Saturday, January 6th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Are you a pro at killing plants? Or maybe just making them terminally ill? Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9:00 am to noon this Saturday. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the garden. Please note that admission is only free if you’re attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at CounterPULSE, 80 Turk St, San Francisco
This Friday, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art-making at CounterPULSE! Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From live performance and art exhibition to screen printing workshops and crochet jams, Block Fest is a monthly celebration of the Tenderloin’s creative spirit. This week features Kat Geng! This event is free to attend.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm at BART, All over the Bay Area
Stay with us here. This event might not be for everyone, but for those of you closet exhibitionists out there this might light your pants (or lack thereof) on fire. Drop your pants for the 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride which will take place on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 in San Francisco! The whole point is for 600+ people to ride BART (and then Muni) without any pants (wearing interesting undies and colorful socks) and to keep a straight face and act completely normal. The event which takes place in over 15 countries around the world is hosted by prank collective Improv Everywhere. It’s slightly shocking, it’s slightly hilarious. It’s up to you to make it happen.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley
Phone: 510 647–2900
Got a tiny actor or actress at home? Maybe you yourself are the dramatic one? Don’t worry, we won’t judge. This class, taught by professional theatre artists of The Berkeley Rep, offers free class samplers each quarter giving everyone an opportunity to explore the craft of theatre and experience the joy of dynamic engagement with their own creativity. The Sunday Sampler is free and open to youth, teens, adults, and families. Participants may sample three to four select classes from our upcoming line-up, and no registration is necessary. This event is free to attend.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 11:00 am at Dolores Park, 19th Street and Dolores Street, San Francisco
Elevate your mind and lift your hearts under the great, wide open sky at Dolores Park at this Kundalini Yoga Flash Class. Just look for the Yogis, Yoginis and Large Gongs! Grab your mat, blanket, and water and join the community for a free and blissful afternoon. This is a prime opportunity to watch all of the stresses of the previous week just melt away. Trust us! This event is free to attend.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland
Did you know that the Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sunday? Founded in 1989, the Jack London Square Farmers Market has deep roots in Oakland, providing a vibrant waterfront marketplace of local farms, food crafters, and restaurants for Bay Area families. On Sunday you can find free cooking demos take place at the CUESA Classroom (adjacent to the info booth at Broadway & Water Street) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland
Phone: 1-415-543-6771 x307
Oakland is named for the coast live oak, but it was once home to some of the world’s largest redwoods. You’ll walk beneath the “youthful” descendants of those ancient giants and share some forest folklore and fascinating facts about California’s state tree. You might even kiss a banana slug! Yum! This is a moderate hike of four to five miles with several hundred feet of elevation change, lead by Carolyn Schour. You’ll assemble near the Canyon Meadow Staging Area at the end of the paved road off the Redwood Gate entrance. Bring water, lunch, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. Be aware that rain cancels the event. This event is free, but an RSVP is required.
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at SF Maritime National Historical Park, 499 Jefferson St., San Francisco
We’re willing to bet that you’ve probably never participated in a surly sea chantey with rowdy sailors, and if you have, well, we won’t ask. Come together with sailors and scallywags alike for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey this Saturday. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional seafaring tunes with lots of socializing aboard a historic ship, and you’ll even get sip on some spicy, sweet hot cider for singers (which means you). Make sure to RSVP your spot on the website, and bring a mug for the cider. Don’t forget warm clothes for an evening of sailor songs under the stars. Admission is absolutely free for this event.
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at W San Francisco, 181 3rd Street, San Francisco
Sweat it out with Fitbit Local, a series of free monthly workouts in your city, led by fitness leaders from your community. With your fitness resolutions set in stone, make the commitment and get started. Incorporating both strength and cardio-sculpting moves, this full-body fitness class hosted by Fitbit Local Ambassadors Caroline Jordan & Buddy Machua will help you kick 2018 off right. Whether you are a complete newbie to exercise or simply looking to mix up your fitness routine, this workout will put your body into fat-burning mode and give you an energy boost. Ready to get sweaty? Grab a friend and RSVP. They can’t wait to get this New Year off to a strong start with you and our Fitbit Local community. Everyone and all levels are welcome. Owning a Fitbit is not necessary to participate. Plus, stick around after the workout for a chance to win a Fitbit tracker of your own. They’ll have a challenging workout ready for you to join and often have fun activities like prize giveaways, healthy snacks, DJs and more. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required.
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am at the Ferry Building, The Embarcadero and Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
This waterfront market, run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), has over a hundred and twenty food, fruit, and vegetable vendors on Saturday with the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop. You’ll even find a free cooking demo that will take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all. This week features Robert, who bought his property—desert land that he cleared, irrigated, and planted with over 1,200 palms—in 1979. Flying Disc Ranch has become a tropical rainforest-type ecosystem, host to a wealth of wildlife. Different varieties of date palm are interplanted with citrus, aloe vera, pomegranates, and figs. Since the Coachella Valley is part of the great Mojave Desert, and dates require moisture, Robert and company create a “green oasis,” with water, compost, mulch and a year-round cover crop of Bermuda grass. Permaculture employs techniques from many farming traditions. Robert calls it “observation, adaptation, and accident.” He describes his ranch as “100% Permaculture.” This event is free to attend.
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – All Day at Hall of Flowers, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco
Phone: (415) 531-0553
If the crisp, textured touch and slightly musky scent of vintage paper drives you crazy, then we’ve got the event for you! The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. This event is free to attend.
Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Secret San Francisco Location
Bikers, we haven’t forgotten you in the to-do list. With the added aspect of mystery and cloak-and-dagger style meeting places that are only announced twenty-four hours before the event commences, you’ll need to be on your toes to keep up with where the other secretive cyclists are meeting. Intriguing, no? Not only can you snag an exhilarating ride around the streets of San Fran, you’ll also be met with a healthy assortment of food trucks that always seem to show up wherever the fun is going down. Sound too good to pass up yet? Good! Word to the wise, music bikes are all the rage, so if you’re feeling frisky you should bring your best bike-based sound system with you. The rides are fun and safe with stops to dance and socialize along the way. You’ll follow planned routes exploring all different parts of the city each month. They encourage people to bring positivity and contribute to good times while being respectful to others. This event is free to attend.
Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland
Phone: (510) 637-0455
Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts an evening of art, performance, workshops and games! The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. This evening of fun is sure to be a hit with your family! This event is free to attend.
Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Forage Kitchen, 478 25th St., Oakland
This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen! Come see your favorite chefs in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes! Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market highlights the most creative small batch food being made in the Bay Area and it’s definitely delicious. This event is free to attend.
Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Telegraph Ave and 27th St, Oakland
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street! Every First Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland! This event is free to attend.