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Friday, August 18

Free Beach Concert: Gin Blossoms | Santa Cruz
Friday, August 18 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: Gin Blossoms | Santa Cruz

Every summer, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk casts its net and drags in a host of Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s to play free concerts right on the beach every Friday night. Friday Night Bands on the Beach  Every Friday, June 16 ...

San Jose Bike Party: The Steampunk Ride!
Friday, August 18 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party: The Steampunk Ride!

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, August 19

2017 Burning Man Bike & Gear Swap | Sunnyvale Sports Basement
Saturday, August 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: $3*
*$3 per adult, with all proceeds benefitting Hope Services. Kids under 17 get in free.
| Sports Basement (Sunnyvale)
2017 Burning Man Bike & Gear Swap | Sunnyvale Sports Basement
Get your beater bike back into shape in time for Burning Man at the 9th annual Cycle Swap at the Sunnyvale Sports Basement store from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Come check out the huge assortment of new and used bikes, bike ...
Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Nacho Libre” | San Jose
Saturday, August 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. James Park (San Jose)
Free Outdoor Movie Night:

Starlight Cinemas in San Jose return to St. James Park in 2017. The films, picked from suggestions made by downtown’s Facebook fans, promise evenings of family-friendly fun. All movies are free and begin at dusk in the park. Typically about an hour before the film are movie-related ...

Sunday, August 20

2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival | Santa Cruz
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Wharf
2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival | Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz’ Hawaiian connections continue to this day via the 25th annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. 2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Festival: 11 am to 5 pm; Races: 8 am Santa Cruz Wharf FREE The Polynesian Festival gives a taste of the tropic ...
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, August 20 – 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, ...

Friday, August 25

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Friday, August 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day. 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 23, 2017 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required (available to download August 25, ...

Music in the Park 2017 Finale: ’60s Funk Legends “War” | San Jose
Music in the Park 2017 Finale: '60s Funk Legends

Music in the Park is back in San Jose for Summer 2017 with another round of top notch headliners entertaining the neighbors and visitors of Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park from 5:30-9 pm. Individual general admission tickets are just $10 until the day of the show, ...

Free SmashMouth Friday Night Concert on the Beach | Santa Cruz
Friday, August 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free SmashMouth Friday Night Concert on the Beach | Santa Cruz

Every summer, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk casts its net and drags in a host of Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s to play free concerts right on the beach every Friday night. Friday Night Bands on the Beach  Every Friday, June 16 ...

Saturday, August 26

2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Saturday
Saturday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Saturday

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts takes place annually on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, featuring 300 fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. In the past, it has attracted over 150,000 people from throughout the West ...

37th Annual Italian Family Festa: Saturday | San Jose
Saturday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | History Park San Jose in Kelley Park
37th Annual Italian Family Festa: Saturday | San Jose

The 37th Annual Italian Family Festa will take place in History Park San Jose. Enjoy authentic Italian food, arts and crafts, a wine garden, family fun, bocce ball contests, culinary demos, a grape stomp, and other entertainment. 2017 Italian Family Festa – Saturday, August 26, 2017 ...

San Jose State First Football Game | Spartan Stadium
Saturday, August 26 – 4:30 pm | Cost: $15*
*Free to attend for SJSU students with ID, and tickets start at $15 for everyone else.
| San José State University
San Jose State First Football Game | Spartan Stadium
SJSU invites you to their first football game on Saturday, August 26 at 4:30 pm. We believe the game is free for SJSU students with ID, and tickets start at $15 for everyone else. CommUniverCity is collaborating with Athletics, and the game is open to the public.
Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” | San Jose
Saturday, August 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. James Park (San Jose)
Free Outdoor Movie Night:

Starlight Cinemas in San Jose return to St. James Park in 2017. The films, picked from suggestions made by downtown’s Facebook fans, promise evenings of family-friendly fun. All movies are free and begin at dusk in the park. Typically about an hour before the film are movie-related ...

Sunday, August 27

2017 Silicon Valley Pride Festival & Parade | South Bay
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Parade is free. Festival admission is $10 in advance.
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2017 Silicon Valley Pride Festival & Parade | South Bay
The 42nd annual Silicon Valley Pride (formerly San Jose Pride) is the largest LGBT event held in the South Bay. This annual parade and festival celebrates the diversity of the community and promoting outreach and awareness while having a lot of fun as well. 2017 Silicon Valley Pride Festival Sunday, August ...
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Sunday
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Sunday

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts takes place annually on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, featuring 300 fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. In the past, it has attracted over 150,000 people from throughout the West ...

37th Annual Italian Family Festa: Sunday | San Jose
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | History Park San Jose in Kelley Park
37th Annual Italian Family Festa: Sunday | San Jose

The 37th Annual Italian Family Festa will take place in History Park San Jose. Enjoy authentic Italian food, arts and crafts, a wine garden, family fun, bocce ball contests, culinary demos, a grape stomp, and other entertainment. 2017 Italian Family Festa – Saturday, August 26, 2017 ...

Friday, September 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

2017 Begonia Festival: Dance Performance | Capitola
Friday, September 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Esplanade Park
2017 Begonia Festival: Dance Performance | Capitola

See some brilliant blooms while boating, baiting and frolicking on the beach over Labor Day weekend at the 65th annual Capitola Begonia Festival. With over 43 acres and 3 million blooms come late summer, the Begonia Festival is a spectacular sight and a fun, family-oriented ...

Free Beach Concert: Papa Doo Run Run | Santa Cruz
Friday, September 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: Papa Doo Run Run | Santa Cruz

Every summer, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk casts its net and drags in a host of Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s to play free concerts right on the beach every Friday night. Friday Night Bands on the Beach  Every Friday, June 16 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, September 1 – 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 ...

Saturday, September 2

2017 Begonia Festival: Sand Sculpture Contest, Flower Mural & Movie at the Beach | Capitola
Saturday, September 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton Avenue (Capitola)
2017 Begonia Festival: Sand Sculpture Contest, Flower Mural & Movie at the Beach | Capitola

See some brilliant blooms while boating, baiting and frolicking on the beach over Labor Day weekend at the 65th annual Capitola Begonia Festival. With over 43 acres and 3 million blooms come late summer, the Begonia Festival is a spectacular sight and a fun, family-oriented ...

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, CJM and Oakland Museum of ...

Sunday, September 3

2017 Begonia Festival & Boat Parade | Capitola
Sunday, September 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton Avenue (Capitola)
2017 Begonia Festival & Boat Parade | Capitola

See some brilliant blooms while boating, baiting and frolicking on the beach over Labor Day weekend at the 65th annual Capitola Begonia Festival. With over 43 acres and 3 million blooms come late summer, the Begonia Festival is a spectacular sight and a fun, family-oriented ...

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, CJM and Oakland Museum of ...

Monday, September 4

2017 Begonia Festival: Fishing Derby & Row Boat Races | Capitola
Monday, September 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton Avenue (Capitola)
2017 Begonia Festival: Fishing Derby & Row Boat Races | Capitola

See some brilliant blooms while boating, baiting and frolicking on the beach over Labor Day weekend at the 65th annual Capitola Begonia Festival. With over 43 acres and 3 million blooms come late summer, the Begonia Festival is a spectacular sight and a fun, family-oriented ...

Saturday, September 9

46th Annual Art & Wine Festival: Saturday | Mountain View
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
46th Annual Art & Wine Festival: Saturday | Mountain View

More than 200,000 arts lovers gather in Silicon Valley’s epicenter on Castro Street in Mountain View for this vibrant multicultural celebration. 46th Mountain View Art & Wine Festival Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 11 am to 7 pm Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 10 am ...

2017 Mole & Mariachi Festival: Live Music & Mole Tasting | Santa Cruz
Saturday, September 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. $10 mole tasting kits available for purchase.
| Santa Cruz Mission Adobe
2017 Mole & Mariachi Festival: Live Music & Mole Tasting | Santa Cruz
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a day of mole tasting, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more. Plus, you’ll get to vote for your favorite mole prepared ...

Friday, September 15

Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival
Friday, September 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival

The Cupertino Carnival is a free, three-day festival featuring live music, entertainment, real amusement rides, jump houses/inflatables, games for kids of all ages, arts and crafts, a wide variety of food and more; it’s perfect for families with young children. 2017 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...

Saturday, September 16

2017 Tour de Coop: Cute Chicks, Beehives & Homesteads | Silicon Valley
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Tickets are limited.
| Silicon Valley
2017 Tour de Coop: Cute Chicks, Beehives & Homesteads | Silicon Valley
Check out all the cute chicks and get some exercise at the annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a self-guided bicycle tour of chicken coops, gardens, bee hives, hoop houses, and cool Silicon Valley urban homesteads, taking place from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 16, ...
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival

The Cupertino Carnival is a free, three-day festival featuring live music, entertainment, real amusement rides, jump houses/inflatables, games for kids of all ages, arts and crafts, a wide variety of food and more; it’s perfect for families with young children. 2017 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...