Palace of Fine Arts at night.
Palace of Fine Arts at night.

San Francisco
Festivals and Events in November

There's a lot to be thankful in November. Here are the top festivals and events to attend in San Francisco

All dates and locations are subject to change and should be confirmed with sponsors before making travel plans.

Sundance Stompede

Various Locations

Sundance Stompede is 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 Dance Film Festival

Various Locations

The San Francisco Dance Film Festival features 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.

Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Film Festival is a celebration of film, food and wine that 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

Mission District

Day of the Dead processions and Festival of Altars are annual community events celebrating the traditions of Dia de los Muertos in the Mission District

Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony

Embarcadero Plaza

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

The San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance 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

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

Golden Gate Park

The Turkey Trail Trot is an invigorating fun run (or walk) and has become a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light


More than 60 permanent and temporary eco-friendly light art installations transform San Francisco nights into a citywide gallery of light for Illuminate SF Festival of Light. Tours and events based around these public art installations invite visitors to “embrace the power of light.”

Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

Union Square

View the annual illumination of Macy’s Great Tree, decorated with more than 1,500 ornaments.

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli’s magical square comes alive with colorful performers, music, children’s activities and a 50-foot Christmas tree lighting up the night.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Cow Palace

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.


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