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Friday, December 9

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, December 9 – 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, December 9 – 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 ...

Saturday, December 10

Pioneer Park Tree Walk | Mountain View
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Pioneer Park (Mtn View)
Pioneer Park Tree Walk | Mountain View
Celebrate the winter wonderland in Pioneer Park, rain or shine. Enjoy hot cider, baked goods, and stories from arborists as you ramble through the sleeping trees of Pioneer Park. You will meet at the Library’ park entrance. All ages welcome. Please keep pets on leash.
Mission District Mural Tour, Christmas Posada & Caroling | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District Mural Tour, Christmas Posada & Caroling | SF
Join in on the evening of December 10th as they celebrate with a traditional Christmas celebration, a community Posada. Please bring candles; they will provide the song books. Las Posadas will begin at 6 pm at 24th Street Mission BART Plaza and end at Mission Education ...
2016 Christmas at Sea: Sea Chanteys & Nautical Santa | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Adults are $10; the event is free for kids ages 15 and under.
| Hyde Street Pier
2016 Christmas at Sea: Sea Chanteys & Nautical Santa | SF
Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, costumed ...
2016 “Krampus Krawl”: Scary Xmas Pub Crawl | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Good Hop
2016
SF Bay Area’s 4th Annual Krampus Krawl is upon us again. The SF Bay Area Krampus Krawl was conceived by three friends’ admiration for the European Krampuslaufs, and mixed with a group of craft beer enthusiasts with a penchant for bar crawls. In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, ...
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Dolores Park
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
“Unsilent Night” is artist Phil Kline’s free outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through smartphones and boomboxes where the audience becomes the performer. “Carolers” play one of four tracks of music downloaded to their smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” The public ensemble will ...

Sunday, December 11

December Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
Sunday, December 11 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required (415)-388-2596. Admission to the park is free before 9am.
| Muir Woods National Monument
December 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 ...

Twain’s Frog & the Beautiful Serpent: Hike at Mori Point | Pacifica
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mori Point
Twain's Frog & the Beautiful Serpent: Hike at Mori Point | Pacifica
Join Wild Equity’s Brent Plater for an exploration of the Bay Area’s best spot to see and save two wondrous and imperiled animals: the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. You’ll stroll through Mori Point, one of the Bay Area’s newest national parks, ...
Emperor Norton’s 4th Annual Tannenbaum Toast & Christmas Tree Walk | Union Square
Sunday, December 11 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for the cash bar.
| House of Shields
Emperor Norton's 4th Annual Tannenbaum Toast & Christmas Tree Walk | Union Square
The Tannenbaum Toast is the annual holiday celebration of The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign, the San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to honor the life and advance the legacy of Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818 – 1880), the eccentric and visionary best known as Emperor Norton. The toast pays ...

Wednesday, December 14

Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto
Wednesday, December 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Stanford Hospital Fountain
Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto

Take an architectural history walking tour of the School of Medicine. The tour traces the school’s history from 1850s San Francisco to present-day Palo Alto, and highlights some of the artistic and design choices that have resulted in the school’s current built environment. Free, but ...

Friday, December 16

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, December 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...

Saturday, December 17

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists.

Sunday, December 18

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 18 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
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Did you know SF has an Antique Vibrator Museum? Take a free tour of this unique space every 3rd Sunday of the month with Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen.  Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store ...

Tuesday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 20 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Inspiration Point (Berkeley)
Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace | Berkeley
Come and join the “Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace.” They will meet at 4:30 at the trail head adjacent to the parking lot, and set out promptly at 4:40. For the outbound walk, you will enjoy the sunset. You’ll get to a stopping point, and sing ...

Wednesday, December 21

SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Dogpatch/Mission Bay
Wednesday, December 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free shuttle. Bring money for beer and food.
| All Over San Francisco
SF's Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Dogpatch/Mission Bay

The San Francisco Brewers Guild , an organization made up of 26 breweries in the area, has created the city’s first free, hop-on-hop-off “Drink SF Beer Shuttle,” showcasing neighborhood breweries as a permanent companion to its monthly Meet the Brewers nights. The fun kicks off with ...

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Sunrise Hike in the Muir Woods | Mill Valley
Christmas Sunrise Hike in the Muir Woods | Mill Valley
You are cordially invited to 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. Participants will be introduced to the local plant ...

Friday, December 30

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, December 30 – 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 ...

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, December 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Saturday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Mountain Trail Hike | Palo Alto
Saturday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
New Year's Eve Mountain Trail Hike | Palo Alto
Want to have some extra fun before the New Year? Join docents Huey-Shin Yuan and Vivian Neou for a fast-paced aerobic hike through the Monte Bello Preserve. You’ll travel through mixed woodland, chaparral, and grassland along the Water Wheel Creek, Bella Vista, Canyon, Stevens Creek Nature, ...

Wednesday, January 4

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio

Hop on the Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour which introduces visitors to the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Free, but an RSVP is required. Call (415) 561-2793 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Space ...

Thursday, January 5

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, January 5 – 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, January 6

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, January 6 – 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 for this event, with galleries, artist ...

Saturday, January 7

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, January 7 – 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 ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, January 7 – 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 ...

Sunday, January 8

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, January 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District

Calle 24 hosts an all-day Paseo Artistico / Art Stroll, a joint effort between several noted Calle 24 arts organizations, Paseo Artistico will bring music, poetry, book readings film and cultural tours to the 24th Street corridor every second Sunday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

Friday, January 13

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, January 13 – 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 ...

Sunday, January 15

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, January 15 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...