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Saturday, May 5

2018 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2018 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. This year, there will be music and entertainment on two stages, kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, beer garden, fun for all ages. 14th Annual ...
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s ...

2018 Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
2018 Bluegrass Pickin' Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Bring a blanket (and an instrument if you like) or just kick back and watch some of the Bay Area’s top bluegrass, country and folk performers as they get together for an impromptu concert jam. Pickin’ Picnic in Golden Gate Park Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Noon to 6 ...
2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival | Jack London Square
TURFinc is pleased to present the 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo Festval in partnership with Jack London Square on May 5th, 2018. 2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Noon-7 pm Jack London Square, Oakland FREE The Festival features Turf Battles hosted by Chuy Gomez, Randy ...
2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival: Live Music & Dancing | Santa Rosa
Saturday, May 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sebastopol & West (Santa Rosa)
2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival: Live Music & Dancing | Santa Rosa
Come out to Santa Rosa for the 13th annual Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring stages of music, dance, and demonstrations. In the previous years, musical entertainment included Tercer Nival, El Sello de Mexico, Los Grandes de La Banda and pop/rock. Come and see what they have in store for you this ...
Check Out SF’s Newest 50-Foot LED Sculpture | Hayes Valley
Saturday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Patricia's Green
Check Out SF's Newest 50-Foot LED Sculpture | Hayes Valley
From the playa to the park, new light art takes root in Hayes Valley. Charles Gadeken’s Squared, a 50-foot-tall LED sculpture, comes to Patricia’s Green. It’s like a super-colorful Bay Lights on acid with waves of trippy light pulsating at night. The San Francisco Arts Commission ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Win Tix: Giraffage: Electronic Hypnagogic Pop | August Hall
Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | August Hall
Yin, who is of Taiwanese descent, grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political economics before pursuing his musical career. > Get Tickets – $25 As Giraffage, Yin regularly performs at venues in his native San ...

Sunday, May 6

“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 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa
Sunday, May 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $11.11*
*Early Bird tickets $11.11, Advanced tickets are $15 and Door tickets are $20
| Howard & Main (SoMa)
2018 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa
On May 6, 2018, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for a Celebration of Peace for The Disco Ball. It will be a parody of the 1970s, and a very groovy time. There will be dancing in the streets ...
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2018 Kick-Off: All-Female Mariachi | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2018 Kick-Off: All-Female Mariachi | SF
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival opens on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1:00pm with the first all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, as they have blazed a brilliant pioneering path for women in a traditionally male world of Mexican music. Co-led by violinist and founder ...
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, May 6 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to its incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill
Sunday, May 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Thee Parkside
Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill

Original Famous Twang Sundays is a free, all-ages concert series at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill. Come by every Sunday; there’s always a fresh traditional or contemporary live act and a surprise special to purchase from the kitchen.

Monday, May 7

SF’s Beatles Karaoke Night | Every First Monday
Monday, May 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale
SF's Beatles Karaoke Night | Every First Monday

Do you think your bird can sing? If so, Joshua Raoul Brody (Tango Number 9) will give you and the Fab Four a piano-bar treatment at the Beatles-only karaoke night at The Royale, a neighborhood bar in the Tenderloin. Beatles Karaoke Night Every First Monday ...

Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, May 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music.

“Classical Revolution” Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.
Monday, May 7 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-20 donation is welcome to support the musicians.
| The Revolution Cafe

“Classical Revolution” is a bi-monthly chamber music night at the Mission District’s Revolution Cafe. They feature different local and visiting musicians in a unique Chamber Jam format, where musicians get a chance to perform in a casual environment and audiences get to hear chamber music in a ...

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, May 7 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Thursday, May 10

New World String Project: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, May 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
New World String Project: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil. Something of a hybrid itself, the ensemble brings together four mighty players who weave ...
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, May 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Thursday and fourth Thursday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye ...

Win Tix: Born Ruffians: Indie Rock | Slim’s
Thursday, May 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Slim's
Born Ruffians are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2004, originally from Midland, Ontario, located near Georgian Bay. > Get Tickets – $18 They are currently signed to Yep Roc Records and Paper Bag Records. The members are Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard), and Steve Hamelin (drums).
Instant Band Night 4 On The Floor Live Music & Performances | Oakland
Thursday, May 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*It's $5 at the door
| East Bay Community Space
Instant Band Night 4 On The Floor Live Music & Performances | Oakland
Submitted by the Event Organizer The idea is simple: 1. The stage has a drum kit, guitar, bass, keyboard, and mics. 2. We draw names out of hats to make instant bands that get 10 minutes in the green room to plan an 8-minute set. 3. A hat-drawn artist ...

Friday, May 11

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, May 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...

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 ...

Win Tix: Hot Snakes: Post Hardcore Garage Punk (Sold Out) | August Hall
Friday, May 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | August Hall
Hot Snakes are an American post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis. > Get Tickets – $26 Hot Snakes have a sound that is much more primal than that of Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu or even Rocket from the Crypt.
Win Tix: Brazilian Girls: Downtempo Dance Punk | August Hall
Friday, May 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | August Hall
Brazilian Girls return in 2018 with Let’s Make Love, their first album since the 2008 Grammy-nominated New York City. > Get Tickets – $22.50 Formed in 2003, the group—Sabina Sciubba (lead vocals, electronics), Jesse Murphy (bass, vocals), Didi Gutman (keyboards, vocals), Aaron Johnston (drums, percussion, vocals)—was born ...

Saturday, May 12

30th Annual “May Madness” Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade | North Bay
Saturday, May 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
30th Annual 
The checkered flag drops for May Madness, the longest running car show and parade in Northern California, which welcomes the finest rods, customs, classics, art cars, utility vehicles, modified and other cool vehicles to Downtown San Rafael. 30th Annual May Madness Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade Saturday, May ...
Innov Gnawa with Book of J: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, May 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Innov Gnawa with Book of J: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This spiritually charged double bill pairs the black Moroccan ritual trance music of Innov Gnawa with Book of J’s radical Hebraic blues. The Grammy-nominated New York musical collective Innov draws on Fez-born Hassan Ben Jaafer’s treasure trove of musical knowledge brought to Morocco centuries ago ...
“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 ...
Addison Street Jazz Quartet Concert | Oakland
Saturday, May 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Addison Street Jazz Quartet Concert | Oakland

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the accomplished quartet at 7 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Food will be available for purchase from Ippo Ramen. This is an all-ages show.