Upcoming Events

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Illuminate 2018: SF's Festival of Light | 37 Light Sculptures
Monday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2018 through New Year’s Day 2019 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during more...

3:00 pmTour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
3:00 pmFunk Legend “George Clinton” in Conversation | SF   $5
6:00 pmSketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
7:30 pmA Christmas Music of Brass & Pipe Organ Concert | Grace Cathedral   $15*
*Sliding ticket scale of $15 to $60. Funcheap readers can get 25% off with code: JFC
7:30 pmFree Benefit Concert for a Cause | SF   FREE*
*Donations appreciated but not required!
8:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:00 pmHaight Street Trivia, Comedy, Gaming & Free Pizza Night | Milk Bar   FREE
8:00 pm“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
8:30 pm“Classical Revolution” Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Free, but a $5-20 donation is welcome to support the musicians.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park

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 more...

5:00 pmLight Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Campaign | SF   FREE*
*Free bike safety lights for those who do not already have them.
5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s   FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
6:00 pmMidway Gallery Binary Salon 06: Art, Talk & Drinks | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Second Act” | AMC Metreon 16   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required
8:00 pmVinyl Room Standup Comedy Show | Burlingame   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Electropop House & Yacht Rock: Roosevelt | August Hall   WIN
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
8:00 pmPizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018 Etsy's Maverick Holiday Market  | SF
Wednesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Crocker Galleria

LIVE outside the box and come celebrate all things awesome with local artists, designers and crafts at the bottom floor of the Crocker Galleria on Wednesday December 19th 11 am-6 pm. Shop more...

All DaySalvation Army 2018 “Toy & Joy” Holiday Sort & Giveaway | SF  FREE*
*RSVP required and space for volunteers is limited
11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza   FREE
All Day24 Holidays on 24th Street: Wine Tasting for a Cause | Noe Valley   FREE
5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pmSF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Bus Crawl | SF Brewers Guild   FREE*
*Free shuttle. Bring money for beer and food.
7:00 pmThe Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley   FREE*
*The event is free but we will gladly accept your end of year donations.
7:00 pmNerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop   $8
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Presidio   FREE
7:00 pm$25 Ticket Lottery for “Dear Evan Hansen” in SF | Curran   $25*
*Must enter ticket lottery to be eligible for $25 tickets
7:00 pmJericho: Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required via Meetup.com
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmWin Tix: A New Voice in Indie Music: Lola Kirke | Cafe du Nord   WIN
8:00 pm“The End” Insane Tarantino-Style Improv | SF   $5*
*$5
8:00 pmCobb’s Free Xmas Comedy Nights | December 19-20   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Must arrive by 7:30pm for guaranteed entry. All shows are 18 & over with valid photo ID. Like most comedy clubs, there is a two drink minimum.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Twinkling Experimental Pop: Cults | The Chapel   WIN

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Solstice Eve 2018: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Thursday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)

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 more...

10:00 amHidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa  FREE
4:00 pm24 Holidays on 24th Street: Vodkas & Latkes | Noe Valley   FREE
5:00 pm2018 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Snow & Holiday Market | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
5:00 pmFree Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa   FREE*
*All gallery and museum entries will be free except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum which will be offering a special entry price of $5.
5:00 pm“Krampus du Nord” Evil Holiday Pop-Up Bar | Dec 20-22   FREE*
*Free entry, but bring cash for drinks
6:00 pm3rd Tenderloin Museum’s Annual Holiday Bazaar | SF   FREE
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Essentials | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmMake: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch   $8*
*Free with admission. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students/Senior $6.00.
6:30 pmMuseum of Ice Cream’s “Pinkmas” Free Night: First 350 People | SF   FREE*
*Free for first 350 solo people each Thursday in December 2018 from 6:30-8pm
7:00 pmPenthouse’s Sexy Strippers & Firefighters Toy Drive Bash | Penthouse Club   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Bring a toy for the toy drive, plus cash for tips.
7:00 pmStorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland   $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “If Beale Street Could Talk” | AMC Metreon 16 (SF)   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmCobb’s Free Xmas Comedy Nights | Secret Guest List   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Must arrive by 7:30pm for guaranteed entry. All shows are 18 & over with valid photo ID. Like most comedy clubs, there is a two drink minimum.
8:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Escape Room” | AMC Van Ness 14   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmWin Tix: “A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret” Holiday Special | SF   WIN

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Solstice Sun Hike | Tilden Park
Friday, December 21 – 6:15 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park

Rise with the sun, on this early morning hike. Meet at the Nature Center and hike to the peak in hopes of greeting the solstice sun. BYOC. Bring your own Coffee! And more...

All DayFree Early Boarding for Ugly Holiday Sweaters on Alaska Airlines | 2018   FREE*
*No RSVP required, show up to airport with a valid airline ticket on Friday, December 21 wearing ugly holiday sweater
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
All DayWinter Solstice “Luminescent Grand” Concert at Winter Walk | Union Square   FREE*
*It appears that all events are free and open to the public, but please note there may be a nominal charge for some activities.
5:00 pm“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview   FREE
5:00 pmFriday Food Truck Throwdown: Luchador Wrestling + Food Trucks | Fremont   FREE
5:30 pmThe Vigil: Annual Homeless Persons Memorial | UN Plaza   FREE
6:15 pm2018 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center   FREE*
*Admission is typically by donation, but consider becoming a member.
7:00 pmBicycle Art Salon | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com or phone at 510-230-8270.
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pmYou Betta Work Comedy Fiesta Show | San Mateo   FREE*
*Free with $5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmSan Jose Bike Party   FREE
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome
8:00 pmWin Tix: African-American Shakespeare Company’s “Cinderella” | Herbst Theatre   WIN
8:30 pmWin Tix: Fishbone: Crazy Glue X-Mas | Great American Music Hall   WIN
8:30 pmWin Tix: Funk Rock & Jazz Fusion: More Fatter | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
9:45 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Sean Keane & Sammy Obeid | The Punch Line   WIN
11:59 pmUrsids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2018   FREE

Saturday, December 22, 2018

SF's $60 Luxury "Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Bus" | Sports Basement

Spend a breathtaking day skiing and snowboarding at the world famous Squaw Valley Resort or Alpine Meadows, without the hassle of planning, driving or purchasing all that gear and gas. As part more...

8:30 amFree Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF   FREE*
*Free lessons (and free skate rental) but an RSVP is required. Limited to 50 people per session.
All DaySan Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend   FREE
All DayOakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018   FREE*
*Free parking at off-street garages and lots but stated time limits will still be enforced. Please note that street meters are still enforced.
All Day2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
11:30 amSan Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park   FREE
12:00 pm2018 Russian Holiday Bell Concert | SF Main Library   FREE
1:00 pmWin Tix: Oakland Ballet Company: Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” | Paramount Theater   WIN*
*Discounts available for seniors (62+) and children.
4:00 pmChristmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
4:30 pmFeedMobSF: Help Feed the Homeless | Civic Center   FREE
5:00 pm“Krampus du Nord” Holiday Pop-Up Bar | Final Day   FREE*
*Free entry, but bring cash for drinks
6:15 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
8:00 pmDowntown Comedy Night at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code HELLAFUNNY. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door. Free for first 50 to RSVP
9:00 pmWin Tix: Tribute Band: Grateful Shred | Great American Music Hall   WIN
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 11pm. $5 After

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
10:00 amWinter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo   $6*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; $6 /vehicle park entrance fee ($5 for seniors; exact change required)
All DaySan Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend   FREE
All DayFinal Day: 2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amMuseum of Craft & Holiday Craft Station at “Winter Walk” | SF   FREE*
*It appears that all events are free and open to the public, but please note there may be a nominal charge for some activities.