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Thursday, October 9

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 9 – 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 10

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, ...

Saturday, October 11

Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset
Saturday, October 11 – 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 ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, October 11 – 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 ...

Free Guided Coffee Tasting | Peet’s
Saturday, October 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peet's (Market Street)
Free Guided Coffee Tasting | Peet's

Like wine, there are so many varieties of coffee that tasting them all can be somewhat overwhelming. Guided Tastings allow you to experience the flavor characteristics of a particular coffee and compare it to another coffee from the same or different growing region or processing ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, October 11 – 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 ...

Butterflies 101: Butterflies of Mountain Lake & Beyond | Presidio
Saturday, October 11 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain Lake (Presidio)
Butterflies 101: Butterflies of Mountain Lake & Beyond | Presidio

October 11th – Butterflies 101: Butterflies of Mountain Lake and beyond: Liam O’Brien, Lepidopterist
Join Liam O’Brien at Mountain Lake for a talk on the fascinating world of local butterflies. Liam will give a beginner’s overview of these beautiful invertebrates, and discuss the rich history of …

Sunday, October 12

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, October 12 – 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 ...

Repair Cafe: Fix Your Broken Items | Palo Alto
Sunday, October 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of American Heritage
Repair Cafe: Fix Your Broken Items | Palo Alto

Bring your broken things and work with the repair volunteers to assess what it would take to repair them. You can work with the volunteers to do the repairs yourself (with their guidance) or have them tackle the job directly. With luck, you’ll walk away ...

Monday, October 13

The New Parkway’s Book Club | Oakland
Monday, October 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
The New Parkway's Book Club | Oakland

The New Parkway book club offers a laid back atmosphere aimed at reading and discussing your favorite books-turned-movies. It’s fun, it’s chill, it’s free and it meets on the second Monday of every month.

Tuesday, October 14

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, October 14 – 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, October 15

Free Astronomy Lecture at Randall Museum | SF
Wednesday, October 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Randall Museum
Free Astronomy Lecture at Randall Museum | SF

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 Randall Museum on the third Wednesday of every month, ...

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, October 15 – 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, October 16

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 16 – 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 17

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, ...

Exploratorium’s Helix Happy Hour | Peninsula
Friday, October 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission to Helix is pay what you wish
| Helix by Exploratorium
Exploratorium's Helix Happy Hour | Peninsula

Part science museum, part retail space, and part community center, the Helix, presented by the Exploratorium, is located in Los Altos and engages with the local community to create programs for all ages. Every third Friday of the month from 6-8 pm, Helix hosts an adults-only Happy Hour ...

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

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 an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Saturday, October 18

Exploratorium Market Days: Free Art & Science Festival | Pier 15
Saturday, October 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free festival at Pier 15, but admission charge required to enter the museum.
| Exploratorium
Exploratorium Market Days: Free Art & Science Festival | Pier 15

Exploratorium Market Days is a series of free, open-air, mini-festivals that bring together scientists, artists, and educators to present an abundant bazaar of new ideas and activities to the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15 from 11 am to 3 pm on the third Saturday of each month from ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, October 18 – 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 ...

Free Chef Cooking Demo & Tasting | Embarcadero
Saturday, October 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Two Embarcadero Center
Free Chef Cooking Demo & Tasting | Embarcadero

Come to Plated, Embarcadero Center’s Saturday morning series of free intimate chef interviews and cooking demos featuring Farmer’s Market fresh items, complete with recipes for everyone to enjoy at home. Free, but an RSVP is required for each event. Tastes will be provided for the first 100 guests. ...

Free Guided Tea Tasting | Peet’s
Saturday, October 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peet's (Market Street)
Free Guided Tea Tasting | Peet's

Like wine, there are so many varieties of coffee that tasting them all can be somewhat overwhelming. Guided Tastings allow you to experience the flavor characteristics of a particular coffee and compare it to another coffee from the same or different growing region or processing ...

Free Guided Coffee Tasting | Peet’s
Saturday, October 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peet's (Market Street)
Free Guided Coffee Tasting | Peet's

Like wine, there are so many varieties of coffee that tasting them all can be somewhat overwhelming. Guided Tastings allow you to experience the flavor characteristics of a particular coffee and compare it to another coffee from the same or different growing region or processing ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, October 18 – 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 ...