Around the Bay in November

Come celebrate the 75th Anniversary of two great World War II museum vessels, the USS Pampanito and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, on Saturday, November 10 from 6 p.m.

Published: November, 2018


Party Like It’s 1943

Come celebrate the 75th Anniversary of two great World War II museum vessels, the USS Pampanito and the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, on Saturday, November 10 from 6 p.m. until midnight on Pier 45. Get taken back to an authentic 1943 USO party. You’ll see singers, swing dancers, period attire and contests for kissing and costume. Plentiful hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served throughout the evening, topped off with a big birthday cake. Join the party in honoring the legacy of these two maritime veterans and the greatest generation. General admission tickets are $75. For more information and tickets, visit


Salmon Soiree

Salmon is king among California fish. Explore our “salmon-scape” in a journey from high mountain streams to the deep blue sea on Saturday, November 10 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. featuring art, music and printmaking. Enjoy science, crafts and seafood bites while you mix, mingle and learn. Enjoy stunning night views of the city at the newly renovated Randall Museum at 199 Museum Way in San Francisco. NOAA Fisheries scientists Dr. Sarah Mesnick and Dr. Thomas Williams will share the latest conservation research. Tickets are $20 with two beverages included and the minimum age is 16. For more information, visit or call (415) 530-5366.


Happier Holidays at PIER 39

PIER 39 will be spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s Waterfront this year. PIER 39 is unwrapping a new nightly tree lighting show on its 60-foot Christmas tree at the top of each hour from 5 to 10 p.m. The show will run from November 21 through January 1. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree becomes a kaleidoscope of swirling color, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments.  These dazzling tree lighting moments take center stage all season long. Get into the spirit of the season at PIER 39 while shopping, dining and strolling. Visitors will also enjoy local community performances, writing letters to Santa and fun social sharing activities. When you bring a gift for those less fortunate, you’ll receive a special holiday treat.


Winter Wine Pour

Join PIER 39 for the Winter Wine Pour on Friday, November 30th from 4 to 8 p.m. Sip wine and toast the holidays with friends and family. At the Winter Wine Pour, stroll the pier and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings featuring wine from the Livermore Valley Wine Country, one of California’s oldest wine regions. Winter Wine Pour attendees will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses and a commemorative wine glass, all while enjoying festive holiday entertainment. Advance tickets are $25 until November 29. A limited number of tickets will also be available day-of in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza for $30 (cash only). A portion of tickets sales will benefit Aquarium of the Bay’s free conservation education program for Bay Area children.


The Art of Perception

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents Memory and Perception, an exhibit that reveals how artists interpret the world around and within them. All artists integrate their life experiences into their artwork, consciously or unconsciously, often incorporating what they see and sense in the present with their memories of the past. Artists from across the nation explore diverse subject matter in this exhibit, from childhood memories to captured moments in time. Visitors will see artwork in a wide array of mediums including photography, painting, fiber, sculpture and more. The exhibit is on view from November 17 through December 23 with an artist’s reception on November 17 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public. The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 500 Palm Drive in Novato.


Mmmm, Chocolate!

Discover, taste and savor the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolates and confections for the holiday season. The Fall Holiday Chocolate Salon is the seasonal chocolate show that takes place at the San Francisco County Fair Building Auditorium in Golden Gate Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts can taste and experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary regions. The event participants include over 25 chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artisans. The Fall Holiday Chocolate Salon is the perfect place to find the perfect gift, while tasting and savoring the chocolate lovers experience. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets and more information, visit



Skating Away


Embarcadero Center

Celebrate the holiday spirit in San Francisco with the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink in a beautiful city setting with an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. This is signature San Francisco and it’s what makes the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, opening on November 5, the perfect place for holiday fun. For three decades locals and visitors have been celebrating the season at Embarcadero Center. Join the fun and create festive, unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. Located in Embarcadero Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic San Francisco Ferry Building, the hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. General admission is $12 and $7 for children seven years old and under, with skate rentals available for $5.


Union Square

A San Francisco holiday tradition, the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square kicks off on November 7 at 9:30 a.m. From families to friends, and couples to colleagues, ev-eryone can enjoy ice skating in San Francisco’s iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights and the sights and sounds of the season. Novices and naturals alike will love the outdoor ice skating experience in the middle of beautiful San Francisco. This season features the return of favorite holiday traditions, including Drag Queens on Ice (December 6), Flashback Fridays (November 9, December 14 and January 11) and Polar Bear Skate (January 1). The ice rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception Sunday, December 31, when it will close at at 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices for regular admission are $18 and $13 for children eight years old and under, with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Advance tickets are on sale at The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will remain open through the holiday season and will close on Monday, January 21.


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