September 2015

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

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

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September 30: Shabang @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Steel Drum, 12-1PM

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September 30: LaTiDo @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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September 29: Le Jazz Hot @ Mechanics Plaza | Free Gypsy Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 29: Groove Guyz @ Rincon Center | Free Smooth Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 24-27:  60+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Oktoberfest by the Bay, Blues Festival, SuperHero Street Fair, Concerts, Films, Beer, Wine, & More

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September 27: Folsom Street Fair From 8th-13th Streets | Leather & Fetish Fair, Live Entertainment, Exhibits, Food & Drink, Clothing Optional
Bigger IS better at this ‘only in San Francisco’ event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over the world converge. With over 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys, it’s a pig’s dream. More info.

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September 27: Romeo And Juliet @ McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater | Free, Sunday 2PM

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September 27: Marcus Shelby’s Beyond The Blues: A Prison Oratorio @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 27: Faye Carol @ Jane Warner Plaza | Free Jazz/Blues, 1-2PM

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September 27: Jazz At The Park @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 27: Free Admission To The Exploratorium Museum @ Pier 15
The Exploratorium has six main galleries, each focused on a different area of exploration. Common to all are interactive exhibits that reward your attention and give you much to think about. 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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September 26 & 27: 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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September 26-27: Martinez – Bay Area Blues Festival @ Downtown Martinez| Free, Blues Music, Street Painting, Food & Drink, Family-Friendly, 10AM-6PM
The event will feature amazing Blues music on two stages, arts and crafts exhibitors, gourmet food booths, hands on kids activities and rides, a farmers market, craft beer and fine wines, and of course street painting artist that will create spectacular chalk art with a Blues theme and the traditional Italian theme. More info.

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September 26: SuperHero Street Fair | 7 Stages of Music & Entertainment, Costumes, Burlesque, Food Trucks, & More

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September 26: King Of The Streets @ Embarcadero & Bryant | 200+ Lowrider Cruise & Street Hopping Contest, Free (more info)

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September 26: Back To The Future @ Dolores Park | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening, Film Begins At Dusk

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September 26: Romeo And Juliet @ McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater | Free, Saturday 2PM

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September 25-27: Oktoberfest By The Bay @ Pier 48 | Cold Beer, Food, Live Music
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich’s famed festival, Oktoberfest by the Bay will include nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Headlining our stage will be the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band! More info.

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September 25: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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September 25: 9th Ward Millionaire$ @ 101 California St. | Free New Orleans Blues, 12-1PM

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September 25: Cosmo Alleycats @ 560 Mission St. | Free Swing, 12-1PM

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September 25: No Coasters @ 425 Market St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 25: Sandor Moss @ 201 Spear St. | Free Cuban Salsa, 12-1PM

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September 25: 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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September 25: 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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September 25: 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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September 25: 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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September 24: Kally Price Old Blues & Jazz Band @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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September 24: Caribbean All -Stars @ Mint Plaza | Free Reggae, 12:30-1:30PM

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September 24: Citizen Jazz @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 23: Larry Vann @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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September 22: Kenya B Trio @ Rincon Center | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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September 22: Faye Carol @ Mechanics Plaza | Free Jazz/Blues, 12-1PM

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September 17-20: 70+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Eat Real Festival, Tour de Fat, Oktoberfest, Movies, Concerts, Beer, Wine, & More!

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September 20: Best Coast Beer Fest @ Marina Green | 90+ West Coast Craft Beweries, Food Trucks, Live Music, 1-8PM
Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. Every ticket sold supports the charity, Cancer For College, and helps a cancer survivor realize their dream of a college education. More info.

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September 20: Bloody Mary Festival @ The Midway SF | 3 Hours Of Unlimited Tastings, Music, Food Trucks, 1-4PM
Enjoy 3 hours of unlimited tastes of San Francisco’s most delcious and innovative Bloody Marys, made by the finest restaurants and bars in the Bay Area. Music, food trucks, expert judges and more. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Bloody Mary for the coveted “People’s Choice” Award. More info.

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September 20: 49ers Game 2 Viewing Party @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Boil, Big Screens, Beer Specials (more info)

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September 20: Spanish Dancing With El Grupo Sabores de España @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 20: Romeo And Juliet @ McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater | Free, Sunday 2PM

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September 20: Kurt Ribak Quintet @ Jane Warner Plaza | Free Jazz, 1-2PM

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September 19: Oktoberfest @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | German Style Beer, 10+ Food Trucks, Games & Competitions, Costumes

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September 19: New Belgium Tour de Fat @ Golden Gate Park | Costumed Bicycle Parade, Live Performances, Contests, & More!
Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring mankind’s greatest invention. Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado to increase awareness and participation in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation, Tour de Fat has grown into a national rite of passage for cycling advocates and bon vivants alike. More info.

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September 19: 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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September 19: Romeo And Juliet @ McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater | Free, Saturday 2PM

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September 19: 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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September 19: 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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September 18-20: 2015 Oakland Eat Real Festival @ Jack London Square | Free, Food Craft, Street Food, Artisan Beer, Wine

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September 18-20: A Taste Of Greece @ Annunciation Cathedral | Greek Food & Culture, Live Entertainment, Dance Performances
This Greek Food Festival is an annual fund-raising event sponsored by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Come enjoy food, music, & the company of others celebrating delicious Greek food & culture. More info.

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September 18: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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September 18: Stompy Jones @ 303 2nd St. | Free Jump Swing, 12-1PM

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September 18: Kurt Ribak Trio @ 201 Spear St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 18: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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September 18: Jimbo Trout and the Fish People @ 101 California St. | Free Americana, 12-1PM

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September 18: Coelho and Ridnell @ 425 Market St. | Free Brazilian, 12-1PM

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September 17-20: Mount Angel, OR – Mount Angel Oktoberfest | Beer, Cider, Wine, Oregon’s Favorite Biergarten, Sausage, Alpenhorns, Car Show, Bavarian Band

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September 17: Small Business Expo @ Fort Mason | Exhibits, Speakers, Demos, 9:30AM-4PM (more info)

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September 17: Airplane @ McCoppin Hub Plaza | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening From SF Indie

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September 17: 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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September 17: 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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September 17: The B Stars @ 333 Market St. | Free Western Swing, 12-1PM

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September 17: Lady Chi and the Numbers @ Mint Plaza | Free Funk, 12:30-1:30PM

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September 17: Groove Guyz @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Smooth Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 17: 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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September 17: 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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September 17: 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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September 17: Heart @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 8PM (more info)

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September 16-20: Annual Big Book Sale @ Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason | Friends of San Francisco Public Library’s Sale (more info)

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September 16: Matt Baxter @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free Delta Blues, 12-1PM

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September 15: Slate Magazine’s Political Gabfest @ The Nourse | Live Political Discussion, Q&A, 8PM
Slate’s Political Gabfest is coming to San Francisco! Join Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson of “Face the Nation,” and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura for a bold and witty discussion of today’s politics and current events with a Q-and-A session immediately after the show. More info.

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September 15: Groove Guyz @ Mechanics Plaza | Free Smooth Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 15: Citizen Jazz @ Rincon Center | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 10-13: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Chocolate Festival, 20th Street Block Party, Lawn Party, Concerts, Theatre, & More!

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September 13: San Francisco Sunday Streets Western Addition| Free, Closed Streets, Music, Activities, & More
The Western Addition Sunday Streets gives you the opportunity to explore Fillmore and Fulton Streets by foot, or bike. Moving at a bit of a slower place, you will find all kinds of hidden gems along this route. From local art, great views of the gorgeous City Hall, the famous painted ladies, to a variety of delicious restaurants, you are sure to have a great experience along this route. Sunday Streets is a pet friendly event. More info.

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September 13: Gatsby Summer Afternoon @ Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate | Live Jazz Orchestra, Wine & Cocktails, Picnic, Fashion Review, Vintage Cars, 1-6PM
Every year, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland comes to life as what looks like a movie set for The Great Gatsby: everyone dressed in 20s and 30s daywear, picnicking amid vintage autos sprawled out on the lawn, and dancing to authentic jazz era tunes. More info.

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September 13: Redwood City – Kidchella 2015 @ Courthouse Square | Free, Live Music, Dancing, Inflatable Play-Land, 11AM-1PM
Redwood City is proud to offer our kids music series for a third year! The ubiquitous Andy-Z will be the Master of Music and Play by bringing his high energy to Courthouse Square. Sponsored by Redwood City’s Public Library and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, this series will provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance and enjoy live music. More info.

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September 13: 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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September 13: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Sunday 2PM

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September 13: Dr. Dee’s Tite Rack w/Jason Brock @ Jane Warner Plaza | Free Pop/Jazz, 1-2PM

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September 12-13: 2015 Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival | Chocolate Vendors, Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, Wine Pavilion
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company hosts the annual Chocolate Festival benefiting Project Open Hand every September at Ghirardelli Square. This two-day celebration of chocolate will feature sampling by some of the finest local dessert companies and of course Ghirardelli Chocolate! Come enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, ice cream eating contests and more. More info.

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September 12: Fargo @ Washington Square Park | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening, Film Begins At Dusk

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September 12: 20th Street Block Party | Free Summer Feast & Dance Party, 15,000+ Attendees, 2 Stages of Music
For one day, we showcase this in a city we love, and present a block party that is purely for the pleasure of local residents. In the lively Mission District of San Francisco, 10,000+ Bay Area residents from the neighborhood and beyond gather annually on 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison Streets for a free music and food extravaganza. We showcase emerging music artists and highlight the best in local food, arts, and retail. Join us in your neighborhood! More info.

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September 12: SF Lawn Party @ Marina Green | SF’s Largest One-Day Waterfront Event, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Games, Food Trucks
Join us for our fourth annual San Francisco Lawn Party Saturday September 12th on Marina Green. We will have Lawn Games, Live DJs, Gourmet Food Trucks and a 3 acre beer and wine garden. More info.

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September 12: California Rum Fest @ Terra Gallery | Rum Tastings, Networking, Seminars, Guest Speakers, 5-8PM (more info)

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September 12: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Saturday 2PM

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September 12: SF Botanical Garden’s California Natives & Succulents 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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September 12: 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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September 12: 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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September 12: 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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September 12: 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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September 12: 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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September 12: 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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September 11-26: SF Fringe Festival | Indie Theatre Performances, Workshops, Interactive Shows
The San Francisco Fringe Festival is the second oldest fringe festival in the U.S. and the largest grass roots theater festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The festival is a premiere opportunity for Indie theater artists to produce their own work and earn 100% of the Box Office. More info.

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September 11: Hubba Hubba Revue’s 9th Anniversary Spectacular @ DNA Lounge | Burlesque Show, 9:30PM-1AM (more info)

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September 11: 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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September 11: Berkeley – Mad Decent Block Party @ UC Berkeley Greek Theater | Music, 18+ (more info)

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September 11: Dave Koz & Rick Braun @ Montalvo Arts Center | With Special Guest Kenny Lattimore, 7:30PM

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September 11: Wendy DeWitt @ 555 Mission St. | Free Queen of Boogie Woogie, 12-1PM

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September 11: Gumbo West @ 201 Spear St. | Free New Orleans Blues, 12-1PM

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September 11: Citizen Jazz @ 101 California St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 11: Amaranth String Quartet @ 425 Market St. | Free Classical, 12-1PM

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September 11: 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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September 11: 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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September 11: 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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September 11: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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September 10: 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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September 10: Orquesta Universal @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Latin, 12-1PM

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September 10: Macy Blackman @ Mint Plaza | Free Blues/Early Rock, 12:30-1:30PM

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September 10: Kurt Ribak Quintet @ 333 Market St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 10: Lewis Black @ Montalvo Arts Center | 7:30PM

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September 10: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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September 9: Charlie Barreda-SF Latin Jazz @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free Latin Jazz, 12-1PM

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September 8: Coelho and Ridnell @ Mechanics Plaza | Free Brazilian, 12-1PM

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September 8: TODCO Poets @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 8: 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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September 4-7: Bay Area Labor Day Labor Day Weekend Events: Concerts, Festivals, Parties, Food & Drink

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September 7: Labor Day Celebration (American Composers & Songs) @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 7: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Labor Day Monday 2PM

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September 7: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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September 3-6: 65+ San Francisco Labor Day Weekend Events: First Friday Art Walks, Free Concerts, Movies, Fireworks, Beer, Wine, & More!

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September 6: Asian American Orchestra’s 1945: A Year Of Infamy @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 6: The Great American Song Book @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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September 6: 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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September 6: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Sunday 2PM

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September 6: 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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September 5: 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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September 5: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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September 5: 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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September 5: 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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September 5: Romeo And Juliet @ The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn | Free, Saturday 2PM

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September 5: Oakland – Oakland Athletics Fireworks Nights
Jaw dropping displays of color set to themed music highlight A’s Fireworks Nights during the 2015 season. Following each Fireworks game, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the sky high show. More info.

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September 5: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: Santa Cruz – Papa Doo Run Run | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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September 4: Wendy DeWitt @ 425 Market St. | Free Queen of Boogie Woogie, 12-1PM

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September 4: Soul Mechanix @ 303 2nd St. | Free Soul, 12-1PM

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September 4: Saddle Cats @ 101 California St. | Free Western Swing, 12-1PM

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September 4: City Opera SF @ Crocker Galleria | Free Opera, 12-1PM

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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4:  First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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Septemberr 4: Mountain View – LyraTones @ Civic Center Plaza | Free, Live Music, Food & Drinks, 6-7:30PM
Join your friends and neighbors and bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the Civic Center Plaza for a variety of musical performances. In addition to the music, there will be food trucks, a “Pop Up Park” area for children and for adults, beer and wine. More info.

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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 4: 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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September 3: Oakland – Sing Along Cinema: Mamma Mia! @ Jack London Square | Free Outdoor Film, Family-Friendly, Costumes, 9-10:30PM
Enjoy an evening of song, dance and movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals. This lively film series will screen fan favorites on special evenings at sundown. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume dressed as their favorite character and sing-along to their favorite songs. Join the fun and a little bit of madness at this starry night sing-along. More info.

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September 3: San Carlos – Road Runner Sports Adventure Run | Free, Fun Run, Raffle
You’re in for one mind-blowing evening of free, prize-tastic fitness fun when you join runners like you for the nation’s biggest group fun run at your San Carlos Road Runner Sports retail store! Enjoy 60 minutes of fun as you run (or walk) at your own pace & collect free raffle tickets along the way. More info.

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September 3: The Adventures Of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension @ McCoppin Hub Plaza | Free, Outdoor Movie Screening From SF Indie (more info)

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September 3: 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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September 3: 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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September 3: 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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September 3: The B Stars @ Mint Plaza | Free Western Swing, 12:30-1:30PM

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September 3: Josh Klipp and the Klipptones @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Retro Pop, 12-1PM

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September 3: 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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September 2: 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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September 2: Ja’ye and Friends @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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September 2: Belinda Blair @ 2 Embarcadero Center | Free Swing, 12-1PM

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September 2: 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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September 1: 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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September 1: 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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September 1: 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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September 1: 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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September 1: Citizen Jazz @ Embarcadero Square | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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

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Date TBD: Autumn Moon Festival @ Chinatown | Free, Family-Friendly, Parade, Dance, Giant Puppets, Food & Drinks, Arts & Crafts
Once again, the historic streets of Chinatown on Grant Avenue will be transformed into a lively, colorful pedestrian bazaar! The event, filled with fun arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, authentic food, and non-stop entertainment, attracts throngs of local residents and tourists from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. More info.

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Date TBD: Summersalt Music Festival @ Pier 70 | Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink
Head over to San Francisco’s historic Pier 70 for this year’s Summersalt Music Festival. This large, outdoor event features live music, arts & crafts, gourmet food, games, and more. You can expect an entire day of entertainment and fun! More info.

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Date TBD: Excelsior Arts & Music Festival | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts
Every year the Excelsior Action Group presents a free, family-friendly art & music festival. The festival is inspired by an interest in building civic pride & showcasing all that the Excelsior community has to offer. It usually draws up to 10,000 people a year! More info.

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San Francisco Weekly Events:

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

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