San Francisco’s annual country western weekend for the LGBTQ community and allies. Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls as they dance their feet off with three days of workshops and three nights of open dancing.
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St.
Dramatic readings and new play development confirm the power of ancient ideas to illuminate modern stories. More than two dozen plays and the occasional “serial play” showcase the work of playwrights from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Featuring the best dance films from around the world and San Francisco’s own backyard. From feature documentaries on choreographic luminaries to innovative experimental shorts, the festival offers something for dance aficionados and newcomers alike.
Committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film, from art-house classics to documentary films.
This celebration of film, food and wine lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. The festival features more than 125 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in venues throughout four walkable villages.
Day of the Dead processions and Festival of Altars are annual community events that celebrate the traditions of Dia de los Muertos in the Mission District.
Embarcadero Plaza, Embarcadero Center
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 brighten the San Francisco skyline with 17,000 lights throughout the holiday season.
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.
The Moscone Center
The San Francisco International Automobile Show features the world’s major auto manufacturers displaying their concept cars, SUVs, trucks and vans, totaling almost 800 vehicles in all.
More than a dozen permanent and temporary eco-friendly light art installations transform San Francisco nights into a citywide gallery of light. Tours and events based around these public art installations invite visitors to “embrace the power of light.”
View the annual illumination of Macy’s Great Tree, which is decorated with more than 1,500 ornaments.
The 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.
Head to PIER 39 for an evening of wine, music and fun! Enjoy tastings, light bites, exclusive discounts, and live entertainemnt from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 (online) and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the Aquarium of the Bay’s free conservation education programs.
The 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.
You’ll want to wear your best Santa gear for the Great Santa 5K run or the Rudolph one-miler along the city’s picturesque waterfront.
War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Ave.)
America’s oldest ballet company presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved family classic, The Nutcracker, every year.
Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara)
Enjoy the passion and excitement of high impact college football as two of the country’s top teams clash at the Foster Farms Bowl.