It’s November and that means taking stock of what we’re grateful for. This weekend, it’s a cinch to say thanks to the people that make our community so incredible, from the makers to the volunteers, performers, farmers and more. Check out our line-up and show your appreciation just by showing up.

photo: Bugs and Butterflies

San Francisco

Mother Mag x Lonny Lounge at West Coast Craft and Lonny are hosting a lounge at West Coast Craft, which brings together the wares and works of some 250 artists, designers and craftsmen and craftswomen. Come visit the mezzanine level of the show (near the back) for a special kid-friendly zone with crafts and snacks that parents can appreciate, too. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Get Festive at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
A cherished Bay Area holiday tradition, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party returns to the historic Cow Palace for five weekends. Each holiday season, the elves of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair magically transform over three acres of exhibition halls into the delightfully lively world of Charles Dickens’ London. Cheerful calls of street vendors meld with songs of holiday carolers; enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air; and inviting shops overflow with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. As they explore the theatres, pubs and winding lanes of Victorian London, guests are surprised and amazed at every turn by the vibrant street scenes and colorful characters out of Victorian life and fiction, including, of course, Mr. Dickens’ lively imagination. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Bring Your Budding Botanist to this Garden Program
Begin a love for plants and gardening at an early age! This introductory hands-on workshop teaches the basics of botany and growing plants. You’ll get to do seed collecting, look inside plant parts, talk about pollination, and start your own seedlings to bring home. Sat. Event details.

Help Clean Arroyo Viejo Creek at Oakland Zoo
Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo’s Arroyo Viejo Creek. Volunteers work on a variety of tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. Volunteers meet just inside the Zoo’s lower entrance right next to the Arroyo Viejo Creek Habitat Restoration sign. Sat. Event details.


Soar to Neverland with Peter Pan and Co.
f some days you just don’t feel like being a grown-up then this is the play for you. Come to magical Neverland, the home of mischievous Peter Pan and his gang of lost boys. What will happen when the Darling children join the gang in a battle against Captain Hook and the Pirate Crew – with the help of Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell…and that ticking crocodile? Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Work at the Farm then Kick Up Your Heels
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at noon.). At 3 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 5 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Say Happy Birthday to San Jose
Now that’s a lot of candles. Come and celebrate San Jose’s 240th Birthday at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Sites. Dress up in period costume and make adobe bricks, corn husk dolls and more. Then venture over to the Victorian-era Fallon House and take a family-friendly tour that includes birthday games in the parlor. Sat. Event details.

Head to Santa Cruz for the Arboretum Wreath Sale
Holiday decorations and gifts unlike anything you’ve seen anywhere! Arboretum volunteers create stunning wreaths and dried flower works of art. This collection draws upon the Arboretum’s rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants. These are the perfect decorations and centerpieces to last you thru the holidays. Get nature inspired! Wreath making demonstrations and wreath kits will be available. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Do Thanksgiving Like Snoopy
Enjoy and help prepare a re-creation of Snoopy’s Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, along with hands-on crafts, an ice cream dessert provided by Cold Stone Creamery of Sonoma County, eggnog from Clover Sonoma, and other fun family activities! Jelly beans provided by Sweet Factory. Sat. Event details.

Give Thanks to Food at Slide Ranch
Learn all about food and healthy eating by discovering the life on the farm. Learn the cycle of food from seed to table, with an outdoor cob oven to bake bread, harvesting from the organic garden, meeting the farm animals, milking goats, making butter and more. Sat. Event details.

What are you feeling grateful for? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers