The Best Things To Do In San Francisco – November 2016

November is a another time when we love to visit San Francisco. The weather is mild, with temperatures in the mid-60s — it feels a lot like spring! There are also plenty of celebrations — Dickens Fair kicks off the holiday season, the popular Golden Gate Half Marathon is run, and don't forget the 18th annual Hip Hop Dance Festival.

In addition the hip hop, other cultural events are in full swing, including SF Opera performances of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Verdi's Aida. In between Thanksgiving and Christmas San Francisco sees plenty of tree-lighting ceremonies — from Union Square to Pier 39. And of course the warm weather makes it an ideal time to take a quick trip to the wine country of Sonoma & Napa.

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Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

The Best Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Come aboard for a sail beneath both iconic bridges First, cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, then travel under the Bay Bridge that links SF with Oakland and the East Bay. Along the way you pass Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and get some great views of the city skyline - Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the Palace of Fine Arts and more.

North Beach & Chinatown Nighttime Walking Tour

Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

This informative and fun tour starts in Chinatown with a dim sum tasting. Learn about Chinese mysticism and culture before you head out to discover another nearby cultural neighborhood — North Beach. Taste authentic Italian coffee and admire Italian pottery and learn how theses two iconic SF neighborhoods coexist.

Ghost Walking Tour of Chinatown

Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

Speaking of Chinatown, we hear that ancient Chinese myths and folktales flourish to this day in the oldest Chinatown in the USA. On this slightly eerie, lamplit tour you discover its supernatural side. Hear fantastical tales of its past and present, as you wander through mysterious alleyways and historic streets. You're allowed to hold hands!

Top Wine Country Day Trips

Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

Full-Day Napa Valley Wine Tour

Napa Valley Wine Tour

One of the best things about visiting San Francisco is that wine country is virtually in the city's backyard. Don't miss visiting Napa Valley and three family-owned, award-winning wineries. See the wine-making process in action, and learn why Napa is one of top wine regions of the world. Includes transport to and from your hotel and all wine tastings.

Private Wine Country Tour by Limousine

Private Wine Country Tour by Limousine

Did we mention we love limousines? Travel to the Wine Country the best way — in your own luxury, private limousine tour. Drive north through Marin County, then suddenly it's all lush vineyards, rolling hills and dazzling countryside. It simply takes your breath away! Design your tour around your wine preferences and enjoy the vineyard views.

The Giant Redwoods of Muir Woods + Sausalito

Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

It's not just Wine Country you can visit from San Francisco. There are amazing natural wonders not far from the city streets. This tour takes you across Golden Gate Bridge to the nearby giant redwoods of Muir Wood, to explore the ancient forest of giant redwood trees. You also vist Sausalito, one of the prettiest village's in California, to stroll, shop & daydream.

Don't Forget to Get the San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.

The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!

The Most Delicious Food & Wine Events

Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

Cruise the bay, sip champagne on deck, then dig in to the bountiful buffet. The two-hour cruise takes you past Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero and the waterfront. It's the perfect mix of gourmet dining and sightseeing!

San Francisco International Tea Festival

San Francisco International Tea Festival

Tea lovers unite! Sample teas of the world and get your own tea swag bag! Meet tea experts Roy Fong, founder of SF's Imperial Tea Court, the first traditional Chinese teahouse in America; and James Norwood Pratt, author of The Tea Lover's Treasury & The Tea Dictionary.
• Fort Mason
• November 6th, 2016
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Top Entertainment

Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

The King & I

The King & I

Rodgers & Hammerstein's hugely popular musical, based on the true story of Anna and the King of Siam, is back at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre in November. There are performances every day for the last two weeks in the month, but tickets are sure to go early, so buy yours now.
• Golden Gate Theatre
• November 15 to 30

The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

Verdi's Aida – SF Opera

Aida

Egyptian general tangles with Ethiopian princess-slash-slave-girl. Drama ensues. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Verdi should never be missed!
• War Memorial Opera House
• November 5 to December 6, 2016

Puccini's Madame Butterfly – SF Opera

Madame Butterfly

Cultures clash when a Geisha marries an American Naval officer. Singing ensues. Critics call the SF Opera's version a "visual riot".
• War Memorial Opera House
• November 6 to December 4, 2016

At The Museums in October

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Art of Northern California
    Last days of exhibition
    Information
  • Claudy Jongstra, Dutch Designer
    Ends April 2, 2017
    Information
de Young Fine Arts Museum
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    Ends April 2, 2017
    Information
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Festivals & Happenings

Things to Do in San Francisco November 2016

Dickens Fair

Dicken's Fair

Enter the world of Charles Dickens with characters and carollers in costume as they roam through a magically recreated San Francisco town at Christmas. Visit Pickwick Place, the San Francisco Docks, a street carousel and pay a visit to Father Christmas.
• Cow Palace Exhibition Grounds
• November 19 to December 18, 2016, (weekends only)
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International Hip Hop DanceFest

International Hip Hop Dance Fest

It was the first ever SF dance festival to celebrate the artistry of hip hop dance in a competitive-free zone. See groundbreaking performances from dance companies from around the globe. Witness electrifying and thought-provoking works of dance!
• November 11 to 13, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show

San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show

Here's your chance to see the 2017 cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans representing the work of 36 of the world's top manufacturers. 1.2 million square feet of the Moscone Convention Center will be filled with best in road transportation.
• Moscone Convention Center
• November 19 to 27, 2016
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Golden Gate Half Marathon & RunSF Festival

San Francisco Golden Gate Half Marathon

Even if you don't cross the finish line, located on the waterfront in Aquatic Park, you can still celebrate the Run San Francisco Festival, with a lively collection of local food, beer & wine and music. Of course, you can always run the half-marathon, too!
• November 6, 2016
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