Tuesday, December 1, 2015

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 1 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th more...

10:00 amConservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day   FREE
11:00 amFree Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch   FREE
11:00 amContemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE
11:30 amWorld AIDS Day 2015: Celebration in the Park | Golden Gate Park   FREE
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Holiday Concert 2015 | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmYerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays   FREE
12:00 pmWin: “Roger Waters: The Wall” Concert & Documentary DVD   WIN*
*Win a free "Roger Waters: The Wall" DVD
5:00 pmSF’s “Tallest” Tree Lighting & 49er Ronnie Lott | 555 California   FREE
6:00 pmMonthly Game Night at the Library | Napa   FREE
6:00 pmRadar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmDocumentary Screening: The Empty Chair | Sausalito   FREE
7:00 pm“One Out Of Two” Book Reading & Discussion | SF   FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite North Bay: Fish Schooling, Weird Genitals, Mini Satellites | Novato   $5
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Macbeth” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
7:00 pmWin Tix: #14 Cal Men’s Basketball vs Seattle | UC Berkeley   WIN
7:30 pmThe News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa   FREE*
*Admission is free, donations are encouraged. RSVP on Eventbrite to guarantee a seat.
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmComic Cute Comedy Showcase & Free Popcorn | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required to get in on happy hour pricing.
8:00 pmWood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar   FREE
8:00 pmSTAB! Live Comedy Podcast | SF   $5

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, December 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 360 Café

Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street more...

9:00 amBay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day  FREE
All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE
All DayFree Skate Rental & Bank of the West Wednesdays | Union Square Ice Skating Rink   $11*
*Free skate rental to all patrons. (Admission to the rink still applies: $11/adults, $7/kids). Free to all Bank of the West customers.
11:00 amGLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro   FREE
12:00 pmFree Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio   FREE
5:30 pmSan Francisco City Hall “World Tree of Hope” Lighting Ceremony | 2015   FREE
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout   FREE
6:45 pm1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland   FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
7:00 pm2015 Piedmont Holiday Tree Lighting, Carols & Cookies | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
7:00 pm“When the Sick Rule the World” Book Reading | SF   FREE
7:00 pmBalanced Breakfast presents: A Happy Hour Mixer With Free Bar Show | SF   FREE
7:30 pmTending the Urban Wild Lecture | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF   FREE*
*Donation-based admission
8:00 pmFree Wednesday Comedy “Royale With Cheese” | Tendernob   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE
8:00 pm“Golden Thread” Middle Eastern Staged Reading Series | SF   FREE*
*Free, but reservations are recommended. Email boxoffice@goldenthread.org with the performance you’d like to attend and the number of tickets you’re requesting.
8:00 pmWin Tix: The Dandy Warhols: Psychedelic ’90s Rockers | Great American Music Hall   WIN
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

85th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Carnival | Golden Gate Park
Thursday, December 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most activities are typically free, but some may have a nominal cost.
| McLaren Lodge

Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer in Golden Gate Park for the 86th annual Holiday Tree Lighting with carnival rides, a cookie factory, arts and crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, more...

10:00 amPez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame  FREE
11:00 amWin Tix: 39th Annual “Guide Dogs for the Blind” Festive Holiday Luncheon | SF  WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: All-inclusive tickets start at $125
12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society  FREE
12:00 pmWin: One-Year Subscription to Lonely Planet’s New Travel Magazine  WIN*
*Win a one-year subscription (4 issues). Regular price: $8
5:00 pmLive Music: JD Limelight & Hunny Bunny on Sinner’s Hour | SF   FREE
5:30 pmMontclair Village Holiday Stroll & Tap Dancing Christmas Trees | Oakand   FREE
6:00 pm2015 Tree Lighting w/ Santa Claus & Snowfall | Walnut Creek   FREE
6:00 pmWorld AIDS Day & Clínica Esperanza’s 26th Anniversary | Mission District   FREE
6:00 pmFree Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF   FREE*
*Bring your own mat. This is a donation-based yoga class. They encourage those who can to donate $10. However, no one is ever turned away due to a lack of funds.
6:00 pmFirst Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo   FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
6:00 pmLower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin   FREE
6:00 pmFeel the Force NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $12*
*21+ event, ID required for entry.
7:00 pmHoliday Tamale Making The Traditional Way Demonstration | SF   FREE
7:00 pmCooking Demo: Holiday Tamale Making | Presidio   FREE
7:00 pm“Right Out of California” & “The Money Makers” Book Discussions | SF   FREE
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE

Friday, December 4, 2015

2015 Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Live Reindeer & Holiday Market | Oakland
Friday, December 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Jack London Square is set to ring in the holiday season with an annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront. 2015 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Friday, December 4, 2015 | 5-7 more...

10:00 amHistory Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City  FREE
All DayFree Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History  FREE
All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
5:00 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party   FREE
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland   $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pm100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmStar Wars Themed Art Exhibit | Oakland   FREE
5:30 pm2015 Holiday Lights: Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Stroll | Presidio   FREE
5:30 pm2015 Tree Lighting Celebration: Nutcracker Preview, Cookies & Cocoa | Berkeley   FREE
5:30 pm2015 Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration & Snow Day | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, but please be kind and bring donations for One Warm Coat
5:30 pmParol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa   FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pm2015 “Nights of Light” Tree Lighting & Parade | Half Moon Bay   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
7:00 pmSouth First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose   FREE
7:00 pmFree Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE
10:30 pmLive Comedy Show: “Your F!#&ed Up Relationship” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

2015 Holiday Cable Car Races & The Santa Triathalon | SF

At Brave the Bay you might see an elf in striped tights jump into the Bay, or Santa Claus hauling a cable car instead of presents at the Santa Triathlon co-presented with Make-a-Wish and more...

8:00 am“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | Treasure Island  FREE*
*Free for spectators. Car exhibitors will be charged $5 and will receive a free cup of coffee.
All Day2015 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Ice Sculptures & Parade | Redwood City   FREE
9:00 amGarden Volunteer Workparty “Kezar Triangle” | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Please RSVP to recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
9:00 am“Park Greening Day” Volunteer Party | Alamo Square Park   FREE*
*Please RSVP to recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
All Day2015 Tiburon Holiday Festival: Tree Lighting, Snow, Santa & Live Music | Marin   FREE
All DayFree Parking Day | Oakland   FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
10:00 amFree Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park   FREE
10:00 amOld-Fashioned Ornament Making, Santa & Holiday Handbell Choir Concert | San Mateo   FREE
All DayBank of America Free Museum Weekend   FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
10:30 amSweatin’ to the ’80s: Throwback Outdoor Fitness Class | SF   $1*
*Donation based, but an RSVP is required. 18 & up.
10:30 amThe Life of an African-American Lithographer: A Discussion | SF   FREE
All Day2015 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
11:00 amHealthy & Free First Saturdays | Marin Headlands   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
11:00 am“Here” 2015 BAC Artists Annual Exhibition (Part I) | Berkeley   FREE
12:30 pmNike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands   FREE