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Thursday, October 3

Rooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF
Thursday, October 3 – 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

Sharktoberfest NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Sharktoberfest NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist. Sip your way through a pop-up beer hall with libations on tap from a dozen local breweries and get a crash course in shark science and conservation with short talks ...

Queer Board Match: LGBTQ+ Nonprofits Meet-up & Free Workshop | SF
Thursday, October 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Yelp HQ
Queer Board Match: LGBTQ+ Nonprofits Meet-up & Free Workshop | SF
Interested in learning more about nonprofit board service? Come and meet with local LGBTQ+ nonprofits and find out how to get involved. TurnOut Queer Board Match brings together a range of San Francisco Bay Area LGBTQ+ nonprofits who are looking to expand and diversify their ...
Betabrand Podcast: Muni Diaries | Mission Dist.
Thursday, October 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $5 | Betabrand
Betabrand Podcast: Muni Diaries | Mission Dist.
Muni Diaries Presents: Hidden San Francisco We uncovered thousands of Muni stories by exploring every nook and cranny—ew, not literally—of the commuter experience. Our next step is doing the same about the entire city. Those of you who’ve been following our podcast know this as our ...
Free Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley
Thursday, October 3 – 7:00 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, October 4

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, October 4 – 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, October 4 – 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

Come experience the 3rd Annual Sculpture on Wheels Car Show at the MAH as a stop on the First Friday Art Tour, beginning August 2, 2019. Event Highlights: Check out all the sickest cars and coolest low riders up in Abbott Square and down Cooper ...Monthly

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, October 4 – 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, October 4 – 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

Workshop First Fridays | SF
Friday, October 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Workshop (SF)
Workshop First Fridays | SF

Every first Friday, WorkshopSF hosts an open house, party with DIY, art, fun and community. It’s a chance to preview classes, see the space, and just hang out with neighborhood peeps. All are welcome. Workshop First Fridays Every 1st Friday | 7 pm Workshop, 1798 ...Monthly

Saturday, October 5

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, October 5 – 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

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | SF
Saturday, October 5 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Visitacion Valley Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | SF
On October 5, 2019 at 2 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.
Win Tix: Mexican Sugar Skull Decorating Art Class 2019 | Finnish Hall
Saturday, October 5 – 2:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*25% Off
| Finnish Hall
Breathtaking colorful Sugar Skulls have long been part of the Mexican culture. They are often used as decorations on graves and altars during Dia de Los Muertos or Day of Dead. Dive into the rich history of the sugar skulls tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist ...

Sunday, October 6

2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party | SF
Sunday, October 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party | SF

The popular 1st Sundays Block Party returns for the 2019 season. Enjoy free family-friendly games, street food, music, a craft market, DIY activities, and interactive art installation. 2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party 1st Sundays, July 7 to October 6, 2019 | 11 am to ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | Pier 17
City Star Party & Telescope Night | Pier 17

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 ...

Tuesday, October 8

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, October 8 – 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 ...Monthly

Wednesday, October 9

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 30 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior ...Monthly

Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, October 9 – 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 10

“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral
Thursday, October 10 – 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 10 – 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

NightLife Live: Nick Hakim at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
NightLife Live: Nick Hakim at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
See the final installment of our NightLife LIVE 2019 summer music series with a performance in the West Garden from Nick Hakim. Co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership with DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel’s, and artist-in-residency Maggie West. NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and ...

Friday, October 11

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019
Friday, October 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019

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 ...Monthly

Saturday, October 12

Meet LGBTQIA Vendors & Free Workshop: Queer Street Marketplace | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| San Francisco LGBT Community Center
Meet LGBTQIA Vendors & Free Workshop: Queer Street Marketplace | SF
October is Economic Justice Month at the SF LGBT Center. During this month, we have a variety of events including a job fair, financial literacy workshops, and many more. As part of the EJM, October 12 is our Small Business Day. We will have our ...
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 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, October 12 – 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

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Milagros & Rain Sticks Craft Making | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This project is appropriate for ages 4–14; younger kids may need assistance from a parent/guardian.
| Visitacion Valley Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Milagros & Rain Sticks Craft Making | SF
On October 12, 2019 at 2 pm, celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with a hands-on exploration of tools and craft. Join MCD to create and personalize milagros and rain sticks, using a variety of processes and materials. This project is appropriate for ages 4–14; younger kids may ...
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 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 ...Monthly

Sunday, October 13

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, October 13 – 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 ...Monthly

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, October 13 – 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

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Sunday, October 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

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 interspersed with periods of ...