Things to do in San Francisco this weekend

Concerts, food festivals, art exhibits and more of the best things to do in San Francisco this weekend
Holiday Market Extravaganza
Photograph: Holiday Market Extravaganza
By Matt Charnock |

November has finally arrived! No plans yet for Veterans Day weekend? We have plenty of recommendations for the best things to do in San Francisco this weekend. If you’re organizing a night out on the town, you’ll want to check out the best bars in San Francisco. After a crazy night, nurse a hangover at one of San Francisco’s top brunch restaurants. Just make sure to have some fun before it’s Monday morning (again).

Things to do in SF this weekend

Holiday Ice Rink At Embarcadero Center
Photograph: Yelp/Kevin Y.
Things to do

Embarcadero Center Lighting Ceremony

Kickstart the holiday season with an awesome light show across the San Francisco skyline. The Embarcadero Center’s 32nd Annual Building Lighting Ceremony will illuminate the square with more than 17,000 lights across four iconic buildings, all capped off by a magical firework show.

West Coast Craft, one of the best craft fairs in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft

icon-location-pin Fort Mason Center, Cow Hollow

WCC brings together a juried exhibition of local creators twice a year—in the summer and winter. From ceramics to clothing, jewelry to artisan smoking devices, there’s a wide range of handmade goods that are all equally beautiful. You’ll find notable names who exhibit every year like woodworkers Aleksandra Zee and Katie Gong, ceramicist Sam Lee, and minimalist clothing line Only Child, as well as discover new artists.

Goop holiday pop-up
Photograph: Adrian Gaut
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Goop, the celebrity lifestyle brand everyone has an opinion on, is hosting a holiday pop-up shop in SF.  Swing by to peruse their selection of clothing, beauty products, home and body accessories, and new print magazine. 

Tratto’s cioccolata calda con amaro
Photograph: Courtesy Tratto

Fourth Street Holiday Lights

Berkley’s Fourth Street kicks off the holiday season with a dazzling display of holiday street lights and free hot drinks. Stroll the East Bay street from 5–7pm to enjoy live music and complimentary beverages at the following cafes and drink shops: Artís Coffee; Market Hall Foods Berkeley; Peet’s Coffee; Sur La Table; Tacubaya and Teance Fine . 

Photograph: Courtesy Conservatory of Flowers
Things to do

Botanicals & Brews

icon-location-pin Golden Gate Park

Head over to the Conservatory of Flowers on Friday for the last iteration of Botanicals & Brews this season. There will be music, local wine flights, flowery beer tastings from Standard Deviant and New Home Brewin Co, on-site food trucks and more. Tickets ($27–$55) include access to the Conservatory (6:30—10:30pm) and the Beer Garden on the Palm Terrace (6:30pm—11:30pm).

Photograph: Martha Williams

Wildcard Taproom Grand Opening

Beer lovers, rejoice! Wildcard Brewing Co is opening a new taproom in Albany. The first 100 patrons to the party will get a complimentary Wildcard Brewing Co. cup, but everyone in attendance can enjoy discounted pints, small bites, and more. Admission is free with an RSVP.

Photograph: Yelp/Shelley B.
Bars, Cocktail bars

Elixr 15th Aniversary Party

icon-location-pin Mission Dolores

Celebrate one of the oldest bars in San Franisco. Elixir will celebrate their 15th year (inside a 160-year-old saloon) with an assortment of drink specials, free barbecue, and raffle prizes. Admission is free, but have some funds available for drinks and tips.

Santa with pets, dog

Ugly Sweater holiday photos with your pup

Hilarious Hound is partnersing with Rachel Simpson Photography and Willam-Sonoma to host a holiday photoshoot featuring your dog! Each photo session ($120) includes a beautiful 5x7 archival print perfect for the mantle and a hi-res digital file. Only families of 5 or smaller will be accepted with a two dog limit. Ugly Sweaters and holiday props will be available but feel free to bring your own.