70+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Mother’s Day, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Taiwanese American Festival, Parties, Beer & Wine, Concerts, & More | May 7-10, 2015

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It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend in San Francisco! There are tons of fun and interesting San Francisco & Bay Area events to check out including Mother’s Day happenings, the kicking off of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and the Golden Gate Park Band Concert SeriesSF Taiwanese American Cultural Festival and SF Porchfest on Saturday, 2015 SFMade Week happening all weekend, 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: May 7-10, 2015

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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: SFMade Week | Beer & Wine Trail, Locally Made Goods, Tours, Classes
SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. Enjoy a week filled with shopping, tours, a beer & wine trail, classes & more! More info.

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May 7: Beats For Lunch @ Monarch | Free Food, Dance, Music, Noon-2PM
Featuring: DJ Dials & Matt Haze featuring Joe Mousepad. As always, the rules are simple – enter, dance, take away a delicious meal to enjoy back at your desk or wherever the day takes you from here! More info.

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May 7: SF Weekly “Best Of SF 2015″ Tasting Party @ Public Works | Block Party, Wine & Beer, Food, Live Music, $15
This is a unique all-you-can-drink celebration indoor/outdoor block party held at Public Works! Get three hours of wine, beer, booze and food tastings from Woodford Reserve, Herradura, Doughbies cookies, Tap 415, 25 Lusk, Chabaa Thai, Larceny Kentucky Bourbon, Tom’s Belly Burgers, Pyramid Beer, Sonoma Distillery and more. More info.

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May 7: Shipwreck Presents: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women @ The Booksmith | Erotic Literary Fanfiction Competition, Open Bar, 21+, $10, 7PM
Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco’s premier literary erotic fanfiction event! Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book on the first Thursday of every month at the Booksmith. Fics are blind-read and the best ship is chosen before the writers are unmasked. This month: Little Women. More info.

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May 7: 2015 Comics 4 Comix @ Cartoon Art Museum | Comedy, Food & Drink, Art, $12, 7PM
It’s back! – the Cartoon Art Museum’s night of food, drink, and live Stand-Up Comedy with a chance to bid on original art by some of today’s brightest stars in comics. More info.

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May 7: Free First Thursday Admission | The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. More info.

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May 7: New Filmmakers Open Screening @ Artists’ Television Access, Mission | Free, 8PM, First Thursdays
ATA’s openscreening is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area. One hour of shorts are accepted monthly on an open revolving basis, anything goes with the screened work, and the refreshments are pretty good too. More info.

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May 7: First Thursday Lower Polk | Tenderloin Art Walk
Every First Thursday from 6-10PM / / Over 20 galleries and art spaces bringing together the arts and culture of the surrounding Lower Polk and Tenderloin communities. More info.

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May 7: Macy’s Flower Show Plant Sale @ Piers 30-32 | Free, Flowers, Food, Art, & Music (more info)

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May 7: San Carlos – Adventure Run @ Road Runner Sports San Carlos | Free, Fun Run, Raffle, Food & Drinks, 5:30-8PM
You’re in for one mind-blowing evening of free, prize-tastic fitness fun when you join runners like you for the nation’s biggest group fun run at your San Carlos Road Runner Sports retail store! Enjoy 60 minutes of fun as you run (or walk) at your own pace & collect raffle tickets along the way. More info.

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May 7: Burlingame – Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Over 900 unique Pez characters have been produced since 1950. See them all at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia including the World’s Largest Pez Dispenser. More info.

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May 7: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)

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May 7: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)

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May 7: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)

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May 7: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)

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

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May 8: Superhero Burlesque Night @ DNA Lounge | Themed Burlesque & Variety Show Performances, 9:30PM-2AM
Experience this world famous burlesque and variety show night with and extra kick as they assemble the sexiest superheroes for a night of fun, entertainment, and spandex. This show is sure to put the BOOM, POW, WACK into your weekend. More info.

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May 8: 122nd Maifest Anniversary Party @ Schroeder’s Restaurant | Free, Music, Dance, Strength & Drinking Competitions, 3-10PM
Schroeder’s is turning 122 years old! And what better way to celebrate then with the traditional German Spring Harvest Festival. May Poles, Beer, and Music – Oh My! The party begins at 3pm and continues thru out the night. More info.

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May 8: East Bay Bike Party | Free, Second Fridays 
East Bay Bike Party EBBP is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Bike Party is a 100% volunteer organized event for and by bike enthusiasts, celebrating community and human power. Rides are casual, with party stops at public spaces along the 10-17 mile route. More info.

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May 8: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM
The galleries, clubs and restaurants that make Alameda and Jingletown a lively and cosmopolitan destination welcome you! Make time every 2nd Friday of the month to discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful and challenging contemporary art from the bay area and beyond. More info.

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May 8: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays
Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. Most locations are in the central core of the downtown and very walkable but a few are spread out a few blocks in each direction. More info.

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May 8: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael.  Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. More info.

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May 8: Mountain View – Off The Grid: Mountain View @ Computer History Museum | Block Party, Live Music, Food, Activities, 5-9PM
Off the Grid is happy to announce our newest dinner market in Mountain View! In partnership with the Computer History Museum, we will bring 10 food trucks and live music to the space on Fridays. As part of this new endeavor, the museum will be opening its doors after hours to host the coolest block party in Silicon Valley! More info.

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May 8: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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May 8: “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 8:  Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)

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May 8:  Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)

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

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May 8:  Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)

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May 8-10: San Jose – Cinderella @ San Jose Center For Performing Arts | Ballet, Evening & Matinee Performances
A delightful mix of classic storybook elements: a beautiful fairy godmother, a pumpkin turned into a fine coach, an elaborate palace ball, and one glittering, lost glass slipper. In keeping with ballet tradition, the men of our company dance the coveted roles of the ugly stepsisters with cross-dressing humor adding to the romance, comedy, and magic for all ages, from one to 101. More info.

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May 9: SF Oysterfest @ Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park | Live Music, Food & Drink, Shuck & Suck Competition, Cooking Demos, Art Exhibits, 11AM-6PM
This event is the largest Oyster festival on the West Coast drawing over 250,000 people to date. Over half a million succulent oysters have willingly sacrificed themselves over the years. The unique combination of oysters and stout is supported by a great cast of live music. More info.

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May 9: SF International Beer Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Beer, Food, Entertainment, $75, 21+, Doors at 7PM
For over three decades the San Francisco International Beer Festival has raised money for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. The staff is made of proud parents who donate their time to bring you this historic San Francisco festival. More info.

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May 9: SF Taiwanese American Cultural Festival @ Union Square | Free, Family-Friendly, Cultural Music, Dance, Food & Drink, 10AM-6PM
The Bay Area’s biggest Taiwanese American celebration returns to Union Square on May 9th! Enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances by world-renowned Taiwanese American performers, and learn more about Taiwanese history and Taiwanese Americans in the Bay Area. More info.

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May 9: SF Porchfest @ Mission District | Free, Family-Friendly, Outdoor, Community Music Performances
SF Porchfest is an afternoon of fun, music and community with more than 35 bands taking on all genres on manyporches, front stoops and other outdoor spaces in the Mission and lower Noe Valley – all genres, all ages, all free.More info.

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May 9: Eye Heart Block Party @ Public Works | Three Stages of Music, Food & Drinks, 21+, 1PM
An indoor & outdoor Frisco fiesta! Highlighting DJ’s from San Francisco representing different scenes, styles, and sound. Thousands of party-goers expected throughout the day, all guests are encouraged to get ‘Festive’ with colorful costumes, and spirited accessories. More info.

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May 9: Uncorked! Wine Festival in Ghirardelli Square | Tastings, Demonstrations, Live Music, 1-6PM
Ghirardelli Square hosts the annual UnCorked Wine Festival where we bring over 50 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars. More info.

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May 9: Mad Hatter Tea Party @ Paul’s Hat Works | High Tea Service, Fun Hats, Hat Making Demos, 2-4PM
You’re invited to our Mad Hatter Tea Party! Come enjoy high tea with us, we’ll provide the tea, sandwiches, and pastries. Following our high tea, we will be demonstrating several hat making processes. All registered attendees will also recieve 20% off any hat in the store. More info.

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May 9: Ibiza Day Club @ TheEndUp | Electronic Dance Party, Free, Food Trucks, Drinks, 2-9PM
The EndUp’s electronic dance party is like no other EDM weekly Day Party you’ve experienced in San Francisco. Dedicated to integrating Spain’s social vibes and fashion with new school Las Vegas style of energy with top notch DJs playing the best in Electro, big room House music hits, G-House, & Bass mash-ups. More info.

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May 9: Warriors Vs. Grizzlies: Game Three Watch Party @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free, Official NBA Playoff Watch Party, Food & Drinks, 5PM 
Watch the Dubs continue their dominance of the 2015 NBA playoffs and beat the Memphis Grizzlies at the Funcheap Game Watch Party. We’ve got food trucks, lots of big screen TVs, full sound during the games, and beer specials.More info.

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May 9: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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May 9: 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 9: Murals, Hills, & Italians Walking Tour @ Rincon Annex | Historical, Social, Noon
Starting with a guided tour of Refregier’s Rincon Annex murals, this tour will cross the old Italian Produce Market zone through food, sailors, trash, buried ships, and more before climbing the Filbert Steps to end with a tour of the Coit Tower murals. More info.

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May 9: BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza @ Fort Mason | Clothing Sale, 10AM-4PM
Join the BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza with over 2,000 dresses, tops, bandage skirts, cashmere, or find the perfect cocktail dress with sizes 0-12, all up to 70% off (with an additional 10% if you pay cash). Labels include BCBG, Kain Label and Wren. More info.

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May 9: Open Reception For Balancing Acts @ Harvey Milk Photo Center | Photos By Lucy Gray, Book Signing, 1-4PM (more info)

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May 9: Saturday Night Action Club | Creative Team Play, Discover Cool Bars & Local History, Prizes, 21+, Second Saturdays
A competitive bar crawl that sends teams scouring one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods for local flavor, daring photo-ops, and willing strangers for scandalous hi-jinks. Join us on the second Saturday of each month. Come with friends, or ready to meet some new ones, and get ready to have a blast. More info.

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May 9: Berkeley – BOTMC Spring Situation @ Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse | Free, Old Time Open House, Noon-4PM
Concerts in the Showroom, Workshops Upstairs, Hosted Open Jams in the Lobby, Kids! Build A Tin Can Banjo!, Room for more jams in the building, and outside! More info.

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May 9: San Jose – Mural Unveiling & BBQ @ New Seasons Market Evergreen | Artwork, Food & Drink, Mother’s Day Gifts, 11AM-2PM
The grand opening tile art project that community kids and kids-at-heart painted will be revealed on Saturday! Your permanently installed juice bar makeover involves over 200 tiles individually painted by New Seasons Evergreen customers. After the unveiling ceremony we invite you to celebrate with complimentary hot dogs and chips. It’s a family affair and everyone’s welcome. More info.

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May 9: Oakland – Jack of All Trades Market @Jack London Square | Free, Second Saturdays, 11AM-5PM
Free & Pet friendly market includes 85+ local vendors, DIY workshops, food, local music, beers, and more. More info.

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May 9: Oakland – Golden Gate Second Saturdays | Free, Community Event
The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event, with activities in the following categories: Art, Music, Food, Volunteerism, Classes, and Family Friendly. More info.

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May 9: 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 9: Oakland – Prince & Michael Experience @ XOXO Nightclub | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, Dance Party, $10, 9PM-1:30AM (more info)

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May 9: Campbell – Second Saturdays @ Downtown Campbell | Free, 2-6PM
Second Saturdays is a blend of everything that makes Downtown Campbell one of the best places in the South Bay to spend a Saturday afternoon. You’ll find artists exhibiting, sidewalk sales, live music, street entertainment, special deals, and various other fun sights and sounds. More info.

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May 9: Berkeley – Beginner Parkour Class @ Mulford Hall | Free, Second Saturdays, Noon
The Beginner’s Class is geared towards first timers & lasts 1.5 hours. The emphasis will be on controlled progression and will cover: philosophy of parkour, training, conditioning and safety tips, and basic movements such as vaults, landings and rolls. More info.

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May 9: Berkeley – Free Class & Open House @ Dharma College | Meet Faculty & Students, Attend Mini-Courses, 11AM-12:30PM (more info)

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May 9: Pleasanton – The Big Draw 2015 @ Pleasanton Main Street | Free, Chalk & Arts Festival, Live Music, Poetry, Floral Art, 9AM-4PM
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council will host a Chalk and Arts Festival where artists of all ages and ability will have the opportunity to display their talents with chalk designs on the streets of downtown Pleasanton! More info.

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

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May 9: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)

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May 9-10: Central Valley – Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios | Free, Meet Artists, View Works & Studios, 11AM-5PM
Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios. Participating artists work in a variety of visual media including painting, watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, photography, sculpture and pottery. More info.

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May 9-10: Mountain View – Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh @ St. Stephens Green | Festival, Food & Drink, Irish Dance, Arts & Crafts, Noon-8PM
The word Fleadh is pronounced “Fla” and is the Gaelic word for Festival. It is a gathering and celebration of culture. This two-day event will feature Irish performers both traditional and modern, Irish dancers, Irish arts & crafts, Irish food vendors and a Kids’ Zone. More info.

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May 10: Mother’s Day Events, Brunch, Dinner, Gift Ideas, & More

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May 10: Mother’s Day Cruises | Brunch & Dinner Cruises, Buffets, Champagne, Live Music, Bay Views 
From our Mother’s Day brunch cruises with free-flowing champagne and lavish buffets to our four course dinner cruise with live entertainment and breathtaking San Francisco Bay views – you can treat your Mom to a Mother’s Day gift she won’t forget with Hornblower! More info.

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May 10: Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise | Buffet, Drinks, Live Music, Dancing, Bay Views, 12:30-3:45PM
Take mom out for a Champagne Brunch. Cruise on San Francisco Bay while enjoying amazing White Glove Service, Gourmet Brunch, Dancing, and Spectacular Views. Our DJ will provide all your dining and dancing music aboard our Luxury Yacht. More info.

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May 10: Mother’s Day – Free Day @ Exploratorium Pier 15 | Museum, Exhibits, Folk Dancing, Paper Flower Construction, 10AM-5PM
Happy Mother’s Day! All mothers—and especially Mamás Latinas—and their families are invited to a free day of fun at the Exploratorium. Fun for all ages, indulge your curiosity and ask your own questions as you play with the exhibits, and discover new ways to understand how our world works. More info.

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May 10: Mother’s Day Rose Show @ Halls Of Flowers, Golden Gate Park | Flower Show, 12:30-4PM
The San Francisco Rose Society is a non-profit organization created to promote the culture, interest and appreciation of roses. The Society offers interactive programs and lectures, rose garden tours, public displays and monthly rose shows, such as this annual one on Mother’s Day. More info.

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May 10: Palo Alto – Mother’s Day Hike @ Pearson-Arastradero Preserve | Free, Guided Nature Hike, 10AM-Noon
Join us as we celebrate the wonderful Mothers in our lives with a leisurely nature hike at Arastradero Preserve. We will explore the magnificent powers of Mother Nature and the diversity she encourages. We will learn about the insects, wildflowers, trees, birds, and others that call Arastradero Preserve home. More info.

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May 10: San Francisco Sunday Streets in The Mission | Free, Closed Streets, Music, Activities, & More
Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Non-profit and health organizations offer free activities and share information about their services during the event. More info.

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May 10: The Musical Inspiration Of Latin America @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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May 10: Grove On The Road @ Noe Valley Town Square | Free, Live Music, 11AM-3PM
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Grove on the Road at Noe Valley Town Square. Enjoy admission-free performances by local artists, interactive arts workshops for all ages, and more! More info.

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

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May 10: 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 10: 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 10: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)

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May 10: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)

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May 10: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)

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May 10: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)

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May 10: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)

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May 10: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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

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