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Friday, July 28

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, July 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in San Francisco starting at 5:30 pm at Justin Herman Plaza (foot of Market Street) and in cities around the world. Everyone is invited. No one is in charge. Bring your ...

Saturday, July 29

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at the Jack London Square entry arch, foot of Broadway. 2017 Dates Saturday, May 13 Wednesday, June 7 ...

Historic Downtown Walking Tour | San Carlos
Saturday, July 29 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | City Hall Park (San Carlos)
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | San Carlos
Come and tour historic locations in downtown San Carlos with the San Carlos Heritage Association. The meeting place will be in City Hall Park at the corner of San Carlos Avenue and Elm Street. The tour will end at the San Carlos History Museum, where there ...
LaborFest2017: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk | Latham Square
Saturday, July 29 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Latham Square
LaborFest2017: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk | Latham Square
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Oakland General Strike. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking – mostly women – retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line ...
Sunset View & Historic Evening Walking Tour | Pacifica
Saturday, July 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Montecito Avenue and Beach Boulevard
Sunset View & Historic Evening Walking Tour | Pacifica
The Pacifica Historical Society will lead an evening tour that begins at the corner of Montecito and Beach Boulevard. During a tour of historic buildings of the central Sharp Park area, view the historic “castle,” walk past the Little Brown Church and stroll along the ...

Sunday, July 30

LaborFest2017: “Labor Politics & Architecture of San Francisco” Walk | ILWU
Sunday, July 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Sculpture
LaborFest2017:
Walk with Brad Wiedmaier, SEIU 2015 member & architectural historian. San Francisco has a rich political and labor history that is also connected to its buildings. In this history-by-the-buildings walk, Brad Wiedmaier will outline artifacts and events, and their connections to San Francisco’s past and present. For ...
2017 Porchfest: 50+ Historic Porches & Live Music | Napa
Sunday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Napa
2017 Porchfest: 50+ Historic Porches & Live Music | Napa
Out of the garage and onto the porch, the annual Napa Porchfest is here with free, live music on over 50 porches in historic neighborhoods of Napa. Porches have been selected and matched up with local bands ranging in styles from indie, bluegrass, New Wave pop, ...
Two-Hour Historic Milagra Ridge Walking Tour | Pacific
Sunday, July 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milagra Ridge
Two-Hour Historic Milagra Ridge Walking Tour | Pacific
Discover Milagra Ridge’s military history from World War II gun emplacements for coastal defense to the Nike missle launch site (1955-1974). The walk is led by Dave Bridgman, who was stationed at Milagra Ridge in the early 1970s. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, ...
Creative Writing & Map-Making In the Woods | Muir Woods
Sunday, July 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Muir Woods National Monument
Creative Writing  & Map-Making In the Woods | Muir Woods
Join Rangers Amy and Laura for an afternoon exploring Muir Woods. Plan to enjoy creative writing and map-making activities while making a deep inquiry into the relationship between place and you, you and place, and into how climate change impacts your connections to the places ...

Wednesday, August 2

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Old Oakland
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Old Oakland

Old Oakland Tour: This tour explores the 1870s business district where carefully restored brick commercial buildings now house offices, galleries and eateries. The historic district is a visible reminder of Oakland’s designation in 1869 as the Western Terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Tour begins at ...

Thursday, August 3

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

Friday, August 4

Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco
Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco

Come down to Timbuk2 Factory and Headquarters for a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at the product design, marketing, and of course the (spoiler alert) office gong, disco ball and kegerator. Free tours take place at 11 am on the First Friday of the month, and tickets are required. Tours are ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, August 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...

Saturday, August 5

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. in ...

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, August 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park

Explore SF’s natural areas with a free guided nature walk while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city’s native plants and wildlife. All walks start at 10:00am are Free, and require no pre-registration. Free Saturday Nature Walks | Schedule Golden ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, August 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...

Menlo Park’s Oldest Section Walking Tour
Saturday, August 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Menlo Park Caltrain Station
Menlo Park's Oldest Section Walking Tour
Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) Board Secretary, Bo Crane, along with other Board members, will lead a tour in one of Menlo Park’s oldest sections of town. The tour will cover 9 listings within the MPHA’s Historic Tour brochure, beginning at the Railroad Station, built in ...
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, August 5 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...

MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.

The Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP) sprawls across more than a dozen venues as well as public spaces, street corners, BART stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, and homes all over La Mission from around 6 pm until late. The event features taking common spaces, and for one ...

Sunday, August 6

Summer Reading Celebration: Magic Show, Art & Architecture Tour | Oakland
Sunday, August 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $5.
| Oakland Museum of California
Summer Reading Celebration: Magic Show, Art & Architecture Tour | Oakland
Don’t miss the 13th annual Summer Reading Celebration at the Oakland Museum of California with the Oakland Public Library from 12-4 pm. Held in OMCA’s lush gardens, activities will highlight this year’s theme, Explore, Connect, & Grow. Enjoy a magic show by Dan Chan Presents, ...
Burlingame Avenue Walking Tour | Caltrain Station
Sunday, August 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Caltrain Station
Burlingame Avenue Walking Tour | Caltrain Station
Meet at the Burlingame Avenue Railroad Station (290 California Dr.) for a 45-minute tour that describes the three-decade growth of Burlingame Avenue, from wealthy equestrian playground in 1895 to a bustling suburb after the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906.

Wednesday, August 9

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center

City Center: Explore the upbeat style of the modern City Center Square and discover a thriving “there” there. Examine symbols of Oakland’s arrival as a modern 20th century metropolis: the Beaux Arts-style City hall and Rotunda Building, the Tribune Tower, and the Art Deco-style Financial Center ...

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour ...

Friday, August 11

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, August 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Vallejo
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays

The monthly Vallejo Art Walk showcases a variety of nationally accomplished and upcoming local creatives in the historic downtown Vallejo arts district from 5-10 pm on the second Friday of every month, on Georgia, Marin, and Virginia streets. Explore over 25 participating galleries and shops, and ...

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, August 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ashby BART
Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays

Berkeley Critical Mass is group bike ride that begins at the Ashby BART Station, where riders meet at 6 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month. A local rider frequently brings a powerful bicycle sound system to the rides making this into a rolling bike ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, August 11 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Saturday, August 12

Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland
Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland

On this tour, view fine details of the Victorian architecture. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — in a beautiful ...

Historic Downtown Walking Tour | San Bruno
Saturday, August 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo Avenue
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | San Bruno
Join San Mateo county historical association in an exploration of San Bruno’s historic business district. Starting at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and El Camino, the walk down San Mateo Avenue includes the original EIMAC building where vacuum tubes were produced for broadcast and ...
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Walking Tour | Colma
Saturday, August 12 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Walking Tour | Colma
The Cypress Lawn “Victorian Days Walking Tour” done in conjunction with the San Mateo County historical association will be on August 12th. Transport yourself into an era from the past. You are encouraged to dress in Victorian attire. Come meet and take pictures of yourself with ...

Sunday, August 13

August Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
Sunday, August 13 – 6:15 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required (415)-388-2596. Admission to the park is free before 9am.
| Muir Woods National Monument
August Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay

Attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. You’ll learn about the local plant and animal residents which are more ...