East Bay Burner Social
What: A chance to gather with your fellow Burners and drink some small-batch microbrews.
Where: Radiance Oak Art Gallery, Oakland
When: Friday September 19, 7pm
Why: Burning Man may come only once a year, but its spirit lasts all year long.
Oakland Athletics Fireworks Show
What: A “Star Wars themed” fireworks display after the game.
Where: Oakland Coliseum
When: Friday September 19, after the game (approx. 9:35pm)
Cost: Free with game tickets.
Why: Because the team is still going to get the Wild Card, darn it.
What: Part of the ongoing “Come Out and Play” Festival spanning New York and San Francisco, this event will workshops for families and kids of all ages on how to make games in public spaces.
Where: UN Plaza
When: Saturday September 20th, 12-1:30pm
Why: Put aside your smart phone for 90 minutes. We dare you.
Mystery Midnight Bicycle Ride
What: According to the leaders, participants are expected to: “Meet at a local bar before midnight on Saturday, Depart for a ride at midnight, Bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and be awesome.”
Where: Details will only be posted on the website the day of the ride (San Francisco)
When: Saturday September 20, 11:59pm
Why: True, you’re not supposed to go with a stranger to an undisclosed location in the dark, but this seems pretty legit.
Folsom Street Fair
What: San Francisco’s annual event—and the sight of a prominent scene from “Looking”—celebrates everything fetish: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Where: Folsom Street from 8th to 13th Streets, San Francisco
When: Sunday September 21, 11am – 6pm
Why: If you live in San Francisco, it’s required that you attend the FSF at least once. That’s the rule.
English Morris Dancing Workshop
What: A chance to learn one of the oldest forms of dance around (it predates Shakespeare!) as well as shake off a few extra calories.
Where: Morris Dance Practice Hall, Berkeley
When: Tuesday September 23, 7:30pm
Why: As advertised on the website, “sticks and hankies” provided. Sounds good to us.
Free Museum Day
What: Every year in September thousands of museums across the country participate in “Free Museum Day,” opening their doors up to everyone. Dozens of Bay Area locations are participating.
Where: Local participating museums include the de Young, Cartoon Art Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and many more.
When: Saturday September 27
Cost: Free, but visitors must print out a free ticket online.
Why: There's no excuse not to enjoy culture.
Napa Valley Rocks!
What: Four days of festivities designed to raise money for earthquake relief in the crushed region. Events include a half-marathon and a Michael Franti & Spearhead concert.
Where: Varying locations, Downtown Napa
When: September 25 - 28
Cost: Events range from $0 -$200
Why: In the wake of a natural disaster just weeks before harvest season, Napa needs all the support it can get. The best way to show it: drink up.