12/5 Thursday – Food: Butter Paddling Class
Make butter and learn about regenerative farming practices. Comes with three different mini-compound butters, gift ribbons available; light appetizers, cheeses; two drinks, wine and beer; hands-on butter paddling lesson from Daily Driver’s head dairy maker; in-depth education about Daily Driver’s dairy, practices, and philosophy; and recipe cards. $110. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Daily Driver, 2535 Third Street. For more information and to sign up.
12/7 Saturday – Commerce: Dogpatch Holiday Sale
Stroll and shop sales at neighborhood merchants. With live music and local food on offer throughout Dogpatch, with the main hub of activity on Third Street, between 20th and 23rd streets. Plus, the Makers Market from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Magnolia Hall, 2525 Third Street. For more information.
12/8 Sunday – Art: 3 Door Gallery
Visit 3 Door Gallery, located in historic 1890 Bryant Street Studios, for a pre-holiday Open Studios. More than 20 resident artists, including painters, printmakers, photographers, jewelry makers, potters and more will offer their wares. 12 to 5 p.m. Free. 1890 Bryant Street Studios, 1890 Bryan Street. For more information.
12/11 Wednesday – History: Valencia Street as a Lesbian Corridor
Osento Bathhouse. Amelia’s. Artemis Cafe. Old Wives Tales. Modern Times Bookstore. The names and functions of these venues have changed, but they’re part of the living memory of Valencia Street. Long before the white tablecloth, boutique-filled, gentrified peculiarity of today, the Valencia Street corridor was a hotbed of radical feminism and lesbian culture. Lisa Ruth Elliott moderates a conversation with women who helped create the important sites and undergirded the intellectual and nightlife of the 1970s and 1980s. With Canyon Sam, Molly Martin, and Ruth Mahaney, Shaping San Francisco is a series of free lectures which aim to excavate the City’s lost history, a place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia Street. For more information.
12/12 Thursday – Music: Ben Barnes
Ben and his friends play acoustic rock, Olde Time fiddle, classical pieces, jazz combinations; one show featured a saw. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
12/12 Thursday and 12/13 Friday
Art: Chocolate and Art Show San Francisco
Chocolate and Art will showcase local artists, vendors, and musicians complimented by dancing artisan chocolatiers. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 to $20. Ages 21 and over. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.
12/14 Saturday – Conservation: Restoring Laguna Honda’s Lost Trails
San Francisco Urban Riders and other volunteers will work with the Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center to improve historic multiuse trails that’ll become part of the larger San Francisco trail system that connects people to a wild, inviting and educational open space. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. Laguna Honda Hospital, 375 Laguna Honda Boulevard. For more information.
12/15 Sunday – Commerce: SFMade Holiday Fair
SFMade presents its ninth annual holiday bazaar, featuring locally-made items by more than 60 vendors, including jewelry, bags, chocolate, wine, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decorations, and stationery, all made in San Francisco. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street. For more information.
12/15 Sunday – Food: All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast
All-you-can-eat Dungeness crab legs, garlic noodles, salad, and iced tea. Pair a plate with draft beer or house made sangria. The crabs are caught off the Alaskan coast, cleaned, shipped frozen, cooked to coral-red perfection, and served cool in the shell. Slather them in house made creamy salsa brava or twirl a forkful of sweet crab meat into garlic noodles. 12 to 3 p.m. $25 to $70. SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.
12/17 Tuesday – Food: The Stinky Cheese Club
At the monthly meeting of The Stinky Cheese Club, bring cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies – something impressive, not just the cheapest item available at Safeway – and get a free ice cold can of PBR or well drink. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Ages 21 and over. Bender’s Bar & Grill, 806 South Van Ness. The Stinky Cheese Club meets every third Tuesday of the month. For more information: 415.824.1800.
12/18 Wednesday – Music: Soul Delights
The Soul Delights are back with their collection of energetic rhythm and blues and other classic songs. Sing along and dance in your chair. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
12/19 Thursday – Music: James Everett
James Everett, a San Francisco native with a sound and performance style that’s reminiscent of the Rat Pack days fused with sprinkles of rhythm and blues, jazz, pop and neo-soul. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
12/20 Friday – Beverage: Spark Social SF
Forget long shopping lines, complicated overcooked meals, forced smiles, and political tensions and enjoy National Sangria Day! Featuring bottomless holiday-inspired sangrias, DJ’d music, and a dozen food trucks sleighin’ gourmet eats. 5 to 9 p.m. $30. Ages 21 and over. SPARK Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North. For more information and to purchase tickets.
12/21 Saturday and 12/22 Sunday
Dance: Ice Skating
Beginner skaters can learn from professional skate instructors. Lessons, including skate rentals, are free to those who sign-up in advance. Limited to 50 participants per session, age three-plus. Check-in 8:15 a.m.; standbys admitted after 8:15 a.m. Every Saturday and Sunday through January 19, 2020. Free with RSVP. Union Square Ice Rink. For more information and to reserve a space.
12/22 Sunday – Hanukkah: “Light of Menorah” Festival
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by wearing your favorite light up, glittery and glowing clothes. Light candles, play dreidel, hula hoop, listen to live music, craft, play games, eat Harvey’s Donuts, make hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness, to be distributed by Lava Mae. 3 to 6 p.m., with candle-lighting and songs at 4:30 p.m. Free; RSVP encouraged. Ghirardelli Square. For more information and to reserve a space.
12/22 Sunday – Art: “Illuminate 2019”
The Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light showcases 43 installations, permanent and temporary, by 32 artists, in 17 neighborhoods, shining light on the City’s ever-expanding light art scene. Free. For more information.
12/24 Tuesday through 1/9/20 Thursday
Locomotives: Train Display at the Library
Celebrate the return of an annual tradition: the holiday model train. Kids of all ages can press buttons and watch trains zoom through a colorful holiday village. This custom-built exhibit is a labor of love by the San Francisco Public Library’s Facilities and Engineering staff, who assemble and maintain it. Free. San Francisco Main Library, Children’s Center, 100 Larkin Street. Note the library is closed on December 25, 2019. For more information.
12/27 Friday – Music: Rainbow Sundae
Rainbow Sundae plays a variety of music. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
12/28 Saturday – Music: Frances Ancheta
Singer/songwriter Frances Ancheta performs acoustic music, eclectic indie folk/pop/rock, reflecting her diverse and multicultural heritage growing
up in the San Francisco Bay Area. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.