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Friday, December 19

The Fantasy Island of Misfit Toys: Aerial Violin, Awesome Orchestra & Tango | San Jose
The Fantasy Island of Misfit Toys: Aerial Violin, Awesome Orchestra & Tango | San Jose

Awesome Orchestra is making another trip to San Jose for their December Session 27: The Fantasy Island of Misfit Toys at The Commons Music Showcase happening at Method 42 Productions.
Bring $5 or a small, unwrapped toy for charity.
The Commons have gathered likes of famed SF group …

Win Tix: Foxtails Brigade: Quirky Junkyard Beats & Classical Guitar | The Chapel
Friday, December 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $15
| The Chapel
Foxtails Brigade: Quirky Junkyard Beats & Classical Guitar | The Chapel

The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. The band’s live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar …

Saturday, December 20

“You Are Hear” Airport Winter Music Festival | SFO

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

Holiday Sing-Along | Mountain View
Saturday, December 20 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Holiday Sing-Along | Mountain View

Linda Gibson, a multi-instrumentalist, will lead you in fun holiday songs for all ages and all voices.
Linda has used the accordion, guitar, and other instruments throughout her life to bring music to varied populations. She taught music at the Braille Institute for over twenty years, …

2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street
Saturday, December 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Mary Episcopal Church
2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street

Holiday caroling returns to Union Street when the public is invited to meet in the courtyard of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church (2325 Union Street at Steiner Street) at 1 pm to join in the Caroling Stroll.
Afterwards, they’ll return to the church for refreshments.

The Beatles Choir: Volunteer Singalong | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended.
| Laguna Honda Hospital
The Beatles Choir: Volunteer Singalong | SF

Please note, the date has been changed to December 20th, just for this month, and the singalong will take place from 1-4 pm.

2014 “Holiday Lights & Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Brass Concert | Civic Center
Saturday, December 20 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Davies Symphony Hall
2014

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 5-21, 2014. Each performance will feature the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Quintet and will highlight cultural assets in the neighborhood. All events will ...

2014 Christmas Carol Music Festival | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
2014 Christmas Carol Music Festival | SF

Don’t miss this annual free family concert and  traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols including a festive holiday reception afterwards.
This event is modeled after the Festival of Lessons & Carols first performed in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge (England) where it has been performed every year …

Win Tix: Moonalice’s Super Psychedelic Hippie Holiday Show | Slims
Moonalice’s Super Psychedelic Hippie Holiday Show | Slims

The Grateful Dead-inspired music of Moonalice is a throwback to the 1960s, but the band’s technology is cutting-edge – streaming every concert live to the Internet. And they have friends in high places; they opened for U2 in 2011.
Experience the vibe with the tribe. There’s a …

Win Tix: Lia Rose: Captivating Singer-Songwriter | The Chapel
Saturday, December 20 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $15
| The Chapel
Lia Rose: Captivating Singer-Songwriter | The Chapel

San Francisco’s Lia Rose writes songs that are poetic, intensely honest, and at times unmistakably autobiographical. She has been called “one of the brightest lights of the local music scene” [ShutupSongwriters]. Her voice seems to reach right inside of people and has been praised as …

Sunday, December 21

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016
Sunday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016

Come celebrate the final day of programs in BAM/PFA’s current building at 2626 Bancroft Way during ”Let’s Go – A Farewell Revel” featuring dance battles, live music, performance art, sound art, a performance on 100 metronomes, and art-making for kids of all ages.
The event will culminate …

“You Are Hear” Airport Winter Music Festival | SFO

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

2014 Winter Solstice Muir Woods Celebration | Marin
2014 Winter Solstice Muir Woods Celebration | Marin

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with the tallest trees on earth. Come rain or shine, dress warmly, and celebrate the winter solstice at Muir Woods from noon to 5 pm.
Muir Woods hosts a winter solstice program that celebrates the shortest day of the year, …

2014 “Holiday Lights & Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Brass Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 21 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
2014

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 5-21, 2014. Each performance will feature the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Quintet and will highlight cultural assets in the neighborhood. All events will ...

Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square
Sunday, December 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square

“Bill Graham Menorah Day” in Union Square is a full day festival that features arts, crafts and activities for kids, plus Jewish music, all capped off with the lighting of a giant 25-foot tall mahogany menorah in the middle of the square.
Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival
Sunday, December …

Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill
Sunday, December 21 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Thee Parkside
Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill

Original Famous Twang Sundays is a free, all-ages concert series at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill. Come by every Sunday; there’s always a fresh traditional or contemporary live act and a surprise special to purchase from the kitchen.

4th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Sunday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
4th Annual

Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung — by many voices in community at the Annual Wintersongs Community Sing.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Kitka singers will lead the group in some …

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 21 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...

Monday, December 22

“You Are Hear” Airport Winter Music Festival | SFO

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

Outlaw “Hillbilly Holiday” Bluegrass Night | Amnesia
Monday, December 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amnesia
Outlaw

Celebrate Christmas and Bluegrass Monday with the bad boys of outlaw hillbilly, The Earl Brothers.
Come join in on the bluegrass jam from 6-8 pm.
The Earl Brothers take the stage at 9 pm and play till around midnight.

Tuesday, December 23

SFO Winter Music Festival at the Airport | “You Are Hear”
SFO Winter Music Festival at the Airport |

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

Margaret Cho 10-Hour Comedy & Music Marathon | Eagle Tavern
Margaret Cho 10-Hour Comedy & Music Marathon | Eagle Tavern

Margaret Cho presents the #BeRobin marathon benefit event, in honor of the generous spirit of local comedian Robin Williams, to aid the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco from 4 pm to 2 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Bring food, clothing (especially socks), raincoats, or anything else …

Friday, December 26

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, December 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Friday, December 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye out on ...