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Friday, August 4

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, August 4 – 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, August 4 – 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 ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino
Friday, August 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park Amphitheater (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino

For the 34th 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances: Corazón Salvaje | San Jose
Friday, August 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances: Corazón Salvaje | San Jose
From San José California, Corazón Salvaje emanates an aural concoction of Afro-Latin, punk, and poetry. The Corazón beat has been all over the SF Bay Area and this year it will reach SoCal and the roots it has sprouted from in México. Their diverse musical ...
“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Merengue Party | Jack London Square
Friday, August 4 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Merengue Party | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance half-hour lessons followed by a mixed music dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2017 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer ...

Saturday, August 5

44th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Saturday | Japantown
Saturday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
44th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Saturday | Japantown

The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. Over 30,000 festival attendees have made their way to the ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Oakland
Saturday, August 5 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Jack London Square
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

2017 Summer Obon & Japanese Cultural Festival | Oakland
Saturday, August 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Buddhist Church of Oakland
2017 Summer Obon & Japanese Cultural Festival | Oakland
Enjoy the festivities at the Buddhist Church of Oakland for the Oakland Obon Festival with Japanese Cultural Exhibits, Demonstrations & Food Bazaar. Each year, the Buddhist Church of Oakland hosts an Obon Festival, a family-friendly Japanese cultural celebration. The festival features Bon Odori dancing, taiko drum performances, traditional music, ...
Dolly Parton Hoot: Live “Dolly” Set, Lip Sync Battles & Look-a-likes | El Rio
Saturday, August 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | El Rio
Dolly Parton Hoot: Live
How do we love Dolly? Come out to El Rio and count the ways at the 9th annual Dolly Parton Hoot with live performances, country jams, lip sync battles, look-a-likes, and trivia. Grab your wig and rhinestones and head to El Rio’s happiest event of the year. Come at ...
Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley
Shakespeare's

Inferno Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream for free in Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre. This production transports the audience to an enchanted forest world using music, movement, magic and Shakespeare’s language. 2017 Performance Dates All performances start at 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino
Saturday, August 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park Amphitheater (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino

For the 34th 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 ...

Sunday, August 6

44th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sunday | Japantown
Sunday, August 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
44th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sunday | Japantown

The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. Over 30,000 festival attendees have made their way to the ...

Star Wars vs. Romeo & Juliet: Free Outdoor Theatre Mash-Up | Oakland
Sunday, August 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Dimond Park
Star Wars vs. Romeo & Juliet: Free Outdoor Theatre Mash-Up | Oakland

Each year the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players travel the Bay Area with FluxWagon, their folding mobile stage. In 2017’s adventure, the Players can’t decide whether to tackle the high art tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” or that other popular tale of star-crossed destiny, “Star Wars: ...

Shakespeare in the Park: “Titus Andronicus” | Martinez
Sunday, August 6 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Susana Park
Shakespeare in the Park:

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park (VSP) presents its annual Shakespeare festival with performances of Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, directed by Cate Muzaffar. Each event will have picnic style seating; please bring a blanket to sit on. No chairs will be allowed, except for a ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Petaluma
Sunday, August 6 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Walnut Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley
Shakespeare's

Inferno Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream for free in Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre. This production transports the audience to an enchanted forest world using music, movement, magic and Shakespeare’s language. 2017 Performance Dates All performances start at 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino
Sunday, August 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park Amphitheater (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet | Cupertino

For the 34th 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 ...

Monday, August 7

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, August 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, August 10

“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville
Thursday, August 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville

 Photo | Bay Street Emeryville Catch the Fever Enjoy the sizzle of festive Latin dance parties and “Catch the Fever” this summer at Bay Street on Thursday evenings. Join the party at Bay Street. Hebert Aguilar teach FREE Latin dance lessons. Followed by a dance party for students ...

Friday, August 11

Friday Nights at the de Young: Abstract Painting & the Psychedelic Experience | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Abstract Painting & the Psychedelic Experience | SF
Events and Activities: Abstract Painting and the Psychedelic Experience: An Evening with Bill Ham – Pioneering psychedelic light show artist Bill Ham in conversation with Julian Cox, Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Creativity Station with Linda Janklow
“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor East Coast Swing Party | Jack London Square
Friday, August 11 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor East Coast Swing Party | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance half-hour lessons followed by a mixed music dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2017 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer ...

Saturday, August 12

2017 Festival of India | Fremont
Saturday, August 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Paseo Padre Parkway (Fremont)
2017 Festival of India | Fremont

Fremont’s annual Festival of India showcases India’s rich culture and heritage with a wide variety of dance and food. Activities include a health fair on Saturday, a festival on both days, and a parade on Sunday. 2017 Festival of India & Parade August 12-13, 2017 | 10 am ...

2017 Chinatown Music Festival & Interactive Design Exhibitions | SF
Saturday, August 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Waverly Place
2017 Chinatown Music Festival & Interactive Design Exhibitions | SF
The eight annual Chinatown Music Festival celebrates an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music performances by locally and internationally recognized talents performing. 2017 Chinatown Music Festival Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 11 am to 5 pm Waverly Place, SF FREE A highlight of this year’s Festival will feature a newly ...
2017 Laurel Street Fair: Yoga, Food Trucks & Live Music | Oakland
Saturday, August 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Laurel District
2017 Laurel Street Fair: Yoga, Food Trucks & Live Music | Oakland
The 18th Annual Laurel Street Fair is a day filled with live music, DJ’s, yoga, artisan vendors, carnival, petting zoo, food trucks and local chefs in Oakland’s Laurel District. The fair has grown every year in scope, and is now known as one of the biggest and best ...
Star Wars vs. Shakespeare: Free Outdoor Theatre Mash-Up | Berkeley
Saturday, August 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Berkeley Marina
Star Wars vs. Shakespeare: Free Outdoor Theatre Mash-Up | Berkeley

Each year the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players travel the Bay Area with FluxWagon, their folding mobile stage. In 2017’s adventure, the Players can’t decide whether to tackle the high art tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” or that other popular tale of star-crossed destiny, “Star Wars: ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Glen Park
Saturday, August 12 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Glen Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley
Shakespeare's

Inferno Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream for free in Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre. This production transports the audience to an enchanted forest world using music, movement, magic and Shakespeare’s language. 2017 Performance Dates All performances start at 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, ...

“Wild” Visual Art Exhibit Dance Performance | SF
Saturday, August 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Root Division
This one night only evening of performances compliments the visual art exhibition Wild. In the context of this show, dance offers a unique communication and physical questioning of the impermanent nature of the wild world and bodies. Performances invite a dialogue into how people attempt to ...
Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Hamlet” Preview | Redwood City
Saturday, August 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sequoia High School
Free Shakespeare in the Park:

For the 34th 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 ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, August 12 – 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 ...