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Friday, November 23

Buy Nothing Day | 2018
Friday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Buy Nothing Day | 2018
Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis to Black Friday: your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself,  at least for a single day. Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day? You might say “Sure,” ...
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/23/18 from 4-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland from 4-6 pm on November 23, 2018. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride. Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San ...

2018 Christmas in the Park Kick Off | San Jose
Friday, November 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2018 Christmas in the Park Kick Off | San Jose
After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park and the lighting of the Community Giving Tree. 2018 Christmas in the Park Opening Friday, November 23, 2018 | 6 pm Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose FREE The ...

Saturday, November 24

2018 Santa’s Riverboat Arrival: Candy Canes, Hot Cocoa & Shopping | Petaluma
2018 Santa's Riverboat Arrival: Candy Canes, Hot Cocoa & Shopping | Petaluma
Santa and Mrs. Claus sail in and disembark at River Plaza Shopping Center. Entertainment starts at 11:30 am and Santa arrives at noon. He & the Mrs. hand out candy canes on the way to their “workshop.” 2018 Santa’s Arrival & Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 24, ...

Saturday, December 1

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...Monthly

Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour | 2018
Saturday, December 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour | 2018

Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine for the seventh 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 ...

Sunday, December 2

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...Monthly

Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Sunday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Bring your lovable dogs on Saturday December 2nd from 11 am to 3 pm for a day of dogs at the park. Please note that the 2018 details has not been released yet. Check their website for more updates.
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour | 2018
Sunday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour | 2018

Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine for the seventh 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 ...

Friday, December 7

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, December 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, December 7 – 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

Sunday, December 9

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, December 9 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge
"Sunday Assembly" Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View

“Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More” is the motto for Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV), an international community movement that celebrates life. The radically inclusive SASV is a secular and service nonprofit that celebrates life, welcomes all people and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. It aims ...Monthly

Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Sunday, December 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Bring your lovable dogs on Saturday December 2nd from 11 am to 3 pm for a day of dogs at the park. Please note that the 2018 details has not been released yet. Check their website for more updates.

Sunday, December 16

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 16 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...Monthly

Friday, December 21

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, December 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...Monthly

Tuesday, December 25

Final Day: “Christmas in the Park” | San Jose
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Final Day: "Christmas in the Park" | San Jose

For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting ...

Monday, December 31

Strike Out Hunger: Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Final Day
Monday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.81).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Strike Out Hunger: Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Final Day

How’s your bowling average these days? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2018. All food donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed ...

Friday, January 4

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, January 4 – 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

Sunday, January 13

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, January 13 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge
"Sunday Assembly" Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View

“Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More” is the motto for Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV), an international community movement that celebrates life. The radically inclusive SASV is a secular and service nonprofit that celebrates life, welcomes all people and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. It aims ...Monthly

Sunday, January 20

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, January 20 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...Monthly