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Friday, July 19

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, July 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, July 20

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Mission Science Workshop (Excelsior)
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF

Mission Science Workshop is a non-profit community science center that provides hands-on science activities for SF youth and families. Visit their monthly free Saturday open house program, where you can build toys and projects, hold snakes and lizards, and explore the collections of bones, fossils, ...Monthly

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, July 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...Monthly

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, July 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...Monthly

Sunday, July 21

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, July 21 – 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

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, July 21 – 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

“Free to Fly” Bandaloop’s Wall Dancing Test Flights | Oakland
Sunday, July 21 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bandaloop Studio
"Free to Fly" Bandaloop's Wall Dancing Test Flights | Oakland

Get a free test flight at BANDALOOP: float in the air and dance on walls. No experience necessary. Open house: first come, first served. One session per person per year. All gear will be provided. Sessions are at 1 pm and at 2 pm.

Monday, July 22

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, July 22 – 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

Friday, July 26

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, July 26 – 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

Thursday, August 1

Free Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley
Thursday, August 1 – 8:00 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, August 2

Workshop First Fridays | SF
Friday, August 2 – 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

Thursday, August 8

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 ...

Friday, August 9

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019
Friday, August 9 – 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, August 10

Pistahan 2019: Filipino Cultural Festival & Parade | SF
Saturday, August 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center (SF)
Pistahan 2019: Filipino Cultural Festival & Parade | SF

Celebrate the Pistahan Parade & Festival in San Francisco on August 10 and 11. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the Pistahan Parade and Festival. The the two-day event ...

2019 Presidio Kite Festival | SF
2019 Presidio Kite Festival | SF
Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite happening at the Presidio Main Parade Ground. Presidio Kite Expo Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE – an RSVP is appreciated, but not required. (Free kites are available ...

Friday, August 16

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, August 16 – 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, August 17

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at ...

Monday, August 19

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, August 19 – 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, August 21

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, August 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10 | 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

Monday, August 26

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, August 26 – 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, August 28

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at ...

Thursday, September 5

City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio
Thursday, September 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Presidio Parade Grounds
City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio

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 ...

Free Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley
Thursday, September 5 – 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 ...

Saturday, September 7

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at ...

Sunday, September 8

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2019
Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2019
Northern California’s second largest pride parade and festival is on Sunday, September 8th, 2019. Oakland kicks off their annual Pride celebration with a Pride Parade at 11 am. The celebration continues in Uptown Oakland for the Pride Festival from 11 am to 7 pm with more than six city blocks of ...
2019 San Jose Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, September 8 – All Day | Cost: $12*
*Tickets are $12 in advance for adults and $8 for children. Kids under 3 are free.
| History Park San Jose in Kelley Park
2019 San Jose Mini Maker Faire
Check out some of the coolest inventors, innovators, exhibitors, creators, tinkerers, hobbyists, crafters, artists and young Makers in Santa Clara Valley at the 2019 San José Mini Maker Faire. What is a Maker Faire? Part of the global Maker Faire network created by Make magazine, Maker ...

Wednesday, October 2

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at ...

Thursday, October 3

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 ...

Sunday, October 6

“Free to Fly” Bandaloop’s Wall Dancing Test Flights | Oakland
Sunday, October 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bandaloop Studio
"Free to Fly" Bandaloop's Wall Dancing Test Flights | Oakland

Get a free test flight at BANDALOOP: float in the air and dance on walls. No experience necessary. Open house: first come, first served. One session per person per year. All gear will be provided. Sessions are at 1 pm and at 2 pm.

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 ...