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Thursday, September 19

Folk Music w/ The Anita Lofton Project | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, September 19 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Folk Music w/ The Anita Lofton Project | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
About a decade ago Anita Lofton was known as one of the hardest rockin’ guitarists around, a gonzo player whose punk power trio Sistas In the Pit opened for Iggy and the Stooges on their 2007 reunion tour, including a near-legendary show at the Warfield ...

Saturday, September 21

Smithsonian’s 15th Annual Free Museum Day | 2019
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must signup and download your free ticket
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 15th Annual Free Museum Day | 2019

Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders for the 15th Annual Free Museum Day. Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion. 2019 Smithsonian Magazine Museum ...

Wednesday, September 25

Shaping SF Lecture: Neighborhood Corridors | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, September 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Neighborhood Corridors | Mission Dist.
Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou ...

Sunday, September 29

2019 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2019 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
The 36th 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. 2019 Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 11 ...

Wednesday, October 2

Shaping SF Lecture: Storytelling & the Memory Keepers | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Storytelling & the Memory Keepers | Mission Dist.
We bring together story shapers, story sharers, and story collectors for this evening taking a close look at oral histories and memory keeping. Susan Schwartzenberg hosts a discussion series at the Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium intertwining personal stories and scientific study to understand climate ...

Friday, October 4

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2019 brings San Francisco the 19th 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 2019 Friday, October 4 | ...

Wednesday, October 9

Shaping SF Lecture: Expanding San Francisco’s Common Wealth | SF
Wednesday, October 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Expanding San Francisco’s Common Wealth | SF
Rejecting the paradigms of capitalist San Francisco, let’s look at a radically expanded Common Wealth, starting here, but with implications for our entire society: A public bank, free broadband internet, a low-cost public electricity system, dense community gardens and public orchards, widespread high-quality social housing, ...

Friday, October 11

Fleet Week 2019 & Blue Angels Air Show | SF
Friday, October 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2019 & Blue Angels Air Show | SF

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. 39th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week  October 6 – 14, 2019 San Francisco FREE ...

Sunday, October 20

2019 San Francisco Trolley Dances | SF
Sunday, October 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
2019 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 16th anniversary season, is a two-day, free (with Muni fare) public performance curated ...

Wednesday, October 23

Shaping SF Lecture: Shellmounds, Indigenous Culture & Ecology | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, October 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Shellmounds, Indigenous Culture & Ecology | Mission Dist.
250 years ago, life along the edges of what we now know as San Francisco Bay changed forever when the Portola Expedition came upon this hidden magnificent body of water. The Spaniards couldn’t quite understand it when they saw this marvelous sight for the first ...

Friday, October 25

Thrill The World 2019: Guinness World Record Thriller Dance-Off | Campbell
Friday, October 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pruneyard Main Plaza
Thrill The World 2019: Guinness World Record Thriller Dance-Off | Campbell
Join in to try to set the Guinness World Record with their version of Thrill the World at 3 pm sharp on October 25, 2019. Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Every October, since 2006, funky zombies across the globe gather ...

Saturday, October 26

2019 Leap Sandcastle Classic: NorCal’s Biggest Sandcastle Comp. | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Balboa)
2019 Leap Sandcastle Classic: NorCal's Biggest Sandcastle Comp. | Ocean Beach
Take part in Northern California’s largest sandcastle building event which features a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students at Ocean Beach on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The theme for the 37th annual Leap Sandcastle Contest is “Let’s Play” There’s also a community ...

Saturday, November 2

2019 Dia de los Muertos Procession | SF
Saturday, November 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 22nd & Bryant
2019 Dia de los Muertos Procession | SF

The Rescue Culture Collective, invites you to the 37th annual San Francisco Day Of The Dead Ritual Procession on Saturday, November 2, 2019. 2019 Dia de los Muertos Procession Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 7 pm – 7 pm: Procession starts at 22nd and Bryant ...

Wednesday, November 6

Shaping SF Lecture: Alcatraz Occupation | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, November 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Alcatraz Occupation | Mission Dist.
50 years ago this fall, on November 20, a group of people that came to be known as Indians of All Tribes began a 18-month occupation of Alcatraz Island. This act of self-determination emerged from conditions faced on reservations and in urban centers, from the ...

Wednesday, November 13

Shaping SF Lecture: Progress to Poverty | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, November 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Progress to Poverty | Mission Dist.
On the 140th anniversary of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, his land tax and radical reform of land use are worth a critical re-examination. Geographers Francesca Manning and Richard Walker, along with Ted Gwartney of the California chapter of Common Ground USA, untangle what George ...

Wednesday, December 4

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. Please note the 2019 Free Museum ...
Shaping SF Lecture: 20th Anniversary of Seattle/WTO Shutdown | SF
Wednesday, December 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 20th Anniversary of Seattle/WTO Shutdown | SF
On November 30, 1999 the World Trade Organization was prevented from meeting in Seattle by unprecedented phalanxes of self-organized protesters who filled the streets, tied up key intersections, blockaded the convention center, and used video and the internet in ways they’d never been used before. ...

Wednesday, December 11

Shaping SF Lecture: Valencia Street as a Lesbian Corridor | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, December 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Valencia Street as a Lesbian Corridor | Mission Dist.
Osento Bathhouse. Amelia’s. Artemis Cafe. Old Wives Tales. Modern Times Bookstore. Names and functions of these venues have changed, but they are part of the living memory of Valencia Street. Long before it descended into the white tablecloth, boutique-filled, gentrified peculiarity of today, the Valencia ...