70+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Cinco de Mayo Festivals, Art Market SF, Hip Hop in the Park, SF Int’l Film Festival, Art Walks, Parties, Concerts, & More | April 30-May 3, 2015

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It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in San Francisco as we jump into May! There are lots of fun and interesting San Francisco events to check out including the Cinco de Mayo Festival, Art Market San Francisco, First Friday Art Walks, Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, Hip Hop in the Park in Berkeley, SF International Film Festival, and much more! Below is a list of several fun events, and most of them are FREE!

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San Francisco / Bay Area Weekend Events: April 30-May 3, 2015

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All Weekend: San Francisco International Film Festival | Film Screenings, Guest Speakers
The Film Society is proud to produce the longest-running film festival in the Americas. An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. More info.

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All Weekend: Bay Area Dance Week | Free, Dance Lessons, Events
BADW is a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 400+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the return of the wildly popular Kick Off Event on Friday, April 24 in Union Square Park, SF. More info.

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All Weekend: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More
City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco. Walk along the streets, sidewalks, and byways of America’s most beautiful – and fascinating – city! More info.

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All Weekend: Art Market San Francisco @ Fort Mason Center | Galleries, Artist Presentations, Tours, Food & Drinks 
Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its fifth edition and present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers. More info.

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All Weekend: Salonen Conducts The FirebirdDavies Symphony Hall (more info)

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April 30: Nature NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6PM, $12, 21+
Become one with nature as NightLife gets out and about for an evening of nature-themed fun. More info.

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April 30: Super Contemporary Opening Reception @ Creativity Explored | Art Exhibition, 7-9PM
Super Contemporary includes work by ten Bay Area artists. For the exhibition, five Creativity Explored artists were paired with five local artists to create works that respond to each other’s studio practice.  The impetus for the exhibition was to use the language of color to start a dialogue. More info.

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April 30: 2015 Draft Party @ Great American Red Zone Rally | Free, Live Entertainment, 49ers Appearances, Food, Giveaways, 4-9PM
The San Francisco 49ers will host the third annual Draft Party! The free-ticketed event is open to all ages, and families will have the opportunity to experience some of the rides free of charge, such as the Fly Deck rollercoaster and bumper cars. The party will include food, music & entertainment, 49ers player appearances, fan contests and giveaways, interactive sponsor booths & several surprises. More info.

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April 30: BeLinked App Open Bar @ Hawthorn | Free, Dating App Launch, Drinks, 6:30-8:30PM (more info)

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April 30: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)

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April 30: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)

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April 30: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)

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April 30: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)

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

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May 1: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays
San Francisco Bike Party is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. The rides are fun and safe with stops to dance and socialize along the way. More info.

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May 1: Punk Photo Renaissance: Early Warning Opening Reception @ Emerald Tablet | Punk Photography & Art, 6-10PM
For our third exhibit, The Punk Rock Sewing Circle has searched basements & closets in order to present you with the finest in Punk photography, along with artists from the California era 1977 – 82! Some wonderful and rare works you have not seen exhibited before! More info.

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May 1: Celebrating Botticelli to Braque @ de Young Museum | Free, Live Music, Guest Lecture, 6PM
Friday Nights at the de Young celebrates Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland with live music by City Opera SF, guest lecture by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the department of conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and art-making for all ages. More info.

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May 1: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM
First Fridays presents the North Beach community the chance to marvel in the vibrant art scene that awaits them right outside their doorstep. Participating galleries stay open until 9pm and offer drinks, live music, poetry, meetings with local artists, and entertainment for the guests. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – Great Wall Of Oakland @ 400 Grand Avenue | Outdoor Digital Art & Film, First Fridays, 7-11PM
The Great Wall of Oakland is the Bay Area’s premiere space for digital art and film. Every first Friday, during Oakland’s Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland illuminates the Uptown with cutting-edge digital art and film from artists locally and world-wide. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – First Friday Shorts @ The New Parkway | Film Screenings, 6-8PM
The monthly screenings highlight short films by local filmmakers and from Bay Area community arts organizations that use media production as part of a larger commitment to social justice and community transformation. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – Temescal First Fridays @ Temescal Square | Free, Art Galleries, Shopping, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, 6-9PM
Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling the streets along Telegraph Avenue and in Temescal Alley and Alley 49. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – Labor Against Police Terror @ Port Of Oakland | Rally & March, Protest, 9AM
ILWU, Local 10 is leading a Day of Action to call national attention in order to stop police terror. There will be no longshoremen working on that day in the Port of Oakland. The port will be shut down. We will gather at the port at 9am then march to Oscar Grant Plaza. More info.

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May 1: Newark – Spring 2015 Career Expo @ Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center | Free, Networking, Up To 70 Participating Employers, 11AM-2PM (more info)

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May 1: Redwood City – Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum
The History Museum is an innovative regional history center. Featuring interactive experiences, the long-term exhibits are the place where you can explore the county’s rich and colorful history. More info.

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May 1:  First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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May 1: San Jose – South First Fridays Art Walk
An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month. More info.

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May 1: Santa Cruz – Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as the “whale museum”, is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. More info.

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May 1: Oakland – The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM
On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring member galleries and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. OAM is an organization of over 40 galleries that produces weekly art walks, guided tours and other exclusive events. More info.

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May 1: “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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May 1: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)

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May 1: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)

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May 1: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)

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May 1: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)

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May 1 & 2: SF Botanical Garden’s 48th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Northern California’s Largest Plant Sale features over 2,500 different kinds of plants – many exclusive to the Garden’s Nursery and a variety suitable for all different Bay Area microclimates! More info.

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May 1-3: StARTup Art Fair @ Hotel Del Sol | Contemporary Art Market
San Francisco’s independently produced contemporary art fair for unrepresented artists! We aim to generate the dynamism and excitement of over 40 vetted, solo exhibitions for one glorious and stimulating 3-day weekend. More info.

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May 1-3: San Jose – Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Santa Clara County Fairgrounds | Carnival Rides, Live Music, Food & Drink, Family-friendly
Come join us for the 2015 Cinco de Mayo festival/fair! It’ll be three days of fun and exicement, so bring all the kids. There will be plenty of food and drinks for purchase at the fair as well lots of exctiting rides. There’ll also be a live band playing all day! More info.

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May 1-10: SF Ballet Presents: Romeo & Juliet
San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has emerged as a world-class arts organization since it was founded as the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1933. More info

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May 2: Cinco De Mayo Festival @ Valencia Street | Mexican & Latin American Culture, Food, Music, Family-Friendly Activities, 10AM-6PM
The San Francisco Cinco de Mayo celebration will return to the heart of the Mission District as we celebrate one of our City’s most spectacular traditions. The celebration will showcase the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures with a diverse array of Mexican and Latino foods, music, dance and artistry for the entire family to enjoy.More info.

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May 2: Mad Tea Party @ The Booksmith | Themed Tea Party, Symphony Music, Elephant Rides, Tea Leaf Readings, Noon-2PM
To celebrate the second annual California Indie Bookstore Day, we’re transforming the whole store into a Mad Tea Party. Incredible art by Sean Chiki, activities, an impossible number of guests, a symphony orchestra, elephant rides, 863,652 different tea cups, and LEWIS CARROLL HIMSELF. Oh, and hats. More info.

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May 2: Beltane Ritual @ Magic Meadow, Golden Gate Park | Wreath-making, Maypole Dance, Cauldron Jumping, Music, 1PM
The ritual includes participatory Maypole dance and Beltane cauldron jumping. It’s kid-friendly and inclusive. Wheelchair access via path from parking lot. Field can be swampy after heavy rain. Please bring flowers and vines for wreaths, musical instruments, and plentiful food and/or non-alcohol drinks to share. More info.

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May 2: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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May 2: Cars & Coffee @ Cafe SpA Cars & Coffee SF | Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup, Free, First Saturdays, 8-11AM
Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. More info.

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May 2: Free Comic Book Day @ Bay Area Comic Book Stores | Free, Giveaways, Exclusive Comics 
Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. More info.

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May 2: Kezar Triangle Community Garden Volunteer Work Party @ Golden Gate Park | 9AM-Noon
Volunteer at this recently opened community garden in Golden Gate Park. Kezar Triangle has been revitalized to promote a holistic approach to a place that combines art, ecology, and community engagement. This under-utilized space has been transformed into a meadow oasis crisscrossed by walking paths. More info.

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May 2: 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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May 2: Chantey Sing @ Hyde Park Pier | Free, 8PM-Midnight 
A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider. More info.

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May 2: SF Ballet Company Class Viewing @ War Memorial Opera House | Ballet, Open Rehearsal, 11:15AM-12:45PM
Go behind the scenes with San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America! Observe the dancers of SF Ballet in action in a Company class, led by one of the Company’s Ballet Masters, on stage at the War Memorial Opera House. Guests will enjoy open seating in the Opera House auditorium. More info.

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May 2: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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May 2: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)

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May 2: Sunnyvale – “May The Fourth Be With You” Saturday Saber Family Fun Event @ Twisters Sports | Light Sabers, Costumes, Games, Prizes, 3-7PM
Join SaberCombat.com at the ~new~ Twisters Sports Center in Sunnyvale, CA for an evening of costuming, saber fun, awesome prizes, free snacks, drinks, games (for both kids & adults!), raffles, performance demos, and an incredibly fun Saber Combat workshop! More info.

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May 2: Sausalito – Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays
Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the onlyrestored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close.More info.

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May 2: Berkeley – 2015 Hip Hop In The Park @ People’s Park | Free, Live Hip Hop Music, Dancing, Noon-5PM
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s Park. More info.

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May 2: Oakland – The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. More info.

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May 2: Oakland – Sistas-Wit-Style Dance Workshop @ New Karibbean City | Free, Caribbean Dance Classes, Carnival Preparation, Noon-2PM
Sistas-Wit-Style, will be hosting Caribbean dance classes every Saturday at New Karibbean City. Dance classes are free to our masqueraders who will participate in the upcoming Carnival celebrations and $10 for those interested in only attending the classes. More info.

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May 2-3: Sleater-Kinney @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 8PM (more info)

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May 3 & 5: Taco-Chella @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Cinco de Mayo At The Park, Free, Tacos, Magaritas, DJs, Piñatas, 11AM-5PM
We’ll have several trucks – including some of SF’s best traditional Mexican taco trucks, plus other trucks offering their own unique spin on this classic Mexican street food. More info.

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May 3: Kandi Love Day Party/Kandi-Sesh @ Golden Gate Park | Jewelry Making, Music, Creative Fun, Noon-6PM
Kandi Love is hosting our monthly kandi sesh/day party. Feel free to bring blankets, refreshments, good vibes, kandi, friends, & beads, beads, beads! More info.

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May 3: Free Hot Dog Day @ Frankenart Mart | Food, Arts Space, 1-6PM
Every month, Frankenart Mart gives away free beef and veggie dogs to all visitors who want one. There’s a bit of a rivalry going on between the two – scorewise. More info.

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May 3: Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dance @ Brava Theater Center | Free, Mural Tours, Dance Performances 
Baile en la Calle is a tour, guided by a Precita Eyes docent, of the historic murals along the 24th Street corridor brought to life through performances by local choreographers and dance companies. The tour will end at the 24th Street mini-park, where an unveiling of a restored Ralph Maradiaga mural and a re-dedication of the mini-park as Ralph Maradiaga Park will follow at 3pm. More info.

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May 3: Free First Sundays @ The Asian Art Museum 
Free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. More info.

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May 3: Oakland – 5 de Mayo Festival @ Fruitvale Transit Village | Live Music, Food & Drink, Giveaways, 11AM-4PM
The 5 de Mayo Festival in Fruitvale is an artistic and cultural display of latino traditions in celebration of 153 years of history. Located at the Fruitvale Transit Village, it is an experience for all the senses. Join us for a day of music, performances, merriment and of course, tons of delicious food! More info.

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May 3: Oakland – Free First Sundays @ Oakland Museum of CA
OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California. More info.

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May 3: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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May 3: 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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May 3: 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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May 3: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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May 3: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)

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May 3: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)

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May 3: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)

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

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May 3: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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May 3: Mad Men Viewing Parties @ Novela Bar | Watch Final Episodes, Character Cocktails, Costumes Encouraged, Trivia, 7-10PM (more info)

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