November SFMission Events

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead - November 2nd

Nov 2nd 2018 7pm 22nd & Bryant: The annual procession begin and will head to 24th Street. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso–American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life or life-death-rebirth

Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the historic Mission district since the early 70s. Festival of Altars at Garfield Park [Balmy Alley & 25th Street] serves as a community graveyard for the night with expressions of art, music, live performances, and a walking procession through San Francisco’s historical Mission District. Altar creation is invited during the day. The culmination occurs with the conclusion of the Dia de los Muertos Procession which will complete a full circle [SFPD willing] along Bryant, 24th, Mission and 22nd streets​ Please bring flowers, candles, and remembrances of your loved ones

We are all connected. Email if you'd like to build an altar this year (This event is FREE and open to the public, wheel chair accessible.)

Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: Día de los Muertos Closing Reception - November 9th

SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. (6 PM - 9PM)

Now in its 19th year, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is well known as one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead exhibits. Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, this year’s theme, Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future, reflects on how those we’ve lost have shaped our creative and political work. How does the wisdom and work of the dead show us a path and means to a better future? What about your past must you take to your future?

“Mole to Die For” 2018 Mole Tasting & Contest - November 16

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts - 2868 Mission St (6:30 PM - 10 PM)

** Tickets $12

You are invited to participate in the 15th annual “Mole Para Morirse” (Mole To Die For) contest, where the audience will get a chance to taste a variety of regional mole entries and vote for their favorites.This year they are using their abuelita’s recipe. Savor delicious home-made Mole recipes, vote for your favorite, and celebrate the winners with cash prizes and special performances.


Elxir 15th/160th Anniversary Party - November 17th

Elixir - 3200 16th St. (12 AM - 7 PM)

Elixir is celebrating 15 years of running a 160 year-old saloon. In addition it will be a celebration for proprietor of 50 years, H. Joseph Ehrmann. Food by 4505 BBQ will be available at $10 a plate (as a donation to to help Northern California fire victims). Elixir drink specials and free swag will also be offered. Register below to be a part of Elixir's special drawing.

SnowFest 2018 - November 17th

Sports Basement - 1590 Bryant St. (12 AM - 4 PM)

This year SnowFest will be held at all 10 Sports Basement locations and is hitting the Mission on November 17th. For every $100 you spend during SnowFest, you'll get a 2-for-1 voucher to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and an extra raffle ticket to win additional prizes. Some raffle prized include: (skis from Rossignol, snowboard from K2, Squaw Alpine Ikon gift baskets and two single day lift tickets, and GoPro cameras.) Raffles will be held every 30 Minutes. Meet with mountain reps to get your lift passes and learn about all the new upgrades you'll see at the lifts and resorts this winter. RSVP for free below!

Thanksgiving in the Mission - November 22

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night (VolxKuche / Free-Cafe SF)

St John Episcopal Church - 110 Julian Ave (6-9 PM)

This event takes place every second and fourth Thursday of the month, but if you are in need of a meal on Thanksgiving or want to enjoy the holiday with some good company and oftentimes entertainment, check out this supper club's FREE dinner night. The meal is always vegetarian but is also vegan when possible.

Turkey-Topia Thanksgiving Bingo & Karaoke Night

The Knockout - 3223 Mission St (8PM)

For those 21+, swing by the The Knockout on Thanksgiving night for bingo, karaoke, drinks, and dysfunctional family fun.

Thanksgiving DJ Night: Funk Soul, Hip-hop & Cumbia

Make-Out Room - 3225 22nd St (9:30PM)

Dance the night away after your Thanksgiving festivities at Make-Out Room! There will be a variety of genres to enjoy at one of the Mission's favorite nightclubs.

In Memory Of:

René Yañez (19 September 1942 – 29 May 2018)

Yañez was a visual and performance artist, curator and community activist long associated with the SF Mission. He was a founder of Galería de la Raza, In the early 1970s he was one of the first curators in the United States to introduce Mexico's Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, encouraging a contemporary focus and a vision that this essential manifestation of the human spirit could act as a template to create an important cultural celebration for the world. He created Rooms for the Dead at the Mission Cultural Center and later moved the popular annual exhibit to SOMAR Cultural Center where he co-curated the multicultural installation with his son Rio Yanez. Interviews with the artist would often see him quote the truism, "We all share death."


"The Day The Chronicle discovered burritos will live in infamy" by SF Chronicle

Check out this article by SF Chronicle critiquing a 1977 food journalism segment from the publication's past. SF Chronicle questions past journalists and editors of the newspaper as they discover and questionably report on the Burrito as we know it today.


La Taqueria is Saved!

Miguel Jara Sr. successfully bought the famous Mexican restaurant’s building today (November 13, 2018). Not transferring the title from his parents name in 1972 when they purchased it in 1972 for $37,000 translated to a cost of $1,700.000 and and a much higher property tax bill.


How 20-Year-Old Delfina Changed the Course of San Francisco Dining

"The success and endurance of pioneering San Francisco restaurant Delfina might come down to a bowl of spaghetti: a humble, eternal dish served with warmth and simplicity night after night. It still makes chef Craig Stoll marvel. “Our most famous dish is spaghetti with tomato sauce,” he says with pride and a little wonder. “But hey, if you want to come to a neighborhood restaurant, what do you want? You want a roast chicken, a steak, a bowl of spaghetti, a glass of wine.”


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