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Friday, May 1

Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz
Friday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Normal price admission is $10.
| Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz)
Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz

Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour for three floors of exhibitions, live music, and drop-in craft activities. Visit the Museum for free all-day. Catch up with friends in Abbott Square and grab a bite to eat from one of your favorite ...Monthly

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, May 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th
"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, ...Monthly

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regular admission is $18 ...Monthly

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market ...Monthly

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, May 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...Monthly

Saturday, May 2

CANCELED: 2020 San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
CANCELED: 2020 San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been cancelled for 2020. Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an amazing all day outdoor festival. Family friendly, fun for all ages celebration of Mexican and Latino culture. A full day of music, vendor booths, kids’ ...
CANCELED: Mountain View’s 2020 “A La Carte & Art Festival” | May 2-3
Saturday, May 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
CANCELED: Mountain View's 2020 "A La Carte & Art Festival" | May 2-3

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled for 2020. Spring into festival season and honor Cinco de Mayo in style at A La Carte & Art, May 2-3 in downtown Mountain View. The Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off at ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, May 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
"Healthy Parks Healthy People": Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...Monthly

Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the Magnificent Great Blue Herons and Their Chicks at Stow Lake Nine Saturdays During the Spring Nesting Season in April, May and June. 2020 Season – 10 am to 1 pm: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, ...Every Saturday

Free Parks Admission Day: Every 1st Saturday | Marin County
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Free Parks Admission Day: Every 1st Saturday | Marin County

Come to the “Measure A Days” which offers free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month. The name is because of the loss in fee revenues will be offset by the Measure A funds approved by voters in 2012. Measure A ...Monthly

2020 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2020 Children's Day Festival | Japantown
Come out and enjoy a day in San Francisco’s historic Japantown and celebrate the Japanese national holiday Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi). 2020 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 11 am to 4 pm Japantown Peace Plaza FREE This year marks the 28th annual Children’s Day ...
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | 2020
Saturday, May 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | 2020

The 2020 season celebrates the Yerba Buena 20th Anniversary. Exciting performances are planned for the months May–October. May 2, 2020 will be the kick-off event. Stay tuned for the announcement in March. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s ...

2020 Love Your Park: Family Fun Day | Oakland
Saturday, May 2 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Redwood Heights Recreation Center
2020 Love Your Park: Family Fun Day | Oakland
Love Your Park is a not-to-miss, Big Deal community social event. It’s the second annual family fun day at Redwood Heights Park. Come on out and join us. It’s an amazing opportunity for community members to gather and play in a local Oakland park. There will ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...Monthly

Sunday, May 3

CANCELED: A La Carte & Art Festival 2020 | Mountain View
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
CANCELED: A La Carte & Art Festival 2020 | Mountain View

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled for 2020. Spring into festival season and honor Cinco de Mayo in style at A La Carte & Art, May 2-3 in downtown Mountain View. The Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off at ...

CANCELED:”Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Bayview
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bayview
CANCELED:"Sunday Streets" Huge Block Party | Bayview
Canceled due to coronavirus concerns In 2020, a brand-new route comes to the Bayview, with open streets for all on Oakdale, Revere, Lane, Keith, Carroll, Ingalls, Bancroft and Arelious Walker. Though the Bayview has been part of Sunday Streets since its inception in 2008, this year ...

Monday, May 4

Kids Bowl Free + $30 Unlimited Family Bowling Pass | Summer 2020
Kids Bowl Free + $30 Unlimited Family Bowling Pass | Summer 2020

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first-ever Kids Bowl Free program. Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling each day of The KBF Program All Summer Long, valued at over $500 per child. This program is designed by ...

Tuesday, May 5

First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum
Tuesday, May 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum has returned and so has their Pay What You Wish Days. Pay What You Wish Days create affordable experiences for all to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in ...Monthly

Wednesday, May 6

Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa
Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa

Come and walk-in every first Wednesday of every month from 3-5 pm in the spring, summer and fall, and from 2-4 pm in the winter. Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day Every First Wednesday Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa FREE (RSVP requested but not required) $5 ...Monthly

“Rainbow Family Night”: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
"Rainbow Family Night": LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...Monthly

Saturday, May 9

2020 Blossom Festival: Vintage Cars, Old-Timey Music & Food Trucks | South Bay
Saturday, May 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Civic Center
2020 Blossom Festival: Vintage Cars, Old-Timey Music & Food Trucks | South Bay
Music of the ’30s and ’40s, antique cars, vintage motors, children’s crafts, and craftspeople will bring back memories of yesteryear at the annual Blossom Festival in the Saratoga Civic Center. Produced the Saratoga Historical Foundation, the free event is reminiscent of the original Blossom Festival ...
2020 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival | Union Square
Saturday, May 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Union Square Park
2020 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival | Union Square
The annual Taiwanese American Cultural Festival is back and it’s going to be tastier than ever. Over 10,000 people from all across the Bay Area attend this event yearly to experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture through food, music, performances and fun workshops. You can see elected officials, ...
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the Magnificent Great Blue Herons and Their Chicks at Stow Lake Nine Saturdays During the Spring Nesting Season in April, May and June. 2020 Season – 10 am to 1 pm: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, ...Every Saturday

Sunday, May 10

The Exploratorium’s Only Free Day of 2020: Mother’s Day | SF
The Exploratorium's Only Free Day of 2020: Mother's Day | SF
The Exploratorium celebrates Mother’s Day with a special free admission day for all. Happy Mother’s Day from The Exploratorium. To celebrate, they’re hosting Día de las Madres. All mothers—and especially Mamás latinas—and their families are invited to a day of fun at the Exploratorium. To honor ...

Saturday, May 16

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, May 16 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Mission Science Workshop (Excelsior)
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF

Mission Science Workshop is a non-profit community science center that provides hands-on science activities for SF youth and families. Visit their monthly free Saturday open house program, where you can build toys and projects, hold snakes and lizards, and explore the collections of bones, fossils, ...Monthly

Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the Magnificent Great Blue Herons and Their Chicks at Stow Lake Nine Saturdays During the Spring Nesting Season in April, May and June. 2020 Season – 10 am to 1 pm: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, ...Every Saturday

2020 Free Lake Merritt Boat Rental Day | Oakland
Saturday, May 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*No experience necessary for most rentals except for sailboats. Rentals are for 1/2 hour.
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
2020 Free Lake Merritt Boat Rental Day | Oakland
The Lake Merritt Boating Center invites you to National Recreation & Parks Month with free boat rentals and an open house from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020. If past years are any indication, you can get ½ hour of free time floating around picturesque Lake ...
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, May 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...Monthly

Sunday, May 17

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, May 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Gill Tract Community Farm
UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany

Join the Farm for the monthly (3rd Sunday) gathering to work together growing organic vegetables and herbs. Harvest for the weekly Sunday farm stand, prepare beds, plant seedlings, weed, mulch and enjoy our green oasis in the heart of the East Bay. Get your hands ...Monthly