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Wednesday, May 2

Read to a Dog at 81st Avenue | Oakland
Wednesday, May 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 81st Avenue Branch
Read to a Dog at 81st Avenue | Oakland

Young readers are invited and read aloud to a certified therapy dog who loves listening to stories. Reading to dogs can help increase children’s reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment. Scout the Dog is ready for a story at: Elmhurst Library: Every Saturday at 11am Natasha ...

Thursday, May 3

Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion & Accessories & Jewelries | SF
Thursday, May 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion & Accessories & Jewelries | SF
Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or a little something for themself at the Asian Art Museum’s Spring Artisan Market. A more intimate version of their Holiday Artisan Market, this free event features one-of-a-kind handmade goods by local makers. Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion ...

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, May 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

Asian Art Museum’s Zen Buddhism “Tasting Menu” | SF
Asian Art Museum's Zen Buddhism
Dan Zigmond, author of “Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind,” discusses both his experience of becoming a Zen priest and the benefits of Buddha’s diet. Zigmond will be joined by chef Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant to talk about what ...
Free Organic Veggie Community Dinner | SF
Thursday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Donations are welcome.
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Organic Veggie Community Dinner | SF

Do you love fresh, organic, homemade food? Please come out and celebrate with other veggie lovers and enjoy some great food with amazing company. All are welcome to a free community-created dinner gleaned from the USF Garden and neighborhood farmers’ markets, and prepared by students ...

Friday, May 4

2018 “HeART of Market” Outdoor Dance Festival | SoMa
Friday, May 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mint Plaza
2018
Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Mint Plaza for its HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect, a free, participatory and family friendly event. Two Free Lunchtime Performances by LINES Dance Center students and LINES Education Programs. 2018 Heart of Market Dance Fest Friday, May 4, 2018 | Noon to ...
2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | First Day
Friday, May 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hillside Natural Area
2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | First Day

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is holding the 5th Annual Hillside Festival. The festival will take place over three days this year. Friday to Sunday with individual hikes and other activities through the Hillside Natural Area. Free, as always, and very family friendly. 2018 Hillside Festival May 4 ...

Rotunda Dance Series: “Lines” Performance Workshop | SF
Friday, May 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series:
Feature performances created by four of LINES’ nationally-renowned faculty, in collaboration with Dance Center students from LINES’ Performance Workshop program. These four pieces culminate an 8-week process of creativity, artistry and collaboration between professional teaching artists and non-professional dancers. Presenting work by Byb Bibene (African ...
2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party | Financial Dist.
Friday, May 4 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Taverna Aventine
2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party | Financial Dist.
Taverna Aventine is once again closing off Hotaling Alley and packing it with outdoor bars, live DJs, and food trucks for their annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party. Join the Scavenger Hunt around North Beach for a Free ticket. Come eat at Aventine in person to grab ...
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Live Music, Tequila and Salsa Dancing | Cadillac Bar & Grill
Friday, May 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cadillac Bar & Grill
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Live Music, Tequila and Salsa Dancing | Cadillac Bar & Grill
Come enjoy food, drinks, music and dancing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Cadillac Bar & Grill. 2018 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Friday-Saturday, May 4 to 5, 2018 | 5 pm Cadillac Bar & Grill, 44 9th St, San Francisco FREE Stay tuned for the entertainment line-up and celebrations for ...
“Off the Grid” Star Wars Party, Cantina & Stormtroopers | Fort Mason
Friday, May 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center
May the Fourth Be With You (May 4): Off the Grid Fort Mason features a stormtrooper takeover from The 501st Golden Gate Garrison as well as a special appearance from The Cantina Party Band and curated Star Wars-themed food and beverage offerings.
“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 4 – 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 galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, May 4 – 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 ...

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen

This is your monthly chance  to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market highlights ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 4 – 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. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regularly admission is $18 ...

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, May 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party  (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held on ...

Final Walk-In Movie Night: “Brimestone and Glory” | Hayes Valley
Friday, May 4 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Proxy SF
Final Walk-In Movie Night:

Spring has sprung; time to get out, get together and be heard. The spring series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting on March 30th. In 2018, the film series explores the nature of place and identity: how we shape ...

Saturday, May 5

2018 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2018 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. This year, there will be music and entertainment on two stages, kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, beer garden, fun for all ages. 14th Annual ...
SF Botanical Garden 51st Annual Spring Plant Sale | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hall of Flowers
SF Botanical Garden 51st Annual Spring Plant Sale | Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Botanical Garden’s 51st Annual Plant Sale offers over 2,500 different kinds of plants that thrive in the Bay Area’s frost-free fog belt featuring many plants that are not found at other regional plant sales or commercial nurseries on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This sale ...
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | Second Day
Saturday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hillside Natural Area
2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | Second Day

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is holding the 5th Annual Hillside Festival. The festival will take place over three days this year. Friday to Sunday with individual hikes and other activities through the Hillside Natural Area. Free, as always, and very family friendly. 2018 Hillside Festival May 4 ...

2018 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown
Saturday, May 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Children's Day Festival | Japantown
On the May 5, 2018, San Francisco joins Japan and China to celebrate a national holiday dedicated to celebrating children – Kodomo No Hi or the Children’s Day Festival. 2018 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 11 am to 4 pm Japantown Peace Plaza FREE This year marks the ...
Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Saturday | South Bay
Saturday, May 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Saturday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

2018 Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
2018 Bluegrass Pickin' Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Bring a blanket (and an instrument if you like) or just kick back and watch some of the Bay Area’s top bluegrass, country and folk performers as they get together for an impromptu concert jam. Pickin’ Picnic in Golden Gate Park Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Noon to 6 ...
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s ...
2018 Makers Market in the Park & Craft Fair | San Jose
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Santana Row
2018 Makers Market in the Park & Craft Fair | San Jose

The Santana Row monthly Makers Market in the Park is back by popular demand. They are so excited to kickoff their monthly craft fair series at the Row and would love for you to join. There will be new makers and new products to show ...

2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival | Jack London Square
TURFinc is pleased to present the 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo Festval in partnership with Jack London Square on May 5th, 2018. 2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Noon-7 pm Jack London Square, Oakland FREE The Festival features Turf Battles hosted by Chuy Gomez, Randy ...
2018 Kite Day: Giant Kites, Snow Cones & Hotdog Lunches | Menlo Park
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedwell Bayfront Park
2018 Kite Day: Giant Kites, Snow Cones & Hotdog Lunches | Menlo Park
Come out to Kite Day and enjoy kite flying, spin art, snow cones, rock wall and a hot dog lunch on Saturday, May 5, 2018. 2018 Kite Day Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Noon to 3 pm Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park FREE Kite flying Snow cones Hot dog lunch Picnicking in ...
First Caturdays at Dolores Park: Unofficial Social Gathering for Cats | SF
Saturday, May 5 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Dolores Park
First Caturdays at Dolores Park: Unofficial Social Gathering for Cats | SF

Attention friends of Caturday, your favorite day of the month is back. First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for your feline friends. It is a day for charming and delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing. It is where you can freely exchange information, ...