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Thursday, December 15

Yerba Buena Museums Light Art Tour | 2016 Illuminate SF Festival
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | California Historical Society
Yerba Buena Museums Light Art Tour | 2016 Illuminate SF Festival
Please note, an RSVP was required in last year’s tour. We are not 100% sure if this needs one too.
2016 Mission Bernal Holiday Walk | SF
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission & Randall
2016 Mission Bernal Holiday Walk | SF
Mission Bernal Merchants on Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and Randall Streets will be opening their doors for the Mission Bernal Holiday Walk from 6-9 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The numerous locally owned restaurants, bars, galleries, coffee shops, and other businesses that line Mission ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Everything Matters: Chlorine | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Everything Matters: Chlorine | Pier 15
Be in your elements at Everything Matters: Chlorine. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between sulfur and the collective human experience.
Champions Lecture With World-Class Pro Athletes & Free Beer | SF
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Presidio)
Champions Lecture With World-Class Pro Athletes & Free Beer | SF
Listen in as champions discuss their latest adventures in racing, traveling, winter training, and the ups and downs of being world-class pro athletes. Complimentary Lagunitas beer and hors d’oeuvres provided. The first 25 people in attendance will get a signed copy of Scott Jurek’s “Eat & ...
The Buzzed Bee: Drunken Spelling Bee | SF
Thursday, December 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, $10 to compete.
| Monument
The Buzzed Bee: Drunken Spelling Bee | SF
Installment #10 will continue the tradition of drunken spelling bees with fabulous prizes worth tens of dollars for those who at least attempt to spell. The ever concupiscent Buzzed Bee Cheerleading Squab are sure to titillate your senses even if proper consonant placement doesn’t do it ...
HellaFunny Comedy Night | SF
Thursday, December 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Cobb's Comedy Club
HellaFunny Comedy Night | SF
Come to the HellaFunny Comedy Night live at Cobbs Comedy Club to see some of SF’s best up and coming comedians as well as some veterans. Headliner this week is Kaseem Bently (SF Weekly’s Best Comedian) Duat Mai (SF Sketchfest) Priya Prisad (Last Comic Standing) Natasha Muse (SF ...
The Star Wars Party: Dress Up Party & Free Light Saber | SF
Thursday, December 15 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Love + Propaganda
The Star Wars Party: Dress Up Party & Free Light Saber | SF
Join them for a Star Wars theme party on Thursday, December 15th at Love + Propaganda. Be ready to experience the dark side as well as the light as they take you on a journey across all generations of Star Wars themes and engage with some of ...

Friday, December 16

2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman’s Wharf
Friday, December 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club will join once again to present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations, will parade along the waterfront on December 16, ...
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland

East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, learn and have fun. The East Bay Burner Social takes place monthly in the run-up to the festival and ...

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, December 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, December 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom
Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley

Chillarious is the only comedy showcase where you can enjoy the Bay Area’s best comedic talent while lounging luxuriously on the Bay Area’s most comfortable organic mattresses and pillows. Admission is free and some free drinks will be provided, but you can also BYOB. Just ...

Saturday, December 17

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Free Parking Day | 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 ...

Win Tix: 46th Annual Craneway Winter Crafts Fair | Richmond
Saturday, December 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN | Craneway Pavilion
Clothing and home goods and jewelry, oh my! It’s the 46th Annual Craneway Winter Arts Fair and they’ll be showcasing over 200 exhibitors exhibiting everything from glasswork to woodwork to housework-ing stuff. > Get Tickets – $12.00 Held at the historic Craneway Pavilion, get your personally made media ...
“F*ck U” National Feminist Art Exhibition Opening | SF
Saturday, December 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
More than 40 self-identified feminist artists speak out against misogyny in the provocatively-titled exhibition, F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way. Organized in response to the 2016 Presidential campaign and election, the exhibition examines in raw detail how the artists react to patriarchy and shines a spotlight on ...
“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy
| It's Your Move Game Store

The boys of Critical Hit bring stand-up comedy to Oakland’s It’s Your Move game store for monthly shows happening every first Saturday and third of the month. Admission is $5, and you’ll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy from some of ...

Sunday, December 18

6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair | SF
Sunday, December 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair | SF
SFMade presents annual holiday fair in collaboration with CCA. The only holiday gift fair where you walk in and know that every item was made in San Francisco. SFMade presents its 6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair, held at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus. The ...
Holiday Gift Fair: Locally Made Items For Sale | SF
Sunday, December 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
Holiday Gift Fair: Locally Made Items For Sale | SF
SFMade presents its 6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair, held at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus. The shopping extravaganza features locally made gift items from over 60 different SFMade vendors. The Fair’s unique products include jewelry bags chocolate wine other gourmet gifts home items apparel body products children’s toys holiday cards and decorations and stationery ...
1876 Victorian Holiday Open House | Oakland
Sunday, December 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Camron-Stanford House
1876 Victorian Holiday Open House | Oakland
Start your holiday season off in style at the historic Camron-Stanford House on Lake Merritt. Explore the exquisitely restored period rooms of this 1876 Italianate Victorian house, all dolled up in their Victorian Christmas finery. See the dollhouses, toys and special Christmas exhibit in the galleries ...
Win Tix: Kabir Singh’s Holiday Comedy Bash | Cobb’s
Sunday, December 18 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Cobb's Comedy Club
This Holiday season, don’t limit yourself to boring carols and endless viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Get a sharp does of comedy into your system, with Kabir Singh! This hilarious young man is on the forefront of a new generation of standup comedy. > Get ...

Tuesday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve 2016: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Tuesday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)
Winter Solstice Eve 2016: 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 Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Gather at 3:30 pm; the ritual will start at 4 pm. There’ll be dancing, singing and drumming. Winter Solstice Eve 2016: Beach ...

Wednesday, December 21

Last Day: $5 Off Amoeba with SF Food Bank Donation | 2016
Wednesday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Must bring a can of food for $5 off coupon
| Amoeba Music (SF)
Last Day: $5 Off Amoeba with SF Food Bank Donation | 2016

Want to save $5 off Amoeba Music and help out the needy at the same time? Amoeba Hollywood is once again gathering food for families in need this holiday season. They’ve joined forces with the SF Marin Food Bank  to collect canned goods and nonperishable items ...

2016 Winter Solstice “Winter Wonderland” Hike | Muir Woods
Wednesday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Arrive early; parking is very limited.
| Muir Woods National Monument
2016 Winter Solstice
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 all day. Please note that this event was previously listed as free, but an admission charge is required in 2016. Winter ...
14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2016
Wednesday, December 21 – 4:54 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2016
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 ...
SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Dogpatch/Mission Bay
Wednesday, December 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free shuttle. Bring money for beer and food.
| All Over San Francisco
SF's Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Dogpatch/Mission Bay

The San Francisco Brewers Guild , an organization made up of 26 breweries in the area, has created the city’s first free, hop-on-hop-off “Drink SF Beer Shuttle,” showcasing neighborhood breweries as a permanent companion to its monthly Meet the Brewers nights. The fun kicks off with ...

Thursday, December 22

Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Campbell
Thursday, December 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Campbell)
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Campbell

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Campbell Road Runner store. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your Adventure starts ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Are the primary colors really red, yellow, and blue? How can you get yellow from mixing red and green together? Bring your most colorful questions to this vivid presentation.
Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Make your own mechanical sculptures—known as automata—by tinkering with cardboard, craft foam, and other familiar materials.  You’ll use simple mechanisms to make objects move up and down, turn around, or jump back and forth. Design a scene that you imagine, then build a simple machine to ...

Friday, December 23

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland | San Jose
Friday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont's Winter Wonderland | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. In 2016, an array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland. The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland will be on display from November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Saturday, December 24

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

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Saturday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...