American Indian Film Festival
The world’s oldest festival dedicated to films by and about Native Americans showcases new and exciting work.
Napa Valley Film Festival
Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, 707-226-7500
This celebration of film, food and wine lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga; features more than 125 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in venues throughout four walkable villages.
NOVEMBER 9-12 (SAN FRANCISCO)
NOVEMBER 18 (CUPERTINO)
3RD I San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond
Castro, The New People Cinema and Blue Light Cinema (Cupertino), 415-835-4783
Committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film, from art-house classics to documentary films.
San Francisco Green Festival
Pier 35, 800-584-7336
This joint project of Green America and Global Exchange brings individuals, businesses and investors together to work cooperatively on positive social and economic solutions for communities and the environment. This is one of the largest and most authentic sustainability events in the world.
The Renegade Craft Fair
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
The best makers of handmade goods from the Bay Area and beyond assemble for this free-to-attend marketplace for indie-craft culture, featuring interactive workshops.
Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony
Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center, 800-733-6318
Bring the family to stroll through a holiday fair, enjoy live entertainment and witness the lighting of the Embarcadero Center’s dramatic office towers which illuminate the San Francisco skyline with 17,000 lights throughout the season.
San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
This festival will feature excellent professional dance companies from around the world. In addition, master classes taught by some of the visiting artists will be offered, along with a VIP/Performer party to celebrate the convergence of artists with the public.
PIER 39 Tree Lighting Ceremony
PIER 39, 415-705-5500
Welcome the holiday season with a day of holly-jolly magic and merriment at PIER 39’s Tree Lighting Celebration; live music and seasonal favorites will be featured. Bring the whole family to sing, shop and enjoy the 60-foot tree.
San Francisco International Automobile Show
Moscone Center, 415-331-4406
Featuring the world’s major manufacturers displaying their model cars, SUV’s, trucks and vans…almost 800 vehicles in all.
NOVEMBER 18-DECEMBER 17 (FIVE WEEKENDS INCLUDING FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING)
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Cow Palace, 415-897-4555
he Dickens Christmas Fair revives the tradition of an old English Victorian Christmas with theaters, a music hall, dance parties, taverns, shops, stalls, food, street vendors and period costumes.
Turkey Trail Trot
Golden Gate Park
This invigorating fun run or walk has become a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition.
NOVEMBER 23-JANUARY 1
More than a dozen permanent as well as temporary eco-friendly light art installations transform San Francisco nights into a citywide gallery of light. Tours and events based on these public art installations invite visitors to “embrace the power of light.
Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Union Square, Powell and Geary Streets, 415-781-7880
The annual illumination of Macy’s Great Tree includes more than 1,500 ornaments adorning the tree.
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Ghirardelli Square, 415-775-5500
Ghirardelli’s magical square comes alive with colorful performers, music and a 50-foot Christmas tree lighting up the night.
2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game
Levi’s Stadium, 408-579-4449
A must-attend event for all college football fans.
Union Street Fantasy of Lights
Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner, 800-310-6563
Costumed characters, Santa, merchant open houses and activities for children launch the holiday season along this famous street in San Francisco.
Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk
24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga, 800-310-6563
Merchants offer wine samples, finger foods and special treats; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations.
Parol Lantern Festival and Parade
Jessie Square/St. Patrick’s Church/Yerba Buena Gardens, 415-348-8042
www.kularts.org or www.bayanihancc.org
Grand pageantry of more than 1,000 glowing lanterns; annual Parol celebration has become a must-see holiday event. Bay Area Filipino community gathers for the annual celebration of holiday spirit, hope, unity, and pride. It’s a family fun-filled evening of dancing lights, music, games, and prizes.
The Great Santa Run San Francisco
You’ll want to were your best Santa gear for the Great Santa 5K run or the Rudolph one-miler along the city’s picturesque waterfront.
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415-865-2000 (tickets)
“Nutcracker” performed by America’s oldest ballet company presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved family classic every year.
Foster Farms Bowl
Levi’s Stadium, 415-972-2209 or 800-225-2277
Enjoy the color and excitement of high impact college football as two of the country’s top teams clash at the Foster Farms Bowl.