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Friday, May 4

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, May 4 – 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 ...

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 ...
“Great Wall of Oakland” Arts Fiesta & Vertical Dance Show | Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 5 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Luka's Taproom & Lounge
Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras is a cultural event centered around the Cinco de Mayo holiday that celebrates our city’s connection to Latin America and the immigrant cultures that keep that connection alive. Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras celebrates using walls for dance and art, not barriers. Join ...

Sunday, May 6

USF Intergenerational Dance | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | USF Studio Theater on Lone Mountain
USF Intergenerational Dance | SF
Join Dance Generators, USF’s intergenerational performance company, for a lively workshop that engages participants in our signature dance/theater process. People of all ages are invited to explore memory through movement. USF Intergenerational Dance Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 3 pm to 5 pm USF Studio Theater, 2800 Turk Blvd. ...
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, ...

Monday, May 7

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 ...

Saturday, May 12

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 ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 12 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...

Thursday, May 17

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

StorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, May 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
StorySlam's Live True 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 ...

Friday, May 18

The Janet Jackson Flash Mob Day | SF
Friday, May 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
The Janet Jackson Flash Mob Day | SF
Come and join the San Francisco Janet Jackson Flash Mob Day on Friday, May 18, 2018. This event will typically have 4 performances throughout the city usually including Union Square, The Castro, Powell Street turnaround, Ferry Plaza, etc. San Francisco Janet Jackson Flash Mob Day Friday, May 18, 2018 ...
5th Annual Retro-Inspired Black Light Art Party | 111 Minna
Friday, May 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with $10 suggested donation.
| 111 Minna Gallery
5th Annual Retro-Inspired Black Light Art Party | 111 Minna

Art in a Different Light is a one-night, retro-inspired black light art and music event hosted by the de Young Museum College Night, and Nexus ArtReach at 111 Minna Gallery on Friday, May 18, 2018. 5th Annual Retro-Inspired Black Light Art Party Friday, May 18, 2018 ...

Saturday, May 19

SF’s Dragathon 2018: Scream Queens | Oasis
Saturday, May 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation at the door or on the website.
| Oasis
SF's Dragathon 2018: Scream Queens | Oasis
Dragathon is bringing you some queens that will truly slay the runway, brought to you by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Divas. Featuring Ru-Paul Dragrace Superstar, Sasha Velour. SF’s Dragathon 2018: Scream Queens Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7 pm to 10 pm Oasis, 298 11th ...

Monday, May 28

Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar
Monday, May 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations accepted, based on what you can afford.
| Milk Bar
Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar

Bringing you a comedy show on the suckiest day of the week, Case of the Mondays features SF’s top comedians determined to de-suck your Monday. They’ll distract you from the pile of emails you haven’t read, the stale coffee you drank at 3 pm, and ...

Wednesday, May 30

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, May 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...

Thursday, May 31

Swing Dance Lesson: Dancing & Performances | SF
Thursday, May 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The 9:20 Special
Swing Dance Lesson: Dancing & Performances | SF
Join the 9:20 Special for their annual Open House at the largest, longest running Lindy Hop venue in San Francisco. There will be a free beginner lesson, free social dance, and free performances in our big, beautiful ballroom. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come ...

Friday, June 1

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, June 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, June 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, June 1 – 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 ...

Saturday, June 2

ChoreoFest: Yerba Buena Gardens | SF
Saturday, June 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Yerba Buena Gardens | SF
Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3 1:00pm-2:30pm Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a weekend of site specific performances. Curated by Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, Co-Artistic Directors of ...

Sunday, June 3

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico | Live! in the Castro
Sunday, June 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Ensambles Ballet Folklorico | Live! in the Castro
Join them for a colorful afternoon of local Mexican folklorico dancing in the Castro. Ensambles has been set apart as a unique dance ensemble made up of a diverse group of talented individuals. Company members are all part-time artists that either work or attend school in ...

Monday, June 4

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, June 4 – 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 ...

Saturday, June 9

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, June 9 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...

Thursday, June 21

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

StorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, June 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
StorySlam's Live True 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 ...

Wednesday, June 27

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, June 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...

Sunday, July 22

Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live! in the Castro
Sunday, July 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live! in the Castro
Man Dance Company is the first ballet company of its kind in America, and it prides itself on bringing audiences more than just the experience of great male dancing. Founded in San Francisco, Artistic Director Bryon Heinrich designed MDC for dancers who can express their athleticism, ...

Sunday, October 14

Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live in the Castro
Sunday, October 14 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live in the Castro
Man Dance Company is the first ballet company of its kind in America, and it prides itself on bringing audiences more than just the experience of great male dancing. Founded in San Francisco, Artistic Director Bryon Heinrich designed MDC for dancers who can express their athleticism, ...

Wednesday, December 31

Downtown Ice Skating Opening Ceremony & $5 Ice Skating | San Jose
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Circle of Palms Plaza
Downtown Ice Skating Opening Ceremony & $5 Ice Skating | San Jose
Enjoy the opening ceremony for Downtown Ice at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 17. Please not that unfortunately Kristi Yamaguchi won’t be performing at the 2017 opening. Best of all, on opening day from 5 pm to midnight, skating will be just $5 including skates.