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Wednesday, September 28

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, September 29

Sunset Scooter Ride & Sunset Watching | Oakland
Thursday, September 29 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | GenZe Experience Center
Sunset Scooter Ride & Sunset Watching | Oakland
Join them at their Piedmont Avenue Experience Center and take a cruise on one of their outrageously fun 2.0 scooters. They will be leaving the shop at 5:30 pm to watch a beautiful sunset together at the Mountain View Cemetery on Piedmont Avenue. They welcome all experience levels on this ride ...

Friday, September 30

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, September 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 ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, September 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (July to October) from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay on the beautiful Commodore Pinot Noir. Learn about how the Port of Oakland handles more than 2 million cargo containers annually. Boarding will be at the foot ...

The Alhambra Project: Exercises on the Screen & Local Tour | SF
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Crunch Gym
The Alhambra Project: Exercises on the Screen & Local Tour | SF
On September 30 2016, artists Lynn Marie Kirby and Christoph Steger present a night of video, film and performance at the former Alhambra Theatre (now a Crunch Gym) in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. The project takes over the gym’s video monitors with a cycle of ...

Saturday, October 1

1st Annual “Bay Day” Celebration & Outdoor Fun Extravaganza | SF Bay
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
1st Annual
Bay Day is like Earth Day – for San Francisco Bay. It is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to come together and celebrate the Bay. Don’t be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines—the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, ...
21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 21st annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2016 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, October 1, 2016 | Noon to 4:30 pm (10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk) Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk meets ...
Last of 2016: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens
Last of 2016: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens

Uptown to the Lake: Nestled among the many new restaurants and clubs, Oakland’s vibrant art deco-era landmarks, including the Fox Oakland Theater, the Paramount Theatre and the jazzy blue and silver Floral Depot Building, are the focus of this tour. The tour also features the ...

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 1 – 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 ...

WWII in the Shadow of Mt. Tam Walking Tour | Sausalito
Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Model Visitor Center
WWII in the Shadow of Mt. Tam Walking Tour | Sausalito
From 1942–1945 Sausalito was home to a bustling wartime shipyard called Marinship. Innovations, ingenuity, and inspiration all played a part in the day-to-day routine. Join Ranger Joanne on a 2-mile walking tour of the area surrounding the Bay Model to experience what life in the ...
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, October 1 – 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: October Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: October Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Stay tuned for a list of artists and performers participating in October 2016, or check MAPP’s Facebook for the latest info.
Bars Baths & Butches: Queer Historical Tour of Valencia & 16th Street | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Women’s Building
Bars Baths & Butches: Queer Historical Tour of Valencia & 16th Street | SF
The first event of their Mariconerías project will be a walk down queer memory road of what was once known as “The Women’s District” and where the city’s premier queer latinx bars were located. From Esta Noche, to La India Bonita, The Lexington, Old Wives’ ...

Sunday, October 2

Nyingma Institute Open House: Prayer Wheel & Meditation Tour | Berkeley
Sunday, October 2 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Nyingma Institute Open House: Prayer Wheel & Meditation Tour | Berkeley
Open houses introduce Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, and meditation, and provide the opportunity to meet Institute faculty and staff. The open house program runs from 3–5 PM with light refreshments, followed by our regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. Come ...

Wednesday, October 5

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

City Center: Explore the upbeat style of modern City Center, alongside restored historic landmarks like the Tribune Tower, the Rotunda Building and City Hall. Tour begins at 10 am in front of Oakland City Hall at One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Parking is available at ...

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 ...

Friday, October 7

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, October 7 – 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 8

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 ...

Wednesday, October 12

Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History
Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History

Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California. Tour begins at 10 am in front of ...

Friday, October 14

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, October 14 – 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, October 14 – 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, October 14 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (July to October) from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay on the beautiful Commodore Pinot Noir. Learn about how the Port of Oakland handles more than 2 million cargo containers annually. Boarding will be at the foot ...

Saturday, October 15

Last of 2016: Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
Last of 2016: Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland's Churches & Temples

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their influence on the history of Oakland. Featured buildings include the First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church and Temple Sinai. Tour begins at 10 am in front of the First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at 27th Street. Parking ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, October 15 – 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.

Yerba Buena Night 2016: Art, Music, Video & Dance Block Party | SoMa
Saturday, October 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena District
Yerba Buena Night 2016: Art, Music, Video & Dance Block Party | SoMa
Come out and see, hear, and experience the Yerba Buena district come alive with music, video, art and dance at the annual Yerba Buena Night. 2016 Yerba Buena Night Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 6-10 pm Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San ...
8th Annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl | Alameda
Saturday, October 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 1400 Bar and Grill
8th Annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl | Alameda
The annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl is back with a whopping 15 participating bars, plus tattoo shops and a few other venues featuring drink specials for zombies. 2016 Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 8 pm to 2 am All Over Alameda FREE, but $10 gets you in ...

Sunday, October 16

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, October 16 – 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, ...

Wednesday, October 19

Last of 2016: Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Last of 2016: 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. Reservations ...

SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Haight/Sunset
Wednesday, October 19 – 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 | Haight/Sunset

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 ...