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.
San Francisco Olympians Festival
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St.
Dramatic readings and new play development confirm the power of ancient ideas to illuminate modern stories. More than two dozen plays and the occasional “serial play” showcase the work of playwrights from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Featuring the best dance films from around the world and San Francisco’s own backyard. From feature documentaries on choreographic luminaries to innovative experimental shorts, the festival offers something for dance aficionados and newcomers alike.
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.
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.
Day of the Dead Procession
Day of the Dead processions and Festival of Altars are annual community events that celebrate the traditions of Dia de los Muertos in the Mission District.
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 Moscone Center
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.
Turkey Trail Trot
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
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.