Workshops & Events

Workshop Information
Most of our events are open to everybody. However, some are designated for particular groups. If an event description says "women only" or "men only," anyone who identifies with that gender is welcome to attend. Events for couples do not require you to be romantic or sexual partners, but you do need to attend as a pair. So if you have a close friend you want to come with, feel free!

For paid workshops, pre-registration is required. Some of our classes fill up quickly and pre-registration will guarantee your seat as well as let the presenter know how many attendees to expect.

You can click the link in the workshop description or call us at 415-345-0400 to register. We are unable to honor refunds unless you give us up to 48 hours notice that you are unable to attend. Some of our presenters come from out of town and we need to guarantee fees.

Every attendee at a Good Vibrations class or special event will be eligible to win in a special Good Vibrations gift card giveaway! Hear more details at the event you attend.

Good Vibrations Event Ground Rules
Your participation in our Good Vibrations event means you are willing and able to conduct yourself according to these rules. They are intended to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.

  • If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may not attend a Good Vibrations event.
  • No touching of other participants except in the context of opt-in exercises as directed by the instructor.
  • No disruptive behavior.
  • No sexual activity.

The instructor and Good Vibrations staff have the right to remove class participants who do not respect these guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.


Special Events

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tours
Every 3rd Sunday at 3:00 pm. FREE!
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Demo Days: In-store Tips & How To’s
Every Saturday at 1 pm - 5 pm, Free!
At all Good Vibrations Store Locations
Different topics every week! Check listings below
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Polk Street Store - 1620 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Polk Store Event Info

Strategies for Public Sex
Sunday, November 5th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Ask: Building Consent Culture book launch with Kitty Stryker
Monday, November 6th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Awaken Your Body: The Fine Art of Sensation Play
Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, November 19th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
More Info

How to Be a Feminist in the Bedroom
Tuesday, November 28th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
More Info

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, December 17th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Valencia Street Store - 603 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Valencia Store Event Info

Butts Up?!: Anal Pleasure for Everybody
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mission Street Store - 899 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mission Store Event Info

Safety and Seduction
Sunday, November 5th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Berkeley Store - 2504 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Berkeley Store Event Info

Holiday Reception & Shopping Night
Thursday December 14th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Brookline Store - 308A (rear) Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Brookline Store Event Info

Bend Over Boyfriend: Pegging 101
Monday, November 6th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Big O after the Big C: Sex after Cancer
Tuesday, November 14th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info

A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
Sunday, November 26th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
More Info

5 (Dirty, Little) Secrets from the Science of Women’s Sexuality
Wednesday, November 29th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Toys for Two: The Ultimate Guide to Sex Toys Designed for Couples
Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
More Info


Cambridge Store - 52 JFK Street, Brookline, MA 02138

Cambridge Store Event Info

Who Run The World?: Femmedom for the Shy
Tuesday, November 7th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info

Polyamory 201: I Still Get Jealous
Tuesday, November 21st, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info

Holiday Reception & Shopping Afternoon
Sunday, December 3rd, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
More Info


Upcoming Special Events

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tours
Every 3rd Sunday at 3:00 pm
FREE!



A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen and her team of trained docents.

Please see the link below to RSVP at least 72 hours in advance if you will be attending the free tour. You may also RSVP by calling our Polk St. store location at: (415) 345-0400.

Sign Up In Advance For November 19th

Sign Up In Advance For December 17th

AntiqueVibratorMuseum.com



Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Demo Days:
Rabbits & Twice-As-Nice Vibrators

Saturday, November 18th
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: All Good Vibrations Retail Stores
FREE!



11/18/2017-Rabbits & Twice-As-Nice Vibrators
Made infamous by an episode of Sex And The City, Rabbit-style or Twice-As-Nice vibrators are some of the most popular and powerful styles of toys we offer. There are a plethora of models available and each offer something unique. From rotation & movement, sensuous shapes, and a variety of sizes and functions, searching for your new love bunny can be overwhelming! Join us for a short informal demo of our latest and classic Rabbits and learn about choosing a Twice-As-Nice vibrators to hit all your spots.

11/25/2017-Travel Friendly Vibrators
Concerned about travelling with toys? Want to avoid TSA without compromising personal pleasure? In a short informal how-to, we will guide you through some features that make travelling with toys safe and easy and recommend some of our most popular and discreet products for travel. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, we have the answers to all your sexy on-the-go needs!




Upcoming Polk Street Store Events

Ride the cable car to Good Vibrations in historic Russian Hill and stroll the lively and colorful shops on Polk Street.


1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400
Map & Directions

Regular Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Antique Vibrator Museum
Open every day 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Late night Thursdays 12:30pm - 8:30 pm

The history of the vibrator is a fascinating one, and Good Vibrations gladly sheds light on the unlikely origins of its industry. The electric vibrator had its inception in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor. This device was designed as a medical tool for treating what was called "hysteria," or "female disorders." Within 20 years a British doctor followed up with a more portable battery-operated model; by 1900, dozens of styles of electric vibrators, just like those in our exhibit, were available to the discriminating medical professional.

Please Note: The Antique Vibrator Museum is part of Good Vibrations, and it may be closed from time to time to accommodate classes, book signings, special parties, and staff trainings, as well as private tours and press events focused on the museum itself. If you wish to visit the museum, please phone us to confirm that none of these occasional closures will affect your enjoyment of the antique vibrator collection when you come by to view it. Thank you for your understanding!


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Strategies for Public Sex
Sunday, November 5th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (as space allows)
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Sex in public, while unlawful or inadvisable in most places, remains a popular fantasy for couples. It's hot. The risk of discovery, the novelty of new places, the rebellious rule-breaking, the romance of spontaneous passion that can't be contained or delayed until you get home... all that and more makes adventurous sex appealing. But how do you and your partner get carried away with such activity without getting hauled away? Learn how to play with your partner outside of the home, including creative techniques for taking your affection out in the public--without displaying it to non-consenting eyes. Highlights include: What are the laws, and how to skirt them; how to get the effect of public sex in private; best places for public sex; how to remain inconspicuous; dress for success; and conceal-and-carry sex toys!





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Ask: Building Consent Culture book launch with Kitty Stryker
Monday, November 6th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
Free!
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Join editor Kitty Stryker and other local contributors to this groundbreaking anthology that explores consent culture and social change with consent at its core. In and out of the bedroom, in many contexts, Ask leads the way to empowerment and change. Come hear readings and rich discussion, and get your copy of this brand-new book!





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Awaken Your Body: The Fine Art of Sensation Play
Thursday, November 9th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (as space allows)
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Everyone always seems think of the more extreme and heavier types of SM play such as whips and chains, but what about the softer side of things? Or the toys that may hurt someone but not leave marks? This class is designed to talk about the wonderful world of sensation and how you can incorporate that into your sex life. Domme Miss Mackenzee will talk about sensory deprivation and how that heightens all other experiences happening to your partner’s body. Sensation play can include things like tickling, electro, fire, etc. Learning how to play in the safest way possible is an extremely important topic to discuss. There will be live demos and a chance to experience some of what we go over. This class is open to all skill levels, gender identities, sexual preferences, and relationship dynamics. So come and learn how to divulge yourselves and deliver mind blowing sensations that your partner will remember forever.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, November 19th
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
FREE
Limit 20 per tour!
Sign Up Here

A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with curator Carol Queen, PhD.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

How to Be a Feminist in the Bedroom
Tuesday, November 28th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
$20 in advance, $30 at the door (as space allows)
Buy Tickets

Feminist sexuality can create more intimate and pleasurable experiences for folks of all genders. With Dr. Alison Ash, learn to feel comfortable and empowered saying no, explore how to find your true yes, practice asking for what you want, and discover the ways in which you can take pleasure into your own hands. Explore how to create empowering experiences for and with your lovers and partners.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, December 17th
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
FREE
Limit 20 per tour!
Sign Up Here

A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with curator Carol Queen, PhD.






Upcoming Valencia Street Store Events

In the heart of San Francisco's fashionable Mission District, Good Vibrations is a sex-positive resource in a thriving community of restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.


603 Valencia Street (at 17th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 503-9522
Map and Directions

Regular Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Butts Up?!: Anal Pleasure for Everybody
Wednesday, November 8th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Valencia Store
FREE!
Sign Up Here

Curious about anal pleasure but don't know where to begin? Already explored anal play but looking for new tips and techniques? No matter your experience, this class is sure to help in broadening your backdoor repertoire. This workshop will confront common taboos and myths and lead you through anal anatomy, erogenous zones, penetration for beginners, and various techniques and positions excellent for anal sex. Safety and hygiene will also be discussed, as well as the best toys and lube to add to your anal adventures. If you want your anal questions answered, join SESA instructor Whitney in navigating the exciting world of anal play.







Upcoming Mission Street Store Events

Conveniently located near Union Square, Good Vibrations on Mission Street is just across the street from Bloomingdale's and is surrounded by parking and is easily accessible by public transportation.


899 Mission Street (at 5th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 513-1635
Map and Directions

Regular Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Safety and Seduction
Sunday, November 5th
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Mission Store
FREE!
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This sex ed class covers more than just the correct way to put on a condom. SESA Instructor Alex explains how to incorporate safer sex techniques for mind-blowing sex that's both healthy and seductively sexy. We'll cover basic barrier methods, lube, and other safer sex supplies with an X-rated spin in this workshop designed for lovers of all genders, sexualities, and relationship dynamics. There's no one way to have sex, and the same is true for safer sex!




Upcoming Berkeley Store Events

On the corner of San Pablo and Dwight, Good Vibrations proudly serves Berkeley on a block brimming with cafes, restaurants and boutiques.


2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way)
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987
Map and Directions

Regular Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Holiday Reception & Shopping Night (honoring our partners at Berkeley Free Clinic)
Thursday, December 14th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Berkeley Store
FREE!

We’re going to combine an opportunity to contribute to the good work of our friends at the Berkeley Free Clinic with expert shopping guidance, whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or that One Special Gift. Come share something sweet or bubbly and make the season bright.




Upcoming Brookline Store Events

Our East Coast location is nestled in charming downtown Brookline, where Good Vibrations offers sex-positivity and education in this vibrant and bustling community.

308A (rear) Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 487-4990
Map & Directions

Regular Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Bend Over Boyfriend: Pegging 101
Monday, November 6th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
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Are you or your partner ready to mix things up a bit? Do harnesses and dildos occupy your fantasies? In this class, Lead Sex Educator Sales Associate, Michal, will cover ways to choose the right tools for the job, how to discuss pegging with your partner, and secrets to maximizing pegging pleasure. Learn how to strap-up and strap-on from Good Vibrations, the sex shop that put pegging on the map!





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

The Big O after the Big C: Sex after Cancer
Tuesday, November 14th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
$20 in advance/$25 at the door
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This workshop focuses on the often-unaddressed concerns of people struggling with the effects of cancer, its various treatments, and the tolls it can take on people’s sexuality. Whether cancer is directly affecting you or your loved one, Kira Manser, Clinical Director of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, is here to help. Topics of discussion will include: re-sexualizing your body, the effects of medication and treatment on sexual functioning, pelvic pain issues, working with your libido to maximize sexual pleasure, tools and tricks to make sex enjoyable and fun again, and resources that can help ease this journey.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
Sunday, November 26th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
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Are you a writer with an interest in the smuttier side of things? Are you an erotic reader who lusts after the dream of creating your own blush-worthy stories? Join Sex Educator and Store Manager, Ruby, for an erotic writing workshop where you will discuss popular erotica and get a chance to write, share, and edit within a supportive, open-minded space. In this class, you will learn how to write and edit your work on your own--or in your community--and discover different ways to share the stories you develop! Please come prepared with paper or a notebook. Hot tea will be provided.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

5 (Dirty, Little) Secrets from the Science of Women’s Sexuality
Wednesday, November 29th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
$20 in advance/$25 at the door
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Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. and author of the NYT best-seller, Come As You Are, has made it her life mission to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. Join us for her signature class on the science behind female sexuality and arousal. Emily begins with the science of sexual response like you’ve never heard it before, and then blows away five common myths about female sexuality. When does female desire for sex start? What happens to female bodies when they are turned on? What kind of sensations are erotic? What’s the single best predictor of female sexual satisfaction? And how can you have great orgasms reliably? All these questions and more will be answered. As a bonus, you’ll learn Emily’s “Top 5 Sex Tips for Having Better Sex Than Anyone You Know!”





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Toys for Two: The Ultimate Guide to Sex Toys Designed for Couples
Wednesday, December 6th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

Sex toys, like all toys, are meant to be played with! Why not play with a friend or lover? Learn which sex toys are great for partner play, which materials are best when sharing toys, how different shapes can work with different bodies, and how to pick a toy that works for both you and a partner. After all, sharing is caring! Join Lead Sex Educator, Sales Associate Michal as she guides you and your sweetie(s) through the ins-and-outs of incorporating toys into partnered sex in a comfortable, conversational context.






Upcoming Cambridge Store Events

The newest Good Vibrations, and the second outside California, is located in historic Harvard Square close to several local universities and surrounded by restaurants, shops, historic markers, and museums.

52 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 250-8241
Map & Directions

Regular Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Who Run The World?: Femmedom for the Shy
Tuesday, November 7th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Cambridge Store
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
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Are you and your partner interested in playing with power dynamics? Looking for advice on how to be the best mistress you can be? This class is for dominatrixes in bloom! Sex Educator and Store Manager, Ruby, will cover the benefits of consensual power play, help you tap into and express your own dominant desires, and discuss products that can enhance and support your D/s relationship. We welcome people of all genders, anywhere along the domination-submission spectrum, though most of our material and discussion will focus on women and femme-identified folks dominating men and masc-folks.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Polyamory 201: I Still Get Jealous
Tuesday, November 21st
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Cambridge Store
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
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If you’ve already tested the waters of non-monogamy and had some trouble battling your own green-eyed monster, or if your fear of jealousy has prevented you from jumping into the poly pool, this class is for you! Jealousy can creep up in non-monogamous relationships in vastly different ways. Join Sex Educator and Assistant Manager, Allyssa, to learn about jealousy management and communication techniques for people in open relationships (and monogamous ones too!). We'll talk about how communication can keep the green-eyed monster at bay, and what to do if you feel it rising. If you are curious about polyamory and non-monogamy in general, check out our Polyamory 101 class, "One Is Not Enough: An Intro to Open Relationships, Polyamory, and Consensual Non-Monogamy."


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Holiday Reception & Shopping Afternoon
Sunday, December 3rd
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Cambridge Store
Free!


Come get festive with Good Vibrations Harvard Square as we welcome Alan Balandra to our shop for a cozy afternoon of tunes, hot apple cider, and our expert personal shopping advice.

Alan Balandra joins us from Puebla, Mexico by way of Berklee College of Music. He is a singer and guitarist who performs everything from mariachi and jazz to r&b and folk. Alan has a particular interest in the musical experiences and expressions of other immigrant musicians and in using music to bring communities closer together.

Alan will bring his guitar and his songs to Good Vibrations from 3 – 6pm on Sunday, December 3rd.

As this is gift-giving season, get all your presents wrapped and see all proceeds go to Good Vibrations Harvard Square’s current GiVe community partner: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.



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