San Francisco Festivals and Events in November
San Francisco’s annual country western weekend for the LGBTQ community and allies. Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls as they dance their feet off with three days of workshops and three nights of open dancing.
3rd i South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond!
Committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film, from art-house classics to documentary films.
LEAP Sandcastle Classic
Teams comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for LEAP to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students.
Napa Valley Film Festival
This celebration of film, food and wine lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. The festival features more than 125 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in venues throughout four walkable villages.
Cinematografo International Film Festival
AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 (1881 Post St.)
Film exhibition series designed to elevate and showcase emerging Filipino and Filipino-American talent producing films and television content for the world stage.
The Renegade Craft Fair
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
The best makers of handmade goods from the Bay Area and beyond assemble for this free-to-attend marketplace for indie-craft culture, featuring interactive workshops.
Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony
Embarcadero Plaza, Embarcadero Center
Bring the family to stroll through a holiday fair, enjoy live entertainment and witness the lighting of the Embarcadero Center’s dramatic office towers, which brighten the San Francisco skyline with 17,000 lights throughout the holiday season.
San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
This festival will feature excellent professional dance companies from around the world. In addition, master classes taught by some of the visiting artists will be offered, along with a VIP/Performer party to celebrate the convergence of artists with the public.
San Francisco International Automobile Show
The San Francisco International Automobile Show features the world’s major auto manufacturers displaying their concept cars, SUVs, trucks and vans, totaling almost 800 vehicles in all.
NOVEMBER 21-JANUARY 1
HapPIER Holidays at PIER 39
Enjoy a special tree-lighting experience at 5 p.m. each night between Nov. 21 and Jan 1. Witness the 60-foot tree become a kaleidoscope of color with specialty lights and ornaments.
Turkey Trail Trot
Golden Gate Park
This invigorating fun run (or walk) has become a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition.
NOVEMBER 22-JANUARY 1
More than a dozen permanent and temporary eco-friendly light art installations transform San Francisco nights into a citywide gallery of light. Tours and events based around these public art installations invite visitors to “embrace the power of light.”
Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
View the annual illumination of Macy’s Great Tree, which is decorated with more than 1,500 ornaments.
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Ghirardelli’s magical square comes alive with colorful performers, music, children’s activities and a 50-foot Christmas tree lighting up the night.
NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 23 (weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving)
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
The Dickens Christmas Fair revives the tradition of an old English Victorian Christmas with theaters, a music hall, dance parties, taverns, shops, stalls, food, street vendors and period costumes.
2018 Pac-12 Football Championship Game
Levi’s Stadium, (408) 579-4449
This title game is a must-attend event for all college football fans.
American Indian Film Festival
The world’s oldest festival dedicated to films by and about Native Americans showcases new and exciting work.