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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 ...

Final Day: Performance Art Video Retrospective in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | NEMA
Final Day: Performance Art Video Retrospective in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF

San Francisco has launched a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ). The project, called Studio 1, is a mobile art studio that will be activated by a series of Bay Area artists giving lectures and performances working in the space. The installation will be up for seven weeks ...

Caterpillar Puppets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus ...
2015 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest & Live Music | South Bay
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Many events are free, but there are ticketed concerts and other.
| Downtown Hollister
2015 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest & Live Music | South Bay

The roar of motorcycles will take over the streets of Hollister,known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker,” for the annual Hollister Freedom Rally. The Rally has always been and will continue to be a free rally welcoming all bikers and is the largest of its kind ...

SF Mime Troupe: Opening Day 2015 | Dolores Park
Friday, July 3 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations accepted.
| Dolores Park
SF Mime Troupe: Opening Day 2015 | Dolores Park

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 56th season with more free, lively satire performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2015 production “Freedomland.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2015 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Win Tix: “Reds, Whites and Blues” VIP Wine Party | Alameda
Friday, July 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Rock Wall Wine Company
Come kick off the 4th of July holiday weekend at Food Truck Frenzy: Reds, Whites and Blues. Be our guest for an evening of wine tasting and gourmet street food from some of the Bay Area’s best Food Trucks. Get your dance on to an awesome ...
WorldOne Festival Pre-Party & Jazz Concert | El Cerrito
Friday, July 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cerrito Vista Park
WorldOne Festival Pre-Party & Jazz Concert | El Cerrito

El Cerrito hosts the 17th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live reggae, dub and world music, plus circus performers on July 3-4, 2015. July 3, 2015 – pre-party from 5-7 pm with the El Cerrito High School Jazz Band, plus a special guest. July 4, 2015 – the main festival day, ...

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, July 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Over 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus ...

“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 ...

‘Murica The Great: 4th of July Costumed Pub Crawl | Berkeley
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Townie
'Murica The Great: 4th of July Costumed Pub Crawl | Berkeley
Wear your finest red, white, and blue and celebrate your love for ‘Murica by dressing up as your favorite person in ‘Murican history.  They’ll be starting off at Townie and work their way through downtown Berkeley bars and end somewhere where you can boogie like it’s 1776. ...
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: Swing Dance Party | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Swing Dance Party | SF
“My Museum,” by Artists-in-Residence: Chris Treggiari and Victoria Mara Heilweil Kimball Education Gallery 6:00 pm July 1–August 2, 2015 Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm Friday Nights until 8:30 pm de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio Artist Reception Friday Night, July 31 Dance Lessons with Swing Dance Teacher Cynthia Glinka Wilsey Court 6:00 pm Master Dance Coach/Hostess Cynthia ...
Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mosswood Park
Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning and more. ...

Richmond | Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food & drinks.
| Craneway Pavilion
Richmond | Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks | 2015
Celebrate Independence Day a day early at the Craneway Pavilion, inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond with floor to ceiling windows and amazing views of the San Francisco skyline on July 3, 2015. This free event is fun for the whole ...
The Sun Kings tribute to The Beatles: Free Beach Concert | Santa Cruz
Friday, July 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Sun Kings tribute to The Beatles: Free Beach Concert | Santa Cruz
The Sun Kings (tribute to The Beatles) July 3, 2015 Considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country, The Sun Kings continue to amaze audiences with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs, they shine in ...
Awesome Orchestra Classical Jam: Game of Thrones, Robin Hood & Philip Glass | Oakland
Friday, July 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios
Awesome Orchestra Classical Jam: Game of Thrones, Robin Hood & Philip Glass | Oakland
In collaboration with the awesome American Steel Studios and Oakland Art Murmur, they’ll be holding a session as part of First Fridays in the super cool Poplar Gallery on site. Repertoire and schedule are as follows, with conductor David Möschler Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones (main ...
Burger Boogaloo Pre-Party: Indie Rock & DJ Showcase | Oaklandish
Friday, July 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oaklandish
Burger Boogaloo Pre-Party: Indie Rock & DJ Showcase | Oaklandish
On Friday, July 3, 2015, Burger Records is throwing a pre-party for their annual Burger Boogaloo music festival with a free concert featuring Pookie & The Poodlez and Yea-Ming & The Rumours at Oaklandish in downtown Oakland. Burger Boogaloo Pre-Party Lineup: Pookie & The Poodlez The Poodlez brand of bubblegum scum has ...
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, July 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Free Opera at the Ballpark 2015: The Marriage of Figaro | AT&T Park
Friday, July 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free tickets, but advanced registration is required
| AT&T Park
Free Opera at the Ballpark 2015: The Marriage of Figaro | AT&T Park
Going to see Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the War Memorial Opera House costs, oh, upwards of $200 for good seats. But, thanks to the Opera at the Ballpark program, you can watch a live simulcast of the very same opera on the giant HD ...
Warriors Celebration | San Francisco Bike Party
Friday, July 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
Warriors Celebration | San Francisco Bike Party
Let’s go Warriors! The golden state warriors recently won their first NBA championship in 40 years, so come out and show them some SFBP love. Show #dubnation you’re loud, proud, Warriors. Be sure to bring your blue, gold and white and be prepared to show off ...
Russian River | Water Carnival & Fireworks Show | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Monte Rio Public Beach
Russian River | Water Carnival & Fireworks Show | 2015
Every year, the Monte Rio beach is crowded with people who come from all over to enjoy the spectacle of fireworks over the Russian River along with a Water Boat Parade & Carnival, “Water Curtain” and fireworks starting at dusk. Friday, July 3, 2015 Dusk: Water Carnival ...
Funcheap’s July 4th “Veterans of Comedy” Night | Cobb’s Comedy Club
Funcheap's July 4th
The day before America’s  239th birthday, Funcheap and #HellaFunny showcase the Bay Area’s top comedians who also happen to be military veterans. Hence the “Veterans” of comedy! Funcheap Free “Veterans of Comedy” Night Friday, July 3, 2015 | 8pm and 10:15pm Cobb’s Comedy Club, SF FREE with RSVP  – otherwise it’s $16.50 RSVP Like most comedy ...
Win Tix: “The Veterans of Comedy” 4th of July Edition | Cobb’s
Friday, July 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Like most comedy shows, there is a two drink minimum per person. 18+
| Cobb's Comedy Club
Funcheap and #HellaFunny have an oddly patriotic way for you to celebrate the 4th of July. They’re hosting The Veterans of Comedy, a special comedy event where the headlining performers are former military. The night will feature the comedy of Greg ‘G’ Williams (U.S. Army), Kirk McHenry ...
Dancing Under the Stars: Line Dance | Jack London Square
Friday, July 3 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Line Dance | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Win Tix: Popscene 2004: A Y2K Indie Dance Party | Rickshaw Stop
Friday, July 3 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Rickshaw Stop
Do you like DJs? Do you like dance parties? Well get ready lose your mind, cuz Popscene is throwing the indie dance party to end all indie dance parties. Popscene’s cabal of vinyl spinners will be paying tribute to all your classic millennium favorites. Can you ...
Free A’s Post-Game Patriotic Fireworks Show | Oakland
Friday, July 3 – 9:05 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum
| Oakland Coliseum
Free A’s Post-Game Patriotic Fireworks Show | Oakland

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after the game ends, whether the A’s win or lose. There’s no need to pay ...

Live Comedy Show: “Your F!#&ed Up Relationship” | SF
Friday, July 3 – 10:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Stagewerx Theatre
Live Comedy Show:

EndGames Improv brings you Your F!#&ed Up Relationship, a funny improv show happening every Friday night at 10:30 pm. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your real, honest relationship stories will be the grist for the comedy mill. That sounds awful. But it’s basically true. It’s ...

Saturday, July 4

Redwood City | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2015
The Redwood City Independence Day 2015 celebration packs in a full day of fun including the 77th annual parade (10 am), a car show, the 28th annual festival, a carnival, and most importantly, a fireworks show at 9:30 pm. Schedule | July 4, 2015 Pancake Breakfast – 7:30-10:30 am  with the Redwood City Fire ...