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Sunday, September 10

Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Hamlet” | The Presidio
Sunday, September 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
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 ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Santa Cruz
Sunday, September 10 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| San Lorenzo 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 ...

Free Bay Shore Lyric Opera | Redwood City
Sunday, September 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Free Bay Shore Lyric Opera | Redwood City

For the classical music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent, Redwood City continues its free Classical Music Series performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square from June through September 2017. The series features groups such as the Redwood Symphony, Opera San José, and Bay ...

Saturday, September 16

2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival | Union Square
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*In 2016, it is free but an RSVP is required for a free gift and a raffle entry.
| Union Square Park
2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival | Union Square
Celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with a day full of beautiful bajis and mouthfuls of bulgogi at the 25th Annual Korean Day Cultural Festival in Union Square. 2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 10 am to 4 pm Union Square Park FREE but an ...
Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Hamlet” | The Presidio
Saturday, September 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
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 ...

Sunday, September 17

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 ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Hamlet” | The Presidio
Sunday, September 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
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 ...

Wednesday, September 20

Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square
Wednesday, September 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square
Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie. With a uniquely modern take on retro Americana genres including blues, swing, rock, and soul, ...

Thursday, September 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 True Live Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, September 21 – 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, September 23

2017 “Peace In The Park” Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
2017
Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities for a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds. Peace in the Park Festival Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young ...
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” Preview | SF
Saturday, September 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

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, September 24

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” | SF
Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

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 ...

Wednesday, September 27

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, September 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 ...

Thursday, September 28

Listen For A Change: Social Justice Storytelling | SF
Listen For A Change: Social Justice Storytelling | SF
In 2015, a community gathered over a novel idea. Throw a fancy “fundraiser” to raise awareness instead of money. They listened to powerful stories and promised to advocate for these issues by standing up to hate, ignorance, and misinformation. Join them as they listen to three ...

Friday, September 29

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” | SF
Friday, September 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

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, September 30

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” | SF
Saturday, September 30 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

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, October 1

2017 Castro Street Fair | SF
Sunday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2017 Castro Street Fair | SF
A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is once again filling the streets of the Castro with several stages of entertainment, unique costumes, art and food. Bring a little of your inner freak to the festivities and experience a full day of live music, ...
2017 Autumn Moon Festival: Sunday | Chinatown
Sunday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2017 Autumn Moon Festival: Sunday | Chinatown

Celebrated in Asia for more than 1,000 years, the 27th Annual Autumn Moon Festival will be held in Chinatown over two days filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food and multiple parades along historic Grant Avenue between California Street and Columbus Avenue.  2017 Autumn Moon ...

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 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, 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 ...

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 ...

Saturday, October 14

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 ...