live music and so much more. There are many restaurants and local stores to explore before or after the tree is lit if you want to spend some time enjoying this wonderful location.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

Date: 11/30 - 12/22

This free event features over 100 artisans, showing and selling their wares that range from ceramics, to leather goods, to photography, to paintings and pretty much anything else you can imagine! The studios open at 11 am and close at 6 pm each day every weekend starting on November 30th and concluding on December 22th. Therefore, you will have many chances to see everything and get all your holiday shopping done in one place! 

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