Are you spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco? If so, you will be excited to learn that there are a lot of fun events scheduled on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend. In 2017, this popular holiday falls on Thursday, November 23.
Several restaurants open their doors to serve up a variety of gourmet dishes. You can also do something a little different and enjoy your meal while cruising around the bay. In addition, many tour companies run most of their fun adventures throughout the day.
The rest of the weekend is also full of activity including the lighting of the Union Square Holiday Tree and Black Friday Shopping.
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The best place to start your planning for 2017 is to check out the opening and closing times for all of SF's main attractions. While many museums and a handful of attractions close this day, you will still find several that open their doors to visitors.
You will find dozens of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in San Francisco. Many will offer a prix-fixe meal with turkey, dressing, and all of the fixings. Some also offer you the chance to choose a meal from their menu.
Full Day Bike Rental: Head out on a bike ride around SF, ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the city on Thanksgiving Day, Full price $32, Goldstar price $16*, check for availability
Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze: Act like a kid again on Pier 39 in this fun and colorful mirror maze, Full price $10-$20, Goldstar $5-$9*, check for availability
Hop On Hop Off Tours: Cruise around the city on this hop on hop off tour, see top sites and learn all about SF, Full price $19.99-$30.99, Goldstar $13.20-19.80*, check for availability
*Small service fee at checkout
There are three Hornblower Cruises scheduled for this Thanksgiving in San Francisco. They include a Premier Dinner Cruise, a Seated Dinner Cruise, and a Dinner Buffet Cruise. All three are 3-hours long and leave from Pier 3 at 3pm or 3:30pm on Thanksgiving Day.
San Francisco Hop On/Hop Off Tour
Spend the day visiting some of SF's top attractions. On Thanksgiving Day, you will find many of our top free attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square open. It's a fun day to explore the city on this Hop On/Hop Off tour as you learn more about SF's history.
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If you plan on going shopping, I recommend heading over to the Fishermans Wharf area. Most shops in that area are open this holiday.
Chinatown is another great option as most of the shops and restaurants run their regular hours.
If you head to Union Square, plan on most shops being closed as they prepare for Black Friday.
San Francisco Turkey Trot: This annual event only takes a limited number of entrants, around 1,400, and registration is open for 2017. The cost is $38 per person. The run takes place in Golden Gate Park. The kids race is at 8am and the Turkey Trot starts at 8:40am on Thanksgiving morning. The course is mostly flat.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 23 at 8:30am
Location: Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park
Learn More: Visit their website to register today
Other Turkey Trot Runs: In addition to the Thanksgiving Day run in SF, you will find more than a dozen runs all around the SF Bay Area. To find the right one for you, I've created a list of 16 top runs this holiday morning.
The San Francisco weather for Thanksgiving and the weekend is usually temperate during the day with temperatures in the mid to lower 60s. It's often partly cloudy with some sun throughout the weekend. At night, the weather will dip into the lower 50s.
The wind here will make both the day and night feel a bit cooler.
I do recommend that you check the weather a few days before you arrive. November is the start of our rainy season, so it could also be rainy for a day or two this weekend.
All museums and attractions run regular schedules for the rest of the weekend. All tour companies run their full schedules also. In addition to these activities, here are a few other fun things to check out this weekend.
You will find a variety of tree lighting ceremonies this weekend in SF. The biggest is the annual lighting of the tree in Union Square. This year, it's scheduled for Friday, November 24. The ceremony begins at 6pm with the tree lighting finishing at around 6:40pm.
This weekend, Trevor Noah is in town performing several shows througout the weekend. He will perform 4 shows this weekend including two on Friday and two on Saturday. Don't miss out on your chance to see him live on stage. Click the links below for ticketing information.
This weekend's top show is Disney's Aladdin. This take on the popular movie is sure to please the entire family. With colorful costumes and gorgeous sets, this musical follows the story of a young Middle Eastern boy struggling to survive on the streets. His luck changes when he finds a magic lamp. You will find several performances this weekend.
You will find several of our professional teams in action this Thanksgiving in San Francisco. Here are the top games this weekend.
On Friday, Saturday or Sunday, head over to Davies Symphony Hall to see MTT Conducts Mahler's Fourth. Performances begin at 8pm on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday performance is a mantinee and it begins at 2pm.
There are three performances by the SF Opera this weekend. The first is Girls of the Golden West on Friday (11/24) at 7:30pm and Sunday (11/26) at 2pm. The second show Turnadot. It runs on Saturday (11/25) at 7:30pm. Both are at the War Memorial Opera House.
More Details: 2017 SF Opera calendar
Each year throughout most of November and December, there is a temporary ice skating rink in Union Square. Each session is 90 minutes and starts on the hour, every even hour starting at 10am.
A second temporary ice skating rink is open at the Embarcadero Center throughout November and December at the Embarcadero Center.
Santa will make an appearance several times over the Thanksgiving Weekend. You will find him at special holiday events as well as at malls and shopping centers all around town.
This Thanksgiving in San Francisco you will also find several great live shows. You will find top shows at Nob Hill Masonic Center, Bill Graham Auditorium, and several small venues all around town.
SF Bay Area: Are you looking for additional things to do this weekend? Check out my SF Bay Area page with even more fun things to do this Thanksgiving Day & Weekend in SF.
Black Friday is a big shopping day in SF. This is when you'll want to head back to the places with larger retail stores for the best deals.