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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014
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Rainbow Crosswalks in the Castro
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Rainbow Crosswalks in the Castro
A first look at the long-awaited rainbow crosswalks in the Castro

Thursday, October 2

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation: Final Days | October
Thursday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
El Presidio Archaeology Excavation: Final Days | October

The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeology in action at Pershing Square from May through October, 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Archaeologists are embarking on a long-term research project to excavate El Presidio de San Francisco, the Spanish-colonial archaeological site buried just below the ...

Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014
Thursday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| Speedway Meadow
Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014

Want to be involved behind the scenes of one of San Francisco’s most amazing free events?
The 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival is one of the great gifts given to the city each year, and you can give back by choosing to volunteer for …

Site-Specific Lunchtime Dance Installation | UN Plaza
Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
Site-Specific Lunchtime Dance Installation | UN Plaza

Legendary San Francisco dancer and choreographer Joanna Haigood will create a site-specific dance installation in collaboration with students from the Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco. The installation is intended to reflect and build upon United Nations Plaza’s unique architectural aesthetic and position in ...

Streat Bazaar: Craft & Artisan Pop-Up Food Market | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Thursday, October 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food, drinks & shopping
| SoMa StrEat Food Park
Streat Bazaar: Craft & Artisan Pop-Up Food Market | SoMa StrEat Food Park

Looking to discover SF’s best local craft/artisan food vendors and special chef pop-ups? SoMa StrEat Food Park and Funcheap are putting on a Thursday Night Market called “StrEat Bazaar.” The focus is mostly craft food vendors, special pop-up restaurants, food trucks (of course) and some artists ...

SF Photographer Fred Lyon Documentary & Signing | SF Main Library
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
SF Photographer Fred Lyon Documentary & Signing | SF Main Library

Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens, directed by Michael House, is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, who is still going strong after seven decades behind the camera.
Though Lyon is one of America’s leading advertising, interior design, architectural, food, wine, and travel …

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

$5 Night at the Jewseum: Kosher Rhymes & Beatboxer Kid Beyond | SoMa
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Contemporary Jewish Museum
$5 Night at the Jewseum: Kosher Rhymes & Beatboxer Kid Beyond | SoMa

The CJM’s quarterly event for the after work crowd celebrates the Days of Awe with good times and kosher rhymes.
The evening includes a special performance by legendary Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz, and Bay Area beatboxer Kid Beyond.
In additon, learn to match beats with DJ Alarm, …

Sharktoberfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Sharktoberfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

It’s that time of year—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.

In the East Garden, sip your way through a pop-up beer garden with libations on tap from dozens of local breweries, including Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Lagunitas, …

Free Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cyprian’s
Free Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF

All are welcome to a free community-created dinner gleaned from the USF Garden and neighborhood farmers’ markets. Eat with others in a communal setting at this free vegetarian dinner gathering. The dinner takes place the first Thursday of every month at 6 pm at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and is ...

Free Mohawk Haircut Night | Lower Polk
Free Mohawk Haircut Night | Lower Polk

The Barber’s Choice for Thursday, October 2, 2014 is the mohawk.
If you’re daring and excited for a new funky look, come down from 7-9 pm and get a mohawk.
There will be drinks, music, and artist Torrey Delaplane will be there showcasing her work.

Win Tix: Feathers & Filth: Joan Rivers Comedy Tribute Night | Cobb’s
Thursday, October 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*All shows are 18 & over and there is a two drink minimum per person.
| Cobb's Comedy Club
Feathers & Filth: Joan Rivers Comedy Tribute Night | Cobb's

SF comedians pay tribute to the goddess of comedy Joan Rivers by doing what she loved most, performing – All comics will be decked out in Joan style, wearing feathers, fur or sequins and huge statement necklaces while telling the filthiest of jokes.
The comedy lineup …

Friday, October 3

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park

Get things started on Friday at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with four stages of music including late afternoon headliners Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Cibo Matto, Yo La Tengo and Conor Oberst.
Can’t make it? Four stages will be streaming live over the internet.
Star Stage
Some artists from this stage will be …

“Sex & The City” Fashion Talk w/ Costumer Patricia Field | SF
Friday, October 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| Britex Fabrics

Britex welcomes Patricia Field and David Dalrymple to San Francisco with a meet and greet reception from 11 am to 1:00 pm.
Free, but an RSVP is required
Learn how the phenomenon of Sex and the City’s fashion got started and what it was like dressing Meryl …

Rotunda Dance Series: Dimensions Dance Theater | City Hall
Friday, October 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Dimensions Dance Theater | City Hall

Blending African, Jazz and Modern dance styles, Oakland’s Dimensions Dance Theater will perform in the free Rotunda Dance Series at noon on Friday, October 3.
Dimensions will showcase excerpts from their recent 40th anniversary season, including the acclaimed Down the Congo Line, a South African Gumboot …

Giants vs. Nationals: 2014 MLB Playoff Game Watch | SoMa StrEat Food Park
Friday, October 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with Facebook RSVP
| SoMa StrEat Food Park
Giants vs. Nationals: 2014 MLB Playoff Game Watch | SoMa StrEat Food Park

It’s an Orange October, AGAIN!
Come to SoMa StrEat Food Park for a huge game watch – game one of the National League Divisional Series. It’s a perfect time to play hooky, enjoy the beer garden and be part of the awesome playoff atmosphere at SF’s …

“Friday Night Market”: Summer Evening Festival | UN Plaza
Friday, October 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission. Bring cash for food, drinks and shopping
| UN Plaza

In trying to make United Nations Plaza a comfortable and fun evening destination rather than a public space you walk quickly through, the city is throwing a series of late summer night markets with a beer garden, live music, food trucks, DIY art workshops and ...

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Opening Night | East Bay
Friday, October 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School
2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Opening Night | East Bay

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at the 2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. Whether you’re a master manipulator, or are ...

Friday Nights at de Young: Live Music & Art Making | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at de Young: Live Music & Art Making | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young presents new work in partnership with Asian Improv Arts.

Artist Demonstration by Kelvin Ming Young
Piazzoni Murals Room

6:00 pm

Kelvin Ming Young will demonstrate his painting process, starting with raw canvas, and applying paint with various staining, dripping, and other techniques.

Mixed-Media Art-Making Stations and …

100 Foot Tall Street Art Film Night & Live Painting | Oakland
Friday, October 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Great Wall of Oakland
100 Foot Tall Street Art Film Night & Live Painting | Oakland

The sun is setting earlier, which means the Wall is back for First Fridays starting October 3, 2014.
The Wall celebrates Street Art with live art by the Estria Foundation and projected works by Estria Foundation, Van Royko, Paul Trillo, About Her Films, Blu and David …

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, October 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, October 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, October 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, October 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Vespertine Circus Performance, Silent Disco & Creative Mixer | Menlo Park
Friday, October 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bernhardt Studio
Vespertine Circus Performance, Silent Disco & Creative Mixer | Menlo Park

Come mix and mingle with photo and video industry professionals including models, photographers, designers, videographers, game-developers, marketing-teams and artists, and check out the brand newly renovated Bernhardt Studios in Menlo Park.
Bring your friends, enjoy some antics from The Vespertine Circus, an Oakland based alt-circus collective, and …