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Wednesday, June 29

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 ...

Friday, July 1

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, July 1 – 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 2

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, July 2 – 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 ...

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 ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, July 2 – 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 3

LaborFest 2016: 1934 General Strike Walk | SF
Sunday, July 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Harry Bridges Plaza Tower
LaborFest 2016: 1934 General Strike Walk | SF
Join the walk with Gifford Hartman and others. Eighty-two years ago at this location, a great battle took place by workers and residents of San Francisco against the police and National Guard. They will look at the causes of the 1934 General Strike and why it was ...

Monday, July 4

San Francisco | 9 Different Free Guided Walking Tours for 4th of July | 2016
Monday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| All Over San Francisco
San Francisco | 9 Different Free Guided Walking Tours for 4th of July | 2016
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 Monday, July 4, 2016. 2016 July Fourth Free Walking Tours 9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden 10:00 am – Chinatown 10:00 ...

Wednesday, July 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 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, July 7

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, July 7 – 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 8

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, July 8 – 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 ...

Friday Night Outdoor Roller Skate DJ Party: “Midnight Rollers” | SF
Friday, July 8 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Friday Night Outdoor Roller Skate DJ Party:

Strap on your skates and roller disco around the city at the Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate party. This weekly skate (as long as it’s not raining or during Burning Man) hits up San Francisco’s main attractions, all while blasting their own beats from two jogging ...

Saturday, July 9

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 ...

LaborFest 2016: Waterfront Labor History Walk | SF
Saturday, July 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hills Brothers Coffee Building
LaborFest 2016: 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 by ...

Sunday, July 10

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Tenderloin
Sunday, July 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin

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 ...

LaborFest 2016: Irish Labor History Walk | SF
Sunday, July 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 240 Second Street
LaborFest 2016: Irish Labor History Walk | SF
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 Mooney and Warren Billings who faced a labor frame-up in the Preparedness Day Bombing ...

Tuesday, July 12

LaborFest 2016: Tour Of SF’s Affordable Houses | SF
Tuesday, July 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Geary & Laguna Intersection
LaborFest 2016: Tour Of SF's Affordable Houses | SF
Join them on their 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 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 ...

Friday, July 15

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, July 15 – 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 16

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 ...

Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Saturday, July 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
| Clarion Alley
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 ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, July 16 – 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, July 17

LaborFest 2016: Coit Tower Mural Walk | SF
Sunday, July 17 – 9:45 am | Cost: FREE | Coit Tower
LaborFest 2016: Coit Tower Mural Walk | SF
In the past few years there has been a growing community effort to defend the Coit tower murals from leaking water and to stop plans for privatization of the site. This led to the critical renovation of the murals on their 80th anniversary. They were being ...
LaborFest 2016: San Bruno Mountain Wilderness Walk | Brisbane
Sunday, July 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Bruno Mountain Watch
LaborFest 2016: 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 ...
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, July 17 – 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, July 20

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 ...

SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | SoMa
Wednesday, July 20 – 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 | SoMa

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, July 21

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, July 21 – 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, ...

Saturday, July 23

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 ...