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Sunday, January 19

MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 21 Free Tours
MLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 21 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 Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, January 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...Monthly

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, January 19 – 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

2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival | SF
Sunday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival | SF

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) is a free, three-day festival that celebrates the creativity of people of color in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture ...

2020 SF Fresh Festival: Power & Gender Talk, Dance & Dessert | SF
Sunday, January 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
| ODC Dance Commons
2020 SF Fresh Festival: Power & Gender Talk, Dance & Dessert | SF
An evening for women and non-binary dancers. Free event. Bring a dessert if possible
2020 Dance Hack Festival: Performance Showcase | SF
Sunday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: $10 | CounterPULSE
2020 Dance Hack Festival: Performance Showcase | SF

DanceHack is back for year six. This year’s showcase will feature never-before-seen performance, installations, and dance— all generated within 48 hours of transdisciplinary collaboration among Bay Area artists. DanceHackSF is an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another ...

Monday, January 20

Family Game Day | San Carlos
Monday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| All Over San Carlos
Family Game Day | San Carlos
Since its inception in 1999, the Week of the Family Committee has designated the Monday of the week as a time reserved for families to stay at home and do something specifically with their family. It is hoped that reserving a set time each week ...
MLK Day San Francisco History Walks | 11 Free Tours
MLK Day San Francisco History Walks | 11 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 ...

MLK Celebration at de Young Museum | SF
MLK Celebration at de Young Museum | SF
NORCALMLK and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a day celebrating the contributions and stories from the African American community with programming in connection with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and the special exhibition Revelations: Art from the African American South. Enjoy free ...
Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
Monday, January 20 – 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 20, 2020 | 11 am ...
2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Monday, January 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Participants in groups of ten or more (10+) are encouraged to register.
| San Francisco Caltrain Station
2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Update: Please be advised that the march starts 11:00 am and not 9:30 am as previously listed. Join thousands in honoring the Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama marches at the MLK2020 commemorative march/parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King ...
2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF
Monday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | City View at Metreon
2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) is a free, three-day festival that celebrates the creativity of people of color in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture ...

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, January 20 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...Monthly

Wednesday, January 22

Power & the People: Discussion on The U.S. Census | SF
Wednesday, January 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP
| Sutro Library
Power & the People: Discussion on The U.S. Census | SF
Join us for a discussion on the U.S. Census, why it matters, and its historical context presented by the curators of the UC Berkeley Library Census Exhibit. The talk includes major topics covered in the exhibit such as Race/Ethnicity issues through census history; measuring immigration; the ...

Thursday, January 23

Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Get a second chance to kick off the new year when NightLife rings in the Year of the Rat with a night devoted to Lunar New Year traditions. Begin the celebration with a powerful lion dance performance and ceremony by SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, ...
2020 Fresh Festival: Dance, Music, Performance | Final Day
Thursday, January 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
| Brava Theater
2020 Fresh Festival: Dance, Music, Performance | Final Day

FRESH Exchanges are community oriented and organized social and interactive events created to cultivate, invigorate and cross-pollinate experimental dance, music and performance artists and audiences. These include live music events, roundtable talks, artist input and audience feedback sessions, writing and reading circles, improvisation jams and ...

Friday, January 24

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books
Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF

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, January 25

San Francisco City Job Fair 2020 | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco County Fair Building
San Francisco City Job Fair 2020 | Golden Gate Park
San Francisco Recreation and Parks, along with other government agencies will host the final in a series of three Saturday job fairs this month, Saturday, January 25th at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Job training resources and information will also be available. For ...
“Art of the African Diaspora” Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk | Richmond
Saturday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
"Art of the African Diaspora" Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk | Richmond
Please join for a special Artists’ Talk with KaliMa Amilak, Zoë Boston, and Abi Mustapha. Amilak, Boston and Mustapha are the Artistic Achievement Awardees for Art of the African Diaspora 2020. The Talk will be followed by the Opening Reception for Art of the African Diaspora, ...
“Art of the African Diaspora” Winter Exhibitions Reception | Richmond
Saturday, January 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
"Art of the African Diaspora" Winter Exhibitions Reception | Richmond
Join for the opening of the Winter Exhibitions. Art of the African Disapora, The Future is Fluid and Right Here, Right Now, Richmond.

Sunday, January 26

Lunar New Year Celebration at Westfield San Francisco Centre | 2020
Sunday, January 26 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
Lunar New Year Celebration at Westfield San Francisco Centre | 2020
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends and family on January 26th from 2 pm-4 pm under the Historic Dome located on the 4th floor of Westfield SF Centre with bites, crafting, performances, and more.
Free Macy’s Cooking Demo: ReGrained w/ Philip Saneski | SF
Sunday, January 26 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Free Macy’s Cooking Demo: ReGrained w/ Philip Saneski | SF
Come to Macy’s Union Square for a cooking presentation with Chef Philip Saneski, VP of Product for Regrained, a company dedicated to upcycling and utilizing nutritious grains from brewed beer. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Serving up good health. For more healthy recipes, visit foodforhealth.kp.org.

Monday, January 27

Nerd Nite East Bay: Digital Immortality & New Synthetic Biology | Oakland
Monday, January 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
| The Uptown Nightclub
Nerd Nite East Bay: Digital Immortality & New Synthetic Biology | 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, January 28

2020 International Data Privacy Day | SF
Tuesday, January 28 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| LinkedIn Corporation (SF)
2020 International Data Privacy Day | SF
Recent years have been transformational for privacy. In the wake of GDPR, governments around the country, and around the world, are enacting privacy laws and regulations. Data Privacy Day 2020 will bring together experts on U.S. and international privacy to delve deep into the global wave ...
“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, January 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

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, January 28 – 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, January 29

Shaping SF Lecture: Money for AIDS, Not For War | SF
Wednesday, January 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Money for AIDS, Not For War | SF
The “Money for AIDS, Not for War” ritual/protest was held 35 years ago by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, on September 23, 1984, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San Francisco. It was the first recorded use of ...

Thursday, January 30

How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
New year can-do: Let NightLife help you be a better you with a night of how-to, hands-on demos, and workshops. Go home armed with both useful crafts and new skills for “adulting.” Ripped jacket? Instructors from WorkshopSF will be on-hand to show you how to repair your clothing artfully ...
Butterfly Effect: Free Climate Crisis Circle & Symposium | SF
Thursday, January 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.
| Dance Mission Theater
Butterfly Effect: Free Climate Crisis Circle & Symposium | SF
As part of our Butterfly Effect  programing,  Dance Mission / Dance Brigade has gathered righteous earth justice warriors and revolutionary thinkers and doers to talk about actions and solutions to combat the climate emergency with community.  We need your voice. At a time when we could all ...