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Saturday, August 15

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, August 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a nonprofit community clothing swap with a do-it-yourself workshop in which attendees explore the process of reuse and collective creativity together. Every third Saturday of the month (except for May when they’re at the Maker Faire), they host a meetup where they encourage beginners to experts alike to ...

Monday, August 17

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, August 17 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Tuesday, August 18

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, August 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio - Observation Post
Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio

Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines and they present to SFAA Members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs. Held in the Presidio, Observation Post / Building 211 on the third Tuesday ...

Wednesday, August 19

“That Thing You Do with Your Mouth” Book Discussion | Oakland
Wednesday, August 19 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes David Shields to the store to discuss and sign That Thing You Do with Your Mouth: The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as Told to David Shields, on Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30pm. In That Thing You Do with Your ...
Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, August 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $8 | Rickshaw Stop
Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop

What happens when geeks take over a rock club for an evening of drinking and presentations? Find out at Nerd Nite, 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 ...

Thursday, August 20

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 20 – 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 21

Dancing Under the Stars: Cha Cha | Jack London Square
Friday, August 21 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Cha Cha | 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 lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, August 22

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, August 22 – 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, August 22 – 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 ...

Library MakeArt Workshop | Mission Bay
Saturday, August 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Mission Bay Branch Library
Library MakeArt Workshop | Mission Bay
This activity is quite literally “Hands On!” Join the Museum of Craft and Design at the Mission Bay Library for an afternoon of creating art with hand prints. This is our first activity at this library branch, so please stop in to check it out! Presented ...

Sunday, August 23

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, August 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Peace Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland

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, August 24

Ukulele Song Workshop & Jam | Mountain View
Monday, August 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration appreciated but not required.
| Mountain View Public Library
Ukulele Song Workshop & Jam | Mountain View

Would you like to learn some fun songs on the ukulele? Beginners and ukulele enthusiasts are welcome to come out to the Mountain View Library on the fourth Monday of every month to sing and play together. Bring your own uke, or use one of theirs. This ...

Tuesday, August 25

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, August 25 – 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 ...

Thursday, August 27

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 27 – 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 28

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, August 28 – 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 ...

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa | Jack London Square
Friday, August 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa | 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 lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, August 29

Ruckus n’ Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland
Saturday, August 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Feel the Beet Farmer's Market
Ruckus n' Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland

Come out to lively street party in partnership with Destiny Arts Center celebrating food traditions, resistance, and culture. Free, but an RSVP is requested. Every month features a workshop, DJ and/or live music, free tastings, and a potluck cook-off alongside the farmers market. 2015 Schedule May ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, August 29 – 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 ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, August 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians and wine, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for ...

Monday, August 31

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, August 31 – 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, September 1

Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, September 1 – 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, September 2

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, September 2 – 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, September 2 – 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 ...

Friday, September 4

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, September 4 – 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; ...

Saturday, September 5

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 5 – 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 ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, September 5 – 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, September 6

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, September 6 – 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 ...

Tuesday, September 8

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, September 8 – 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 ...

Wednesday, September 9

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour ...

Friday, September 11

Community Reiki Clinic: Relaxation & Balance | Mission Dist.
Friday, September 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Clinic is by donation.
| Flourish Studio
Community Reiki Clinic: Relaxation & Balance | Mission Dist.

Curious about Reiki? This free clinic is open to anyone who would like to learn about and experience the benefits of Reiki.  The goal of Reiki is to promote deep relaxation and balance through hands on touch. The immune response lives in the skin and white blood ...