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Wednesday, January 24

Shaping SF Lecture: Dogpatch Then and Now | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, January 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Dogpatch Then and Now | Mission Dist.
Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is ...

Saturday, January 27

2018 Fort Point Civil War Days | Presidio
Saturday, January 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Point
2018 Fort Point Civil War Days | Presidio
In honor of Living History Day 2018, experience first-hand the momentous era of the American Civil War with live re-enactors, infantry and artillery demonstrations, music, Victorian dance, and exhibits displaying medicine in the 1800’s, and the lives of men, women, and children of days past. Talks and demonstrations will be ...

The New Treasure Island Museum | SF
Saturday, January 27 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Treasure Island Historic Building One
The New Treasure Island Museum | SF

“Little Island – Big Ideas” is a free lecture series on the past, present and future of Treasure Island presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association. The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on select Saturdays at 10:30 am. Treasure ...

Tuesday, January 30

SF History Night: The History of Anchor Brewing | Noe Valley
Tuesday, January 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| Congregation Sherith Israel Newman Hall
SF History Night: The History of Anchor Brewing | Noe Valley
The story of San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam Beer is also the story of San Francisco—from Gold Rush to railroads to earthquakes to Prohibition to entrepreneurship. Dave Burkhart tells the fascinating survival story of San Francisco’s singular, iconic brew through compelling images of the brewers, brewing ...

Friday, February 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, February 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Saturday, February 3

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, February 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...

7th Annual Valentine Handpress Printing Workshop | SF
Saturday, February 3 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free event, but broadsides are limited to the first 100 people.
| SF Main Public Library
7th Annual Valentine Handpress Printing Workshop | SF
Come experience letterpress printing on the SF Public Library’s 1909 Albion handpress and take home a unique keepsake for your Valentine at the 7th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing event in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor of the Main Library, from 2-4 pm ...

Sunday, February 4

San Francisco Walking Tour Day: 15 Free History Walks | Super Bowl Sunday
Sunday, February 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
San Francisco Walking Tour Day: 15 Free History Walks | Super Bowl Sunday
If you’re not in prep-mode for football’s biggest night of the year, take some time to explore the city you love with a knowledgeable guide to show you around. Learn about the history of our great city from the hippies of Haight, to the billionaires of ...

Wednesday, February 7

“Party Like It’s 200”: Emperor Norton’s 200th Birthday Party | SF
Wednesday, February 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Mechanics' Institute
Join the Emperor’s Bridge Campaign, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to honor the life and advance the legacy of the 19th-century eccentric and visionary, Emperor Norton, as they host his annual birthday party. Based on their research, they’re 99.9% certain that Joshua Abraham Norton — ...
Shaping SF Lecture: Building a Deep Map | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Building a Deep Map | Mission Dist.
Celebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, “Nature in the City” reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live ...

Wednesday, February 14

Valentine’s Day City Walks: 9 Different Tours | SF
Wednesday, February 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Guided tours are free, but tips are always appreciated.
| All Over San Francisco
Valentine's Day City Walks: 9 Different Tours | SF
Add a romantic walk to your Valentine’s Day with free walking tours all over San Francisco on February 14, 2018. It’s a great date that’s easy on the wallet, and a fantastic way to learn something new about the city you love. Walking tours are free of charge, ...

Sunday, February 18

38th Annual Day of Remembrance & Taiko Show | San Jose
Sunday, February 18 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
38th Annual Day of Remembrance & Taiko Show | San Jose
The annual San Jose Day of Remembrance brings different communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew the pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace. The event commemorates the signing of the  Executive Order 9066, which led to what is ...

Monday, February 19

10 Free Guided Walking Tours on President’s Day 2018 | SF
Monday, February 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
10 Free Guided Walking Tours on President's Day 2018 | SF
Got the day off? Take a guided walk around San Francisco and learn something new about the city you love on President’s Day. 2018 President’s Day Walking Tours Monday, February 19, 2018 All Over San Francisco FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated San Francisco City Guides Schedule 9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden 10:00 am ...

Saturday, February 24

Treasure Island History Day: Walt Disney & SF | Treasure Island
Saturday, February 24 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Treasure Island Historic Building One
Treasure Island History Day: Walt Disney & SF | Treasure Island

“Little Island – Big Ideas” is a free lecture series on the past, present and future of Treasure Island presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association. The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on select Saturdays at 10:30 am. Treasure ...

Tuesday, February 27

SF History Night | Noe Valley
Tuesday, February 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night | Noe Valley

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Wednesday, February 28

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics with Lou Dematteis | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics with Lou Dematteis | Mission Dist.
Lou Dematteis is an extraordinary social documentarian, photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs of the Mission District since the 1970s, capturing the low-rider scene of that era, and being at the first Carnavals and leaving us a stunning visual record. He has also ...

Friday, March 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, March 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Saturday, March 3

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, March 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...

Wednesday, March 7

Shaping SF Lecture: The Language of Water | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: The Language of Water | Mission Dist.
The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the ...

Friday, March 9

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: First Day | Redwood City
Friday, March 9 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Dockside tours are $5 donation. Sailing tickets are $42 a head.
| Seaport Court (Redwood City)
Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: First Day | Redwood City

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 (for donation). Schedules and ships are subject to change so always ...

Wednesday, March 14

Shaping SF Lecture: Ilana Crispi – Tenderloin and Mission Dirt | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Ilana Crispi - Tenderloin and Mission Dirt | Mission Dist.
Ilana Crispi is a Mission District ceramicist with a curiosity of what makes up a place. In her recent projects Mission Dirt and Tenderloin Dirt she literally digs into the earth to extract the soil and transform it, inviting residents to take a look at ...

Thursday, March 15

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final Day | Redwood City
Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final Day | Redwood City

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 (for donation). Schedules and ships are subject to change so always ...

Friday, March 16

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: First Day | Oakland
Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: First Day | Oakland

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 (for donation). Schedules and ships are subject to change so always ...

Saturday, March 24

12,000 Years of Climate Change & Bay Area | Treasure Island
Saturday, March 24 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Treasure Island Historic Building One
12,000 Years of Climate Change & Bay Area | Treasure Island

“Little Island – Big Ideas” is a free lecture series on the past, present and future of Treasure Island presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association. The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on select Saturdays at 10:30 am. Treasure ...

Monday, March 26

$5 Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final Day | Oakland
$5 Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final Day | Oakland

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 (for donation). Schedules and ships are subject to change so always ...

Wednesday, March 28

Shaping SF Lecture: Saving the Bay from “the Future” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Saving the Bay from “the Future” | Mission Dist.
From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, they’ve come a long way ...

Wednesday, April 4

Shaping SF Lecture: Insurgent Country Music | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Insurgent Country Music  | Mission Dist.
With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to ...

Friday, April 6

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, April 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Saturday, April 21

SF History Day: The 49 Mile Scenic Drive | Treasure Island
Saturday, April 21 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Treasure Island Historic Building One
SF History Day: The 49 Mile Scenic Drive | Treasure Island

“Little Island – Big Ideas” is a free lecture series on the past, present and future of Treasure Island presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association. The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One, on select Saturdays at 10:30 am. Treasure ...

Wednesday, April 25

Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.
Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas ...