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Friday, September 26

Movie in the Park: “We Bought A Zoo” | Oakland
Friday, September 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Movie in the Park:

Friday September 26 – We Bought a Zoo (PG 124 minutes)
We Bought a Zoo is a 2011 American family comedy-drama film based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside …

Saturday, September 27

Smithsonian’s 10th Annual Free Museum Day | 2014
Saturday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
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 ...

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks | 2014
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks | 2014

Sometimes you’ve just got get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks including Muir Woods and Yosemite Park. Yosemite park waves their usual $20 per car ...

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, September 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Halley Hill Observatory
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Sunset is at 6:57 pm, and the gates close at 10 pm.

Sunday, September 28

“Sunday Streets” Block Party | Excelsior
Sunday, September 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Excelsior Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets (March – October 2014) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yoga classes, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets ...

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, September 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio every Sunday through the fall starting on April 6, 2014 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Expect live music, free games and stands from San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, local ...

Wednesday, October 1

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, October 1 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

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 ...

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, October 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

Friday, October 3

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, October 3 – 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 ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Movie in the Park: “Frozen” | Oakland
Friday, October 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Movie in the Park:

Friday October 3 – Frozen (PG 102 minutes)
Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film.
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose …

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, October 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

Saturday, October 4

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, October 4 – 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, October 5

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, October 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio every Sunday through the fall starting on April 6, 2014 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Expect live music, free games and stands from San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, local ...

Tuesday, October 7

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, October 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the ...

Friday, October 10

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Saturday, October 11

$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*$1 for books & media. Free entrance.
| SF Library Treat Ave. Donation Center
$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.

The San Francisco Public Library hosts $1 book sales at the Treat Avenue Donation Center every second Saturday of the month. All books are just $1 or less each and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

History for Half Pints: Family Music & Games | California Historical Society
Saturday, October 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| California Historical Society
History for Half Pints: Family Music & Games | California Historical Society

History for Half Pints (the kid kind, not the drinking kind) is a monthly family day at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, featuring music, games and of course, history. The family day takes place every second Saturday of the month and is free ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, October 11 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, October 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate (North Oakland)
Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland's Golden Gate Dist.

The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event with art, music, food, classes and family-friendly activities. They’re focusing on the DIY character of the neighborhood, so come out and see what you can add to the mix.

Sunday, October 12

Exploratorium Free Day: Founder’s Day 2014 | SF
Sunday, October 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Founder's Day 2014 | SF

The Exploratorium will celebrate their Founder’s Day on October 12, 2014 by offering free admission to the museum for all visitors.
This is the final free day for 2014.

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, October 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, October 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio every Sunday through the fall starting on April 6, 2014 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Expect live music, free games and stands from San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, local ...

Thursday, October 16

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, October 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...