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Wednesday, September 2

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

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Preservation Park Tour: On this tour, view fine details of the Victorian architecture. Sites ...

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, September 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (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. Visit ...

Thursday, September 3

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, September 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, September 4

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, September 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 for this event, with galleries, artist ...

Saturday, September 5

Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015
Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2015. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, September 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 ...

Monday, September 7

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, September 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | USS Potomac
First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic USS Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack London Square. See up close some of the world’s largest cranes aboard this 90-minute ...

Wednesday, September 9

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

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2014. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. The six-month long tour season ensures ample opportunity to take in ...

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, September 11

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

Saturday, September 12

Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| Main Post (Presidio)
Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF

Did you know that the Presidio is home to the largest collection of Andy Goldsworthy sculptures on public view in North America? Join the Presidio Trust for a guided hike that will visit each of park’s four installations by the world-renowned artist: Spire (2008), Wood ...

Walking Tours: Comix, Underground Press, & Poetry | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Sliding scale donation requested to benefit Shaping San Francisco
| Cafe La Boheme
Walking Tours: Comix, Underground Press, & Poetry | SF
Join us as we tour around our beloved San Francisco! Tour ends at 20th and San Carlos.

Sunday, September 13

Tree Tour: Potrero Hill | SF
Sunday, September 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE. RSVP is required. | Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
Tree Tour: Potrero Hill | SF
If you are interested in seeing and learning about trees and plants, Join Mike Sullivan, author of The Trees of San Francisco (Wilderness Press) for a free walking tree tour of the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
Potrero Hill: Tree Tour | SF
Sunday, September 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP on website
| Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
Potrero Hill: Tree Tour | SF
Mike Sullivan, author of Trees of San Francisco (recently released in a completely re-written 2nd edition) and long-time tree-tour leader, will lead this tour through Potrero Hill, home of the city’s best weather and some of its best trees. Meet at in front of Farley’s, at ...

Thursday, September 17

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, September 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

Friday, September 18

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, September 18 – 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 ...

Sunday, September 20

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, September 20 – 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, ...

100th Anniversary San Francisco City Hall Guided Tours | Civic Center
Sunday, September 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
100th Anniversary San Francisco City Hall Guided Tours | Civic Center

San Francisco’s City Hall celebrates 100 years in 2015 and so City Hall Historian, City Hall Docent Tour Manager and Centennial Curator Ellen Schumer will be conducting two free tours every third Sunday throughout the remainder of 2015 The tour times are 1 pm and 3 ...

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 ...

Wednesday, September 23

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

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Old Oakland Tour: This tour explores the 1870s business district where carefully restored ...

Friday, September 25

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, September 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | USS Potomac
Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic USS Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack London Square. See up close some of the world’s largest cranes aboard this 90-minute ...

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, September 25 – 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, September 25 – 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, September 26

20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, September 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 20th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2015 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, September 26, 2015 Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 2015 details have yet to be announced, but expect a full day of ...
Oakland Chinatown: Free Guided Walking Tours | 2015
Oakland Chinatown: Free Guided Walking Tours | 2015

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches, and high-rises. Oakland Chinatown Tour: Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to ...

Wednesday, September 30

Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015
Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2015. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour ...

Thursday, October 1

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, October 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, October 2

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, October 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 for this event, with galleries, artist ...

Saturday, October 3

Free Oakland Walking Tour: Last of 2015 | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Garden
Free Oakland Walking Tour: Last of 2015 | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Garden

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2014. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. The six-month long tour season ensures ample opportunity to take in ...