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Saturday, January 19

MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 16 Free Tours
Saturday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 16 Free Tours

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on MLK weekend Saturday through Monday. Tour starting times range from 9:30 am to 2 pm and there are ...

Sunday, January 20

MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 19 Free Tours
Sunday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 19 Free Tours

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on MLK weekend Saturday through Monday. Tour starting times range from 9:30 am to 2 pm and there are ...

1st Female Architect Julia Morgan’s Buildings of SF Walking Tour | SF
Sunday, January 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a ticket is required. Donations are welcome, but not required.
| The Fairmont (San Francisco)
1st Female Architect Julia Morgan's Buildings of SF Walking Tour | SF
Julia Morgan was California’s first licensed female architect. She had a prolific career, designing over 700 buildings, including Hearst Castle. In honor of her birthday (Jan 20, 1872), visit some of her San Francisco buildings. Expect to walk at least two miles over a span of ...

Monday, January 21

MLK Day San Francisco History Walks | 9 Free Tours
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
MLK Day San Francisco History Walks | 9 Free Tours

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on MLK weekend Saturday through Monday. Tour starting times range from 9:30 am to 2 pm and there are ...

2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Monday, January 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Caltrain Station
2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. join thousands in honoring the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches at the MLK2018 commemorative march/parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. The 1.5 mile journey crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie ...
Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Museum of the African Diaspora
Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD will celebrate the national observance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a Day of Service, providing free admission to the museum and programs throughout the day. Museum of the African Diaspora Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration Monday, January 21, 2019 | 11 am ...

Wednesday, January 23

Shaping SF Lecture: Before SF “Spanish/Mexican Period” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, January 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Before SF "Spanish/Mexican Period" | Mission Dist.

Shaping San Francisco is a series of free lectures, which aim to excavate the city’s lost history. It’s a place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma. Shaping San Francisco Periodic Wednesdays | 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eric ...

Friday, January 25

1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF
Friday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF

The San Francisco scale model finished in 1940 has been mostly hidden away ever since — until now. The model is finally set to get the display it deserves on January 25, 2019, when the wooden relief map will go into circulation at the San ...

Saturday, January 26

2019 Fort Point Civil War Day | Presidio
Saturday, January 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Point
2019 Fort Point Civil War Day | Presidio
Fort Point is called to action once again. Experience first-hand the momentous era of the American Civil War from live re-enactors through infantry and artillery demonstrations, medicine in the 1800’s, music, Victorian dance and exhibits displaying the lives of men, women, and children of days ...

Tuesday, January 29

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, January 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| Congregation Sherith Israel Newman Hall
SF History Night | Pacific Heights

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...Monthly

Friday, February 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, February 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...Monthly

Saturday, February 2

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, February 2 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...Monthly

Wednesday, February 6

Shaping SF Lecture: Internment & Its Aftermath | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Internment & Its Aftermath | Mission Dist.
Chuck Wollenberg presents his new book Rebel Lawyer about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during WWII. Novelist and essayist Karen Tei Yamashita shares her introduction to John Okada’s No-No Boy, the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.

Saturday, February 9

8th Annual Valentine Handpress Printing Workshop | SF
Saturday, February 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free event, but broadsides are limited to the first 100 people.
| San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space
8th Annual Valentine Handpress Printing Workshop | SF
Come experience letterpress printing on the SF Public Library’s 1909 Albion handpress and take home a unique keepsake for your Valentine at the 8th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing event in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor of the Main Library, from 2-4 pm ...

Wednesday, February 13

Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen “Out of Site” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen "Out of Site" | Mission Dist.
Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories ...

Tuesday, February 26

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, February 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| Congregation Sherith Israel Newman Hall
SF History Night | Pacific Heights

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...Monthly

Friday, March 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, March 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...Monthly

Saturday, March 2

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, March 2 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...Monthly

Wednesday, March 13

Shaping SF Lecture: Dockworkers in the Bay Area & South Africa | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Dockworkers in the Bay Area & South Africa | Mission Dist.
Peter Cole’s new book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area uniquely compares and contrasts the radical activism of dockworkers on opposite sides of the planet. The San Francisco-based ILWU took direct action to block apartheid-era cargoes, while their counterparts in ...

Monday, March 25

1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF
Monday, March 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF

The San Francisco scale model finished in 1940 has been mostly hidden away ever since — until now. The model is finally set to get the display it deserves on January 25, 2019, when the wooden relief map will go into circulation at the San ...

Wednesday, March 27

Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise “Pacific Ocean and Bay Area” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise "Pacific Ocean and Bay Area" | Mission Dist.
Christina Gerhardt, author of The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise, explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Scientist Kristina Hill and urbanist Laura Tam address sea-level rise on vulnerable shorelines in the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive ...

Wednesday, April 3

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Few local artists have combined the refined skills of a fine artist with the blistering edge of anti-colonial and liberationist critique that L7 has. He has an incredible body of work and offers a show-and-tell about how his politics have shaped his stunning productions. Part of a ...

Friday, April 5

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, April 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...Monthly

Wednesday, April 10

Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
A collaborative effort of the San Francisco Department of Memory, this project digitally preserves and promotes San Francisco community newspapers. Over 1,600 issues generated in eight neighborhoods dating back to the 1960s are now available online and members of participating history groups will present highlights along with ...

Wednesday, May 8

Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya!—the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information ...

Wednesday, May 22

Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Gopal Dayaneni (Movement Generation), Anthony Khalil (Literacy for Environmental Justice), and Jason Mark (editor, Sierra Magazine), discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice.

Wednesday, May 29

Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic. Adam Hochschild, author of Spain In Our Hearts, brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago ...

Sunday, November 10

2019 Veterans Day Parade | SF
Sunday, November 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fisherman's Wharf
2019 Veterans Day Parade | SF
Honor the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces downtown with the 99th Annual Veterans’ Day Parade on Sunday, November 10, 2019. The parade will start on the Embarcadero at North Point Street, traveling north-west on The Embarcadero to Jefferson Street, then west on Jefferson Street past the ...