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Tuesday, December 18

1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park
1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Come Celebrate the 1st even Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boeddeker Park, bring Light and Joy to the community. Honoring Outgoing D6 Supervisor Jane Kim and incoming d6 Supervisor Matt Haney with special performances by the Chinese Rights Assc. Choir, The Glidettes, Skywatchers and Santa ...

Wednesday, December 19

The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free but we will gladly accept your end of year donations.
| The Marsh (Berkeley)
The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Join at The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret for the annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 19. There will be plenty of time to just hang out with Marshians and enjoy a night of music, drinks, snacks, merrymaking, and more. Plus performances by Will Durst, Unique Derique, Wayne ...

$25 Ticket Lottery for “Dear Evan Hansen” in SF | Curran
Wednesday, December 19 – 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 | Curran

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 out ...

Thursday, December 20

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...Monthly

Win Tix: “A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret” Holiday Special | SF
Thursday, December 20 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Z Space Theater
Kat Robichaud takes on all your favorite Christmas Specials from your childhood. With a live band and rotating cast of stunning performers including reigning burlesque queen, Frankie Fictitious, holiday drag by the incomparable Carnie Asada, Gremlins, Musical Guests, and more. > Get Tickets – $30 Use code ...

Friday, December 21

Win Tix: African-American Shakespeare Company’s “Cinderella” | Herbst Theatre
Friday, December 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Herbst Theatre
African-American Shakespeare Company proudly presents, “Cinderella”, an annual holiday treat, this timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holiday season, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but ...

Saturday, December 22

Win Tix: Oakland Ballet Company: Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” | Paramount Theater
Saturday, December 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Discounts available for seniors (62+) and children.
| Paramount Theatre
Join Marie and her charming Nutcracker Prince as they battle the King of the Rats and then get swept away by dancing snowflakes to the magical Land of the Sweets. > Get Tickets – $20.50 Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s version of this timeless holiday classic features fresh ...
Rebel Babel Ensemble: LUC, Zion I & Blue Devils Orchestra | SF
Saturday, December 22 – 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SPiN Ping Pong Social Club
Rebel Babel Ensemble: LUC, Zion I & Blue Devils Orchestra | SF
As the Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży docks in San Francisco on December 21 as part of its Independence Sail, the international music project Rebel Babel Ensemble arrives from Poland to greet the ship, and give a unique eclectic live music performance in front of ...

Sunday, December 23

$25 Ticket Lottery for “Dear Evan Hansen” in SF | Curran
Sunday, December 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $25*
*Must enter ticket lottery to be eligible for $25 tickets
| Curran
$25 Ticket Lottery for "Dear Evan Hansen" in SF | Curran

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 out ...

“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

Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar
Monday, December 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations accepted, based on what you can afford.
| Milk Bar
Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar

Bringing you a comedy show on the suckiest day of the week, Case of the Mondays features SF’s top comedians determined to de-suck your Monday. They’ll distract you from the pile of emails you haven’t read, the stale coffee you drank at 3 pm, and ...Monthly

Wednesday, December 26

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, December 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...Monthly

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 ...

Friday, December 28

Day 3: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Friday, December 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dr. George Davis Senior Center
Day 3: 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 ...

Sunday, December 30

$25 Ticket Lottery for “Dear Evan Hansen” in SF | Ends Dec. 30
Sunday, December 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $25*
*Must enter ticket lottery to be eligible for $25 tickets
| Curran
$25 Ticket Lottery for "Dear Evan Hansen" in SF | Ends Dec. 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 out ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 30 – 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 31

“Last Night” DIY New Year’s Eve Parade & Street Party | Santa Cruz
Monday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This is a completely DIY event totally dependent on how many people want to participate.
| Saturn Cafe Parking Lot
"Last Night" DIY New Year's Eve Parade & Street Party | Santa Cruz
Every New Year’s Eve since 2005, the Last Night DIY Parade & Street Party has been taking over Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz without city permits or other bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo (and they’re not intending to ask for it). This do-it-yourself, grassroots de-centralized celebration includes a parade of ...
New Bohemia NYE: Avant Cabaret Acrobats, Circus Freaks, & DJs | SF
Monday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $70*
*Tickets start at $70; prices will go up closer to the event
| San Francisco Mint
New Bohemia NYE: Avant Cabaret Acrobats, Circus Freaks, & DJs | SF
Celebrate New Bohemia NYE at the Mint is back at the beautiful Mint for Year 3, for people looking for something (truly) special on this too easily over hyped party night. Dozens of DJ’s, live acts on 5 dance floors. There will be 17+ Activated Thematic ...
The Rocky Horror Picture & New Year’s Eve Show | SF
Monday, December 31 – 11:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Landmark's Clay Theatre
The Rocky Horror Picture & New Year's Eve Show | SF
Rocky Horror at Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco for New Year’s Eve. Every Bawdy Caste performance features the full audience participation experience. This may include: singing, dancing, pelvic-thrusting, people yelling at the screen, things being thrown (not at the screen), and a great time for everyone. Buy a #BawdyBag participation ...

Wednesday, January 2

The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The First Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Friday, January 4

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, January 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...Monthly

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, January 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, January 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...Monthly

Sunday, January 6

Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep
Sunday, January 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep

Bring your family, bring a friend, or treat yourself to an afternoon spent sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Taught by professional theatre artists, the classes offer people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to explore ...

Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night | Make Out Room
Sunday, January 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation of $5 to $10.
| Make-Out Room
Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night | Make Out Room

Clutch The Pearls is a curious cabaret of sorts. It’s vaudeville. It’s drag. It’s burlesque. It’s a special time in the Mission, and you are wanted there. Hosted by Churro Nomi. Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night Every first Sunday | 7 pm to 10 ...Monthly

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, January 6 – 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

Saturday, January 12

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, January 12 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...Monthly

Sunday, January 13

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, January 13 – 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, January 17

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...Monthly

StorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, January 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
StorySlam's Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland

StorySlam Oakland is a live, true personal storytelling show on a theme. Open-mic and featured storytellers compete for prizes for best overall storyteller and best open-miker. Every month we also present two featured storytellers telling longer stories. Prizes awarded for the Best Open-Mic Storyteller and ...Monthly