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What To Do in 2017: SF’s Top Fairs & Festivals

Plan your year with street fairs, fireworks, festivals, Pride, Carnaval and more
By - posted 1/4/2017

Sunday, September 24

2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa

The 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair.
2017 Folsom Street Fair
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 11 …

Wednesday, September 27

Shaping SF Lecture: Other Food Systems are Possible | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, September 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Other Food Systems are Possible | Mission Dist.

The Diggers served free food in an effort to address a massive influx of young people to the Haight during the Summer of Love and the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program for youth began soon after.
Drawing from this same desire to reimagine food systems, food …

Wednesday, October 4

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Architecture During the Depression | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Architecture During the Depression | Mission Dist.

The Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park recently underwent extensive renovation, bringing to public view murals and sculptures from the WPA that have long been hidden and overlooked. Other beautiful artworks grace public buildings throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, including Coit Tower, and on …

Friday, October 6

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. The full 2017 lineup has been released, and it’s ...

Fleet Week 2017 | Full Airshow Friday & Blue Angels
Friday, October 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2017 | Full Airshow Friday & Blue Angels

Look up in the sky when you hear the roaring of jet engines and head down to SF’s northern waterfront and Dogpatch for San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week airshow and festival. 36th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week  October 2 – 9, 2017 San Francisco FREE ...

Tuesday, October 10

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, October 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Wednesday, October 11

Shaping SF Lecture: “Speeding Through the Unseen” from Coding to Commons | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
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Ellen Ullman writes in her new book Life in Code “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifies how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.
Katja Schwaller puts …

Saturday, October 21

Corgi Con Fall 2017: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Below Cliff House)
Corgi Con Fall 2017: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach

The NorCal Corgi Con is a wonderfully bizarre beach day bash for dogs (and their pawrents) that brings together hundreds of enthusiastic Corgis, their owners and wannabes too on Ocean Beach in San FranCorgsco, between Stairwell 2 and 5 near the Cliff House, from 10 am to 2 …

Sunday, October 22

2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Sunday, October 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2017 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF

Each year, Epiphany Productions transforms the city’s streets into stages through San Francisco Trolley Dances, a series of free contemporary dance performances along a Muni line. For the price of a Muni ticket, you’ll get a “hop-on, hop-off” Muni tour to experience an extraordinary lineup of ...

Wednesday, October 25

Shaping SF Lecture: 100th Anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 100th Anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution | Mission Dist.

Few events in the past century equal the importance of the Russian Revolution. And yet people only know it through the fog of propaganda and fear, and the actual events of 1917 are long forgotten in the mists of time.
Find out what actually happened in …

Wednesday, November 8

Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen “Out of Site” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, November 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen

Seth Eisen/Eye Zen Presents and collaborators bring to life research and performance excerpts from their newest project, (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.
This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically …

Wednesday, November 29

Shaping SF Lecture: Mona Caron & Kiernan Graves on Art & Politics | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, November 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Mona Caron & Kiernan Graves on Art & Politics | Mission Dist.

In summer 2017 an ambitious project was begun to restore and extend the life of Mona Caron’s Market Street Railway Mural at 15th and Church Streets. When it was painted in 2003-04, it quickly became a beloved piece of public art, and uniquely presented a …

Monday, December 4

Walt Disney Museum Annual Free Day | 2017
Walt Disney Museum Annual Free Day | 2017

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year.
Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum …

Wednesday, December 6

Shaping SF Lecture: Popular Front to the Cold War | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, December 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Popular Front to the Cold War | Mission Dist.

In November 1938, California elected its first-ever liberal Democratic governor Culbert Olson, supported by a state-wide Popular Front coalition of liberals, unionists, communists, and other radicals. But by 1940 the Popular Front forces were already fracturing and from its wreckage emerged key elements of the …

Wednesday, December 13

Shaping SF Lecture: San Francisco’s Freeway Revolt | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: San Francisco's Freeway Revolt | Mission Dist.

Today’s San Francisco and the village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965.
Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the …

Saturday, April 7

10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field
Saturday, April 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Crissy Field (near Warming Hut)
10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field

Watch and join in the amazing gravity-defying art of rock balancing near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dozens of artists worldwide are part of a global balanced rock sculpture movement, and two of them have invited you to learn the practice of creating these serene, temporary sculptures …

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