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Thursday, October 21

The Mystery Aussie: Jan See Chin
Thursday, October 21 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP through Eventbrite
| Sutro Library
The Mystery Aussie: Jan See Chin
In honor of Family History Month, join us as Pamela Lee Wong shares the story of her family history journey, how she uncovered the mystery of a great uncle, and how his story reflects today’s Asian immigrant experiences. Pam will also cover tips for how ...
‘Live Art Thursdays’ at City Center Bishop Ranch
Thursday, October 21 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Center Bishop Ranch
'Live Art Thursdays' at City Center Bishop Ranch

Join a captivating art experience with live paintings, artist booths, shopping, and music featuring several talented and recognized local street artists. Visitors will be able to experience the artists’ process, interact with them while they work, and observe as they transform large blank canvases into ...Monthly

Outdoor Latin Jazz Concert at Fruitvale BART
Thursday, October 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Outdoor Latin Jazz Concert at Fruitvale BART

The sounds of Reggae, Jazz, and Folk music will bring joy to BART riders in the month of October as the latest “welcome back” gesture by the agency to encourage the return to transit and reinforce the role public transit plays in fueling the Bay ...

Outdoor Bossa Nova Concert at Glen Park BART
Thursday, October 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Outdoor Bossa Nova Concert at Glen Park BART

The sounds of Reggae, Jazz, and Folk music will bring joy to BART riders in the month of October as the latest “welcome back” gesture by the agency to encourage the return to transit and reinforce the role public transit plays in fueling the Bay ...

Untold Stories of America w/ Social Justice Collaborative
Thursday, October 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration is required prior to the event.
Untold Stories of America w/ Social Justice Collaborative
Three of the most impactful journalists, influencers, and storytellers of our time gather together to discuss: Are immigrants and refugees fleeing their countries due to circumstances that the United States has largely caused? Are our immigration policies still promoting nationalism, unilateralism, and xenophobia? What’s the ...
SF’s “Skybridge on Stevenson” Outdoor Music & Dance Fest (Sept. 16 – Nov 18)
Thursday, October 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 510 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103
SF's "Skybridge on Stevenson" Outdoor Music & Dance Fest (Sept. 16 - Nov 18)

Skybridge on Stevenson is back with another 10 weeks of live music, dance performances, special guest DJs, dance competition, food and drinks, and more. An outdoor dance and music festival for all ages. Food and drinks by neighborhood restaurants: Montesacro & Grilled Cheese Guy Beer ...Every Thursday

Dave Mihaly Shimmering Leaves Band (SF)
Thursday, October 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mercury Cafe
original music and some select covers by a five piece band,. jazz, rock, experimental
Monster in the Middle Author Event
Thursday, October 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Monster in the Middle Author Event
Join us on Thursday, October 21st at 6pm PT when Tiphanie Yanique discusses her novel, Monster in the Middle, with Edwidge Danticat on Zoom! Zoom Registration https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_0HOZ3xsAQ7iVWleIf_MSog Praise for Monster in the Middle “Monster in the Middle is as boundless as it is affecting. Yanique’s prose leaps with possibility, ...
Grief Expressions Over Time (Palo Alto)
Thursday, October 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free online event; donations are appreciated
| Online via Zoom
Grief Expressions Over Time (Palo Alto)
If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, you might have noticed that you grieve in specific ways, perhaps different from how others around you dealt with the same loss. Dr. Susan Berger’s book The Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to ...
Root Division 20th Annual Benefit Art Auction
Root Division 20th Annual Benefit Art Auction
Collect art, support arts education, & be inspired by artists at Root Division’s largest annual fundraising event on Thursday, October 21! As you can imagine, we are reinventing our annual Auction festivities yet again. Join us this year for a dynamic event featuring artwork installed in ...
“The Big Quiz Thing” Live Outdoor Team Trivia in Salesforce Park (SF)
Thursday, October 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
"The Big Quiz Thing" Live Outdoor Team Trivia in Salesforce Park (SF)

Since its beginning at a New York burlesque club in 2002, The Big Quiz Thing has grown into America’s greatest source of custom trivia entertainment, for thousands of clients nationwide, in-person and virtually. And now it returns to San Francisco’s most glorious public space— Salesforce ...Every Thursday

Bernal Star Pop-Up Movie Night (SF)
Thursday, October 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bernal Star
Bernal Star Pop-Up Movie Night (SF)
Cortland Avenue’s iconic restaurant, bakery and wine bar, Bernal Star plays host to the third pop-up screening on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00pm. Co-presenter Cine+Mas, producer of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival and year-round programming and special events centered on Latino arts including the ...
16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)
Thursday, October 21 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Absolutely free for all!
| San Francisco
16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)

For 18 years, this outdoor “open mic-without-a-mic” has welcomed poets, musicians, emcees, comedy, and everything in between. In the best of San Francisco tradition, everyone is welcome, all forms of expression, in any language. On the southwest streetcorner by the BART station, amidst the pigeons, ...Every Thursday

Friday, October 22

Fyah Fridays: Dancehall / Reggaeton / Afrobeat Night (SF)
Friday, October 22 – 10:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 11pm with RSVP
| Neck of The Woods
Fyah Fridays: Dancehall / Reggaeton / Afrobeat Night (SF)

“Fyah Fridays” is San Francisco’s newest Dancehall/Reggaeton dance party. Come see the Bay Area’s own DJ Natural (Emporium, Double Dutch, The Grand) spins your favorite Reggaeton – Dancehall – Afrobeat jams all night! Fyah Fridays: Dancehall / Reggaeton / Afrobeat Night Friday Nights at 10:30p – STARTING OCTOBER ...Every Friday

“Pay-What-You-Can” Taco Day at SF’s Tato (Every Friday)
"Pay-What-You-Can" Taco Day at SF's Tato (Every Friday)

While many restaurants are struggling, San Francisco Mexican restaurant TATO wants to give back. They’re bringing back their “Taco Love” special which features a two taco plate with sides, and pay-what-you-can pricing. Pay-What-You-Can Taco Day Tato 4608 3rd St. (@ McKinnon) San Francisco (Bayview) Every ...Every Friday

Almanac’s Backyard Hootenanny (Oct. 22-24)
Friday, October 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend! Food & drink are pay as you go.
| Almanac Beer Co.
Almanac's Backyard Hootenanny (Oct. 22-24)

Join us for an Almanac Backyard Hootenanny!⁠ ⁠ We’ve got pumpkins and hay bales galore for a picture-perfect photo-op, food specials including kettle corn and pumpkin ice cream, beer specials, cider, and bluegrass bands rocking all 3 days!⁠ ⁠ Music Schedule:⁠ Friday, Oct. 22nd, 6pm-9pm:⁠ ...

“Imaging Pilgrimage” Book Release Party
Friday, October 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
"Imaging Pilgrimage" Book Release Party
Join the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in celebrating the release of Dr. Kathryn Barush’s newly published book, Imaging Pilgrimage: Art as Embodied Experience. While place-based pilgrimage is an embodied practice, can it be experienced in its fullness through built ...
“Keep Sunset Boulevard Clean” Volunteer Event (SF)
Friday, October 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Sign up at https://forms.gle/TdSM6vANtyB1KwRMA
| Lawton St. at 36th Ave.
"Keep Sunset Boulevard Clean" Volunteer Event (SF)
Help us clean up the green spaces around Sunset Boulevard along with Climate Action Now. Meet on Lawton St at 36th Ave. All supplies provided. Sign up on this Google Form (https://forms.gle/TdSM6vANtyB1KwRMA) or email info@refuserefusesf.org with event name.
Golden Gate Park’s Free Soul/R&B Friday Night Concert
Friday, October 22 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music (Golden Gate Park Bandshell)
Golden Gate Park's Free Soul/R&B Friday Night Concert

Golden Gate Bandshell welcomes back live performances with a diverse lineup of musicians to play free concerts at historic landmark. Live music has returned to the Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with a series of free outdoor concerts in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco ...

$1 Drink Fridays: “Battle of the Decades” DJ Party (North Beach)
Friday, October 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission with RSVP on Eventbrite
| Monroe
$1 Drink Fridays: "Battle of the Decades" DJ Party (North Beach)

Fridays are now a little bit more awesome. Did someone say $1 drinks? Monroe in North Beach hosts “Battle of the Decades” DJ party and happy hour every Friday with a DJ spinning progressive tunes. Every hour is a different decade – with drink prices ...Every Friday