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Wednesday, November 22

Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market Day | Ferry Building
Wednesday, November 22 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market Day | Ferry Building

Take care of your last minute shopping right before the big day. In addition to the regular Saturday and Tuesday Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets, there will be a special market on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
2017 Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 10 am to 2 pm
Ferry …

12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Unveiling: Free Coffee & Cookies | Westin St. Francis
Wednesday, November 22 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Unveiling: Free Coffee & Cookies | Westin St. Francis

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 …

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

Volunteering for Thanksgiving in SF | A How-To Guide
Thursday, November 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
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
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.

Opening Night: 2017 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | All Over SF
Thursday, November 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Opening Night: 2017

Friday, November 24

2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE
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 …

Buy Nothing Day | 2017
Friday, November 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
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,” …

2017 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael
Friday, November 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
2017 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael
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 …

2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville
Friday, November 24 – 5:15 pm | Cost: FREE
2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville

Come to enjoy street-corner musicians, strolling along the tree-lined sidewalks, stopping in for dinner or a cocktail at a local eatery, browsing shops and enjoying holiday merriment and goodies such as hot cocoa, cider, and tea provided by Danville’s merchants, to celebrate the lighting of …

2017 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting w/ Us the Duo and Carmen Cusack | Union Square
Friday, November 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square
2017 Macy's Great Tree Lighting w/ Us the Duo and Carmen Cusack | Union Square

Macy’s Great Tree in Union Square, San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall, decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments, will be officially lit on Friday, November 24, 2017.
28th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Union …

2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza De Cesar Chavez
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose

After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park and the lighting of the 60-foot Community Giving Tree.
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San …

2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles

The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade, which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season, will take place from 6-8 pm on November 24, 2017.
2017 Niles Festival of Lights and Parade
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6-8 pm
– Tree lighting at 6 …

“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & Free Hotdogs | Oakland

“This monthly recurring event is scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving and we’re trying to confirm if it is indeed occurring. So please be warned this event may not be taking place and we recommend you contact the venue before heading out to attend.”

Saturday, November 25

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square

Please note that the tickets for 11/25 are already sold out.

Free Snow Sledding Day | San Rafael
Saturday, November 25 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE
Free Snow Sledding Day | San Rafael
The Fairmont’s 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
Saturday, November 25 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | The Lobby of The Fairmont San Francisco, Atop Nob Hill
The Fairmont's 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF

For more than a century, The Fairmont San Francisco has enchanted guests with its joyful holiday festivities and exuberant ambiance. Once again, The Fairmont elves are working overtime this season to create the iconic hotel’s unparalleled interior and exterior holiday décor.
The Fairmont San Francisco’s famous …