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Saturday, September 9

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, September 9 – 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 ...

Women Entrepreneurs Vibe Block Party: Interactive Workshops & Fire Truck Demos | Los Altos
Saturday, September 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Los Altos
Women Entrepreneurs Vibe Block Party: Interactive Workshops & Fire Truck Demos | Los Altos
The purpose of the WE Vibe Block Party is to introduce the members of Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos to the community through this lively, festive, and free downtown public event. They anticipate over 500 attendees to this family-friendly celebration. WELosAltos brings a fresh and innovative approach ...

Sunday, September 10

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, September 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 ...

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2017
Sunday, September 10 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Parade is free to watch. Oakland Pride VIP Experience Festival costs $75.
| Downtown Oakland
Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2017
Oakland will once again host a Pride Parade kicking off at 10:30 am and will once again continue the celebration with a Pride Festival from 11 am to 7 pm at Uptown Oakland. 2017 Oakland Pride Parade Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 10:30 am Broadway & 14th Street, Oakland FREE ...
22nd Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Chocolate samples require tickets.
| Ghirardelli Square
22nd Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF

From vanilla beans to caramel fillings, indulge in it all at the 22nd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Come and experience Chocolate School, Chef Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, chocolate vendors, and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge. Over 50 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their ...

Free Second Sunday Community Workout Class | Oakland
Sunday, September 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but advance registration may be required
| The Working Body
Free Second Sunday Community Workout Class | Oakland

The Working Body hosts a free community class every second Sunday of the month in Oakland. All are welcome, so come out and enjoy a free workout (or yoga) class to stay fit and healthy. Please note, advance registration for the class may be required. 

Monday, September 11

13th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival | Oakland
13th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival | Oakland
The 9/11 Truth Film Festival, held annually by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, is dedicated to uncovering the truth about 9/11, and also the truth about related cover-ups, like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr assassination. That is why this year’s keynote speaker is the ...

Tuesday, September 12

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, September 12 – 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, September 13

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 ...

Thursday, September 14

September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Chill out with sample-based live electronic music performance from Ryan Hemsworth & dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer, Qrion. Schedule of events: The Music (West Garden) 7:45 – Begin the night getting swept away by the dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer Qrion. 8:45 – Chill out with ...
Contemporary Perspectives on Combat Stress | The Presidio
Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Contemporary Perspectives on Combat Stress | The Presidio
Former US Army Captain Joshua Mantz, author of the forthcoming book, The Beauty of a Darker Soul, will take audiences on a relatable tour of his journey back from harrowing physical and psychological experiences serving in Iraq. As medical director of the PTSD Program at ...

Friday, September 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 ...

Saturday, September 16

22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Oakland Metro Opera House
22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of ...

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, September 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, September 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, September 16 – 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, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. every third Saturday of the month. There will be easels provided and some materials ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, September 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...

Sunday, September 17

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, September 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

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 third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo 2017 | Japantown
Sunday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo 2017 | Japantown

Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art and it’s coming to San Francisco at this one-of-a-kind annual event in Japantown. Watch demonstrations, meet real sumo wrestlers, learn about sumo wrestling and watch actual matches  from Sumo champions, weighing up to 600 lbs, outdoors in the Japantown Peace ...

Cemetery Lecture: 101 Tombs to Check Out Before You Do, Part II | Colma
Sunday, September 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cemetery Lecture: 101 Tombs to Check Out Before You Do, Part II | Colma

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation proudly announces the 2017 Season of its free Sunday Afternoon Lectures. This popular, entertaining and educational lecture series is held one Sunday of each month from January through October. Light refreshments are served. 2017 Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture Series Select Sundays | ...

Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Outdoor Photography Seminar | Colma
Sunday, September 17 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Outdoor Photography Seminar | Colma

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation proudly announces the 2017 Season of its free Sunday Afternoon Lectures. This popular, entertaining and educational lecture series is held one Sunday of each month from January through October. Light refreshments are served. 2017 Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture Series Select Sundays | ...

Monday, September 18

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

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, September 19 – 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 ...

Wednesday, September 20

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, September 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza

Wondering how to prepare the beautiful produce that our local farmers are growing and selling at the Farmers Market? Come check out a live demonstration of how to sauté a featured vegetable at the Heart of the City Farmers Market with Biblio Bistro, the Library’s mobile ...

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, September 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley

Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Their work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global ...

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, September 20 – 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 21

Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Join NightLife for an ongoing event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum. Schedule of events: Sunset Salutations (Living Roof) 7:15 pm Do some Sun(Set) Salutations in a very special class taught by Mira Valeria. Underwater Yoga ...
Free Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF
Free Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF

Engage in an ancient practice in a sacred space – a church sanctuary. People of all faiths, perspectives, age, and yoga experience are are invited to join teacher Erin Mariani, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6 pm for vinyasa flow yoga. Bring your ...

Friday, September 22

2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Friday | Oakland
Friday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
| Jack London Square
2017

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% ...

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 ...