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Sunday, October 1

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” | SF
Sunday, October 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

For the 35th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of Hamlet. The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during ...

2017 Orinda Czech Festival Closing Concert
Sunday, October 1 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
2017 Orinda Czech Festival Closing Concert
You are invited to a concert of Czech composers at Orinda’s Library Auditorium, where a small symphony from the East Bay will play.

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 1 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...

Monday, October 2

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, October 2 – 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 ...

Wednesday, October 4

Sacred Harp Singing: Acappella Singing For Everyone | SF
Wednesday, October 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Women's Building
Sacred Harp Singing: Acappella Singing For Everyone | SF

Join Bay Area Sacred Harp to sing “The Sacred Harp,” an American tunebook with strong roots in the early music of New England and the southern United States. Singing is participatory, acappella, 4-part harmony. Everyone is welcome with no performances or rehearsals, commitment, experience, or ability ...

Friday, October 6

Rotunda Dance Series: Madhuri Kishore School of Kuchipudi | SF City Hall
Friday, October 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Madhuri Kishore School of Kuchipudi | SF City Hall
Madhuri Kishore started the dance school in 2005 to spread our indian culture and heritage through dance. This school has now turned out to be a leading kuchipudi dance school in Bay area. She is well known for her patience and being extremely student-friendly. She ...
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, October 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, October 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, October 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

Blind Scream Haunted House Adventure | Rohnert Park
Friday, October 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Ticket prices range from $15 to $35
| Blind Scream Haunted House
Blind Scream Haunted House Adventure | Rohnert Park
Two terrifying Haunted Houses are now open to scare the h*ll out of you.  The all new bloody big top of terror, carnevil and the slaughter shack. Back by popular demand are Zombie Paintball Shooting Gallery and the Last Ride. Blind Scream Haunted Houses will be horrifying the North ...
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, October 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...

Sunday, October 8

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 8 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...

Friday, October 13

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 after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every time, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, and more. ...

Saturday, October 14

Rihanna VMA Performance Flash Mob | SF
Saturday, October 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| All Over San Francisco
Rihanna VMA Performance Flash Mob | SF
On October 14th, be on the lookout San Francisco as Bay Area Flash Mob perform Rihanna’s 2016 VMA awards show performance. If you want to learn the medley as well, check out their website.
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Thursday, October 19

StorySlam’s True Live Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, October 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
StorySlam's True Live Storytelling Competition | Oakland

StorySlam Oakland is a monthly, true storytelling show and competition. Open-mic and featured storytellers compete for prizes for best overall storyteller and best open-miker. Similar to “The Moth” storyslam, but in Oakland at a casual cafe. Come put your name in the hat for a chance ...

Saturday, October 21

2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Saturday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF

Each year, Epiphany Productions transforms the city’s streets into stages through San Francisco Trolley Dances, a series of free contemporary dance performances along a Muni line. For the price of a Muni ticket, you’ll get a “hop-on, hop-off” Muni tour to experience an extraordinary lineup of ...

Sunday, October 22

2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Sunday, October 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF

Each year, Epiphany Productions transforms the city’s streets into stages through San Francisco Trolley Dances, a series of free contemporary dance performances along a Muni line. For the price of a Muni ticket, you’ll get a “hop-on, hop-off” Muni tour to experience an extraordinary lineup of ...

Friday, November 3

Rotunda Dance Series: Charya Burt Cambodian Dance | SF City Hall
Friday, November 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Charya Burt Cambodian Dance | SF City Hall
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance was established in 1993 after Charya immigrated to Northern California from her native country of Cambodia. As a traditional artist and a former dance faculty member at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Charya is dedicated to the ...
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, November 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, November 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Friday, November 10

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 after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every time, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, and more. ...

Saturday, November 11

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, November 11 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Friday, December 1

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...