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With the start of May comes the start of San Francisco's free festival season, which doesn't wrap up until October with Hardly Strictly Bluegreass. Our guide to all of the best free festivals provides a look at what's in store. This week, there's another reason to enjoy San Francisco's urban landscape with Bike to Work Day. Slim's hosts a classic punk rock double-header with The Dead Milkmen and Off! and the dance floor gets hot with The Gathering and Dirtybird Hatched. Roger Waters brings a taste of Pink Floyd to AT&T Park with The Wall tour and Brian Jonestown Massacre is back at The Fillmore with a new album and riffs that channel the ghosts of 60s psychedelia. The beats get some shine, too, with Peter Coyote reading poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti before a screening of the film Ferlinghetti.

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Cinco De Mayo Festival
at Dolores Park
Triple Threat DJs
at Mighty
Diegos Umbrella
at The Independent
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
at Meridian Gallery (8pm)

Peter Coyote reads poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and a screening of Ferlinghetti, by Christopher Felver. The poet and writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an iconic presence in the world of arts and letters. For well over half a century he has helped shape the currents of poetry and literature through his forceful engagement with society.
at Vessel (9:30pm)

Well known all over the world as Avicii's proteges, they are setting the standard with their high energy sets and wild crowds. The first tuesday show we did with Sander Van Doorn was an epic, sold out so it was just a matter of time before we found the perfect fit...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
at Fort Mason Center (5pm - 10pm)

Shecky's Girls Night Out is returning to San Francisco, and you're invited! Discover unique designers, sip our delectable drinks, and cap your night with some pretty pampering and glorious Goodie Bags...
Thursday, May 10, 2012
at Rickshaw Stop (10pm)

Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings...
in the Bay Area (all day)

Energizer Stations are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be 'cheered on' by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will even re-open during the evening commute...
at Fox Theater - Oakland (8pm)

By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet's catalog...
at Lomography Gallery Store (6pm - 10pm)

Come see the traveling Detrich Collection of original Diana clones, as well 10 gorgeous customized clones by local artists and 10 Diana prints by some of the city's most talented analog photographers...
at Public Works (9pm)

Demdike Stare is the occult project of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles is also known as Modern Love's DJ MLZ or as one half of Pendle Coven. Sean Canty is the dedicated digger behind the Haxan events and a member of the respected Finders Keepers crew of vinyl vultures...
Friday, May 11, 2012
at AT&T Park (8pm)

His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. "The Wall" live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans...
at Mezzanine (8pm)

The now legendary Golden Gate BBQ's in San Francisco, was the brainchild of the 4 original Dirtybird members, Christian Martin, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin and Worthy. They had a personal mission to change the landscape of San Francisco house music by throwing an epic free party...
at Marines Memorial Theatre (7pm)

The performances will take place on a traditional wooden floor called a shosadai that will be shipped in from Tokyo, to honor the aesthetics of the 600 year-old theatrical tradition. The only other US performances of this program will be at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. following the San Francisco engagement...
at The Fillmore (8pm)

Their sound is heavily influenced by the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s, but also carries influences from shoegaze, jangle pop, garage rock, and lo-fi sonorities...
at 1015 (10pm)

A notoriously enigmatic band hailing from Pennsylvania, Black Moth Super Rainbow made waves on the indie circuit in the early 2000s with their brand of otherworldly, psychedelic indie pop. The project began in Pittsburgh in 2002, and expanded to include five members...
Saturday, May 12, 2012
at Love vortex section 9 (10pm - 6am)

Can you feel the excitement building? To contribute positively to the LOVE frequency during this chaotic time, via the medium of a super fun psychedelic dance party...
at The Ferry Building (9am & 11am)

Dine with farmers, food artisans, and other local food lovers at the 12th annual Spring Breakfast fundraiser. Join us on a fresh spring market morning as the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture's (CUESA) teaching kitchen transforms into our yearly breakfast gathering...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Join us at San Francisco's premier nightlife destination for our newest monthly bash, One Way Ticket Celebrity Edition featuring sounds by Vegas heavyweight, DJ Scene!
at Infusion Lounge (10pm)

Sunset SF brings you another edition of "Bridge" bringign together a variety of styles and scenes under one roof. This time that roof is Mezzanine and its booming funktion1 system. The night will feature two artists whose recent work can only be described as "sizzling" Ninja Tune phenom Eskmo...
Sunday, May 13, 2012
spread throughout 13 city blocks (noon to 8pm)

This year features dance music stages by Symbiosis, Raindance, Sunset Music, Forward SF, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Temple Nightclub, Groove Garden, Enchanted Forest, SWAG, Happy Camp, Red Marines, Pulse, Pink Mammoth, SF House, Nu Funk Boutique, and more.
at Million Fishes Art Collective (noon - 10pm)

Come rediscover the playful side of life as you wade your way through a pitch-black sea of thousands of balloons that respond to your movements with ethereal glows of light.
Monday, May 14, 2012
at Rickshaw Stop (8pm)

After three critically acclaimed full-length albums and highly successful tours throughout Europe, these five favored Danes are prepping the release of their Running With Insanity EP, after which we'll no doubt be seeing and hearing a lot more of this handsome collective stateside...
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