Best Things to Do in San Francisco This November

Best Things to Do in San Francisco This November

November is full of exciting and festive events of all sorts. From a festival for coffee aficionados to Dia De Los Muertos, you sure don’t want to miss out on all the fun! Make this month an eventful one before the holiday season arrives.

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in San Francisco in November including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in San Francisco, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. Take a peek below and join in on all the fun things to do in San Francisco in November!

Featured photo courtesy of BroadwaySF.

union square ice rink kids
Photo courtesy of Safeway Holiday Ice Rink.

Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square

Through mid-January

Set in San Francisco’s iconic Union Square, this ice rink — the only outdoor one in the city — kicks off its season of outdoor skating and special on-ice events with an opening celebration on November 1. 

More info: unionsquareicerink.com

A vibrant Day of the Dead altar is decorated with orange marigolds, colorful papel picado, photos, candles, and various offerings, including food and beverages. Arranged under a tree in San Francisco during November—a time to experience some of the best things to do in the city—the altar features a heart made of red roses surrounded by greenery.
Photo courtesy of The Marigold Project.

Day of the Dead: Festival of Altars

Date TBD

The Marigold Project’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration (aka Day of the Dead) honors the dead and celebrates the circle of life. Come celebrate the annual tradition at Potrero Del Sol Park to view or build your very own altar. If you plan on doing so, please bring flowers, 8-inch glass prayer candles, and mementos of loved ones.

More info: dayofthedeadsf.org 

A man wearing a light blue suit passionately sings into a microphone on a dimly lit stage. Behind him, a choir dressed in dark clothing sings and claps along. The background is dark, emphasizing the performer and his expressive performance—one of the best things to do in San Francisco this November.
Photo courtesy of Alain McLaughlin.

Glide Holiday Jam

Date TBD

This annual benefit concert provides funding for Glide’s myriad programs and features top-name talent. 2023’s concert celebrates the 60th anniversary of Reverend Cecil Williams’ arrival to Glide, and will be led by illustrious songwriter and performer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson, along with performances by the nationally renowned Glide Ensemble and Change Band. 

More info: glide.org

San Francisco coffee festival
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Coffee Festival

San Francisco Coffee Festival

Dates TBD

Are you a Chemex or French press kind of person? Find that out at the annual SF Coffee Festival at the Fort Mason Center. At this weekend-long event, you can sample all sorts of coffee brews and pastries as well as support local coffee shops in the Bay Area. It’s a coffee culture experience perfect for caffeine lovers and coffee connoisseurs.

More info: sfcoffeefestival.com

FanExpo San Francisco

Dates TBD

This three-day pop culture convention is the largest of its kind in Northern California, bringing together fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and cosplay, along with celebrity appearances from William Shatner, Sean Astin and more. 

More info: fanexpohq.com

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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