San Francisco in November

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    San Francisco in November

    San Francisco's Dickens Fair Kicks off in November
    San Francisco's Dickens Fair Kicks off in November. --Mark--/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    San Francisco's Best November Events: Recommendations

    These are a few ideas - things that I have done and have recommended to my friends.

    Dickens Fair Begins: Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of a Dickens of a celebration at the Cow Palace. You might be excused for thinking you stepped into a time warp when you walk in the door of this fun celebration of Christmas past. All the details are in the Dickens Fair Guide.

    Get Crabby: Commercial fishing season for Dungeness crab begins in early November. Forget those pre-cooked frozen crabs at the wharf and go for the fresh ones instead. You'll find them on the menu at many San Francisco restaurants. Climate and ocean conditions may cancel or delay the season, so it's best to check its current status on the Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

    Things That Look Like Fun to Do in November

    It's a good thing I can make lists because I find so many fun things to do that I'd forget them all. These are a few things on my...MORE "That Looks Interesting" list:

    Christmas is Coming: The run-up to the holiday starts at Thanksgiving and a lot of outdoor trees, skating rinks and other festivities start that weekend. Here's a preview of Christmas in San Francisco

    Things That Are Especially Fun in November

    Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, and the following Friday is often a work holiday. Check the Thanksgiving guide to find out what special events happen then.

    November is the end of humpback whale season around San Francisco. Find out how, when and where in the San Francisco Whale Watching Guide.

    Special Events in November

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Francisco in November. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

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    More About San Francisco in November

    Dungeness Crabs For Sale
    Dungeness Crabs For Sale. Fabian Krause / EyeEm / Getty Images

    What to Expect from San Francisco Weather in November

    November is one of San Francisco's wettest months. On the average, that is. In some years, it's clear and nice. If the weather tries to rain on your vacation, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in San Francisco

    You'll have about 10 hours of sunlight per day to explore San Francisco in November. It won't affect how long the sun will be up, but Daylight Savings time ends in early November, which will push the clocks back and make it seem like the sun is setting earlier. Many local attractions may change their hours when that happens.

    • Average High Temperature: 63°F/17°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 50°F/10°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 3.21 inches (8.2 cm) rain, 62% sunshine

    If you want to compare November weather to other months, check the Guide to San Francisco Weather and Climate.

    Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm...MORE you'll wish you packed your shorts.

    Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Francisco weather forecast before you leave home.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in November

    Christmas Tree in San Francisco's Union Square
    Union Square Lights up for Christmas in Late November. Kevin Lau/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Your best bet is to check the short-range forecast before you go, but we've seen even that change dramatically over a few days. Be prepared for moderate temperatures and bring some rain gear just in case. For that, a hooded jacket is a better idea than an umbrella. Layers are also a strategy, a lot of them, so you can adjust to match the weather.

    More San Francisco by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Francisco is like in other months.  You find that in these guides: 

    For a quiet time (although it may be rainy), try San Francisco in January or  San Francisco in February.

    March is the beginning of spring but you can also get spring weather (and crowds) in  San Francisco in April or San Francisco in May.

    Summer in San Francisco may not be what you think, especially if go to  San Francisco in June or in July, If you're looking for sunny days and lots of sunshine, try San Francisco in August.

    By fall, the skies will...MORE be clear and the crowds will be gone. In fact, the best times to visit may be  San Francisco in September or San Francisco in October.

    Holiday festivities make the end of the year a good time to go to San Francisco in November or San Francisco in December.