The Great Dickens' Christmas Fair dazzles hundreds of guests each year with its accurate recreation of Charles Dickens' Victorian London.
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Chocolate Salons, Victorian Holiday Festivals, Butterfly Exhibits + More

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Here's what's happening this weekend...


Butterfly & Blooms Exhibit at The Conservatory of Flowers

WHAT: The Conservatory of Flowers' living butterfly exhibit is taking flight again this Thursday/ Visitors will get to see eye-to-eye with these delicate creatures in the intimate cottage setting of the Victorian greenhouse's Special Exhibits gallery.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 10am–4pm


WHERE: 100 John F. Kennedy Dr. (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.orgEmbarcadero Center Lighting Ceremony & Carnival

WHAT: Bring your little ones and extra fairy dust to the Embarcadero Center's 30th annual holiday festival featuring performances from Disney on Ice. The night starts with the lighting of four iconic buildings in 15,000 holiday lights, as per the ceremony's tradition, and ends with magical performances from Disney favorites—all hosted by Mickey and Minnie, of course.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 18, 4–7pm

WHERE: 4 Embarcadero Center (Embarcadero), embarcaderocenter.com



PinotFest 2016 at Farallon Restaurant

WHAT: Calling all red wine lovers, this year's PinotFest grand tasting, The Great Big Bacchanalia, is going down this Saturday. Join Farallon in celebrating the 18th year of this festive, pinot-centric event, which includes more than 50 of Oregon and California's best vino alongside pinot-friendly hors d'oeuvres. Get tickets here!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19, 3–6pm

WHERE: 450 Post St. (TenderNob), farallonrestaurant.com


Great Dickens' Christmas Fair at Cow Palace

WHAT: Let yourself be whisked back to Victorian London at the Great Dickens' Christmas Fair, a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure entertaining San Franciscans since 1970. Interact with charming chimney sweeps, enjoy performances and productions from the era, bustle through lamplit lanes from shop to shop, and sip on tea and ale—pinkies up, of course.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19–Sunday, Nov. 20, and every weekend through Sunday, Dec. 18, 10am–7pm

WHERE: 2600 Geneva Ave. (Daly City), dickensfair.com


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Dump Trump Rally and March

WHAT: Answer Coalition is planning a gathering at UN Plaza this Saturday night to take a stand against Donald Trump's "racist, sexist and bigoted program offers false solutions for a real crisis. He will continue the same policies of the establishment and elites that he claimed to be pushing back against....It is of the utmost urgency that all progressive people take to the streets in defense of immigrants, Muslims, women and all people of color. We take to the streets to advance an alternative vision. A vision of unity and solidarity in the struggle against the ravages of a system that has left half of the country in poverty and the 99% under the boot of an administration threatening to deny climate change, rights for immigrants, women and LGBTQ people, and all historically oppressed communities."

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19, 6-8 pm

WHERE: UN Plaza, 355 McAllister St. (Civic Center), answercoalition.org


Peacefully Protest Trump in Marin County

Attention Marinites, don't let SF and Oakland folks have all the fun. You too can express your rage and dismay, peacefully of course, at this gathering in San Rafael. From event organizers Julia Berk and Jackson Baum: "There is no place for sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia in our government. Donald Trump, a man who represents these named values and has made discriminatory remarks reflecting them, does not belong in office. These are NOT the values the next president of the United States should hold. These are NOT the values we want inflicted on our children and the future of our country. Let's do something about it."

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 20, 4-5:30 pm

WHERE: Protesters will meet in the parking lot at Fourth and Hetherton Streets, across from Taqueria San Jose, and march down Fourth St. (San Rafael), facebook.com/events


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The San Francisco Fall Chocolate Salon at Hotel Kabuki

WHAT: Dive headfirst into the season of holiday chocolate at the seventh annual San Francisco Fall Chocolate Salon, which features fine artisan and gourmet chocolate tasting, as well as chef and author talks, wine tasting, and more. For the first time this year, the festival will also host a screening of the documentary Semisweet: Life in Chocolate and a VR chocolate experience for all attendees. Get tickets in advance!

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 20, 10am–5pm

WHERE: 1625 Post St. (Japantown), fallchocolatesalon.com

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