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Friday, July 27

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Friday, July 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, July 27 – 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 ...

“Dancing Under the Stars” Dancers of Inspiration & Love | Jack London Square
Friday, July 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Dancers of Inspiration & Love | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars. Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. 2018 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer 2018 | 7:30 pm Jack ...

Saturday, July 28

2018 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason
Saturday, July 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
2018 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason

Join thousands of runners and spectators at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Race Expo and experience the best in running, health, and nutrition. Over 27,500 runners and over 80,000 spectators will fill the city on race day. The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon is more than ...

2018 Kidsfest “Pirates” Art Party: Crafts, Live Music & Fun Games | Oakland
Saturday, July 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | FLAX Art & Design (Oakland)
2018 Kidsfest "Pirates" Art Party: Crafts, Live Music & Fun Games | Oakland
Join FLAX for their annual Kidsfest, a free day of discovery, imagination, and learning for children and their parents from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The 2018 theme is Camp Flax. Indulge in the California Camp experience. Make sure to dress up and ...
Free Conservatory Curiosities Paul Bourbin: “The Orchid Doctor” | Conservatory of Flowers
Free Conservatory Curiosities Paul Bourbin: "The Orchid Doctor" | Conservatory of Flowers
Are your Miltonia orchids a mess and your Phaelaenopsis failing to bloom? Whatever ails your orchid, the Conservatory’s Doctor can help. Conservatory volunteer Paul Bourbin has been in the business of growing and rescuing orchids for 30 years. He’ll offer repotting demonstrations, plant identification, and tips for caring for ...
Robotics Competition Series Final Day: 3D Modeling Workshop | South SF
Saturday, July 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*free
| South San Francisco Main Library
Robotics Competition Series Final Day: 3D Modeling Workshop | South SF

Robots are taking over SSFPL in July. Take part in this fun robotics series that they are hosting at Main. Don’t worry about bringing any materials with you because they’ve got you covered. Since resources are limited, please be sure to register ASAP to claim ...

Sunday, July 29

2018 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason
Sunday, July 29 – 12:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
2018 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason

Join thousands of runners and spectators at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Race Expo and experience the best in running, health, and nutrition. Over 27,500 runners and over 80,000 spectators will fill the city on race day. The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon is more than ...

Monday, July 30

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, July 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
| 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 ...

Tuesday, July 31

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, July 31 – 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. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Wednesday, August 1

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 | 2 pm to 5 pm Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa FREE ...

“Dancing Under the Stars” Oakland Night, Street Culture & Hip Hop | Jack London Square
Wednesday, August 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Oakland Night, Street Culture & Hip Hop | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars. Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. 2018 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer 2018 | 7:30 pm Jack ...

Friday, August 3

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, August 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, August 3 – 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 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 highlights ...

Saturday, August 4

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, August 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

Free Conservatory Curiosities Foldscope: “Microcosmic Explorations” | Conservatory of Flowers
Free Conservatory Curiosities Foldscope: "Microcosmic Explorations" | Conservatory of Flowers
The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily. It is durable and pocket-sized, allowing you to do microscopy anywhere at anytime. Join us for an afternoon of microcosmic explorations outside the Conservatory of Flowers. We will dive into the ...

Sunday, August 5

2018 Civic Center Commons 1st Sundays Block Party | SF
Sunday, August 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2018 Civic Center Commons 1st Sundays Block Party | SF

Join first Sundays of the month for a block party in Civic Center Commons. This family-friendly event will feature recreational activities for all ages, brunchy food and drinks from Off the Grid, a DJ, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, August 5 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Mateo Japanese American Center
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo

San Mateo Kabuki Club is a well-established group that holds classes on the first Sunday of every month, focusing on Kabuki performances on film. Classes are open to the public. The group is led by two very passionate and knowledgeable experts on Kabuki. Films are ...

Thursday, August 9

Kids Craft with Sophie’s World | South SF
Thursday, August 9 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Grand Ave. Branch Library
Kids Craft with Sophie's World | South SF

Spend your summer crafting with Sophie’s World.  For July and August,  Sophie Maletsky, of Sophie’s World, uses her sixteen years of experience to come up with great new ways to entertain children. From crafts to activities, and games to parties, to songs and silliness, she ...

Friday, August 10

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, August 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to the first San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at community centers throughout the entire city of San José. SJ Neighbor Nights ...

“Dancing Under the Stars” Vogue (Madonna Night) | Jack London Square
Friday, August 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Vogue (Madonna Night) | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars. Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. 2018 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer 2018 | 7:30 pm Jack ...

Saturday, August 11

Pistahan 2018: Filipino Cultural Festival & Parade | SF
Saturday, August 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center (SF)
Pistahan 2018: Filipino Cultural Festival & Parade | SF

Experience a massive celebration of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the annual 25th Pistahan Parade & Festival in San Francisco. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, August 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The School Farm
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF

  Come join a volunteer work party at The School Farm every second Saturday from noon to 4 pm to lend a hand and learn about farm work. All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even for moral support and comic relief. They will provide ...

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, August 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location
Free Beginner Parkour "Urban Ninja" Class

SF Parkour hosts a free Beginner’s Parkour Class at noon on the second Saturday of each month. It is geared towards first timers and lasts 1.5 hours. Location: Each month the location rotates through Sunnyvale, UC Berkeley and the Embarcadero in SF. Please check the ...

Free Conservatory Curiosities Sutro Stewards: “Exploring Native Plants” | Conservatory of Flowers
Free Conservatory Curiosities Sutro Stewards: "Exploring Native Plants" | Conservatory of Flowers
Sutro Stewards work to conserve habitat through ecological restoration and native plant propagation while building trails for multi-use recreation in the UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve.
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, August 11 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument
"Sketchboard": Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...

Sunday, August 12

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, August 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, August 12 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge
"Sunday Assembly" Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View

“Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More” is the motto for Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV), an international community movement that celebrates life. The radically inclusive SASV is a secular and service nonprofit that celebrates life, welcomes all people and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. It aims ...

Tuesday, August 14

Kids Craft with Sophie’s World Final Day | South SF
Tuesday, August 14 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Kids Craft with Sophie's World Final Day | South SF

Spend your summer crafting with Sophie’s World.  For July and August,  Sophie Maletsky, of Sophie’s World, uses her sixteen years of experience to come up with great new ways to entertain children. From crafts to activities, and games to parties, to songs and silliness, she ...

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, August 14 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

Green is the topic. Drinks the excuse. The San Francisco North Bay comes to this mixer to network with local business folks living and working as green as they can. Check the calendar for their high caliber guest speakers. You’ll love the incredible selection of ...