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Sunday, May 28

Free “Chop Bar” Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, May 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free
Join them at CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland for a cooking demo with Lev Delany of Chop Bar featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market. Chop Bar is a neighborhood favorite near Oakland’s Jack London Square, serving breakfast, weekend brunch, ...

Monday, May 29

SF City Guides Memorial Day 2017 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours
Monday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| All Over San Francisco
SF City Guides Memorial Day 2017 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours
If you have the day off on Memorial Day, why not spend part of your day learning something new about the city you love. San Francisco City Guides will be offering thirteen free guided walking tours on Memorial Day Monday. All tours are free and open to the public, ...

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, May 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
| Club 21
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Who’s Your Daddy? The Unique (and Tasty) History of Crawfish Lobsters are Red, Crabs can be Blue, Learn to Catch and Cook Crawfish, They’re Good Eatin’ Too. Discover the unique natural history of “the lobster’s ugly cousin” and its revered place in the culture of New Orleans. ...

Tuesday, May 30

Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up: Free Entertainment & Happy Hour | SF
Renee & Irish Greg's Pop Up: Free Entertainment & Happy Hour | SF
This is a night of free entertainment offering great music and conversation. Starring Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, Matt’s musical mentor Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads will stop by for a chat and they’ll get everything started with San Geronimo making this an all-Marin affair ...
SF History Night: Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive | Noe Valley
Tuesday, May 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night: Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive | Noe Valley
San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive was born in 1938 when the world was invited to visit San Francisco for the 1939–40 Golden Gate International Exposition and think about doing business here. The “49 mile” trail around the city was a great hit. In 2013, Kristine ...
“Janesville: An American Story” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, May 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00pm when they’ll be welcoming author and pulitzer prize winning Washington Post journalist Amy Goldstein. UC Berkeley sociology professor and Strangers in Their Own Land author Arlie Russell Hochschild joins themthat evening as well ...

Wednesday, May 31

Immigration Rights Workshop | South SF
Wednesday, May 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Grand Ave. Branch Library
Immigration Rights Workshop | South SF
Please join them at Grand Library for their Immigration Information Workshop.  This two hour workshop will be an overview of the resources different organizations and websites provide, what the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does and your rights as an immigrant, an overview of the latest Presidential ...
Conversations About Landscape: Resilient by Design Launch | SF
Wednesday, May 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Pier 15
Conversations About Landscape: Resilient by Design Launch | SF
Conversations About Landscape brings together practitioners from the fields of geography, ecology, environmental sciences, policy, design, and the arts to grapple with issues that shape contemporary landscapes. Speakers present their work and engage in a conversation that includes members of the audience. Free but an RSVP ...

Thursday, June 1

Summer of Love NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Summer of Love NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love than a party in the heart of Golden Gate Park? Just blocks away from the Haight Street epicenter of this historic cultural celebration, NightLife will host a night of psychedelic science. Hear from local ...
Cleantech Pitchfest: Ideas To Transform the World | SF
Thursday, June 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Marines' Memorial Theatre
Cleantech Pitchfest: Ideas To Transform the World | SF
Berkeley Lab’s Science at the Theater program comes to San Francisco’s Marine’s Memorial Theatre, with six scientists presenting their ideas to transform the world from turning CO2 into fuel and desalinating seawater in an energy efficient way, to capturing carbon from smokestacks using nanotech. Presenters: Chinmayee Subban: ...

Friday, June 2

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, June 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: 2017 Season Kick-Off | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: 2017 Season Kick-Off | SF

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

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 ...

Hyperloop: TED-Style Talk & Levitation Demo | Stanford
Friday, June 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Stanford Graduate Community Center
Hyperloop: TED-Style Talk & Levitation Demo | Stanford
Elon Musk, in 2012, designed a train system called “Hyperloop” for superfast travel between large hubs and made his design open to the public. Their speakers, rLoop, is an international company which already started to build the Hyperloop and presented it to Elon Musk. Fine print disclaimer: Elon Musk ...
“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Salsa Dance Party | Jack London Square
Friday, June 2 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance half-hour lessons followed by a mixed music dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2017 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer ...

Saturday, June 3

National Trails Day 2017 | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Lands End (Pt. Lobos)
National Trails Day 2017 | SF
Join the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service for National Trails Day on June 3rd. Celebrated on the first Saturday in June every year, National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails. At Golden Gate, park teams and their partners, ...
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

2017 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | San Jose
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Children's Discovery Museum
2017 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | San Jose

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in San Jose to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best players as they compete in the yo-yo championship. Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will gather to test their skill, ...

2016 Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Block Party & Magic Book Castle | Berkeley
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
2016 Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Block Party & Magic Book Castle | Berkeley

The inaugural Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. 200 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will ...

The Family Chef Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, June 3 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
The Family Chef Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Amy has adapted her cooking knowledge to focus on healthy options. Amy realized she could help others since her strength lies in her deep culinary knowledge that ...
Saturday Morning Yarn: Hand Yarn Dying Workshop | South SF
Saturday, June 3 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Saturday Morning Yarn: Hand Yarn Dying Workshop | South SF
Welcome to their new series of summer yarn art programs. For their kick-off event they will feature yarn dying in the parking lot. From mild to wild colorways, they invite you to start your summer off creatively with hand yarn dying. Supplies are limited so feel free to ...
Community Maker Day: Silent Comedy & Art-Making | San Jose
Saturday, June 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Jose Museum of Art
Community Maker Day: Silent Comedy & Art-Making | San Jose
The innovative neighbors and community partners make Silicon Valley thrive. SJMA celebrates San Jose’s vibrant maker community with a day of live performance, demonstrations, and art-making activities. Highlights include an original piece by comedian and storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Inspired by the exhibition Your Mind, This Moment, Lakshminarayanan’s ...
“Design Your Garden with California Native Plants” Workshop | Oakland
Saturday, June 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
Native plants are visually appealing, low maintenance, drought tolerant and a source of food and shelter for wildlife. Alameda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans will teach you how to incorporate these plants into your landscape. Birgitt Evans began gardening as a child. In college she was ...
Creative Family Fun Craft Making: Mexican Metal Art | The Presidio
Saturday, June 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Creative Family Fun Craft Making: Mexican Metal Art | The Presidio
The Presidio was under Mexican control from 1822-1846. To celebrate the Presidio’s Mexican heritage, join them in making a repujado craft. Repujado is a traditional Mexican art form where metal is raised and decorated to create beautiful designs. Free but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, June 4

2017 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley
Sunday, June 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
2017 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley

The inaugural Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. 200 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will ...

Made by Girls: Experiences of Women Who Work In Tech | Mountain View
Sunday, June 4 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Microsoft Garage
Made by Girls: Experiences of Women Who Work In Tech | Mountain View
Role models make all the difference, so Microsoft and DMA’s Made By Girls program are proud to feature women who work for Microsoft, NASA, Warner Brothers Animation, Arduino, Google, High Fidelity, Emerge, Twitch, and Unity Technologies. They’ll share their experiences about working in tech, including ...
Free “Hidden Star Orchards” Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, June 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Join them at CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland for a cooking demo with Johann Smit of Hidden Star Orchards featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market. Once a dairy farm, the Smit family land was converted to a fruit orchard ...
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, June 4 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Mateo Japanese American Center
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo

San Mateo Kabuki Club is a well-established group that holds classes on the first Sunday of every month, focusing on Kabuki performances on film. Classes are open to the public. The group is led by two very passionate and knowledgeable experts on Kabuki. Films are ...

Black History: Bay Area Authors Speak Out | SF Main Library
Sunday, June 4 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Black History: Bay Area Authors Speak Out | SF Main Library
Come and listen as Bay Area authors speak out on Black History. Sarah Ladipo Manyika – author of “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” Francine Thomas Howard – author of “The Daughter of Union County” Meres-Sia Gabriel – author of “I Twirl in the Smoke” Moderator ...

Tuesday, June 6

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, June 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Merritt Ceramics at Oakland is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE The first hour will be ...