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Tuesday, July 27

Legal Essentials for Owning a Business (SF LGBT Center)
Tuesday, July 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Legal Essentials for Owning a Business (SF LGBT Center)
This workshop, hosted by the Small Business Program at the SF LGBT Center and Start Small Think Big, will provide an overview of primary legal considerations to consider while operating a small business, including the benefits of limited liability entities, flexibility and benefits of written ...
Stern Grove Festival RSVP Window Opens at 2p: Thundercat (8/8)
Tuesday, July 27 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated. Tickets required
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival RSVP Window Opens at 2p: Thundercat (8/8)

Stern Grove Festival announced a packed lineup for their 2021 season highlighted by a July 4th concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Thievery Corporation on July 11, Fitz & The Tantrums on August 15th and the finale “The Big Picnic” with Tower of Power and Too ...

KQED Virtual Panel “Foster Youth, Resilience and Mental Health Post-Pandemic”
Tuesday, July 27 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE
KQED Virtual Panel "Foster Youth, Resilience and Mental Health Post-Pandemic"
Well Beings and KQED will stream a live virtual panel discussion featuring local experts and youth from the Bay Area on July 27 at 4:30pm PT. Hosted by Myles Bess of KQED’s YouTube series Above the Noise, the event will be centered on how to ...
Marin Art and Garden Center: Behind the Scenes at the Basketry Garden
Tuesday, July 27 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marin Art and Garden Center Redwood Amphitheater
Marin Art and Garden Center: Behind the Scenes at the Basketry Garden
Charlie Kennard – TUESDAY, JULY 27, 5 – 6:30pm Marin Art and Garden Center’s basket-weaver-in-residence, Charlie Kennard will show a variety of intricate pieces created from plants he grows at the Center or gathers around the Bay Area. Following the talk, a tour of the basketry ...
Green Apple Books Talk 9th Ave: Denise Larson + Debra Pollock
Tuesday, July 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Green Apple Books Talk 9th Ave: Denise Larson + Debra Pollock
Join us on Tuesday, July 27 at 6pm PT for the launch of Denise Larson’s memoir, Anarchy in High Heels, with Debra Pollock in-store at 9th Ave! Masks Required. You can watch the event online by registering at the link below Zoom Registration https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_tXBC4_wfQOqEU3I9xWEhOQ Praise for Anarchy in High ...
SF Library Author Talk “Meddling in the Ballot Box”
Tuesday, July 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library (All Branches)
SF Library Author Talk "Meddling in the Ballot Box"
Dov Levin, author of, Meddling in the Ballot Box, will discuss foreign powers who try to determine election results of another country and the effects of this meddling on election results. Prof. Dov H. Levin is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of ...
“Comedy Blast” at Neck Of The Woods w/ Danny Dechi
Tuesday, July 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Neck of The Woods
"Comedy Blast" at Neck Of The Woods w/ Danny Dechi

Comedy Blast! Stand-up comedy hosted by Danny Dechi – Comedian and world’s only pencil musician. As seen on CBS James Corden Late Late Show: – 7PM to 9PM Free Admission! Karaoke at 9PM Every Tuesday

Wednesday, July 28

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

2021 National Buffalo Soldier’s Day (Union Square)
Wednesday, July 28 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free family fun
| Union Square
2021 National Buffalo Soldier's Day (Union Square)
2021 National Buffalo Soldier’s Day brings global attention to Union Square and contributions by Buffalo Soldiers throughout the Great State of California. May 1903, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was escorted by Buffalo Soldiers from the San Francisco Presidio to Union Square for the dedication of ...
SF’s “Buffalo Soldiers Day” History Walk (The Presidio)
Wednesday, July 28 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio Visitor Center,
SF's "Buffalo Soldiers Day" History Walk (The Presidio)
​​In honor of Buffalo Soldiers Day this Wednesday, July 28, retired Ranger Rik Penn and (current) Ranger Erick Cortes will lead a Buffalo Soldiers walking tour in the Presidio that starts at the Visitor Center around 2 pm. This African American regiment escorted President Theodore Roosevelt ...
Castro Farmers’ Market (Every Wednesday)
Wednesday, July 28 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Castro Farmers' Market
Castro Farmers' Market (Every Wednesday)

Welcome back your favorite farmers to the corner of Market and Noe Streets as they offer their amazing citrus, tasty root vegetables, honey, flowers, baked goods, and beautiful leafy greens.  Castro Farmers’ Market Every Wed., Mar. 17-Nov. 17, 2021 | 2:30p-7p Castro Farmer’s Market, Noe ...Every Wednesday

“SF Wednesdays” Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Downtown
Wednesday, July 28 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
"SF Wednesdays" Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Downtown

With SFWednesdays, San Francisco is taking it to the streets with 30 performances, free and open-to-the-public, spread across 10 Wednesdays this summer in some of the City’s most iconic outdoor public spaces. The series kicks off  Wednesday, July 14 (12pm – 2pm) — in three simultaneous offerings ...Every Wednesday

SF’s Historic Matchbook + Neon Sign Design Talk
Wednesday, July 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library (All Branches)
SF's Historic Matchbook + Neon Sign Design Talk
A partnership with SF Neon, Tenderloin Museum and the Letterform Archive An exploration of matchbooks and neon sign design and typography that is a time-travel journey to the mid-century nightlife of San Francisco. Vintage matchbook covers and historic neon signs are a fascinating synecdoche of the ...
“What is the Water Saying?” Video/Art Event (Sausalito)
Wednesday, July 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free; reservation required.
| Headlands Center for the Arts,
"What is the Water Saying?" Video/Art Event (Sausalito)
Headlands is pleased to host “What is the water saying?,” a screening curated by the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts and featuring video work by Carolina Caycedo, Sky Hopinka, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira, Thao Nguyen Phan, and Charwei Tsai. For thousands of years people lived ...
Magic Lantern in Kerouac Alley: An Evening of Punk Rock Films (SF)
Wednesday, July 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack Kerouac Alley
Magic Lantern in Kerouac Alley: An Evening of Punk Rock Films (SF)
In celebration of the origins of DIY CULTURE in San Francisco, and as a special tribute to the lost-but-legendary MABUHAY GARDENS (just around the corner on Broadway,) we present a program of PUNK ROCK FILMS. In the late 1970s, while punk bands and artists were ...

Thursday, July 29

300 SF Bars Might Require Vaccines Indoors Starting July 29
Thursday, July 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
300 SF Bars Might Require Vaccines Indoors Starting July 29
If you go out to drink indoors this weekend, you might want to bring a copy of your vaccine card. Thanks to ABC7 for letting us know that on Monday the SF Bar Owners Alliance, which represents over 300 bars in San Francisco, has officially stated ...
San Francisco Village Cleanup (Inner Richmond)
Thursday, July 29 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sign up at https://forms.gle/TdSM6vANtyB1KwRMA
| Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea
San Francisco Village Cleanup (Inner Richmond)
Join San Francisco Village in cleaning up the Inner Richmond. Meet at Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea (785 8th Ave). All supplies provided. Sign up on this Google Form (https://forms.gle/TdSM6vANtyB1KwRMA) or email info@refuserefusesf.org with event name.
“Mission Community Market” Night Farmers Market (SF)
Thursday, July 29 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Community Market
"Mission Community Market" Night Farmers Market (SF)

2021 updates Now in its 11th year, the popular neighborhood market will be reopening with a lineup of 20+ small local farms and food businesses, offering a diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables, food crafts, and hot prepared foods for Mission residents. More vendors will ...Every Thursday

Harris v. Sutro: An Early Civil Rights Battle at Sutro Baths
Thursday, July 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP to receive Zoom info
| Sutro Library
Harris v. Sutro: An Early Civil Rights Battle at Sutro Baths
In this virtual talk, Elaine Elinson will present on the little known case of Harris v. Sutro, where John Harris challenged segregation. Join us on Thursday, July 29th at 4PM (PST). For more details and to RSVP, visit Eventbrite page.
July Summer DIY Project Day with SF Etsy (Ghirardelli Square)
Thursday, July 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Ghirardelli Square
July Summer DIY Project Day with SF Etsy (Ghirardelli Square)
Join SF Etsy Artist Leah Jachimowicz as she guides you through the fascinating white-on-blue sunprints with the materials provided. Grab a to-go beer (beer and other goodies for purchase available) at San Francisco Brewing Co. and sip along as you create something inspired by the character ...