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Tuesday, May 31

Rare Walking Tour: SF’s 20th Century Glass | Financial Dist.
Tuesday, May 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Tadich Grill
Rare Walking Tour: SF's 20th Century Glass | Financial Dist.
The tour examines the great varieties of glass in 20th Century San Francisco, from the Financial District to Union Square. It will be found underfoot, overhead, and in the wall; in buildings by famous masters and by lesser-known local practitioners. 242 California Street (Tadich Grill) between ...
Free Rare Potrero Hill Guided Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Tuesday, May 31 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Potrero Hill Neighborhood Center
Free Rare Potrero Hill Guided Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Potrero Hill is a diverse neighborhood on one of our many hills that has an interesting history, fascinating characters, vistas to the four winds and great weather. This hill even has a unique brewery and a one-of-a kind church across the street from each other. Meet ...

Wednesday, June 1

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, June 2

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, June 2 – 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 3

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, June 3 – 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, June 4

National Trails Day 2016: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area
Saturday, June 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required for each event.
| San Francisco Bay Area
National Trails Day 2016: 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 4, 2016. The Trails Forever Team and partner organizations, One Tam, REI, and American Hiking Society, will host a series of trail and habitat service projects ...
Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, June 4 – 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 ...

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 ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, June 4 – 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: August Art & Performance Crawl | Mission District
Saturday, June 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: August Art & Performance Crawl | Mission District
Stay tuned for a list of artists and performers participating in June 2016, or check MAPP’s Facebook for the latest info.

Sunday, June 5

17th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival | Fremont
Sunday, June 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Coyote Hills Regional Park
17th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival | Fremont
Come to a jewel of an East Bay park and spend a day of adventure and learning that allows you to get close to nature’s flying critters at the 17th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The special event is dedicated to increasing ...
EcoHouse Tour: Climate Action and Adaptation | Berkeley
Sunday, June 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
* Free but an RSVP is required.
| EcoHouse
EcoHouse Tour: Climate Action and Adaptation | Berkeley
Join them for an exciting and informative introductory exterior walking tour of their eco-demonstration home and garden. Draw inspiration to reduce your climate impact and climate change’s impact on you. They’ll present ideas for do-it-yourself projects and explore such questions as: How can using recycled ...
Nyingma Institute Open House | Berkeley
Sunday, June 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute
Nyingma Institute Open House | 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 their regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. All ...

Tuesday, June 7

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 ...

Wednesday, June 8

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

Follow the footsteps of Oakland’s famous literary son Jack London and see some of his favorite haunts. 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 ...

Friday, June 10

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, June 10 – 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, June 11

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: 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 ...

Sunday, June 12

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Great Highway
Sunday, June 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lincoln & Great Highway

Sunday Streets (April – November 2016) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for an ...

Wednesday, June 15

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 ...

SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | Haight
Wednesday, June 15 – 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

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 ...

Thursday, June 16

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, June 16 – 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 by the East Bay Express, ...

Friday, June 17

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, June 17 – 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, June 18

Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
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, June 18 – 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, June 19

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, June 19 – 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 ...

Wednesday, June 22

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, June 24

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, June 24 – 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, June 24 – 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, June 25

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 ...