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Saturday, July 28

2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 33rd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from giant creature kites as big as houses, to free kite making and free candy drops ...

Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, July 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvany Terry is in the vanguard of Latin American musicians transforming the US jazz scene. Blending a verdant continuum of influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz, he’s created a singular sound, one of the most ambitious and consequent cross-cultural visions ...

Sunday, July 29

2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 33rd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from giant creature kites as big as houses, to free kite making and free candy drops ...

2018 “Up Your Alley Fair” & Fetish Street Festival | SoMa
Sunday, July 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donations are requested.
| Dore Alley
2018 "Up Your Alley Fair" & Fetish Street Festival | SoMa
This is no indie hipster fair with hand-knit scarves and folk music… Up Your Alley is only for real players, where leather daddies rule the streets of SoMa. If rubber, biker gear, or any variety of built, hairy men turns you on, then they’ve got it. In ...
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Sunday, July 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s, the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps was the first openly-gay musical group in the world. Sims went on to create the San ...

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 ...

Saturday, August 4

Dog Surfing Championships | Pacifica
Saturday, August 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch. Entering your dog ranges from $10 to $25
| Linda Mar State Beach
Dog Surfing Championships | Pacifica
The Dog Surfing World Championships take place on the NorCal coast — where the concept for the sport originated with big thanks to the book that started it all – The Dog’s Guide to Surfing – bringing together dog surfing talent for charity. Dog surfers are invited to ...

Thursday, August 9

LINES Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
LINES Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
In a city brimming with inventive dance troupes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has long stood out as one of the jewels of the scene. Undergirding the company’s long-running status as a creative hothouse is the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, which presents the culmination of an ...

Tuesday, August 14

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, August 14 – 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.

Thursday, August 16

Highest Ani: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 16 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Highest Ani: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Committed to paying homage to Armenian music, Highest Ani has created a powerful new sound by combining ancient Armenian folk and contemporary Western instrumentation with musical elements drawn from rock, jazz, hip hop, funk and Middle Eastern music. The four-piece band features Mark Ohanesian on qanun (a large trapezoidal zither ...

Friday, August 17

Venezuelan Music Project (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, August 17 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Venezuelan Music Project (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program is a repeat of the 11 am show. Even in South America, Venezuela’s musical riches tend to be overshadowed by the styles of neighboring Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. But in the Bay Area, the nation’s fabulous cultural wealth, with its fertile intermingling of indigenous, ...

Saturday, August 18

Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party 2018 | SF
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party 2018 | SF
Get ready to party with 20,000+ summer lovin’ people at this delicious summer feast and street party over three blocks, typically with two stages of alt-indie bands and DJs curated by Noisepop, and food and drinks from some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, businesses, and artisans and a ...

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 ...

Friday, August 24

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 ...

Saturday, August 25

Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, August 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
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 ...

Thursday, August 30

La Patronal: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 30 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
La Patronal: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Hailing from the Peruvian capital of Lima, La Patronal is a singular brass band rooted in the tradition of fiestas populares (town fairs) common in rural villages across Latin America. Direct descendants of rural musicians from Peru, the members of La Patronal combine their first-hand knowledge of ...

Friday, August 31

Ka-Hon (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, August 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Ka-Hon (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm. What’s in that box, you ask? In the hands of Ka-Hon, a gentle spring shower, a flamenco troupe, a galloping stallion and a rumba circle. Drawing on a pan-American array of rhythms, the high-energy ensemble displays the astounding versatility of the ...

Saturday, September 1

Manila Disco Fever: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, September 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Manila Disco Fever: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Disco fever wasn’t just an American epidemic. In the late 1970s, those lithe, funk-inflected bass lines, slinky keyboards and punchy horns spread around the globe, finding a particularly receptive audience in the Philippines. Manila Disco Fever celebrates the Manila Sound, a hugely popular movement that ...

Thursday, September 6

John Brothers Piano Company: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, September 6 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
John Brothers Piano Company: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
You know a band is crazy dedicated when they bring their own piano to the gig. John Brothers Piano Company has honed a rambunctious, irresistible jazz-meets-stride-and-swing sound redolent of Barbary Coast revelry and Prohibition era hijinks. Starting with their first sidewalk street show–hauling their Wurlitzer spinet to ...

Saturday, September 8

Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, September 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Marcus Shelby, YBG Festival’s resident composer, is a masterly bassist, charismatic bandleader, and award-winning composer. But it’s probably most accurate to describe him as an American griot whose music explores the stories too often overlooked and diminished in the history books. In his latest YBG ...

Tuesday, September 11

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, September 11 – 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.

Saturday, September 22

Smithsonian’s 14th Annual Free Museum Day | 2018
Saturday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 14th Annual Free Museum Day | 2018

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day. 2018 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 22, 2018 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required(download begins at midnight on August ...

Sunday, September 30

2018 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2018 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
The 35th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 250,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair. 2018 Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 11 ...

Thursday, October 4

Daniel Riera – Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, October 4 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Daniel Riera - Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
As the sonic architect of the Mission District’s prodigious, politically-charged Latin music collective Soltron, Daniel Riera often plays amidst a surging tide of percussion and brass. But for this concert the San Francisco native presents a set of new music in a stripped-down setting showcasing his compositional ...

Friday, October 5

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2018 brings San Francisco the 18th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 Three days, seven stages, over ...

Saturday, October 6

Fleet Week 2018 | Fleet Air Show
Saturday, October 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2018 | Fleet Air Show

Look up in the sky when you hear the roaring of jet engines and head down to SF’s northern waterfront and Dogpatch for San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week airshow and festival. 37th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week  October 1 – 8, 2018 San Francisco FREE ...

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.

Sunday, October 21

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 ...

Saturday, November 3

2018 Leap Sandcastle Classic | Ocean Beach
Saturday, November 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Balboa)
2018 Leap Sandcastle Classic | Ocean Beach
Northern California’s largest sandcastle building event, the 36th annual Leap Sandcastle Contest is a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students at Ocean Beach (just below the Cliff House). There’s also a community castle for everyone to join in to build. Please ...

Wednesday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2018
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2018
Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year. Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum ...