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Saturday, August 9

City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF
Saturday, August 9 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Secret Location (SF)
City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF

Please note, as of June 18, 2014, the location was still to be determined. Please check back closer to the date for an update on the location.

Sunday, August 10

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, August 10 – 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 Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland
Sunday, August 10 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Branch (Oakland Library)
Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland

The Oakland Public Library presents a summer jazz, history and jam series on Sunday afternoons from July 13 – August 31, 2014. Summer jazz concerts kick-off with a performance by a featured artist from 3-4 pm, followed by a history of jazz with jazz musician Randy Moore ...

Ukulele Love-In: Concert, Lessons & Group Sing-A-Long | Oakland
Sunday, August 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale $5-$10
| Actual Cafe
Ukulele Love-In: Concert, Lessons & Group Sing-A-Long | Oakland

Ukulele fans will gather in the friendly neighborhood cafe setting of Oakleyville’s Actual Cafe on the second Sunday of every month for a concert, sing-a-long, and lessons. Group Lesson (5 pm): Learn more about this fantastic little instrument with a group lesson from a guest teacher ...

Tuesday, August 12

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, August 12 – 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 ...

Thursday, August 14

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 14 – 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 15

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, ...

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 ...

East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, August 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Radiance Oak
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland

East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, learn and have fun. The East Bay Burner Social takes place on the third Friday of the month and ...

Saturday, August 16

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, August 16 – 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 ...

Exploratorium Market Days: Free Art & Science Festival | Pier 15
Saturday, August 16 – 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 ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, August 16 – 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 ...

Sunday, August 17

Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Compassionate Clutter Cleaning | SF
Sunday, August 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Compassionate Clutter Cleaning | SF

Peggy Aycinena and Dorothy Severns will discuss “The Mess Mobile: Compassionate Clutter Cleaning.”

Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland
Sunday, August 17 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Branch (Oakland Library)
Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland

The Oakland Public Library presents a summer jazz, history and jam series on Sunday afternoons from July 13 – August 31, 2014. Summer jazz concerts kick-off with a performance by a featured artist from 3-4 pm, followed by a history of jazz with jazz musician Randy Moore ...

Monday, August 18

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, August 18 – 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 19

Science, Neat: Interactive Science Happy Hour | El Rio
Tuesday, August 19 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $4 | El Rio
Science, Neat: Interactive Science Happy Hour | El Rio

Dust off your pocket protector and grab a whiskey because science is taking over the El Rio bar. Science, Neat is a monthly summer happy hour that pairs lightening talks with live demonstrations on the back patio of the El Rio bar in San Francisco, ...

Free Salsa Dance Class | Campbell
Tuesday, August 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Campbell)
Free Salsa Dance Class | Campbell

Learn some new dance moves at a free weekly salsa class, on most 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Sports Basement in Campbell. Free, but an RSVP is required. Amy and Darwin teach a fast-paced, energetic salsa class that will get you moving and dancing right away. They ...

Wednesday, August 20

Free Astronomy Lecture at Randall Museum | SF
Wednesday, August 20 – 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, August 20 – 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 21

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May – October
Thursday, August 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May - October

The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeology in action at Pershing Square from May through October, 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Archaeologists are embarking on a long-term research project to excavate El Presidio de San Francisco, the Spanish-colonial archaeological site buried just below the ...

Outdoor Salsa Dance Party | SoMa
Thursday, August 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
Outdoor Salsa Dance Party | SoMa

Shake it like a Polaroid picture at Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie, the open-air salsa dance party in Jessie Square (near the Contemporary Jewish Museum), which takes place on the third Thursday from 6-7:30 pm, May through August 2014. There are salsa dance lessons at the beginning ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 21 – 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 22

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, ...

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 ...