SantaCon 2016
Fairs & Festivals
SantaCon 2016
Better watch out. Drunk Santas are taking over SF on Saturday
Holiday Volunteering Guide 2016
Holidays
Holiday Volunteering Guide 2016
Spread your own Christmas cheer with tips for holiday volunteering in SF.
Meet LiLou... SFO's Adorable Therapy Pig
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Meet LiLou... SFO's Adorable Therapy Pig
"LiLou" joins the dog's-only club of SFO's "Wag Brigade"

Friday, December 9

2016 Toy Wrapping Party, Food & Drinks | SF
Friday, December 9 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | African American Art & Culture Complex
2016 Toy Wrapping Party, Food & Drinks | SF

Get in the gift-giving spirit and help wrap toys for the youth of the Western Addition Community; in return, you’ll get food, drinks, music and plenty of holiday cheer.
Toys will be distributed at the 16th Annual Holiday Fair on December 10, 2016 at the African American …

“Local Take” Holiday Party: Discounts, Goody Bags & Cocktails | Castro
Friday, December 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Local Take

Come celebrate the upcoming holidays with them on December 9 from 6pm – 9pm. They want you to come party, sip warm beverages and nibble Hot Cookies, while you hang out with old friends, make new ones and start on your gift list.
They have welcomed …

Yeti: Stand-up Comedy With Free Wine | Oakland
Friday, December 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Haddon Hill Cafe
Yeti: Stand-up Comedy With Free Wine | Oakland

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Dom Gellin
Brandon Garner
Krista Fatka
Imran G

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, December 9 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom
Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley

Please note, due to holiday schedule conflicts, the event has been moved up a week to December 9, 2016.

Saturday, December 10

Holiday Hayrides, Hula Dancing, Santa & Carolers | Noe Valley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Noe Valley)
Holiday Hayrides, Hula Dancing, Santa & Carolers | Noe Valley

Festivities on December 10, 2016:

9 – 10:45am: Live music from Lunarville
11 – 12:45am: Live music from District 8
11-2 pm: Santa will usher in the season with Rudolph and treats for all –  Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th Street
11 am-2 pm: Holiday Hay Ride. Pick up and drop off at …

2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for Dancers & Hackers with RSVP; $10 for observers
| CounterPULSE
2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF

Join the forefront of collaborative innovation between the Bay Area’s vibrant art and tech communities at Kinetech Arts’ annual Dance Hack Day, a non-profit event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies.
Combining a traditional hackathon with a dance …

Timbuk2’s 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale: Up to 70% Off | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Timbuk2 Shotwell Factory Store
Timbuk2's 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale: Up to 70% Off  | SF

On Saturday, December 10th, the Timbuk2 Shotwell Warehouse will be hosting a one-day-only sample sale from 9 am to 6 pm. Prepare to love thy neighbor, as every year the good tidings (and by tidings, they mean discounts) bring everyone out to brave the cold en …

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Free Parking Day | Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland will offer free parking at meters and parking kiosks to encourage holiday shoppers ...

2016 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Leandro Historical Railway Society
2016 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro

Santa is back. Their 2016 Winter Open House and Train Show will happen December 10th & 11th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Their G&O crew will be running full steam ahead in the back yard with some exciting holiday themed trains and out …

Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $15-25 per attendee per event.
| Martin Griffin Preserve
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach

Celebrate the season and winter solstice at ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve. Create beautiful arts & crafts, observe winter water birds, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. Enjoy hot tea, coffee, and apple cider and do your holiday shopping …

The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Crucible
The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Saturday | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 10-11, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Berkeley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley City College
2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Berkeley

The Annual EBABZ (East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest) is a chill hang zone for buying, trading and collaborating with zine, comics, DIY, and publishing comrades in the East Bay.
2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 11 am to 6 pm
Berkeley City …

Mission District Mural Tour, Christmas Posada & Caroling | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District Mural Tour, Christmas Posada & Caroling | SF

Join in on the evening of December 10th as they celebrate with a traditional Christmas celebration, a community Posada. Please bring candles; they will provide the song books.
Las Posadas will begin at 6 pm at 24th Street Mission BART Plaza and end at Mission Education …

East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Venue Oakland
East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Oakland

From the sparkling zine community of The Bay Area, the 7th Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) invites you to immerse yourself within a ballroom of zine mania.
EBABZ will feature over 60 vendors selling zines, comics, books, art, and workshops led …

“Jack of All Trades” Holiday Market: Free Santa Pics & 55 Ft Xmas Tree | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

The Treasure Island Flea presents the Jack of All Trades Holiday Market at Jack London Square this Saturday, Dec. 10th from 11am to 5pm.
Free entry, pet friendly and fun for all ages. The every second Saturday market features 125+ local vendors curated by the Treasure …

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

“Sing You a Merry Christmas” Sing Along | Grace Cathedral
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: $5*
*Use code JFC for access to limited $5 tickets for Saturday December 10th performance
| Grace Cathedral

If you want to have yourself a merry little Christmas, with silver bells, and chestnuts roasting in your oven (not an open fire because of SF clean air laws) with your whole reindeer gang, look no further than Sing You A Merry Christmas, A Sing …

SantaCon 2016: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SantaCon 2016: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF

“SantaCon” or “Santarchy” is San Francisco’s annual city-wide Santas-only pub crawl happening on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
This flash mob-type event brings together hundreds of slightly sober people dressed in Santa costumes parading around the city, visiting landmarks drinking at bars, and causing general mayhem.
And just so …

SantaCon House DJ Dance Party | SoMa
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | WISH
SantaCon House DJ Dance Party | SoMa

It’s that time of year again, when Santa comes to San Francisco and gets loose in the streets. Wish Bar & Lounge invites all the Santas to stop in for some dancing and prizes for the best costumes, plus other surprises
It’s a Sexy Santa night devoted …

Earthquakes Winterfest: 10 Tons of Snow & Holiday Activities | San Jose
Earthquakes Winterfest: 10 Tons of Snow & Holiday Activities | San Jose

The holidays will hit San Jose in full force on Saturday, Dec.10 as the San Jose Earthquakes will host the first-ever Winterfest at Avaya Stadium. The holiday-themed festival will run from noon through 5 p.m. and will feature more than 10 tons of snow and …

2nd Annual Holiday Choo-Choo & Booze Celebration | Sunnyvale
2nd Annual Holiday Choo-Choo & Booze Celebration | Sunnyvale

It’s almost that time of year again, gather with holiday spirits to eat, drink and be merry. This year’s “costume” theme is Holiday Pajama’s. Wear you’re wackiest or most comfortable Christmas or Hanukkah PJ’s and join the 2nd Annual Choo-Choo & Booze Celebration on December …

Gilman Art Walk: Vibrant Art Town Tour | Berkeley
Saturday, December 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
| Gilman District
Gilman Art Walk: Vibrant Art Town Tour | Berkeley

Gilman Art Walk is an independent, community-oriented showcase of local artists. They strive to create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, where ideas flow freely and art saves the world.
Just for one day in December, Gilman District will be transformed into vibrant art town: local businesses, restaurants, …

“Healthy Food, Healthy You” Healthy Eating Series | SSF Library
Saturday, December 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library

Healthy Food/Healthy You is a five-part series on healthy eating presented by Fresh Approach. Each class will focus on a different aspect of choosing or preparing foods that are affordable, fresh, and delicious. Fresh Approach is dedicated to helping families gain the knowledge and skills ...

Soundwave: Amnesia’s 12-Hour Mini Music Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Amnesia
Soundwave: Amnesia's 12-Hour Mini Music Festival | Mission Dist.

Amnesia Soundcheck is the annual weekend free mini music festival celebration of local live music on the anniversary of Amnesia’s re-opening. Lineups are, of course, subject to change. Day 1 – Friday, December 9, 2016 – Free Early Show – House band The Amnesiacs playing American ...

Watch an Amazing Massive Sand Art Creation | Ocean Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (TBA)
Watch an Amazing Massive Sand Art Creation | Ocean Beach

Andres Amador is an earthscape artist from San Francisco who is well known for creating massive sand drawings on the beach using only a rake and some workshop participants. You can watch the art being created and then watch the art get overtaken by the …

2016 Christmas at Sea: Sea Chanteys & Nautical Santa | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Adults are $10; the event is free for kids ages 15 and under.
| Hyde Street Pier
2016 Christmas at Sea: Sea Chanteys & Nautical Santa | SF

Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha.
The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, costumed …

Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue | Free Face Painting
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lakeshore Drive
Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue | Free Face Painting

Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and face painting, holiday specials, refreshments and fun for everyone. Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue December 9-10, 2016 – Friday 4-6pm – Saturday 1-3pm 3340 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland FREE Friday, Dec 9th @ 4 to 6 pm: Carriage rides start at ...

Check Out SF’s Brand New Mosaic Stairs | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kenny Alley
Check Out SF's Brand New Mosaic Stairs | SF

Join the Parks Alliance, Excelsior Action Group and Friends of Kenny Alley on Saturday, December 10th at 1 pm to celebrate the grand opening of the Kenny Alley mosaic stairs in the Excelsior District.
If you haven’t visited Kenny Alley lately, you’ll be blown away by …

2016 “Krampus Krawl”: Scary Xmas Pub Crawl | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Good Hop
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SF Bay Area’s 4th Annual Krampus Krawl is upon us again. The SF Bay Area Krampus Krawl was conceived by three friends’ admiration for the European Krampuslaufs, and mixed with a group of craft beer enthusiasts with a penchant for bar crawls.
In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, …

Neon Signs & Their Influence: Films, Lectures & Book Signings | SF Main Library
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Main Library
Neon Signs & Their Influence: Films, Lectures & Book Signings | SF Main Library

How have neon signs influenced the landscape of your city? How does a unique neon sign evolve from advertising to art? Join them for an afternoon exploring these questions with San Francisco Neon authors Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan plus special guest speaker Avery Trufelman …