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Wednesday, April 16

2014 BART Blue Sky Festival & Carnival: Free BART Tickets | SF
Wednesday, April 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free BART tickets for first 5,000 to complete the BART Blue Sky passport.
| Justin Herman Plaza
2014 BART Blue Sky Festival & Carnival: Free BART Tickets | SF

Join BART for the annual free BART Blue Sky Festival at Justin Herman Plaza, thanking those who ride BART and recognizing eco-friendly Bay Area leaders, just in time for Earth Day.
BART Blue Sky Festival
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 11 am to 2 pm
Justin Herman Plaza, SF
FREE
Enjoy live music, …

Thursday, April 17

Sila Afro-Funk Concert & Earth Day Celebration | Bayview
Thursday, April 17 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | 3rd Street (Bayview)
Sila Afro-Funk Concert & Earth Day Celebration | Bayview

Enjoy a free world music concert by Afro-Funk Master Sila, plus a PopUp Market and other performances.
The Bayview Town Center comes alive with the Bayview Underground Food Scene PopUp Market including farm stands in honor of Earth Day. Spoken word performances by Tim “Toaster” Henderson and friends …

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, April 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

The featured merchant for April’s Stroll is the McGuire-Reid Farmer’s Insurance Agency who are featuring an incredible mosaic sculpture artist, Kim Larson and her art exhibit, Painting With Light. 
Kim Larson’s exquisite mosaic work honors organic form as well as delights the eye. Using mixed glass media …

Friday, April 18

1906 Earthquake Ceremony at Lotta’s Fountain | SF
Friday, April 18 – 5:12 am | Cost: FREE | Lotta's Fountain
1906 Earthquake Ceremony at Lotta's Fountain | SF

When the earthquake hit in 1906, it did so in the wee hours at 5:12 am. Lotta’s Fountain on Market Street became a crucial meeting point and is now known as SF’s oldest surviving monument.
Every year since, survivors (and there are a dwindling number every …

Golden Fire Hydrant Painting Ceremony | Dolores Park
Friday, April 18 – 5:30 am | Cost: FREE | Golden Fire Hydrant
Golden Fire Hydrant Painting Ceremony | Dolores Park

One lonely working fire hydrant in the Mission District helped saved the city’s churches after the 1906 Earthquake. Every year on the anniversary of the quake, the hydrant receives a fresh coast of gold paint in tribute.
This annual celebration takes place on Friday, April 18, …

Burning Man 2014 Art Sneak Peek | Oakland
Friday, April 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Radiance Oak
Burning Man 2014 Art Sneak Peek | Oakland

Curious about what art projects are coming to Burning Man? On April 18, 2014, East Bay Burners will have several artists present their planned works, while on the big screen behind them slides and movies of their art will appear.
Free, but an RSVP is requested.
There’ll …

Neon Palace: Black Light Live DJ Party | Oakland
Friday, April 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Grease Diner
Neon Palace: Black Light Live DJ Party | Oakland

Neon Palace is a fun-raiser party for the Grease Diner’s black light events. Two electronic bands will play in a world of glow in the dark, 3D, and black light art, where viewers will be given 3D glasses and blacklight flash lights at the door …

Saturday, April 19

2014 Earth Day on the Bay: Film Fest, Shark Feeding & String Music | Redwood City
Saturday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Science Institute
2014 Earth Day on the Bay: Film Fest, Shark Feeding & String Music | Redwood City

The Marine Science Institute is honoring Planet Earth with the annual “Earth Day on the Bay” event from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
They’re open to the public just once a year and they’ve made sure to bundle as much wonder, fun, …

Record Store Day 2014
Saturday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (SF)
Record Store Day 2014

Major and independent label artists alike have special, vinyl-only limited edition releases available on the third Saturday in April , a.k.a. Record Store Day 2014.
Amoeba, Aquarius, Rasputin, and dozens of record stores in the Bay Area will take part in the celebration. There will some local stores with special …

Earth Day 2014 Festival | Civic Center
Saturday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
Earth Day 2014 Festival | Civic Center

Every year, up to 10,000 people from the Bay Area, and beyond converge at U.N. Plaza/ Civic Center to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco.
Earth Day Festival | San Francisco
Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 10 am to 6 pm
Civic Center and UN Plaza, SF
FREE
The event features …

Point Molate Beach Springtacular: Live Music, Hikes & Games | East Bay
Saturday, April 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*FREE
| Point Molate Beach Park
Point Molate Beach Springtacular: Live Music, Hikes & Games | East Bay

After 10 long years of closure, one of the most beautiful beaches in the East Bay is once again open to the public. To celebrate, the citizens who saved Pt. Molate are throwing a big, free public celebration with live music, naturalist walks, egg coloring, volleyball …

2014 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown
Saturday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2014 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown

Event Schedule for Saturday, April 19, 2014
Peace Plaza Stage

12:00 – 12:30 pm San Francisco Taiko Dojo
12:30 – 1:00 pm Grass Valley Taiko
1:00 – 1:30 pm Rosa Parks School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program
1:30 – 2:00 pm Zanshin Dojo
2:00 – 2:15 pm Children’s Tsuzumi Challenge
2:15 – 2:30 pm …

2014 Eggapalooza: Giant Egg Hunt With Over 10,000 Eggs | South Bay
Saturday, April 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food, drinks and select activities.
| GateWay Bible Church
2014 Eggapalooza: Giant Egg Hunt With Over 10,000 Eggs | South Bay

Join a day of Easter fun with your family at GateWay Bible Church which includes a giant egg hunt for kids of all ages, bounce houses, free family photos, Cupcake Walk, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo and lots more.
2014 Giant Egg …

“Oakland Drops Beats”: All-Day Music Festival Crawl | East Bay
Saturday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Awaken Cafe

Oakland Drops Beats is a free, all day music crawl in downtown Oakland that includes eight different locations and event producers, within a 10 block radius in downtown Oakland.
It will also include an outdoor stage on the corner of 15th St. and Webster, and day …

Electro Luminous: Black Light Art Party | Oakland
Saturday, April 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Grease Diner
Electro Luminous: Black Light Art Party | Oakland

Electro Luminous is a solo-show for Oakland based artist JJ fryzel. JJ works with 3D, blacklight and glow in the dark media.
Her show will consist of new paintings and sculptures, installed in a way where her art creates an “electro luminous” environment within the Grease …

Sunday, April 20

2014 Union Street Easter Parade & Festival | SF
Sunday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2014 Union Street Easter Parade & Festival | SF

San Francisco’s annual Spring Celebration & Easter Parade is not your average Street Fair or formal Parade. It is best described as wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous, with everything from roller-blading cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars.
Union Street’s …

2014 Sisters’ Easter Celebration w/ Hunky Jesus Contest | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, April 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*In case of bad weather, visit thesisters.org for location updates
| Hellman Hollow
2014 Sisters' Easter Celebration w/ Hunky Jesus Contest | Golden Gate Park

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the kabuki-inspired cross-dressing nuns-of-fun, host their 35th Easter Sunday in the Park on April 20, 2014 at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park.
There’s a family-friendly Children’s Easter celebration at 10 am, but the real fun follows after the kids head …

2014 SF Library Spring Book Sale: $1 Day | Fort Mason
Sunday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
2014 SF Library Spring Book Sale: $1 Day | Fort Mason

Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the San Francisco Public Library’s Spring Book Sale will feature over 250,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 70 categories. SFPL 2014 Spring Book Sale April 16-20, 2014 | 10 ...

2014 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center
Sunday, April 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2014 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

The 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade begins at the Civic Center at 1 pm on Sunday, April 20, 2014, proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.
A number of performers from Japan will be present, as well as …

Sisters’ “Easter In The Park” After-Party | Castro
Sunday, April 20 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Flore
Sisters'

After the Sisters’ Easter in the Park, come down to the Cafe Flore for the official after-party and their outdoor patio relaunch party with DJs Bugie and Strano from 4-7 pm on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Noe Street will be blocked off between Market and Beaver …

Saturday, April 26

DogFest 2014: Pet Parade & Carnival | Duboce Park
Saturday, April 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Food and games for purchase and there's a registration fee for competing
| Duboce Park
DogFest 2014: Pet Parade & Carnival | Duboce Park

DogFest 2014 is a mutt-tastic festival at one of the most dog-friendly parks in the city and the biggest dog event in San Francisco.
Watch doggies compete for Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Coat, Best Ears and more, with celebrity judge Top Chef Chris Cosentino along …

Win Tix: 2014 Carnaval King & Queen Dance Contest | SF
Saturday, April 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $15
| Brava Theater
2014 Carnaval King & Queen Dance Contest | SF

Who will lead the 2014 Carnaval Grand Parade? Watch King and Queen contestants compete in a 3-minute dance in Carnaval costumes, sometimes accompanied by other dancers and musicians.
Although primarily a dance competition, performers can also play instruments and sing. The winners are selected based on …

Sunday, April 27

Win Tix: Love/Make: The Bold Italic Wedding Expo | SF
Love/Make: The Bold Italic Wedding Expo | SF

The Bold Italic is throwing its first ever wedding expo, Love/Make, showing off the best of San Francisco’s indie-minded designs at a day-long event that brings together upwards of 40 unique local makers, caterers, venues and designers that want to help attendees craft a truly bespoke …

Saturday, May 10

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind items, there are food and craft beers ...

Thursday, May 15

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Thursday, May 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 3rd Street (Bayview)

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Thursday of the month. The monthly event will feature pop-up galleries, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a special children’s ...