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Wednesday, May 2

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night | SF
Wednesday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kozy Kar Bar

Produced by three of San Francisco’s favorite comedians: Zack Chapaloni, Joe Gorman and Joey Avery;  Kozy Kar presents The Dirty Show. This standup comedy show features a wide variety of all types of humor, combining local and television talent at 8 pm every first Wednesday at ...

Thursday, May 3

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

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 ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 3 – 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 ...

New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.
Thursday, May 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Artists' Television Access
New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.

The Bay Area’s only Open Screening for up and coming filmmakers takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Artists’ Television Access in the Mission. Come enjoy a supportive community of filmmakers and see your work on the big screen. Feel free to ...

Friday, May 4

Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco
Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco

Come down to Timbuk2 Factory and Headquarters for a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at the product design, marketing, and of course the (spoiler alert) office gong, disco ball and kegerator. Free tours take place at 11 am on the First Friday of the month, and tickets are required. Tours are ...

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 ...
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 ...
Free Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa
Friday, May 4 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
| Sightglass Coffee
Free Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa

Every Friday, join Sightglass Coffee at their 7th Street training lab for good conversation, tasty coffees, and warm fuzzy feelings. Sightglass Coffee Cupping Every Friday | 3 pm Sightglass Coffee, 270 7th Street, SF FREE, but an RSVP is required Cupping is a powerful tool for evaluating coffees ...

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.
“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, May 4 – 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 ...

First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF
Friday, May 4 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Il Pirata
First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF

Enjoy free comedy night at Il Pirata and stay after the show for a DJ dance party. This comedy and dancing duo takes place every first Friday of the month and you’ll save some dough for drinks because there’s no cover.

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 ...
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the magnificent Great Blue Herons and their brand new chicks using spotting scopes, as naturalists show you these magnificent birds and explain their behavior over nine Saturdays during the spring nesting season in April, May and June. These exciting 4′ tall birds with 6′ wingspans fly in and ...

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 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 ...
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 ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Prince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Madrone Art Bar
Prince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa

Pay tribute to both the King of Pop and the Purple One every first Saturday of the month at the Madrone Art Bar’s “The Prince and Michael Experience,” which celebrates their work with a healthy dose of competition as fans go head-to-head on the dance ...

Sunday, May 6

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission for main galleries: Normally $15 for general ...

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 ...

“StreetBeats” Hip Hop Fest: DJ Workshops & Dance Lessons | Asian Art Museum
Sunday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
Join the Asian Art Museum for StreetBeats: An Exploration of Culture through Hip-Hop, a free all-ages day of interactive hip-hop culture and community where you are a part of the show. Plus, it’s free admission day at the Asian Art Museum, so you can pop into the museum ...