November 2015

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

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<—-October Events || December Events—->

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All Month: San Francisco Holiday Events: Bazaars, Christmas, Shopping, Light Displays, Buy Local, & More

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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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November 26-29: Thanksgiving Events, Parade, Black Friday, Star Lighting & More

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November 26-29: 50+ San Francisco Thanksgiving Weekend Events: Tree Lightings, Winter Walk SF, Holiday Shopping, Music, Wine, & More

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November 28-29: 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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November 28-29: SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium @ Pier 35 | 180 Local Artisans & Small Batch Food Vendors, Free Entry, Music, Snacks, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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November 28: Gingerbread Open House @ Fairmont San Francisco | Holiday Hotel Display Made Of Edible Materials, Music, Photos With Santa, 11AM-3PM (more info)

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November 28: Winter Carousel Lighting @ Yerba Buena Gardens | Lighting Historic Carousel, Free Rides, Music, Ice Skating Performances, Raffle Prizes, 5-7PM (more info)

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November 28: Oakland – Cottage Industry Holiday Artisan Fair @ Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church | Free, 30+ Local Artists & Craftspeople, 10AM-4PM (more info)

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November 27-January 1: Winter Walk SF @ Union Square | Pop-Up Plaza with Carolers & Live Music, Nightly 3D Light Shows, Food Trucks, & More, Nov 27-Jan 1

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November 27-28: San Rafael – Parade Of Lights & Winter Wonderland | Parade, Sledding, Marketplace, Kids’ Activities, Live Entertainment
Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. The event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area. More info.

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November 27: Macy’s Great Tree Lighting @ Union Square Park | Beautiful 83′ Tree, Live Musical Performances Headlined By Jordin Sparks, Visit From Santa

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November 27: Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Free, Live Music, Warm Drinks, Gift Vendors, 4-9PM – Lighting At 5:30PM (more info)

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November 27: Orange & Black Friday | Your First Chance To Buy Select 2016 Giants Games Tickets, 8AM (more info)

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November 27: Saratoga – Holiday Tree Lighting & Wine Stroll @ Downtown Saratoga | Wine Tastings, Kids’ Activities, Holiday Shopping, Music, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (more info)

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November 27: Oakland – Black Friday Trunk Show @ Left Coast Power Yoga | Vendors, Drinks, All Ages Welcome, 5-9PM (more info)

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November 27: 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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November 27: 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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November 27: 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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November 27: 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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November 26-January 1: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day

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November 26 (Thanksgiving): Free Second 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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November 26 (Thanksgiving): Dubsgiving @ F8 1192 Folsom | Free Dubstep & Reggae Show On Thanksgiving Night, Drink Specials, 10PM-2AM (more info)

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November 26 (Thanksgiving): Livermore Community Thanksgiving Dinner @ Bothwell Center | Serving 1,000+ Free Hot Meals, All Are Welcome (more info)

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November 19-22: 60+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Renegade Craft Fair, Building Lighting, Hip Hop DanceFest, Holiday Events, Music, Beer, Wine, & More!

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November 22: Walnut Creek – Vintage Paper Fair @ Elks Lodge | Free, Large Collection Of Postcards, Trade Cards, Photography, Memorabilia, & More, 10AM-5PM (more info)

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November 22: 100th Anniversary Tour @ SF City Hall | Free, Guided Tour, 1-4PM (more info)

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November 22: Any-Two-Wheels Bike Competition @ Speakeasy Brewery | Sweet Rides, Live Music, Beer, Free, 1-5PM (more info)

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November 21-December 20: Great Dickens Christmas Fair @ Cow Palace Exhibition Halls | Victorian London Setting & Performances, Food & Drink, Shopping
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London –  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. More info.

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November 21-22: Renegade Craft Fair – Holiday Edition @ Fort Mason Center | Free Entry, Handmade Gifts From SF’s Finest Makers, DIY Workshops, Installations, & Activities, 11AM-6PM

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November 21-22: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration @ Pier 39
Experience the magic – sing songs, give hugs to our Disneyland® friends and welcome the holiday season with two days of holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family. The fun culminates at 6pm each night as PIER 39′s majestic 60-foot tree, adorned with glistening ornaments, bows and twinkling lights, will be illuminated against a stunning backdrop of the San Francisco City skyline. More info.

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November 21-22: “The Nutcracker” Acrobatic Puppet Show With Live Orchestra @ Noe Valley Ministry | Free, Acrobatic Antics In This Version Of The Holiday Classic, 2-2:45PM (more info)

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November 21: 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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November 21: 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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November 21: Holiday Fair @ SF Center For The Book | Free Entry, Unique Holiday Gifts, Arts & Crafts, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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November 21: Pinterest & SFMade “38Makers” Holiday Gift Fair @ Pinterest HQ | Artisan Locally Made Gifts, Refreshments, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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November 21: 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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November 20-22: SF International Hip Hop DanceFest @ Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre | Hip Hop Dance Performances
The SF International Hip Hop DanceFest is internationally known as THE prestigious event for presenting hip hop dance. Acknowledged as the first festival dedicated to specifically honor and recognize the artistry of hip hop dance forms, the event will present some of the most inspiring hip hop dance companies from all over the globe. More info.

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November 20: Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival @ Embarcadero Center | Dramatic Illumination of SF Skyline, Ice Skating Performances, Kids’ Activities, & More!

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November 20: Macy’s Holiday Windows Unveiling | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals, w/ Snoopy & Children’s Choir

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November 20: San Mateo – 32-Ft. Tree Lighting @ Hillsdale Shopping Center | Free, KQED’s Daniel Tiger, Free Jingle Bells, 5-6:30PM (more info)

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November 20: 3rd On Third @ Bayview Opera House | Tree Lighting & Holiday Market, Free, Pop-Up Galleries, Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden, 5-8PM (more info)

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November 20: Albany – Family Camp Night @ Memorial Park | Fireside Songs, Classic Hot Chocolate, S’Mores, 6:30-8:30PM (more info)

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November 20: Turkey Cook-Off | Free, Audience-Judged Turkeys, Side Dishes, & Desserts, Live Entertainment, Tastings, 7-10PM (more info)

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November 20: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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November 20: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party – Glow In The Dark Ride | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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November 19: Family Fest Dome Show Kick-Off @ Westfield SF Centre | 3-D Holiday Light Spectacular, Ballet Performance, Photos With Santa, Activites (more info)

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November 19: Mick Jenkins: Creative Chicago Hip Hop @ UC Berkeley | Free, 5PM (more info)

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November 19: City Hall First Artist In Residence Walkthrough & Opening Party | Free, 100 Drawings By Internationally Reknowned Local Artist Jeremy Fish, 5-7:30PM (more info)

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November 19: BiteLife NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Cooking Demos, Science Of Flavor & Taste, Discounted Admission Tickets, Music, Food & Drink, 6PM (more info)

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November 19: Star Wars Trivia & Costume Night @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free, Competitive Trivia, Costumes Encouraged, 7-10PM (more info)

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November 19: 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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November 19: 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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November 19: 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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November 19: 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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November 19: 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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November 12-15: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: West Coast Craft, Green Festival, Estuary Art Attack, Music, Film, Bar Crawls, & More!

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November 15: Howard Zinn Book Fair @ City College Of SF | 150+ Progressive Authors, Guest Speakers, Free Entry (more info)

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November 15: SnowFest 2015 @ Sports Basement (Presidio) | El Niño Welcome Party, Gear Raffles, $2 Beer, Free Entry, 3-7PM (more info)

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November 15: Rock N’ Swap @ USF’s McClaren Center | Fair, Swap Meet, Various Music Formats
KUSF’s Rock ‘N’ Swap is a Giant Music Lover’s Fair where vendors come from all over to sell music related items in various formats & genres – including hard-to-find items & rarities. You will find vinyl galore, CDs, DVDs, posters, books and so much more. More info.

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November 14-15: West Coast Craft @ Fort Mason Center | 250+ Vendors, Art Installations, Free Entry (more info)

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November 14-15: Los Altos – Holiday Boutique | Handcrafted Art, Food, & Gifts (more info)

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November 14: Oakland – “Jack Of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Free Entry, 100+ Local Makers, Antiquers, Artists, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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November 14: Old Bay Bridge Demolition | Watch The Demolition, Free, 1PM (more info)

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November 14: Oakland – Tall Tales @ Bergeron’s Books | Free Comedic Storytelling, Free, 8-9:30PM (more info)

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November 14: Prince & Michael Experience @ Public Works | Hawaii In San Francisco Theme Night, Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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November 14: SF Botanical Garden’s End of Season Plant Sale | 10AM-1PM
Come by for a unique opportunity to admire and acquire an outstanding selection of plants seldom found in commercial nurseries or garden centers. Enjoy a wide variety of plants at each monthly Saturday sale, in addition to featured selections, based on the season. Find the right plants for your Bay Area (or beyond!) microclimate with many propagated from our very own collections. More info.

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November 14: 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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November 14: 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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November 14: 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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November 14: 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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November 14: 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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November 14: 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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November 13-15: Green Festival @ Cow Palace | Fair Trade Gifts, Artisanal Food, Live Music, Cooking Demos, Panel Discussions (more info)

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November 13-15: Goddess Harvest Festival @ herchurch | Performance Arts, Martket With Unique Gifts, Workshops (more info)

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November 13-14: Oakland – California Indian Market @ Oakland Museum Of California | Native American Goods Sale, Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Free Entry (more info)

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November 13: Brew-Ha-Holiday Warehouse Sale & Beer Pop-Up @ Alite Design Showroom | Free Entry, Discounted Inventory, Limited Editions, Happy Hour, 2-8PM (more info)

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November 13: 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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November 13: 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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November 13: 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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November 13: 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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November 13: Turn Up Fridays Dance Party @ Neck Of The Woods | Free, DJs, Dance Contests, Live Paintings, 10PM-2AM (more info)

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November 13: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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November 12: Bluxome Winery Grand Opening @ Ghirardelli Square | Free, Live Music, Wines On Tap, Snacks, 3-7PM (more info)

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November 12: Illusions Nightlife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Discount Museum Admission, Live Performances, Virtual Reality Maze, 6-10PM (more info)

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November 12: Orinda – Free Movie Night “The Godfather” @ Orinda Theatre | Free Film Screening, 7PM (more info)

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November 12: Palo Alto – Best Kept Secrets Of Local Hiking With KEEN & POST @ KEEN Garage | Guided Hike, Free Beer, Prizes, 5:30-6:30PM (more info)

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November 12: 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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November 12: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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November 10: 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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November 5-8: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Urban Epic Fest, Day Of The Devs, Film Festivals, Craft Fairs, Music, Arts, Parties, & More!

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November 7-8: Urban Epicurean Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Market With Handmade Goods, Art, Housewares, Food & Drink, Workshops, & More!

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November 7: Dia de los Muertos @ Excelsior Playground | Live Music, Face Painting, Altar Displays, Arts & Crafts, Car Show, 5-8PM (more info)

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November 7: Vacaville – Alamo Craft Fair @ Alamo Elementary School | Arts & Crafts Sale, Holiday Commissions For Custom Art, 9AM-3PM (more info)

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November 7: Los Altos – Collegium Occidentalis | Pre-17th Century European Craft & Expertise Workshops, Demos, Lectures, & Panels (more info)

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November 7: Rebirth Brass Band Street Party @ Heron Arts | New Orleans Inspired Art, Music, Food, & Spirits Event, 6-11PM (more info)

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November 7: Dancing Feathers 10th Annual Youth Powwow @ Thomas Edison Charter Academy | Contest Powwow, Arts & Crafts (more info)

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November 7: Day Of The Devs @ The Midway | Free, Celebrate Creativity & Diversity In The Indie Game Community, For Gamemakers & Fans, 3-9PM (more info)

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November 7: 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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November 7: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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November 7: 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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November 7: 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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November 7: 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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November 6-8: STEAM Carnival @ Pier 48 – AT&T Park | Family-Friendly, High-Tech Games, Interactive Installations, Demos, Artists (more info)

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November 6: Oakland – First Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic @ Pine Knoll Park | Free, Pot Luck, 4-7PM (more info)

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November 6: Dan Gluibizzi: You Don’t Have To Be Alone Tonight Opening Reception @ Cult Exhibitions | Paintings, 7-9PM (more info)

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November 6: Lee Ranaldo @ Swedish American Hall | Live Solo Performance From Founding Member Of Sonic Youth, $16, 21+, 8:30PM (more info)

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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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November 6: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 6: 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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November 5: Neil Folberg’s Celestial Nights Opening Reception @ The Dryansky Gallery | Black & White Photography, 7-9PM (more info)

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November 5: 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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November 5: 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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November 5: 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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November 5: 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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November 4: 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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November 4: 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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November 3-8: SF Urban Film Festival | Film Screenings, Guest Speakers (more info)

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November 3: 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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November 3: 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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November 3: 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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November 3: 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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November 3: 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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November 2: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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October 29-November 1: 90+ San Francisco Halloween Weekend Events: Parties, Haunted Houses, Pub Crawls, Costume Contests, Burlesque, Movies, & More

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November 1: San Jose – El Dia De Los Muertos @ San Jose Museum Of Art | Free Admission, Live Entertainment, Hands-On Activities, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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November 1: 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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November 1: 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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October 22-November 3: Bay Area Science Festival | Family-Friendly, Featuring Hands On Activities, Exhibits, Science Acts, Workshops, Explorer Tours, & More!

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October 16-November 13: PROXY Fall Film Festival @ PROXY Walk-In Movie Theater | Friday Night Film Series (more info)

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October 9-November 7: Dia De Los Muertos @ SOMArts | Day Of The Dead Expedition, Poets & Performance Artists, Extended Gallery Hours (more info)

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November TBA: Santa Cruz Film Festival
Films from high school and college students, new and burgeoning filmmakers, as well as established pros. Anchored at the historic Rio Theater, built in 1948, films are screened in a variety of unexpected venues across the county. Coffee roasters, restaurants, building walls, surf shops, bars, museums, redwood meadows. 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: 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: 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: 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)
  • 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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