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Thursday, July 2

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, July 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, July 3

“Outdoor Exploratorium” Final Weekend: 8 Interactive Nature Exhibits | Fort Mason
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Fourth of July weekend is the public’s last chance to taste, touch, and take in the Exploratorium’s temporary exhibits at Fort Mason. Grab a map and take a walk around the area to check out all the exhibits emphasizing noticing and deeply observing the natural world. Known ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, July 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, July 4

San Francisco | 17 Different Free Guided Walking Tours | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| All Over San Francisco
San Francisco | 17 Different Free Guided Walking Tours | 2015
Looking for something to do before the fireworks start lighting up the night sky? San Francisco City Guides offers up daily, free guided walking tours of San Francisco on Saturday, July 4, 2015. 2015 July Fourth Free Walking Tours 10:00 am – Russian Hill Stairways 10:00 am – Omni ...
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, July 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 ...

Sunday, July 5

“Outdoor Exploratorium” Final Weekend: 8 Interactive Nature Exhibits | Fort Mason
Sunday, July 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Fourth of July weekend is the public’s last chance to taste, touch, and take in the Exploratorium’s temporary exhibits at Fort Mason. Grab a map and take a walk around the area to check out all the exhibits emphasizing noticing and deeply observing the natural world. Known ...

Monday, July 6

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, July 6 – 10:00 am | 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. Attendees will see up close some of the world’s largest cranes aboard ...

LaborFest 2015: San Francisco General Strike Walk |SF
Monday, July 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Harry Bridges Plaza
LaborFest 2015: San Francisco General Strike Walk |SF
Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza – Plaza in front of Ferry Building, at the south side tower, San Francisco. Join the walk with Gifford Hartman and others. Eighty-one years ago at this location, a great battle took place by the workers and the residents of San Francisco ...

Wednesday, July 8

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, July 10

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, July 10 – 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, July 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, July 11

LaborFest 2015: San Bruno Mountain Wilderness Walk | Brisbane
Saturday, July 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sign-up required for this event.
| San Bruno Mountain Watch
LaborFest 2015: San Bruno Mountain Wilderness Walk | Brisbane
Labor unionists and environmentalists both confront the same commercial interests. In 1968, David Schooley chained himself to a bulldozer at the foot of the San Bruno Mountain. As a result, houses have never been constructed in Guadeloupe Canyon. You’re invited to walk with David in the ...
Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF
Saturday, July 11 – 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, July 11 – 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, July 12

LaborFest 2015: Waterfront Labor History Walk | SF
Sunday, July 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hills Brothers Coffee Building
LaborFest 2015: Waterfront Labor History Walk | SF
There are many stories about labor struggles in San Francisco. The walk will focus on the maritime industry from 1835 until the burning of the blue book in 1934. Also, labor historian Larry Shoup will discuss the history of the 1901 transportation workers strike led ...

Tuesday, July 14

LaborFest 2015: St. Francis Square Cooperative Tour | SF
Tuesday, July 14 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Geary In-bound Bus Stop
LaborFest 2015: St. Francis Square Cooperative Tour | SF
Join our walking tour and institutional and development history discussion of the now fifty-one-year-old 299 affordable multi family garden apartments sponsored by the Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). This complex created a new community that mitigated some of the destructive displacement effects of Western Addition ...

Wednesday, July 15

Submarine USS Pampanito Breakfast Tour | Pier 45
Wednesday, July 15 – 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, July 16

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, July 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 in 2012 by the East ...

Friday, July 17

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, July 17 – 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. Attendees will see up close some of the world’s largest cranes aboard ...

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, July 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, July 18

LaborFest 2015: Labor, Imperialism & Immigration Walk | SF
LaborFest 2015: Labor, Imperialism & Immigration Walk | SF
This walk will be 5 miles, 5 hours, including stops. Angel Island is the largest island in San Francisco Bay, 740 acres of California State Park. Located strategically just inside the Golden Gate, near the beautiful Marin Headlands, Angel Island has unparalleled views of the Bay ...

Sunday, July 19

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, July 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, ...

LaborFest 2015: Irish Labor History Walk | SF
Sunday, July 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marine Firemen’s Hall
LaborFest 2015: Irish Labor History Walk | SF
With IBEW electrician Peter O’Driscoll and labor writer and UAW NWU member Larry Shoup. This tour will focus on the history of San Francisco’s famed waterfront and the role of its Irish and Irish-American workers, leaders, and martyrs. It will also include the cases of Tom ...
LaborFest 2015: Bayview History Walk | SF
Sunday, July 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Plaza
LaborFest 2015: Bayview History Walk | SF
Join former shipyard worker and local social historian Oscar James for the real history of Bayview Hunters Point, and in particular, the use of the National Guard after the murder of Harold Brooks in September 1966. James will look at the social, labor and political ...
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 ...

Friday, July 24

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, July 24 – 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. Attendees will see up close some of the world’s largest cranes aboard ...

Saturday, July 25

LaborFest 2015: 1946 General Strike Walk | Oakland
Saturday, July 25 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Latham Square
LaborFest 2015: 1946 General Strike Walk | Oakland
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk – We Called it a Work Holiday With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking – mostly women – retail clerks at ...

Sunday, July 26

LaborFest 2015: SF Social History Walk| SF
Sunday, July 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Sculpture
LaborFest 2015:  SF Social History Walk| SF
Walk with Brad Wiedemier, SEIU UHW member & architectural historian. San Francisco has a rich political and labor history that is also connected to its buildings. In this history-by-the-buildings walk, Brad Wiedemier will outline artifacts and events, and their connections to San Francisco’s past and present. For ...
LaborFest 2015: WPA Berkeley Walk | Berkeley
Sunday, July 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Main Berkeley Post Office
LaborFest 2015: WPA Berkeley Walk | Berkeley
This walk will explore the New Deal nexus in Berkeley that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, the old UC Press Building (now being repurposed as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the old Farm ...

Thursday, July 30

USS Pampanito Free Guided Ship Tour & Wine Reception | Pier 45
Thursday, July 30 – 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: ...