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Sunday, April 29

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Sunday, April 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra ...

Monday, April 30

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, April 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
| 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 ...

Wednesday, May 2

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, May 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, May 4

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, May 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; ...

2018 “HeART of Market” Outdoor Dance Festival | SoMa
Friday, May 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mint Plaza
2018
Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Mint Plaza for its HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect, a free, participatory and family friendly event. Two Free Lunchtime Performances by LINES Dance Center students and LINES Education Programs. 2018 Heart of Market Dance Fest Friday, May 4, 2018 | Noon to ...
“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, May 4 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE

Every first Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From live performance ...

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen

This is your monthly chance  to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market highlights ...

Saturday, May 5

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley 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, May 6

Birdwatching For Beginners Lectures | Peninsula
Sunday, May 6 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Birdwatching For Beginners Lectures | Peninsula
Learn all about the birds of our area, and then some.  Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA has partnered with Birder’s Garden of San Carlos to offer a fun and educational morning in the sun. Join us for the wonderful opportunity to learn from experienced birders ...
“The Rough Patch” Book Launch & Forum | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
Submitted by the Event Organizer Clinical psychologist and author Daphne de Marneffe on her new book about marriage and the art of living together. About the guest:  Daphne de Marneffe, PhD is the author of The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together and Maternal ...
“StreetBeats” Hip Hop Fest: DJ Workshops & Dance Lessons | Asian Art Museum
Sunday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
Join the Asian Art Museum for StreetBeats: An Exploration of Culture through Hip-Hop, a free all-ages day of interactive hip-hop culture and community where you are a part of the show. Plus, it’s free admission day at the Asian Art Museum, so you can pop into the museum ...
2018 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda
Sunday, May 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda Chicken Tour
2018 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda
Find out where the eggs are in Alameda on this informative annual self-guided bike tour of backyard chicken coops as you enjoy a bike ride around “The Island.” Alameda Backyard Chicken Coop Bicycling Tour Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 1-4 pm (sharp) All over Alameda FREE Alameda’s urban chicken coops range from ...
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, May 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 ...

Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ashkenaz
Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance that is played as a game in a circle to live music. Although shaped in the cauldron of Brazil, its roots extend into Africa. This Capoeira class will include the training of fundamental movements as well as ...
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | Final Day
Sunday, May 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | Final Day

The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, ...

Tuesday, May 8

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, May 8 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

Green is the topic. Drinks the excuse. The San Francisco North Bay comes to this mixer to network with local business folks living and working as green as they can. Check the calendar for their high caliber guest speakers. You’ll love the incredible selection of ...

Wednesday, May 9

Yarn Tree Wrapping: SF’s Afternoon Art Break | Asian Art Museum
Wednesday, May 9 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free outside the Asian Art Museum at larkin and fulton
| Asian Art Museum
Yarn Tree Wrapping: SF's Afternoon Art Break | Asian Art Museum

Stop by the Asian Art Museum’s Village Artist Corner (outside at the corner of Larkin & Fulton) every second Wednesday of the month to engage in Yarn Wrapping. Pick Me Up Art Every Second Wednesday through June 2018 | 1-3 pm Asian Art Museum’s Village ...

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 ...

Beyond Borders Storytelling Workshop | SF
Wednesday, May 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Hosteling International USA Office
Beyond Borders Storytelling Workshop | SF
Storytelling is more than just entertainment; it’s a powerful technique to connect, establish credibility, inspire, motivate, and convey complex ideas in a memorable way. Beyond Borders offers storytelling workshops for anyone who wants to become a better storyteller. Beyond Borders Storytelling Workshop Wednesday, May 09, 2018 | ...
Shaping SF Public Talk: Platform Cooperatives | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Public Talk: Platform Cooperatives | Mission Dist.
More lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building ...

Friday, May 11

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, May 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to the first San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at community centers throughout the entire city of San José. SJ Neighbor Nights ...

Saturday, May 12

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, May 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 ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, May 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 ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, May 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...

2018 Historic Japantown Immersive: Uchiwa Fan Making & Pop-Up Performances | San Jose
Saturday, May 12 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Japantown San Jose
2018 Historic Japantown Immersive: Uchiwa Fan Making & Pop-Up Performances | San Jose
San Jose’s historic Japantown bursts into a series of explorable interactive experiences, bringing to life its history and future. 2018 Japantown Immersive Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm San Jose Japantown, N 5th & Jackson Streets, San Jose FREE The evening kicks off at 5:30 pm ...

Sunday, May 13

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 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 | Mountain View
Sunday, May 13 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge

“Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More” is the motto for Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV), an international community movement that celebrates life. The radically inclusive SASV is a secular and service nonprofit that celebrates life, welcomes all people and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. It aims ...

Tuesday, May 15

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, May 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Observation Post at the Presidio
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 ...