December 2013 in San Francisco serves up comedy, Prohibition-repeal parties, literature, fundraisers for good causes and other events. They're listed below, along with some one-time holiday-themed happenings. Should you want bigger doses of holiday hoopla, though, we’ve got that, too: Guides to Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and other winter productions, free Christmas shows and holiday activities and the city's best Christmas trees and holiday lights.
A Birthday Celebration for Walt
December 5, at 10 am-8 pm
The Walt Disney Family Museum offers extended hours and free general admission in honor of Walt’s birthday. A scavenger hunt, demos of how to make animation and docent talks are among the special activities..
At the Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio, San Francisco 94129. Free admission first-come, first-served; capacity is limited.
Repeal Day Parade & Party
December 5; parade from 4 pm; party at 6-9 pm
21st Amendment Brewery celebrates its namesake with a parade from the Embarcadero to its SoMa location and then a party featuring beer kegs, cocktails, a Dixieland band, ale-spiked ice cream and poker and other casino games. Proceeds from the casino games benefit the Center for Youth Wellness. Prohibition-era costumes welcome.
Parade starts at Justin Herman Plaza at 4 pm and ends at 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd St.,
San Francisco 94107. Admission free.
Repeal Prohibition Party
December 5, at 6-9 pm
Goorin Bros., a family-owned, San Francisco milliner, toasts the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition with 1930s-era booze, music and of course, hats, including fedoras and Bonnie & Clyde toppers. Period attire welcome.
At Goorin Bros., 1612 Stockton St., San Francisco 94133. Free.
SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
December 7 & 8, at 10 am-5 pm
Some 100 companies (50 different ones on each day) peddle their made-in-SF wares, including gear for humans and pets, wine, ceramics, chocolate, toys, body products, holiday cards, décor and lots more.
At Fort Mason Center, Fleet Room, San Francisco 94123. Free.
Fisherman’s Wharf Crab Fest
December 8, 2013, at 12-3 pm
Celebrate the holiday--er, crab--season by nibbling crab dishes from Alioto’s, Bistro Boudin, Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market, Scoma’s and other Fisherman’s Wharf restaurants. Beer and wine, recipes and a commemorative wine glass are included, too. The event benefits the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. (Check our Dungeness crab guide for other crab-eating opportunities until the spring).
At the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St., San Francisco 94109. Tickets $40, 45.
Help Is on the Way for the Holidays
December 9, at 7:30 pm
Grammy winner Debby Boone, Sharon McNight, Kim Nalley, Broadway show stars, cast members of The Book of Mormon and other singers and actors perform in this annual gala, which benefits the HIV/AIDS service organizations Positive Resource Center and Maitri.
At Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco 94102. Tickets $40 and up.
December 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm
The show of embarrassing confessionals celebrates its 8th year with a best-of-2013 edition: Brave adults take the stage and blurt out their most mortifying true tales about what they did when they were younger. Plus musical accompaniment by The Freeze.
Dec. 13: At DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco 94103; tickets $14, 21. Dec. 14: The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley 94612; tickets $15, 20.
Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire
December 14, at 10 am-4 pm
Asian- and Pacific-Islander-themed jewelry, gifts, food and other handcrafted items made by more than 90 artisans. Bring cash or checks; not all vendors accept credit or debit cards. Benefits Kimochi, a service center for seniors.
At St. Mary’s Cathedral, Event Center, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco 94109. Free.
Christmas at Sea and Old Time Maritime Christmas
December 14, at 3-5 pm and 6-9 pm
An afternoon of seaside music, refreshments and ornament-making, with Santa visiting by boat. Starting at 6 pm, board the historic boats at the pier and travel back to the nautical heyday of 1901, with costumed characters playing crew members, passengers and socialites.
At Hyde Street Pier, Jefferson Street at Hyde Street. Adults $5; free for those under age 16. Reservations required for evening Old Time Maritime Christmas; call 415-447-5000.
The Misfit Toy Factory
December 14, at 6-10:30 pm
More than 35 artists make sculptures, toys and other gift-worthy goods before your very eyes. Every item made is cash-and-carry for $40 each. DJ music accompanies the art-making.
At Root Division, 3175 17th St., San Francisco 94110. Free.
Writers with Drinks
December 14, at 7:30-9:30 pm
This month’s literary variety show features storytelling by Anita Amirrezvani, Kelley Eskridge, Nicola Griffith, Lauren Kate, Adam Mansbach and Adam Novy.
At the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco. Admission: $5-10 sliding scale; all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.
KPFA Crafts Fair
December 14 & 15, at 10 am-6 pm
This annual juried crafts fair is known for its wide-ranging and affordable arts and crafts items: About 200 vendors present everything from ceramics, photos and food to furniture, jewelry and textiles. Plus live acoustic music and live on-air broadcasting on KPFA 94.1 FM. Benefits public radio station KPFA.
At the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco 94103. Free shuttles from Civic Center BART station (8th & Market) and from Caltrain station (4th and King). Admission: $10 for two adults. Free for disabled & those under age 17 or over age 65.
Harley Farms Christmas Faire
December 14 & 15, at 11 am-5 pm
Shop for candles, scarves, jewelry and other hand-made gifts--and then visit the goats and llamas at this goat farm. The gifts include items made by local students, to raise funds for school programs. Plus goat cheese and goodies (like dark chocolate chevre truffles) and other artisan food, live music, and wreath-making and other crafts activities.
At Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 205 North St., Pescadero 94060. Free admission.
December 14, at 5 pm; & Dec. 15, at 2 pm
Presidio Dance Theatre's school and youth company members present a winter-themed show, followed by a tea party. Benefits the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation.
At Presidio Performing Arts Center, 386 Arguello Blvd., Main Post, The Presidio, San Francisco 94129. General admission tickets $80; call (415) 561-3958.
Noir City Xmas
December 18, at 7 pm
The Film Noir Foundation's annual show is a double-bill, of Blast of Silence (1961) (whose filmmaker and star, Allen Baron, will introduce it) and Christmas Eve (1947).
At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. San Francisco 94114. Tickets $10.
December 20, at 8 pm
Poundstone’s extemporaneous wit distinguishes her from most comedians you’ve seen or heard. She’s snarky and quick, and you’ll be laughing out loud until your sides hurt. She’s in the Comedy Hall of Fame and a regular on NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
At the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco 94123. Tickets $35.
Saturday Cinema: Holiday Memories
December 21, at 2 pm
A screening of the 1963 classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales, featuring Dylan Thomas recounting his boyhood Christmas experiences. Plus The Sweater (1980) and refreshments.
At the Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco 94111. Free with Exploratorium admission.