San Francisco Holiday Lights Boat Parade
Holidays
San Francisco Holiday Lights Boat Parade
A holiday tradition since 1994, a Friday night lighted boat parade on SF's northern waterfront
SF's 25-Foot Tall Menorah
Holidays
SF's 25-Foot Tall Menorah
Union Square lights up for chanukah with the huge Bill Graham menorah
Napa's Amazing Lighted Art Festival
Artsy Fartsy
Napa's Amazing Lighted Art Festival
An illuminated art walk through December 17th with unique original lighted artwork

Monday, December 11

12 Days of Kittens: Adopt & Snuggle a Warm Kitten | SF
Monday, December 11 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
12 Days of Kittens: Adopt & Snuggle a Warm Kitten | SF

Come and join the 12 Days of Kittens brought to you by Supervisor Katy Tang and her wonderful staff. Meet adoptable kittens from SFACC, enter the raffle, get valuable coupons for Pet Food Express – and best of all – snuggle a warm kitten. Meet ...

2017 Indoor Holiday Art Market: SF’s Best Indie Street Vendors | SF
Monday, December 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Veterans Building
2017 Indoor Holiday Art Market: SF's Best Indie Street Vendors | SF

Get something for everyone on your list while you support local artists at the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Indoor Holiday Art Market. The market will take place on Monday, December 4, 2017 and Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ...

Free BYOS Ice Skating Night: Bring Your Own Skates | San Jose
Monday, December 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free ice skating only if you bring your own skates.
| Downtown Ice (San Jose)
Free BYOS Ice Skating Night: Bring Your Own Skates | San Jose

Save yourself $17 and skate for free in San Jose as Downtown Ice hosts Bring Your Own Skate nights featuring free skating on certain evenings to those people who bring their own skates. 2017-2017 Bring Your Own Skate (BYOS) Nights Downtown Ice, 120 S. Market St, San Jose Show ...

J((( )))Y Sessions: Immersive Dance Performance | SF
Monday, December 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
J((( )))Y Sessions: Immersive Dance Performance | SF

Join Leralee Whittle in the Project Space at CounterPulse for a participatory, immersive installation environment demonstrating Whittle’s embodiment, performance and video research findings from her residency. In J ((( ))) Y Sessions dance occurs from the body re-organizing itself through activating circuitry and “undoing” into …

Three People Walk into a Bookstore | SF
Monday, December 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
Three People Walk into a Bookstore | SF

Ready for a literature-filled evening? Authors Deb Busman, Jordy Jones, and Natasha Dennerstein read from their recent works.

Free SFJAZZ Center Big Band Concert Night | Hayes Valley
Free SFJAZZ Center Big Band Concert Night | Hayes Valley

Led by Bay Area band leader Adam Theis, the Monday Night Band will impress with traditional big band repertoire, funk, original band member arrangements and compositions, and plenty of energy at a free concert at the SF Jazz Center’s Miner Auditorium
SF JAZZ Free Concert Night
Monday, …

No Sports Trivia: Cat Herding Pubquiz | SF
Monday, December 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Pubquiz is free to play. Funcheap readers get a free prizebag pull
| Shotwell's Bar
No Sports Trivia: Cat Herding Pubquiz | SF

December 15th is National Cat Herding Day (for real), so No Sports Trivia will get you warmed up on Dec 11 with five rounds of brain-melting trivia about cat herding, cats, herding, herd immunity, cathulu, herd mentality, kathmandu, shepherds, caterwauling, and more.
Come for the cat puns …

Tuesday, December 12

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF
Tuesday, December 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Holiday House by Brit + Co
Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF

Get merry with Brit + Co at the Holiday House, a one-stop holiday destination, in San Francisco. Come hang with them at 2124 Union Street at their open house — free entry, no tickets required. — for Instagrammable holiday-themed art installations, festive DIY projects, maker-customized ...

2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 1st Night | Union Square
Tuesday, December 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 1st 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 ...

Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017
Tuesday, December 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017

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 ...

Arno Cooperative Capsule Collection Launch Party | SF
Tuesday, December 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Acrimony
Arno Cooperative Capsule Collection Launch Party | SF

Arno Cooperative, the maker of ethically crafted women’s leather shoes and jackets, is hosting a celebratory launch party to kick-off their first-ever collection, just in time for the holidays. This introductory collection has been carefully curated to include only the most essential fall and winter …

Win Tix: “Lost Landscapes” Historic SF Film Night | Castro Theatre
Tuesday, December 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Castro Theatre

The 12th year of Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, the annual archival film program hosted by the Long Now Foundation that celebrates San Francisco’s past and looks towards its future with a night of rare film and home movie clips of San Francisco …

Women’s Audio Mission: Local Sirens Showcase | SF
Tuesday, December 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rickshaw Stop
Women's Audio Mission: Local Sirens Showcase | SF

Local Sirens is a free, quarterly performance series featuring incredible local women musicians and performers. This time, Local Sirens will feature Bay Area favorites:

Chhoti Maa –  was born out of a tradition of migrants in Guanajuato and forced by the Mexican post-NAFTA exodus into movement. …

Wednesday, December 13

Volunteer: GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2017 | Tenderloin
Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required to volunteer. Spots fill up quickly.
| Glide
Volunteer: GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2017 | Tenderloin

GLIDE will give away thousands of bags full of groceries to individuals and families
Join hundreds of volunteers who have already committed to help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need.
Want to help? To sign up for a shift, visit our meals calendar here.
Please Note: …

“Escape the Holiday Madness” Scenic Aerobic Hike | Los Altos
Wednesday, December 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Rancho San Antonio Preserve

Opt out of holiday crowds and last-minute mall madness and escape the holiday madness with a hike in beautiful Rancho San Antonio Preserve in Los Altos.
Join docents Huey-Shin Yuan, Louise Casey, and Mary Brunkhorst for a moderately-paced, exercise-focused hike on trails with beautiful scenery. “Scenic …

Etsy’s Holiday Maverick Craft Fair | Crocker Galleria
Etsy's Holiday Maverick Craft Fair | Crocker Galleria

The SF Etsy Team, Animal Instincts, and Store Envy are teaming up to bring you a fun, one-of-a-kind shopping experience in the heart of the Financial District of San Francisco.
Live or working downtown? You’re getting your very own shopping day from local Etsy sellers and …

Win Tix: Alcatraz Boat Cruise: Tour The Rock | SF
Wednesday, December 13 – 1:35 pm | Cost: WIN | Pier 33

For the first time in its history, Alcatraz Cruises is launching a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket promotion to encourage local residents to experience the assets that make Alcatraz Island one of the country’s most popular attractions.
> Get Tickets – Get BOGO Day Tour …

2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 2nd Night | Union Square
Wednesday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 2nd 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 ...

Annual Holiday Open House | Saint Helena
Wednesday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Annual Holiday Open House | Saint Helena

Bring the family for some holiday cheer. It’s time for the Annual Holiday Open House at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. On Wednesday, December 13 from 5 – 7 p.m., join them for cookie decorating, holiday caroling, festive foods and seasonal drinks, holiday …

Menorah Lighting Celebration & Hanukkah Party | Castro
Wednesday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Menorah Lighting Celebration & Hanukkah Party | Castro

 Seasonal celebrating continues with the Annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on Wednesday evening December 13, 2017, 6:00pm at Jane Warner Plaza (Castro at Market) – all are welcome.
Cosponsored by the local gay-welcoming Congregation, Sha’ar Zahav and Castro Merchants. We’ll light a big Menorah in the Plaza …

Shaping SF Lecture: San Francisco’s Freeway Revolt | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: San Francisco's Freeway Revolt | Mission Dist.

Today’s San Francisco and the village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965.
Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the …

Win Tix: Comedy Night: Brian Scolaro (TBS / NBC) | The Punch Line
Wednesday, December 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Punch Line

Brain Scolaro is a busy, busy funnyman. He spends his time split between being a comedian, actor, and voice actor. He is most known for his half-hour special on Comedy Central and his roles on FOX’s Stacked, TBS’s Sullivan & Son and NBC’s Three Sisters.
> Get …

Win Tix: The Barr Brothers: Americana, Blues & Rock | Great American Music Hall
Wednesday, December 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall

The Barr Brothers are siblings Brad and Andrew Barr and Montreal-based experimental harpist Sarah Pagé. NPR characterized The Barr Brothers as “a very smart, modestly eclectic rock band with touches of Americana, blues and rock,” when the trio performed on that network’s World Café show.
> Get …

2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky
Wednesday, December 13 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky

Stargazers can look directly up (away from city lights) to see a spectacular meteor light show originating from the Comet 3200 Phaethon in the constellation Gemini (looking south, almost overhead).  The peak nights of the 2017 Geminid meteor shower are expected mid-evening December 13 until ...

Thursday, December 14

Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale: Thursday | 80% Off
Thursday, December 14 – All Day | Cost: 80% Off | Chronicle Books HQ
Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale: Thursday | 80% Off

Need some last minute gifts but don’t want to pay outrageous last minute shipping costs?  Stock up on holiday gifts and save 80% off hundreds of selected titles at the Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale on December 14-16, 2017. Choose from cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle and ...

Free Co-working Day at Startup Basecamp | SF
Thursday, December 14 – 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 14 – 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 ...

Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF
Thursday, December 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Holiday House by Brit + Co
Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF

Get merry with Brit + Co at the Holiday House, a one-stop holiday destination, in San Francisco. Come hang with them at 2124 Union Street at their open house — free entry, no tickets required. — for Instagrammable holiday-themed art installations, festive DIY projects, maker-customized ...

March for Mission Street | SF
Thursday, December 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission and 20th St.
March for Mission Street | SF

Mission Street is becoming a playground for the wealthy and is in danger of becoming another Valencia St. Join them in solidarity and march to City Hall and say no to high-end restaurants, no to luxury development, and no to the red lanes. Protect the …