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Monday, January 20

2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Monday, January 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Participants in groups of ten or more (10+) are encouraged to register.
| San Francisco Caltrain Station
2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF
Update: Please be advised that the march starts 11:00 am and not 9:30 am as previously listed. Join thousands in honoring the Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama marches at the MLK2020 commemorative march/parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King ...

Wednesday, January 22

2020 San Francisco Restaurant Week | January 22-31
2020 San Francisco Restaurant Week | January 22-31

SF Restaurant Week is a 10-day celebration of our world-class dining community when frugal foodies get to eat their way through nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco. Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus to showcase their passion for sharing great food with diners. Eat ...

Wednesday, January 29

Shaping SF Lecture: Money for AIDS, Not For War | SF
Wednesday, January 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Money for AIDS, Not For War | SF
The “Money for AIDS, Not for War” ritual/protest was held 35 years ago by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, on September 23, 1984, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San Francisco. It was the first recorded use of ...

Saturday, February 8

2020 Chinese New Year Street Fair | SF
Saturday, February 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Portsmouth Square
2020 Chinese New Year Street Fair | SF

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade. At the fair, experience Chinese cultural arts such as Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington ...

Tulipmania 2020 at Pier 39 | February 8-17
Saturday, February 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Tulipmania 2020 at Pier 39 | February 8-17

Experience botanical bliss as Pier 39 comes alive with the vibrant colors of more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites during the annual Tulipmania flower festival. Tulipmania 2020 February 8-17, 2020 – Daily guided tours at 10 am Pier 39, San Francisco FREE ...

KNBR Giants FanFest 2020 | Oracle Park
Saturday, February 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but there may be a parking charge
| Oracle Park (Formerly AT&T Park)
KNBR Giants FanFest 2020 | Oracle Park
KNBR’s 27th Giants FanFest takes place at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park), Saturday, February 8, 2020. The day typically includes live KNBR broadcasts on the field, player Q&As, free player autographs, places to take photos, walk or play catch on the field (weather permitting), self-guided tours, a ...
2020 Chinese New Year Parade | SF
2020 Chinese New Year Parade | SF
Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. It was started in the 1860s and takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair ...

Friday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight 2020? | San Francisco
Friday, February 14 – 5:50 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero Plaza
Valentine's Day Pillow Fight 2020? | San Francisco
Feathers fly at this fun, flash-mob type event which takes place annually on Valentine’s Day. It’s Pillow Fight. In the past, nearly 1,000 San Franciscans descended on Justin Herman Plaza with feather-stuffed pillows to run Braveheart-like at full speed at one another to lovingly beat the ...

Tuesday, February 25

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2020
IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2020
IHOP will serve millions of free short stack of the Original Buttermilk Pancakes during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 ...
Free Mardi Gras Parties in the Mission in One Night | 2020
Tuesday, February 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
Free Mardi Gras Parties in the Mission in One Night | 2020
Come meet your neighbors and make new friends at the 2020 Carnaval San Francisco Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Party in several venues in the Mission District. There will be live samba drummers and dancers winding their way through the party, and lively salsa, soca, cumbia, and rumba, ...

Wednesday, February 26

Shaping San Francisco: Miranda Bergman’s Art & Politics Mural | SF
Wednesday, February 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping San Francisco: Miranda Bergman's Art & Politics Mural | SF
Miranda Bergman, a Mission District native and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such ...

Wednesday, March 11

Shaping SF’s “Hidden San Francisco” Book Release & Birthday | Mission District
Wednesday, March 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF's "Hidden San Francisco" Book Release & Birthday | Mission District
Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories. After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at Ffoundsf.org, and conducting bike and walking tours, ...

Saturday, March 14

169th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade | San Francisco
Saturday, March 14 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Market Street
169th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade | San Francisco
Don’t miss the West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture. The 169th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands will wind their ...

Wednesday, March 25

Shaping SF Lecture: Economic Growth vs. Biodiversity Public Talk | SF
Wednesday, March 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Economic Growth vs. Biodiversity Public Talk | SF
Does a Green New Deal replace “grow or die” with a different logic that nurtures people and the rest of the natural world? How do 8 billion people flourish while also preserving, protecting, and restoring biodiversity all over the planet? Climate change activists are weaving a ...

Saturday, April 4

Smithsonian’s 16th Annual Free Museum Day | 2020
Saturday, April 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must signup and download your free ticket
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 16th Annual Free Museum Day | 2020

Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders for the 16th Annual Free Museum Day. Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion. 2020 Smithsonian Magazine Museum ...

Wednesday, April 22

Shaping SF Lecture: Clean Air Justice Discussion | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Clean Air Justice Discussion | SF
Social and environmental justice shapes the very air we breathe. Local players in the Bay Area are leading the nation—and in many cases the world—on setting policy, designing action plans for emissions reduction, and working with new technologies to identify and monitor hyperlocal hot spots ...

Sunday, May 3

2020 How Weird Street Faire: 10 Stages of World-Class Electronic Music | SoMa
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: $11.11*
*$11.11 Early Bird Presale Magic Pass - $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
| Howard & Main (SoMa)
2020 How Weird Street Faire: 10 Stages of World-Class Electronic Music | SoMa
Join as the tribes once again celebrate peace, be inspired by art, shop exotic stores, make new friends and greet old ones, generate waves of joy, and expand our consciousness. There will be dancing in the streets at 10 stages of world-class electronic music, spectacular performances, fantastic ...

Saturday, May 23

San Francisco Carnaval 2020 | Mission
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval 2020 | Mission

The 42nd San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District. 42nd Annual San Francisco Carnaval & Parade – Festival: May 23, 2020 | 10 am to 6 pm – ...

Sunday, May 24

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade | 2020
Sunday, May 24 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Bryant
San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade | 2020
On May 24th, 2020 at 9:30 am, the 2020 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kicks off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Street, travels west onto Mission Street, then on Mission Street travels north to 15th Street. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of ...

Wednesday, May 27

Shaping SF Lecture: 1894 Railroad Strike Struggle Talk | SF
Wednesday, May 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 1894 Railroad Strike Struggle Talk | SF
Robert Ovetz, author of When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921 and Tech Workers Coalition organizer Ares Geovanos dialogue about how the lessons of the 1894 railroad strike are still relevant to the new workers movement today. Struggles are visibly erupting at ...