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Tuesday, June 16

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, June 16 – 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

Wednesday, June 17

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, June 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
"Biblio Bistro" Farmers' Market Cooking School | UN Plaza

Wondering how to prepare the beautiful produce that our local farmers are growing and selling at the Farmers Market? Come check out a live demonstration of how to sauté a featured vegetable at the Heart of the City Farmers Market with Biblio Bistro, the Library’s mobile ...Monthly

“Your Body in Balance” Free Lecture & Book Signing | SF
Wednesday, June 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
| Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
"Your Body in Balance" Free Lecture & Book Signing | SF
Join Neal Barnard, MD, in San Francisco for a free educational lecture and book signing to celebrate the debut of his new book, Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. Hear about the surprising effects that foods have on our hormones—and ...
Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, June 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Rickshaw Stop
Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop

What happens when geeks take over a rock club for an evening of drinking and presentations? Find out at Nerd Nite, 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 ...Monthly

Thursday, June 18

Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch
Thursday, June 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*Free with admission. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students/Senior $6.00.
| Museum of Craft and Design
Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch

Design your night at Make. On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects.  Enjoy hands-on art activities and crafts, artist-led happy hours, films, tours, performances and much more. Each month features ...Monthly

Friday, June 19

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, June 19 – 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

Saturday, June 20

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, June 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...Monthly

Sunday, June 21

2020 Berkeley Juneteenth Music Festival | East Bay
Sunday, June 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Adeline-Alcatraz Corridor
2020 Berkeley Juneteenth Music Festival | East Bay
The 33rd Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival is on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020 , from 11 am to 7 pm, on Alcatraz in south Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline. On June 19th (shortened to JUNETEENTH), former enslaved citizens flooded the streets, rejoicing in their newly discovered freedom. ...

Wednesday, June 24

Bedtime Stories: A New Kind of Storytelling | SF
Bedtime Stories: A New Kind of Storytelling | SF

Bedtime Stories is a monthly salon of words, voices, and the creations our performers use them for. Poetry, comedy, music, drag, – anything can happen. Snuggle up with us every fourth Wednesday in a cozy corner of SF’s nightlife, The Eagle, for provocative performances, midnight ...Monthly

Monday, June 29

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, June 29 – 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, June 30

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, June 30 – 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, July 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 Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa FREE (RSVP requested but not required) $5 ...Monthly

Thursday, July 2

Free Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley
Thursday, July 2 – 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, July 3

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, July 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; ...Monthly

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, July 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 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, July 4

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, July 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 ...Monthly

Saturday, August 8

2020 Peace Lantern Ceremony | Berkeley
Saturday, August 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Aquatic Park (Berkeley)
2020 Peace Lantern Ceremony | Berkeley

Decorate free candlelight peace lanterns to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) at this Japanese-style peace event. In Japan and around the world, people will gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance ...

Tuesday, September 15

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Dublin
Tuesday, September 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dublin Branch Library
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Dublin

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Monday, September 28

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | San Jose
Monday, September 28 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Biblioteca Latino Americano Branch Library
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | San Jose

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Tuesday, September 29

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Castro Valley
Tuesday, September 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Castro Valley Library
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Castro Valley

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Monday, October 5

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | San Jose
Monday, October 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Alum Rock Library
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | San Jose

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Tuesday, October 13

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Sonoma
Tuesday, October 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sonoma Community Center
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Sonoma

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Tuesday, October 20

The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Union City
Tuesday, October 20 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union City Library
The History & Creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls Free Art Lecture | Union City

Free and for the General Public 1 hour art lecture on the History and creation of Mexican Sugar Skulls in North America. Lecture and hands on demonstration will be taught by acclaimed artist: Diego Marcial Rios.

Wednesday, December 31

2018 SFUSD Students Exhibit Gallery Arts Festival: Final Day | SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
2018 SFUSD Students Exhibit Gallery Arts Festival: Final Day | SF

Come see student-created visual, literary, media, and performing arts at the Asian Art Museum from March 14-21, 2018 in the Annual San Francisco Unified School District Arts Festival. For the past 32 years this unique San Francisco event has been a point of destination for ...