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 1pm-5pm, 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

Erotic Writing As Resistance!
Thursday, September 7th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Transform Your Sex Life with 3 Master Lover Skills for Men
Monday, September 11th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, September 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

Beginner's Guide to the Folsom Street Fair
Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mission Street Store - 899 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mission Store Event Info

SMACK! Flogging Basics
Monday, September 18th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Everyone Has An Anus!: Rimming 101
Thursday, September 28th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Brookline Store - 308A (rear) Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Brookline Store Event Info

One is Not Enough: An Intro to Open Relationships, Polyamory, and Consensual Non-Monogamy
Tuesday, September 5th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Love Yourself, Literally: Empowerment through Masturbation
Thursday, September 14th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Sex for Those in Recovery
Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
Sunday, September 24th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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How to Drive a Vulva
Monday, September 25th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cambridge Store - 52 JFK Street, Brookline, MA 02138

Cambridge Store Event Info


Healthy Hookups!
Tuesday, September 26th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Upcoming Special Events

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

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


Upcoming tours:

September 17th

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 September

AntiqueVibratorMuseum.com



Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Demo Days:
Harness Play for Everyone

Saturday, September 23rd
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: All Good Vibrations Retail Stores
FREE!



9/23/2017-Harness Play for Everyone
All kinds of couplings can enjoy harness play. Join us for this short informal demo of our variety of strap-ons and harnesses for all walks of life. Whether you're looking to get started or upgrade your current gear, we will be providing fittings to help you find the perfect harness that meets all your needs.

9/30/2017-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.




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

Erotic Writing As Resistance!
Thursday, September 7th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (as space allows)
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In times of terror, sexuality and desire can seem frivolous. At these times, it can feel safer to close rather than to open. Audre Lorde warned us of the dangers of "fear[ing] the yes within ourselves." When we claim our messy, gorgeous erotic selves, we are more able to recognize joy in our lives, connect to community, and are less likely to fall prey to the politics of fear and division. In this workshop with Jen Cross we'll write fantasy and longing, body and hope, and co-create space in which to celebrate the power of desire in resisting cynicism and despair. This is a space for folks of all genders and all orientations, single or partnered, and open to folks of all writing abilities! Just bring your favorite notebook and writing implement, and your most open mind.

A widely-anthologized erotica writer and co-editor (with Dr. Carol Queen and Amy Butcher), of the award-winning Sex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology, Jen Cross has also been facilitating erotic writing workshops for 15 years. Her first single-author book, Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of your Own Creativity to Heal and Recover from Sexual Violence, is forthcoming from Mango Media this summer. www.writingourselveswhole.org.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Transform Your Sex Life with 3 Master Lover Skills for Men
Monday, September 11th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Good Vibrations Polk Store
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (as space allows)
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Do you sometimes find women confusing? Especially when all you really want to do is please her, it can be hard to figure out just what will work. Men who have confidence in the bedroom don’t get rattled: They know exactly how to show up in the moment. They create an environment that allows women to feel safe and surrender to pleasure and eroticism. They understand how to help a woman find her “yes.” In this workshop, for both men and women, Xanet Pailet will help men learn how to own their sexual power, understand the relationship between women’s desire and arousal, and create a Master Lover mindset.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, September 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

Beginner's Guide to the Folsom Street Fair
Tuesday, September 19th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Valencia Store
FREE!
Sign Up Here

Feeling kinky? Interested in learning more about BDSM? Well, the annual Folsom Street Fair is right around the corner! Whether you feel like participating in the paddling, getting frisky with a flogger, or being a voracious voyeur, our sex educators will help prepare you for a safe and sexy time! Come learn different ways of practicing consent and negotiating boundaries in a public setting.






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

SMACK! Flogging Basics
Monday, September 18th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Mission Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

We're focusing on just one of the many tools to enjoy impact play - Floggers! This workshop is set up for the beginner kinkster in mind and just in time for Folsom Street Fair! Because of the many possibilities that floggers can bring with different textures, sensations, and styles, this ubiquitous item is a staple of any toy bag. SESA Instructor Alex will cover how to choose a flogger, safety precautions, throwing techniques, best positions for bottoming and topping, and practice strategies to help improve your skills!





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Everyone Has An Anus!: Rimming 101
Thursday, September 28th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Mission Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

Analingus, or rimming, can be a fun and effective way to stimulate the anus. Incorporating hand maneuvers, various positions and, in some cases, toys in conjunction with tongue techniques could greatly enhance one's experience of analingus. SESA Instructor Mone will provide an overview of anatomy and erogenous zones to consider as well as various techniques for givers and receivers to explore and enjoy. Attendees will learn how to prepare physically and mentally from practicing facial exercises to discussing stigma around anal pleasure.






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

One is Not Enough: An Intro to Open Relationships, Polyamory, and Consensual Non-Monogamy
Tuesday, September 5th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to love more than one person? Join Sex Educator and Assistant Manager, Allyssa, as we discuss the world of non-monogamy, from casual threesomes to long term live-in poly relationships. We'll start with an introduction to non-monogamous relationships (there are so many different styles!), talk about communication and common problems (what about jealousy?), and discuss how to get involved with the community. This class will give you the tools you need to start your own exploration into the exciting world of consensual non-monogamy!





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Love Yourself, Literally: Empowerment through Masturbation
Thursday, September 14th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

The secret is out! Masturbation feels good and it’s good for you! Join Sex Educator and Assistant Manager, Allyssa, to discover why masturbation can be important for people of all ages, genders, relationship statuses, and sexualities. We will reveal how self-loving can naturally boost your self-esteem, increase sexual stamina, help you explore your body, and give you tools to become more confident in bed. Discover new aspects of your own anatomy, the physiology of orgasms, masturbation techniques, and popular toys that will empower and inspire you to give yourself a little more “ME” time.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Sex for Those in Recovery
Tuesday, September 19th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
$10 in advance/$15 day of
Sign Up For This Event

We are often taught that those in recovery from trauma should avoid sex altogether. On the contrary, reclaiming one's sexuality can empower individuals to reclaim their bodies and sexual experiences. This workshop is for folks who have experienced trauma and those who are intimate with trauma survivors. We will discuss ways to explore and reclaim our bodies through a trauma-sensitive lens including masturbation, couples' play, erotica, and porn. We will also cover ways to stay grounded and present while engaging in sex and masturbation. Folks will leave with some new ideas and tools (and maybe even toys!) to make the process of recovery more approachable and fun. For those concerned with cost of attendance, please contact BrooklineM@goodvibes.com by September 15.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

A Smut-Tea Time: A Workshop for Erotic Writers and Readers
Sunday, September 24th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
FREE!
Sign Up For This Event

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

How to Drive a Vulva
Monday, September 25th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
$20 in advance/$25 at the door
Sign Up For This Event

Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of vulva pleasure in a class designed for people of all genders. In this playful, informative workshop lead by sapphic savant, Allison Moon, you will learn all the basics, including:

  • The bits and pieces that make up vulva anatomy
  • Simple ways to communicate in the heat of the moment
  • How to build a “Road Map” of your partner’s pleasure
  • Cunnilingus, strap-ons, hand sex and more!!
  • Positions to avoid fatigue and generate the power you need to rock their world
  • Plus a few super secret, lesbian-ninja techniques
You’ll come away with new confidence to please a vulva and the person it belongs to, no matter what your hands-on experience.

Allison Moon is the author of the award-winning sex-ed book Girl Sex 101, the erotic memoir Bad Dyke, and the Tales of the Pack series of novels about lesbian werewolves. As a sex educator, Allison has presented her workshops — on strap-on sex, polyamory, sexual self-expression, erotica writing, and more — to thousands of people around the US and Canada.






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

Healthy Hookups!
Tuesday, September 26th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Good Vibrations Cambridge Store
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (as space allows)
Buy Tickets

Casual sex can be fun, freeing, and hot. But to make the most of a no-strings-attached romp, it helps to have some skills in place. Learn from proudly promiscious sex educator & author of Girl Sex 101, Allison Moon, as she guides you through the communication tools, self-assessments, and negotiation skills necessary to make hooking up safe and fulfilling for everyone. Topics include: you 101; the basics of sexual negotiation; knowing your “species”; finding compatible partners; drugs & booze; pleasure & orgasm; special considerations for group sex; and much, much more! You’ll leave with more confidence to pursue a fun and fulling sex life no matter if it’s for a night or for a lifetime.



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