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Wednesday, December 21

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 ...

Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center
Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center

During the holidays, park for free at Embarcadero Center, when you shop or dine at any Embarcadero Center shop or restaurant, or skate at the Holiday Ice Rink, and receive free parking. Embarcadero Center is offering free parking for up to four hours during the ...

2016 Hanukkah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: First Candle Lighting | Union Square
Saturday, December 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2016 Hanukkah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: First Candle Lighting | Union Square

Celebrate Hanukkah 2016 with the 42nd annual lighting of the 25 foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 24 throught January 1, 2016, at approximately 5 pm on most days (Friday is at 3 pm and Saturday is at ...

Sunday, December 25

Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on Christmas 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 ...

Monday, December 26

Final Day: Free VIP Lounge & Snacks for Chase United Card Holders | Westfield SF
Monday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free only if you have a Chase United credit card.
| Westfield San Francisco Centre
Final Day: Free VIP Lounge & Snacks for Chase United Card Holders | Westfield SF

Got a Chase United credit card? Then you’re in for a treat. The Chase United VIP Lounge has opened up for a limited time at Westfield San Francisco Centre from November 25 – December 26, 2016, from 11 am until mall closing. For entry, you must present ...

Thursday, December 29

Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF
Thursday, December 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF

Under Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic Dome, the Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar promises to be a magical holiday marketplace and entertainment destination. The Bazaar will feature unique, local artisan gifts and crafts, as well as live entertainment and special holiday food and beverages, all in ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Hypnotically Flowing Patterns | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Hypnotically Flowing Patterns | Pier 15
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.

Friday, December 30

“Cloud Construction” Sidewalk Art Exhibit: Final Day | Hayes Valley
Friday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SFAC Galleries

This fall and winter a large, lolling sculpture by Bay Area artist Stephanie Robison’s sprawling fabric sculpture will take residence at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site at 155 Grove Street. Oakland-based artist Stephanie Robison’s Cloud Construction is a massive white textile sculpture that spans ...

$5 Classic Movie Night: “The Wizard of Oz” | Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Paramount Theatre
$5 Classic Movie Night:
Brilliantly adapted from L. Frank Baum’s venerated children’s book and winning Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture, this beloved musical fantasy is the most watched movie in history. More than 70 years since Judy Garland as Dorothy set out ...

Saturday, December 31

$1.31 Ice Cream Scoop Day | Baskin Robbins
$1.31 Ice Cream Scoop Day | Baskin Robbins

Make every 31st the sweetest day of the month as Baskin Robbins celebrate their favorite number with scoops for $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31. Stop by Baskin-Robbins on the 31st of January, March, May, July, August, October, and December as well for $1.31 scoops and $3.31 ...

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Final 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 ...

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing & Bonfire | San Francisco Zen Center
Saturday, December 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
| San Francisco Zen Center
New Year's Eve Bell Ringing & Bonfire | San Francisco Zen Center
Celebrate the end of the year with a serene New Year’s Eve evening at the San Francisco Zen Center on December 31, 2016. This event begins at 8:30 pm with a work meeting followed by temple cleaning. Noodle soup is served at 10 pm (most likely ...
NYE Comedy Mega Show at Grand Lake Theater | Oakland
Saturday, December 31 – 10:30 pm | Cost: $35 | Grand Lake Theater
NYE Comedy Mega Show at Grand Lake Theater | Oakland
A special one-night-only evening of comedy at the beautiful and historic Grand Lake Theater. Bring in the new year with laughs, popcorn, and a midnight countdown. This show sold out quickly last year, so get your tickets early Tickets: Adv $35 Comedy Lineup Joe Mande (Modern Family) Melissa Villaseñor (SNL) Natasha Leggero (Another Period) Moshe ...
Free Hugs at Midnight for New Year’s Eve | Golden Gate Bridge
Saturday, December 31 – 11:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Bridge
Free Hugs at Midnight for New Year's Eve | Golden Gate Bridge
Looking for a bit of human contact to start the new year? HugTrain is an annual mission that travels by train throughout the U.S. around the holidays to organize free hug events to raise spirits and awareness for mental health issues. On New Year’s Eve on ...
San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show | 2016
Saturday, December 31 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks Show | 2016
Say goodbye to 2016 and ring in the New Year with 200,000 fellow bundled-up San Franciscans for a waterfront fireworks tradition as the city once again hosts a free waterfront midnight fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks | 2016 Saturday, December ...

Sunday, January 1

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, January 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Normally $12, the museum offers free admission every first Sunday the month. Please ...

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Macy’s Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square
Sunday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Macy's Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square
It’s your last chance to see Macy’s decorated Holiday Windows and perhaps start the new year with a new furry friend from 11 am to 7 pm on January 1, 2016.
Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Sunday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2016 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Closing Night: 2016 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | SF
Sunday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Closing Night: 2016

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2016 through New Year’s Day 2017 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, ...

Tuesday, January 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Free Admission Day: ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...