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Monday, October 14

Rooftop Gardening for a Sustainable SF | Salesforce Park
Monday, October 14 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Rooftop Gardening for a Sustainable SF | Salesforce Park

A series of discussions and workshops led by staff of the San Francisco Botanical Garden focusing on simple, economical, and effective ways to make the most of your garden while improving our environment. Topics will include gardening with native plants, plants for bees and other ...

Rooftop Drum Circle in Salesforce Park | SF
Monday, October 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Rooftop Drum Circle in Salesforce Park | SF

Join your neighbours for “hands-on”, interactive group drumming and rhythm lead by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events, held every 2nd Monday.Monthly

Tuesday, October 15

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: “We Are La Cocina” Book Lecture | SF Main Library
Tuesday, October 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: "We Are La Cocina" Book Lecture | SF Main Library
This cookbook offers home cooks a glimpse into the world of La Cocina, and the world around. We are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream, features 40 stories from the women who have used their talent and their food to pursue economic ...

Wednesday, October 16

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, October 16 – 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

Free Astronomy Lecture | Castro
Wednesday, October 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Randall Museum
Free Astronomy Lecture | Castro

Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines and they present to SFAA Members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs. Held in the Randall Museum Theater on the third Wednesday of every month, ...Monthly

Thursday, October 17

Rooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF
Thursday, October 17 – 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

“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF
Thursday, October 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
| Museum of Craft and Design
"Make" Summer Parklet Art Party | SF

On the third Thursday of each month stay out late with the Museum of Craft and Design and collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects. Enjoy hands on takeaways that preview the upcoming shows, including Macon Reed ...Monthly

Friday, October 18

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, October 18 – 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, October 19

2019 Fall Harvest Festival: Cooking Demo, Pop-up Sukkot & Seasonal Craft | SF
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
2019 Fall Harvest Festival: Cooking Demo, Pop-up Sukkot & Seasonal Craft | SF
Join the JCCSF on the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s back plaza to celebrate Sukkot, a fall harvest festival. Enjoy the harvest bounty with seasonal crafts, cooking demos and other fun all-ages activities. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event that includes a special opportunity to ...
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, October 19 – 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, October 19 – 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

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, October 19 – 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

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, October 19 – 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

Lit Crawl 2019: Epic 4-Hour Roaming Literature Festival | Mission District
Lit Crawl 2019: Epic 4-Hour Roaming Literature Festival | Mission District
The 2019 LitCrawl will span over three hours in the Mission District’s Valencia Street corridor, featuring dozens of literary readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator store, and a police ...

Sunday, October 20

Free Youth Community Day: AfroComicCon 2019 | Oakland
Sunday, October 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Dept. of Make Believe and Chapter 510
Free Youth Community Day: AfroComicCon 2019 | Oakland
This event is free and open to youth and families. “BLAM” stands for (Black, Latino, Asian, Manifested) presents the third annual AfroComicCon, is an educational Free comic con event, for youth and families. This event is a comic book, art, writing and film convention, which ...
UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, October 20 – 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, October 20 – 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

Monday, October 21

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

Tuesday, October 22

Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss: Tips & Tactics | SF
Tuesday, October 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mechanics' Institute
Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss: Tips & Tactics | SF
The path to a perfect checkmate is possible with the advice and techniques of a Grand Master player in this informative and accessible chess book. You already know just how enjoyable–and challenging–the game of chess can be. For those who play, chess leads to a lifetime ...

Thursday, October 24

“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral
Thursday, October 24 – 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 24 – 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

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | Mission Bay
Thursday, October 24 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Bay Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Mask Making w/ The Mexican Museum | Mission Bay
On October 24, 2019 at 3:30 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.
SFMOMA”s “Soft Power” Artists Discussion | SF
SFMOMA"s "Soft Power" Artists Discussion | SF

Timely and provocative, Soft Power is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can ...

Friday, October 25

Opening Day: Bay Area Science Festival | 2019
Friday, October 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Opening Day: Bay Area Science Festival | 2019

Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the Bay Area Science Festival returns to San Francisco for two weeks of science and technology lectures, games, art exhibits, workshops, hands-on activities and more at locations throughout the Bay Area. 2019 Bay Area Science Festival October 25-November 2, ...

Free Swing Dance Class on SF’s Rooftop Park | SF
Friday, October 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Free Swing Dance Class on SF's Rooftop Park | SF

Dust off your dancing shoes. Shimmytown brings a live band and professional Lindy Hop dance instructors. Free Swing Dance Class on SF’s Rooftop Park Friday, August 23, September 27, October 25, 2019 |  pm to  pm Salesforce Park (Main Plaza), 425 Mission St., San Francisco FREE ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, October 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books

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, October 26

2019 North Bay Science Discovery Day | Santa Rosa
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Sonoma County Fairgrounds
2019 North Bay Science Discovery Day | Santa Rosa
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to experience and explore science around the North Bay, from energy to the environment, from bees to black lights, from eating liquid nitrogen ice cream to dissecting a squid on October 26, 2019 from 10 am to ...
2019 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Hayward
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cal State East Bay
2019 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Hayward
Come enjoy a showcase of science, technology, and engineering led by businesses, museums, and universities from the East Bay and beyond on October 26, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm. With hands-on, interactive science booths and live science demos, you can explore STEM fields, engage ...
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Latin Jazz, Salsa Music Demo & Concert | SF
Saturday, October 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Western Addition Branch Library
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Latin Jazz, Salsa Music Demo & Concert | SF
One of San Francisco’s premiere youth ensembles presents a special concert and demonstration of the rhythms and instruments used in Latin jazz and salsa music on October 26, 2019 at 3 pm. An informational discussion about the music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America ...

Monday, October 28

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