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The 2019 Save the Waves Film Festival is on Saturday, November 9 at the Minna Gallery. This annual fundraiser supports the Save the Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves.
More details for the 2019 event will be available soon. The details below are for 2018, but will give you an idea on what to expect again this year.
This year's event kicks off with a VIP pre-party and filmmaker reception at 6pm. The doors open to the rest of the public at 7pm with live music from Frankie Boots & The Country Line.
The evening continues with a shorts program at 8pm. There is an intermission and fundraiser auction at 9pm. This is followed by the feature film program.
The films program includes premiers of surf, adventure, and other interesting documentary films.
General admission tickets start at $30 per person and include all activities except the pre-party VIP event. The VIP tickets start at $75 per person.
2018 schedule will include a full evening of films. Visit their website for details on this year's Save the Waves Film Festival activities.
You can either buy your tickets in advance or at the door. Your best bet is to buy them on their website in advance to secure your spot.
The Victoria Theater is in San Francisco's Mission District at 2961 16th Street. It's easy to get here by bus or BART.
Bus: The following Muni buses have stops just a few blocks away from the theater: 14, 22, 33, and 49.
BART: Take BART to the 16th and Mission Street stop. You will find the theater just a half a block east of this station.
You can also drive to this theater. Parking on the street is tough, so I recommend finding a parking garage. Your best bet is the Hoff Street Garage at 42 Hoff Street. It's just one block west of Mission Street between 16th and 17th Streets. It's open until 2am, so you will have plenty of time to get your car after the Save the Waves event.
Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a fantastic time to visit San Francisco. Many tours are running and several top attractions will be open. You will also find lots of wonderful places to grab lunch or dinner. Click here to check out my Insider's Guide to Thanksgiving in San Francisco.
American Indian Film Festival: The American Indian Film Festival features films about this interesting community. Learn more about issues related to American Indian life from independent filmmakers. Find the entire schedule of films for this year.
Savings Tip: Don't miss out on the savings at Goldstar, an online ticket retailer. They offer discounts at up to 50% off for tours, events, and more in SF and the Bay Area. Check out their selection here before you book any tickets in San Francisco!
Tree Lighting Ceremonies: Start your holidays out right by attending one of this year's tree lighting ceremonies. You will find them all over San Francisco, including in Union Square, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. On this calendar, you will also find other popular holiday events all over the Bay Area. Click here for details.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair: Get into the holiday spirit at this year's Great Dickens Christmas Fair. This annual event takes you back to the time of Charles Dickens and Victorian London. The event lasts for five weekends starting in late November and lasting until late December.
Aquarium of the Bay
International Ocean Film Festival: Another annual film festival that discusses wave-related topics, including surfing, sharks, and environmental issues, is the International Ocean Film Festival, held each year in March at the Aquarium of the Bay. Click here for details.
One Perfect Day in the Mission: Before the Save the Waves event, spend some time exploring the Mission District. This self-guided tour of the Mission features the best things to see and do in just one day. Take a look at the entire itinerary here.
Top Things to Do with Kids: Wondering where you should take your kids to see and do in SF? Discover my list of top activities for families traveling with children. There are attractions the whole family will love in each district of the city. Click here to learn more.
San Francisco is slowly opening back up. Find out what is open or opening soon on my Coronavirus page.
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