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Tuesday, March 19

2019 Persian New Year & Fire Jumping Festival | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center
2019 Persian New Year & Fire Jumping Festival | Berkeley
Jump over a bonfire for “Chaharshanbeh Souri: Festival of Fire” to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the brightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times. In Iran (and parts of Afghanistan and India), it is customary for people to ...

Wednesday, March 27

Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise “Pacific Ocean and Bay Area” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise "Pacific Ocean and Bay Area" | Mission Dist.
Christina Gerhardt, author of The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise, explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Scientist Kristina Hill and urbanist Laura Tam address sea-level rise on vulnerable shorelines in the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive ...

Friday, March 29

Fauxtest 2019: Ironic Fake Protest Rally & March | Dolores Park
Friday, March 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free; bring along a flashlight and your Fauxtest sign
| Dolores Park
Fauxtest 2019: Ironic Fake Protest Rally & March | Dolores Park
Join San Francisco’s seventh annual Fauxtest (pronounced foe-test), a fake protest, rally and march to demonstrate for/against Dada (fake or nonsense) news. Originally conceived as a fake protest in response to complacency and arm chair activism, Fauxtest has evolved into a response to the fake ...

Sunday, March 31

Presidio Picnic 2019 Season Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, March 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Presidio Picnic 2019 Season Kick-Off | SF

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Held on the seven acre Main ...Every Sunday

Wednesday, April 3

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Few local artists have combined the refined skills of a fine artist with the blistering edge of anti-colonial and liberationist critique that L7 has. He has an incredible body of work and offers a show-and-tell about how his politics have shaped his stunning productions. Part of a ...

Wednesday, April 10

Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
A collaborative effort of the San Francisco Department of Memory, this project digitally preserves and promotes San Francisco community newspapers. Over 1,600 issues generated in eight neighborhoods dating back to the 1960s are now available online and members of participating history groups will present highlights along with ...

Saturday, April 13

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown
Saturday, April 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

2019 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade & Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, April 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission District
2019 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade & Festival | Mission Dist.

The Annual Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival in San Francisco has become a significant event in the Mission drawing a diverse crowd of participants and attendees from different demographics and cultures. This is the largest event honoring Cesar Chavez in Northern California. Honoring the ...

Sunday, April 14

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival: Sunday | Japantown
Sunday, April 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival: Sunday | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Saturday, April 20

420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hippie Hill
420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
420 at Hippie Hill is a well known San Francisco tradition, bringing tens of thousands of people from all over to Sharon Meadow to celebrate the right to use cannabis. In previous years, this “festival” has been un-permitted and unofficial. It was awesome, but growing larger every ...
San Francisco Earth Day 2019 Festival & DJs + Live Bands | SF
Saturday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia Street
San Francisco Earth Day 2019 Festival & DJs + Live Bands | SF
On Saturday, April 20th celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Celebrate the Green New Deal”. Earth Day Festival | San Francisco Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 11 am to 7 pm 19th & ...
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown
Saturday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Sunday, April 21

28th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration | SF
Sunday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
28th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration | SF
The 28th Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade celebrates and showcases the diverse community of San Francisco and features some of Union Street’s best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro setting. 28th Annual Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade Sunday, April 21, 2019 | ...
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center
Sunday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Friday, April 26

2019 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 26 – May 5
Friday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| Yerba Buena Gardens
2019 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 26 - May 5

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 21st anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which will run April 26-May 5, 2019. The annual 10-day festival features over hundreds of free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, ...

Saturday, April 27

Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2019 | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Food is for purchase.
| Murphy Windmill
Dutch "King's Day" Windmill Festival 2019 | Golden Gate Park
The Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate King’s Day 2019 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park. King’s Day, the biggest national celebration in the Netherlands, is returning once again to San Francisco. Dutch King’s Day San Francisco will be ...

Sunday, April 28

Golden Gate Park Band: 2019 Season Opening Day | Free Sunday Concert in the Park
Sunday, April 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free. Donations are appreciated.
| Spreckels Temple of Music
Golden Gate Park Band: 2019 Season Opening Day | Free Sunday Concert in the Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, presents its 137th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most Sundays at 1 pm, run about 90 ...

Saturday, May 4

2019 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2019 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 10 am to 6 pm Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission Dist., SF FREE 2019 Highlights Include TBA Please note ...

Sunday, May 5

Bay Area Dance Week 2019: Free Events | Final Day
Sunday, May 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2019: Free Events | Final Day

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 21st anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which will run April 26-May 5, 2019. The annual 10-day festival features over hundreds of free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, ...

2019 How Weird Street Faire & Parade | SoMa
Sunday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: $15*
*$15 Pre passes tickets
| Howard & Main (SoMa)
2019 How Weird Street Faire & Parade | SoMa
On May 5, 2019, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for the 20th annual How Weird Street Faire. For one day only, in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco, there will be a sensational spectacle. Join thousands of people ...

Wednesday, May 8

Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya!—the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information ...

Wednesday, May 22

Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Gopal Dayaneni (Movement Generation), Anthony Khalil (Literacy for Environmental Justice), and Jason Mark (editor, Sierra Magazine), discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice.

Saturday, May 25

San Francisco Carnaval 2019 | Mission
Saturday, May 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval 2019 | Mission

The 41st 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. 41st Annual San Francisco Carnaval & Parade May 25-26, 2019 | 10 am to 6 pm – Grand Parade: ...

Sunday, May 26

San Francisco Carnaval 2019 | Mission
Sunday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval 2019 | Mission

The 41st 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. 41st Annual San Francisco Carnaval & Parade May 25-26, 2019 | 10 am to 6 pm – Grand Parade: ...

Wednesday, May 29

Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic. Adam Hochschild, author of Spain In Our Hearts, brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago ...

Saturday, June 29

SF Dyke March & Rally 2019 | Dolores Park
Saturday, June 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dolores Park
SF Dyke March & Rally 2019 | Dolores Park
Join  the rally at Dolores Park and then a march through Castro Street back to Dolores Park. Enjoy the speeches, camaraderie, and the music of our many talented artists who will perform on the day. The San Francisco Dyke March is an annual rally and march ...

Thursday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2019
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2019
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. In celebration of Walt Disney’s Birthday, they typically offer free admission to our main galleries and special exhibitions 2019 Walt Disney Family Museum Free Day Thursday, December 5, ...