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The “Now” Festival

A week of silent discos, sock fights, polar plunges, flower giveaways and wacky parades.
By - posted 11/16/2014 No Comment

Now is a community festival akin to a cross between [freespace] and SXSW – and they’ll be taking over the neighborhoods around San Francisco’s iconic Panhandle (plus a few all over the city) to produce a week of most free events from November 16-22, 2014.

Hundreds of people will contribute to a neighborhood-wide explosion of community projects – roof top yoga, silent discos, polar bear plunges, human scavenger hunts and more.

Most events are free, but a few ask for donations or have nominal fees.

Now Festival
November 16-22, 2014
Panhandle and surrounding neighborhoods
Most events FREE or for a nominal donation

Please note, this is a preliminary schedule and events may be added or cancelled during the week. Please check nowsf.org for the latest updates.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Polar Bear Plunge (Free) – Ocean Beach Fire Pits
  • Story Forest (Set-up) (Free) – The Panhandle near McKinley Statue
  • Rooftop Yoga + Potluck (Donation-based) – Le Chateau McAlamo, 1052 Fulton St
  • St. Stupid’s Demo (Free) – McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
  • Slackline Workshop, pt.1 (Free) – Between Cole street and Clayton in the Panhandle, Northside, in the trees
  • Face-Painting Face-Off (Free) – Panhandle Playground Area
  • Live Band Silent Disco (donations appreciated)) – Panhandle Playground Area
  • Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco (Free) – Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave and JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park
  • Feed Your Mind (Free) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • The Human Scavenger Hunt (Free) – Panhandle Playground Area – 1pm kickoff (Nov. 16-22)
  • Sunday Sessions at Madrone Art Bar (donations for appreciated)) – Madrone Art Bar

Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Slack Workshop, pt.2 (Free) – Between Cole street and Clayton in the Panhandle, Northside, in the trees
  • Make a Craft, Take a Craft, Leave a Craft (Free) – The Panhandle at McKinley Statue
  • Rotisserie Jam + Comedy Happy Hour (Free) – Milk Bar

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • USF Hour (Free) – Welch Field, University of San Francisco campus
  • KABLAMO (Free) – Haight & Ashbury – 1pm (sock fight)
  • Bibliobicicleta Book Exchange in partnership with senseofplace LAB (Free) – The Panhandle
  • Comedy at The Convent (Free) – The Convent, 660 Oak
  • Traveling Jam-A-Long (Free) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • “Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco ($10 entry, $5 for skate rental) – 554 Fillmore St.
  • KC Turner Presents: Pop-Up Open Mic (2) – Second Act – 1727 Haight St

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Panhandle Pajama Cereal Party: The Breakfast of Champions (Free) – The Panhandle @ Baker St.
  • Free Monthly Senior Lunch: Thanksgiving Edition (Free with RSVP) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • Urban Wandering (Free) – McKinley Statue, Panhandle
  • Free Music and Public Art Station (Free) – Mckinley Statue, Panhandle
  • Skateboard & Longboard Mob (Free) – DMV parking lot
  • Free Laughter Yoga Class (Free) –
  • Communitea ($10 suggested donation) – Center SF (548 fillmore)
  • NOPA Improv Class (Free (donations appreciated)) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • Folked! w/Kendra McKinley, Alzara & Brother Spellbinder, Papa Bear & The Easy Love (Free (donations for musicians appreciated)) – Red Vic

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • The Intersection Tie Dye Game (Free) – Haight St.
  • Lunch Hour w/Friends w/o Benefits (Free (donations for musicians appreciated)) – Gleeson Plaza, University of San Francisco campus
  • Quick Fast (Free) – Everywhere, but also the Panhandle. Look around and I dare you to find some hummus.
  • Face-Painting Face-Off (Free) – University of San Francisco Campus, Gleeson Plaza
  • Ballet in the Park (Free) – McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
  • The Good Job Parade (Free) – Start at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle, parade through upper/lower haight and into the Mission
  • “Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco ($10 to enter, $5 for skate rental) – Church of 8 Wheels
  • Wisdom Hackers Global Salon (Free) – Hotel Zorba – 1554 Fulton St.
  • Philosophy Salon (Free) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • ReDisco Thrift Shop Thursday at Madrone Art Bar ($5 suggested donation) – Madrone Art Bar

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Free Flower Friday (Free) – McKinley Statue, Panhandle
  • Make a Craft, Take a Craft, Leave a Craft (Free) – The Panhandle at McKinley Statue
  • USF Garden Party (Free) – USF Garden – Turk and Tamalpais
  • Never Ordinary Happy Hour w/ Teachers in Plaid, Osage (Free (donations for musicians appreciated)) – Fishbowl Bar & Grill
  • Never Ordinary Friday Celebration w/El Radio Fantastique, Captain Narwhal (Free (donations for musicians appreciated)) – St. Cyprian’s Church

Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • Kid’s Bike Park (Adults too) (free!) – Small paved surface next to the washrooms
  • Healthy Lifestyle workshop (free) – Panhandle
  • Naam Yoga (Free, donations accepted) – McKinley Statue, Panhandle
  • SFutility Team (Free) – McKinley Statue, Panhandle
  • RE-volv Climate Change discussion (Free) – The Panhandle between Cole and Clayton
  • “Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco ($10 to enter, $5 for skate rental) – 554 Fillmore St.
  • Free hour (FREE) – McKinley Statue, Panhandle
  • Ballet in the Park (Free) – McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
  • Historic Ride around the Panhandle (Free for SFBC members, donations accepted) – Fell & Masonic departure
  • Urban Eating League ($25 per eater) –
  • Wayang Bali: Balinese Shadow Play ($10 at the door if you mention NOW! SF) – St. Cyprian’s Church
  • Closing Ceremony w/Doppio, Scott Rickets (of Low Country Kingdom) (Free (donations for musicians appreciated)) – 885 Fulton St.