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Wednesday, August 1

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, August 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Modern Swing Concert: Lost Dog Found | Union Square Live
Wednesday, August 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Modern Swing Concert: Lost Dog Found | Union Square Live
Wed Aug 1: 6-8pm — Lost Dog Found (Modern Swing) With a uniquely modern take on retro Americana genres including blues, swing, rock, and soul, Lost Dog Found reaches a broad spectrum of music lovers, young and old alike, who love to dance and sing along ...

“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF
Wednesday, August 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donation-based admission
| Eagle Tavern
"Safe Words" Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF

Safe Words is a comedy show at a leather bar that features the talent of nationally touring comics, to local favorites. Faces from Comedy Central, Conan, Reddit & Vice have graced the stage. Even Margaret Cho (HBO, 30 Rock) has stopped by. Every first Wednesday, ...

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, August 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night | SF
Wednesday, August 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kozy Kar Bar
"The Dirty Show" Comedy Night | SF

Produced by three of San Francisco’s favorite comedians: Zack Chapaloni, Joe Gorman and Joey Avery;  Kozy Kar presents The Dirty Show. This standup comedy show features a wide variety of all types of humor, combining local and television talent at 8 pm every first Wednesday at ...

Thursday, August 2

Sol Development with Mino Yanci: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 2 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Sol Development with Mino Yanci: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Oakland-based MC, award-winning spoken word poet, activist, and educator Karega Bailey is the guiding spirit behind SoL DeVeloPMeNT, a charismatic crew that delivers trenchant, politically resonant verse amidst an inexorable flow of jazz, soul and hip-hop grooves. The director of special education at Oakland’s Roses in ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

  The SF First Thursday Art Walk makes 27+ galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated ...

New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.
Thursday, August 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Artists' Television Access
New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.

The Bay Area’s only Open Screening for up and coming filmmakers takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Artists’ Television Access in the Mission. Come enjoy a supportive community of filmmakers and see your work on the big screen. Feel free to ...

Friday, August 3

Red Panda Acrobats (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, August 3 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Red Panda Acrobats (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program is a repeat of the 11:00am show. Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance ...
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, August 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, August 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party  (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held on ...

2018 Movie Under the Stars: Cars 3 | Menlo Park
Friday, August 3 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Burgess Park
2018 Movie Under the Stars: Cars 3 | Menlo Park

The 2018 Menlo Movie Series will feature free movies. Be sure to bring a chair, blanket, and some snacks to enjoy, but most of all, don’t forget to bring the family. Enjoy a night of watching the stars, under the stars. All movies are subject to ...

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, August 3 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale
"Wrapped in Plastic" Jazz Quartet | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...

First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF
Friday, August 3 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Il Pirata
First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF

Enjoy free comedy night at Il Pirata and stay after the show for a DJ dance party. This comedy and dancing duo takes place every first Friday of the month and you’ll save some dough for drinks because there’s no cover.

Saturday, August 4

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Saturday | Japantown
Saturday, August 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Saturday | Japantown

The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. Over 30,000 festival attendees have made their way to the ...

Free Conservatory Curiosities Foldscope: “Microcosmic Explorations” | Conservatory of Flowers
Free Conservatory Curiosities Foldscope: "Microcosmic Explorations" | Conservatory of Flowers
The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily. It is durable and pocket-sized, allowing you to do microscopy anywhere at anytime. Join us for an afternoon of microcosmic explorations outside the Conservatory of Flowers. We will dive into the ...
Lisa Gonick & The Damfino Players: Vintage Jazz Dance Party | Live in the Castro
Saturday, August 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Lisa Gonick & The Damfino Players: Vintage Jazz Dance Party | Live in the Castro
Come dance and listen to lovely music of a by gone era. Ragtime, Swing, Blues,Vintage- Early Jazz and Novelty tunes to warm the cockles of your soul & burn the soles of your feet. Featuring Cliff Moser on Guitar and Miss Lisa Gonick on Uke and ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, August 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Prince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa
Saturday, August 4 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Madrone Art Bar
Prince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa

Pay tribute to both the King of Pop and the Purple One every first Saturday of the month at the Madrone Art Bar’s “The Prince and Michael Experience,” which celebrates their work with a healthy dose of competition as fans go head-to-head on the dance ...

Sunday, August 5

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, August 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission for main galleries: Normally $15 for general ...

Jerry Day 2018: Jerry Garcia Tribute Music Fest | McLaren Park
Sunday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Doors open at 11 am. Shows at 11:30 am
| Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Jerry Day 2018: Jerry Garcia Tribute Music Fest | McLaren Park
The 16th Annual Jerry Day is an annual civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son, Jerry Garcia and his Excelsior roots. The all day concert and festival takes place at the appropriately named “Jerry Garcia ...
45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sunday | Japantown
Sunday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sunday | Japantown

The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. Over 30,000 festival attendees have made their way to the ...

“Doggie World” Festival & Parade | 45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Sunday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown
"Doggie World" Festival & Parade | 45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
The 7th annual Doggie World will be a gathering place for the four-legged members of the community during the  Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco, California from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Local animal experts and adoption agencies will also be on ...
2018 Civic Center Commons 1st Sundays Block Party | SF
Sunday, August 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2018 Civic Center Commons 1st Sundays Block Party | SF

Join first Sundays of the month for a block party in Civic Center Commons. This family-friendly event will feature recreational activities for all ages, brunchy food and drinks from Off the Grid, a DJ, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy ...

Summer Outdoor Music Series: Caribbean influenced Soul | Corte Madera
Sunday, August 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Town Center Corte Madera
Summer Outdoor Music Series: Caribbean influenced Soul | Corte Madera

Town Center Corte Madera celebrates summer with the Annual Summer Music Series, set to take place every Sunday June 3rd through August 26th from Noon-2 pm with a great lineup of music that will appeal to all ages. Summer Outdoor Music Series All Sundays from June ...

Tango in the Square: Trio Garufa | Union Square Live
Sunday, August 5 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Tango in the Square: Trio Garufa | Union Square Live

The 2018 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 October. Union Square Live | 2018 May to October Union Square Park, SF ...

Monday, August 6

“Misery Index: Monday Comedy at The Rite Spot” | Mission Dist.
Monday, August 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Rite Spot
"Misery Index: Monday Comedy at The Rite Spot" | Mission Dist.

“Misery Index” is a free, monthly show that brings together some of the most pessimistic, neurotic and dysfunctional individuals on the face of the planet: stand-up comedians. Take the edge off with cheap drinks and free laughs as these choleric comics direct their disdain towards ...

Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, August 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music.