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San Francisco Festivals and Fairs - November

listed in chronological order


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New Events in November 2008

At the California Academy of Sciences
Penguin Feedings - Every day at 10:30a and 3:30p - each feeding takes 10 minutes
Coral Reef Dives - Every day at 11:30a and 2:30p
Swamp Talk - Every day at 1p
Fragile Planet Planetarium Show = Daily, every half hour
See Profile of California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco Festivals - November 2008

Dates and details are subject to change. Always check with the organization or venue for updates.

San Francisco Jazz Festival
Oct 3 to Nov 9 - Various Venues - Internationally-acclaimed jazz festival featuring jazz legends and rising stars
See full schedule of performances

SF Open Studios - Final Weekend
Nov 1 and 2 - Hunters Point Shipyard
Click here for open studios description

San Francisco Ski and Snowboard Festival
Nov 1 and 2 - Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
Celebrates mountain culture and winter sports, wine tasting, beer tasting, interactive booths and pre-season gear and clothing sale

Dia de los Muertos Procession
Nov 2 - 7p - Starts at 24th and Bryant
Community tradition and annual procession, bring flowers, candles and remembrances of your loved ones for the community altar

Tranny Fest Film Festival
Nov 6 to 8
Month-long transgender film and video festival, including music, dance, film and art

Fabulous Food Festival
Nov 8 and 9 - Concourse Exhibition Center
First year of festival will offer assortment of culinary treats from more than 120 exhibitors plus demos, lectures, food-themed art, cookware and cooking publications

32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival
Nov 7 to 15 - Landmark Embarcadero
Since 1977 - Films by and about American Indians

International Latino Film Festival
Nov 7 to 23 - At venues around the Bay Area
Showcases the best in new international Latino cinema, pays tribute to Latino actors, directors, producers and emerging talent

San Francisco Wine Week
Nov 10 to 15 - Various venues
Six nights of tasting great wines from around the globe, ending with Saturday night Red Gala event

Opening of Holiday Ice Rink - Embarcadero Center
Nov 12 to Jan 4 - Justin Herman Plaza
Annual ice skating location across from the Ferry Building

San Francisco International Animation Festival
Nov 13 to 16 - Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema
From the latest visual FX-based arthouse films to family-friendly cartoons

Green Festival San Francisco
Nov 14 to 16 - Concourse Exhibition Center
Celebrating sustainability, green technology, community - Speakers, workshops, green films, kids' activities, organic food and beer, live music

Building Lighting Ceremony - Embarcadero Center
Nov 21 - 6p - Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
Ice show, pyrotechnics, classical music

Winter Carnival
Nov 21 - 4p - Street Level of One, Two, Three and Four Embarcadero Center
Family carnival with games, arts, crafts, and music

San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest
Nov 21 to 23 - Palace of Fine Arts
The first festival dedicated specifically to hip hop, hosting companies from around the world

La Soiree - Beaujolais and Beyond Festival
Nov 22 - Hyatt Regency (5 Embarcadero)
Benefit for French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco - wine and food tasting, dance, auction party

Reindeer Romp and Ice Skating
Nov 22, 2008 to Jan 1, 2009 - San Francisco Zoo
Kids can visit with Santa's reindeer, enjoy ice skating and other activities

Pier 39 Holiday Tree Lighting
Nov 23 - 1p to 6p - Pier 39
With music and entertainment celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa

Feliz Navidad Celebration (Oakland)
Nov 26 - Noon to 1p - Oakland City Center
Featuring Mariachi Tradicion Mexicana

Turkey Beach Trot
Thanksgiving Day - Nov 27
Six mile run/walk - Turkey Beach Trot (run), Pilgrim Promenade (walk), Kids Gobbler Chase (100 Meters)

Macy's Tree Lighting - Union Square
Nov 28 - 6p - On the day after Thanksgiving each year - Macy's Union Square
Donors can sponsor lights on tree, with proceeds going to UCSF Children's Hospital
See: San Francisco Holiday Lights & Decorations

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting
Nov 28 - 5:30p - West Plaza at Ghirardelli Square
Live music, carolers, children's entertainment, visit from Santa (5:30p to 8p)
See: San Francisco Holiday Lights & Decorations

Unveiling of the Giving Tree
Nov 28 - The Cannery - 10a
Tree is made up of canned goods donated by Del Monte, to be given to the San Francisco Food Bank - the frame of the “Giving Tree” is made out of forest certified maple plywood that has been sustainably harvested with a water based finish

Jack London Holiday Tree Lighting
Nov 28 - Jack London Square - Oakland
Lighting at 6p, festivities from 1p to 7p

Velveteen Rabbit
Nov 28 to Dec 14 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
ODC/Dance presents its 22nd season of the beloved dance/theater production

Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Nov 28 to Dec 21 - Cow Palace
Holiday adventure into Victorian London - costumed players in 90,000+ square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops

Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland (San Rafael)
November 28 & 29 - 4th Street - San Rafael
29th annual parade, tree lighting, and holiday market

Women's Building Celebration of Craftswomen
Nov 29 to 30 - Dec 6 to 7 - 10a to 5p - Herbst Pavilion (Fort Mason)
Holiday fine crafts retail fair benefitting the Women's Building

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Nov 29 and 30 - 11a to 6p
See December Festivals for additional Holiday Open Studios dates
More than 100 professional artists, craftspeople, and galleries in Berkeley open their doors to the public during the 18th annual open studios

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Nov 29 + December dates (see December Events
Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton
Sip hot-spiced cider, listen to carolers while riding the holiday train

See Main Calendar Page for additional San Francisco events.

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