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Sunday, December 1

2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27
Sunday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 27
2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27

Etsy comes to life and is bringing the cheer at San Francisco’s popular holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted goods, artisans, designers, emerging brands and unique gifts for the holiday season. 2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium November 30, 2019 | Noon to 6 ...

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, December 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to its 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

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 1 – 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 2

2019 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration | SF
Monday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Merchants
2019 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration | SF
The 2019 Castro Tree Lighting will take place in front of Bank of America at Castro and 18th Streets with a 28-foot tree. 2019 Castro Tree Lighting Monday, December 2, 2019 | 6 pm Castro Merchants | 501 Castro St. corner 18th St., SF FREE 2019 Activity Lineup: There will be brief greetings ...
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, December 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music. – Updated 8/19/18 – ...Monthly

Tuesday, December 3

90th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Snow Day & Winter Carnival | Golden Gate Park
Tuesday, December 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most activities are typically free, but some may have a nominal cost.
| McLaren Lodge
90th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Snow Day & Winter Carnival | Golden Gate Park
Join the 90th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street) in Golden Gate Park on Tuesday. In addition, there will be free admission to the Conservatory of Flowers, which will feature a holiday light show. 90th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | ...

Wednesday, December 4

Washington Square Park Reopens after 6 Months | SF
Wednesday, December 4 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park Reopens after 6 Months | SF

San Francisco’s Washington Square Park – one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847 – is finally reopening after a nearly 6-month closure for construction. Join us on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 beginning at 4 p.m. to celebrate the reopening of Washington Square Park ...

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting | SF
Wednesday, December 4 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting | SF
The free, family-friendly Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting returns Wednesday, December 4, 4 pm-7 pm. This festive event features holiday entertainment, “snow” flurries, festive bites and drinks, free holiday crafts from community organizations, and a toy giveaway for 400+ children. San Francisco Civic Center Plaza ...
Win Tix: Electro-pop Trio: Hyphen Hyphen w/ SUMif | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, December 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Rickshaw Stop
Hailing from the coastal town of Nice, Southern France, meet the explosive award-winning trio Hyphen Hyphen and their uncompromising performance/DJ set. > Get Tickets – $15 Adv / $18 Door SUMif is a San Francisco-based electro-pop outfit spearheaded by Steph Wells. SUMif is what The Bay Bridged ...
Win Tix: Indie Pop Rocker: Alex Cameron | August Hall
Wednesday, December 4 – 8:30 pm | Cost: WIN | August Hall
Alex Cameron revels in singing about different characters, the sort of oddballs who tend to be overlooked by society. The indie pop-rocker started out with the electronic music group Seekae before splitting off to go solo. He released his debut album, Jumping the Shark, in ...

Thursday, December 5

2019 Holiday Caroling, Hot Cider & Cookies on Lake Merritt | Dec. 5-24
Thursday, December 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*6pm Individual tickets $8. Whole boat charters $120
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
2019 Holiday Caroling, Hot Cider & Cookies on Lake Merritt | Dec. 5-24

Enjoy some time in the Holiday room with hot cider and cookies before beginning your voyage around Lake Merritt. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the Boating Center. Holiday Caroling ...

Friday, December 6

Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz
Friday, December 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Normal price admission is $10.
| Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz)
Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz

Come experience the 3rd Annual Sculpture on Wheels Car Show at the MAH as a stop on the First Friday Art Tour, beginning August 2, 2019. Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour for three floors of exhibitions, live music, and ...Monthly

40ft Tree Lighting Ceremony w/ Holiday Crafted Beer & Santa | Napa
Friday, December 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is complimentary but tickets are required.
| The Village (Napa)
40ft Tree Lighting Ceremony w/ Holiday Crafted Beer & Santa | Napa
Join for holiday cheer and light the spectacular 40-foot Christmas Tree, on December 6, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Enjoy a festive evening complete with Christmas carolers, a holiday-inspired Artisan Market and photos with Santa. Visit one of the resort’s nine tasting rooms to ...
2019 Presidio Holiday Lights Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | SF
Friday, December 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn
2019 Presidio Holiday Lights Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | SF
Light the tree and enjoy holiday music and song from the SF Girls Chorus. Food & beverage for sale includes marshmallows, hot cocoa, grilled cheese sandwiches and Fort Point Beer. 2019 Holiday Lights Tree Lighting Friday, December 6, 2019 | 5 to 7 pm Presidio Main Post, San ...
“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, December 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th
"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, ...Monthly

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, December 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...Monthly

Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Dance Party | The Uptown
Friday, December 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.
| The Uptown Nightclub
Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Dance Party | The Uptown

Moonlight Comedy is a live stand up comedy showcase featuring the best local and traveling comedians from around the country Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Dance Party Every First Friday | 7:30 pm to 9 pm (Dance Party at 9 pm) The Uptown, 1928 ...Monthly

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, December 6 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale
"Wrapped in Plastic" Jazz Quartet | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...Monthly

Saturday, December 7

2019 Rockridge in the Snow: Live Music, Santa & Real Snow | Oakland
Saturday, December 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge BART
2019 Rockridge in the Snow: Live Music, Santa & Real Snow | Oakland
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Rockridge District Association kicks off the season with a visit from Santa, live music and entertainment, Rockridge Market Hall holiday fair, and festivities up and down the Avenue. 2019 Activity Lineup: Rockridge BART Station: Noon-4 pm: Visit from Santa 12:30 pm-1 pm: ...
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2019
Saturday, December 7 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World's Largest Toy Train | 2019

Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine for the eighth year this December to delight Bay Area families with holiday giving. This festive tradition brings holiday treats, entertainment and characters including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa’s elves to ...

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, December 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...Monthly

Sunday, December 8

Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2019
Sunday, December 8 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World's Largest Toy Train | 2019

Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine for the eighth year this December to delight Bay Area families with holiday giving. This festive tradition brings holiday treats, entertainment and characters including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa’s elves to ...

Awesöme Orchestra Collective: 5th Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley
Awesöme Orchestra Collective: 5th Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley
Come join Awesöme Orchestra for their 5th Annual End-Of-Year Concert on Sunday, December 8, 2019. They will be playing a diverse selection of highlights from the 2019 Open Sessions. 2019 Repertoire TBA
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, December 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...Monthly

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 8 – 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

Thursday, December 12

30 Years of “Street Sheet” Celebration | SF
Thursday, December 12 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Street Sheet
30 Years of "Street Sheet" Celebration | SF
We invite you to our new office to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Street Sheet newspaper. For three decades Street Sheet has been documenting the realities facing poor and homeless San Franciscans, and providing a platform for homeless journalists, storytellers, poets, photographers, and artists ...
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, December 12 – 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 out ...Monthly

Friday, December 13

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...Monthly

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019
Friday, December 13 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to the first San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at community centers throughout the entire city of San José. SJ Neighbor Nights ...Monthly