Top SF Bay Area events in November 2018 including sports events, holiday tree lighting ceremonies, and visits from Santa. You can also catch a performance at the theater, see a concert at one of our top venues, and attend a festival.
Discover a calendar for San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, and more.
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Dates: All Month Long
One of the top SF Bay Area events in November is Waitress at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco. This Broadway musical is the story about a waitress that dreams of using her amazing pie making skills to live the life she has always dreamed. It runs from 10/15 - 11/11.
Additional shows this month include Miss Saigon at the Opheum Theater in SF, The Wizard of Oz at the Berkeley Playhouse, and Annie at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.
Dates: 11/16 - 1/6
Head over to San Francisco's South of Market District for this year's Cirque du Soleil's performances. This year's show is called Volta.
It's the story of a young man, Waz, who seeks fame and acceptance as he prepares to be a contestant on a gameshow. What he learns is that he needs to transform himself, not those around him, to become the person he has always wanted to be.
Shows run most days of the week in the parking lots near Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park). Click the links below for tickets this November.
Dates: 11/1 - 11/3
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.
Dates: 11/7 - 11/11
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.
Dates: 11/2, 11/5, 11/8, 11/10, & 11/13
Another one of the top SF Bay Area events in November is basketball with the Golden State Warriors. Watch them take on top teams this month at Oracle Arena in Oakland. They will play host to teams such as Milwaukee Bucks, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies.
The SF Bay Area concert calendar is chock full of top performances this month. Catch Fleetwood Mac at the SAP Center in San Jose, Twenty One Pilots at Oracle Arena in Oakland, and Goo Goo Dolls at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
In addition to well know performers, you will also find dozens of local and up-and-coming bands on stage all around the SF Bay.
November is the time of year when many local businesses and towns light up their streets and buildings for the holidays.
Dates: 11/10 & 11/11
Are you ready to get your fill of amazing paella, delicious wines and dance to some fantastic music or see flamenco performances all in one night? If so, Dashe Cellars has you covered starting at 5 pm to 8 pm on Saturday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.
No matter which day that you attend, you will enjoy seeing Master Chef Gerard Nebesky's massive paella pans and taste new releases.
Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders play home games this month in the SF Bay Area. The 49ers have two home games in Levi's Stadium against the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.
The Oakland Raiders have just one home game this month. They will take on the the Los Angeles Chargers on November 11.
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.
Dates: 11/22 - 11/25
Are you planning to visit the SF Bay Area for Thanksgiving? This year, you will find plenty of fun things to do from free attractions to cruises around the bay. There are also several great places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner (traditional or non-traditional) with your family and friends. In addition, you can also head out to one of our great outdoor ice skating rinks or participate in a Turkey Trot.
Dates: 11/1, 11/3, 11/6, 11/11, 11/13, 11/15, 11/17, 11/20 & 11/23
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.
Date: 11/23 - 11/25
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.
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.
Does the term Black Friday start you to shake in anticipation when you hear it? Or maybe shiver in fear depending on what you have to buy and where you have to go to do it? You will find tons of options all around the SF Bay from high-end shops to discount stores. Some open the night of Thanksgiving and others are open early in the morning on Friday. Just remember there will be crowds, so making a list, and checking this link, will help you find the best deals and choose where you want to shop during the day.
Date: 11/24 - 12/24
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 24th and concluding on December 24th. Therefore, you will have many chances to see everything and get all your holiday shopping done in one place!
Dates: Several throughout the month
Being that it is almost time for Christmas, one of my favorite SF Bay Area events in November always includes Santa coming to town! Santa has plans to make an appearance all over the SF Bay Area this year.
His stops start in early November and usually run through Christmas Eve. You can get your picture taken, tell him all about how good you've been this year, and everything you want for Christmas.
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