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Thursday, October 2

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation: Final Days | October
Thursday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
El Presidio Archaeology Excavation: Final Days | October

The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeology in action at Pershing Square from May through October, 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Archaeologists are embarking on a long-term research project to excavate El Presidio de San Francisco, the Spanish-colonial archaeological site buried just below the ...

Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014
Thursday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| Speedway Meadow
Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014

Want to be involved behind the scenes of one of San Francisco’s most amazing free events?
The 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival is one of the great gifts given to the city each year, and you can give back by choosing to volunteer for …

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...

Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required to climb@outdooradventureclub.com
| Lombardi Sports
Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports

Come to Lombardi Sports on any first Thursday of the month for a free intro to rock climbing, taught by the professional guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Free, but RSVP is required. Lombardi Sports has a 25′ high indoor climbing wall inside their store. The Outdoor ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, October 2 – 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 ...

Free Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF
Thursday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cyprian’s
Free Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF

All are welcome to a free community-created dinner gleaned from the USF Garden and neighborhood farmers’ markets. Eat with others in a communal setting at this free vegetarian dinner gathering. The dinner takes place the first Thursday of every month at 6 pm at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and is ...

Free Mohawk Haircut Night | Lower Polk
Free Mohawk Haircut Night | Lower Polk

The Barber’s Choice for Thursday, October 2, 2014 is the mohawk.
If you’re daring and excited for a new funky look, come down from 7-9 pm and get a mohawk.
There will be drinks, music, and artist Torrey Delaplane will be there showcasing her work.

Friday, October 3

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park

Get things started on Friday at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with four stages of music including late afternoon headliners Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Cibo Matto, Yo La Tengo and Conor Oberst.
Can’t make it? Four stages will be streaming live over the internet.
Star Stage
Some artists from this stage will be …

Rotunda Dance Series: Dimensions Dance Theater | City Hall
Friday, October 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Dimensions Dance Theater | City Hall

Blending African, Jazz and Modern dance styles, Oakland’s Dimensions Dance Theater will perform in the free Rotunda Dance Series at noon on Friday, October 3.
Dimensions will showcase excerpts from their recent 40th anniversary season, including the acclaimed Down the Congo Line, a South African Gumboot …

Friday Nights at de Young: Live Music & Art Making | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at de Young: Live Music & Art Making | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young presents new work in partnership with Asian Improv Arts.

Artist Demonstration by Kelvin Ming Young
Piazzoni Murals Room

6:00 pm

Kelvin Ming Young will demonstrate his painting process, starting with raw canvas, and applying paint with various staining, dripping, and other techniques.

Mixed-Media Art-Making Stations and …

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, October 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 ...

Win Tix: “Terminator” Too: Live On Stage | DNA Lounge
Friday, October 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $20-$50 each.
| DNA Lounge

Terminator Too: Judgement Play is the hilarious and absurdist live-action, interactive stage production of the seminal 1991 classic science fiction action movie from the creator and cast of the revered Point Break Live, and it’s coming to San Francisco’s DNA Lounge.
Do you have what it takes …

San Francisco Bike Party: “Hardly Strictly Homecoming” | First Fridays
Friday, October 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Golden Gate Park)
San Francisco Bike Party:

You’re Hardly in high school anymore, but that doesn’t Strictly matter, so take a step back in time and celebrate Hardly Strictly Homecoming.
Break out your finest duds, your vintage prom dresses, your football helmets, and your old cheerleading outfits and recreate one of the biggest …

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, October 3 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...

Win Tix: Spirit Family Reunion: Homegrown Americana | The Chapel
Friday, October 3 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $15
| The Chapel
Spirit Family Reunion: Homegrown Americana | The Chapel

Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer’s markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit …

9th Anniversary Comedy Show & DJ Party | SF
Friday, October 3 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Il Pirata
9th Anniversary Comedy Show & DJ Party | SF

Get some laughs in for Comedy Night at IL Pirata’s “9 Year Anniversary Show,” one of the longest running comedy showcases in San Francisco, hosted by The Godfather of SF Stand-Up Comedy Tony Sparks & DJ MykeOne.
9 Year Anniversary Showcase Lineup:
Triple Headliners:

Chris Riggins (Yoshi’s/Chappelle feature)
Liz …

Win Tix: Can You Keanu? “Point Break” Live on Stage | SF
Friday, October 3 – 11:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price: $25 each.
| DNA Lounge
Can You Keanu?

Jaime Keeling’s “Point Break, Live,” the internationally lauded, absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster, is at DNA Lounge for a limited engagement.
With armed robbery, big-wave surfing, explosions, skydiving and an indoor monsoon, “’Point Break LIVE!’ turns out to be a wild ride,” says SFWeekly.

The best …

Saturday, October 4

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF

Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. Spectator parking is at the lot next door for ...

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

2014 Blessing of the Fishing Fleet: Saturday | SF
Saturday, October 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fishermen's Chapel on the Wharf
2014 Blessing of the Fishing Fleet: Saturday | SF

The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” (also known as “The Blessing of the Fishing Fleet”) is a Sicilian tradition of protecting fishermen that’s been practiced in San Francisco for over 70 years. The 2014 blessing and fishing boat parade  is an annual procession from ...

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 six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Saturday | Golden Gate Park

The first full day of the 2014 festival with seven stages of music (the Bandwagon stage is new for 2014). There’s so much to choose from, to bounce from stage to stage, but we recommend checking out gravely-voiced Louisiana guitarist Chris Smither , the Time …

2014 “HeART of Market” Outdoor Dance Festival | SoMa
Saturday, October 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mint Plaza
2014

Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Mint Plaza for its HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect, a free, participatory and family friendly event, from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Learn some Bollywood dance moves, take a West African funk class, or …

Pete Seeger Tribute: Singer-Songwriter Concert | McLaren Park
Saturday, October 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Pete Seeger Tribute: Singer-Songwriter Concert | McLaren Park

Enjoy a singer/songwriter showcase featuring A Tribute to Pete Seeger, with songs and music by Karney, Rocker T, Katie Garibaldi, Ray Vaughn, The Devil’s Chord and Pete Kronowitt.