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Monday, August 3

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, August 3 – 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, August 5

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, August 5 – 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, August 6

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 6 – 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, August 7

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, August 7 – 4:00 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 ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, August 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, August 8

Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF
Saturday, August 8 – 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 ...

Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, August 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate (North Oakland)
Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland's Golden Gate Dist.

The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event with art, music, food, classes and family-friendly activities. They’re focusing on the DIY character of the neighborhood, so come out and see what you can add to the mix.

Wednesday, August 12

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, August 14

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

Sunday, August 16

Glen Park: Tree Tour | SF
Sunday, August 16 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP on website
| Glen Park
Glen Park: Tree Tour | SF
Join Christopher Campbell, certified arborist, owner of CCTreeDesigns on a free walking tour of the Glen Park neighborhood.
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, August 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, ...

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, August 19

Submarine USS Pampanito Breakfast Tour | Pier 45
Wednesday, August 19 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | USS Pampanito
Submarine USS Pampanito Breakfast Tour | Pier 45

Come get a sense of what it was like to live on board the submarine USS Pampanito, a National Historical Landmark located at Pier 45 in San Francisco, with a personal tour typically off limits to the public. Free, but an RSVP is required to jjackson@maritime.org or ...

Thursday, August 20

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, August 20 – 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, August 21

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, August 21 – 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 ...

Thursday, August 27

USS Pampanito Free Guided Ship Tour & Wine Reception | Pier 45
Thursday, August 27 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required to jjackson@maritime.org or (415) 561-6662
| USS Pampanito
USS Pampanito Free Guided Ship Tour & Wine Reception | Pier 45

Come and experience life through the eyes of a sailor aboard the USS Pampanito, a National Historical Landmark located at Pier 45 in San Francisco. Free, but an RSVP is required to jjackson@maritime.org or (415) 561-6662 Indulge in a complimentary glass of wine during an evening behind-the-scenes tour on: ...

Friday, August 28

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, August 28 – 4:00 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, August 28 – 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, August 28 – 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, ...

Wednesday, September 2

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, September 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate (North Oakland)
Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland's Golden Gate Dist.

The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event with art, music, food, classes and family-friendly activities. They’re focusing on the DIY character of the neighborhood, so come out and see what you can add to the mix.

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.