60+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Cherry Blossom Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Holiday, Earth Day, Parties, Concerts, Food, & More | April 16-19, 2015

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Who’s ready for another great weekend?! There are many fun and interesting San Francisco events to check out including the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Earth Day events including the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, the Cesar E. Chavez Holiday & Parade, the Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, and much more! Below is a list of several fun events, and most of them are FREE!

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2015 San Francisco / Bay Area Weekend Events: April 16-19, 2015

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All Weekend: Heras-Casado conducts the SFS featuring works by Haydn and Mozart | Davies Symphony Hall (more info)

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April 16: Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena | Free, Downtown Art Walk
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena: a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in San Francisco’s arts and culture district in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. Free and discounted museum and gallery events, live performances, and extended happy hours throughout the neighborhood. More info.

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April 16: Oakland – Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Free, Art Walk, Third Thursdays, 6-9PM
Every 3rd Thursday of the month we invite you all to come out to the Ave to join us in supporting local artists, local independent businesses and community fun. Piedmont Ave. Stroll is in restaurants, stores, cafes and more with art, music, events and more. More info.

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April 16: Mountain View – Grown-Up Lego Day @ Mountain View Public Library | Free, 12:30-3PM
Build awesome things with Legos! Drop-in, no registration required. The Library provides the Legos, you provide the imagination. More info.

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April 16: Giant NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6PM, $12, 21+
Marvel at colossal whale skeletons in the Academy’s latest exhibit Whales: Giants of the Deep, plus more! More info.

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April 16: YCBA: Converge Monthly Art Gathering | Free, Music, Art, Performances, Cocktails, Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. More info.

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April 16: Great San Francisco Earthquake & Fire Luncheon @ John’s Grill | Commemorative Luncheon, Historic Firefighting Equipment, Marching Band
At this year’s luncheon, SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White will pronounce Ron Ross our 2015 Honorary Survivor. In addition to the festivities inside, out front of John’s Grill will be members of the SFPD Mounted Patrol and actual historical firefighting equipment that saved San Francisco in 1906. More info.

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April 16: Concord & San Jose – Free Drive-In Movie Night @ West Wind Drive-Ins | Free, Family-Friendly, Old-School Drive-In, Dusk
The West Wind Drive-in movie theaters in Concord and San Jose host a Free Drive-in Movie Night, plus a festival with live music, games and $1 nachos. All movies are double features. Admission is free. Gates open at 6 pm. Films start at dusk. More info.

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April 16: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)

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April 16:: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)

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April 16: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)

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April 16: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)

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April 16: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)

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April 17: The Flamin’ Groovies @ The Chapel | Performing Their “Shake Some Action” Album, Featuring Kelley Stoltz, All Ages, $20, 9PM (more info)

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April 17: SF Giants Post-Game Fireworks Show @ AT&T Park | Free, Family-Friendly, Fireworks, 10:15PM
As soon as the San Francisco Giants defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks (game ends approx. 10:15 pm), enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game. More info.

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April 17: Come Out & Drink @ Treat Street Social Club | Games, Drinks, 21+, 7-10:30PM
What could be more fun than a Friday night out with your friends? How ’bout a Friday night out playing drinking games with your friends? That is in fact the wonderful evening you will have, thanks to Come Out and Play SF, and for a noble cause even – to help our volunteer-run organization raise money for the free fall games festival. More info.

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April 17: Lettie Teague @ Omnivore Books | Free, Book Presentation & Signing, Wine Information
Join us for Wine in Words: Notes for Better Drinking by Lettie Teague. Teague is the wine columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the winner of three James Beard Awards. With the pithy wit that readers of her columns have come to expect, Teague breaks down the stumbling blocks that often intimidate us and clears up the myths that cloud our understanding of wine. More info.

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April 17: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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April 17: Oakland – The Smart Culture Show @ 3rd St. Warehouse | Free Admission & Pizza
Art themed comedy show held in a warehouse space in the Jack London section of Oakland. Each month, they bring you some of the Bay Area’s best comedians, who will not only tell you jokes, but hilariously dissect the theme at hand. More info.

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April 17: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)

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April 17:  Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM (more info)

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April 17: SF Beer Olympics @ Horizon | 9PM, Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, Games, Drink Specials (more info)

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April 17:  Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)

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April 17:  Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)

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April 17:  Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)

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April 17-18: Midnight Movie @ Clay Theatre | Screening Of Akira, Anime, Science-Fiction Adventure, 11:55PM (more info)

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April 17-18: So Stoked For Earth Day @ DNA Lounge | Dance Party, Drinks, Festive Events

We are uber stoked to host Earth Day SF’s Planet Dance official pre-party! The festivities start with So Stoked main event on Friday, April 17th at 7 pm, continue with the after-party at 2 am, and roll right into the festival itself. 24-hours of green celebration! More info.

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April 18: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday
Participants are expected to a) meet at a local bar, b) depart for a ride at midnight, c) bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and d) be awesome. Ride start location will be posted to our website the day of the ride. Only the ride leader knows where we’re going so bring your sense of adventure. Rides are strictly no rider left behind and generally around 5 miles. More info.

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April 18: Heron Watch @ Stow Lake | Free Bird Watching, Guided Nature Walks, 10AM-12:30PM
Observe the magnificent Great Blue Herons and their chicks. Interns and volunteers, using spotting scopes, will show the herons and chicks and explain their behavior. More info.

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April 18: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party
A monthly tribute party for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths every third Saturday at Milk Bar! More info.

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April 18: 1906 Earthquake Ceremony @ Lotta’s Fountain | Free, Commemoration Ceremony, Wreaths, Hydrant Painting, 4:30AM
When the earthquake hit in 1906, it did so in the wee hours at 5:12 am. Every year since, city officials and some survivors (and there are a dwindling number every year) gather around the fountain for a reunion at 5:12 am to mark the exact time of the Great Quake. More info.

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April 18: Gold Fire Hydrant Painting Ceremony @ Dolores Park | Free, Commemoration Ceremony, 5:30AM
One lonely working fire hydrant in the Mission District helped saved the city’s churches after the 1906 Earthquake. Every year on the anniversary of the quake, the hydrant receives a fresh coast of gold paint in tribute. More info.

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April 18: Free National Parks Weekend @ Muir Woods National Monument | Outdoors, Family-Friendly
Sometimes you’ve just got get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park. More info.

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April 18: Earth Day SF @ 22nd Street From Mission To Valencia | Street Fair, Family-Friendly, Music, Food & Drink, Exhibits
We’re bringing the community together for a day of celebration, eco activism and everything green, fun and Sustainable. Featuring inspirational speakers from the green movement, hands on DIY, art projects for all ages, spectacular eco fashion shows, and so much more! More info.

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April 18: San Francisco Earth Day World Naked Bike Ride | Free, Protest of BP Oil Spill
You decide how much bare you can dare, you can go all out in the joy of sun clad nakedness, go topless, bikinis, body paint or latex, leotard or lingerie, or tuxedos, whatever you feel like. For this ride, however, since an oil spill is the target of our angst, an appropriate statement can be made to mimic spilled oil. More info.

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April 18: Cesar E. Chavez 2015 Holiday | 10AM-5PM, Free, Parade, Street Fair, Music, Arts & Crafts
Commemorate & celebrate the life and work of labor & civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. More info.

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April 18: Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade @ Dolores Park | Free, Family-Friendly, 10AM-Noon
Annually, thousands of Bay Area residents, families, schools, religious groups, labor unions, and community organizations join in to celebrate Cesar’s legacy as a leader in workers and civil rights. This is the largest event honoring Cesar Chavez in Northern California. More info.

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April 18: Goat Festival @ Ferry Plaza Farmers Market | Free, Family-Friendly, Cooking Demos, Artisan Food Vendors, Baby Goats Petting Stable, 10AM-1PM
Join CUESA for our Seventh Annual Goat Festival, a celebration of all things goat! CUESA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to educate urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and to create links between urban dwellers and local farmers. More info.

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April 18: Bug Day @ Randall Museum | Educational, Exhibits, Activities, Live Insects, Family-Friendly, 10AM-3PM
Join us for a festival of everything insects! Learn about these marvelous creatures on one of the Randall’s favorite Family Days. See live exotic insects, view insects through microscopes, learn about the language of insects, watch beekeepers at work, compete in our Insect Olympics, and perhaps even eat a bug or two. Join us for this fun adventure into the bug world. More info.

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April 18: Dogfest @ Duboce Park | Community Dog Show, Fundraiser, Family-Friendly, 11AM-4PM
DogFest is a celebration of dogs and kids benefitting SFUSD McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets. The festival offers something for dogs, kids, and parents of both breeds. More info.

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April 18: Spring Open Studios @ Mission District | Free, Art Tour, Noon-6PM
Join us for a day of collectively cultivating this vital art community and reconnecting with the abundant creativity in the Mission District. Spring Open Studios is a rare opportunity to see the artists in their workspaces; a viewer driven art tour where you can choose your adventure! More info.

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April 18: Stanford – Stanford Lūʻau @ White Plaza | Hawaiian Cultural Celebration, Food, Live Music, Dance Performances, Noon-3PM
Held annually in spring quarter, the Stanford Lūʻau honors and celebrates the often under-represented indigenous cultures of Hawaiʻi and greater Polynesia. Lūʻau features traditional and local-style Hawaiian food, live music performances, and traditional Polynesian dances such as hula. More info.

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April 18: Stinson Beach – Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration @ Stinson Beach | Free, Community Art Event, Music & Dancing, Environmentalism, 11AM-3PM
Celebrate Earth Day at Stinson Beach by creating art on the beach using found objects at this annual event. Community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. More info.

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April 18: San Jose – Northern California Botball® Tournament @ NASA Ames Research Center | Robotics, Educational, Family-Friendly
At the Botball® Regional Tournament, students will get the chance to showcase all their hard work by competing in an autonomous robotics tournament. It’s a great opportunity for students, team leaders, mentors and parents to network and interact with others who share an interest in educational robotics. More info.

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April 18: Martinez – John Muir Birthday & Earth Day Celebration @ John Muir National Historic Site | Free, Exhibits & Activities, Live Music, Silent Auction, 10AM-4PM
John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment. The Celebration will be held at the John Muir National Historic Site, which includes the 1882 Victorian home of the country’s earliest and perhaps most influential advocate for nature — John Muir. More info.

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April 18: Berkeley – Cal Day @ UC Berkeley | Free, Live Performances, Lectures, Tours
On Cal Day, the entire University of California, Berkeley campus once again throws open its doors to the public and presents a full day of free lectures, performances, tours, concerts and more to showcase the campus, its students and the school’s programs. More info.

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April 18: Berkeley – Spring Game & Fan Day @ California Memorial Stadium | Free, Meet Coaches & Players, Giveaways, Family-Friendly Activities, 11AM (more info)

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April 18: Artsplash Community Celebration @ Montalvo Arts Center | 11AM-4PM, Free, Live Music, Arts
A fun, free, and family-friendly festival, ArtSplash is an invitation for guests to explore and sample Montalvo’s offerings! Featuring live musical performances, hands-on art making activities, tours of the historic Villa and gardens, visual arts in the Project Space Gallery and throughout the property, and more. More info.

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April 18: Oakland – Oakland Earth Day | Volunteer Event, Environmentalism
Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Thousands of volunteers will join this global effort for the 21st Annual Oakland Earth Day. It’s the city’s largest community volunteer event and is sponsored by Oakland Public Works. More info.

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April 18: Oakland– “Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap @ American Steel Studios | Free, 4PM
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Also included is a series of DIY craft and.  sewing workshops through which a community explores creativity and reuse. More info.

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April 18: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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April 18:  Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)

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April 18-19: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival @ San Francisco’s Japantown | Free, Live Music, Food, Cultural Performances, Parade
Now celebrating its 48th year, this is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. More info.

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April 18-19: San Jose – Big Wow! ComicFest @ San Jose Convention Center | Comic Books, Classes, Signings, Costume Contest, 10AM-6PM
Premier comic book, art, & pop culture event. Featuring two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Gaming FUN! More info.

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April 19: Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament @ Terra Gallery | Free, Fundraiser, Arm Wrestling, Costumes, 4-7PM
Project HOPE Art will be hosting the Annual Bay Area Arm Wrestling Ladies (BAAWL) tournament, a raucous performance-based women’s arm wrestling competition. Each wrestler has an outrageous costumed persona, which she can work to her advantage by winning the adoration and dolla dolla bills of the crowd. More info.

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April 19: Moonalice’s “420 Gathering Of The Tribe” @ Slim’s | Concert & Magic Show, 4:20-8PM
Ah 4/20, a day when people everywhere stop worrying about a thing because somewhere they heard that every little thing is gonna be alright. Preach this message when you experience Moonalice’s annual “420 Gathering of the Tribe” celebration. Featuring the band Doobie Decibel System, poster shows, a magician, and Moonalice themselvesMore info.

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April 19: Presidio Creek Geek Hike | Thinkwalks, Donation
Lobos Creek is the only major surface creek left in San Francisco. It’s big, supplying almost all the water to Presidio buildings with still enough left to gush to the ocean. Dragonfly creek and lots of unnamed creeks we’ll explore are cool, too. They help us understand what leaky San Francisco hillsides were like before development. We’ll see a major natural lake that supplies the creek’s headwaters. We’ll even dig into groundwater studies from the nineteenth century. More info.

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April 19: Rock N’ Swap @ USF’s McClaren Center | Fair, Swap Meet, Various Music Formats
KUSF’s Rock ‘N’ Swap is a Giant Music Lover’s Fair where vendors come from all over to sell music related items in various formats & genres – including hard-to-find items & rarities. You will find vinyl galore, CDs, DVDs, posters, books and so much more. More info.

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April 19: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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April 19: Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market @ Parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station | March 29-Nov 29, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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April 19: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio @ Main Post Lawn | March 1-Nov 1, Great Views of the Bay, Food Carts, Drinks, Music (more info)

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April 19: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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April 19: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)

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April 19: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)

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April 19: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)

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April 19: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)

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April 19: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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April 19: Mad Men Viewing Parties @ Novela Bar | Watch Final Episodes, Character Cocktails, Costumes Encouraged, Trivia, 7-10PM (more info)

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April 19-25: NOW! Festival @ Panhandle | Free, Community Festival
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 mostly free events from April 19-25, 2015. Hundreds of people will contribute to a neighborhood-wide explosion of community projects – free yoga, silent discos, jam sessions, book talks, cookie swaps, and even a belated Easter egg hunt, plus lots more. More info.

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