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Friday, May 22

2015 Small Business Week: 50+ Workshops | SF
Friday, May 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Advanced registration required for each seminar and mixer.
| All Over San Francisco
2015 Small Business Week: 50+ Workshops | SF
Small Business Week 2015 present a whole day of over 50 business workshops covering everything from email marketing and brand building, to franchises and doing business in Asia. Whatever your business, or idea, you’ll find a workshop to help you in your journey on Friday, ...
Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Brazilian Beats & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Brazilian Beats & Off the Grid | Oakland
What to expect on May 22: 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 ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, May 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books
Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF

Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are ...

History of Machines & Their Personal/National Reflections | SF
Friday, May 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southern Exposure
History of Machines & Their Personal/National Reflections | SF
No Man’s Land looks to science-fiction and the history of heroic robots, to explore the ways in which our machines reflect and embody our personal and national baggage. Between 1961 and 1965, the United States commemorated the Civil War Centennial. During this time Ray Bradbury, ...

Saturday, May 23

2015 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
2015 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Golden Gate Park

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Golden Gate Park 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 in Spreckels Temple of Music Bandshell. Over 100 of the top ...

Free History Lecture: Pacific Peace, Pacific War | Treasure Island
Saturday, May 23 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Treasure Island Historic Building One
Free History Lecture: Pacific Peace, Pacific War | Treasure Island
The Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940 was San Francisco’s last great public celebration prior to America’s entry into World War II. The theme of this “Pageant of the Pacific” was “Pacific Unity.” How did the deepening international crisis affect the fair, particularly America’s ongoing ...
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, May 23 – 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 ...

Sunday, May 24

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, May 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Peace Center
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
The guest speaker will be David Diskin, president of Camp Quest West (California). He will tell you what you already know – science is awesome. But do your children know this? And are they being given the tools to learn and the passion to care? ...

Monday, May 25

SF City Guides Memorial Day 2015 | 8 Free Guided Walking Tours
Monday, May 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| All Over San Francisco
SF City Guides Memorial Day 2015 | 8 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 eight 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 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Club 21
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, May 26

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, May 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| 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 ...

Wednesday, May 27

Win Tix: One Big Ocean: Experts Talk Conservation | SF
Wednesday, May 27 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $20.
| The Commonwealth Club (SF)
Dr. Sylvia Earle – fondly dubbed “Her Deepness” by the New York Times – holds the women’s record for the deepest ocean dive and has led more than 100 undersea expeditions, logging more than 7,000 hours underwater. Formerly chief scientist of the National Oceanic and ...

Thursday, May 28

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Thursday, May 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

Win: Free Group Music Class | Community Music Center Try out a jazz, Latin or chamber ensemble, sing in a choir, or take a songwriting class at San Francisco’s Community Music Center this summer! CMC makes music accessible to people of all ages, musical levels, and financial backgrounds with students ranging in age from toddlers to people in ...
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 28 – 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.

City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF
City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF

Take in the view from San Francisco’s picturesque Land’s End or other fantastic view points like the Randall Museum, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers, and get some tips about the night sky. Join the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers for their next City Star Party, preceded by ...

Friday, May 29

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, May 30

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites you to take a free tour of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how your sewer system works. Free, but an RSVP is required at least two days in advance. You’ll learn about the history of wastewater treatment ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, May 30 – 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 ...

Tuesday, June 2

Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Hopmonk Tavern (Novato)
Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato

Hang out with smart people and learn some stuff while drinking beer at the Nerd Nite North Bay held on the first Tuesday of the month at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato.

Wednesday, June 3

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, June 3 – 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) 561-2793 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Visit ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, June 3 – 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 ...

Thursday, June 4

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 4 – 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, June 5

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, June 5 – 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 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, June 6

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 6 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berekely 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 ...

Sunday, June 7

Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.
Sunday, June 7 – 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, June 7 – 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 ...

Win Tix: Author Judy Blume in Conversation with Molly Ringwald | The Commonwealth Club
Sunday, June 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Castro Theatre
Judy Blume releases her first novel for adults in 16 years, In the Unlikely Event, this June. Blume — prolific, controversial, beloved — is a literary iconoclast whose novels have been among the first to discuss teen sex, masturbation, menstruation and divorce. > Get Tickets ($20) In conversation with Molly ...

Tuesday, June 9

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, June 9 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

At Marin Green Drinks, green is the reason, and drinks are the excuse. Relax, mingle and network with local sustainability enthusiasts who are living and working as green as they can. Every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm, Marin Green Drinks meet for conversation and complimentary ...