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Wednesday, May 27

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, May 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...Monthly

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

Saturday, May 30

The Stud’s “Drag Alive Online” Every Saturday
The Stud's "Drag Alive Online" Every Saturday

Thanks to SFist for letting us know that The Stud and Oasis are going virtual with their  Drag Shows Online. Not even the global pandemic can stop the Queens! Enjoy a weekly dose of virtual humor, flashy, queer and everything drag with The Stud and Oasis Online Drag Show. The ...Every Saturday

Sunday, May 31

The Stud, SF’s Oldest Gay Bar Closing: Live Online Drag Funeral
Sunday, May 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Online only - Link coming soon for Twitch
| The Stud Bar
The Stud, SF's Oldest Gay Bar Closing: Live Online Drag Funeral
According to a press release sent out late Wednesday by Honey Mahognay, The Stud (399 9th Street in SoMa), SF’s oldest Gay Bar dating back to 1966 is shutting down. The bar is the country’s only cooperatively owned LGBT venue and has been in operation for ...
“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, May 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...Every Sunday

Monday, June 1

The Marsh’s Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday
The Marsh's Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday

As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few ...Every Monday

Friday, June 5

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, June 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th
"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, ...Monthly

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, June 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Over 30 Oakland Art Murmur affiliate venues have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, Every first Friday of the month, affiliate venues are open to the public from 6-9 ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, June 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...Monthly

Win Tix: CANCELED: A.C.T.’s Drinks & Drama Fridays “Poor Yella Rednecks” | SF
Friday, June 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Geary Theater (ACT)
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled. After the rollicking success of Vietgone (2018) at The Strand, playwright Qui Nguyen returns to A.C.T. for the second chapter in his kickass, hip-hop trilogy about a Vietnamese family who swaps war-torn Saigon for rural ’70s ...
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, June 5 – 10:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 cover
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...Monthly

Saturday, June 6

National Arts Drive: Interactive Fundraiser & Community Experience
Saturday, June 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
National Arts Drive: Interactive Fundraiser & Community Experience
RAW: Natural Born Artists, is excited to announce, The National Arts Drive, a local arts fundraiser, and community experience. On Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1 pm to 4m pm PST, artists and creatives in every medium are joining together in a massive moment across the country ...
The Stud’s “Drag Alive Online” Every Saturday
The Stud's "Drag Alive Online" Every Saturday

Thanks to SFist for letting us know that The Stud and Oasis are going virtual with their  Drag Shows Online. Not even the global pandemic can stop the Queens! Enjoy a weekly dose of virtual humor, flashy, queer and everything drag with The Stud and Oasis Online Drag Show. The ...Every Saturday

Sunday, June 7

Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night | Make Out Room
Sunday, June 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation of $5 to $10.
| Make-Out Room
Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night | Make Out Room

Clutch The Pearls is a curious cabaret of sorts. It’s vaudeville. It’s drag. It’s burlesque. It’s a special time in the Mission, and you are wanted there. Hosted by Churro Nomi. Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night Every first Sunday | 7 pm to 10 ...Monthly

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, June 7 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...Every Sunday

Monday, June 8

The Marsh’s Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday
The Marsh's Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday

As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few ...Every Monday

Wednesday, June 10

The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The Second Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Saturday, June 13

2020 Kalayaan: Philippine Independence Day Festival | Union Square
Saturday, June 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2020 Kalayaan: Philippine Independence Day Festival | Union Square
Drawing thousands of revelers each year, KalayaanSF 2020 will once again hold its main event in the heart of downtown San Francisco, in historic Union Square, against the backdrop of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and well-known landmarks. Kalayaan commemorates the 121st anniversary of the Declaration of ...
Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella: Saturday | SF
Saturday, June 13 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Festival
Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella: Saturday | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2020, they celebrate their 12th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

The Stud’s “Drag Alive Online” Every Saturday
The Stud's "Drag Alive Online" Every Saturday

Thanks to SFist for letting us know that The Stud and Oasis are going virtual with their  Drag Shows Online. Not even the global pandemic can stop the Queens! Enjoy a weekly dose of virtual humor, flashy, queer and everything drag with The Stud and Oasis Online Drag Show. The ...Every Saturday

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, June 13 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...Monthly

Sunday, June 14

Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella: Sunday | SF
Sunday, June 14 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Festival
Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella: Sunday | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2020, they celebrate their 12th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, June 14 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...Every Sunday

Monday, June 15

The Marsh’s Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday
The Marsh's Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday

As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few ...Every Monday

Thursday, June 18

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...Monthly

Friday, June 19

Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella on Father’s Day Weekend | SF
Friday, June 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella on Father's Day Weekend | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2020, they celebrate their 12th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

Saturday, June 20

Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella on Father’s Day Weekend | SF
Saturday, June 20 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Free Summer Circus Day w/ Circus Bella on Father's Day Weekend | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2020, they celebrate their 12th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin
Saturday, June 20 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park
Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin

An urban oasis in the Tenderloin, Boeddeker Park hosts “Art in the Park” every third Saturday for an afternoon of free live music, visual art and spoken word from 3pm to 5pm with free refreshments. Art in the Park Every Third Saturday | 3pm Boeddeker Park, 240 Eddy St. ...Monthly

Sunday, June 21

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, June 21 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room
"Return of the Cypher" Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...Every Sunday

Monday, June 22

The Marsh’s Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday
The Marsh's Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday

As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few ...Every Monday