May 2015

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

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Our Current May Events Calendar

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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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May 28-31: 50+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Green Film Festival, Love Our Neighborhood Day, Parties, Beer & Wine, Concerts, & More

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May 31: Armenian Independence Day – Armenian Music, Singing, Dancing @ Speckles Temple of Music, GoldenGate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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May 31: 75th Anniversary Community Day @ San Francisco Botanical Garden | Walking Tours, Food & Drink, Yoga, Sing-A-Long, Nature Readings, 10AM-5PM
2015 marks 75 years since San Francisco Botanical Garden opened to the public as a place of beauty, learning and inspiration. To honor this anniversary, we’ve designed a day just for you. More info.

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May 31: Tenderloin Neighborhood Part II | Free, Guided Walking Tour, 9AM
Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last half of the 20th century, and how it is trying to reinvent itself as the entertainment and restaurant district it used to be. More info.

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May 31: Mt. Davidson Hike | Free, Guided Hiking Tour, 1PM
Explore the inspired history of San Francisco’s highest hill on this vigorous hike through a 38-acre nature preserve to the amazing view and gigantic monument at its 938 ft. high summit. Steep trails which can be windy and muddy. More info.

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May 31: Old South Park | Free, Guided Neighborhood Walking Tour, 1:30PM
A short tour of San Francisco’s first planned community — its ups and downs, fortune, romance, and the infamous ‘2nd Street Cut.’ More info.

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May 31: Farm Heroes Saga Floating Farm Party @ Pier 40 | Hands-On Game Play, Cruise, Food & Drink, Giveaways, Noon
Farm Heroes Saga fans, you are invited to join us on Sunday, May 31, as we host a Floating Farm Party in the San Francisco Bay, to celebrate our biggest ever feature extension, ‘Farm Club’! Iconic scenes and characters from the Farm Heroes Saga world will be brought to life for a truly Farmtastic floating adventure. More info.

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May 31: Oakland – Aeolian Day @ Jack London Square Ferry Meadow | Free, Innovative Sound Sculptures,  11AM-4PM
Thingamajigs is proud to present the second edition of Aeolian Day: a free community festival where artists, musicians, children and sound makers come together to celebrate the sound of the wind. More info.

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May 31: Mill Valley – Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting Festival @ Downtown Plaza | Festival, Wine & Beer Tasting, Charity Event, 1-4PM
This special North Bay event brings together all the best aspects of California living into one exciting afternoon set against the backdrop of beautiful Mill Valley. It features wine from 60 premium wineries and food from 30 food purveyors and 10 local restaurants and chefs.More info.

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May 30 & 31: 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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May 30-31: Etsy Summer Indie Emporium @ Pier 35 | Free, Crafts Showcase & Sale, 11AM-5PM
The SF Etsy team will host our popular Indie Emporium as part of the PossibL Festival celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the World’s Fair in San Francisco. The Indie Emporium will be open to the public for free! More info.

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May 30-31: PossibL | Panel Presentations, Expos, Demos & Workshops
Join us in San Francisco for “The Worlds Fair of Creative Ideas” where industry experts and leaders will come from around the world to work with attendees — together we will build the tools needed to create thriving communities. More info.

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May 30-31: Oakland – Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days @ Oakland Animal Services | Free Animal Adoptions
Join Oakland Animal Services the weekend of May 30-31 for Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, a nationwide adoption event to place our cats and dogs into qualified homes. The goal this year is to find great homes for all of our adoptable animals. Adoption fees are waived all weekend for cats and dogs going to qualified homes. More info.

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May 30: Oakland & Berkeley – Love Our Neighborhood Day @ San Pablo Avenue | Block Party, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Family-Friendly, 11AM-4PM
This open street event is a block party for people to experience our neighborhood in a whole new way. San Pablo Avenue will be closed to traffic and car-free from Ashby to Stanford so that people can walk, bike, skate, dance, and play in the open street, your street. You won’t want to miss this amazing day. Our route line-up brings 60 different interactive activities to participants. More info.

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May 30: SF Pride Official Kickoff Party @ Hotel Whitcomb | Live Entertainment, Drinks, Hors d’Oeuvres, Auction, Raffle, $75, 7-10PM
2015 marks the 45th Anniversary San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. Start the festivities at our Official Kickoff Party at the historic Whitcomb Hotel. Rub elbows with 300 LGBT movers and shakers, meet the SF Pride 2015 Grand Marshals up close and personal.More info.

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May 30: GRAND Opening Kickoff @ PianoFight | With PianoFight Music Department, Free, 8PM
We’ll be partying and hanging out all evening. PFMD plays at 8:00PM followed by shows in both theaters and DJ ShortShortzz at 11:30PM. PFMD = surf soul dance party. Original and throwback, shredded gnar and sultry croon. More info.

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May 30: Our House Our Mission | Mission Neighborhood Inspired Food & Drinks, Music, Silent Auction, 7-11PM
This year’s annual gala will celebrate the rich history of the Mission District, while underscoring the Homeless Prenatal Program’s mission to break the cycle of childhood poverty. More info.

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May 30: PE 2.0 @ Amoeba SF | Live Show With Jahi, 2PM
Join Jahi, the lead MC of the next generation of Public Enemy – PE 2.0, for a live show and signing of PEople Get Ready at Amoeba SF. Since the beginning of his musical career in 1999, Cleveland-raised Oakland resident Jahi has been bringing his style of music to microphones and speakers around the world with purpose, passion, and intellect. More info.

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May 30: 19th Century Pistol Dueling Hands-On Class @ American Steel Studios | Free, Lecture & Class, 10-11:30AM
The class takes place at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, at 1960 Mandela Parkway on the corner of Mandela and 20th. American Steel Studios is the largest maker space and artist community in the country, with over 150 resident artists of sculpture, fine art, lithography, and more. More info.

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May 30: André Thierry + Chelle! & Friends @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-3PM

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May 30: FringePop @ Pops Bar | Music Video Dance Party, DJs Blondie K & subOctave, 21+, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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May 29: 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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May 29: 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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May 29: Playboy Roller Disco & Pajama Party @ Church Of 8 Wheels Roller Disco | Costumed Roller Skating Party, $25-35, 8PM-Midnight
Come on out to the Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco in San Francisco as we relive the event that launched roller skating into the stratosphere in the 80’s. In November, 1979 ABC broadcast the Playboy Roller Disco and Pajama Party on national TV. We are going to recreate that unique roller disco party experience as only we in San Francisco can! More info.

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May 29: Dogs On The Catwalk @ SF SPCA Adoption Center | Pup & Human Fashion Show, Free, Food, 5-10PM
7×7 and the San Francisco SPCA invites you to afashionable night of live music, cocktails, food trucks, must-see pet runway shows and free cat and dog adoptions at the next San Francisco SPCA cocktail party, Dogs on the Catwalk. More info.

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May 29: Grand Opening Reception @ Midway SF Gallery | Art, Drinks, Music, 6PM-Midnight
Come one, come all! We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening Reception of The Midway SF Gallery with: ODDITIES: A show to celebrate the Strange. More info.

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May 29: Sacred Places In San Francisco @ Cathedral Hill | Free, Guided Walking Tour, 1PM
San Francisco’s diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city’s religious institutions. More info.

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May 29: Comedy Roast Of A Stripper @ Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar | 18+, 8PM
RoastSF is back with another heart stopping, fall-to-the-floor laughing, no-jokes barred comedy roast. Join us as we come together to mock each other and this months controversial guest of honor. You’ve seen the comedy roasts on TV, and online, now it’s time to see one live! Drinking encouraged, sensitivity…. is not. More info.

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May 29: Nude Night @ Counterpulse Theater | Artistic Performances, Clothing Optional Aspect
TIWIW 2015 will present an intimate, clothing-optional night of performances on Friday, May 29th. Audience members who chose to participate will be taxed per item of clothing (excluding socks and shoes) as an invitation to share in the state of vulnerability with performers, exploring a shared intimacy. Think extreme coat-check. More info.

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May 29: Paul Reiser @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy, 7:30PM (more info)

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May 29: Pretty Woman @ Paramount Theatre Of The Arts | 25th Anniversary Screening, 8PM (more info)

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May 29: 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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May 29: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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May 28-June 3: Green Film Festival | Environmental Film Screenings, Socials & Workshops, Debates
San Francisco is the heart of both independent film and the global green movement. Together they can be the catalyst for massive environmental change on a local and global scale. Be part of San Francisco’s leading festival of films and discussions about people and the planet. More info.

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May 28-June 1: SF Silent Film Festival @ Castro Theatre | Classic Film Screenings
Our 20th Anniversary SF Silent Film Festival is May 28-June 1 at San Francisco’s landmark movie palace, the Castro Theatre. Join for five glorious days of silent-era films with brilliant live music! More info.

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May 28: Spellapalooza @ Zeki’s Bar | Free, Spelling Bee Party, 5-8PM
Known as the ‘Official Scripps National Spelling Bee Watch Party for Adults,’ Spellapalooza invites guests to cheer on the foremost elementary and middle school spellers in the country live on ESPN. Watchers are encouraged to place predictions on which child might win and to take drinks in honor of those who fail. More info.

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May 28: Ice Fox Vodka Tasting @ BevMo! | Free, Tasting Of Award-Winning Vodka, 6-8PM
Ice Fox Vodka, is made on Treasure Island, California where each bottle is filled by hand from small batches using only prsitine water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range and premium corn from the Corn Belt. Vodka lovers can rejoice and attend this exclusive event to sample a local award winning vodka and signature drinks. More info.

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May 28: DocFest Kick-Off Preview Screening @ McCoppin Plaza | Free, Party & Outdoor Film Screening, 7PM
Please join us as we kick of the 14th SF Documentary Festival with a free outdoor screening of the SF IndieFest award winning documentary FREE, plus a surprise sneak peek of some of the great short docs playing in June’s DocFest. More info.

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May 28: Oakland – 2015 AltCar & Electric Vehicle Expo @ Frank H. Ogawa Plaza | Free, Exhibits & Showcases, All Day
The 2015 AltCar expo comes to Oakland City Hall to showcase the latest and greatest offerings from major automakers as well as other businesses large, medium and small. More info.

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May 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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May 28: San Francisco City Star Party @ Pier 17 | Free, Amateur Astronomer Star Gazing, 8-11PM (more info)

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May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend Events: Festivals, Music, Food & Wine, Traveling

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May 25: Memorial Day Beer Lunch Cruise | 2-Hour Yacht Cruise, Buffet & Drinks, Live Entertainment, Bay Views, $75
Come aboard to celebrate Memorial Day on the San Francisco Bay.  Enjoy a two hour cruise with a BBQ-inspired lunch buffet and free flowing champagne and Premium beers! Sit back and relax on this three-day weekend while you cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and under the Bay Bridge. More info.

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May 25: Memorial Day Ceremony @ National Cemetery | Free, Parade, Veterans, 21-Gun Salute, Speakers, Tours, Classic Cars, Chapel
Head over to the Presidio for this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery. This is the largest bay area event on Memorial Day and the best place to pay tribute to our Veterans. More info.

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May 21-24: 50+ San Francisco Memorial Day Weekend Events: Carnaval, Festivals, Parties, Beer & Wine, Concerts, & More

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May 24: Sunrise Tour Of Muir Woods @ Muir Woods National Monument | Guided Nature Walk, 6-9:30AM
Join us for a three-mile stroll (mostly flat, with a relatively steep section) through an old-growth redwood forest. Wander through an awakening forest, hear tall tales, soar in the sounds and smells, and wonder and the historical and ecological story of Muir Woods. More info.

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May 24: Tour Of Glen Park Neighborhood | Free, Guided Tour, Meet At Glen Park Library, 11AM
Visit San Francisco’s ‘Little Switzerland.’ See one of the city’s first suburban recreational areas, now grownup from farms and pastureland to a cozy neighborhood. More info.

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May 24: San Francisco Taiko Dojo @ Union Square Live | Live Music, Dance, & Martial Arts Performance, 2-3PM (more info)

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May 24: Memorial Weekend Concert @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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May 24: Broke-Ass Stuart’s Bar Mitzvah Party @ Richshaw Stop | Food & Drink, DJs, DIY Yarmulka Station, $15, 8PM (more info)

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May 23-24: Carnaval on Harrison Street | Free, Multi-Cultural Festival, Family-Friendly, Food & Drink, Parade
Come celebrate a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. More info.

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May 23: Uncovering The Parkside | Free, Guided Tour, Meet At Parkside Library, 11AM
Find out about the Parkside, the first neighborhood to begin growing on the west side of SF in the early 1900s. You’ll find out how public transportation made the difference and learn to identify the three major periods of development by the houses you see. More info.

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May 23: Warriors Vs. Rockets: Game 3 @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | NBA Playoff Watch Party, Free, Food Trucks, Multiple Big Screens, Food & Beer Specials, 6PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park is the Official Home of the Warriors Playoffs Viewing Parties. Congrats to the Dubs for advancing to the Western Conference Finals! Watch them on the road to the championship and beat the Rockets at the Funcheap Game Watch Party.More info.

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May 23: Closing Reception For Department Of Cautionary Warning @ StoreFrontLab | 6-9PM
StoreFrontLab invites you into the absurd and uncanny world of the department of cautionary warning, a playful parody where Public Works meets provocateur. This exhibit underscores the tedious operations and codified creativity of city government with a sincere concern for the poetics of public life. More info.

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May 23: KulArts’ Maség Typhoon @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:15PM

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May 23: Prince & MJ Experience @ The Public Works SF | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, $10, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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May 23: Fremont – Burger & Brew Fest @ Downtown Fremont | Free, Beer Sampling, Live Entertainment, Food, Kid Zone, 11AM-6PM 
The event will feature beer sampling from Bay Area craft breweries, wine, burgers and sliders from local food vendors and restaurants, live entertainment, a kid zone, bistro style seating areas and a cooking demonstration. More info.

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May 22: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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May 22: Harvey Milk Day 2015 @ LGBT History Museum | Free Admission, 11AM-7PM
The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco will celebrate Harvey Milk Day by offering free admission on May 22, Milk’s birthday, and official statewide “day of special significance.”More info.

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May 22: Handmade/Mindmade Opening Reception @ Zinc Details | Handcrafted Furniture Showcase, 6-8PM
HANDMADE/MINDMADE is a collective show of new handcrafted furniture from the renowned College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. Over forty original, studio-quality pieces will be on display for purchase or by commission. More info.

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May 22: 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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May 22: Live Artists Creative Show & Music @ The Showdown | Free, Underground Emcees & Singers, Local Hip Hop Artists, 8:30PM-2AM (more info)

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May 22: Al Madrigal @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Standup Comedy, 10-11:30PM (more info)

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May 22: Recology San Francisco Artists In Residence Exhibitions Work | Exhibition & Reception, Works By Michael Arcega, Ma Li, & Eden V. Evans, 5-9PM (more info)

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May 21-June 7: SF International Arts Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Music, Dance, Theatre, & Art
SFIAF celebrates the arts by bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. The organization presents innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness and understanding. More info.

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May 21: Warriors Vs. Rockets: Game 2 @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | NBA Playoff Watch Party, Free, Food Trucks, Multiple Big Screens, Food & Beer Specials, 6PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park is the Official Home of the Warriors Playoffs Viewing Parties. Congrats to the Dubs for advancing to the Western Conference Finals! Watch them on the road to the championship and beat the Rockets at the Funcheap Game Watch Party.More info.

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May 21: The Picnic: Recipes & Inspiration From Basket to Blanket @ Omnivore Books |  Book Event, Free, 6:30-7:30PM
A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice. More info.

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May 21: 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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May 21: 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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May 21: French Meet-Up @ Bissap Baobab SF | Conversation, Snacks, Happy Hour, Free Admission
Bissap Baobab hosts a French Meet-Up and Happy Hour. Come and enjoy French music and meet other Francophones in a relaxed environment at this tasty Senegalese restaurant.More info.

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May 21: The Hidden Presidio: Mysteries Revealed! @ Presidio | Guided Historical Shuttle & Walking Tour, 11:15AM-12:15PM
Ever wonder what role the Presidio played in the Earthquake of 1906? Where the first graveyard in the Presidio was located? Or what in the war “Operation Baby Lift” occurred and what its connection to the Presidio was? Join Ranger Alejandra Iraheta as we answer these questions and more! More info.

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May 21: 1999- Notorious B.I.G. Edition @ Raven Bar & Lounge | Dance Party Like It’s 1999, No Cover, 9PM (more info)

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May 21: Jesús Díaz y Su QBA @ Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 6-7:30PM

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May 21: Alameda – Harvey Milk Day Celebration @ Alameda High School | Speakers, Music & Dance Performances, 6-8PM
Former AUSD teacher Victoria Forrester will be the keynote speaker as we celebrate the strides Alameda has taken in affirming LGBTQ rights and hear from students about their perspectives on the future. Highlights will include student speakers from the Gay Straight Student Alliance & music from the Oakland East Bay Men’s Chorus. More info.

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May 21: Mountain View – Grown Up Lego Day @ Mountain View Public Library | Free, 12:30-2:30PM
Build awesome things with Legos. Drop-in, no registration required. Enjoy lunch and have some fun with other adults and Legos! The Library provides the Legos, you provide the imagination. More info.

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May 21: 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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May 21: 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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May 21: 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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May 19: No Man’s Land Opening Reception @ Southern Exposure | Art Reception, 7-9PM
No Man’s Land looks to science fiction and the history of heroic robots to explore the ways in which our machines reflect and embody our personal and national baggage. Join us for an opening reception for Lauren Marie Taylor’s works. More info.

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May 14-17: 50+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Bay to Breakers, USF Spring Music Festival, Parties, Beer & Wine, Concerts, & More | May 14-17, 2015

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May 17: May Day 2015 @ Tenderloin National Forest | Picnic In The Park, Free, Bake Sale, Live Music & Dance, 2PM
Sunday we team up with the 509 Cultural Center to celebrate our new neighborhood with an outdoor live art block party in the Tenderloin National Forest. This is a family friendly celebration of community. Pack a picnic or visit our bake sale. More info.

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May 17: Great Concert Band Music @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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May 17: Sunset Island 2015 @ SF Treasure Island | Electronic Music Picnic, Noon-9PM (more info)

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May 17: Bay To Breakers @ San Francisco Bay To Great Highway | 12K Footrace, Festival At Finish Line
San Francisco’s Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 103 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay. More info.

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May 17: Oakland – Ecstatic Dance Oakland  | Free, Mobile Dance Parade, 2-7PM
This 7 Year Anniversary Celebration is a Mobile Outdoor Parade. All are Welcome & Included in our Free Moving Celebration. We will have to stay on the move, and will spontaneously and courageously dance around Lake Merritt, taking many extended dance breaks, and making many new dancing friend along the way. More info.

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May 17: San Jose – San Jose 420 Games @ Hellyer County Park | Fun Run, Beer Tastings, Concert, 9AM-4PM
This fun run is at Hellyer 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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May 16-22: Small Business Week | Mixers, Conferences, Guest Speakers, Sidewalk Sales
Celebrate the contributions of San Francisco small businesses! Connect with more than 4,000 members of the small business community! Focus on making your business soar! Learn about best practices and innovative technology. Join this inspiring free annual event that honors small business’ contribution to San Francisco’s prosperity. More info.

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May 16-17: Berkeley – Himalayan Fair @ Live Oak Park | Free, Life Music & Dance, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts, Cultural Dress
Join us as Live Oak Park becomes a vast marketplace with over 100 shops, live music, Tarot, Massage, Ayurveda, Travel information, Himalayan Kids craft table, Momos freshly made by the Tibetan Community plus fresh authentic Nepalese and Indian foods. The Himalayan Fair offers a rare occasion to experience a unique Himalayan festival without leaving the Bay Area. More info.

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May 16-17: Southern Area & Pacific Coast – 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 16-17: San Mateo – Maker Faire @ San Mateo County Event Center | Family-Friendly, Tech, Inventions, & Engineering Showcase
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. More info.

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May 16-17: Campbell – Boogie On The Avenue | Free, Family-Friendly, Over 40,000 People, Live Music, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts, Kid’s Corner
This two-day event (third weekend of May) is a premier festival! Boogie On The Avenue takes place in Historical Downtown Campbell and brings thousands of people out to enjoy a day in the sun while mixing and mingling with the local Campbell community. More info.

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May 16: Venezuelan Music Project + Las Bomberas de la Bahia @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-3PM

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May 16: Tour Of Visitacion Valley Neighborhood | Free, Guided Tour, 10AM
Explore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The morning’s focus is on the valley’s commerce, transportation, and development, including a foray through Little Hollywood and ending at Silvestri’s showroom. More info.

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May 16: “Best Of SF” 2015 Comedy Showtacular @ Great Star Theater | Standup Comedy, $5, 7:30PM
Funcheap and Stroy Moyd of #HellaFunny are taking over the historic Great Star Theater for a one-night-only “Best of SF” comedy showcase. We’ve handpicked the funniest up-and-coming comedians in San Francisco and we’re showcasing them for just one night! More info.

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May 16: Shipyard Launch Party & Bike Festival: [contained] @ Hunter’s Point | Free, Art, Bike Tune-Ups, Music, Tacos, 12:45PM
Located at The SF Shipyard, [uncontained] is programming a series of creative events that weave threads of art, design, history and ecology into the fabric of this city for the health and prosperity of its diverse dreamers and doers. More info.

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May 16: 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 16: Asian Heritage Street Celebration @ Civic Center Plaza | Free, Arts & Crafts, Two Stages, Specialty Foods, Family-Friendly, Cultural Attire, 11AM-6PM
The largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the nation will be back when the Asian Heritage Street Celebration. The event commemorates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and comes at a unique moment in San Francisco’s history when the mayor and more than a third of San Francisco’s supervisors are Asian Pacific Americans. More info.

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May 16: 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 16: Boz Scaggs @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 7:30PM (more info)

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May 16: 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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May 15: 3rd On Third: Latin Explosion @ Bayview Opera House | Free, Pop-Up Market, Art, Dance, Theatre, Family-Friendly, 5-8PM
Fun for the whole family in Downtown Bayview around the Bayview Opera House! We aim to serve as the focal point for the Art and Culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible and diverse, high-quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment. More info.

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May 15: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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May 15: Is It Really So Strange? @ Roxie Theater | The Smiths Music Video Sing-A-Long Show, $12, 21+, 9:30PM (more info)

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May 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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May 15: San Jose – Winemaker Winetasting Tour 2015 @ Club Auto Sport | Wine Tasting, $70, 21+ (more info)

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May 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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May 14: Bike To Work Day | Free, Thousands Biking To Work, Refreshment Stations, Parties, Discounts, Bike Repairs
On Bike to Work Day the San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalitions encourage commuters to leave their cars at home and join tens of thousands of their fellow Bay Area residents in biking to work. Morning and afternoon energizer stations will be set up to offer free coffee, snacks and other goodies. More info.

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May 14: Camille Rose Garcia @ The Booksmith | Illustrator Discussion & Book Signing ForCinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper, 7:30PM
Tired of Disney’s Cinderella yet? Artist Camille Rose Garcia presents Cinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper, an awesome and original spin on the classic story. Garcia’s dark yet whimsical style has earned her resounding praise and a cult following worldwide. Each page of this new volume is filled with colorful illustrations of a sinister fairy tale with graphic novel details too. More info.

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May 14: East Bay – Bike To Work Day | Free, Thousands Biking To Work, Refreshment Stations, Parties, Discounts, Bike Repairs
Get rewarded for riding your bike to work on Thursday, May 14th during East Bay Bike to Work Day with Energizer Stations will be handing out free goodie bags and refreshments.More info.

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May 14: East Bay – Bike Happy Hour | Post-Bike To Work Day Happy Hour Parties
After your Bike to Work Day commute, don’t forget to celebrate! Join one of the many Bike Happy Hours happening around the East Bay! This year the party is coming to you: We have collaborated with new partners to bring Bike Happy Hours to Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda and Concord. More info.

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May 14: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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May 14: 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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May 14: Taste Of Potrero @ Pier 70 | Fundraiser, Over 70 Restaurants & Bars Present, 7PM
Join us for Taste of Potrero and raise a spoon and a glass (or two) for public education! In its fifth year, this has become San Francisco’s most exciting food & drink event fundraiser. More info.

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May 14: Winemaker Winetasting Tour 2015 @ Terra Gallery | Wine Tasting, $70, 21+ (more info)

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May 14: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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May 12: 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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May 12: Litquake:San Francisco’s Literary Festival @ Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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May 11: Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History Of Comedy (Abridged) @ Montalvo Arts Center | Carriage House Concert Series Performance, 7:30PM (more info)

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

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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: 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 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 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 many porches, 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: 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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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 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 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: 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 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 6: 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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May 6: 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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May 5: Cinco de Mayo Events, Festivals, Parties, Food, Drinks, & More

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May 5: 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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May 5: 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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May 5: 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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May 5: 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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May 5: 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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May 4-10: 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 4: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 2: Heron Watch @ Stow Lake | Free Bird Watching, Guided Nature Walks, 10AM-12:30PM
Observe the magnificent Great Blue Herons and their chicks. Interns and volunteers, using spotting scopes, will show the herons and chicks and explain their behavior. More info.

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

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

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

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May 2: Sausalito – Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays
Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the 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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May 2: Berkeley – 2015 Hip Hop In The Park @ People’s Park | Free, Live Hip Hop Music, Dancing, Noon-5PM
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s Park. More info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 1: Oakland – 100 Foot Tall Film Night @ Great Wall Of Oakland | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening, 7PM
For special events, and on every first Friday during Oakland Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland, a 100 ′ x 100′ projection installation, illuminates the Uptown District with cutting-edge motion art from around the world. More info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 30-May 3: Salonen Conducts The FirebirdDavies Symphony Hall (more info)

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April 29-May 3: Art Market San Francisco @ Fort Mason Center | Galleries, Artist Presentations, Tours, Food & Drinks 
Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its fifth edition and present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers. More info.

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April 24-May 3: Bay Area Dance Week | Free, Dance Lessons, Events
BADW is a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 400+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the return of the wildly popular Kick Off Event on Friday, April 24 in Union Square Park, SF. More info.

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April 23-May 7: 58th San Francisco International Film Festival | Film Screenings, Guest Speakers
The Film Society is proud to produce the longest-running film festival in the Americas. An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. More info.

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Bay Area 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 @ 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: “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: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (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)
  • 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 (more info)
  • 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)
  • Sundays: Mad Men Viewing Parties @ Novela Bar | Watch Final Episodes, Character Cocktails, Costumes Encouraged, Trivia, 7-10PM (more info)

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