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Sunday, December 16

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Our speaker this month will be Noel Navarro, who will talk about The Role of a Humanist Chaplain. Noel was a Humanist Chaplain at the UC Davis Medical Center for two years. His time there was spent providing emotional support for patients, family, and staff. There will be a short ...Monthly

Head West Marketplace: Local Artisans & Live Music | Emeryville
Sunday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Head West Marketplace: Local Artisans & Live Music | Emeryville

Bay Street is set to host Head West Marketplace, a monthly market from West Perro, showcasing more than 30 local artisans. From one-of-a-kind clothing to home décor, everyone is invited to support small businesses on this special day. The Head West Marketplace will also feature ...Monthly

Free Christmas Program & Potluck | Fremont
Sunday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Calvary Bible Chapel
Free Christmas Program & Potluck | Fremont
Christmas is just around the corner. Grab your friends, family & join and celebrate Christmas at Calvary Bible Chapel. They will have a special performance by the Calvary’s Cadets children, followed by a Christmas sing-a-long, short message and a free Christmas lunch. All ages are ...
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, December 16 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...Monthly

Win Tix: Holiday Acoustic Matinee: The Mother Hips | Slim’s
Sunday, December 16 – 4:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Slim's
Twenty-five years into a celebrated career is an unlikely time to switch things up, but the Mother Hips have never been ones to follow convention. A forefront of a new breed of California rock and roll , their breezy harmonies established them as “one of the Bay Area’s ...
Win Tix: Alternative Folk Rocker: John Grant | Great American Music Hall
Sunday, December 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall
Michigan-born, John Grant released his debut solo album Queen Of Denmark in 2010, laced sumptuous soft-rock ballads with an array of spacey, wistful synthesizer sounds, increasingly adding taut, fizzing sequencers, nu-synth-disco settings and icy soundscapes to the mix on 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts and 2015’s ...
Win Tix: Whimsical Punk Rock: Reggie and the Full Effect | Bottom of the Hill
Sunday, December 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Bottom of the Hill
Reggie and the Full Effect is the solo project of James Dewees, otherwise known as the keyboardist for the influential pop-punk band The Get Up Kids. He combines infectious melodies, sappy love songs, good-natured yet offbeat slyness, and comic sensibility like virtually no other “band” ...
“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 16 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | 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 ...Every Sunday

Monday, December 17

A Christmas Music of Brass & Pipe Organ Concert | Grace Cathedral
A Christmas Music of Brass & Pipe Organ Concert | Grace Cathedral
Experience the perfect marriage of the Bay Areas finest brass musicians, a beloved pipe organ, and unparalleled acoustics at this festive Christmas concert. A musical highlight of the year.
Free Benefit Concert for a Cause | SF
Monday, December 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated but not required!
| San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Free Benefit Concert for a Cause | SF
A benefit concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music which supports The Arc of San Francisco, an organization that provides job connections and assisted living for people with learning disabilities and mental diseases. Program: David Conte – Sinfonietta for 11 Instruments Igor Stravinsky – Octet Aaron Copland – ...
“Classical Revolution” Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.
Monday, December 17 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-20 donation is welcome to support the musicians.
| The Revolution Cafe
"Classical Revolution" Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.

12/17 Lineup: “Beethoven Birthday Bash” Featuring performances by: Lip Service Brass Trio Nigel Armstrong James Jaffe Christina Simpson Adam Scow Britton Day Monthly

Tuesday, December 18

Win Tix: Electropop House & Yacht Rock: Roosevelt | August Hall
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | August Hall
Marius Lauber, working under the moniker Roosevelt, a German singer, songwriter, and producer whose listless disco could be from Manchester, LA, Ontario, even outer space. In 2012, he introduced his techno-meets-indie pop project Roosevelt with the single “Sea,” a pulsating, hypnotizing slither of sun-kissed disco ...

Wednesday, December 19

Win Tix: A New Voice in Indie Music: Lola Kirke | Cafe du Nord
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Cafe Du Nord
At sixteen, she discovered Gram Parsons and the “Cosmic American” genre he defined. Despite being a New Yorker by the way of London, Kirke felt a strong connection to his country rock sound. Emerging as a new voice in indie music but a familiar face ...
Win Tix: Twinkling Experimental Pop: Cults | The Chapel
Wednesday, December 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Chapel
Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin originally formed Cults as an outlet for their music experiment and a fortnight after posting their electro-pop breakout tune, “Go Outside”. which mixed dream pop haze with girl group harmonies that earned the band acclaim from publications including Pitchfork and ...

Thursday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve 2018: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Thursday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)
Winter Solstice Eve 2018: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Join at sunset on the eve of the year’s longest night, as they renew the commitments to one another and to the Earth. In these hard times, find yourself here in community and can weave magic for all the worlds. Winter Solstice Eve 2018: Beach Celebration ...

Friday, December 21

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House
"3rd On Third" Arts & Music | Bayview

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street & Oakdale Ave). The monthly event features pop-up galleries, ...Monthly

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley
Friday, December 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations welcome
| La Peña Cultural Center
Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley

Enjoy a lively evening of music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance. Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the ...Monthly

Win Tix: Funk Rock & Jazz Fusion: More Fatter | Rickshaw Stop
Friday, December 21 – 8:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Rickshaw Stop
More Fatter is a funk fusion band from the San Francisco Bay Area. With a mission to celebrate the wildly colorful and chaotic range of life, while inspiring and healing the hearts of listeners. > Get Tickets – $13 Adv / $16 Door The band explore the ...
Win Tix: Fishbone: Crazy Glue X-Mas | Great American Music Hall
Friday, December 21 – 8:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall
Founded in 1979, Fishbone quickly claimed their spot at the table with their 1983 self titled release that included fan favorites like “Party at Ground Zero” and “Ugly,” and then followed that up in 1988 with their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed full length “Truth and Soul” ...

Saturday, December 22

2018 Russian Holiday Bell Concert | SF Main Library
Saturday, December 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
2018 Russian Holiday Bell Concert  | SF Main Library
Please join for a unique event featuring the majestic sound of Russian bells. San Francisco Symphony’s extraordinary guest percussionist, Mr. Avdienko will play a peal of 6 Traditional Russian Bells, accompanied by 2 bass Russian Flat Bells (bila). Russian Holiday Bell Concert Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Noon ...
Christmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF
Saturday, December 22 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
| Incarnation Episcopal Church
Christmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF
Come join in celebrating the joy and the mystery of Advent with the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and organist, Stacy Cullison, in a candlelight service of Advent and Christmas carols. You will have lots of opportunity to sing and enjoy both familiar and not so ...

Sunday, December 23

Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Sunday, December 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

2018 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Final Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Van Ness & Grove
2018 "Holiday Fanfare": Free Outdoor Final Concert | Civic Center

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from November 30 – December 23, 2018. Also happening during the event is the return of Holiday Fanfare: cheerful holiday music from the San Francisco Conservatory ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 23 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | 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 ...Every Sunday

Monday, December 24

2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day

Join as Black Santa and UWish take over Oakland’s waterfront, Jack London Square from November 23 – December 24, 2018. Come to indulge in holiday cheer and meet the real Black Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures, enjoy some treats — brought to you by ...

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Tuesday, December 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away
| Badarikashrama
Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Enjoy a Christmas concert and a complimentary vegetarian international dinner on Christmas Day at Badarikashrama in San Leandro at 3 pm on December 25, 2018. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call for reservations at 510-278-2444; space is limited, but no one will be turned away. This year, listen to a splendid concert ...
Karla LaVey’s 21st Annual Black X Mass | Elbo Room
Tuesday, December 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $13*
*Admission includes party food. 21+
| Elbo Room
Karla LaVey's 21st Annual Black X Mass | Elbo Room
Karla LaVey’s First Satanic Church presents the 21st Annual Black X Mass in San Francisco on Christmas night. There will be performances by From Hell, Suicide Queen, Bite starring Chelsea Rose, Sexstar, Theremin Wizard Barney and special guests. > Get Tickets – $13 – 21+ Video and music by ...

Wednesday, December 26

First Day of Kwanzaa 2018: City Hall Ceremony, Free Museum & Evening Celebration | SF
Wednesday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
First Day of Kwanzaa 2018: City Hall Ceremony, Free Museum & Evening Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Thursday, December 27

Day 2: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Thursday, December 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hamilton Recreation Center
Day 2: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, December 27 – 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 Thursday and fourth Thursday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. Is it taking place this month? Always check the Facebook ...Monthly