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Where to Ice Skate in the Bay | Winter 2018-19
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Where to Ice Skate in the Bay | Winter 2018-19
Every outdoor and holiday ice rink in SF and the Bay - including two new ones for 2018

Tuesday, December 11

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission 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 ...Monthly

Historic Ferry Building Tour | SF
Historic Ferry Building Tour | SF

Enjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco’s most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways, and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the ...Every Tuesday

Holiday Pop Up Art Shopping (Artwork & Art Products) | Hotel G
Tuesday, December 11 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hotel G SF
Holiday Pop Up Art Shopping (Artwork & Art Products) | Hotel G
Join Creativity Explored & Hotel G for a progressive Holiday Pop-up Shop featuring original artwork and art products to benefit Creativity Explored. Drop by to peruse the selection of unique and giftable art, apparel, stationary, and more that gives back to the community. Check out some ...
SF City Hall Lights Up for Christmas
Tuesday, December 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF City Hall Lights Up for Christmas

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and ...

$2 Pizza Slice Tuesday & Free Pool | Barrel Proof
Tuesday, December 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $2 | Barrel Proof
$2 Pizza Slice Tuesday & Free Pool | Barrel Proof

between the hours of 5-11pm, join Barrel Proof for $2 slices, free pool, and great beats. We’re told that every Tuesday you’ll have a choice of NY style thin crust pizza – three cheese or pepperoni, and occasionally additional flavors. Updated 9/25/18 – ...Every Tuesday

Wednesday, December 12

Volunteer: GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2018 | Tenderloin
Wednesday, December 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required to volunteer. Spots fill up quickly.
| Glide
Volunteer: GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2018 | Tenderloin
GLIDE will give away thousands of bags full of groceries to individuals and families Join hundreds of volunteers who have already committed to help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need. Want to help? To sign up for a shift, visit our meals calendar here. Please Note: Volunteers ...
“Escape the Holiday Madness” Scenic Aerobic Hike | Los Altos
Wednesday, December 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph Hill Preserve
"Escape the Holiday Madness" Scenic Aerobic Hike | Los Altos
Opt out of holiday crowds and last-minute mall madness and escape the holiday madness with a hike in beautiful St. Joseph’S Hill Preserve in Los Altos. Join docents Huey-Shin Yuan, Mary Brunkhorst, and Fran Keeler for a moderately-paced, exercise-focused hike on trails with beautiful scenery. “Scenic Aerobic” ...
“Bloodletting” American Red Cross Donation Drive & Free Dungeon Admission | SF
Wednesday, December 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to donors
| The San Francisco Dungeon
“Bloodletting” American Red Cross Donation Drive & Free Dungeon Admission | SF
This December, The San Francisco Dungeon and American Red Cross will team up for their annual “Bloodletting” donation drive. Participants can give blood onsite at The San Francisco Dungeon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from noon to 6 pm. Donors will receive free admission to the attraction. To ...
Be West Holiday Market: Craft Artisans & Live Demos | Alameda
Wednesday, December 12 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Hangar 1 Distillery
Be West Holiday Market: Craft Artisans & Live Demos | Alameda
Be West is the first of its kind: a collaboration between West Perro and Bestowe Gifting. In a time when big batch producers are gaining more or the market, they are bringing an excellent group of makers and small-batch artisans together in the East Bay ...
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley
Wednesday, December 12 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Just for Fun
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley
Stop by West Parklet/Just for Fun (3982 24th Street in Noe Valley) to say hello to some fluffy reindeer who will be on 24th Street from 3:30-7:30 pm on December 12, 2018. Santa Claus will be there too from 4:30-7:30 pm, so don’t miss out on the ...
8th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Wednesday, December 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
8th Annual "Wintersongs" Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Join Kitka and a special guest song leader from Bulgaria, Tzvetanka Varimezova, in a celebratory circle of song. Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Balkan seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community. Free, but ...
Bob Marley Reincarnated Novel | City Lights Books
Wednesday, December 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Bob Marley Reincarnated Novel | City Lights Books
Celebrating the release of The Marvellous Equations Of The Dread by Marcia Douglas, published by New Directions Books on December 12, 2018. About The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: “Is me—Bob. Bob Marley.” Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on ...
Win Tix: Classic Rock for the Modern Age: Tor Miller | Cafe du Nord
Wednesday, December 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Cafe Du Nord
A New York City native he attended New York University’s Clive Davis School of Music and spends his nights performing in legendary venues like The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and The Slipper Room among others. His distinct voice has landed him gigs as far ...
Win Tix: Cobb’s Comedy Showcase | Cobb’s Comedy Club
Wednesday, December 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Cobb's Comedy Club
Cobb’s Comedy Showcase offers the best of the thriving San Francisco scene. San Francisco is known for hatching some of the country’s top comedic talent. > Get Tickets – $13.50 Adv / $15.50 Day of Show Come see a hand-picked line-up of today’s rising stars before they become ...
Win Tix: Comedy All Stars: Joe Tobin, Nicole Calasich & Reggie Steele | The Punch Line
Wednesday, December 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Punch Line
Comedy Allstars features an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. > Get Tickets – $18.50 Adv /  $20.50 Day of Show Wednesday night features Joe Tobin, Joe ...
Win Tix: Guitar Hero: Kurt Vile and the Violators | Fox Theater
Wednesday, December 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Fox Theater
Ravenously creative songwriter Kurt Vile broke through to mainstream success after years of steadily working on his craft. His laidback and drifting guitar rock took notes from masters like Neil Young, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr., exploring inventive guitar tones on meditative and often self-reflective ...

Thursday, December 13

Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale: 80% Off Everything | Dec. 13-15
Thursday, December 13 – All Day | Cost: 80% Off | Chronicle Books HQ
Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale: 80% Off Everything | Dec. 13-15

Need some last minute gifts, but don’t want to pay outrageous last minute shipping costs? The Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale is here again with 80% off everything in the store for three days only. Choose from cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle + home, arts & crafts, ...

Light Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Giveaway | SF
Thursday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free bike safety lights for those who do not already have them.
| Secret Location (SF)
Light Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Giveaway | SF

Now that the clocks have fallen back, it’s going to get darker waaaay earlier. With help from our generous sponsor, Bay Area Bicycle Law, they’re excited to announce the return of the annual bike light distribution program: Light up the Night. With help from volunteers, ...

Ambiance Holiday Shopping Party: Treats & Raffles | Inner Sunset
Thursday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ambiance (Inner Sunset)
Ambiance Holiday Shopping Party: Treats & Raffles | Inner Sunset

Stop by Ambiance during their Annual Holiday Parties featuring delicious Holiday treats, prize raffles for goody bags and $25 Gift cards, free gift with purchase over $50, 10% off regular price and 25% additional off sale merchandise. In 2018, Haight-Ashbury & Noe Valley are hosting their ...

Ambiance Holiday Shopping Party: Treats & Raffles | Marina
Thursday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ambiance (Marina)
Ambiance Holiday Shopping Party: Treats & Raffles | Marina

Stop by Ambiance during their Annual Holiday Parties featuring delicious Holiday treats, prize raffles for goody bags and $25 Gift cards, free gift with purchase over $50, 10% off regular price and 25% additional off sale merchandise. In 2018, Haight-Ashbury & Noe Valley are hosting their ...

Crunchyroll x Benny Gold Collaboration Launch | SF
Thursday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Benny Gold SF Store
Crunchyroll x Benny Gold Collaboration Launch | SF
Crunchyroll, the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, is collaborating with Benny Gold, a San Francisco-based streetwear brand, to launch a limited edition line of essentials available locally, Thursday, December 13 and select items in the Crunchyroll Store starting Friday, December 14. To launch the ...
Free Silent Disco at Union Square’s “Winter Walk” Pop-up Plaza | SF
Free Silent Disco at Union Square's "Winter Walk" Pop-up Plaza  | SF

Union Square’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis, which is adjacent to Union Square Park, into 17,000 sq ft of open green space and a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2018 Winter Walk SF November 26 – December ...

“Oakland Cuts” Youth Film Debut | The New Parkway
Thursday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
"Oakland Cuts" Youth Film Debut | The New Parkway
Three teams of young filmmakers, representing three local community organizations, have each produced a short film about an inspiring individual, group, or movement creating positive change in Oakland. They’ll debut those films at Oakland Cuts, a project being supported by Red Bull Amaphiko that gives wings ...
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Thursday and fourth Thursday 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 ...Monthly

Exploratorium After Dark: Sugar | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Sugar | Pier 15
Craving some deliciously inspired science? Get a taste for these controversial but always sweet carbohydrates at Pairings and partake in a tempting array of sugar-inspired presentations and activities.
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings, shop locally, and enjoy the festivities! This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.
Museum of Ice Cream’s “Pinkmas” Free Thursday Nights | December 2018
Thursday, December 13 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for first 350 solo people each Thursday in December 2018 from 6:30-8pm
| Museum of Ice Cream (San Francisco)
Museum of Ice Cream's "Pinkmas" Free Thursday Nights | December 2018

From November 23 – January 6, the Museum of Ice Cream transforms into a winter wonderland for “Pinkmas.” As a special winter promotion, every Thursday in December from 6:30 – 8 pm, the first 350 solo guests will get a free ticket to cross into the ice cream ...Every Thursday

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by actors and film makers. Bring some cash for popcorn and enjoy the show. ...Monthly

Christmas Movie Trivia Night | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Christmas Movie Trivia Night | SoMa StrEat Food Park

Calling all Christmas spirits, resting grinch faces, jingle ladies, rude-olfs, and navi-dogs. Your presents is required at SoMa StrEat Food Park’s first annual Christmas Movie Trivia Night. Whether you’re elf-taught or not, it’s time to sleigh the trivia day and make it rein. Let’s get elfed ...Every Thursday

$25 Ticket Lottery for “Dear Evan Hansen” in SF | Dec 5-30
Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $25*
*Must enter ticket lottery to be eligible for $25 tickets
| Curran
$25 Ticket Lottery for "Dear Evan Hansen" in SF | Dec 5-30

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen is enjoying a sold-out run at San Francisco’s Curran theater during its first North American tour. But just like with when Hamilton came to town, the show’s producers don’t want to leave ...