The eleventh month of the calendar year is best known for pumpkin pie indulgences and carving into a juicy Thanksgiving bird, but in Golden Gate Park, there are plenty of activities and get-togethers centered on art, music, dance, culture, and nature that go well beyond our annual Turkey Trail Trot. Whether you’re satisfying a craving for chocolate and coffee, creating your very own miniature Alpine Garden, or learning how to become a gentlemen, you don’t have to look far to find fun events at Golden Gate Park for November 2013.


Friday Nights – deYoung Museum – November 1, 15, 22 & 29

When you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night, look no further than the cultural events that unfold at deYoung Museum each week, where art, music, dance and information come alive. These weekly get-togethers are for guests of all ages – beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing on until 8:45 p.m. –
each one centering on a different theme.

For the month of November 2013, mark your calendars for the following deYoung Friday events:

• November 1 – “Illusions”: A celebration of David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition with performances by the Vau de Vire Society, and an iPad painting demonstration by Jeremy Sutton.

• November 15 – “In the Spirit of Bulgari”: Explore Bulgari with the help of Atelier Emmanuel, Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, Brad Rosenstein, and Academy of Art University.

• November 22 – “Hockney and Bulgari”: The San Francisco Bay Guardian co-hosts a night filled with art, which includes a panel discussion ‘Back Through the Looking Glass (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at Koret Auditorium.

• November 29 – Last Friday Night at deYoung for 2013

Austrian Alpine Garden Workshop (Part I & II) – SF Botanical Garden – November 2 & 16

The two-part Austrian Alpine Garden Workshop Series will teach you how to make a hypertufa planter, and create a mini- Alpine Garden of your own. In Week One (Nov 2), you will handcraft a planter using cement, peat, and perlite. It will take a bit of time for the planter to cure. In Week Two (Nov 16), fill your planter with a selection of mosses, dwarf species, and multi-hued flowers to create a miniature garden that features alpine plant species that have been grown by Botanical Garden volunteers. This experience will cost $75 for members, and $90 for non-members to enjoy. Classes take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Rainbow Falls 5K – Transverse & Kennedy Drives – November 3

Doesn’t a run through the park sound like a nice way to kickstart November? DSE Runners is hosting another event in Golden Gate Park, which involves a course that runs east up Kennedy Drive to McLaren Lodge, and takes you around Kezar Drive, East Conservatory Drive, and back onto Kennedy. Runners take their mark at 9 a.m. with a free Kids Run held at 9:45 a.m. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time.

For more details about registration, fees and rules, you can check out race information at DSE Runners:

Grand Opening of Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden – Kezar Triangle – November 5

SF Rec & Park will host a free opening ceremony for the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), where participants will enjoy “Farm to Table” cooking demonstrations, kiddie art activities, and a planting workshop. For more details, visit

Thursday Nightlife Events – California Academy of Sciences – November 7

The Academy hosts Thursday night events centered on specific themes that incorporate food, drink, culture, entertainment, and of course, science. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the festivities winding down around 10 p.m. You must be 21 or older to participate. The cost of tickets for the event is $10-$12.

This month, you will encounter the following Nightlife events:

• November 7 – “Gentleman’s NightLife” – In celebration of all things ‘gentlemanly,’ activities for the night will center on a variety of fun distractions, such as a barbering demo courtesy of Peoples Barber, men’s fashion at the Bold Italic’s Haberdash pop-up, DJ music in the East Pavilion and the Coral Reef, and a tasty a whiskey lounge in African Hall.

• November 14 –”Metamorphosis NightLife” – With the help of the California College of the Arts, the Academy will present a fun blend of art and science with giant interactive puzzles, short performance pieces, multimedia guitar music in the Coral Reed, DJs spinning, a special live presentation at the Planetarium, and a chat with scientific illustrator and Academy researcher Rachel Diaz-Bastin (who will highlight the metamorphosis of butterflies, snakes and octopuses).

The Escape & Rescued Memories: New York Stories’ by Lenora Lee – deYoung Museum – November 8

Tickets are required to enjoy the Friday night multi-media event at deYoung Museum that takes place at Koret Auditorium, and includes the talent and creativity of Lenora Lee Dance, Kei Lun Martial Arts, and Enshin Karate. The evening will also incorporate the poetry of Genny Lim, media design by Olivia Ting, and videography directed by Tatsu Aoki.

The event begins at 7 p.m., and centers on companion performance pieces inspired by stories of women who experienced vulnerability upon their arrival in the United States during the early 20th century. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for museum members.

End-of-Season Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – November 9

You never know what you’re going to find at the end-of-the-season plant sale at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, as this month’s sale is one of the last of 2013. Join locals on Saturday fFrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arbor. You can gain access through the Main Gate.

Chocolate and Coffee Pairing – SF Botanical Garden – November 9

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., foodies may want to check out the Chocolate and Coffee Pairing scheduled for the San Francisco Botanical Garden with special guests Four Barrel Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate. This event allows you to sample coffees paired with chocolate, while you learn about the different foods and history associated with the Meso and South America region. The cost to enjoy this event is $25 for members, and $35 for nonmembers.

Glass Terrarium Workshop – Conservatory of Flowers – November 13

Join Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents for an afternoon filled with holiday fun, as you’ll have a chance to create a succulent mini-terrarium ornament. For the price of $45 (general admission) or $35 for Conservatory of Flowers members, each participant will receive 2-3 glass ornaments to fill with succulents, which they can take home and keep. This event will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Autumnal Walk in the Clouds– SF Botanical Garden – November 16

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., join Don Mahoney at the San Francisco Botanical Garden for an afternoon walk through the Cloud Forests, where you’ll enjoy an informative tour with the SFBG Curator. Pass by numerous rare and endangered plants, learn about medicinal powers of the surrounding plants, and come across natural treasures, such as fuschia berries. The fee for this event is $10 for members, and $20 for non-members.

Holiday Centerpiece-Making Workshop – Conservatory of Flowers – November 20

In addition to the Conservatory, Sloat Garden Center is co-sponsoring a holiday workshop that allows you to create holiday centerpieces that will become the talk of your family and friends. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Jennie Strobel will demonstrate how to make unique centerpieces for holiday table decoration by using natural materials. With proper care, these centerpieces (which will include succulents and tillandsias) can last for months. This make-and-take workshop costs $50 for general admission, and $40 for members of the Conservatory. Materials, such as soil, the base, plants and other supplies, is included with the price of admission.

Turkey Trail Trot XI – Polo Field – November 28

Before you settle in front of the television to catch NFL or enjoy a tasty holiday spread, you may want to check out the festivities unfolding at Polo Field for the eleventh round of the Turkey Trail Trot at Golden Gate Park. The main cross-country style course offers a 5-mile Turkey Trot (the run), 3-mile Pilgrim Promenade (a walk), and the 100-meter Kid’s Gobbler Chase.

The start and finish line for the events is at Polo Field with the Gobbler Chase kicking off at 8 a.m. The start time of the run and walk follows at 8:30 a.m. First-, second-, and third-place finishers win tasty prizes with others in the running for equally satisfying raffle prizes.

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Last Friday Night at deYoung Museum for 2013 – November 29

Until next year, it’s time to say ‘farewell’ to Friday nights filled with culture, art, music and dance at Golden Gate Park’s resident art museum by attending the 2013 grand finale of Friday Nights at deYoung. As always, prepare for live music, dancing, art making, as well as cultural fun centered on celebrating The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 and David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.

A film screening of ‘Mary Poppins’ will also take place at Koret Auditorium, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the Kimball Education Gallery is hosting a closing reception for artist-in-residence Ana Teresa Fernandez from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Additional monthly events for November 2013 at Golden Gate Park include:

• Free Outdoor Yoga – every Saturday at 11 a.m. – Big Rec Field (Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
• Lindy in the Park – on Sundays at 11 a.m. – JFK Drive Lindy Hop Spot (Nov 3, 10, 17)
• Roller Disco Party – every Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 6th Ave & Kennedy Dr (Nov 3, 10, 17, 24)