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Saturday, December 28

Illuminate 2019: SF’s Festival of Light | 40+ Light Sculptures
Saturday, December 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Illuminate 2019: SF's Festival of Light | 40+ Light Sculptures

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2019 through New Year’s Day 2020 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year. In past years, the city has hosted ...

2019 Chanukah & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 7th Night | Union Square
Saturday, December 28 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2019 Chanukah & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 7th Night | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2019 with the 45th 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 22nd-29th, at approximately 4:30 ...

Downtown SF’s Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday
Saturday, December 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 at door without RSVP
| Bar Fluxus
Downtown SF's Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday

It’s San Francisco’s brand new (and only) weekly Desi Comedy Night at a cool downtown SF art bar with HellaFunny and Funcheap. See a showcase of some of the Bay Area’s top comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghani, and South Asian descent. Let’s celebrate the ...Every Saturday

Sunday, December 29

Coin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 50+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa
Sunday, December 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Coin-Op Game Room
Coin-Op's "Free Play" Sundays: 50+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa

Coin-Op is an awesome 10,000 square foot space in SoMa that was transformed from a steel foundry into a two-story bar and game room with 50+ pinball and video games, plus a secret speakeasy (hidden behind a “busted” video game). On the last Sunday of ...Monthly

2019 Chanukah Grand Finale & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah | Union Square
Sunday, December 29 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2019 Chanukah Grand Finale & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2019 with the 45th 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 22nd-29th, at approximately 4:30 ...

“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF
Sunday, December 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
| Neck of The Woods
"Crazy Funny Asians" Comedy Showcase | SF

Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s Crazy Funny Asians comedy showcase, presented by Funcheap and HellaFunny. Let’s celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs. Free tickets for the first 100 people to RSVP “Crazy ...Every Sunday

Tuesday, December 31

Applebee’s $1 Merry Dollarita | Final Day
Tuesday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)
Applebee's $1 Merry Dollarita | Final Day

You put in the time getting everyone else the perfect gift, but you deserve one too. Something low-stress. Something with a delicious blend of tequila, triple sec, pomegranate, and margarita mix. Something like the Merry Dollarita™. Applebee’s $1 Merry Dollarita December 2019 21+ / Dine-in ...

Wednesday, January 1

All of SF’s Free Monthly Museum Days | January 2020
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Details vary for each museum and cultural institution
| All Over the Bay Area
All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | January 2020
Whether the economy is strong or sour, most of the museums in San Francisco and the Bay Area throw their doors open once a month to allow free admission to all comers. Generally on the first Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of each month, these free days ...
New Year’s Day Free Admission at SF Botanical Garden | GG Park
New Year's Day Free Admission at SF Botanical Garden | GG Park

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 8,500 different kinds ...Monthly

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...Monthly

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Join the monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9 am to 11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel ...Monthly

Oakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019
Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season, from New Year’s Day to Christmas Day. The city of Oakland will offer free off-street parking at city-owned garages and lots to encourage holiday shoppers to check out local merchants. ...

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Ice Skate | Union Square
Wednesday, January 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch, but normal fees apply to skate.
| Union Square Park
New Year's Day Polar Bear Ice Skate | Union Square
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines welcomes skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and ...
Final Day: 14th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights at the Cemetery | Oakland
Wednesday, January 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery
Final Day: 14th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights at the Cemetery | Oakland

Enjoy a month-long holiday light exhibition featuring scenes from Santa’s workshop and other holiday-inspired themes starting December 1st until New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020. A giant Nutcracker soldier awaits your arrival, then the magical storyland of lights will continue to delight you. The whimsical ...

Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa
Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa

Come and walk-in every first Wednesday of every month from 3-5 pm in the spring, summer and fall, and from 2-4 pm in the winter. Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day Every First Wednesday Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa FREE (RSVP requested but not required) $5 ...Monthly

Macy’s Holiday Windows & Adorable Puppies & Kittens: Final Day | Union Square
Wednesday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Macy's Holiday Windows & Adorable Puppies & Kittens: Final Day | Union Square
It’s your last chance to see Macy’s decorated Holiday Windows and perhaps start the new year with a new furry friend on January 1, 2020.
Closing Night: 2019 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Closing Night: 2019 "Illuminate SF" Festival of Light | SF

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2019 through New Year’s Day 2020 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year. In past years, the city has hosted ...

Pier 39’s New Year’s Tree Lighting Show | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39's New Year's Tree Lighting Show | SF

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping their nightly tree lighting show for the holiday season. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors every half hour from 5 pm -10 pm, November ...

“South Side Beer Ride” Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Shuttle is Free.
| Triple Voodoo Brewery
"South Side Beer Ride" Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | SF

Free hop on/hop off brewery shuttle. Start at any of the eight participating breweries, then hop on any one of three vans running approximately every 30 minutes.  First Wednesdays Free Beer Shuttle Every 1st Wednesday | 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm Speakeasy Brewery, 1195 Evans ...Monthly

Thursday, January 2

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, January 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...Monthly

Exploratorium After Dark: Happy Place | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Happy Place | Pier 15
Where’s your happy place? It’s not always easy to find harmony in our lived experiences, but research has revealed some tried-and-true keys to unlocking joy. Learn about some practices and sensory immersions that can offer peace of mind (and the science behind them) and explore ...

Friday, January 3

Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz
Friday, January 3 – 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

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, January 3 – 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

Facebook First Fridays | San Jose Museum of Art
Friday, January 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free after 5 pm.
| San Jose Museum of Art
Facebook First Fridays | San Jose Museum of Art

Come to the Facebook First Fridays, a late night offering free admission to all exhibitions and programs featuring music by live DJ, a cash bar, and a photo booth. Facebook First Fridays Every 1st Friday | 5 pm to 9 pm San José Museum of ...Monthly

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, January 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regular admission is $18 ...Monthly

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, January 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market ...Monthly

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, January 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Over 30 Oakland Art Murmur affiliate venues 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’, Every first Friday of the month, affiliate venues are open to the public from 6-9 ...Monthly

Workshop First Fridays | SF
Friday, January 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Workshop (SF)
Workshop First Fridays | SF

Every first Friday, WorkshopSF hosts an open house, party with DIY, art, fun and community. It’s a chance to preview classes, see the space, and just hang out with neighborhood peeps. All are welcome. Workshop First Fridays Every 1st Friday | 7 pm Workshop, 1798 ...Monthly

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, January 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party  (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held on ...Monthly

San Francisco’s 2020 Winter Cocktail Party | SF
Friday, January 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 10:30pm, but an RSVP is required.
| Bar Fluxus
San Francisco's 2020 Winter Cocktail Party | SF

You’re invited to San Francisco’s Winter Cocktail Party, a special celebration of seasonal cocktails with a DJ after party. And it all takes place at Bar Fluxus, SF’s newest art bar that’s tucked away in a secret alley you’d never find on your own. The ...