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Sunday, December 17

77th Annual Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland
77th Annual Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland

Help start off Christmas Bird Count Day with a pair of binoculars or some sharp eyes on December 17, 2017.
Every December, hundreds of Bay Area birders take part in Golden Gate Audubon’s Christmas Bird Counts. From before dawn until dusk, they trek through parks, neighborhoods, and wetlands, venture out in boats …

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

Please note that the tickets for 12/17 are already sold out.

Birding on the (Wetlands) Edge | American Canyon
Sunday, December 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Wetlands Edge Park
Birding on the (Wetlands) Edge | American Canyon

Submitted by the Event Organizer
Grab your binoculars and join guide Suzanne Weakly for an easy, 3-mile stroll along the Napa River Bay Trail in Wetlands Edge Park. The Napa River Bay Trail provides great views of the wetlands and adjacent ponds. We hope to see …

Last Day of Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF
Sunday, December 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Holiday House by Brit + Co
Last Day of 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; there’s free entry, no tickets are required. Expect Instagrammable holiday-themed art installations, festive DIY projects, maker-customized gifts, and ...

Free Yogaout in Dolores Park with Supergirls | SF
Free Yogaout in Dolores Park with Supergirls | SF

Looking for a way to start your Sunday morning right? Supergirls have got your back. Join them every Sunday at Dolores Park for a free Yogaout.
It’s not just a workout, but a way to share the magic of Sunday mornings and connect with others and …

2017 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 70+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
2017 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 70+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF

The only holiday gift fair where you walk in and know that every item was made in San Francisco. SFMade presents its sixth annual Holiday Gift Fair at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The shopping extravaganza is free and open to the public ...

The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Crucible
The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Sunday | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 16-17, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

Chanukah Wonderland: 24 Holidays on 24th Street | Noe Valley
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for shopping, food and drinks
| Noe Valley Town Square
Chanukah Wonderland: 24 Holidays on 24th Street | Noe Valley

Festivities on Sunday, December 17, 2017:

11:00 am: Kids Holiday Craft Workshop – Kids create felt gingerbread figures at Mapamundi Kids, 1306 Castro St. Free and all materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 3-7. Please RSVP via phone 415-641-6192 or email info@mapamundikids.com
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Holiday Music with the Russo Music …

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 handicrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shopping atmosphere complete the experience. Telegraph Avenue ...

2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

In this season of giving, their speaker this month is Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving®.
Pamela will be talking to you about how to turn an event into your story and the calling of your life. Pamela was touched by impoverished children she saw …

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Hanukkah Carnival | San Leandro
Sunday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Temple Beth Sholom
Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Hanukkah Carnival | San Leandro

Torah schoolers and potential schoolers come together for our annual Hanukkah Carnival. There will be games, prizes and guaranteed fun.

Bay Street Holiday Pop-Up Market | Emeryville
Sunday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Bay Street Holiday Pop-Up Market | Emeryville

Submitted by the Event Organizer
Bay Street is set to host a festive Holiday Pop-Up Market, the perfect place for shopping in the heart of Emeryville. Free to attend, the market will feature handmade ceramics, jewelry, décor, textiles and more from local makers, crafters and artisans. …

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 17 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, December 17 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square

Celebrate the winter season and do your last-minute holiday shopping at Jack London Square Farmers Market. Stroll, shop, and indulge with local love, while getting meaningful gifts and fabulous food. Enjoy holiday specials, seasonal cooking demos, family activities, and more:
Market Tote Kids’ Crafts, 11:00 am-2:00 …

3rd Annual Dimond Lights Artisan Market | SF
Sunday, December 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dimond District (Oakland)
3rd Annual Dimond Lights Artisan Market | SF

Find beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade items for your holiday gift giving this holiday season. Local craftspersons and artisans will be showcasing their work with artistry and pride. 3rd Annual Dimond Lights Artisan Market December 9-10, 2017 & December 16-17, 2017 | 12 pm to 6 pm Dimond ...

2017 Santa 5K Run & Festival | San Jose
Sunday, December 17 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the race and enjoy the race festival.
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2017 Santa 5K Run & Festival | San Jose

The TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley” 5K Run/Walk, is a new tradition in San Jose benefiting favorite holiday traditions – Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Festivities kick off at 1 pm on race day with the race starting at …

SF Etsy’s Winter Pop Up Shop: Final Day | 2017
Sunday, December 17 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Makers WorkSpace
SF Etsy's Winter Pop Up Shop: Final Day | 2017

Get ready for three whole weekends of crafty shopping awesomeness.  Come get all your holiday shopping done at this winter pop-up shop featuring goods from the SF Etsy Team and tenants of Makers Workspace. They’ll have jewelry, home goods, art prints, teeshirts, candles, bath and ...

Bill Graham Menorah Day 2017: SF’s Chanukah Festival | Union Square
Sunday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Bill Graham Menorah Day 2017: SF's Chanukah Festival | 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 ...

Try Improv For Free: Intro Class | Oakland
Sunday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| All Out Comedy Theater
Try Improv For Free: Intro Class | Oakland

Submitted by the Event Organizer
Are you interested in improv but want a chance to dip your toe in the water before jumping all the way in? Take a class on us. This is a great opportunity to preview an All Out Comedy class session. The …