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Tuesday, September 17

2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Sketchy Tuesday | SF
Tuesday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission - Registration Encouraged
| South Park
2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Sketchy Tuesday | SF
Sketchy Tuesday is an urban sketching adventure. Gather with a group of architects, sketchers, designers and enthusiasts every Tuesday at noon to sketch the city and chat with a great community. Grab your own lunch, sketchbook and drawing utensil of choice and meet at an ...
“Empire Day” Emperor Norton 160th Year Celebration | SF
Tuesday, September 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free, however tickets for the ferry ride are bought separately.
| Transamerica Redwood Park
"Empire Day" Emperor Norton 160th Year Celebration | SF
On the morning of September 17, 1859, Joshua Norton walked into the office of George Fitch, editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin and handed Fitch a proclamation declaring himself “Emperor of these United States.”  Fitch printed the proclamation in that evening’s edition. With this single act, ...

Friday, September 20

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, September 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Saturday, September 21

2019 “Pier to Pier” History Walk & Festival | SF
Saturday, September 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| The Maritime Museum
2019 "Pier to Pier" History Walk & Festival | SF
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is hosting its 6th Annual “Pier to Pier” Walk & Festival. The aim of this event is to promote outdoor exercise for adults 50+ and adults with disabilities, but everyone is welcome to this family event. Bring a friend, family ...
Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History
Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History

Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California. Tour begins at 10 am in front of ...

Sunday, September 22

“Last Day of Summer” 14 Free Walking Tours | SF
Sunday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Japanese Tea Garden may require an additional charge.
| All Over San Francisco
"Last Day of Summer" 14 Free Walking Tours | SF
Last day of Summer Walking Tour Schedule: 10:00 am – Architecture Downtown 11:00 am – Mission Dolores Neighborhood 11:00 am – Castro: Tales Of The Village 11:00 am – Haight-Ashbury 11:00 am – Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco 11:00 am – Billionaires’ Row: Outer Broadway Architecture 11:00 am – Golden Gate Bridge 1:00 pm – Japanese Tea Garden 1:00 pm – Golden Gate ...

Tuesday, September 24

2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Sketchy Tuesday | SF
Tuesday, September 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission (registration encouraged)
| Contemporary Jewish Museum
2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Sketchy Tuesday | SF
Sketchy Tuesday is an urban sketching adventure. Gather with a group of architects, sketchers, designers and enthusiasts every Tuesday at noon to sketch the city and chat with a great community. Grab your own lunch, sketchbook and drawing utensil of choice and meet at an ...
SF History Night: Taking Cable Cars to the Cemeteries | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, September 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| Congregation Sherith Israel Newman Hall
SF History Night: Taking Cable Cars to the Cemeteries | Pacific Heights

During the late 19th century and even into the 20th, San Franciscans regularly visited their deceased relatives and friends, particularly on a Sunday afternoon. Most of them traveled there for a nickel by way of several cable car lines. Don Holmgren and Mike Phipps, directors of ...Monthly

Wednesday, September 25

Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland's Churches & Temples

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their architecture and influence on the development of Oakland. Highlighted buildings include First Presbyterian, First Congregational, and First Christian churches as well as Temple Sinai. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of the First Presbyterian Church, ...

Shaping SF Lecture: Neighborhood Corridors | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, September 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Neighborhood Corridors | Mission Dist.
Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou ...

Thursday, September 26

SF Heritage Lecture: History of Tamale-Making in San Francisco | SF
Thursday, September 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*$15 GA / $10 Members
| 906 World Cultural Center
SF Heritage Lecture: History of Tamale-Making in San Francisco | SF
As a cheap and easy-to-prepare food, the sale of tamales on the streets of San Francisco dates to the Gold Rush. By 1890, tamale factories flourished in the “Mexican Colony” surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (at 906 Broadway), with the city’s residents consuming more ...

Friday, September 27

2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Closing Party | SF
Friday, September 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $25*
*AIA Member: $15 | General: $25 | 21+ only event
| AIA San Francisco
2019 Architecture & the City Festival: Closing Party | SF
Join AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design to close out the 16th Annual Architecture and the City festival. Hobnob with industry peers and design aficionados.

Saturday, September 28

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. 2019 ...

Tuesday, October 1

Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland's Churches & Temples

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their architecture and influence on the development of Oakland. Highlighted buildings include First Presbyterian, First Congregational, and First Christian churches as well as Temple Sinai. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of the First Presbyterian Church, ...

Wednesday, October 2

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. 2019 ...

Shaping SF Lecture: Storytelling & the Memory Keepers | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Storytelling & the Memory Keepers | Mission Dist.
We bring together story shapers, story sharers, and story collectors for this evening taking a close look at oral histories and memory keeping. Susan Schwartzenberg hosts a discussion series at the Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium intertwining personal stories and scientific study to understand climate ...

Friday, October 4

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, October 4 – 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

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, October 4 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Saturday, October 5

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Gardens
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Gardens

A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco. Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am in front of the Paramount ...

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, October 5 – 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, October 9

Shaping SF Lecture: Expanding San Francisco’s Common Wealth | SF
Wednesday, October 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Expanding San Francisco’s Common Wealth | SF
Rejecting the paradigms of capitalist San Francisco, let’s look at a radically expanded Common Wealth, starting here, but with implications for our entire society: A public bank, free broadband internet, a low-cost public electricity system, dense community gardens and public orchards, widespread high-quality social housing, ...

Saturday, October 12

Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland

A walking tour of a Victorian-era district adjacent to modern office towers. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — ...

Wednesday, October 16

Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History
Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History

Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California. Tour begins at 10 am in front of ...

Wednesday, October 23

Shaping SF Lecture: Shellmounds, Indigenous Culture & Ecology | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Shellmounds, Indigenous Culture & Ecology | Mission Dist.
250 years ago, life along the edges of what we now know as San Francisco Bay changed forever when the Portola Expedition came upon this hidden magnificent body of water. The Spaniards couldn’t quite understand it when they saw this marvelous sight for the first ...

Friday, October 25

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, October 25 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Saturday, October 26

Last of 2019: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | Old Oakland
Last of 2019: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | Old Oakland

Old Oakland Tour: Walk through what was once the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Formerly Oakland’s bustling downtown district in the days of railroads and streetcars, this area’s grand, brick, commercial Victorian buildings, now restored, continue to thrive as offices, galleries and eateries. Visit ...

Tuesday, October 29

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, October 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

Wednesday, October 30

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Gardens
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Gardens

A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco. Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am in front of the Paramount ...

Friday, November 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, November 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, November 2

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, November 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