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Tuesday, April 21

The Free TV Studio Experience | Palo Alto
Tuesday, April 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for all ages.
| Midpen Media Center
The Free TV Studio Experience | Palo Alto
Want to try being a crew-member in a professionally equipped television studio? Ideas for making your own show or film? Want to help others make TV or videos? The Studio Experience is your ticket. Sign up and show up, and you can expect to have ...

Wednesday, April 22

Free 30-Minute “Weeknight Pasta” Italian Cooking Class on Instagram Live
Wednesday, April 22 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE
Free 30-Minute "Weeknight Pasta" Italian Cooking Class on Instagram Live

The Italian Cultural Institute presents Lunchtime with Viola Buitoni, five live streaming cooking classes. Starting April 1st, every Wednesday at 11:30 AM until the end of April, Viola Buitoni will hold 30 minutes lunchtime virtual classes on the everyday art of Italian cooking on our Instagram ...Every Wednesday

CANCELED: SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
CANCELED: SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled. SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Remembering the 3 Ms and FL A Talk with Steven Black and Don Herron Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level  Pioneering Bay Area science fiction and fantasy authors Miriam ...
Shaping SF Lecture: Clean Air Justice Discussion | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Clean Air Justice Discussion | SF
Social and environmental justice shapes the very air we breathe. Local players in the Bay Area are leading the nation—and in many cases the world—on setting policy, designing action plans for emissions reduction, and working with new technologies to identify and monitor hyperlocal hot spots ...
CANCELED: Bedtime Stories: A New Kind of Storytelling | SF
CANCELED: Bedtime Stories: A New Kind of Storytelling | SF

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled. Monthly

Friday, April 24

CANCELED: 2020 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 24 – May 3
Friday, April 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| All Over the Bay Area
CANCELED: 2020 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 24 - May 3

UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been cancelled for 2020. You may still check the website to see if  there are any artists and organizations will offer a virtual event.  Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 22nd anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, April 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, April 25

24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, April 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Omni Commons
24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of ...

Monday, April 27

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, April 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: 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, April 28

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, April 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

Sea Otter Conservation & Ecology in the 21st Century Talk | Sausalito
Tuesday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free. Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students
| Bay Model Visitor Center
Sea Otter Conservation & Ecology in the 21st Century Talk | Sausalito
Having nearly been forced to extinction throughout much of their range in the 18th and 19th centuries, sea otters have made a remarkable comeback. Through their recovery, we are learning new things about their basic biology and ecology, which is forcing coastal scientists and managers ...

Wednesday, April 29

Free 30-Minute Italian Cooking for Kids (Gnocchi) Live on Instagram
Wednesday, April 29 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE
Free 30-Minute Italian Cooking for Kids (Gnocchi) Live on Instagram

The Italian Cultural Institute presents Lunchtime with Viola Buitoni, five live streaming cooking classes. Starting April 1st, every Wednesday at 11:30 AM until the end of April, Viola Buitoni will hold 30 minutes lunchtime virtual classes on the everyday art of Italian cooking on our Instagram ...Every Wednesday

Friday, May 1

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, May 1 – 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; ...Monthly

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

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, May 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

Every first and third Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From ...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

Saturday, May 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 2 – 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 ...Monthly

Sunday, May 3

CANCELED: 2020 Bay Area Dance Week | Final Day
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| All Over the Bay Area
CANCELED: 2020 Bay Area Dance Week | Final Day

UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been cancelled for 2020. You may still check the website to see if  there are any artists and organizations will offer a virtual event.  Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 22nd anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | Lands End
City Star Party & Telescope Night | Lands End

The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers invite you to their next City Star Party, where you can take a gander at our universe through telescopes, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers, and get some tips about the night sky. Take in the view from San Francisco’s picturesque Land’s End or other ...

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

Thursday, May 7

Free Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley
Thursday, May 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Campbell Hall (UC Berkeley)
Free Rooftop Stargazing Party "Astro Night" | UC Berkeley

Astro Night is UC Berkeley’s free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held typically on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including ...

Friday, May 8

San Francisco History Days at The Mint | 2020
Friday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Historic San Francisco Mint
San Francisco History Days at The Mint | 2020

Explore San Francisco’s amazing history at the annual San Francisco History Expo as the Old Mint (built in 1874) becomes a series of pop-up museums of San Francisco history with more than 120 exhibitors. 2020 San Francisco History Days Friday Evening, May 8, 2020 Saturday, May ...

Saturday, May 9

2020 San Francisco History Days | Old Mint
Saturday, May 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Historic San Francisco Mint
2020 San Francisco History Days | Old Mint

Explore San Francisco’s amazing history at the annual San Francisco History Expo as the Old Mint (built in 1874) becomes a series of pop-up museums of San Francisco history with more than 120 exhibitors. 2020 San Francisco History Days Friday Evening, May 8, 2020 Saturday, May ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, May 9 – 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 some ...Monthly

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, May 9 – 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 ...Monthly

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, May 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument

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 ...Monthly

Sunday, May 10

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, May 10 – 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 ...Monthly