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Sunday, October 21

2018 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Sunday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2018 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF

Each year, Epiphany Productions transforms the city’s streets into stages through San Francisco Trolley Dances, a series of free contemporary dance performances along a Muni line. San Francisco Trolley Dances, now in its 15th anniversary season, is a two-day, free (with Muni fare) public performance curated ...

Berkeley BART Plaza Opening Celebration: Free Yoga + Live Music | Final Day
Sunday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley BART Plaza Opening Celebration: Free Yoga + Live Music | Final Day

The new BART Plaza will be having its grand opening celebration at 4 pm on Thursday, October 18. Kick off the weekend with a celebration and ongoing programming in at the new plaza. Mayor Jesse Arreguín will lead the ribbon cutting on opening day, followed ...

Final Day: Teatro Visión’s “Departera” World Premiere | San Jose
Sunday, October 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Mexican Heritage Plaza
Final Day: Teatro Visión’s "Departera" World Premiere | San Jose

Inspired by real stories gathered from the community, Departera is a witty, modern take on Día de los Muertos. Inspiring music, touching stories, and diverse characters make this a world premiere you wont want to miss. Departera is performed bilingually in English and Spanish. Seating ...

$20 Off: “Terror Vault” Haunted House at the San Francisco Mint | SF
$20 Off: "Terror Vault" Haunted House at the San Francisco Mint | SF

Part theatre, part haunted maze, and part escape room, Terror Vault is a brand new fully-immersive Halloween haunted attraction from the insane mind of Peaches Christ. Filled with top performers and screamers, this epic haunt invites to you to descend down a dark, narrow back ...

Opera On Tap: A Fached-Up Halloween | SF
Sunday, October 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with $8 bar minimum
| The Rite Spot
Opera On Tap: A Fached-Up Halloween | SF
Opera On Tap San Francisco presents a Fached-Up Halloween Spectacular featuring Danny Sullivan at the piano and Sarah Fletcher as your diva/hostess for the evening. Expect horribly Fached-Up takes on opera, composers, characters, as well as the general state of the Worldwelivein while singers play outside ...
Picture Bayview Hunters Point Theatrical Performance | Bayview Opera House
Sunday, October 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Bayview Opera House
Picture Bayview Hunters Point Theatrical Performance | Bayview Opera House

Join this free interdisciplinary site-specific performance work that focuses on the dreams and aspirations of Bayview Hunters Point residents. Picture Bayview Hunters Point Theatrical Performance October 11-21, 2018 | 8 pm Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco FREE. Donations are accepted. Artistic Director ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 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, October 22

Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar
Monday, October 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations accepted, based on what you can afford.
| Milk Bar
Case of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar

Bringing you a comedy show on the suckiest day of the week, Case of the Mondays features SF’s top comedians determined to de-suck your Monday. They’ll distract you from the pile of emails you haven’t read, the stale coffee you drank at 3 pm, and ...Monthly

Tuesday, October 23

To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine | SF Main Library
Tuesday, October 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Koret Auditorium
To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine | SF Main Library
See Thomas Paine, the Radical Founding Father author of Common Sense, in British actor writer Ian Ruskin’s renowned one-man play. Hear Paine’s words on voting rights, the birth of democracy, and more. “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good ...

Wednesday, October 24

Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, October 24 – 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 5 to ...

Thursday, October 25

“Free-For-All” Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music | SF
Thursday, October 25 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Advance reservation requested.
| JCCSF Jewish Community Center
"Free-For-All" Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music | SF

Following a string of hit collaborations, award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to JCCSF’s Pottruck Family Atrium with a unique free-to-the-public performance event. “Free-For-All” Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music October 25 & 26, 2018 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm ...

Oakland Ballet Company’s “Luna Mexicana” Dia de los Muertos Special | Oakland
Thursday, October 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Oakland Ballet Company's "Luna Mexicana" Dia de los Muertos Special | Oakland
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with an excerpt from Oakland Ballet Company’s Luna Mexicana. This 15-minute performance is filled with the exuberant dancing, joyful music, colorful costumes, and the celebration of family that are hallmarks of Dia de los Muertos. The evening will also feature additional ...
Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio
Thursday, October 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration is required
| Main Post (Presidio)
Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio

Mingle by lantern light with legendary spirits as musical storyteller Jill Tracy leads you on a nighttime stroll to some of the most fascinating and (purportedly) haunted spots in the Presidio. Night Lantern Ghost Walk and Concert October 25 – 27, 2018 | 7 pm ...

Friday, October 26

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

One of San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum events returns for a fall season of 2018. These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in their permanent collection and new acquisitions called Specters of Disruption. ...Every Friday

Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio
Friday, October 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration is required
| Main Post (Presidio)
Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio

Mingle by lantern light with legendary spirits as musical storyteller Jill Tracy leads you on a nighttime stroll to some of the most fascinating and (purportedly) haunted spots in the Presidio. Night Lantern Ghost Walk and Concert October 25 – 27, 2018 | 7 pm ...

“The Boy from Oz” Musical Performance | Gateway Theatre
Friday, October 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Enter the code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Limited supply.
| Gateway Theater
"The Boy from Oz" Musical Performance | Gateway Theatre

A raucous musical biography about the life of the most famous gay man from Australia – entertainer, singer/songwriter, Peter Allen – featuring songs written by him and with other collaborators. About The Boy from Oz The show begins in the 1950s with his humble beginnings ...

“Free-For-All” Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music | SF
Friday, October 26 – 11:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Advance reservation requested.
| JCCSF Jewish Community Center
"Free-For-All" Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music | SF

Following a string of hit collaborations, award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to JCCSF’s Pottruck Family Atrium with a unique free-to-the-public performance event. “Free-For-All” Live Dance Performance & Roma Brass Band Music October 25 & 26, 2018 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm ...

Saturday, October 27

Thrill The World 2018: World Record Thriller Dance-Off | San Jose
Saturday, October 27 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Adira Dance & Costume
Thrill The World 2018: World Record Thriller Dance-Off | San Jose
Adira Dance & Costume in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood will once again attempt to set the Guinness World Record with their version of Thrill the World at 3 pm sharp on October 27, 2018. Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s ...
2018 “Diwali” Festival of Lights Celebration | SF
Saturday, October 27 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
2018 "Diwali" Festival of Lights Celebration | SF
Join the celebration of Diwali envisioning the dawn of the era of peace, happiness and prosperity. Having cleared away the darkness within, to light up the homes, fill the hearts with joy and invoke the breath of renewed faith, hope and determination. There will be art ...
Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio
Saturday, October 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration is required
| Main Post (Presidio)
Night Lantern Ghost Walk & Concert | The Presidio

Mingle by lantern light with legendary spirits as musical storyteller Jill Tracy leads you on a nighttime stroll to some of the most fascinating and (purportedly) haunted spots in the Presidio. Night Lantern Ghost Walk and Concert October 25 – 27, 2018 | 7 pm ...

Sunday, October 28

18th Annual “Halloween Hoopla” Festival & Costume Parade | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, October 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
18th Annual “Halloween Hoopla” Festival & Costume Parade | Yerba Buena Gardens
The 18th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults happening on Sunday, October 28, 2018, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch display. The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is ...
“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 28 – 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, October 29

Driveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Monday, October 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard
Driveway Follies: Oakland's Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay

Driveway Follies Driveway Follies offers a rare opportunity to see the nearly lost art of marionette puppetry in an intimate setting. Driveway Follies is recognized for providing professionally staged family-friendly Halloween marionette performances each year in Oakland. The repertoire celebrates and illustrates historic and cultural ...

Tuesday, October 30

Oakland’s Epic Halloween Yard Haunt & DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Tuesday, October 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard
Oakland's Epic Halloween Yard Haunt & DIY Puppet Show | East Bay

Driveway Follies Driveway Follies offers a rare opportunity to see the nearly lost art of marionette puppetry in an intimate setting. Driveway Follies is recognized for providing professionally staged family-friendly Halloween marionette performances each year in Oakland. The repertoire celebrates and illustrates historic and cultural ...

$10 Off: “Terror Vault” Haunted House at the San Francisco Mint | SF
$10 Off: "Terror Vault" Haunted House at the San Francisco Mint | SF

Part theatre, part haunted maze, and part escape room, Terror Vault is a brand new fully-immersive Halloween haunted attraction from the insane mind of Peaches Christ. Filled with top performers and screamers, this epic haunt invites to you to descend down a dark, narrow back ...

Wednesday, October 31

Driveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Wednesday, October 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard
Driveway Follies: Oakland's Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay

Driveway Follies Driveway Follies offers a rare opportunity to see the nearly lost art of marionette puppetry in an intimate setting. Driveway Follies is recognized for providing professionally staged family-friendly Halloween marionette performances each year in Oakland. The repertoire celebrates and illustrates historic and cultural ...

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, October 31 – 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

Friday, November 2

Rotunda Dance Series: TURFinc | SF City Hall
Friday, November 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: TURFinc | SF City Hall

The “Rotunda Dance Series” is a set of free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda, Dancers’ Group and World Arts West have once again partnered to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world. Set amidst the ...

“Friday Nights at the de Young” w/ Zombie Drag Queen | Golden Gate Park
"Friday Nights at the de Young" w/ Zombie Drag Queen | Golden Gate Park

One of San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum events returns for a fall season of 2018. These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in their permanent collection and new acquisitions called Specters of Disruption. ...Every Friday

“Día de los Muertos” Community Celebration | Mission Dist.
Friday, November 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Brava Theater
"Día de los Muertos" Community Celebration | Mission Dist.
Join Galería de la Raza for their annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration and reclaim the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos in the Mission on November 2, 2018. There will be live performances & interactive art making for all ages. Presented By: The Jamestown Community Center, Accion ...