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Sunday, September 29

2019 Sumo Champions Exhibition | Japantown
Sunday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Sumo Champions Exhibition | Japantown

Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It originated in early Japan as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities. Watch demonstrations, meet real sumo wrestlers, learn about sumo wrestling and watch actual matches from Sumo champions, weighing up to 600 lbs, outdoors in the Japantown ...

Win Tix: Unhinged: All-New Immersive Halloween Experience | San Jose
Sunday, September 29 – 6:40 pm | Cost: WIN | Winchester Mystery House
Step into a real-life psychological and paranormal thriller, while exploring the dark hallways of the cursed Winchester Estate. During this suspenseful walkthrough experience, you will trespass into forbidden rooms of the house never before seen by the public, confront malicious spirits, and encounter terrifying scenes ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, September 29 – 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

Wednesday, October 2

Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, October 2 – 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 4 to ...Every Wednesday

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

The First 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

Friday, October 4

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, October 4 – 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

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, October 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| 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

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, October 4 – 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, October 4 – 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

Saturday, October 5

2019 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food, or purchase advance tickets.
| Dimond District (Oakland)
2019 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland

Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. Oakland’s Dimond District continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined ...

Sunday, October 6

2019 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland
Sunday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food, or purchase advance tickets.
| Dimond District (Oakland)
2019 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland

Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. Oakland’s Dimond District continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined ...

2019 Castro Street Fair | SF
Sunday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2019 Castro Street Fair | SF
A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is once again filling the streets of the Castro with several stages of entertainment, unique costumes, art, and food. Bring a little of your inner freak to the festivities and experience a full day of live music, ...
2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party | SF
Sunday, October 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party | SF

The popular 1st Sundays Block Party returns for the 2019 season. Enjoy free family-friendly games, street food, music, a craft market, DIY activities, and interactive art installation. 2019 Civic Center Commons Block Party 1st Sundays, July 7 to October 6, 2019 | 11 am to ...

2019 SF Music Day: Epic All-day Free Classical & Jazz Concert | SF
Sunday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
2019 SF Music Day: Epic All-day Free Classical & Jazz Concert | SF

SFMusic Day champions a diverse cross-section of the Bay Area’s vibrant musical community in a free, accessible and rewarding atmosphere. From chamber music to jazz, contemporary works to global traditions—the 12th annual SF Music Day brings together virtuoso musicians from across the Bay, with musical sounds ...

Clutch The Pearls: Drag Cabaret Night | Make Out Room
Sunday, October 6 – 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, October 6 – 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

Wednesday, October 9

Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, October 9 – 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 4 to ...Every Wednesday

Friday, October 11

Rotunda Dance Series: Awakko Ren | SF City Hall
Friday, October 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Awakko Ren | SF City Hall
SF Awakko-Ren is a Bay Area Awa Odori (Japanese Traditional Dance) group founded in 2011 by Tokushima Kenjin-Kai. The dance is driven by the beat of the Kane bell and Taiko Drum. A shinobue flute and shamisen lute provide lyrical composition for the audience to enjoy. Learn ...

Saturday, October 12

2019 “Yerba Buena Night” Outdoor Arts Festival | SoMa
Saturday, October 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena District
2019 "Yerba Buena Night" Outdoor Arts Festival | SoMa
Come out and see, hear, and experience the Yerba Buena district come alive with music, video, art and dance at the annual Yerba Buena Night. 2019 Yerba Buena Night Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 6 pm to 10 pm Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 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, October 13

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 13 – 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

Thursday, October 17

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

Saturday, October 19

2019 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| SF Muni F Line
2019 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 16th anniversary season, is a two-day, free (with Muni fare) public performance curated ...

Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin
Saturday, October 19 – 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, October 20

2019 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Sunday, October 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2019 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 16th anniversary season, is a two-day, free (with Muni fare) public performance curated ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 20 – 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

Friday, October 25

Thrill The World 2019: Guinness World Record Thriller Dance-Off | Campbell
Friday, October 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pruneyard Main Plaza
Thrill The World 2019: Guinness World Record Thriller Dance-Off | Campbell
Join in to try to set the Guinness World Record with their version of Thrill the World at 3 pm sharp on October 25, 2019. Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Every October, since 2006, funky zombies across the globe gather ...
“Subversion” A Progressive Works Comedy Night | SF
Friday, October 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
"Subversion" A Progressive Works Comedy Night | SF

IncivilitySF is an irreverent showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground. The new development series invites artists working with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening to come try out new work/work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Each evening there will have ...

Saturday, October 26

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 ...

Wednesday, October 30

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, October 30 – 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