Essential November Happenings on The Peninsula


Even though the days are getting shorter and the nights chillier, great things happen in November. From popular art festivals and charity marathons to holiday markets signaling the official start of the holiday shopping season, here are the unmissable events to attend across the Bay Area now.

Day of the Dead Pop Up Party

November 9  
The Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame                  
Dia de los Muertos comes to life with festive music, food and cocktails. Mingle amid the special exhibition of Dante's Inferno art exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection. A portion of the proceeds from the night will be donated to relief funds for Mexico earthquake victims.


November 10 - January 7
CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
A spectacular light exhibition that will spark any child’s imagination, the IlluminOdyssey presents works of glowing art and interactive luminosity. 

San Mateo Harvest Festiva

November 10-12  
San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
The largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast promises 24,000 handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts, as well as specialty bites, a hands-on KidZone and live entertainment courtesy of Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Jugglers Scotty and Trink.

ART on the Square 2017 Holiday Show

November 18  
San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City
Held in the heart of downtown Redwood City in the San Mateo County History Museum, Art on the Square will feature over 25 talented local artists. Enjoy shopping for handmade jewelry, paintings, ceramics, photography, fiber art, woodwork, and more under the museum’s fascinating glass dome.

44th Annual Thanksgiving Fun Run

November 18
340 Point San Bruno Blvd South, San Francisco
Hosted by the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Office, the 44th Annual Thanksgiving Fun Run is open to adults and children. Registered participants will receive a t-shirt and are entitled to win great prizes, in addition to trophies and medals awarded after the run.

Silicon Valley Turkey Tro

November 23
Downtown San Jose, San Jose
A fun way for the whole family to get into the Thanksgiving spirit—and work up an appetite for the big meal. The annual event features a 5K run/walk, 10k run and a Kids Fun Run to benefit local organizations such as Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County and Housing Trust Silicon Valley.

Christmas at Kohl Mansion

Kohl Mansion 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame
Jumpstart your holiday shopping at the historic Kohl Mansion, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas trees, and more than 65 vendors displaying an array of jewelry, clothing, decorations, holiday treasures, and more.
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