Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.
Phone: (510) 643-2755
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, October 6th, 2017 at 12:00 pm at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Pl., San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 920-9181
The “Rotunda Dance Series” is a set of free dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda, Dancers’ Group, and World Arts West have once again partnered to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world. Set amidst the grandeur of San Francisco City Hall’s Rotunda, these free lunchtime presentations bring dance forms from across the globe to this magnificent venue. Madhuri Kishore started the dance school in 2005 to spread our Indian culture and heritage through dance. This school has now turned out to be a leading Kuchipudi dance school in Bay area. She is well known for her patience and being extremely student-friendly. She trains her disciples in Guru Sishya Parampara style. Every student gets her personal attention. All performances are free and start at noon.
Friday, October 6th, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 339-5888
Off the Grid is an outdoor food truck bonanza staged at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason Center. This year, Off The Grid, has featured nearly thirty food trucks, food tents, and dessert carts, plus a cocktail bar, wine bar and beers all coming out to Fort Mason Center, rain or shine. You can also expect to see some great live DJ’s and local talent performing as well. Off the Grid is the largest network of gourmet mobile food markets anywhere, and it’s right here in the Bay. They work with hundreds of vendors each week in dozens of locations around the Bay Area including the East Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay, creating vital community spaces and supporting small businesses wherever they go. Admission is free for this event.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm at Spreckels Temple of Music, Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco.
Phone: (510) 530-0814
Don’t miss out on your final chance to see The Golden Gate Park Band this Sunday! They will conclude their 135th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse and you’re invited. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years! This concert will run about 90 minutes and are free and open to the public. All concerts take place in between the de Young and the California Academy of Sciences and feature the music of specific nationalities or cultures, including costumed guest performances from dancers, singers, and speakers, who will enlighten and entertain. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – All Day at Union Square Park, Geary and Powell, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 781-7880
The 22nd Annual Arab Cultural Festival moves to Union Square to bring the sights, smells, and sounds of the Arab world to San Francisco with a showcase of the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. Last year, spectators were able to enjoy live cultural entertainment, music, dancing, singing, poetry and more from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. We expect it to be the same this year. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara.
Phone: (408) 615-2200
Santa Clara City Library is bringing together Bay Area artists, comic book shops, cosplayers, makers, and authors for the second annual Santa Clara City Library Comic Con this fall. Join them at the Central Park Library on Saturday, October 7th for a full day of panels and workshops from special guests, and dive into activities like virtual reality gaming, anime showings, and hands-on crafts for all ages. Expect to meet some of your favorite costumed characters, and be inspired by creators of art, comics, and movies. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Holy Resurrection Romanian, 26050 Kay Ave., Hayward.
This Saturday will be the 1st Annual Romanian Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area! At the event, you will have the opportunity to experience the different wonderful aspects of Romanian Culture. The festival will have traditional food, drinks, dance, music, as well as activities area for will be Romanian souvenirs and original art for sale. They are happy to welcome the greater community of San Francisco Bay Area to share in this unique experience and enjoy their hospitality. The whole event is family friendly with entertainment suitable for both adults and children! This event is free to attend.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Schroeder’s Restaurant, 240 Front St, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 421-4778
San Francisco’s historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 124th Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world – with a grand Oktoberfest celebration! The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on September 15th, 2017. The party moves indoors for the next five consecutive Saturdays with music from 6-9 pm. Hundreds of revelers join for an outdoor Bavarian beer hall featuring benches and communal tables for outdoor dining to set the stage for dancing, brews and traditional German fare alongside Hofbräu activities, including stein holding contests, Polka dancing and the traditional Danish “chicken dance.” Brats, chicken sausage and pretzels will be available through a token system. This event is free to attend, but food and drinks are on a token system.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am in the SF Bay Area.
How about an event that you technically don’t even have to leave your house for? October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon. Because the radiant is located so far north on the sky’s dome, this shower favors temperate and far-northern latitudes, and the Bay area is going to be an awesome spot to see these incredible shows! In 2017, the most meteors will probably fall on the evening of October 7th or 8th. Start watching first thing at nightfall! The waning gibbous moon will rise at early evening, so there will be very little moon-free time to view this shower. They must warn you that this shower is often a sleeper, even in a dark sky completely free of moonlight. But watch out if the Dragon awakes, which is always a possibility. Unlike most meteor showers, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, instead of before dawn. That’s because the winged Dragon, the shower’s radiant point, flies highest in the sky at nightfall. These extremely slow-moving Draconid meteors, when traced backward, radiate from the head of Draco the Dragon, near the stars Eltanin and Rastaban. However, you don’t have to locate Draco the Dragon to watch the Draconids, for these meteors fly every which way through the starry sky. Usually, this meteor shower offers no more than a handful of languid meteors per hour, even at its peak. Find your perfect viewing spot now!
Friday, October 6th, 2017 through Sunday, October 8th, 2017 – All Day at Hellman Hollow, John F. Kennedy Drive and Transverse Drive, San Francisco.
2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. The full 2017 lineup has been released, and it’s awesome. Highlights for this year include Friday (First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Brandi Carlile, T Bone Burnett, Billy Bragg), Saturday (Bela Fleck, Robyn Hitchcock, Ozomatli, Henry Rollins, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle), and Sunday (Emmylou Harris, Bob Mould, Cheap Trick, Shelby Lynne & Alison Moorer, Randy Newman, Jello Biafra, Lucinda Williams, Big Freeda). Also to help assist crowd flow some of the stages have been reconfigured which has resulted in a brand new Acoustic Stage for 2017, called “La Victrola” (replacing “The Arrow Stage”) featuring spoken word and solo acoustic. Plus, The Hellman museum will be expanded to include “Beautiful Dancer,” a tribute to Chris Hellman who passed away this year. This event is free to attend.
Friday, October 6th, 2017 – All Day All Over San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 440-4177
San Francisco’s legendary annual Litquake festival features hundreds of authors, poets and journalists in a myriad of separate events throughout the Bay Area! It’s all meant to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing. If you’re an avid reader, writer, or just enjoy the company of a good book then this is the celebration for you! You can find these little party venues all over the city and we recommend that you check out the website to find one that’s suitable for you. This event is free to attend.
Friday, October 6th, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Marina Green, Marina Blvd & Fillmore St., San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 306-0911
Look up in the sky when you hear the roaring of jet engines and head down to SF’s northern waterfront and Dogpatch for San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week air show and festival! Much more than just the Blue Angels, this yearly festival and celebration of military power typically features a full airshow with a 747, Coast Guard rescue demonstrations, plus Navy ship tours, live music, a parade of ships underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and tons more. Taking place over three consecutive days in the skies above the City’s waterfront, this event attracts over a million people around the Bay. This show features the United States Navy Blue Angels, the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18, Canadian Snowbirds and, from France, the Breitling Jet Team. This event is free to attend.
Friday, October 6th, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland.
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.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at The Yard at Mission Rock, 3rd St. and Terry Francois Blvd, San Francisco.
Phone: (510) 463-6850
Celebrate Bay Day at The Yard with SF Giants and Save The Bay (San Francisco). Enjoy live music, food trucks, adult beverages, a Save The Bay education station, and more while celebrating the beautiful Bay. From face painting to a visit from Lou Seal, there’s a way for everyone to enjoy Bay Day at The Yard. Activities will include: a Native Planting Workshop, Beach Trash Art Project, and the Celebrate Bay Day Everyday event. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm at the Ferry Building, The Embarcadero and Ferry Plaza, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 291-3276
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 Sharon Nahm. Born and raised in Korea, Sharon’s connection to food began with her first food memory, a noodle dish made with a rich dark black bean sauce, delivered by bicycle to her childhood home. This piping hot bowl of noodles quickly became her comfort food; it is a dish she still craves. Sharon’s strong association with her cultural roots, combined with her professional training and experience make her role as chef at E&O Asian Kitchen a dynamic combination of informal know-how and honed skills.