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Thursday, July 31

Win Tix: Circus Vargas: Big Top Daredevil Artistry | Hayward
Thursday, July 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular prices start at $20
| Southland Mall
Circus Vargas: Big Top Daredevil Artistry | Hayward

Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for all ages. Come see where the magic begins and the heart-pounding, death-defying action takes place under the Circus Vargas big top in Hayward.
It’s a brand new production for 2014 called, “Magikaria Extreme,” filled with daredevil acts, illusionists, …

Movie in the Park: “Ender’s Game” | Pleasanton
Thursday, July 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amador Valley Community Park
Movie in the Park:

Enjoy free movies on Thursday evenings from July 10 – August 14, 2014, compliments of the City of Pleasanton. Fun activities such as contests, games, and sing-alongs are scheduled before the start of the films. All films scheduled are rated PG. All films will be shown ...

Movie on the Square: “Gravity” | Redwood City
Thursday, July 31 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Movie on the Square:

Bring the family out to a free movie showing in downtown Redwood City in Courthouse Square on Thursday evenings from June to September in 2014. Movies start at sundown (approximately 8:45 pm). Come early for the best seats – a limited number of chairs and ...

Friday, August 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

Free Tix Registration: Smithsonian’s 10th Annual Free Museum Day | 2014
Friday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Tix Registration: Smithsonian's 10th Annual Free Museum Day | 2014

Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day takes place Saturday, September 27, 2014 as participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors who register for free Museum Day tickets starting on August 1, 2014. San Francisco highlights include the de ...

The Big Latch On 2014: Breast Feeding Under the Dome | SF City Hall
Friday, August 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
The Big Latch On 2014: Breast Feeding Under the Dome | SF City Hall

Nursing moms are invited to celebrate natural breast feeding during San Francisco’s annual Big Latch On 2014.
Bring your babies and your supporters and settle on the stairs under the dome in San Francisco’s beautiful City Hall on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Please arrive at 10 am to …

Grand Opening: Green Apple Books on the Park | Inner Sunset
Friday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Grand Opening: Green Apple Books on the Park | Inner Sunset

On August 1, 2014, Green Apple Books plans to open a brand new store at 1231 9th Ave. in the Inner Sunset.
They’ll be sharing space with Le Video, who will be moving to the 2nd floor of the building they currently occupy.
In an age when good ol’ …

NOLA Jazz & Mardi Gras Parade w/ Chelle & Friends | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens
NOLA Jazz & Mardi Gras Parade w/ Chelle & Friends | Yerba Buena Gardens

Chelle & Friends bring a family friendly taste of New Orleans, the city where jazz was born.
Join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade.

Final Intergalactic Adventure Planning Day | SoMa
Friday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Freespace 2.0
Final Intergalactic Adventure Planning Day | SoMa

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau brings together space scientists, astronomers, science educators, actors and the general public for unique, personalised space vacation planning experiences. The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is a live, interactive experience that explores the incredible possibilities of space tourism. It’s a little bit like Virgin Galactic ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Funk & Rock Painting | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Funk & Rock Painting | Oakland

What to expect on August 1:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring …

2014 Summer Rock Concert: TinMan | Foster City
Friday, August 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Leo J. Ryan Park
2014 Summer Rock Concert: TinMan | Foster City

Join the Foster City community for free summer concerts overlooking the water in Leo Ryan Park from 6-8 pm, every Friday from July 11-August 15, 2014. Don’t forget to bring your friends, a picnic, and your dancing shoes.  2014 Foster City Summer Concert Schedule July ...

Free Moonlight Movie: “The Goonies” | Danville
Friday, August 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Danville Town Green
Free Moonlight Movie:

The Goonies tells the story of a group of kids that set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure.

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014: The Taming of the Shrew | Cupertino
Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014: The Taming of the Shrew | Cupertino

For the 32nd season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present The Taming of the Shrew, a feast of wit, outrageous clowning, and crazy plot twists in Renaissance-era Padua, Italy, as Kate and Petruchio meet, fight (a lot), and eventually negotiate their way through a “subversive and ...

Free A’s Post-Game Superhero Fireworks Show | Oakland
Friday, August 1 – 9:35 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum
Free A's Post-Game Superhero Fireworks Show | Oakland

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after the game ends, whether the A’s win or lose. There’s no need to pay ...

Saturday, August 2

19th Annual Aloha Festival: Saturday | San Mateo
Saturday, August 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free festival, but parking is $10 (cash only).
| San Mateo Event Center
19th Annual Aloha Festival: Saturday | San Mateo

Get a feel for the islands at the 2014 Aloha Festival with music, dance, food, and culture from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and all over the Pacific. The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this free ...

Space Fest 2014: Meet Astronauts & Lunar Rover | North Bay
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Space Station Museum
Space Fest 2014: Meet Astronauts & Lunar Rover | North Bay

The Space Station Museum in Novato holds its free annual Space Fest 2014 where you’ll get to meet legendary astronauts and see a lunar module and a lunar rover from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
The event is free to the general public …

2014 Summer Gardening Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Botanical Garden
2014 Summer Gardening Fair | Golden Gate Park

Join the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at its 17th annual Summer Gardening Fair in Golden Gate Park from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
2014 Summer Gardening Fair
Come learn more about plants and gardening by talking to representatives of local horticultural …

2014 Fremont Festival of the Arts | Saturday
Saturday, August 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Fremont
2014 Fremont Festival of the Arts | Saturday

With nearly 400,000 guests, the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts is “the largest free outdoor festival west of the Mississippi,” covering more than four walking miles. The festival showcases the work of 700 artisans, 30 food booths, 8 fine wine and specialty beer booths, ...

1902 Victorian Picnic in the Park, Live Music & Dancing | Alameda
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lincoln Park
1902 Victorian Picnic in the Park, Live Music & Dancing | Alameda

Join PEERS (Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society) for their annual free Victorian picnic dance at Lincoln Park in Alameda from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Picnicking starts at 10 am, and from 1-4:30 pm, the celebrated Bangers & Mash band …

New Baby Heron Chicks: Nest Observation Day | Stow Lake
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
| Stow Lake
New Baby Heron Chicks: Nest Observation Day | Stow Lake

The Great Blue Herons at Stow Lake have three new baby chicks for the public to observe through spotting scopes, brought to you by San Francisco Nature Education.
Staffed by Nancy DeStefanis, Executive Director and volunteers, they will be answering questions about the late nest and the …

2014 Summer in the City: DJs & Free BBQ | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Precita Park
2014 Summer in the City: DJs & Free BBQ | Mission Dist.

The DJ Project will host the 7th annual Summer in the City free BBQ and DJ showcase in Precita Park in the Mission from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
This is a family-friendly event with a free BBQ for everyone, live DJs, …

Pongapalooza: Pong, Music & Film on the Rio | Russian River
Saturday, August 2 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 ticket does not include movie, food or drinks.
| Rio Theater
Pongapalooza: Pong, Music & Film on the Rio | Russian River

The small town of Monte Rio on the Russian River is hosting a very special day-long Pongapalooza party in partnership with American Tripps on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
This special afternoon event on the Rio lawn will include both regular and “Berlin-Style” ping pong tournaments, food and drink …

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014: The Taming of the Shrew | Cupertino
Saturday, August 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014: The Taming of the Shrew | Cupertino

For the 32nd season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present The Taming of the Shrew, a feast of wit, outrageous clowning, and crazy plot twists in Renaissance-era Padua, Italy, as Kate and Petruchio meet, fight (a lot), and eventually negotiate their way through a “subversive and ...

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, August 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Sunday, August 3

19th Annual Aloha Festival: Sunday | San Mateo
Sunday, August 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free festival, but parking is $10 (cash only).
| San Mateo Event Center
19th Annual Aloha Festival: Sunday | San Mateo

Get a feel for the islands at the 2014 Aloha Festival with music, dance, food, and culture from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and all over the Pacific. The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this free ...