November brings juicy turkeys, candied yams and pumpkin pie to dinner tables across San Francisco, and Golden Gate Park will be doing its part, such as hosting an annual gathering on Thanksgiving. Aside from holiday celebrations and autumn nature outings, there are plenty of activities and get-togethers to consider at one of the most visited parks in the United States. When you’re looking for November events at Golden Gate Park in 2012, consider the following opportunities:

Lindley Meadow 4M – November 4

Stretch your legs or cheer on local runners at the Lindley Meadow 4M, which kicks off at 9 a.m. This cross country course will offer a blend of grass, dirt and paved path. The start and finish line will be at Lindley Meadow – located adjacent to John F. Kennedy Drive and across the road from Spreckles Lake. Kids may participate in a free ½ mile that starts at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The fees for this event are $5 for participants 18 years and older, $3 for participants aged 11 to 17, and free for runners under 10 years old. The closing date for registration is November 2 at 9 a.m. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. All participants will receive a ribbon with special ribbons going to the top five overall male and female runners. For more information, contact [email protected] or (415) 978-0837. This is a rain or shine event.

Succulent Terrarium Workshop with the Succulent Bar – Conservatory of Flowers – November 7 

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can learn how to create your own succulent terrarium with the help of the Succulent Bar and Urban Bazaar. By the end of the event, your glass orb terrarium will contain a mixture of succulents, rocks and moss that you can take home. The skills taught in the class will enable you to make additional terrariums that could possibly become a few Christmas presents this year. Information you’ll encounter includes basic succulent identification, propagation, and care. This event costs $32 with an $18 material fee (30% off of materials from Urban Bazaar & the Succulent Bar). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. You can register for this event online.


Planetarium Party at NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – November 8

The Academy has planned an evening to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Morrison Planetarium, including a mini-marathon of planetarium shows. Other highlights include space specimens from the Academy collections and interactive art installations by LoveTech.

Nightlife events at the California Academy of Sciences run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every week, and cost $12 for the over 21 crowd. Other Thursday nightlife events for November 2012 include:

  • 11/15: “Brainiac NightLife” – pub-style trivia and music by DJ Eric Sharp (Rock It Science Laboratories).
  • 11/22: Busy celebrating Thanksgiving – come by next week.
  • 11/29: “Snowvember NightLife” – live reindeer and snow cones with American Tripps Berlin-style ping pong.


Free Ballroom Dancing – deYoung Museum – November 9

Starting at 6:30 p.m., Wilsey Court will become a temporary dance studio that provides visitors with a chance to learn ballroom dancing alongside the San Francisco Ballet’s Center for Dance Education. This program is free and open to the public as part of Friday Nights at de Young.


Archery Class for First-Timers – GGP Archery Range – November 10 

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about archery or expose your child to the exhilaration of hitting a bull’s-eye, head for the Golden Gate Park Archery Range located at 904 47th Ave. Thanks to the Golden Gate Junior Olympic Archery Development Club, first time lesson classes will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 10, 2012. The two hour archery class costs $20. For more details, check out for more information on registration.


End-of-Season Sale – SF Botanical Gardens (the Arbor) – November 10

Located next to the SF Botanical Garden Bookstore on the Main Gate esplanade, the Arbor will offer an end-of-season sale for plant hunters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Wild Equity Walk – Beach Chalet – November 11

Take in the sights of Ocean Beach while joining the Wild Equity Institute to search for the endangered Western Snowy Plover that are known to frequent the area. Not only will you get a chance to catch sight of the species in its native habitat, but you will also learn ways to help the creature survive. Interested parties will meet at the Beach Chalet (1000 Great Highway) at 11 a.m. The event is expected to conclude at 1 p.m. This event is free with an RSVP.


JAZZ + at the deYoung: Faye Carol Quartet – November 11

The de Young Museum and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music have collaborated to create a series of five Sunday afternoon concerts called JAZZ +. All performances are free and start at 2 p.m.- ending at 3:30 p.m. The event on November 11 will feature the vocals and music of the Faye Carol Quartet, which will combine the sounds of drums, piano, saxophone, and bass.


Draft Design Concept for the Kezar Triangle – County Fair Building – November 14

If you’re looking to have your voice heard and make a difference in the community, a public meeting will be held at the County Fair Building (from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) to discuss the design concept for the Kezar Triangle – a section of Golden Gate Park between Lincoln Way, Kezar Drive and Arguello Blvd. Additional information can be found at


Boomtown! Events – Conservatory of Flowers – November 15

Dust off your cocktail attire for the Green & Gold Gala (A Night Out in Boomtown!), which will transport you back to the days of the gold rush and Barbary Coast antics on November 15 (5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.). A VIP reception and preview will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission for the main event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you like, you can purchase tickets in advance. To get in the true mood of the evening, come in your vintage best.

The Green & Gold Gala is a special event to kick off the Boomtown! exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers that will last from November 16, 2012 to April 14, 2013 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Features include a unique photo booth for souvenir “mug shots,” a recreation of a life-sized schooner, original photos and maps, as well as profiles on important people of the times.


Native American Poetry Series – deYoung Museum – November 16 

One of the highlights for the Friday Nights at deYoung event on November 16 is the Native American Poetry Series, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium. Expect readings from Lance Henson, Duane BigEagle, and John Berry. Wally Oji Johnson will provide the sounds of flute. There is no need to place a reservation – the event is first come, first seated. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, you can contact Gregory Stock at (415) 750-7694 or [email protected].


Awesome 80s Run – November 18

Are you a fan of the 1980s? Choose between a 5 or 10K fun run that begins at 8 a.m. and offers you plenty of opportunities to win cool prizes and have a blast. Participate in the Coolest Costume Contest and Team Challenge. Join in the pre-race warm-up dance with OneFitJam. Enjoy the sounds of a live 80s cover band and other entertainment. Come prepared in your favorite 80’s clothing styles, such as neon shorts or leggings, big hair, polka dot scrunchies, and headbands. All finishers will receive a custom 80’s medal. The entry fee for this event is $35/$40. For more information, check out this webpage.


Turkey Trail Trot – Polo Field – November 22

Carrying on the tradition of running and walking in the park before you check out the parades, feast upon turkey breast and cranberry sauce, or settle in front of the TV for hours of football – Golden Gate Park will host another Turkey Trail Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Head to Polo Field to run in the 5-mile Turkey Trot or walk in the 3-mile Pilgrim Promenade at 8:30 a.m., or encourage the kids in the 100-meter Gobbler Chase (8 a.m.). For more details, visit


The Last Friday Nights at deYoung Museum for 2012 – November 23

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to the 2012 season of Friday Nights at deYoung. This free event will provide a mix of music, dance, art, and other cultural activities. Mark your calendars – the new season will kick off on March 29, 2013.