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Saturday, August 18

Lake Merritt’s US Rowing National Championships | Oakland
Saturday, August 18 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt's US Rowing National Championships | Oakland

The city of Oakland and USRowing are excited to host the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt this week, from August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday, racing each day from 8 am to 6 pm). USRowing has announced that this event has the ...

The Sundance Saloon Cowboy Dance Party | Live! In The Castro
Saturday, August 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
The Sundance Saloon Cowboy Dance Party | Live! In The Castro
Sundance Saloon livens up the Castro with two-stepping and line dancing at Jane Warner Plaza from 1 pm to 3 pm. Come and watch, or participate yourself with quick easy novice lessons at 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Sundance Saloon is San Francisco’s world-famous ...

“Brazil in the Gardens”: Pragandaia w/ Marcos Costa | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
"Brazil in the Gardens": Pragandaia w/ Marcos Costa | Yerba Buena Gardens
No city in the Americas boasts a richer and deeper African cultural presence than Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil. And vocalist Dandara Odara’s ensemble Pragandaia serves as a conduit for sounds from this world-shaking musical hotbed. Born and raised in Salvador, she gained early recognition in the ...
Blues Festival Photowalk w/ Scott Globus | SF
Saturday, August 18 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Polk and California
Blues Festival Photowalk w/ Scott Globus | SF
Join Peak Design for an afternoon of music and photography. During this photowalk, street photographer veteran Scott Globus will share philosophies and techniques for capturing social landscapes. Regardless of your photography experience, skill level, or gear, this event will be a casual, interactive way for ...
Free Outdoor Family Movie Night “Sherlock Gnomes” | SF
Saturday, August 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | West Portal Playground
Free Outdoor Family Movie Night "Sherlock Gnomes" | SF

YMCA of San Francisco- Stonestown Family YMCA Branch, Supervisor Norman Yee’s Office, San Francisco Park and Red and Public Library of San Francisco presents Free Outdoor Family Movie Night for kids and kids-at-heart. Free Outdoor Family Movie Night Every Third Saturday, August 18 – October 20 ...

2018 Montclair Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Black Panther” | Oakland
Saturday, August 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Red Oak Realty
2018 Montclair Free Outdoor Movie Night: "Black Panther" | Oakland
Pack and picnic and catch a free outdoor screening of Black Panther. Bring your lawn chairs, sweaters/blankets and beverages. Save your spot by 8 pm; the movie starts around 8:30 pm. Hammerslag Sound will be spinning tunes starting around 7 pm. Grab your movie snacks from these participating ...

Sunday, August 19

August Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay
August Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | North Bay

Attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. You’ll learn about the local plant and animal residents which are more ...

US Rowing National Championships at Lake Merritt: Final Day | Oakland
Sunday, August 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| Lake Merritt
US Rowing National Championships at Lake Merritt: Final Day | Oakland

The city of Oakland and USRowing are excited to host the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt this week, from August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday, racing each day from 8 am to 6 pm). USRowing has announced that this event has the ...

Japanese Tea Garden Summer Festival & Ninja Races | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, August 19 – 10:30 am | Cost: $6*
*Adult: $6.00 (SF Residents), $9.00 (Non-Residents)
| Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Tea Garden Summer Festival & Ninja Races | Golden Gate Park
Swing by the Japanese Tea Garden this Sunday, August 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Summer Festival. The event will feature a tea ceremony, kimono fashion show, ninja race game and more. Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public ...
San Francisco’s Nude “Summer of Love” Parade | Castro
Sunday, August 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
San Francisco's Nude "Summer of Love" Parade | Castro
All body freedom lovers are invited to the Nude Summer of Love Parade from the Castro to the Haight. Body freedom and psychedelic activists is about to launch a new social movement that is long since overdue. It’s the movement to legalize psychedelic medicine worldwide. Nude “Summer of Love” Parade Sunday, ...
Pianos in the Plaza ft. Ramona Sidney Baker | Live in the Castro
Sunday, August 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Pianos in the Plaza ft. Ramona Sidney Baker | Live in the Castro
Join us every Sunday in August for Pianos in the Plaza. You’re not going to want to miss this one. Ramona Sidney Baker has been playing ragtime for four years under Virginia Tichenor, but she has been interested in ragtime for many more years than that. ...
“Sunset by the Lake” Country Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill
Sunday, August 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pleasant Hill City Hall
"Sunset by the Lake" Country Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill

Family friendly and popular concert series by the Lake at City Hall. Features some of the top bands from around the East Bay Area including many local favorites. There will be Food, beer & wine sales at every concert. The event will be held every other Sunday ...

Late Summer Wonders: An Evening Hike at Arastradero | Palo Alto
Sunday, August 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
Late Summer Wonders: An Evening Hike at Arastradero | Palo Alto
What:  Join us for the unique opportunity to hike Arastradero Preserve during the evening and see what late summer wonders we discover. Who:  Participants should expect to stay for the entire duration of the hike.  Bathroom access will be available at the start and end of ...

Monday, August 20

Every Free Rooftop Event at Salesforce Park This Fall
Monday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Every Free Rooftop Event at Salesforce Park This Fall

Salesforce Park, SF’s brand new 5.4 acre park on top of the new Transit Center, opens on August 11, 2018 with a grand opening block party. Afterward, the park will host a ton of free events. All events listed below are free and open to the public ...

Tuesday, August 21

Free Tai Chi on SF’s Newest Rooftop Park | SF
Tuesday, August 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Free Tai Chi on SF's Newest Rooftop Park | SF

Perfect this martial art to improve balance, concentration, and self-awareness. Get fit for free Al Fresco with classes provided by FITNESS SF. No pre-registration or membership required – just show up. Free Rooftop Tai Chi in the Park Every Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Oct. 30, ...

Thursday, August 23

Faun Fables: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 23 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Faun Fables: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Describing the Bay Area’s Faun Fables as a duo is like calling the Sagrada Família a church. It’s accurate as far as it goes, but hardly captures the vast, fantastical realm lovingly constructed by front woman Dawn McCarthy, a regular collaborator with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and multi-instrumentalist ...
“Presidio Twilight” Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF
Thursday, August 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
| Main Post Lawn
"Presidio Twilight" Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF

Presidio Twilight is back for its fifth season, and it’s better than ever. This year, San Francisco’s largest campfire features a delicious selection of international cuisine from a stellar lineup of local vendors from 5-9 pm every Thursday from mid-May to September. Off the Grid ...

Sundown Cinema Outdoor Movie Night: “Best in Show ” | SF
Thursday, August 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Duboce Park
Sundown Cinema Outdoor Movie Night: "Best in Show " | SF

SF Parks Alliance, DoTheBay, and Alamo Drafthouse host Sundown Cinema, an outdoor movie series spread across four iconic San Francisco parks. Expect food, drinks, music, neighborhood fun, and film selections that both cinephiles and casual moviegoers will love. Sundown Cinema will not only celebrate the unique ...

Friday, August 24

The Treasure Island Sunrise 6K Run | SF
The Treasure Island Sunrise 6K Run | SF
It’s that time again… Lace up that one fast pair of shoes you own and get ready to race in the most officially unofficial race in the Bay Area hosted by The November Project, who host fun (and free) workouts all over SF and Oakland. Free ...
Crosspulse (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, August 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Crosspulse (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm. Using finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse performances are designed to enchant children with an international array of rhythms, instruments and obscure musical practices. With five extraordinary artists versed in body percussion and a ...
“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party & Beer Garden | Fort Mason
Friday, August 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center
"Off the Grid" Friday Night Food Truck Party & Beer Garden | Fort Mason

More than 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands and DJs in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic ...

2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Magic Moments | Pleasanton
Friday, August 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lions Wayside Park
2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Magic Moments | Pleasanton

Spend your summer evening listening to beautiful music in downtown Pleasanton every Friday from June 15th to August 31st. 2018 Pleasaton Free Summer Concert in the Park Fridays, June 15 to Aug. 31, 2018 | 7 to 8:30 pm Lions Wayside Park, First Street and Neal ...

Free Outdoor Movie Night “School of Rock” | Pier 39
Friday, August 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Free Outdoor Movie Night "School of Rock" | Pier 39
Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 on Friday, August 24th for Outdoor Movie Night, featuring the film, “School of Rock”. Before the show, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of their 14 full-service restaurants. In a hurry? Swing by an ...

Saturday, August 25

RSVPs Open for September: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays
Saturday, August 25 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks
RSVPs Open for September: Free Redwood State Park Days | 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 ...

A’s “Play Ball” Sandlot-Style Baseball Festival | Oakland
Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Garfield Park
A's "Play Ball" Sandlot-Style Baseball Festival | Oakland

The Oakland A’s invite the community to join the local parks throughout the summer to play sandlot-style baseball games. Kids, adults, and families can play a pick-up style baseball game alongside the A’s Street Team, the A’s mascot Stomper, and the Hall of Fame Racers, and ...

Free Guided Hike of San Bruno Mountain | Brisbane
Saturday, August 25 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Donations encouraged but not required
| San Bruno Mountain Watch
Free Guided Hike of San Bruno Mountain | Brisbane

David Schooley, the founder of San Bruno Mountain Watch, has devoted most of his life to preserving the mountain and sharing it with others through his tireless work leading hikes, speaking, and organizing. His deep knowledge of the mountain and his love of nature will ...

San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park
Saturday, August 25 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Alta Plaza Park
San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park

Do you want to spend some time with fellow Shih Tzu parents out there? Well, this is the perfect group for you. Come and join the San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group. San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group Every 4th Saturday | 11:30 am Alta ...

Alpha Rhythm Kings: Energetic & Jazzy Vibe | Live! in the Castro
Saturday, August 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
Alpha Rhythm Kings: Energetic & Jazzy Vibe | Live! in the Castro
Rob Dehlinger, composer, performer, and recording artist, leads this swingin’ group of top musicians with his blazing trumpet and entertaining vocal stylings. Specializing in swing, vintage lounge, boogie woogie, and jump blues, the Alpha Rhythm Kings bring an energetic, jazzy vibe which is 100% fun ...
Award-Winning Vietnamese Musician: Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, August 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Award-Winning Vietnamese Musician: Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
While Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists, she revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning ...
Film Night in the Park at Washington Square Park | “Lady Bird” (2017)
Saturday, August 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Washington Square Park
Film Night in the Park at Washington Square Park | "Lady Bird" (2017)

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation (SFNTF) produces the popular Film Night in the Park outdoor film series. The 2018 season includes two films in Dolores Park, one in Union Square and one in Washington Square Park. Films are free of charge in beautiful park settings and ...