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Wednesday, May 6

The Art Walk: Interpretative Stroll & Mural Display | Oakland
Wednesday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Center for History and Community
The Art Walk: Interpretative Stroll & Mural Display | Oakland
The Athena Project invites Fruitvale community members to join the Art Walk, an interpretative stroll through the most diverse neighborhood in Oakland. The Students and Fruitvale community members will walk from Paseo de la Fuente in the Fruitvale Bart Transit Village, where a mural designed by ...
Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, May 6 – 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 ...

Timbuk2 Boozy Factory Tour & Happy Hour | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 6 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. RSVPs are now sold out.
| Timbuk2 Factory Store
Timbuk2 Boozy Factory Tour & Happy Hour | Mission Dist.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Timbuk2 Factory in The Mission where Timbuk2 has been making made-to-order custom messenger bags, back packs, and totes for over 25 years. Locally brewed refreshments will be served before and after in the new factory store making it a ...
Free Public Nesting Birds Walk | Oakland
Wednesday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
Free Public Nesting Birds Walk | Oakland
Ever noticed those big birds that nest in downtown Oakland? Maybe you’ve heard them squawking…. or even seen their poop on your car? Take a walk with Golden Gate Audubon and the Rotary Nature Center to visit the heron and egret nests in our city and ...

Thursday, May 7

Hearth Coffee Tasting & Food Pairing Talk | SFMade Week 2015
Thursday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hearth Coffee
Hearth Coffee Tasting & Food Pairing Talk | SFMade Week 2015
Experience the chance to taste the perfect pairing of food and coffee at our free coffee tasting event. Hearth is an organic bakery, coffee roastery, and have seasonal light fare. They offer coffee flights and pairing suggestions for coffee, beer, and wine.
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 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, May 8

Chai Demo & Tasting | SFMade Week 2015
Friday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Market
Chai Demo & Tasting | SFMade Week 2015
Experience SFMade Week at the Market. The Market will be hosting daily demos and tastings featuring select SFMade makers, and they will have two dedicated tables to SFMade goods. On Friday, May 8, the demo is David Rio Chai. They’re also featuring an SFMade Tap Takeover at ...
Sacred Places: Rare Walking Tour of Churches & Cathedrals | SF
Friday, May 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| St. Mary's Cathedral
Sacred Places: Rare Walking Tour of Churches & Cathedrals | SF
San Francisco’s diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city’s religious institutions. This tour is offered in May and October only. Location: Meet at the main plaza entrance ...
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, May 8 – 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, May 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 ...

Saturday, May 9

Bungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Saturday, May 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Ocean & Faxon Avenues
Bungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Craftsman, English Tudor, Spanish Revival, Colonial Revival… you’ll see all these styles and more strolling through this west side neighborhood of 650 cozy bungalows built for middle class San Franciscans in the early 20th century. Location: Meet at Ocean & Faxon Avenues
Mad Hatter Tea Party & Hat Making Demos | SFMade Week 2015
Saturday, May 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Paul's Hat Works
Mad Hatter Tea Party & Hat Making Demos | SFMade Week 2015
You’re invited to our Mad Hatter Tea Party. Come enjoy high tea with Paul’s Hat Works, where they’ll provide the tea, sandwiches, and pastries. Following the high tea, they will be demonstrating several hat making processes. All registered attendees will also receive 20% off any hat in ...
Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, May 9 – 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, May 10

Inner Richmond Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 6th Ave & Geary
Inner Richmond Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake ...
Arastradero Preserve Mothers’ Day Hike | Palo Alto
Sunday, May 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
Arastradero Preserve Mothers' Day Hike | Palo Alto
Mothers play a crucial role in our development. Mothers nurture, shelter, and protect us. Mothers help us stay grounded while encouraging us to grow and become our diverse selves. We all come from Mothers. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful Mothers in our lives with ...
Salt Marsh Walk | Fremont
Sunday, May 10 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Salt Marsh Walk | Fremont
Take a walk with docent Gregg Aronson around the wetlands of the wildlife refuge and learn about their history. On both dates, the salt marsh will be inundated by the king tides, an incredible phenomena that happens only a 2-3 times a year.  See examples ...
Mother’s Day Motorbike Rides in a Rose Garden | SFMade Week
Sunday, May 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No license required. They will provide protective gear, but closed-toed shoes are recommended.
| Rose Garden (Golden Gate Park)
Mother's Day Motorbike Rides in a Rose Garden | SFMade Week
Come demo one of the Bolt M-1 fully-electric motorbikes in Golden Gate Park. Bring your Mother. No license required. Their mission is to create a uniquely-attractive, fully-electric motorbike for urban transport that is simple to operate, fun to ride, and desirable to own. If Tesla and ...

Wednesday, May 13

Embarcadero Skyway Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Wednesday, May 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| 400 Sansome
Embarcadero Skyway Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Take flight (sort of). Most of the tour is above the ground. View “Rockefeller Center West” from a different angle and discover a hidden urban oasis. Tread on buried ships that once housed saloons, jails, stores and brothels. Location: Meet in front of 400 Sansome Street (at Sacramento). Lots of stairs; wheelchairs ...
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
Please note: The tour starts at 2 pm and not noon as was originally posted.

Friday, May 15

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, May 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, May 16

Visitacion Valley Part I: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Saturday, May 16 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 45 Leland Ave.
Visitacion Valley Part I: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Explore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The morning’s focus is on the valley’s commerce, transportation, and development, including a foray through Little Hollywood and ending at Silvestri’s showroom. Location: Meet at ...
Visitacion Valley Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Saturday, May 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 45 Leland Ave.
Visitacion Valley Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Explore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The afternoon tour concentrates on community life – including Eichler housing, a Julia Morgan church, landscaped greenways, and more – in the “Valley ...

Sunday, May 17

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

Thursday, May 21

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

Saturday, May 23

Uncovering The Parkside: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Saturday, May 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| Taraval Stairs
Uncovering The Parkside: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Find out about the Parkside, the first neighborhood to begin growing on the west side of SF in the early 1900s. You’ll find out how public transportation made the difference and learn to identify the three major periods of development by the houses you see. This tour is offered in May and October only. Location: Meet at ...

Sunday, May 24

May Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
Sunday, May 24 – 6:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required (415)-388-2596. Admission to the park is free before 9am.
| Muir Woods National Monument
May 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 (more likely seen ...

Glen Park: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| Glen Park Branch Library
Glen Park: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Visit San Francisco’s ‘Little Switzerland.’ See one of the city’s first suburban recreational areas, now grownup from farms and pastureland to a cozy neighborhood. Location: Meet at Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond Street.

Friday, May 29

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, May 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, May 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, ...

Sunday, May 31

Rare Tenderloin Guided Tour: Part II | SF City Gudes
Sunday, May 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| McAllister & Leavenworth
Rare Tenderloin Guided Tour: Part II | SF City Gudes
Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last half ...