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December 11, 2019
The weekend is finally here.

Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

From holiday treats to seasonal music and winter shopping specials, San Francisco is feeling very festive this weekend!

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San Francisco Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

This year, San Francisco Ballet celebrates the 75th anniversary of "The Nutcracker." Passport Performances are one of many ways for families to celebrate the magic of the iconic holiday ballet. Passport Performances offer an enhanced "Nutcracker" experience for theater-goers at no extra cost, treating guests to plush toy prizes, costumed character greetings, a keepsake mini-passport, free treats at intermission, and carolers in the lobby, all with the price of admission. Passport Performances are held at the historic War Memorial Opera House, Dec. 13 and 15.

Music for Families at San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony's Music for Families series kicks off on Dec. 14 with "Holidays Around the World". Journey through an enchanting winter wonderland of music from different cultures. Prior to the music, grab your free elf hat and snap a photo at San Francisco Symphony's conductor station and tinker with musical instruments at the instrument petting zoo.

MoAD: Recipes for Resistance

Join the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry in conversation with Toni Tipton-Martin and Chef Pierre Thiam on Dec. 14, 2019 about their new books, "Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking: A Cookbook" and "The Fonio Cookbook: An Ancient Grain Rediscovered," respectively. The conversation will be followed by a book signing and reception with recipes from each author's books.

Holiday Shopping

Get ahold of some San Francisco originals at the SFMade Gift Fair on Dec. 15, 2019 at California College of Arts, 1111 Eighth St.


Illuminate SF Festival of Light

The Illuminate SF Festival of Light encompasses 44 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations, accessible by public transportation and free for all. Through New Year’s Day 2020, art lovers are invited to embrace the power of light and tour San Francisco’s light art installations, created by a diverse range of local and world renowned light artists.


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