Sierra Club Hike: Hidden Golden Gate Park

Join members of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Area chapter for an extensive but moderately paced walk in seldom seen parts of Golden Gate Park. Optional dinner at a local restaurant after the walk.

Where 

Meet at the entrance to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

Cancelled in case of rain.

If You Go 

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Sierra Club Hike: Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands

An 8 to 10-mile hike at a moderate pace with members of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Area chapter, across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Marin Headlands, with panoramic views everywhere. Optional dinner/beverages after the hike.

Where 

Meet at Battery East parking lot, the first dirt lot east of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the San Francisco side

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

Bring layers, lunch, snacks, beverages, and sunscreen. Cancelled in case of rain.

If You Go 

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John Santos Quintet: Roots of Salsa 101 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Three-time Grammy nominee John Santos and his stellar quintet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin jazz, in an appearance at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens.
Equally at home with dance or concert works, the wide-ranging repertoire of the John Santos Quintet draws from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the U.S.

Where 

Yerba Buena Gardens

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

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ShadowLight Theater

Wayang Bali, the Balinese shadow play, is one of the most exciting undiscovered events of world theater. Until recently language barriers have kept its drama and humor hidden from the world at large. Larry Reed and his gamelan musicians share this classical form of storytelling with San Francisco audiences at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Plots for the shadow play are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against 100 jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess.

Where 

Yerba Buena Gardens

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

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Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Music and Dance of Bali at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Led by two of Bali's most brilliant artists, Made Arnawa and Tjokorda Padmini, Sekar Jaya convenes two large gamelan orchestras: the bronze gamelan gong kebyar, and the ensemble of giant bamboo marimbas, gamelan jegog.
The setup recreates the kalangan-style arena used in traditional Balinese contexts, where the audience is welcomed to enjoy the performance from three sides. The audience at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens will have the opportunity to enjoy the complex interlocking rhythms and virtuosic ensemble sensibility of Balinese gamelan, and the myriad expressions and delicate hand and eye motions of Balinese dance.

Where 

Yerba Buena Gardens

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

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Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tour: Silver Strikes, Earthquakes, and Lion Dancers

This tour explores an area devastated in 1906, then rebuilt into a world-class city. The tour starts at the Old U.S. Mint, a national historic landmark. We then walk up to Union Square, site of Civil War-era rallies, then along Maiden Lane, a sunny street with a shady past. We visit the oldest Catholic cathedral in the West, then venture along the

Where 

Meet at the Old U.S. Mint, Fifth and Mission Streets

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
Please Note 
If You Go 

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Walking Tour: High on the Haight

In the late 19th century, Haight-Ashbury was a thriving, middle-class suburb of downtown San Francisco. By the 1960s it had become a mecca for hippies and the counterculture, as well as a backdrop for the Summer of Love. Join guide Monika Trobits in exploring the evolving character of this neighborhood and its wonderful Victorian architecture. The walk ends on Stanyan Street.

Where 

Meet at 130 Delmar Street, near Frederick

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
Please Note 
If You Go 

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