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Monday, October 8

Draconids Meteor Shower | 2018
Monday, October 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Draconids Meteor Shower | 2018
October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon. Because the radiant is located so far north on the sky’s dome, this shower favors temperate and far-northern latitudes, such as the U.S., Canada, ...

Tuesday, October 9

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

Thursday, October 11

Rice Kings: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, October 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Rice Kings: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
A multifarious duo created by two of the Bay Area’s most creative young jazz musicians, Rice Kingschannel original electronic jazz directly from the future. Keyboardist and self-described nerd Erika Oba, a Berkeley High alum and Oberlin Conservatory grad, is a rising force on the Bay Area ...
Rare SF City Guide Walking Tour of NoPa | SF
Thursday, October 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| William McKinley Statue (The Panhandle)
Rare SF City Guide Walking Tour of NoPa | SF
This central part of the City started out with sand dunes and marsh to become a fashionable neighborhood. The Depression era gave way to a working class area. After the summer of love, came a population exodus until today where it is becoming a desirable neighborhood ...
Litquake 2018: San Francisco’s Literary Festival | Oct. 11-20
Thursday, October 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
Litquake 2018: San Francisco's Literary Festival | Oct. 11-20

San Francisco’s legendary annual Litquake festival features hundreds of authors, poets and journalists in a myriad of separate events throughout the Bay Area. It’s all meant to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area ...

Friday, October 12

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, October 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, October 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to the first San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at community centers throughout the entire city of San José. SJ Neighbor Nights ...

2nd Fridays Clockwork Comedy Show | Milk Bar
Friday, October 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Show, ages 21+. Doors open at 6.30 pm, show starts at 7 pm.
| Milk Bar
2nd Fridays Clockwork Comedy Show | Milk Bar

Join every second Friday of every month at Milk Bar for A Clockwork Comedy Show. Enjoy your favorite comics from all over the Bay Area for an evening of fun, laughs, and alcohol. Comics that perform with Clockwork have appeared at Cobb’s, Punchline, SF Sketchfest, ...

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, October 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (East Bay)
East Bay Bike Party

The East Bay Bike Party is a monthly mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and bike types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets on the second Friday of the month with upwards of 400 riders usually meeting at an East ...

Saturday, October 13

Free Redwood State Park Days: October 2018 | Second Saturdays
Saturday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks
Free Redwood State Park Days: October 2018 | Second Saturdays

To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forest, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are offering more than 16,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more than 40 redwood state parks on the second Saturday of each month in 2018. The passes cover ...

Volunteer at SF Botanical Garden: Guided Info Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| San Francisco County Fair Building
Volunteer at SF Botanical Garden: Guided Info Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park

Volunteers contribute more than 40,000 hours of service to the Garden each year, supporting horticulture, leading children’s walks and public tours, propagating plants, and so much more. If you’re interested in getting involved, join in for a one-hour walking tour of the Garden and learn ...

SF Open Studios 2018 | Five Weekends of Art (Oct. 13 – Nov. 11)
Saturday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2018 | Five Weekends of Art (Oct. 13 - Nov. 11)

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

Free Outdoor Roller Skate Groove: Party, Music & Fun | SF
Saturday, October 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | NOW Hunters Point
Free Outdoor Roller Skate Groove: Party, Music & Fun | SF

Spreading rolligion.  It is the task they have taken on to spread the joy of roller skating to all the communities in San Francisco and beyond.  On Saturday, July 14, 2018, The Church of 8 Wheels will be bringing the special brand of roller skating ...

Facebook’s “Truck Yeah” Fair: Country Music, Line Dancing & Rides | Menlo Park
Saturday, October 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Facebook Headquarters
Facebook's "Truck Yeah" Fair: Country Music, Line Dancing & Rides | Menlo Park
Join Facebook for a fun day for their Truck Yeah fair. They’re hosting a parking lot party at their headquarters that’s a full-blown country fest with lots of trucks and yeah, you can Touch-a-Truck. There will be live Americana, country and bluegrass bands. Plus, it wouldn’t be a country fair ...
2018 “Yerba Buena Night” Outdoor Arts Festival | SoMa
Saturday, October 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena District
2018 "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. 2018 Yerba Buena Night Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 5 pm to 9:30 pm Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of ...

Sunday, October 14

Inner Sunset Flea 2018 | Block Party & Street Fair
Sunday, October 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 9th and Irving
Inner Sunset Flea 2018 | Block Party & Street Fair

Join the Inner Sunset Flea on the second Sunday of the month from May to November 2018. Come hunt for a bargain, sit down for some food, let the children play, and catch up with friends and neighbors. The Inner Sunset Flea is a cross between a ...

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Excelsior
Sunday, October 14 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Excelsior Sunday Streets
"Sunday Streets" Huge Block Party | Excelsior

Sunday Streets (March – October 2018) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

SF Open Studios 2018 | Marina, Pacific Heights, Tenderloin, Russian Hill
Sunday, October 14 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2018 | Marina, Pacific Heights, Tenderloin, Russian Hill

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

“Napa Live: Inside Out” Music Festival & Crawl Final Day | North Bay
Sunday, October 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over Napa
"Napa Live: Inside Out" Music Festival & Crawl Final Day | North Bay

This one is big –  a music crawl featuring live music in 35 venues, some inside and some outside, and all within walking distance of each other. “Napa Live: Inside Out” Music Festival & Crawl Second Sundays, July 8 – Oct 14 | Noon to 6 ...

Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live in the Castro
Sunday, October 14 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Man Dance Company: LGBTQ Premier Ballet Group | Live in the Castro
Man Dance Company is the first ballet company of its kind in America, and it prides itself on bringing audiences more than just the experience of great male dancing. Founded in San Francisco, Artistic Director Bryon Heinrich designed MDC for dancers who can express their athleticism, ...
Outdoor Matinee Block Party: “The Young Girls of Rochefort” | Berkeley Art Museum
Sunday, October 14 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Outdoor Matinee Block Party: "The Young Girls of Rochefort" | Berkeley Art Museum

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in partnership with the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) presents “Dancing in the Streets”, a series of free summer movie matinees on the museum’s massive outdoor LED screen at Addison and Oxford. On the second Sunday ...

Tuesday, October 16

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, October 16 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Wednesday, October 17

SF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Bus Crawl | SF Brewers Guild
Wednesday, October 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free shuttle. Bring money for beer and food.
| Sunset Reservoir
SF's Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Bus Crawl | SF Brewers Guild

The San Francisco Brewers Guild has created the city’s first free, hop-on-hop-off “Drink SF Beer Shuttle,” showcasing neighborhood breweries as a permanent companion to its monthly Meet the Brewers nights. The fun kicks off with a “Meet the Brewers” event at 66 pmtypically featuring special release ...

Thursday, October 18

Civic Center’s 2018 Third Thursday “Commons Block Party” | SF
Thursday, October 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
Civic Center's 2018 Third Thursday "Commons Block Party" | SF

The Commons on Third Thursdays will activate UN Plaza, Fulton Street and Civic Center Plaza with three stages of music, food trucks, bars, bocce ball and other activities held on four nights, once a month through October, from 5 to 9 pm. “The Commons” is the ...

Friday, October 19

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, October 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party

  San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s ...

Saturday, October 20

SF Open Studios 2018 | Hunters Point Shipyard
Saturday, October 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2018 | Hunters Point Shipyard

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

2018 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Saturday, October 20 – 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 ...

Sunday, October 21

Orionids Meteor Shower 2018 | Halley’s Comet’s Debris
Sunday, October 21 – 2:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Orionids Meteor Shower 2018 | Halley's Comet's Debris
On a dark, moonless night, the Orionids exhibit as many as 25 meteors per hour. These fast-moving meteors occasionally leave persistent trains. They sometimes produce bright fireballs, so watch for them to possibly overcome the strong moonlight. If you trace these meteors backward, they seem to come ...
Exploratorium Community Free Day | SF
Exploratorium Community Free Day | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly community days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering “pay-what-you-can” admission for all. ...

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 ...