SantaCon • Dec. 8 • 10 am-6 pm • Union Square

Though Rec & Parks denied SantaCon a permit request for amplified sound to host costume contests and a singalong for this year’s event, Santas won’t be deterred. Even though it won’t be a City sanctioned event, thousands of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, reindeer, and grinches will continue the holiday caper, without a singalong or a contest.

The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and the annual phenomena has grown so much, it now takes place in well over 100 cities around the world. Last year’s SantaCon had more than 10,000 people get out to Union Square to have fun and give a little to those in need. The event is free, 21+, and attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that can be donated to Toys for Tots.

Great Dickens Fair! • Sat-Sun Nov 17-Dec 23 • Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.

Discover a One-of-a-Kind Adventure Visit London - at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. (Admission, Tix, etc.)


Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Fresh fruits and vegetables are the stars this popular market. Stonestown rear parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Sunday • Victorian Tour

Sundays | 2 pm | Victorian era architecture of the city’s first suburb Lafayette Square neighborhood. SF’s illustrious history and some steep streets. Fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations OK. MUNI 1, 3. Updated INFO:


Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000


Every Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members).

Sundays • Free Community yoga

Every Sun | 10 am | Bring Your Own Mat for outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Ave. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. (Rain cancels.) 1360 43rd Ave & Judah. Cancellations: Playland Yoga Facebook Page.

Daily • Dickens Christmas Faire

Ongoing thru Dec 23 | 10 am - 7 pm | This lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens relives the pages of history, and the Victorian stage. Free BART Shuttle from Glen Park Station every Fair day. Parking $12. (cash only) The Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City. Info/Tix:

Daily • Holiday Ice - Embarcadero

Ongoing thru Jan 8 | 10 - 9:30 pm -11:30 Fri, Sat | Celebrating 30 years! The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Info: / 837-1931. Tix: $11, children $7.

Daily • SF Firefighters Toy Programtoysfortots

Daily | In its 63rd year of helping children, the Toy Program is the largest in the U.S. and is looking for donations of unwrapped toys. Bring toys to any S.F. firehouse 415-777-0440,

Ongoing • NIGHT Bloom!

Now through - Jan 7 | Light up the season with Night Bloom, a light and sound exhibition in an illuminated Conservatory of Flowers bursting with vibrant and luminous displays through the five galleries. AVAILABLE DAYS: JFK Drive, GG Park.

DAILY • Dames At Sea

Ongoing - Dec 16 | Sweet, innocent Ruby arrives in New York with big dreams and lands in the chorus of a new show – but the theatre is about to be torn down! Full of vim, verve, and tap-dancing, DAMES AT SEA will charm its way into your heart. Gateway Theater, 215 Jackson St.

Wed • GWPNA Meeting

Wed Dec 5 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | GWPNA meetings on the first Wednesdays -open to members, and public. 131 Lenox Way, West Portal Playground Clubhouse.

Wed • Tree Lighting/Civic Center

Wed Dec 5 | 5-7 pm | Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting: On the bill of family-friendly festivities are live music, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, visits from the Grinch and Santa, and a toy giveaway, free. Polk and Grove

Wed • Guide Dogs for the Blind

Wed Dec 5 | 11 am | Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: The 42nd annual fundraiser includes a reception, raffle, boutique, meal and program. $150. St. Francis, 335 Powell St.,

Thu • People of Parkside

Thu Dec 6 | 7 pm | POPS meeting is at the Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Ave. POPs meets very first Thursday of the month.

Thu • The Devil We Know

Thu Dec 6 |6 pm | Citizens in West Virginia discover a big corporation has been dumping a toxic chemical into the local drinking water. Teflon-like chemicals are found in hundreds of products — and now in nearly every American. Discussion with film-maker, decision makers and local activists & SF Dept of the Environment follows. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St. / Koret. Please RSVP:

Thu • Your Power of Self-healing

Thu Dec 6 |6:30 pm | Meir Schneider’s techniques from his book, Awakening Your Power of Self-Healing. Learn the basics he developed to heal his own congenital blindness. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Fri • John Kalleen Jazz

Fri Dec 7 | 7-11 pm | The John Kalleen Group is a classic style jazz quartet echoing the bop eras of the 50s and 60s, . The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House. 1 Seal Rock. INFO:

Fri-Sat • Saturnalia

Fri-Sat Dec 7-22 | Bar 7:30 | Show 8 pm | Raunchy circus cabaret solstice party is inspired by the Pagan origins of Christmas traditions and features pole dance, comedy, contortion, a live rock band, sword fighting Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St (drinks allowed in theater!)

Fri-Sun • Haas-Lilianthal Tea & Tour

Fri-Sun Dec 7-9 | 2-5 pm | Holiday Victorian Teas: SF Heritage Society hosts the seasonal fundraiser in the historic architectural setting, $30-$75. Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin St.

Sat • Plant Swap

Sat Dec 8 | 11 am | Bring your succulents, cuttings, starts, seeds, or extra harvest to trade with others. Share your surplus and take home something new, for free! Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St. Back patio.

Sat • Parol Lantern Festival

Sat Dec 8 | 5–9 pm | Parol Lantern Festival & Parade: The Filipino community hosts the 16th annual yuletide display and festivities, preceded by lantern-making workshops. free. Jessie Square, Mission & Yerba Buena Lane,

Sun • Sing-Along Messiah & Fair

Sun Dec 9 | 6 - 9:30 pm | Holiday Craft Fair 6 - 9:30 PM (setup 4 pm!) Donate your own quality handmade items / baked goods (pre-wrapped and priced) to support SF City Chorus Fair. Sing-Along 7 pm Accompanied by volunteer orchestra. $15. Bring your own score, or borrow one of ours. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus Dr.

Sun • Festival of Lights

Sun Dec 9 | 5-7 pm | Celebrate Hanukkah with Rabbi Moshe Langer and the Chabad SF - SOMA Shul & Pacific Heights at Westfield SF on Level 4, Under the Dome. Open to the public with live music, treats, crafts for the whole family, and the lighting of the menorah. 5th & Market St.

Sun • Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Sat – Sun Dec 8-9 | 11am – 5pm | Eat, drink, shop, play). Explore 85+ artisans, artists, merchants and children’s activities, lively entertainment, scrumptious food, beer and wine tasting! Free and fun for all! County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (1199 9th Ave. @ Lincoln Way)

Sun • Comedy of Errors

Sun Dec 9 | 2-3:30 pm | SF Shakespeare Festival’s on tour troupe performs a one-hour version of Shakespeare’s farcical comedy: The Comedy of Errors - in the original text, a tale of chaos and confusion caused by two sets of twins - a best-loved comedy since its debut in 1594 -- and with good reason! Main Branch, 100 Larkin St. / Koret

Mon • Sing it Yourself Messiah

Mon Dec 10 | 7:30 pm | This year “serious” singers” have the option to sit in the audience with our chorus members and group together by part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass). $20-45 Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Wed • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Wed Dec 12 | 6 pm | An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers, 2018. Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St.

Thu • Open Hand Luncheon

Thu Dec 13 | 11 am | Project Open Hand’s 26th seasonal fundraiser with emcee Renel Brooks-Moon and auctioneer Franco Finn supports its efforts to serve meals to people in critical need. $250. Fairmont, 950 Mason St.,

Fri • Orquesta Conquistador

Fri Dec 14 | 7-11 pm | Orquesta Conquistador entertains with lively classic Latin jazz, traditional Cuban music, Salsa, Mambo & Cha Cha Cha.The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House. 1 Seal Rock. INFO:

Fri-Sun • S.F. Zoo Lights

Fri-Sun Dec 14-16 | 5-8 pm | Holiday decor illuminates the park and animals, with refreshments and caroling. ALSO: Dec. 18-23 & 26-30. $8-$10. ($10-12 parking). Sloat Blvd/Great Highway,

Fri • Lighted Boat Parade

Fri Dec 14 | 6–8 pm | Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: 60 decorated boats parade along the waterfront in the event, held since 1994, Fisherman’s Wharf Benefit District & St. Francis Yacht Club. free. Pier 39,

Sun • S.H.A.R.P / Luncheon

Sun Dec 16 | 12 - 2 pm | Winter Solstice Luncheon

The irrepressible Jack Barry, spouse May Pon, and SHARP’s winter solstice luncheon buffet. Free to SHARP members, $10 public. RSVP (Required) : - 1736 9th Avenue.

Sat • Santa’s Helpers Needed

Sat Dec 15 | 8:30 am - 2 pm | SF City Impact hosts the 31st annual Pre-Christmas Outreach. Help deliver groceries, cook, prepare and deliver meals to Tenderloin residents in over 40 buildings, disperse toys to kids, and serve hot meals to the homeless. $25 | 415-292-1770, Register( By 12/12): Salvation Army Kroc Center, 240 Turk St.

Sun • SF Made Gift Fair

Sun Dec 16 | 11 am - 5 pm | The 8th shopping event offers locally made gift items from 50 vendors—jewelry, chocolate, apparel, toys, decorations, stationery and more. free. California College of the Arts, Nave, 1111 Eighth St.,

Tue • Guerrilla Publicity

Tue Dec 18 | 5:30 pm | Want to be the #1 Influencer in your industry? Bigger media visibility. Based on her international bestseller, Guerrilla Publicity, Jill Lublin shares simple strategies to help your small business go from unknown to newsworthy. Main Branch, 100 Larkin St. / Learning Studio


Tue Dec 18 & Jan 15 | 6-7 pm | Meet with Captain Yick at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Relations Forum: (Every 3rd Tues.) 2345 24th Ave.

Wed • Craft Night: Sachets

Wed Dec 19 | 7 pm | Make a scented sachet, perfect for a gift or for yourself. We’ll have materials to make cards and tags too. For adults. RSVP 415-355-5700 Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St.

Wed • Chocolate Bark Treats

Wed Dec 19 | 7 pm | Chocolate Bark is simple to make, and with endless variations! Space limited: RSVP 415 355-5770 Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St.

Fri • ViBO Simfani - Jazz

Fri Dec 21 7-11 pm | World music at its best, ViBO Simfani bridges cultures from around the globe by fusing elements of Latin jazz, folk, classical, Brazilian styles such as Bossa Nova and Choro. The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House. 1 Seal Rock. INFO:


Sat • Winter Wonderland Film Fest

Sat Dec 22 | 1-4 pm | Join us for family-friendly movies during the winter break, starting with Elf (gingerbread house building at 1 pm, movie at 2). West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Scandalous Rincon Murals

Sat Dec 22 | 1 pm | Hysteria echoed from SF to D.C. when these murals were unveiled. Powerful voices called for their destruction, yet 30 years later they saved the building from demolition. Discover the drama behind these New Deal treasures - and The City’s history. Rincon Center, Mission & Steuart .

Mon • Live Nativity

Mon Dec 23| 5-8 pm | Experience the Nativity with all the animals and music and its hope and good will. Shrine of St. Francis and Portziuncola Nueva, Vallejo at Columbus, North Beach.

Tue • Christmas Helpers

Tue Dec 25 | 8:30 am - 2 pm | SF City Impact’s 31st annual ministry to serve food, clothing and gifts to low-income families, at-risk children and isolated residents in 35 buildings in the Tenderloin. $25. 415 292-1770, Register (By 12/23):

Fri • Moonglow Trio

Fri Dec 28 | 7-11 pm | From the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, and classic blues, swing, soul and pop - violinist and vocalist Richard Chon, formerly with Dan Hicks mixes it with guitarist Mike Wollenberg and bassist Bing Nathan. The Balcony at the Cliff House. 1 Seal Rock. INFO:

Sat • Winter Fest/An American Tail

Sat Dec 29 | 2-4 pm | 2nd in our family-friendly movies during the winter break, An American Tail. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sun • Kwanzaa—Celebrate Nia

Sun Dec 30 | 1-5 pm | The 5 day of Kwanzaa, with entertainment, food and fun. Nia represents purpose: To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (descendants). Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

Mon • Ring the Buddha Bell

Mon Dec 31 | 11:30 am (public) | 33rd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony. Take a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century temple bell, with a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck. Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St.

Sat • Winter Fest/An American Tail

Sat Jan 5 | 1-4 pm | 3rd in our family-friendly movies during the winter break, The Snowball Express. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

SF Comedy Festival

Thu-Sun Jan 10-27 | Various venues | SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 to showcase Bay Area sketch comedy groups and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. Info, schedule and tix:

Thu-Sun • FOG

Thu-Sun Jan 17-21 | 11 am - 7 pm (Sun 5 pm)| Celebrate the worlds of design and visual arts, with 53 leading galleries; prominent contemporary design dealers. A focal point for the design and arts communities on the West Coast. $25 Fort Mason Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd.

SF Restaurant Week

Jan 23-31 | A 10 day celebration of SFs world-class dining community. 130 restaurants offer special prix-fixe minus to showcase their passion for sharing great food. Visit for a list of participating restaurants.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jan 28 | 7:30-9 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets the 4th Monday of the month to discuss local topics. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Sat • OMI Neighbors

Thu Jan 24 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Temple UMC 65 Beverly St. (Shields)

Mon • S.H.A.R.P

Mon Jan 28 | 7 pm | For updated meeting info: - 1736 9th Avenue.

Local event? Priority for Westside events

December 2018 - January 2018

Local event? Priority for Westside events