As we come closer to the end of the year, holiday celebrations and seasonal activities start to emerge. In between early holiday shopping and catching your favorite football team, don’t forget to check out the Golden Gate Park events for November 2015. You’ll find something for everyone – from a Thanksgiving run to Christmas-related gift shopping. And, since it is a season of giving and charity – you can also participate in a range of events that raise awareness and funds for good causes. As always, they’ll be plenty of art, science and culture for all ages, so what are you waiting for…browse the November 2015 events for Golden Gate Park below:

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Botanical Drawing with Nina Antze – SF Botanical Garden –November 5

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., spend the day with local artist Nina Antze as you explore the ins and outs of botanical illustration. This single-day workshop centers on having participants concentrate on one flower (or piece of fruit or leaf), where they will execute color studies, draw and add color. Fresh blooms and specimens hailing from the Botanical Garden will be on hand, or you could bring something from your own garden. All drawing levels are welcome and the workshop will focus on fine-tuning colored pencil techniques. Good weather means lunch (which you bring) will take place outside.

The fee to enjoy this activity is $75 for members and $90 for non-members.

Design Lab Thursday Nightlife at CAS – California Academy of Sciences – November 5

The first Nightlife event of November features a special collaboration between the Academy and the California College of the Arts (CCA) to present an evening filled with science and art. In African Hall, the inventive work of CCA artists will be on display, such as customized emoji stickers by Xiaofang Mei; a mobile gallery art space; and graphite and paper leaf/wood rubbings by William Nicholas and Yu-Wen Chen. The East Pavilion will showcase digitally produced artwork by students. Music by DJ Midnight Artist will entertain throughout the event.

As always, themed Thursday Nightlife events are for the 21 and over crowd (keep in mind that proper ID is required to gain entry). Members pay $10, while non-members are charged $12. The party begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

Other Thursday Nightlife events scheduled for November 2015 include:

  • November 12 – Illusions NightLife: Test your perception with a night devoted to exploring the illusions of life. A double feature starting with the ‘Variety Show’ and Master Magician Dan Chan starts at 8 p.m., followed by the comedy, magic, mind games and juggling antics of ‘Mysteries of the Mind’ at 9 p.m. Head for the African Hall, where you can make your way through a virtual reality maze. DJ Professor Bang will be spinning tunes in the coral reef – your source of musical entertainment for the night.
  • November 19 – BiteLife: Every year, this event is considered a Nightlife winner, and if you’re a foodie, you’ll appreciate an evening where edibles rule. Just some of the things to look forward to include a live turkey cooking demonstration; Chef Zachery Pacleb and caviar pearls; cranberry sauce samples; molecular cooking demo; music by MOM DJs; and plenty of other interesting fun to explore.

Friday Night at deYoung (Electric Couture) – deYoung Museum – November 6

In addition to an art-making station and spending time with the November Artist-in-Residence Yarrow Slaps, those who come to the first Friday Night event for the month of November will enjoy a fashion-forward assortment of activities and attractions.

Wilsey Court will host “Come Out and Play in the Dark with Dark Garden Unique Corsetry” at 6:30 p.m., where you can wear your own corset or put on a Dark Garden original so that you may take a photographic souvenir. In the background, you’ll hear tunes that’ll encourage you to sway to the sounds of electro swing. At 7:15 p.m., perhaps “Electric Fashion”: Christine Suppes and Frederic Aranda, in conversation with Jill D’Alessandro, is more of your style. A book signing immediately follows this artist talk with books available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Other Friday Night events at deYoung for November 2015 include:

  • November 13: Berets, Exray’s, and Forays – Exray’s is slated to perform live in Wilsey Court at 6:30 p.m., where the local trio will fill the air with an experimental assortment of up-tempo beats and melodic pop tunes. The Piazzoni Murals Room will serve as a space for Still Life Dances to take place – a movement project created by choreographers Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg. Here, you will view dances which take inspiration from famous still life paintings found in deYoung’s collection. In the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, you will find “Hypnosis Tours: Deep Relaxation as a Pathway towards Connection with Art,” a two-part series unfolding at the museum.
  • November 20: 100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area – The theme for the night highlights the 100-year anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. A visit to Koret Auditorium brings you to a long conversation that involves speakers such as Josette Melchor (Grey Area Foundation for the Arts); Dorothy R. Santos (writer, curator); and Tim Roseborough (artist, musician, former Kimball Artist-in-Residence). Maus Haus will provide the live music for the night (Wilsey Court; 6:30 p.m.), delivering the sounds of an experimental pop collective.
  • November 27: Entertainment for the night will consist of live music by John Santos Septet in Wilsey Court, which begins at 6:30 p.m. To close the 2015 season of Friday Nights, the group will present a program that incorporates a range of classic and original Danzones, which represents a piece of Cuban culture.

Cheese Fondue & Raclette Pop-up by the Lake – Stow Lake Boathouse – November 7 & 21

As you consider participating in this next round of cheese fondue pop-up dinners about town, note that the menu will now feature raclette (a Swiss dish of melted cheese that is typically eaten with potatoes). To enjoy a taste of Switzerland, a ticket includes the price of a menu that features a Charcuterie plate (cured meats); wine; beer; side dishes; and cheese fondue or raclette. Starting at 6 p.m., keep in mind that tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. Call Stow Lake Boathouse for more information at (415) 386-2531.

SF Bicycle Coalition: Let’s Practice Together in SF – McLaren Lodge – November 8

If you’d like to sharpen your skills and confidence with bicycle riding, the SF Bicycle Coalition is hosting an event for adults that helps them learn how to ride. Volunteers will oversee an easy ride throughout Golden Gate Park’s car-free space before hitting a patch of traffic, and making their way to the Richmond District for edibles. Those who are interested will meet at the large tree in front of McLaren Lodge on the northwest corner of Fell and Stanyan Streets. The ride will begin at 11:15 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m.

Don’t have a bike? Keep in mind that bike rentals are available around the park at Avenue Cyclery (756 Stanyan Street); Golden Gate Park Bike Rentals (1816 Haight Street); and multiple pop-up locations offered by Park Wide Bike Rentals. You can direct any of your questions to [email protected].

Join the Voices Against Brain Cancer – Bandshell and Music Concourse – November 8

The second annual run and walk geared towards spreading awareness and raising funds to fight brain cancer and brain tumors will hold registration and check-in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The 5K run and 3K scenic walk will begin at 9 a.m. Combining fun, fitness, fundraising and family, the event will also include live entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Spreckels Lake 5K & San Franciscan Mile – JFK Drive & 36th Ave – November 8

There will be two different races you may consider participating in on this day at Golden Gate Park. The first event is a 1-mile race that begins at 8:45 a.m., heading eastbound (uphill) along Kennedy Drive from the Spreckels Lake starting point to Transverse Drive. The 5K follows afterwards, and takes runners westbound on Kennedy Drive from its Spreckels Lake start. Runners will then pass by the Chain of Lakes dirt path, MLK Drive pedestrian path, Transverse Drive, and back onto Kennedy Drive towards a downhill finish. Registration for both races will take place at Kennedy Drive/36th Avenue – right across the way from Spreckels Lake. For race fees and other information, click here.

ArtPoint Cocktail Party– deYoung Museum – November 12

In celebration of Royal Hawaiian Featherwork and Jewel City in San Francisco, think of how much fun you’d have at a Hawaiian Island-themed evening that includes live music, guided tours, hosted cocktails, and a buffet of small edibles? Will you come dressed in Island-inspired cocktail attire? Young professionals are invited to joinArtPoint for an after-hours reception and get treated to an exclusive viewing of two exhibits (Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i), which is the first of its kind on the U.S. mainland.

This event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission tickets cost $75, while ArtPoint members pay only $55. For more details, call (415) 750-3636 or join the organization by emailing [email protected] today.

Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific – Conservatory of Flowers – November 12

The newest garden railway of the Conservatory will celebrate the centennial of San Francisco’s 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition. Come see the mesmerizing setup that includes hundreds of dwarf plants and a handful of water features that bring to life the park post-1906 when an earthquake required many changes and repairs to Golden Gate Park attractions. If you’re not one of the first to enjoy this exhibit, don’t worry…the Garden Railway will stay open until April 10, 2016.

End of Year Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – November 14

This will be your last chance to bring home a new plant for the year, as the last botanical sale for 2015 allows you to browse and buy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gobble & Give – Bunny Meadow – November 14

In an event that blends fundraising with fun, mark your calendar for a family outing taking place at Bunny Meadow. Here, the kids are treated to face painting, games, crafts, and treats. Adults will also have their own assortment of food and drinks to enjoy. The proceeds from this event will go towards assisting programs geared towards the homeless and low-income families throughout San Francisco. You’ll find free parking along Conservatory Drive West and JFK Drive for the entire event. Gobble & Give is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any questions? You can contact Erin Reeser at (415) 345-7262 or for more information, visit here.

Turkey Trot Fun Run – Polo Fields – November 26

Make it a tradition or continue an old one by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Run & Walk at Golden Gate Park, which is entering its 13th year. In addition to enjoying a fun outing, division winners in the 5-mile race have a chance to win turkeys, pumpkin pies, wine and other delectable prizes. Raffle winners will also take home awesome prizes.

The events for the day will include:

  • 5 Mile Turkey Trail Trot (run)
  • 3 Mile Pilgrim Promenade (walk)
  • 100 Meters Kid’s Gobbler Chase, where children race against a 6-foot tall, 180-pound turkey.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Whales: Giants of the Deep – California Academy of Sciences – November 29

Mark your calendars to remember the last time you’ll be able to catch an exhibit devoted completely to whales is at the end of this month. Here is where you will learn about the cultural significance of these giant creatures, conservation efforts, their diversity, and the animal’s adaptation throughout time. Access to this exhibit comes with the purchase of an admission ticket to the Academy.

Christmas in San Francisco Crystal FairSF County Fair Building – November 28 & 29

With the holidays right around the corner, this show provides shoppers with a few gift ideas to put under the Christmas tree. Over 40 vendors will gather to sell their affordably-priced wares, which includes thousands of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and items associated with the healing arts. The show will be held over the course of two days: Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The admission fee to enter the show is $8 with no charge for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. The $8 ticket fee grants you entry for both days. For directions and more details, call (415) 383-7837 or click here.

Light in the Grove – National AIDS Memorial Grove – November 30

Celebrated on the eve of World AIDS Day, locals gather at the National AIDS Memorial Grove to participate in an annual Light in the Grove fundraising gala, which pays homage to life and remembers those who are no longer with us. The event sells out quickly, as many want to experience this uniquely tented gathering surrounded by beautiful lights which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, performances, and art – all in the outdoors. For more information about the event, and to purchase tickets, click here.