Every Friday Night, you will find a special event at the de Young Fine Arts Museum. Halloween night is no exception. Head over from 5pm to 8:45pm for a mix of live music, dance performances, and special film screenings. These Friday night events are free and open to the public, but you do have to pay if you want to step inside the museum galleries.
6:30pm & 8:30pm. Join the Fire Engine Tours on a spooky ride through the historic, wooded Presidio. Warm up with the authentic fire gear as you hear about and drive by some of the most haunted parts of San Francisco. This 90 minute ride only runs for a limited time, so make sure you grab your seat today!
Each weekend between October 18 and November 9, the artists within designated neighborhoods open their studio doors. Each one displays their work and showcases all of their pieces for sale. They are also often around to answer questions and discuss their work in more detail. More than 800 artists participate during this event. This means you can easily walk from one studio to the next all day long. You will also find a preview weekend before the official event starts. This is the weekend of October 11 and 12. There is no cost for this event. It is free (unless you decide to take something home with you). SF Open Studios kicks off with a preview weekend starting on Friday, October 10 at the SOMArts Cultural Center at 934 Brannan Street. Here you can view works from up to 400 artists and plan your visits for the following four weeks. This gallery stays open throughout the SF Open Studios event. You can stop by anytime Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 7pm, Saturday between 11am and 5pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
The oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast. The show includes 60 distinguished antiques dealers from America and Europe selling a broad range of antique merchandise. www.sffas.org
The Wizard of Oz continues to live on in the hearts of many and it’s no wonder that Halloween 2014 is the only Wizard of Oz Theme party for a film and characters that has had such a huge legacy. Ever since the Wizard of Oz lit up the silver screen, Dorothy and her friends have been capturing the hearts of generations to come. http://events.sfgate.com/san_francisco_ca/events/show/371667868-the-wizard-of-oz-halloween-party-2014-san-francisco
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), is inviting the public to get a taste of the city’s public transit past by offering rides on vintage motor and trolley buses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd. Also operating those days will be a special cable car and historic streetcars rarely seen in regular service.
The vintage buses will leave from the San Francisco Railway Museum, located on Steuart Street between Market and Mission streets, across from the Ferry Building. The buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal and at Market and Powell streets only. Regular Muni fares will apply. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm For information visit www.sfmta.com.
If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would be best described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any give show, on any give record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and church in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling
Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty-five years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines opens each winter for nine magical, fun-filled weeks. Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco.
San Francisco Taiko is one of the most renown Japanese Taiko groups in the nation. Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, has been recognized with the highest honors in Artistry by Japan and United States for perpetuating the traditional art of Japanese Taiko drumming. For over 40 years, San Francisco Taiko Dojo (school) has taught over 10,000 students of all ages, some of whom have branched out and started Taiko Dojo around the country. Join the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and special guests for what will be an amazing performance and fundraiser. www.sftaiko.com
Modern Dance meets street creed as these incredibly talented youth from around the world show that dance is a language beyond borders. www.sfhiphopdancefest.com
Explore the wonders of the Korean culture through art, dance, music, and culinary treats.
A perfect event to share with the family, the Building Lighting Carnival will kick off at 4:00pm with a host of fun activities for the kids; including carnival games, face painting, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, interactive arts and crafts booths, balloon twisters, musical performances, a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse, and more!
PIER 39 invites you to join our special friends from the Disneyland® Resort at the annual PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. Experience the magic – sing songs, give hugs to our Disneyland® friends and welcome the holiday season with two days of holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family. The fun culminates at 6pm each night as PIER 39′s majestic 60-foot tree, adorned with glistening ornaments, bows and twinkling lights, will be illuminated against a stunning backdrop of the San Francisco City skyline. http://www.pier39.com/home/events/calendar-of-events/
Holiday adventure into Victorian London – costumed players in 90,000+ square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops. http://www.dickensfair.com/
Fisherman’s Wharf may be a favorite tourist spot for your cousins from Cleveland, Ohio, but San Francisco locals know the holidays take place a t the Wharf from Nov. 26th-Dec. 31st. Bright lights outline the building and decorations line the inner and outer lagoons. Get an early start on your shopping with four major outlets: The Anchorage Shopping Center, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39. Nearby, pick up world-famous sourdough bread from Boudin’s (they ship worldwide). The Christmas tree beneath the Fisherman’s Wharf sign is a great way entrance to the shops and restaurants on the Wharf.
Union Square – http://www.unionsquareshop.com/TreeLightingUnionSquare.html
Ghirardelli Square – http://www.ghirardellisq.com/events/