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Friday, May 26

Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour | SF
Friday, May 26 – 8:20 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Pier 33
Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour | SF
Beginning in 2003, the Garden Conservancy formed a partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the NPS to rehabilitate the Historic Gardens of Alcatraz. Join Shelagh Fritz (Project Manager of the Gardens), to learn about the preservation process of a cultural landscapes: through ...
North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
This central part of the City started out with sand dunes and marsh to become a fashionable neighborhood. The Depression era gave way to a working class area. After the summer of love, came a population exodus until today where it is becoming a desirable ...

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, May 26 – 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, May 26 – 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, ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, May 26 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| 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, May 27

Season Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden
Season Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden

Uptown to the Lake: A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco! Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am in ...

2017 Bikes to Books: Literary Adventure Bike Tour | SoMa to North Beach
Saturday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South Park
2017 Bikes to Books: Literary Adventure Bike Tour | SoMa to North Beach
Celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco at the 2017 Bikes to Books tour on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The 7.1-mile tour, which takes between two and three hours to complete, is admittedly not for the faint of heart nor those lacking gears — these streets ...
Hike to The Slides: 8-Mile Hike & Park Slides | SF
Saturday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Bring money if you'd like treats after the hike.
| Esmeralda Slide Park
Hike to The Slides: 8-Mile Hike & Park Slides | SF
Let your inner child run wild for the day as you ride the famous slides of the city. They will start the day at the Esmeralda Slide Park in Bernal Heights, then they’ll make their way up to the Golden Gate Park slides at the Koret Children’s ...
Spring Wild Flowers Guided Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park
Spring Wild Flowers Guided Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park

It’s been a wet winter and that means spring is going to be crazy good at the San Francisco Botanical Garden … the curators tell us that everything is budding up and looking very bountiful and beautiful. After four dry years, this winter has brought much needed rain ...

Sunday, May 28

May Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
Sunday, May 28 – 5:45 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required (415)-388-2596. Admission to the park is free before 9am.
| Muir Woods National Monument
May 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 ...

Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 6th Ave & Geary
Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake ...

Monday, May 29

SF City Guides Memorial Day 2017 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours
Monday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| All Over San Francisco
SF City Guides Memorial Day 2017 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours
If you have the day off on Memorial Day, why not spend part of your day learning something new about the city you love. San Francisco City Guides will be offering thirteen free guided walking tours on Memorial Day Monday. All tours are free and open to the public, ...
Memorial Day Open House: Tide Discovery Walk & Fish Feeding | Crown Memorial State Beach
Monday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Crab Cove
Memorial Day Open House: Tide Discovery Walk & Fish Feeding | Crown Memorial State Beach
On Memorial Day, stop into the Crab Cove Visitors Center at Crown Memorial State Beach for their open house to meet their turtle and snake, make a nature craft and more; there will be fun for the family all day long. Try their self-guided history walk; just ask ...
Memorial Day 2017 Commemoration & Parade | Presidio
Monday, May 29 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn
Memorial Day 2017 Commemoration & Parade | Presidio
Join veterans, families, and the community for the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Presidio. The formal program includes music and remarks by military and civilian dignitaries. 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration & Parade Monday, May 29, 2017 | 10:30 am to 2 pm Presidio Main Post and National Cemetery, San Francisco FREE Schedule ...
Embarcadero Skyway: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Embarcadero Skyway: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Most of the tour is above the ground. View “Rockefeller Center West” from a different angle and discover a hidden urban oasis. Tread on buried ships that once housed saloons, jails, stores and brothels. Meet in front of 400 Sansome Street (at Sacramento). Lots of stairs; ...

Wednesday, May 31

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, June 1

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, June 1 – 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, June 2

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, June 2 – 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, June 3

National Trails Day 2017: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required for each event.
| San Francisco Bay Area
National Trails Day 2017: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area
Celebrate National Trails Day, the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors, in the Golden Gate National Parks on June 3, 2017. The National Park Service is realigning the trail at this historic Marin Headlands site to elevate safety and accessibility for visitors, improve drainage to ...
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 ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, June 3 – 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 ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, June 3 – 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 ...

Put Her on the Map Walking Tour | Oakland
Saturday, June 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Snow Park
Put Her on the Map Walking Tour | Oakland
Join them on a walking tour of downtown Oakland, where they’ll explore the city and visit the places where women have made history. Hosted by Niantic, Inc. and in collaboration with the Put Her On The Map initiative, this walk will highlight all of the great ...

Wednesday, June 7

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 ...

Friday, June 9

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, June 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, June 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 ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, June 9 – 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, June 10

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens

Uptown to the Lake: A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco! Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am in ...

Shaping SF Walking Tour: Summer of Peace, Love & Anti-War | Panhandle
Saturday, June 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Sliding scale donation requested to benefit Shaping San Francisco. An RSVP is required.
| William McKinley Statue (The Panhandle)
Shaping SF Walking Tour: Summer of Peace, Love & Anti-War | Panhandle
A meandering journey through the Haight-Ashbury and environs, revisiting highlights of the 1966-68 period, focused on the Anti-war movement and the various cultural eruptions that the media labeled “Summer of Love” but for those who lived it, was a more complicated intersection of cultural and ...