The eleventh month not only celebrates a time of the year devoted to giving thanks, but also offers a handful of Golden Gate Park events in November that are sure to get you in a colorful mood. For example, this month, you can stop by the Conservatory of Flowers for beer garden fun, dramatic antics, and to view the illuminating public art installation outside of the building at sundown that has been extended due to its popularity. Consider shaking a tail feather as a runner in the annual Trot. Get in a festive spirit with creative workshops and holiday fair. All this and more can be found below for November’s schedule of events for Golden Gate Park:
“Photosynthesis” – Conservatory of Flowers – November 1 – November 26
If you haven’t had a chance to take in the beauty of an illuminated Conservatory of Flowers, you have more opportunities…thanks to an extension related to the overwhelming interest in the installation. The exterior of the Conservatory becomes illuminated at dusk, and continues on at the top of each hour and at the 30-minute mark. Keep in mind that the prime viewing areas for this sight are on JFK Drive and in Conservatory Valley. You can also find parking along JFK Drive. The colorful display is free and takes place nightly, starting at sundown until 11:45 p.m.
Natural Color Book Talk & Demo – SF Botanical Garden – November 2
Join author Sasha Duerr at the Helen Crocker Russell Library to enjoy a free book talk and demonstration centered on using natural color to your advantage within the home and in fashion. You may also purchase a copy of Natural Color, and have it signed. This event will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. RSVP to [email protected].
Cloud Forest Beauties (Botanical Drawing) – SF County Fair Building – November 9
Artists representing all drawing levels are welcome to join Nina Antze for an exploration of botanical illustration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This one-day workshop will concentrate on a single flower or leaf with color studies and a chance to draw/color your own flower. Use the fresh blooms and specimens provided from the Garden’s Cloud Forest to learn more about techniques for colored pencil art. The cost to participate in this workshop is $75 for members and $90 for non-members. This event will take place at the Recreation Room of the SF County Fair Building.
Brain & Body Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – November 9
If you’re looking for an interesting evening out, the Academy might just be the place for you to consider. The fascinating subjects of the brain and body will take center stage for this week’s NightLife gathering with demos, discussions and best of all, yoga sessions – all geared towards expanding your mind and body. Throughout the museum, the likes of Yoga Works, Yoga Tree, and Outdoor Yoga SF will hold sessions. From learning about beachside yoga to relaxing beside the residents of the Philippine Coral Reef, these experiences are sure to put your mind and body at ease. Bauman College representatives will also be on hand to share holistic nutrition tips. In order to participate and get the most out of this NightLife, don’t forget to bring along your own yoga mat, and keep in mind that class capacity is limited and some passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis…which means ‘the early bird gets the worm.’
Thursday NightLife events at the Academy are mostly held on a weekly basis from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (with the exception of a few holiday hiatuses). The festivities are reserved for the 21 and over crowd, and you will have to show valid identification at the door. Ticket costs are $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Another NightLife event to consider for November 2017 is one sure to make foodies smile:
- November 16: Bitelife Nightlife – An annual celebration of incredible edibles. The demonstrations, workshops and themes for the evening will mostly concentrate on introducing you to different ways on how to make your Thanksgiving feast unforgettable.
Teotihuacan-Inspired Friday Night at deYoung – deYoung Museum – November 10
The de Young Museum has planned an evening filled with culture, music, art and fun that includes live performances, Teotihuacan traditions, and an exploration of spiritual duality. Selected solos and duets with musicians from the internationally renowned Mills Center for Contemporary Music will hold a performance from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 9th floor, where you’ll find the Hamon Education Tower and Piazzoni Murals Room. Join Linda Janklow in Buchanan Court (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) to learn how to weave. A chat centered on Teotihuacan will be held by community representations in Herbst Exhibition Galleries (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). From 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., gather in the Koret Auditorium to view a screening of ‘Lucifer’ by Gust van den Berghe. As always, this event is free.
End of Season Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – November 11
It’s that time of the year again…when the end of season plant sale at the Garden takes place…and you can stock up on last-minute foliage for your personal spaces. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you will find this plant sale in the Entry Garden (situated close to the Main Gate and Bookstore).
Supergirls’ Bicycle Ride – California Academy of Sciences – November 11
The first bike ride of its kind is scheduled to take place this month, and you can join the Supergirls on an adventure from Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach. At 10 a.m., a meet-and-greet will take place in Golden Gate Park at the entrance of the California Academy of Science. The ride begins at 10:15 a.m. You should reach the beach by 12 p.m. Bring along snacks to share as you chat with others at Ocean Beach. This is a fun opportunity to stay in shape, socialize, and have fun. If weather conditions are poor, the ride might get canceled. For more details and to register for this event, click here.
Spreckels Lake 5K & San Franciscan 1 Mile/Kids Run – Spreckles Lake – November 12
In mid-November, Golden Gate Park not only hosts three running events for all ages, but also gives you a chance to get reacquainted with one of park’s many lakes – Spreckels Lake. Go to JFK Drive/36th Avenue near Spreckels Lake to register for one or both races. To participate in one race, the cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members; the fee for both races is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. The 1-mile race begins at 9 a.m. from JFK Drive (near Spreckels Lake) with an uphill run towards the finish line at JFK Drive near Transverse. The 5K is scheduled to start around 9:30 a.m. from JFK Drive, passing through the Chain of Lakes dirt path and MLK Drive pedestrian path towards a downhill finish at JFK Drive. For more information, click here.
Botanicals & Brews Beer Garden – Conservatory of Flowers – November 17
As part of a series of after-hours gatherings scheduled for every third Friday of the month at the Conservatory, November welcomes the Black Sands Brewery, which was designed and constructed by homebrewers. The cost to enjoy this 21-and-over event ranges from $22.50 to $25. General admission includes entry to the Conservatory, one complimentary craft brew, and access to the Beer Garden on the Palm Terrace from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Keep in mind that the last drink is sold at 11 p.m. To claim a ticket to this event, click here.
Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk – Polo Field – November 23
Before you give thanks and pile on the gravy-drenched turkey, you might want to stretch your legs at the 15th annual Turkey Trot at Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field. The Turkey Trail Trot (5-mile run) kicks off at 8:40 a.m. and the Pilgrim Promenade (3-mile run and non-competitive walk) begins at 8:30 a.m. For the younger participants, don’t forget to sign them up for the 100-meter Kids Gobbler Chase that takes place at 8 a.m. Polo Field is the site for both the start and finish of all events. The course offers a cross country-style terrain that is mostly flat with “grassy meadows and dirt pathways/trails” along the way. Be prepared for grass and off-road terrain. Click here to register for this festive event, which has attracted many costumed runners and walkers in the past.
Garden Free Day – SF Botanical Garden – November 23
Unlike many other places about the city, the Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park does not close its doors on Thanksgiving Day. Instead, this is one of the few times throughout the year where you can visit the Garden for free. From 7:30 a.m. to the last entry at 4 p.m., you do not have to pay to enjoy attractions such as the year-round Southeast Asian Cloud Forest Collection or take a photo beside the 100 year-old Monterey Cypress found just inside the Main Gate.
Victorian Murder Mystery – Conservatory of Flowers – November 24
If you’re in the mood for a ‘whodunit’ kind of night, perhaps Murder at the Conservatory is just the thing to settle into on a crisp November evening. A general admission ticket grants you access to the Conservatory after hours (from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), a sampling of artisan grilled cheeses and side, as well as a glass of wine. In the meanwhile, you’ll be transported back into time, where you’ll have a chance to solve a murder. Since November is considered the peak season for this event, general admission and group admission prices are a bit higher than the rest of the year. Expect ticket prices to range from $95 to $105, which can be purchased here.
Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair – SF County Fair Building – November 25 & 26
If you’re looking to buy a few unique gifts for Christmas, the Crystal Fair offers the ideal opportunity to browse and purchase gems, jewelry, minerals and crystals for the holidays. Pay a visit to the more than 45 vendors who will come to sell their wares, such as beaded jewelry or gift ideas for the healing arts enthusiast. Admission is $12, and is good for two days. Children ages 12 and under enter for free with an adult. This is a two-day affair: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, you can check out http://www.crystalfair.com/.
Light in the Grove – National AIDS Memorial Grove – November 30
Voted the best LGBT Gala in the Bay Area, Light in the Grove has always been a sold-out event that raises funds for a good cause on the eve of World AIDS Day. At the center of the Memorial, an unforgettable candlelight reflection in the Circle of Friends takes place. This event begins at 6 p.m. and costs $250 in order to participate, which includes a buffet dinner, special musical and artistic performing guests, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – all centered on this year’s theme of ‘Bending the Arc Towards Justice’. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Wine & Wreath Nights – SF Botanical Garden – November 30 & December 1
There are two chances to enjoy the popular holiday workshop that pairs sips of wine with botanical wreaths, and one opportunity occurs on the last day of November. With an assortment of unique specimens and materials from the Botanical Garden, you will learn how to make your very own one-of-a-kind holiday wreath. Helping you along the way is workshop instructor Baylor Chapman, who will share her garden and floral design expertise.
The fee to enjoy this workshop is $60 for members and $70 for non-members, which includes the cost of provided materials, such as ribbons, wire frame and paddle wire. Your ticket cost also includes two servings of wine. You should bring along scissors, clippers and any other ornaments, ribbons and other accents that you’d like to incorporate with your masterpiece. You must be 21 or over to participate. This event will take place at the Gallery in the Garden, and runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to reserve your space and purchase a ticket.