San Francisco Bay Area
Upcoming Events in November
Things to do in November
As the holiday season approaches and the crisp autumn air settles in, the month of November offers a delightful mix of events and activities for friends and family to enjoy. From film festivals to holiday celebrations, the City by the Bay knows how to make November a memorable month for everyone. So, grab your calendar and start planning your San Francisco adventures!
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Top November Events in San Francisco
San Francisco International Animation Festival
Kicking off November in style, the San Francisco International Animation Festival showcases the best of animated films from around the globe. The festival features a diverse selection of screenings, workshops, and panel discussions with renowned animators and industry experts. Whether you’re an animation enthusiast or just looking for a fun night out with friends, this festival is sure to entertain and inspire.
Illuminate SF Festival of Light
November marks the beginning of the Illuminate SF Festival of Light, a city-wide celebration of light art installations that runs through the end of December. The festival features more than 40 stunning light displays and installations scattered throughout San Francisco. Grab your friends and family, and embark on a magical journey of discovery as you explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, all lit up with captivating works of art.
Napa Valley Film Festival
Just a short drive away from San Francisco, the Napa Valley Film Festival offers a fantastic reason to venture out of the city in November. This annual event showcases independent films, panel discussions, and exclusive wine tastings, all set against the stunning backdrop of Napa Valley’s vineyards. It’s an ideal opportunity to gather friends and family for a weekend of cinematic entertainment and wine country charm.
San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest
The San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest brings together top hip hop dance companies from around the world for a weekend of high-energy performances. The festival, which takes place in mid-November, showcases a variety of styles and innovative choreography, making it a must-see event for dance enthusiasts and anyone looking for an entertaining night out.
Embarcadero Holiday Ice Rink
As the holiday season approaches, the Embarcadero Center opens its annual outdoor ice rink in November. The rink offers a festive atmosphere and stunning views of the Bay Bridge, making it a perfect spot for family outings or a fun date with friends. Bundle up, lace up your skates, and glide along the ice as you take in the twinkling lights of the city skyline.
November wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving Day. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather and express gratitude over a delicious feast. Many San Francisco restaurants offer special Thanksgiving menus, providing a hassle-free alternative to cooking at home. Additionally, some locals and visitors choose to participate in annual Turkey Trots – fun runs and races that take place throughout the city on Thanksgiving morning.
November in San Francisco is a fantastic month for friends and family to come together and enjoy a variety of events and activities. From film festivals to holiday celebrations, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the City by the Bay. So bundle up, gather your loved ones, and make the most of November in San Francisco!
Important Days and Holidays in November
Daylight Saving Time Ends (first Sunday of November) – Although not a holiday, this day marks the end of Daylight Saving Time when clocks are set back one hour (“fall back”) to return to standard time. This change typically occurs at 2 a.m. local time on the first Sunday of November, providing an extra hour of sleep or leisure time for many people.
Veterans Day (November 11th) – Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors and pays tribute to all American veterans, both living and deceased, who have served in the U.S. military during wartime or peacetime. It is observed on November 11th each year, with parades, ceremonies, and other events held across the country to recognize the sacrifices and dedication of veterans.
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November) – Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day to express gratitude for the blessings and harvest of the past year. Traditionally, families and friends gather for a festive meal that includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other side dishes. Many people also watch football games, participate in local Turkey Trot races, and enjoy Thanksgiving Day parades.
Native American Heritage Day (day after Thanksgiving) – Native American Heritage Day, observed on the day after Thanksgiving, is a day to recognize and honor the contributions, culture, and history of Native American people. While not a federal holiday, it is a day to promote awareness and appreciation of Native American traditions, customs, and achievements.
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