SF's Jellyfish Flashmob
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SF's Jellyfish Flashmob
Union Square goes underwater Thursday with the illuminated jellyfish flashmob
San Francisco Punk Film Festival
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San Francisco Punk Film Festival
A brand new free film festival showcasing SF's punk roots. Dec 20-Jan 10
Winter Solstice: The Longest Night of the Year
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Winter Solstice: The Longest Night of the Year
Celebrate the longest night of the year with rituals, hikes & an ocean plunge.

Sunday, December 17

Napa Lighted Art Festival | Last Day
Sunday, December 17 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | Last Day

Experience an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. Eight to ten original artworks will light up the night sky for 9 ...

Star Wars Holiday Party & The Infamous Holiday Special on the Big Screen | SF
Sunday, December 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Star Wars Holiday Party & The Infamous Holiday Special on the Big Screen | SF

Sunday, December 17th they are throwing a Star Wars-themed holiday party featuring the infamous “Star Wars: Holiday Special“ on the big screen. Plus they will showing several pre-features and playing Star Wars related music by Matthew Wrenne, and maybe there will be even some surprises.
Star Wars Holiday Party
Sunday, …

New Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth | Berkeley
Sunday, December 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | 11 Spinnaker Way
New Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth | Berkeley

You are invited to join them in this prayer from wherever you are on Mother Earth’s belly. In the San Francisco Bay Area, they will be meeting on the shoreline of Berkeley, California at Cesar Chavez Park, right at the end of the road where ...

Monday, December 18

2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 7th Night | Union Square
Monday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 7th Night | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 12-19, at approximately 5 pm on most ...

2017 Chanukah Under the Dome & Homemade Latkes | Westfield Centre
Monday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2017 Chanukah Under the Dome & Homemade Latkes | Westfield Centre

On the same night as the lighting of the 7th candle of the 25 foot Bill Graham Menorah at 5 pm in Union Square, make your way over to the Westfield SF Centre for a Chanukah Celebration with live music, Sufganiyot, and festivities for all ages.
Join Westfield San …

No Sports Trivia: The Farewell Shotwells Pubquiz | SF
Monday, December 18 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*100% free to play. Funcheap readers get a bonus prize
| Shotwell's Bar
No Sports Trivia: The Farewell Shotwells Pubquiz | SF

It’s the end of an era. No Sports Trivia is leaving Shotwell’s Bar, but don’t worry, there will be a fabulous farewell game, and plenty of future games at other venues.
The farewell game theme will obviously be all the best stuff. Buckle up for five rounds …

Tuesday, December 19

Free Holiday Fun: Disc Golfing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero
Tuesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
* All free activities are available at first-come-first-serve basis.
| Justin Herman Plaza
Free Holiday Fun: Disc Golfing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the launch of a series of free holiday sports at Embarcadero Plaza. The Plaza already features the Holiday Ice Rink, located at heart of the Embarcadero Plaza. Now the Department is adding free, fun, drop-in, sports ...

$5 “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Ticket Day | Oakland
Tuesday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: $5 | Grand Lake Theater
$5

In a time long long ago, movie tickets cost less than the crazy amounts they do today.
For the latest blockbuster-to-be, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve checked out the prices for several Bay Area movie theaters and have found tickets as low as $5 (Oakland) …

Light Up The Night 2017: Free Bike Light Giveaway | SF
Tuesday, December 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free bike safety lights for those who do not already have them.
| Secret Location (SF)
Light Up The Night 2017: Free Bike Light Giveaway | SF

Now that the clocks have fallen back, it’s going to get darker waaaay earlier. With help from our generous sponsor, Bay Area Bicycle Law, they’re excited to announce the return of the annual bike light distribution program: Light up the Night. With help from volunteers, ...

2017 Chanukah Grand Finale & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah | Union Square
Tuesday, December 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Chanukah Grand Finale & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 12-19, at approximately 5 pm on most ...

Win Tix: Symphonix 2017 Holiday Party at Bergerac | SF

‘Tis the season. Join Symphonix on our annual holiday celebration at Bergerac, voted one of the hottest cocktail bars in the country by Eater. Join us for a festive evening of fun and good cheer in support of the San Francisco Symphony. Enjoy small bites and …

Pop Up Bay Area: Chris Robinson (ex Black Crowes) Intimate Show | SF
Tuesday, December 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Haight Street Art Center
Pop Up Bay Area: Chris Robinson (ex Black Crowes) Intimate Show | SF

Renee & Irish Greg‘s next show/podcast will star Chris Robinson (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Black Crowes) in song and conversation on Tuesday, December 19th from 6-8:30pm at the Haight Street Art Center.
Free but RSVP Required
Guests will enjoy a complimentary happy-hour from 6-7pm in the gallery courtesy …

Wednesday, December 20

Free Marijuana Tour: 1-Hour Union Square Walking Tour | SF
Wednesday, December 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested Donation: $15
| Union Square
Free Marijuana Tour: 1-Hour Union Square Walking Tour | SF

The original Free Marijuana Tour is the best overview of everything you need to know about cannabis in just one hour. Experience a fun and interactive lesson from and well-informed guides about the history, science, criminal reform, and culture of cannabis in San Francisco and …

Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Wednesday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)
Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach

Join the Reclaiming Collective on the Solstice Eve—the longest night of the year—for their annual, traditional ritual and celebration at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Gather at 3:30 pm; the ritual starts soon after. There’ll be dancing, singing and drumming.
Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & …

NOVY’s Wine Tasting for Fire Relief | SF
NOVY's Wine Tasting for Fire Relief | SF

Come join them at Novy for a night of charity and holiday cheer with complimentary wine and Greek appetizers. The evening will include the chance to mingle with neighbors and taste wines from Chamisal Vineyards, A to Z Wineworks, Skouras Winery, and Tiamo Wines.
They will …

San Francisco Punk Film Festival: 1977-1980 Short Clips | SF Main Library
Wednesday, December 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| SF Main Public Library (Koret Auditorium)
San Francisco Punk Film Festival: 1977-1980 Short Clips | SF Main Library

The San Francisco History Center’s S.F. Punk Archive presents a four-part film series that takes you from the chaos of contemporaneous footage to recent documentaries striving to illuminate a hidden history. Ten short years after the ultimately disenchanting Summer of Love, San Francisco harbored a ...

Sound of Sanctuary: Meditation Series | SF
Wednesday, December 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free RSVP required. A suggested donation of $10-$15 can be made at the door.
| Fort Mason Chapel
Sound of Sanctuary: Meditation Series | SF

The sound has been used as a powerful tool for healing and introspection in myriad cultures and spiritual practices throughout human history. The Sound of Sanctuary is a sound meditation series held at For-Site Foundation’s Sanctuary exhibition in the Fort Mason Chapel. Led by Somatic …

Thursday, December 21

2017 “Sing Up the Sun” Solstice Sing-Along | Tilden Park
Thursday, December 21 – 6:50 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park
2017

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share; they usually do …

Free Co-working Day at Startup Basecamp | SF
Thursday, December 21 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Startup Basecamp
Free Co-working Day at Startup Basecamp | SF

Hate fighting for table space and outlets at Peet’s? Looking for a chill place to work remotely? Come to Startup Basecamp’s Community Co-working Thursday. Startup Basecamp is San Francisco’s first co-living, co-working hotel for Startup and Tech entrepreneurs from around the world. Everyone’s invited – ...

Free Holiday Fun: Rock Climbing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero
Thursday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
* All free activities are available at first-come-first-serve basis.
| Justin Herman Plaza
Free Holiday Fun: Rock Climbing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the launch of a series of free holiday sports at Embarcadero Plaza. The Plaza already features the Holiday Ice Rink, located at heart of the Embarcadero Plaza. Now the Department is adding free, fun, drop-in, sports ...

2017 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site
Thursday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
2017 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site

Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows, and a desire to have a good time at a free winter solstice-themed campfire program at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
Please note the event starts at 3 pm, with crafts and games in the …

Winter Solstice Campfire: Crafts & Games for the Family | Martinez
Thursday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
Winter Solstice Campfire: Crafts & Games for the Family | Martinez

Join the National Park Service for a free winter solstice-themed campfire program on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, California.
The program begins at 3 PM with crafts and games in the park and continues with a campfire from …

14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2017
Thursday, December 21 – 4:54 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2017

Many people view the winter solstice grimly as the shortest day of the year, but The Bay Lights, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, offers us a brighter outlook.
We can now relish winter solstice as the longest night of the year because The Bay Lights will …

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Brittle, gray manganese is a transition metal that lends its strength to steel …

Free Movie Night: The Polar Express | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, December 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night: The Polar Express | Orinda Theatre

> Please note: The Orinda Theatre will host a free movie night at 7 pm on the third Thursday of December instead of the usual 2nd Thursday.

Illuminated Jellyfish Flashmob at Union Square | SF
Thursday, December 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; $65 to participate
| Union Square
Illuminated Jellyfish Flashmob at Union Square | SF

Watch an enchanting parade of giant lit up jellyfish as they swim their way through Union Square.
Illuminated Jellyfish Flashmob
Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7-9p
Union Square | 333 Post St, San Francisco
FREE to Watch
Please note that if you want to participate in the workshop, it’s $65, …

Queer Sex & Gay Witch Solstice Pubquiz | SF
Queer Sex & Gay Witch Solstice Pubquiz | SF

Queer Sex Trivia (every third Thursday) falls on winter solstice this year. Obiously this means it’s time for Gay Witch Trivia. You’ve been preparing for this night your whole life.
Join the best trivia hosts in SF (voted by SF Bay Guardian & SF Weekly readers) for …

Penthouse’s Sexy Strippers & Firefighters Toy Drive Bash | Penthouse Club
Penthouse's Sexy Strippers & Firefighters Toy Drive Bash | Penthouse Club

Watch the sexy strippers as they act as the Secret Santas of The Penthouse Club and present a check for the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 Toy Drive from 8-10 pm on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Plus you’ll enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as part of the celebration.
Free, but an …

Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017
Thursday, December 21 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017

The annual Ursid meteor shower always peaks near the time of the December winter solstice.
The Ursid shower will have to contend with the light of a bright waxing gibbous moon across the weekend and in the days ahead. This shower favors the more northerly latitudes …