August 2015

Enjoy the best San Francisco events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 with this calendar of events.

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All Month: 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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August 27-30: 50+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Bay Area Brew Festival, Shakespeare In The Park, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More!

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August 30: Ukrainian-American Day – Ukrainian Music, Singing, Dancing @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 30: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Sunday 2PM

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August 30: Dance Tribute To Michael Jackson @ Union Square Live | Dance Performance, 2-4PM (more info)

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August 29 & 30: Treasure Island Flea | $3, 10AM-4PM, 400+ Vendors, Food Trucks, Drinks, Live Music, Kid Zone
400+ curated vendors and makers selling original artwork, antiques, vintage apparel, re-purposed and up-cycled items, new designs and fashion, underground food, startups and much, much more! More info.

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August 29: Bay Area Brew Festival @ Pier 70 | Dozens Of International & Domestic Beers, Food Trucks, Unlimited Beer, $40-50
With so many wine tastings and pairings, it’s ’bout time for SF to have another beer festival. The 4th Annual Bay Area Brew Festival follows last year’s sold out event and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better. More info.

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August 29: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Saturday 2PM

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August 29: “Weird Al” Yankovic @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 8PM (more info)

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August 28: Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music @ Alley Cat Books | $5, 7-9PM, Cheap Beer
Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are fun, easy, and led by an actual caller, with live music by KC and the Moonshine Band. More info.

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August 28: San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club @ Zeitgeist | Free, 7-10PM, Last Fridays
Join the SF Beard and Mustache Club for a monthly gathering at Zeitgeist at 7 pm every last Friday of the month. If you have a beard or mustache, if you like beards and mustaches, or if you want a beard or mustache, then by all means come on down. More info.

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August 28: SF Critical Mass @ Pee Wee Herman Plaza | Bicycle Ride, 5:30PM, Free, Last Fridays
Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in cities around the world. Everyone is invited! You are encouraged to bring your ideas, energy, opinions and talents to Critical Mass. More info.

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August 28: Santa Cruz – Smash Mouth | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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August 28: The View from Bernal Hill @ 101 California St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 28: Futuro Picante @ 425 Market St. | Free Mission Youth Salsa Band, 12-1PM

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August 28: Clint Baker’s Hot Five @ 560 Mission St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 28: Berkeley – Interfaith Labyrinth Walk @ Grace North Church | Free, Live Music, 6-10PM, Last Fridays
Find peace. Find calm. Find hope. — by walking the Grace North Church Labyrinth. When our lives get busy, this Interfaith labyrinth offers the perfect place and time for contemplation, meditation and prayer in community with others. More info.

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August 28: Berkeley – Road Runner Sports Adventure Run | Free, Fun Run, Raffle
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 Berkeley Road Runner Sports retail store! Enjoy 60 minutes of fun as you run (or walk) at your own pace & collect free raffle tickets along the way. More info.

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August 27: Pampanito Wine Reception @ USS Pampanito | Free, Tour Of Ship, Wine, 5-6:30PM
Enjoy a FREE evening aboard the USS Pampanito. Indulge in a glass of wine during this behind-the-scenes tour. Come and experience life through the eyes of a sailor as you embark on this National Historic Landmark! More info.

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August 27: The Grand Budapest Hotel @ Jack London Square | Free Movie Screening, Festivities Begin At 8PM

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August 27: Clynton Oliver Cox @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 27: City Opera SF @ Mint Plaza | Free Opera, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 27: Le Jazz Hot @ 333 Market St. | Free Gypsy Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 27: Lady Chi and the Numbers @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Funk, 12-1PM

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August 26: HellaMotown Dance Party @ Neck Of The Woods | Motown Music Mixes, 21+, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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August 26: Ja’ye and Friends @ One Bush Plaza | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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August 26: Sony Holland @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Jazz Vocals, 12-1PM

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August 26: Trio Sin Lio @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free Latin, 12-1PM

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August 25: Pat Wilder @ Rincon Center | Free Blues, 12-1PM

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August 20-23: 80+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Festival of the Chariots, Oakland Chinatown StreetFest, Origami-Palooza, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More!

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August 23-24: Berkeley – Caltopia @ UC Berkeley Campus | Free, College Lifestyle Festival, 10AM-4PM (more info)

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August 23: 2015 SF Festival Of The Chariots @ Golden Gate Park | 3,000+ Attendees, Interactive Parade, Live Music, Dance, Free Food
This Sunday, join thousands of others in celebration at the 2015 Festival of Chariots at Golden Gate Park! There will be an interactive parade, ending in Sharon Meadow with a festival filled with live music, ancient Indian dances, free vegetarian food, exhibits, & more! More info.

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August 23: 2015 Origami-Palooza Festival & Paper Airplane Challenge In Japantown | Free, Contests With Prizes, Instructors & Demos
The Origami-Paloozawill feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall over the holidays and two hot contests that anyone can win with amazing prizes. More info.

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August 23: 2015 Bay Area Black Tie Beach Party @ Pacific Beach | Free, Pop-Up Black Tie Event, Beach Activities, Food & Drink
We are once again fighting the bitter cold summers of SF, throwing on our classiest outfits, and spending a day with random people at the beach! We will have sports activities, play board games, have an awesome bonfire, make sandcastles & if people bring grub – potluck. More info.

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August 23: GoTopless Day @ Mission Dolores Park, Dolores St & 18th St | Nation-wide Social Activism Event, 2-5PM
On Sunday Aug. 23, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26. It is indeed on Aug 26, 1920 that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. More info.

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August 23: Pakistan Independence Day Mela @ Civic Center | Free, Live Music, Fashion Shows, Food & Drink, 10AM-5PM (more info)

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August 23: Etsy Summer Pop-Up Market @ All Good Pizza | 30 Local Artisans, Delicious Pizza, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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August 23: Celebrating ‘Robert Emmett Day’ – Irish Music, Costumes, Dance @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 23: Caribbean All-Stars @ Jane Warner Plaza | Free Reggae, 1-2PM

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August 22-23: 2015 Oakland Chinatown StreetFest This Weekend | Free, Thousands Of Attendees, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink
Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. More info.

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August 22-23: San Jose – Assyrian Food Festival @ Assyrian Church of the East | Free, Family-Friendly, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, Exhibits, 11AM-9PM (more info)

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August 22: Novato – “Pignic” Guinea Pig Festival @ Marin Humane Society | Guinea Pig Party, Costume Contest, Health Checks, Grooming, Raffle, $5, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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August 22: Berkeley – Golden Bear Day @ California Memorial Stadium | Cal Football & Sports Pep Rally, Free, Photos, Autographs, 2-4PM (more info)

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August 22: Oakland – Free A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show @ Oakland Coliseum | Star Wars Themed, Free (more info)

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August 22: Danville – Foreverland: 14-Piece Michael Jackson Tribute @ Oak Hill Park | Free, Live Concert, 6-8PM (more info)

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August 22: Open House @ Alliance Francaise de San Francisco | Sample Classes & Cultural Events, Tours, Raffle Prizes, Noon-4PM (more info)

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August 22: San Jose – Boba Festival @ SJSU Ballroom | Boba Vendors, Contest, 1-4PM (more info)

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August 22: Toy Story @ Union Square Park | Outdoor Movie Screening, Film Begins At Dusk

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August 22: Cambalach + Tarimba @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-3PM

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August 22: San Jose – Wipeout Run @ Santa Clara County Fairgrounds | 5K Obstacle Course
Ever watch the show Wipeout™ and think you can do better? Now’s your chance to prove it! Take on this crashtastic 5K coming to Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. This is an untimed event open to anyone 18 & up of any athletic ability! More info.

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August 22: Union City – Family Festival @ Union City Apostolic Church | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Games, Food & Drink, 10AM-6PM (more info)

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August 22: Oakland – Oakland Athletics Fireworks Nights
Jaw dropping displays of color set to themed music highlight A’s Fireworks Nights during the 2015 season. Following each Fireworks game, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the sky high show. More info.

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August 21-22: Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ 111 Mina Gallery | 100+ Artists, Free Pancakes, Booze, Live Music, 21+, $10, 8PM-2AM (more info)

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August 21: Hayward – Egyptian King Tut Festival @ St. Antonius Coptic Church | Free, Educational, Live Reenactments Of Egyptian Life & Culture, 6-10PM (more info)

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August 21: Pleasanton – Halloween In August Antique Store Party @ American Harvest | Free, Sale On Halloween Decor, Decorating Ideas, 6-9PM (more info)

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August 21: Pi Clowns (2 Shows) @ Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 11-11:30AM

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August 21: Manteca @ 101 California St. | Free Latin Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 21: Axelrod/Ventresco Band @ 425 Market St. | Free Americana, 12-1PM

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August 21: Soul Mechanix @ 555 Mission St. | Free Soul, 12-1PM

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August 21: Bolero y Mas @ 303 2nd St. | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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August 21: Oakland – Jack’s Night Market @ Jack London Square | Free, Artisans, Music, Food, Street Performers
This special evening lights up the Oakland waterfront with an eclectic mix of artisans, music, food and fun. From local crafts and designers to area fruit purveyors and street performers, this vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland. More info.

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August 21: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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August 21: Santa Cruz – Blue Oyster Cult | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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August 21: Atherton – Tech Company A Cappella Night @ Menlo College | Part Of Nasdaq Private Market Summer Concert Series, Feat. Googapella, The Vocal Network, Songbirds, Pintune & Syncopation, 5-8PM (more info)

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August 20: “Authentic Fans” SportsNet Commercial Filming @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Giants, Warriors, & A’s Fans To Be Commercial Extras (more info)

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August 20: Oakland – Kitchener 3-Year Anniversary | Free Entry, Family-Friendly, Food, Free Beer & Sangria, 6-9PM (more info)

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August 20: Hayward –  Downtown Street Party | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, Car Show, Rides & Kids’ Activities, 5:30-8:30PM (more info)

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August 20: Ghostbusters @ McCoppin Hub Plaza | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening From SF Indie (more info)

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August 20: Charming Hostess @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 20: Vission Latina @ Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 6-7:30PM

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August 20: Andre Theirry @ Mint Plaza | Free Zydeco, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 20: Stompy Jones @ 333 Market St. | Free Jump Swing, 12-1PM

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August 20: La Mixta Criola @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Puerto Rican, 12-1PM

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August 20: 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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August 20: Oakland – Slow Ride Sessions @ The Crucible | Free Yoga Class, Tour, Slow Ride To Bars, Third Thursdays, 6:30-9:30PM
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a free yoga class, tour of The Crucible, & slow ride to a local bar to cheers with your buddies both old and new! We will be FUNdraising for our friends at The Crucible and they will be hosting a raffle for participants with some really swell gear! Join us for one of many monthly community rides and bring your friends! More info.

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August 20: 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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August 20: 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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August 20: Oakland – The Smart Culture Show @ 3rd St. Warehouse | Free Admission & Pizza, 3rd Thursdays
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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August 19: Kenya B Trio @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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August 19: Bobbie Webb @ One Bush Plaza | Free Blues, 12-1PM

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August 19: Futuro Picante @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Mission Youth Salsa Band, 12-1PM

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August 18: Wendy DeWitt @ Rincon Center | Free Queen of Boogie Woogie, 12-1PM

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August 13-16: 80+ San Francisco Weekend Events: SF Street Food Festival, Excelsior Festival, Rosie Rally, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More

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August 16: San Francisco Sunday Streets in Excelsior| 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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August 16: Excelsior Festival | Free, Family-Friendly Art & Music Festival
Every year the Excelsior Action Group presents a free, family-friendly art and music festival. The festival is inspired by an interest in building civic pride and showcasing all that the Excelsior community has to offer. It features exciting live music, delicious multi-cultural food and a vast selection of entertainment for all ages. More info.

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August 16: Oakland – Dragon Boat Festival @ Lake Merritt Boathouse | Free, Boat Races & Display
Over 45 dragon boat crews from the western United States will descend on Oakland’s Lake Merritt on Sunday, August 16, 2015 to battle out who will pre-qualify for the International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Championship in Italy.  More info.

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August 16: Berkeley – Salsa Sundays @ Downtown Berkeley | Dancing, Salsa Lessons, Live Music, Food & Drink, Noon-6PM
Celebrate summer vacation with friends and family at our free Sunday Fun Day celebration featuring local and internationally touring salsa bands in Downtown Berkeley, bringing the crowds to their feet for a sizzling afternoon dance party. More info.

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August 16: Beyond The Fence @ Mighty | Burning Man Trunk Show & DJ Party, Noon-7PM (more info)

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August 16: “The Skinny Dipp” Feat. Matoma @ Phoenix Hotel | Poolside Party, DJ, 21+
For our first #SKINNYDIPP party this summer, we are bringing the norwegian tropical house DJ, Matoma Music, to the fine pool at The Phoenix Hotel – a Joie de Vivre Hotel. More info.

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August 16: Brazil In The Gardens @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 16: St. Stephen’s Day – Hungarian Music, Singing, Dancing @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 16: Stern Grove Festival @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concerts In The Park, 2PM, Sundays
This year the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco celebrates its 78th anniversary. The 2015 season lasts from June 14 to August 16. Every Sunday at 2pm, you will find a free concert in the park. The shows usually last two to three hours and are wildly popular. Some of last year’s artists included Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin and the Funky Meters. More info.

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August 16: Talib Kweli @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concert In The Park, 2PM

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August 15-16: SF Street Food Festival @ Pier 70 | Free, Food Tastings, 11AM-7PM
Heading into its 7th year, this event offers you the chance to sample gourmet goodies from some of the Bay Areas top restaurants. We invite you to join over 100 owner-operated food businesses representing the best of the Bay for a free-to-enter celebration of hard work, well made food and the vibrant and inclusive food economy that we all dream of. More info.

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August 15-16: Craft Spirits Carnival @ Fort Mason Center | Try & Buy Over 150 Ultra-Premium Spritis, 2-5PM
Come one, come all to our biggest Try & Buy spirits event yet! Celebrate the craft spirits movement with a grand selection of over 150 ultra-premium spirits from around the world. Don’t miss the incredible Polynesian dancers and entertainment throughout the weekend! More info.

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August 15-16: Fremont – Festival Of India @ Paseo Padre Parkway | Live Music, Dance, Food & Drink, Fair, Parade
Fremont’s annual Festival of India showcases India’s rich culture and heritage with a wide variety of dance, music, and food. Activities include a festival and health fair on both days, and a parade on Sunday. More info.

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August 15-16: Street Soccer USA National Cup @ Civic Center Plaza | Soccer Tournament, Music, Food & Drink
The Street Soccer USA Civic Center SF National Cup is a 2-day street soccer tournament that will transform Civic Center into a unique sport festival with music, food vendors and 4v4 street soccer, generating local and national media attention. More info.

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August 15-16: Dahlia Show @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Flower Show
The Dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisy-like wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty. More info.

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August 15-16: SF & Oakland – Voiceless International Film Festival | Film Screenings, Discussions
The Voiceless International Film Festival sheds light to those films who have been ignored by general media and public television. VIFF provides a voice of the voiceless through film, while creating a way for filmmakers to share their work to greater audiences. All of our films that will be screened are representing unheard voices from across the world. More info.

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August 15: RichmondRosie Rally @ Rosie The Riveter Memorial | Breaking The Record For Largest Gathering Of Rosie The Riveter Look-A-Likes
Be a part of it all at Rosie Rally at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, & Help us break the Guinness World Record with 1,000 women and girls of ALL AGES dressed as iconic Rosie the Riveter! More info.

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August 15: 420 Games @ Golden Gate Park | 4.20 Mile Run, Live Music, Beer Tastings, $42-60, 8AM-5PM
This fun run is at Golden Gate Park and we are “going the extra mile” for cannabis respect. Instead of a typical 5K (3.1 mile) run, this will be a 4.20 mile run! Run starts at 9 am. More info.

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August 15: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 15: Robin Williams Mini Film Festival @ Soma Street Food Park | 10+ Hours Of Robin Williams Films, Food Trucks, Beer
Let’s all join together again to laugh, celebrate and remember the comic genius of Robin Williams with Funcheap at the 2nd annual mini film festival with 10+ hours of some of his classic roles. More info.

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August 15: BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza @ Fort Mason Center | Clothing Sale, Huge Selection, Discounts, 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, Finderskeepers and more. More info.

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August 15: Off Broadway Summer Pop-Up @ Kearny & Pacific Ave | Free, 100+ Local Vendors, Live Music Food & Drink, Noon-6PM
100+ local artists, makers, designers, food entrepreneurs, and antique/vintage upcyclers. Plus food trucks and stands, a beer garden serving local brews, wines and spirits, live music and games & workshops. More info.

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August 15: Living History Day @ Fort Point National Historic Site | Free, Civil War Re-Enactors, Demonstations, Exhibits, Music, 10AM-5PM
Fort Point is called to action once again! Experience first-hand the momentous era of the American Civil War from live re-enactors, through infantry and artillery demonstrations, medicine in the 1800’s, music, Victorian dance, and exhibits displaying the lives of men, women, and children of days past. More info.

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August 15: Oakland – Umoja @ Lowell Park | Free, African Music Festival & Soccer Tournament
The annual Umoja Festival is a full day of arts, culture and activities featuring daylong musical performances, a competitive inter-African soccer tournament, a colorful array of vendors, the aromas and taste of African cuisine, and the soul satiating sounds and movements of African music and dance. More info.

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August 15: Day Of The Drones @ South San Francisco Main Library | Drone Demos, Photography, Video, 11AM
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are more popular than ever, and are an accessible and fun hobby. Please join the South San Francisco Public Library for a day of drones! Drone enthusiast Eddie Codel will give us a basic introduction to drones and quadcopters, discussing topics of aerial photography and video, and sharing tips for making your own drone. More info.

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August 15: Dolly Parton Hoot @ El Rio | Live Performances, Music & Dancing, 2-8PM
How do we love Dolly Parton? Let us count the ways. Live performances dedicated to the Queen of America! Classic country vinyl spinning on the patio for your dancing pleasure! Dawn is celebrating her 50th! So much to celebrate! More info.

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August 15: E-40 Concert @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Live Music Concert, 7PM
Budweiser “Made In America” Tour brings a free concert to Crissy Field under the Golden Gate Bridge featuring EDM group Cash Cash, along with Bay Area hip-hop legend E-40 and indie rocker Day Wave! More info.

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August 15: Oakland – OMF x Popgang Summer Block Party @ Tamarindo Antojeria | Live Music, Noon-5:30PM (more info)

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August 15: 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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August 15: 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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August 15: San Jose – Holi Festival Of Colors @ Evergreen Valley High School | Color Fight, Music, Food & Drink, Noon-4PM
Mantra Bands, Dj’s, Interactive Dance, Yoga, Color Throws, Cuisine, Free Hugs, Lotsa Love. World’s Happiest Event! More info.

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August 15: 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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August 15: Burlingame – Burlingame Festival | Free, Global Performances, 3 Stages of Music, Arts & Crafts
Come out to the annual Burlingame On The Avenue, one of the Peninsula’s most anticipated summer festivals, featuring artisans showcasing original works of art, photography, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, decor and more. More info.

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August 15: Pacifica – Debardchery @ San Francisco Archers’ Range | Archery Competitions
Come join the Shire of Cloondara for its annual event, Debardchery! The theme for this year’s bardic competition is inspired by the book “Uppity Women of Medieval Times” by Vicki Leon. We are looking for pieces based on any woman/women that went beyond the stereotypical roles to become successful in their own right. More info.

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August 14-15: Vertigo @ Clay Theatre | Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film (more info)

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August 14: Gilroy – Perseids Meteor Shower Watching Party @ Coyote Lake | Midnight-4AM
Meet at the Launch Ramp parking lot to snuggle up and see the largest meteor shower of the year! A Park Ranger will be on hand to answer questions about the night sky during the event. If the sky is clear, the shower should be amazing. More info.

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August 14: Opening Reception Of “Sweet Dreams” @ Studio 23 | Artwork, 7:30-9:30PM
Artworks by Dave Sylvester , Vera Tour & Jewelry by Sara Edge! Join Studio 23 in welcoming Artist’s Dave Sylvester & Sara Edge to Alameda. Dave creates playful and timeless characters in every day situations. Including colorful creatures with selfie sticks & ipods! Sara Edge takes those creatures and turns them into wearable art. More info.

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August 14: She Rocks @ Fireside Lounge | Live Music, Comedy, & Drag Showcase, $5, 8PM
Tired of seeing girls sing sad love songs and acoustic covers of top 40 hits? She Rocks features the most badass female dominant bands the Bay Area has to offer. More info.

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August 14: Hubba Hubba Review @ DNA Lounge | Burlesque Show, 18+, $15, 9:30PM-2AM
Civilization may be over, but tassels & tease will never die! Fire up your V8 Interceptor and join San Francisco’s world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue for a shiny, chrome, fun-filled romp across the radioactive wasteland! More info.

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August 14: The Unique Derique (2 Shows) @ Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 11-11:30AM

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August 14: 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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August 14: Dos Gardenias @ 101 California St. | Free Music of the Americas, 12-1PM

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August 14: Clint Baker’s Hot Five @ 425 Market St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 14: Ritmojito @ 560 Mission St. | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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August 14: 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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August 14: 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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August 14: Santa Cruz – Everclear | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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August 14: 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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August 13: Charles M. Schulz Museum Free Night | Free Museum Admission, Ice Cream, Photo Booth, 5-8PM
Enjoy free Museum admission along with ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery of Sonoma County (while supplies last). Also, take a photo to remember the event in the free photo booth provided by Runaway Photo Booth until 7PM. More info.

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August 13: Philz Coffee De Haro Soft Opening @ Philz Coffee | Free Pastries & Coffee, 11AM-3PM (more info)

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August 13: Son Jarocho Concert @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 13: Skunkweed Junction @ Mint Plaza | Free Classic Country, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 13: Omega Rae Band @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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August 13: LaTiDo @ 333 Market St. | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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August 13: Sandbox Playtests @ The GoGame | Monthly Game & Adventure Testing, 7-9PM
Sandbox is a monthly playtesting event. Think of it as an open mic for real world game design, participatory theater, and immersive experiences. Each month we create a space where you can test out your adventures and receive criticism on how to make it better. More info.

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August 13: SF Street Food NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Food & Drink, Live Cooking Demos, Exhibits, 21+, 6PM
Come one, come all, come hungry! This week, NightLife partners with the San Francisco Street Food Festival to circle up some of the city’s most savory mobile bites. Enjoy eats and drinks from Good Foods Catering, Fabula Tea, Thai gelato from Secret Scoop, produce-heavy fare from Earl’s Organic, Japanese-style fermented foods from Aeden SF, and more. More info.

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August 13: Afrofunk Experience @ The Chapel | With Broun Fellinis, $18, 9PM
This 8 piece the ensemble’s well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and duo of horns ensures a wide dynamic range. The Afrofunk Experience were winners of the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding World Music Album for “Black President” and winners of The SF Weekly Music Award’s Best International Act. More info.

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August 13: Walnut Creek – Diablo Ballet’s Gourmet Gallop | Food & Wine Walk, $45, 6-9PM
Sip, sample and stroll your way through Walnut Creek’s extraordinary restaurants and wineries. Also, enjoy Mario & Friends, a blues and R&B band in Pyramid Alehouse’s beautiful patio, plus special-priced 6 oz. beer tasters featuring the H7 Imperial IPA. More info.

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August 13: Finding Nemo @ Jack London Square | Free Movie Screening, Festivities Begin At 8PM

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August 13: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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August 13: San Mateo – Take 2 @ Central Park | Outdoor Concert, 6-8PM (more info)

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August 12: Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ One Bush Plaza | Free Retro Pop, 12-1PM

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August 12: Hiwatters @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Surf, 12-1PM

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August 12: Bobbe Norris @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free Jazz Vocals, 12-1PM

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August 11: Litquake @ Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 11: Free Second Tuesday Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. More info.

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August 11: Saddle Cats @ Embarcadero Square | Free Western Swing, 12-1PM

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August 11: Jeremy Cohen @ Rincon Center | Free Violin Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 6-9: MANY San Francisco Weekend Events: Outside Lands, J-Pop Summit, San Jose Summer Fest, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More

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August 9: Redwood City – Kidchella 2015 @ Courthouse Square | Free, Live Music, Dancing, Inflatable Play-Land, 11AM-1PM
Redwood City is proud to offer our kids music series for a third year! The ubiquitous Andy-Z will be the Master of Music and Play by bringing his high energy to Courthouse Square. Sponsored by Redwood City’s Public Library and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, this series will provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance and enjoy live music. More info.

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August 9: Return Of The Cypher @ Boom Boom Room | Feat. DJ Pharoahgahmoe, DJ Kevvy Kev, & The Gemstone Band
Each Sunday at the Boom Boom Room, some of the Bay’s best local emcees, breakers, beatboxers, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of raw talent. It’s called Return of the Cypher – ROTC, and true Hip Hop heads are advised not to miss out on this free party. More info.

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August 9: Nomadic Nectar FestieWear & PlayaWear Sale @ 615 Indiana St | One-Of-A-Kind Costume Collection, Men & Women’s Apparel, 11AM-6PM (more info)

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August 9: Featuring The Music Of Dimitri Shostakovich & Friends @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 9: Stern Grove Festival @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concerts In The Park, 2PM, Sundays
This year the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco celebrates its 78th anniversary. The 2015 season lasts from June 14 to August 16. Every Sunday at 2pm, you will find a free concert in the park. The shows usually last two to three hours and are wildly popular. Some of last year’s artists included Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin and the Funky Meters. More info.

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August 9: Morris Day & The Time @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concert In The Park, 2PM

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August 8-9: Pistahan @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 11AM-5PM

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August 9: 9th Ward Millionaire$ @ Jane Warner Plaza | Free New Orleans Jazz, 1-2PM

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August 8: Saturday Write Fever @ EXIT Cafe | Free, Script-Making & Flash Performance
Every second Saturday of the month, we invite writers, actors, directors, theater creators, and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance! Join  as we bring you a night of writing with prompts sourced from spy flicks! More info.

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August 8: Berkeley – Japanese Lantern Ceremony For World Peace @ Aquatic Park | Decorating & Lantern Floating, 6:30-9PM
Fourteenth annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace, to be held Sat., Aug. 8, 2015 at the north end of Aquatic Park (bottom of Addison Street). Join us in decorating lantern shades, to be floated on the lagoon at dusk. More info.

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August 8: 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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August 8: Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Educational Science Discussions, 2-3PM, Second Saturdays
Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration. On the second Saturday of every month from 2-3PM, gather at the lake to hear researchers from a variety of disciplines talk on topics ranging from Archaeology to Zooplankton. More info.

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August 8: 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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August 8: 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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August 8: 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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August 8: 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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August 7-16: Japanese Film Festival @ New People Cinema & Castro Theatre | Film Screenings, Guest Speakers
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully-dedicated annual Japanese film event of the S.F. Bay Area. The film festival will also be a prominent feature of the 2015 J-Pop Summit, taking place in Fort Mason Center and Union Square. More info.

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August 7-9: Outside Lands 2015 @ Golden Gate Park | 3-Day Music & Comedy Festival, 200,000+ Attendees, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, & More!
We are proud to announce the lineup for the 8th annual Outside Lands featuring Elton John, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco and many more! More info.

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August 7-9: J-Pop Summit @ Fort Mason Center & Union Square | Japanese Culture Festival, Music, Film, Fashion
By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the J-Pop festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan. In 2014, the festival was held in Japantown and enjoyed 120,000 in attendance in two days. More info.

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August 7-9: San Jose – Summer Fest 2015 @ Downtown San Jose | Live Music Festival, 100+ Shows On 13 Stages
One of the Bay Area’s biggest festivals! Over 100 shows on 13 stages of jazz, Latin, blues, R&B, world, New Orleans & more! More info.

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August 7: Crosspulse (2 Shows) @ Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 11-11:30AM

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August 7: Bryan Girard Trio @ 101 California St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 7: Bengal and Beyond @ 425 Market St. | Free Bengali Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 7: Merenai Shim/Yuri Liberzon @ Crocker Galleria | Free Classical, 12-1PM

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August 7: Charlie Barreda-SF Latin Jazz @ 303 2nd St. | Free Latin Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 7: 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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August 7: Santa Cruz – Y&T | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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August 7:  First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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August 7: 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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August 7: Oakland – First Friday Follies @ Stork Club | Free, Burlesque & Caberet Performances
First Friday Follies @ the Stork Club is Oakland’s own community supported giggles ‘n’ jiggles. Featuring the very best in burlesque and cabaret performances, First Friday Follies is FREE!! More info.

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August 7: Mountain View – Mark Russo & The Classy Cats @ Civic Center Plaza | Free, Live Music, Food & Drinks, 6-7:30PM
Join your friends and neighbors and bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the Civic Center Plaza for a variety of musical performances. In addition to the music, there will be food trucks, a “Pop Up Park” area for children and for adults, beer and wine. More info.

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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: 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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August 7: Mash It Up @ Roxie Theatre | Mash Up Music Video Sing-A-Long Show, $10, 9PM
Videos seamlessly mixed and awesome. IndieFest has collected a whole program of such wonders. Rock, pop, hip hop, classics. Each song a sing-a-long-worthy piece by itself, but combined now with another one to just blow your mind. More info.

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August 7: Screeching Weasel With The Queers & Mr. T Experience @ The Regency Ballroom | All Ages, 7PM (more info)

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August 7: Atherton – El Desayuno @ Menlo College | Part Of Nasdaq Private Market Summer Concert Series, 5-8PM (more info)

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August 6: Livermore – Hiroshima Day Commemoration @ Livermore National Laboratory | Performances, March, Nonviolent Direct Action & Witness (more info)

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August 6: NightLife LIVE: August @ California Academy Of Sciences | DJ Sets, Interactive Art Exhibits, Crafts, Food & Drink, 21+, 6PM
This week, NightLife LIVE gets downright dreamy with the catchy lo-fi sounds of Alvvays. Hailing from Canada, the five-piece indie rock quintet will make their first Golden Gate Park appearance of the week, hitting notes from their self-titled debut. Santa Cruz-based GRMLN will open the night with punchy, surf-inspired energy that brings to mind warm and restless West Coast summers. More info.

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August 6: The Princess Bride @ McCoppin Hub Plaza | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening From SF Indie

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August 6: Steven EspaniolajMint Plaza | Free Hawaiian, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 6: Futuro Picante @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Mission Youth Salsa Band, 12-1PM

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August 6: Raq Filipina @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 6: 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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August 6: 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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August 6: Jon Stewart’s Last Daily Show Watch Party @ The Chapel | 7-9PM
What could be worse than Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show show? Watching it at home alone, or online the next day. And we don’t want that for you. So please join Comedy for Good and The Chapel to toast Jon Stewart’s 16 years of genius (or self-medicate with festive cocktails) and enjoy (or cry over) what is sure to be a brilliant (or terribly depressing) send-off. More info.

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August 6: Oakland – Sing Along Cinema: Frozen @ Jack London Square | Free Outdoor Film, Family-Friendly, Costumes, 9-10:30PM
Enjoy an evening of song, dance and movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals. This lively film series will screen fan favorites on special evenings at sundown. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume dressed as their favorite character and sing-along to their favorite songs. Join the fun and a little bit of madness at this starry night sing-along. More info.

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August 6: San Carlos – Road Runner Sports Adventure Run | Free, Fun Run, Raffle
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 free raffle tickets along the way. More info.

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August 6: 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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August 6: 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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August 6: San Mateo – Dutch Uncle @ Central Park | Classic Rock & Roll, 6-8PM (more info)

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August 5: Free First Wednesday Admission @ GLBT History Museum in Castro District
Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.More info.

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August 5: Saddle Cats @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Western Swing, 12-1PM

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August 5: Larry Vann @ One Bush Plaza | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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August 5: Berkeley – Free First Wednesday @ UC Berkeley Botanical Garden | 9AM-5PM, First Wednesdays
Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres. More info.

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August 4: First Tuesday Free Admission To Conservatory of Flowers
Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. More info.

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August 4: First Tuesday Free Admission To San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship. More info.

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August 4: First Tuesday Free Admission @ de Young Museum
Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. More info.

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August 4: First Tuesday Free Admission To Legion Of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections include Rodin’s Thinker, which sits in the museum’s Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. More info.

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August 4: Free First Tuesday Admission To Museum of Craft and Design
Since opening to the public in 2004, the Museum of Craft and Design has delivered innovative exhibitions and programs to thousands of visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. More info.

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August 3: Michael McDonald @ Montalvo Arts Center | Outdoor Music Concert, 7PM

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August 3: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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July 30-August 2: MANY San Francisco Weekend Events: Oakland Art + Soul, Nihonmachi Street Fair, Jerry Day, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More

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August 2: Jerry Day 2015 @ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater – McLaren Park | Free, All-Day Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert & Festival
Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his Excelsior roots. More info.

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August 2: San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 2-3PM

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August 2: Honoring – San Francisco Fire Dept. NERT & CERT Volunteers @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 2: Stern Grove Festival @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concerts In The Park, 2PM, Sundays
This year the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco celebrates its 78th anniversary. The 2015 season lasts from June 14 to August 16. Every Sunday at 2pm, you will find a free concert in the park. The shows usually last two to three hours and are wildly popular. Some of last year’s artists included Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin and the Funky Meters. More info.

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August 2: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concert In The Park, 2PM

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August 2: 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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August 2: 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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August 1-2: Nihonmachi Street Fair @ Japantown | Live Entertainment, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts, Doggie World, Car Show
The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. The formula must work since the organizers estimated that over 30,000 festval attendees last year! More info.

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August 1-2: Oakland – Art + Soul Festival In Downtown Oakland | 40 Bands On 4 Stages, 100s Of Artisan & Vendor Booths, BBQ Competition, Family Fun Zone
Art + Soul, the City of Oakland’s flagship festival, will host a big 15th anniversary bash celebrating the city’s rich music heritage. Packed with live music, dance, BBQ, art and family fun, the two-day festival offers exciting and convenient entertainment options for East Bay families during BART’s Transbay Tube closure. More info.

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August 1-2: San Mateo – 2015 PICA Aloha Festival In San Mateo This Weekend | Free, Family-Friendly, Pacific Islander Festival Of Arts
The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. More info.

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August 1-2: San Jose – San Jose Renaissance Faire @ Meadow Park | Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, Costumes, Jousting, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts
Drawing thousands of visitors, the San Jose Renaissance Faire is a unique entertainment experience. The festival includes real jousting and full armored combat between knights, along with culinary delicacies, craft demonstrations, music, dance and comedy. Patrons will participate in archery, fencing, and fantastic costume contests. Activities for the children will include games, crafts, puppet shows and storytelling, not to mention meeting Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth herself. More info.

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August 1: Mountain View – Taekwondo Festival @ Rengstorff Park & Pool | Marial Arts Demonstration, Free, 11AM-2PM
Come experience worldclass Taekwondo demonstration performed by experts from Kosin University, Korea. This is a rare opportunity to see the art and discipline of Taekwondo right here in Mt. View. More info.

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August 1: 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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August 1: AfroSolo In The Gardens @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-3PM

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August 1: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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August 1: 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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August 1: 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 only restored 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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August 1: Circus Bella Free Performance @ Mission Bay, 1PM
Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning and more. More info.

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August 1: 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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All Month: Oakland – Free Harbor Tours @ Jack London Square | Free, Guided 90-Minute Tours
The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic U.S.S. Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack London Square. The tours will be held monthly and the tour will last approximately 90-minutes. More info.

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July 30-August 2: Piercy – Reggae On The River @ French’s Camp In Humbolt County | Live Outdoor Reggae Music Concert
Head up to Humbolt County for some live reggae music! Bring your camping gear & enjoy this three-day, outdoor concert event featuring Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Cham, Alborosie, & Many More! More info.

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July 23-August 9: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival | Film Screenings, Special Guest Speakers, Filmmakers
SFJFF35 honors depth and complexity over formula, celebrates the richness of Jewish identity, and promotes an expansive definition of Jewish film. Our lineup includes 70 films from 16 countries with 10 Big Night programs featuring music, history, food, art and love. More info.

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July 6-August 13: Santa Cruz – Circus Of Nations @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk | Free Shows At Noon, 3PM, & 6PM, Thursdays-Sundays
In this free show, explore the rich tradition of circus acrobatics as we showcase the very best acts in the world, proving that the greatest circus comes from a wonderful collaboration of nations. Circus of Nations boasts a light-hearted clown, energetic African Acrobats, intense slack line, mind-boggling Rolla Bolla, and awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics. More info.

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San Francisco Weekly Events:

  • Wednesdays: Castro Farmers’ Market @ Noe Street at Market Street | March 15-Dec 16, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Upper Haight Farmers’ Market @ Waller Street at Stanyan Street | April 1-Oct 28, 3-7PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Geary at St. Joseph’s Street | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: VA San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Veterans Drive | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM
  • Wednesdays: Mission Bay Farmers’ Market at UCSF | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market @ 505 Parnassus Ave | Year-Round, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
  • Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
  • Thursdays: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)
  • Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Berkeley – Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Fridays: Oakland – Dancing Under The Stars @ Jack London Square | Free, Dance Lessons & Party, 8:30-10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
  • Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Public Coffee Cupping @ Sightglass | Free, Coffee & Conversation, 3-4PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (mo
  • Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market @ Parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station | March 29-Nov 29, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: 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)
  • Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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