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Sunday, July 24

July Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
Sunday, July 24 – 6:00 am | Cost: FREE | Muir Woods National Monument
July Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay

Attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. You’ll learn about the local plant and animal residents which are more ...

LaborFest 2016: WPA Berkeley Walk | Berkeley
Sunday, July 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Main Berkeley Post Office
LaborFest 2016: 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 ...

Walking Tour In The Pacifica-Milagra Ridge | Pacifica
Sunday, July 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milagra Ridge
Walking Tour In The Pacifica-Milagra Ridge | Pacifica
Discover Milagra Ridge’s military history from World War II gun emplacements for coastal defense to the Nike missle launch site (1955- 1974). The walk is led by Dave Bridgman, who was stationed at Milagra Ridge in the early 1970s. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation ...
LaborFest 2016: Hunters Point/Bayview History Walk | SF
Sunday, July 24 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Plaza
LaborFest 2016: Hunters Point/Bayview History Walk | SF
Join Bayview/Hunters Point social/labor historian Oscar James on the 50th anniversary of the murder of 16 year old youth Matthew Johnson who was killed by San Francisco police on September 27, 1966. This murder brought a strong community response and the governor called in the National ...

Wednesday, July 27

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 ...

Friday, July 29

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, July 29 – 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, July 29 – 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, ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, July 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| 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, July 30

LaborFest 2016: Oakland General Strike Walk | Oakland
Saturday, July 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Latham Square
LaborFest 2016: Oakland General Strike Walk | Oakland
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Oakland General Strike. 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 Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line ...
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Saturday, July 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
| Clarion Alley
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.

Running just one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide), Clarion Alley is a unique destination for street art and murals in San Francisco, with over 700 murals created since 1992. Clarion Alley Mural Project gives voice to disenfranchised communities and provides a visual ...

Downtown Mountain View Walking Tour | Mountain View
Saturday, July 30 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Downtown Mountain View Walking Tour | Mountain View
Join them for a guided walking tour of Castro Street’s historic buildings. Learn about Mountain View’s past as a Mexican land grant, stage coach stop, and agricultural paradise with this leisurely walk downtown. We will meet in the lobby of the Library, then proceed down Castro ...
Discover Fillmore: Interactive Walking Tour | Filmore
Saturday, July 30 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Fillmore Center Plaza
Discover Fillmore: Interactive Walking Tour | Filmore
The Fillmore is a neighborhood rich with amazing stories, fascinating characters, and hidden gems. Discover historic sites and modern-day storefronts by sight, sound, touch, and interaction with locals. Let a community member give you the inside scoop into the history and community stories. They plan on making ...

Sunday, July 31

LaborFest 2016: Labor Politics and Architecture Walk | SF
Sunday, July 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Sculpture
LaborFest 2016: Labor Politics and Architecture Walk | SF
Walk with Brad Wiedmaier, SEIU 2015 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 Wiedmaier will outline artifacts and events, and their connections to San Francisco’s past and present.
2016 Porchfest: 50+ Historic Porches, Live Music & Food Trucks | Napa
Sunday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Napa
2016 Porchfest: 50+ Historic Porches, Live Music & Food Trucks | Napa
Out of the garage and onto the porch, the fifth annual Napa Porchfest is here with free, live music on over 50 porches in historic neighborhoods of Napa. Porches have been selected and matched up with local bands ranging in styles from indie, bluegrass, New Wave pop, ...

Wednesday, August 3

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 ...

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, August 4

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 4 – 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 5

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, August 5 – 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 6

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
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 ...

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, August 6 – 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 ...

Walking Tour With The Menlo Park Historical Association | Menlo Park
Saturday, August 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Menlo Park Caltrain Station
Walking Tour With The Menlo Park Historical Association | Menlo Park
Led by author Bo Crane and other members of the Menlo Park Historical Association, the walking tour begins at the train depot built in 1867. The tour continues across El Camino Real and up 1/3 mile on Santa Cruz Ave to Fremont Park, honoring the World ...
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, August 6 – 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, August 6 – 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 August 2016, or check MAPP’s Facebook for the latest info.

Wednesday, August 10

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 ...

Friday, August 12

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, August 12 – 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 12 – 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, August 12 – 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, August 13

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 ...

$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
| Clarion Alley
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.

Running just one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide), Clarion Alley is a unique destination for street art and murals in San Francisco, with over 700 murals created since 1992. Clarion Alley Mural Project gives voice to disenfranchised communities and provides a visual ...

Wednesday, August 17

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 ...