SF's Amazing Month-Long Light Festival
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SF's Amazing Month-Long Light Festival "Illuminate"
Explore 37 light installations during the longest nights of the year
SF's Holiday Craft Markets & Gift Fairs
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SF's Holiday Craft Markets & Gift Fairs
Plan your xmas shopping early gift fairs from Etsy, Urban Air Market, pop-up shops & more.
Green Friday: Free Day Passes to State Parks
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Green Friday: Free Day Passes to State Parks
Forget being indoors and shopping on "black friday" - let's take it outdoors

Wednesday, November 22

Strike Out Hunger: Free Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz
Wednesday, November 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.81).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Strike Out Hunger: Free Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz

How’s your bowling average these days? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2017. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed hungry ...

FriendsGiving with African Beats: Musical Thanksgiving Dinner | SF
Wednesday, November 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks special
| Bissap Baobab SF
FriendsGiving with African Beats: Musical Thanksgiving Dinner | SF

It’s that time of year to be thankful and stuff your faces with yum. They are hosting their first musical thanksgiving dinner with exotic cocktails, hot’ n saucy chicken wings, and African beats to dance to on a tiny floor.
Join them at Bissap Baobab, a cool …

Milkbar’s A Badd Hippie Disney Karaoke | SF
Wednesday, November 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*An RSVP is encouraged.
| Milk Bar
Milkbar's A Badd Hippie Disney Karaoke | SF

Milkbar presents A Badd Hippie Show Disney Karaoke with Hippie Shaun. Come and enjoy yourself on the day before Thanksgiving. Sing all your favorite Disney songs bring all your favorite friends. After, enjoy the sweet sounds of Lady Q.
Prior to becoming a DJ, Lady Q was …

NoThanksgiving Vegan Potluck | Berkeley
Wednesday, November 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Animal Rights Center
NoThanksgiving Vegan Potluck | Berkeley

Please note that this event will take place tomorrow 11/22 and not 11/23 as originally listed.
Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to gather and celebrate with family and friends, however, this holiday is filled with historical and continuing violence.
For everyone who is seeking something different …

Tony-Award Winning “The Normal Heart” Live Theater | SF
Wednesday, November 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Use the code FUNCHEAP for free tickets
| Eureka Theatre
Tony-Award Winning

A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While …

Pre-Thanksgiving Free Cobb’s Comedy Night | SF
Pre-Thanksgiving Free Cobb's Comedy Night | SF

Funcheap and Stroy Moyd of #HellaFunny take over Cobb’s Comedy Club for an awesome night of comedy at SF’s biggest comedy club. And you can get on our secret guest list. Every month we handpick some of SF’s top local comedians to showcase for you – often ...

Pre-Turkey Dance Party | SF
Wednesday, November 22 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*There is no cover as long as you bring a donation
| Harlot
Pre-Turkey Dance Party | SF

This is the time of year to appreciate all you have by spending time with friends and family, eating great food, and dancing.
Come join them at Harlot as they serve up some tasty house & tech house beats for your listening pleasure.
There is no cover …

Thanksgiving Eve Rock Paper Scissors Tournament & Pub Crawl | SF
Wednesday, November 22 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission with drink special purchase. An RSVP is required.
| Northstar Cafe
Thanksgiving Eve Rock Paper Scissors Tournament & Pub Crawl | SF

Get Basted at their Thanksgiving Eve Pub Crawl on Wed November 22. Drink a 4-course meal of $2 Thanksgiving shots and you get to wear a pilgrim hat at the last bar. Compete in Rock Paper Scissors tournament qualifying rounds while moving bar-to-bar. Meet new people …

Thursday, November 23

2017 Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration | Alcatraz
Thursday, November 23 – 4:15 am | Cost: $14*
*Event is free, but boat tickets are $14 for adults.
| Alcatraz Island
2017 Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration | Alcatraz

Wake up early…very early for the Indigenous Peoples’ Annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island, part of the San Francisco Ohlone Territory, on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Thanksgiving Sunrise Celebration
Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 4 to 6 am
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
FREE but you’ll need a boat ticket to get …

Thanksgiving Day Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Thanksgiving Day Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket

If you’ve got better things to do than be with your family on Thanksgiving Day and need a car to run those errands, you’ll pretty much have free reign while parking anywhere in the city.
Although parking hazardously is always ticketable and towable – as is parking in …

2017 Turkey Day Workout: ” Workout Massacre ” | Dolores Park
Thursday, November 23 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dolores Park
2017 Turkey Day Workout:

“Workout Massacre” Turkey Day is here. Before loading up on mega turkey calories, join up with Bianchi Fitness for a free 90 minute outdoor workout in Dolores Park.
Meet at the bell at 19th & Dolores. Look for Coach B. Everyone is invited — all fitness levels and …

Thanksgiving Day Guided Walking Tours | 5 Free Tours
Thanksgiving Day Guided Walking Tours | 5 Free Tours

Relatives in town? Show off our beautiful city by taking them on one of San Francisco City Guides free guided walking tours of San Francisco’s greatest neighborhoods. There is a full slate of free tours on Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Tour starting times range from ...

Free Thanksgiving Dinner | East Bay
Thursday, November 23 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | First Lutheran Church (Concord)
Free Thanksgiving Dinner | East Bay

The First Lutheran Church in Concord hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10:30 am to 4 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
The dinner is organized by several Contra Costa churches and anybody in the community is welcome to come enjoy some food and cheer.
Want to volunteer? Call 925-207-0035 …

Volunteering for Thanksgiving in SF | A How-To Guide
Thursday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Volunteering for Thanksgiving in SF | A How-To Guide

Take a moment and give back to the community this Thanksgiving.
Read on below for organizations across San Francisco and the Bay Area in need of volunteers to help spread food and warmth to those less fortunate.
Know of another volunteering opportunity for Thanksgiving 2017? Let …

15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration | Oakland
Thursday, November 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Two Star Market
15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration | Oakland

Oakland’s Dimond District is home to Two Star Market which will host its 15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration from 1-4 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Thanksgiving Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Classical Indian Concert | East Bay
Thanksgiving Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Classical Indian Concert | East Bay

Enjoy international vegetarian cuisine and a classical Indian music concert at the Badarikashrama ashram starting at 3 pm in San Leandro on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call 510-278-2444. No one will be turned away on the day of the event.
Dinner …

Opening Night: 2017 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | All Over SF
Thursday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Opening Night: 2017

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2017 through New Year’s Day 2018 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, ...

Free Thanksgiving Dinner | SF
Thursday, November 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Gratia Community Church
Free Thanksgiving Dinner | SF

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated all throughout the United States. It is not only an opportunity to be thankful for the blessing you’ve received but also a time to be able to share your blessings.
So if you don’t have a place to go …

Friday, November 24

Calorie-Burning, History-Learning Walking Tour Friday | 11 Free Tours
Calorie-Burning, History-Learning Walking Tour Friday | 11 Free Tours

Relatives in town? Show off our beautiful city by taking them on one of San Francisco City Guides free guided walking tours of San Francisco’s greatest neighborhoods. There is a full slate of free tours on Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Tour starting times range from ...

2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland
2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland

Plaid Friday is the fun, indie alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holiday shopping season.
2017 Plaid Friday
Friday, November 24, 2017
All Over Oakland
FREE, but bring money for food, drinks and shopping
> 2017 Events & Specials
Look for …

Free Parking Day: Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Free Parking Day: Plaid Friday | 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 ...

“Green Friday”: Free Day Passes to California State Parks

Let’s turn Black Friday into Green Friday. Since Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, why not explore a beautiful state park instead of shopping indoors or online. So there are thousands of free vehicle day-use passes to more than 40 participating redwood ...

Yoga & Social Justice | SF
Friday, November 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations Welcome to benefit social justice programs in San Francisco and Seattle
| The Waller Center
Yoga & Social Justice | SF

Suppress your urge to indulge in capitalism on Black Friday by coming and doing yoga. Join Chasity Jones for a Vinyasa flow class for all ages and levels.
They will have a yoga class and then have a discussion afterwards about her work in Seattle, WA …

Black Friday Special: 20% off Artworks, Free Mimosas & Coffee | Art Attack SF
Friday, November 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Black Friday Special: 20% off Artworks, Free Mimosas & Coffee | Art Attack SF

Join them for complimentary mimosas and coffee during Black Friday on November 24 from 10:00am-2:00 pm at Art Attack SF. In addition to good times and cheer, all artwork purchases are 20% off. Support local artists and start your art collection today.

2017 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
2017 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 38th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay ...

Buy Nothing Day | 2017
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Buy Nothing Day | 2017

Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis to Black Friday: your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself,  at least for a single day.
Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day?
You might say “Sure,” …

Black Friday Edition Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | North Beach
Friday, November 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required via Meetup.com
| Secret Location
Black Friday Edition Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | North Beach

The annual Black Friday game is back, so be prepared to melt into the crowds of shoppers rushing home with their treasures or die trying.
They’ll take the first 15 minutes to go over rules and split into teams before hitting the streets.
Word of Caution: Because …

Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/24/17 from 3-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose

Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland from 3-6 pm on November 24, 2017. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride.
Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San …

Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017
Friday, November 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017

In celebration of its 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, Ghirardelli Square is creating a winter wonderland. The event will include live music, visits with Santa, snow, free activities for kids and more.
53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 4-9 pm
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
FREE

2017 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach
Friday, November 24 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Baker Beach
2017 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach

This Black Friday, instead of enmeshing yourself in the worst of human behavior, why not come celebrate the best of it?
A local group of artists who call themselves the Museum of Joy will be celebrating the 5th Annual Festival of Light & Gratitude by building a …