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Friday, September 6

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, September 6 – 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, September 7

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | The Presidio
Saturday, September 7 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | The Presidio

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Treasure Island” | Santa Cruz
Saturday, September 7 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| San Lorenzo Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's "Treasure Island" | Santa Cruz

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 60th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2019 production “Treasure Island” The Musical – A Toxic Tale of Corporate Corsairs, Swashbuckling Swindlers, and Big Buck Buccaneers ...

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 Opera in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 8 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Robin Williams Meadow (Sharon Meadow)
2019 Opera in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Join at the arias al fresco and celebrate the opening of San Francisco Opera’s Season and other operatic favorites. 2019 Opera in the Park Sunday, September 8, 2019 | 1:30 pm Robin Williams Meadow (Sharon Meadow), Golden Gate Park, SF FREE Featuring the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from ...
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | The Presidio
Sunday, September 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | The Presidio

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Final Day: SF Mime Troupe’s “Treasure Island” | Santa Cruz
Sunday, September 8 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| San Lorenzo Park
Final Day: SF Mime Troupe's "Treasure Island" | Santa Cruz

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 60th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2019 production “Treasure Island” The Musical – A Toxic Tale of Corporate Corsairs, Swashbuckling Swindlers, and Big Buck Buccaneers ...

Free Bay Shore Lyric Opera Concert in the Park | Redwood City
Sunday, September 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Free Bay Shore Lyric Opera Concert in the Park | Redwood City

For the classical music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent, Redwood City continues its free Classical Music Series performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square from June through September 2019. The series features groups such as the Redwood Symphony, Opera San José, and Bay ...

Wednesday, September 11

Cuban/Brazilian/Salsa Concert: The Sonando Project | SF
Wednesday, September 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Cuban/Brazilian/Salsa Concert: The Sonando Project | SF

The 2019 Union Square Live festival presents dozens of free events like live music, swing and tango dance lessons, film nights, circus arts, and more in Union Square Park from May through September. Union Square Live | 2019 May to September Union Square Park, SF ...

Saturday, September 14

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF
Saturday, September 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, September 14 – 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, September 15

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF
Sunday, September 15 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Wednesday, September 18

Dark Prince of Swing Concert: Lee Presson & the Nails | Union Square Live
Wednesday, September 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Dark Prince of Swing Concert: Lee Presson & the Nails | Union Square Live

The 2019 Union Square Live festival presents dozens of free events like live music, swing and tango dance lessons, film nights, circus arts, and more in Union Square Park from May through September. Union Square Live | 2019 May to September Union Square Park, SF ...

Thursday, September 19

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF
Thursday, September 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

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, September 20

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF
Friday, September 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Saturday, September 21

Free Shakespeare in the Park: “As You Like It” | SF
Saturday, September 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: "As You Like It" | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin
Saturday, September 21 – 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, September 22

Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF
Sunday, September 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF

For the 37th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of As You Like It. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, ...

Friday, September 27

Final Day: Live On The Square | Jack London Square
Friday, September 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Final Day: Live On The Square | Jack London Square

Jack London Square announced that after a successful 10 years, its popular Dancing Under the Stars summer dance series will expand to Live on the Square, a free festival featuring offering additional entertainment, food, and fun in addition to the weekly dance lessons. Live on the Square will ...

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 ...

Wednesday, October 2

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 6

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...