Walking Tour: Golden Gate Park as Refuge

During this easy two-hour walking tour of the eastern end of Golden Gate Park, guide Chris Pollock will explain the role that the park played in the aftermath of the 1906 Great Quake.
Hear about the refugees who, by the thousands, flocked to the park in search of a sanctuary, and how the military and city organized major camps there, including hospital facilities. Here accounts of compassionate acts as residents were forced to come together in the face of disaster. See what happened to some of the park's structures and why a few institutions ended up in the park later. Especially symbolic is the relocating of a Nob Hill mansion's entry portal, whose nostalgic reflection in Lloyd Lake still resonates with many people 100 years later.

Where 

Meet on the front steps of the Conservatory of Flowers, JFK Drive

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
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Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tour: Waterfront Wars, Fishing Feluccas, and Windjammers

For 150 years San Francisco was above all a port city. This tour explores the waterfront from the days of sail to the era of husky longshoremen. We begin at the Great Seawall, San Francisco's largest public works project, and follow the waterfront to two World War II vessels and into famous Fisherman's Wharf. The tour visits Hyde Street Pier, the largest collection of historic ships in the United States, and ends at the streamlined, modern Maritime Museum.

Where 

Meet at the intersection of The Embarcadero and Kearny Street, on the bay side of The Embarcadero

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
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Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tour: Poets, Pisanos, and Fabulous Frescos

This tour explores the artistic and culinary traditions of North Beach, from the free-spirited Beats to the Italian immigrants who brought a buon gusto philosophy to San Francisco. We begin at Vesuvio Cafe then visit Washington Square, the heart of North Beach. Nearby an Italian bakery still bakes bread by hand, and at Coit Tower we imagine Gold Rushers who once spied arriving vessels, then view Depression-era murals which reveal a tumultuous and productive period in California's past.

Where 

Meet in front of Vesuvio Cafe and City Lights Bookstore, on Columbus Avenue near Broadway

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
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Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tour: Gold Rushers, Shanghaiers, and Jazz Dancers

This tour begins at Portsmouth Square, the birthplace of the Gold Rush and the village of Yerba Buena, which later became the city of San Francisco. We then head down Commercial Street to the city

Where 

Meet on the upper level of Portsmouth Square, near the flagpole

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
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Lotta's Opera

See "Lotta's Opera" and take a remarkable one-block journey through turn-of-the-century San Francisco with Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater. From the heady days of the Gold Rush to the long years of recovery after the Great Quake, San Francisco's history will unfold around you in vibrant song and dance as you travel on foot down Market Street. Along the way, the stories that lay hidden in overlooked landmarks, behind unread commemorative plaques and under remodeled facades will be revealed.

Where 

Meet at Lotta's Fountain on the corner of Market, Geary, and Kearny Streets

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

This performance takes place outdoors and requires audience members to stand and walk one city block. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly.

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San Francisco Bay Area Mural Awareness Festival

A celebration of murals and muralists in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, this community arts festival features a mural competition in which four finalists "paint off" for the prize, a live mural performance where guest muralists create and complete a work on stage, and a community mural "paint-in" for everyone, plus live music, food and drink, and exhibitions and demonstrations by artists and muralists.

Where 

Precita Park, on Precita Avenue between Folsom and Harrison

Cost 
Free
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Concerts in the Park with the Golden Gate Park Band

The Golden Gate Park Band has been playing free Sunday concerts in Golden Gate Park since 1882. Their 2006 concert season (April 23-Oct. 8) runs the gamut from classical to swing, opera to Broadway, plus a wide range of ethnic music. The band collaborates regularly with various San Francisco ethnic and arts groups, who bring to the park their colorful costumes, dance groups, singers, and musicians.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy one of America's oldest professional concert bands in the magnificent surroundings of Golden Gate Park.

Where 

On the lawn of the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, near the park entrance at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

Performance schedule is subject to change to due weather or other circumstances.

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St. Stupid's Day Parade

The First Church of the Last Laugh celebrates their one and only hole-y day with the St. Stupid's Day Parade! This year's 28th annual parade starts at the pointy building (Transamerica Pyramid) and heads up Columbus Avenue to Washington Square Park for a staged event with heretical music, discount dogma, a faith-based two-minute talent show, and the traditional free lunch! The public is encouraged to join this unique San Francisco tradition with their own music, noisemakers, costumes, and silly business to honor St. Stupid, patron saint of civilizations and parking meters.

Where 

Transamerica Pyramid to Washington Square Park

Cost 
Free
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Japantown, the Western Addition, and Urban Renewal Walking Tour

Jewish-Americans, Japanese immigrants, African-Americans, urban renewal, and another wave of Asian immigrants contribute to the ever-changing face of this area. See the cutting edge of Japanese pop culture, historic Victorians, Julia Morgan

Where 

Meet at the Peace Pagoda on Buchanan Street between Post and Geary

Cost 
Free (donations appreciated)
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