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Tuesday, October 22

Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss: Tips & Tactics | SF
Tuesday, October 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mechanics' Institute
Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss: Tips & Tactics | SF
The path to a perfect checkmate is possible with the advice and techniques of a Grand Master player in this informative and accessible chess book. You already know just how enjoyable–and challenging–the game of chess can be. For those who play, chess leads to a lifetime ...
“Thomas Fuller” Speaks at the Library | SF Main Library
Tuesday, October 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
"Thomas Fuller" Speaks at the Library | SF Main Library
Thomas Fuller, NY Times Bureau Chief for SF will speak about his work covering the Bay Area for the Times, what stories have stood out for him, and his other work as a journalist. Bring your questions and discuss what’s happening in the City with him.

Wednesday, October 23

Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, October 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Adira Dance & Costume
Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose

In preparation for their attempt to set the Guinness World Record with their version of Thrill the World, Adira Dance & Costume will be offering free Thriller dance classes at their dance studio in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood from 7-8 pm every Wednesday from September 4 to ...Every Wednesday

Thursday, October 24

“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral
Thursday, October 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and open to all; registration on arrival.
| Grace Cathedral
"LINES" Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral

A free series of dance workshops hosted by Grace Cathedral and the 2019 Artist in Residence Alonzo King, every 2nd & 4th Thursday from June 13 – August 22, 2019 at 1 pm. Alonzo King LINES Ballet welcomes the PD community with an authentic and ...Monthly

Rooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF
Thursday, October 24 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Rooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF

Fingersnaps Media Arts will show you how to scratch, sample, loop, and edit music in this hands-on tutorial every Thursday at the Main Plaza. Recommended for ages 10 and up.Every Thursday

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | SF
Thursday, October 24 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Bay Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | SF
On October 24, 2019 at 3:30 pm, learn about the significance and social purpose of masks from different regions of Mexico and construct your own 2D/3D masks with The Mexican Museum. For ages 5 and older.
Cyberspace NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Cyberspace NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
This week at NightLife, we’re exploring the many sides of the internet: the good, the bad, and the meme-worthy. Catch a screening of the internet’s funniest, most dramatic, and awww!-worthy cat videos in CatVideoFest, the offline celebration of online cat videos. Step inside the “dark web” with ...
Win Tix: NY Times in San Francisco: “5G and The Future” Panel | SoMa
Thursday, October 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP required. Limited to 2 tickets per person
| Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
The New York Times comes to San Francisco for an exclusive conversation and panel with industry leaders on the future of 5G. Cade Metz, technology correspondent for The New York Times, moderates a panel discussion in San Francisco exploring how faster and more intelligent connectivity will ...
SFMOMA”s “Soft Power” Artists Discussion | SF
SFMOMA"s "Soft Power" Artists Discussion | SF

Timely and provocative, Soft Power is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can ...

Win Tix: “Reimagine” Opening Night: Art, Music & Conversation | SF
Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Sydney Goldstein Theater
Opening Night kicks off the festival with a showcase of some of SF’s luminaries and most incredible creators, including author Anne Lamott with Anna Sale of Death, Sex & Money. Thursday night will also feature a  stunning visual symphony by Angelica Ekeke, legendary spoken-word poet Bob Holman, poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, ...

Friday, October 25

Bay Area Science Festival 2019 | Oct. 25 – Nov. 2
Friday, October 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Science Festival 2019 | Oct. 25 - Nov. 2

Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the Bay Area Science Festival returns to San Francisco for two weeks of science and technology lectures, games, art exhibits, workshops, hands-on activities and more at locations throughout the Bay Area. 2019 Bay Area Science Festival October 25-November 2, ...

Bay Area Science Festival: Community Creek Zoo Adventure | Oakland
Friday, October 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| Arroyo Viejo Creek
Bay Area Science Festival: Community Creek Zoo Adventure | Oakland
Come spend an afternoon exploring the pristine Arroyo Viejo Creek and discovering the many wild species of plants and animals that live in the wild spaces within our own urban community. Learn how to submit your wildlife pictures to help exciting citizen/community projects being conducted ...
2019 Halloween Trunk or Treat & Live Music | Mill Valley
Friday, October 25 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mill Valley Community Center
2019 Halloween Trunk or Treat & Live Music | Mill Valley
Join for a day of trick or treating, live music and more on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4 pm, at the Mill Valley Recreation. Please note the full event details including the event schedule and lineup are not yet available, as of October 10, 2019,  
Friday Nights at OMCA: Halloween Festive Dance Party & Live Music | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Halloween Festive Dance Party & Live Music | Oakland

Get ready for Halloween, OMCA-styl. Don your favorite costume and practice your best moves for a festive dance party. Get crafty with hands-on activities for kids and enjoy a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for ...Every Friday

UCSF Neuroscape Lab Tour | Mission Bay
Friday, October 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sandler Neurosciences Center
UCSF Neuroscape Lab Tour | Mission Bay
The Bay Area Science Festival presents the UCSF Neuroscape Lab Tour, a free showcase of state-of-the-art technology used for research on brain functions and malfunctions, such as virtual reality, motion capture, 3-D brain activity visualizations. All ages welcome. Registration required.
Free Swing Dance Class on SF’s Rooftop Park | SF
Friday, October 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Free Swing Dance Class on SF's Rooftop Park | SF

Dust off your dancing shoes. Shimmytown brings a live band and professional Lindy Hop dance instructors. Free Swing Dance Class on SF’s Rooftop Park Friday, August 23, September 27, October 25, 2019 |  pm to  pm Salesforce Park (Main Plaza), 425 Mission St., San Francisco FREE ...

Annual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany
Friday, October 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Albany Community Center
Annual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany
Calling all ghosts and ghouls, and join the annual Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family down to the Albany Community Center for games, activities, cookie decorating, and prizes galore. It’s sure to be a scary good time for all. Activities Include: Spooky Arts & Crafts Creepy Cookie Decoration Ghoulish ...
Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, October 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books

Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are ...Monthly

Saturday, October 26

Science Day at the Consulate of Mexico | SoMa
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Consulate General of Mexico
Science Day at the Consulate of Mexico | SoMa
The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco is hosting its first-ever Science Day. Experience hands-on activities in Spanish, led by scientists and engineers from UC Berkeley, UCSF, and NASA. Learn about your brain, be a science illustrator, explore space, and so much more! Presented in ...
2019 World Veg Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*$10 regular admission, $5 students and seniors.
| Hall of Flowers
2019 World Veg Festival | Golden Gate Park

For 20 years the San Francisco Veg Society has been organizing the World Veg Festival to educate and inspire more people about the benefits of plant-based lifestyle for healthy, ethic, and sustainable living. 2019 World Veg Festival Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10 am to ...

2019 North Bay Science Discovery Day | Santa Rosa
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Sonoma County Fairgrounds
2019 North Bay Science Discovery Day | Santa Rosa
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to experience and explore science around the North Bay, from energy to the environment, from bees to black lights, from eating liquid nitrogen ice cream to dissecting a squid on October 26, 2019 from 10 am to ...
International Archaeology Day at the Presidio | SF
Saturday, October 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Archaeology Field Station ( Presidio Officers)
International Archaeology Day at the Presidio | SF
Help Presidio Trust archaeologists celebrate International Archaeology Day with a variety of activities and events for all ages. Meet archaeologists from around the Bay Area, and take a look behind the scenes in the Presidio Archaeology Lab. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Bay ...
Bay Area Science Festival: STEAM at the Library | Redwood City
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| Redwood City Public Library
Bay Area Science Festival: STEAM at the Library | Redwood City
Come enjoy a day of STEAM at the Redwood City Public Library. With ten hands-on exhibits, both inside and in front of the library, families can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in an interactive environment. There will have local experts to answer questions ...
2019 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Hayward
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cal State East Bay
2019 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Hayward
Come enjoy a showcase of science, technology, and engineering led by businesses, museums, and universities from the East Bay and beyond on October 26, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm. With hands-on, interactive science booths and live science demos, you can explore STEM fields, engage ...
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Latin Jazz, Salsa Music Demo & Concert | SF
Saturday, October 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Western Addition Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Latin Jazz, Salsa Music Demo & Concert | SF
One of San Francisco’s premiere youth ensembles presents a special concert and demonstration of the rhythms and instruments used in Latin jazz and salsa music on October 26, 2019 at 3 pm. An informational discussion about the music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America ...

Sunday, October 27

Bay Area Science Festival: “Mathapalooza” Puzzle, Magic & Games | SF
Sunday, October 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| Don Fisher Clubhouse
Bay Area Science Festival: "Mathapalooza" Puzzle, Magic & Games | SF
Explore the wonder of mathematics, art, performance and magic. Spend the afternoon exploring puzzles and games, and engaging with mathematics through magic tricks, movement and visual art. You will be amazed at the beauty of mathematics and how it shows up everywhere in their lives.
2019 Pumpkin Carving Party, Free Cider & Cookies | SF
Sunday, October 27 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring your own pumpkin.
| Sunnyside Conservatory
2019 Pumpkin Carving Party, Free Cider & Cookies | SF
The Sunnyside Conservatory invites you to their annual Pumpkin Carving Party on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm. Carve, chat, and enjoy complimentary hot cider and Halloween cookies. Bring your own pumpkin. Pumpkin carving kits and tools will be provided, including tools for older children. San Francisco’s ...

Monday, October 28

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, October 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley

Join in for a conversation with scientists from Cal. Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research. With new guest lecturers each month, come learn about ...Monthly

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, October 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
| Club 21
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...Monthly

Tuesday, October 29

2019 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi, Costumes & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 29 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Farmers' Market
2019 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi, Costumes & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Honor passed loved ones and ancestors at the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring a number of hands-on activities for the whole family on October 29, 2019, from 2:30-6:30 pm. Bring your family and something for the altar, lovingly built by Ecology Center Staff. Plan to stay ...