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Wednesday, October 22

NewCo Silicon Valley 2014: Tech & Ideas Festival | South Bay
NewCo Silicon Valley 2014: Tech & Ideas Festival | South Bay

Experience and learn about the innovation economy up close and personal and in its native habitat.  The first annual NewCo Silicon Valley Festival is a mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival. 2014 NewCo Silicon Valley ...

Dia de los Muertos Art Making Day | Berkeley
Wednesday, October 22 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Multicultural Center
Dia de los Muertos Art Making Day | Berkeley

On Wednesday October 22 starting at 4 pm to learn about Dia de los Muertos history and learn how to make papel picado, candle decoration, and paper flower creations to get your altar ready.
Co-Sponsored by Chican@ Latin@ Student Development, Chican@ Studies, and the Multicultural Community …

Thursday, October 23

2014 Bay Area Science Festival: Opening Day | Oct. 23 – Nov. 1
Thursday, October 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2014 Bay Area Science Festival: Opening Day | Oct. 23 - Nov. 1

Opening Say Schedule | 2014 Bay Area Science Festival
9 am to 12:30 pm: Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit – Mills College, Oakland – FREE
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) will be hosting the Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit on Thursday, October 23rd at the …

NewCo Silicon Valley 2014: Tech & Ideas Festival | South Bay
NewCo Silicon Valley 2014: Tech & Ideas Festival | South Bay

Experience and learn about the innovation economy up close and personal and in its native habitat.  The first annual NewCo Silicon Valley Festival is a mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival. 2014 NewCo Silicon Valley ...

2014 “One City One Book” Author Talk: Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City | SF
Thursday, October 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
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Armistead Maupin, author of the 2014 One City One Book selection Tales of the City will be joined in conversation by K.M. Soehnlein.
Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and, most …

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 23 – 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.

40% Off: “Vintners in the Vaults” 50+ Vintners Wine Tasting Party | The Old Mint
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Take a sip into the past in the historic vaults below the Old Mint. Constructed in 1874, this San Francisco landmark will open for “Grapes of Past: Vintners in the Vaults” -  a night of unlimited wine tasting, music, and learn about SF’s fascinating history of …

Friday, October 24

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 ...

Día de los Muertos Celebration: Live Music, Art & Film | Friday Nights at the de Young
Día de los Muertos Celebration: Live Music, Art & Film | Friday Nights at the de Young

Join the de Young for a Día de los Muertos celebration for the whole family, presented in partnership with the Mexican Museum.

Live Music by Cascada de Flores
Wilsey Court

6:30 pm

Cascada de Flores presents music in celebration of life, death, and love, inspired by the troubadours of Mexico, …

Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, October 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayanihan Community Center
Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

1st Ever Nerd Nite “Block Party”: 2014 Bay Area Science Fest | SoMa
Friday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Except for events at Slim's and SoMa StrEat Food Party, all other events are free
| Folsom Street Foundry
1st Ever Nerd Nite “Block Party”: 2014 Bay Area Science Fest | SoMa

Like The Blob, the Bay Area Science Festival keeps growing. Play old school video games at Folsom Street Foundry, Attend nerd science lectures at Piston & Chain or take a guided field trip to hidden craftsmen and artisan workshops in SoMa.
Nerd Nite Block Party Free …

Saturday, October 25

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 ...

Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, October 25 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant
Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview

Please Note: This tour will take place at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bayview, and not at Oceanside in the Outer Sunset, as was originally posted.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, October 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF

This waterfront market, run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), has over 120 food, fruit, and vegetable vendors on Saturdays and the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates year-round from 8 am to 2 pm. On ...

Win Tix: “Tested” Live on Stage with Mythbusters’ Jamie and Adam | Castro Theater
Saturday, October 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Get 50% off balcony tickets with code RUSHTIX
| Castro Theatre
“Tested” Live on Stage with Mythbusters’ Jamie and Adam | Castro Theater

Join Mythbusters’ favorite science nerds, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, as they showcase maker projects, geek out about technology, 3D printing, and more.
The show, which is part of the Bay Area Science Festival, will include geeky buddies Will Smith, Norman Chang, and also a live …

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, October 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Halley Hill Observatory
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Sunset is at 6:18 pm and the gates close at 10 pm.

Win Tix: “Quiz-o-Tron” Comedy vs. Science Quiz Show | SF
Saturday, October 25 – 9:45 pm | Cost: WIN | Castro Theatre

Watch as talented comedians compete against learned scientists to answer questions pertaining to the latest discoveries in astrophysics.
Quiz-o-Tron, part of the Bay Area Science Festival, is the world’s greatest comedic science-themed panel quiz show, hosted by Rebecca Watson and starring Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, Star …

Sunday, October 26

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, October 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Monday, October 27

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, October 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Tuesday, October 28

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, October 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for general public. Free if you're an SFHA member
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night: San Francisco History Association

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Thursday, October 30

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 30 – 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, October 31

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, ...

Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, October 31 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
| Bayanihan Community Center
Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

Saturday, November 1

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, November 1 – 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 ...