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November 14th, 2017

Free Things to do in SF: November Edition

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As is SCH monthly tradition, here are some highlights of upcoming free events in November that cost #zerodollars. Plan ahead to see all that November in SF has to offer.

Illuminate SF

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, this year-round initiative introduces public light art installations throughout the city. This season they offer new experiences of installations and tours. Info here. All are accessible through public transportation and free. Check out their map to see what you can find. The closest installation to SCH is at Grace Cathedral, with artists Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell’s Jacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path, completed in 2016. The work is located inside the cathedral, and depicts a ladder from heaven to earth. Open 8-6 daily.

Veterans Day Parade

Honor our veterans on Nov. 12 with the SF Salute to Veterans parade. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at North Point Street and the Embarcadero, making its way through FIsherman’s Wharf.

Free Admission Day at SF Botanical Gardens

Nov. 14 is free admission day at the gardens for SF visitors, as well as free entry on Thanksgiving Day. Explore 55 acres of green space in Golden Gate Park with varying gardens and plant collections. See the garden map here. For more information on hours and location, visit their site.

Stockton Street Winter Walk

The holiday pop-up plaza features two blocks of gourmet food trucks, beer & wine gardens, carolers and live music amongst shoppers in the heart of Union Square. Runs Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Check out the calendar ahead of time to see what events are planned.

Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony


Macy’s 28th Annual tree lighting ceremony will be held the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Crowds will gather to watch the 67-foot tree in Union Square lit for the holiday season. Performances by the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and more. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with tree lighting set at 6:40. Arrive early to find a good spot.


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