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Friday, December 5

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, December 5 – 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, December 6

2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: SF Chorus Carolers | Berkeley
Saturday, December 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: SF Chorus Carolers | Berkeley

Sing your favorite holiday carols and hymns with SF City Chorus. Bring your friends and family for an old fashioned sing-along.
Rain? The chorus and singers will be awning hopping.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, December 6 – 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, December 7

Exploratorium Free Day: Science of Sharing | Pier 15
Sunday, December 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Science of Sharing | Pier 15

The Exploratorium hosts a day dedicated to the science of sharing on Sunday, December 7, 2014 by sharing their incredible space with you for free. Free admission is offered to the museum for all visitors.
Please note, entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. …

2014 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Shakespeare & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley
Sunday, December 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admisson, but in past years the snow slide cost $2 per slide.
| Depot Plaza
2014 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Shakespeare & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley

The downtown plaza in Mill Valley will be filled with live music, children playing and community togetherness when the community celebrates the holiday season with the annual Winterfest celebration.
2014 Winterfest
Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 11 am to sunset
Depot Plaza, Mill Valley
FREE
New for 2014 is a …

Friday, December 12

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, December 13

$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, December 13 – 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, December 13 – 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, December 13 – 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.

2014 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Saturday, December 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
2014 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa

Celebrate in festive Filipino style at the annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, held in Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, where you can watch traditional, star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Lane, along with live music, art, games and performances.
‎12th Annual …

Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, December 13 – 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.

Unsilent Night 2014: Boombox Christmas Parade | Dolores Park
Saturday, December 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dolores Park
Unsilent Night 2014: Boombox Christmas Parade | Dolores Park

“Unsilent Night” is artist Phil Kline’s free outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through a roving swarm of hundreds of boomboxes carried through the Mission District creating a 44-minute ambient roving electronic Christmas carol of chimes and bells.
Hundreds of people bring their own boomboxes and drift …

Sunday, December 14

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, December 14 – 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 ...

Thursday, December 18

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, December 18 – 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 ...

Friday, December 19

Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks
Friday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over East Bay
Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks

East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks. From April to December in 2014, fees will be waived for a variety of park services, every third Friday of each month. The Park District operates 65 parks, covering ...

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, December 19 – 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 Friday of the month. The monthly event will feature pop-up galleries, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a special children’s ...

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, December 20

Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – 11:15 am | Cost: FREE | Lakeview Branch Library
Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland

Come swap out your kids’ gently-used clothing, books, and toys for others that are new to you. Please bring only items that are clean, in good condition, and appropriate for children. The swap takes place from 11:15 am to noon every third Saturday of the ...

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, December 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Joseph D. Grant County Park
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Please note, sunset is at 4:53 pm and the gates close at 6:30 pm.
The winter star parties will be held at Telescope Row.
From the Grant Park entrance station, follow the main park road for 0.5 miles to a turning circle. Telescope Row is located to …

Tuesday, December 23

2014 Macy’s Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square
Tuesday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
2014 Macy's Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square

Macy’s in Union Square unveils their 28th Annual “Holiday Windows” (November 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015) with elaborately-decorated holiday window displays all along the outside of the building featuring some adorable (and adoptable) cats and dogs to help benefit the SPCA and find these furry friends ...

Friday, December 26

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

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 ...

Thursday, January 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, January 1 – 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, January 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo
Friday, January 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo

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: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 2 – 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 ...