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Saturday, September 12

Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset
Saturday, September 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant
Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset

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 ...

Country Dance Hoe Down & Farmers’ Market | Emeryville
Saturday, September 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Country Dance Hoe Down & Farmers’ Market | Emeryville

The streets of Bay Street will come alive with a foot stompin’ Farmers’ Market and Country Dance Hoe Down, complete with free country dance lessons, July 18, August 16, and September 12, 2015. Dubbed the Bay Street Farmers’ Market Farm to Table-Dance, this festive day ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 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 ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The School Farm
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF

Come join a volunteer work party at The School Farm every second Saturday from noon to 4 pm to lend a hand and learn about farm work. All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even for moral support and comic relief. They will provide some ...

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, September 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location
Free Beginner Parkour

SF Parkour hosts a free Beginner’s Parkour Class at noon on the second Saturday of each month. It is geared towards first timers and lasts 1.5 hours. Location: Each month the location rotates through Sunnyvale, UC Berkeley and the Embarcadero in SF. Please check the ...

Mountain Lake Science Saturday: Western Pond Turtle | Presidio
Saturday, September 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain Lake (Presidio)
Mountain Lake Science Saturday: Western Pond Turtle | Presidio
To Shell and Back: How the SF Zoo helped western pond turtles return to Mountain Lake. By Jessie Bushell, Director of Conservation, SF Zoo

Sunday, September 13

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, September 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | San Jose
Sunday, September 13 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Jose Women's Club

Sunday Assembly is an international community movement featuring all the best bits of church without the religion. The radically inclusive Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV) is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life and welcomes all people, with or without faith, and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. ...

Tuesday, September 15

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, September 15 – 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, September 16

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, September 16 – 7:00 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, September 17

Sci-Tech NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Sci-Tech NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Few places in the world are fueled by the intersection of science and technology like right here in the Bay Area—and that’s reason enough to party. Sci-Tech NightLife Highlights: Treat yourself to an evening of cutting-edge science and the techy advances that fuel it. Hear from the team ...
“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville
Thursday, September 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville

Enjoy the sizzle of festive Latin dance parties and Catch the Fever” this summer at Bay Street on Thursday evenings with free Latin dance lessons. Two-time Latin Dance Champion Tytus Bergstrom and Professional Dancer LiWen Ang will heat up Thursday evenings with free dance lessons, followed by a ...

“Birding in Cuba” Travel Talk | Berkeley
Thursday, September 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5; free for members
| Northbrae Community Church
As travel to Cuba opens up, Americans are gaining access to a fantastic birding destination. Cuba is safe, birdy, with much protected habitat, and much to be discovered. In fact it may be the place where the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lives. Alvaro Jaramillo will share ...

Friday, September 18

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Saturday, September 19

2015 “Peace In The Park” Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
2015
Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities for a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds. Peace in the Park Festival Saturday, September 19, 2015 | 11 am to 6 pm Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young Museum FREE, ...
“Top Chef Seattle” Chef Elizabeth Binder Demo & Tasting | Embarcadero
Saturday, September 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Two Embarcadero Center
On Septmeber 19th, Embarcadero Center will host Plated featuring local favorite, and 10th season contestant from Top Chef Seattle, Chef Elizabeth Binder. Elizabeth’s work in San Francisco has seen her be part of the amazing and talented Traci des Jardin’s team at Jardiniere. Working along side ...
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, September 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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 ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, September 19 – 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, September 21

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, September 21 – 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 ...

Thursday, September 24

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 24 – 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, September 25

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, September 25 – 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 ...

Saturday, September 26

20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, September 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 20th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2015 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, September 26, 2015 Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 2015 details have yet to be announced, but expect a full day of ...
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, September 26 – 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 ...

Ruckus n’ Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland
Saturday, September 26 – 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 ...

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, September 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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, September 26 – 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 ...

“Radicals” Folsom Eve Reading | SF
Saturday, September 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Books Inc. (Castro)
From the glory days of San Francisco’s leather scene to the glory holes of today, Radicals is a journey through stories and ideas that define the radical sexuality in the modern world. Featuring legendary writer and the founding San Francisco editor-in-chief of Drummer Magazine Jack Fritscher, ...

Sunday, September 27

Exploratorium Free Day: Engineering Day 2015 | Pier 15
Sunday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Engineering Day 2015 | Pier 15
Exploratorium invites you to a rare free community day (there’s only five a year) as they collaborate with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to celebrate Engineering Day/ Día de la Ingeniería from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, September 27 – 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, September 28

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, September 28 – 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 ...