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Thursday, July 31

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May – October
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May - 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 ...

Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Unitarian Universalist Chuch (SF)
Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF

The SF First Unitarian Universalist Church presents art by artists who are union members. The show highlights the fact that some union members are also accomplished artists. Two-dimensional art in various media will be presented.
Several artworks chosen for Extraction will be shown at this venue. This …

BigPicture Photography NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
BigPicture Photography NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Schedule of Events

BigPicture Exhibit Opening in the Piazza (Level 1)
6:00-10:00 pm, This week, NightLife is all about our image. Be the first to peep the Academy’s first-ever major photography exhibit, BigPicture—illustrating, and celebrating, the incredible diversity of life on Earth through 45 stunning works from …

Hipmunk Tech Talk: “Changemakers Under 30″ | General Assembly
Thursday, July 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
| General Assembly (Folsom St.)
Hipmunk Tech Talk:

Get inspired by one of tech’s rising stars at General Assembly’s “Changemakers Under 30” – an exclusive Q&A with Benjamin Muessig, Business Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and Adam Goldstein, founder of rising travel site Hipmunk, based in San Francisco.
This event is sponsored by …

Free Lindy Hop Swing Lesson & Dance Party: The 9:20 Special | SF
Thursday, July 31 – 8:20 pm | Cost: FREE | The Russian Building
Free Lindy Hop Swing Lesson & Dance Party: The 9:20 Special | SF

The free Open House at The 9:20 Special is back on July 31, 2014. This is the night that this swing dance party welcomes new comers and thanks their regulars by providing a free beginner Lindy Hop class, free social dance, free performances, and free …

Friday, August 1

Violinjazz, Monsters & Robots | Friday Nights at the de Young
Violinjazz, Monsters & Robots | Friday Nights at the de Young

Schedule for Friday, August 1, 2014
6 pm Closing Reception: “Monsters and Robots”, by Artist-in-Residence Joshua Margolis - Kimball Education Gallery
Celebrate the residency of July Artist-in-Residence Joshua Margolis and his installation Monsters and Robots. Light refreshments served.
6 pm - Mixed-Media Art-Making Stations - Buchanan Court
Create a mixed-media project inspired by …

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 …

Dancing Under the Stars: Free Electric Slide Lesson & Party | Oakland
Friday, August 1 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Free Electric Slide Lesson & Party | Oakland

Dance under the stars and the moon on the Jack London Square waterfront and enjoy an evening of free dance lessons followed by a dance party, every Friday during Summer 2014. 2014 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, June – August, 2014 | 8:30 pm Jack London Square, ...

Saturday, August 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, August 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC 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 ...

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 …

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 …

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: JoyFoodly Cooking Demo | SF
Saturday, August 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: JoyFoodly Cooking Demo | SF

Chef Hollie Greene is passionate about bringing the joy of good food to the family table. In 2013, she founded JoyFoodly™, a San Francisco-based company that helps families joyfully get more vegetables and fruits into their diets.

Sunday, August 3

Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.
Sunday, August 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Yoga
Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.

Learn how to dive, survive, and return quickly to your feet (like the ninja you are) if you are ever unlucky enough to eat it while biking around town. This free two-hour workshop will teach you to do just that every first Sunday of the month at ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, August 3 – 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 ...

Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland
Sunday, August 3 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Branch (Oakland Library)
Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland

The Oakland Public Library presents a summer jazz, history and jam series on Sunday afternoons from July 13 – August 31, 2014. Summer jazz concerts kick-off with a performance by a featured artist from 3-4 pm, followed by a history of jazz with jazz musician Randy Moore ...

Wednesday, August 6

Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2014
Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2014

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2014. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour ...

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, August 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio

Hop on the Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour which introduces visitors to the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Free, but an RSVP is required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, August 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Valparaiso
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues and is held on the first Wednesday of every month at Cafe Valparaiso in Albany. Join a casual evening of conversation with members of the scientific community presenting different ...

Free Square Dancing Class & Dance Night | Oakland
Wednesday, August 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Veterans Building (Oakland)
Free Square Dancing Class & Dance Night | Oakland

Yep, we know there aren’t too many places you can Do-Si-Do in the Bay, but Oaktown 8s are giving you a chance to try square dancing at their free open house. Learn some introductory calls during a free intro session from 7-8 pm and then stick ...

Thursday, August 7

Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports
Thursday, August 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required to climb@outdooradventureclub.com
| Lombardi Sports
Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports

Come to Lombardi Sports on any first Thursday of the month for a free intro to rock climbing, taught by the professional guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Free, but RSVP is required. Lombardi Sports has a 25′ high indoor climbing wall inside their store. The Outdoor ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, August 8

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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

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, ...

Dancing Under the Stars: Free Tango Lesson & Party | Oakland
Friday, August 8 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Free Tango Lesson & Party | Oakland

Dance under the stars and the moon on the Jack London Square waterfront and enjoy an evening of free dance lessons followed by a dance party, every Friday during Summer 2014. 2014 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, June – August, 2014 | 8:30 pm Jack London Square, ...