Visiting in the fall? Make sure you’re ready for November weather in SF. And don’t forget to check out these fun events while you’re in town.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair – Thanksgiving weekend in SF marks the start of the highly anticipated Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Watch the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls transform into Victorian era London, complete with lampposts, cobblestone streets, pubs, and tea rooms.
Hundreds of actors in full costume will also be there – keep an eye out for Queen Victoria and well-known characters from Dickens’ novels as they go about their business.
Catch live performances at any of the seven stages in the venue, and dine at the on-site restaurants that serve classic English fare like mash and fish and chips. Buy refreshments at the Bohemian Absinthe Bar or Cuthbert’s Tea House. Shops selling quality merchandise will also be on hand for your retail needs.
Feel free to come in costume – those who love Steampunk fashion will have a grand time at the festivities. Click here for participant costume guidelines.
Dungeness crab season – Early November also signals the beginning of the commercial fishing season for Dungeness crabs.Just about every restaurant in SF will be serving crab dishes. Gorge yourself on sweet and tender crab meat during your visit. Top dining spots like Scoma’s, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, and Alioto’s are known to serve some of the best seafood dishes in town.
Just note that the season’s opening may be delayed depending on climate and environmental conditions. Click here for updates from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
What to expect from San Francisco weather
It tends to get rainy during this month, as it falls squarely within SF’s wet season, though recent Novembershave seen clear and nice weather. The average high temperature is 17°C, while the average low is 10°C. It usually gets chillier as the month goes on.
These averages can help you plan ahead, but there are variations. Some winter days can be warm and you’ll wish you wore lighter clothing.
So layer up and don’t leave anything to chance – check for SF weather updates before leaving home.
You’ll have 10 hours of daylight to explore the city and its nearby areas. Daylight Savings time ends early in the month – it will seem as if the sun is setting earlier, but it has no effect on how long the sun stays up.
Plan your itinerary just the same. It will help you make the most of daylight during your trip – especially if you’re going hiking or if you want to experience the city’s finest outdoor attractions.
What to pack and what to wear
San Franciscans will recommend wearing a light jacket. It should be warm enough during the day, but if it gets rainy or windy, a light jacket will serve as an extra layer of protection. If you’re sensitive to the wind, earmuffs and scarves will keep you comfortable outdoors.
You might also want to bring an extra sweatshirt if you want to stay out until evening. It will give you added warmth when the temperature drops.
Additionally, carry a small umbrella around with you in case it starts drizzling. There are a few days of heavy raining in November, with about half an inch of rainfall pouring into the city. On a rainy day, it will pour for about 15 to 30 minutes, with the rest of the day being clear and warm.
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