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Friday, May 27

Friday Yo-Yo Night & Preliminary Competition | Hotel Kabuki
Friday, May 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hotel Kabuki
Friday Yo-Yo Night & Preliminary Competition | Hotel Kabuki

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Golden Gate Park to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best players as they compete in the yo-yo championship in Spreckels Temple of Music Bandshell. Over 100 of the top ...

Saturday, May 28

Tour of Andy Goldsworthys Tree Fall | The Presidio
Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Tour of Andy Goldsworthys Tree Fall | The Presidio
Drop in tours every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. ​This installation juxtaposes nature and history inside the former Powder Magazine.

“Emperors’ Treasures” Educational Talk with Docent Pauline Tsui | SF
Saturday, May 28 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Library Branch
The Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk on the coming special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures”; more than 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ ...
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Saturday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

Tour Of Andy Goldsworthys Earth Wall | The Presidio
Saturday, May 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Tour Of Andy Goldsworthys Earth Wall | The Presidio
Enjoy a short tour describing the making of Andy Goldsworthy’s most recent addition to the Presidio. ​​ The tour will take place whether it rains or shines.
“The Bravery of Love & Legacy” 2016 Art Exhibition | Oakland
Saturday, May 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Warehouse 416
For 21 years ArtEsteem has been working with children and youth in the community through art and social justice programs while touching the lives of thousands. This year’s exhibition, themed “The Bravery of Love and Legacy” focuses on one of ArtEsteem’s core concepts, Self as Superhero. ...
Dada Here & Now: Honoring Its Centennial Birth | SF
Saturday, May 28 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
Dada Here & Now: Honoring Its Centennial Birth | SF
Honoring the centennial of the birth of Dada, Dada Here & Now offers contemporary responses by local, national and international artists to enduring questions first posited by their Dada predecessors. Firmly embracing both the newest technology of the day and the element of chance in ...

Sunday, May 29

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Sunday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

Dada Here & Now: Performance Art Symposium | SF
Sunday, May 29 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
Dada Here & Now: Performance Art Symposium | SF
Experience the spectacle and magic of performance art where the viewer is observer, object and collaborator. Included in the Performance Art Symposium are durational, whimsical, spontaneous, political and observational pieces designed to engage the body and the mind, bringing the audience together through shared experience. Performance ...

Monday, May 30

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Monday, May 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

Tuesday, May 31

Final Day: 2016 Humor Exhibit “Animal House” | SF Library
Tuesday, May 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Final Day: 2016 Humor Exhibit

Every year during the month of April, the San Francisco Public Library presents a Wit & Humor exhibit at the Main Branch. Naturally, the opening day is April Fool’s Day. The exhibit is on display April 1 – May 31, 2016. The 2016 exhibit features a selection of materials ...

Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF
Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF

The American Bookbinders Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is dedicated to showcasing bookbinding’s history, craft, and practice. Watch functioning 19th century bookbinding equipment, and find out how books were, and are, made. You’ll never look at a book the same ...

Wednesday, June 1

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, June 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, June 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

SF Zoo Free Admission Day
SF Zoo Free Admission Day

The San Francisco Zoo, Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, periodically offers free admission for San Francisco residents. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round.  You’ll enjoy seeing the 250 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings, ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, June 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch | SF
Wednesday, June 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch | SF

These free events give you the opportunity to stitch in an inspiring environment with fellow enthusiasts. Bring along your projects, embroidery, knitting or even darning, and enjoy the company of others and their vast needlework library at your leisure. Free Stitch Ins meet every Wednesday ...

Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch On Your Lunch Hour | SF
Wednesday, June 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $5.00*
*$5.00 drop in embroidery class on your lunch hour every Wednesday
| San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch On Your Lunch Hour | SF
Come and learn a new embroidery stitch each Wednesday while on your lunch break. Bring your lunch and they  will teach you one new stitch each time you come. On your first visit, they will give you a doodle cloth to practice your stitches on, ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, June 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

Thursday, June 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, June 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, June 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to visit the Asian Art Museum without the weekend crowds and for less than half of the price? Try Thursday nights. The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $15) to see the amazing permanent collection ...

2016 San Francisco Design Week: Opening Day | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Event admission to individual events varies throughout the week.
| Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2016 San Francisco Design Week: Opening Day | SF

San Francisco Design Week showcases all the amazing and innovative ideas designers here and in Silicon Valley create to share with the world. The event is a celebration of San Francisco Bay Area graphic arts, fashion, product, app and store design which includes an opening ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

First Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
First Thursday

Every first Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a song, a ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

“Lord Of The Thrones”: JRR & George RR Tribute Art Show | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spoke Art
An art show tribute to two of the greatest fantasy epics of all time, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Whether you’re a fan of JRR or George RR, you’re going to love their new exhibition featuring original paintings and limited edition prints by an ...
Win Tix: Wine NightLife: Tasting & Disco | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | California Academy of Sciences
Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea at California Academy of Science’s “Nightlife.” > Buy Tickets – $15 – 21+ This week is NightLife’s first foray into the wonderful world of wine. ...
First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, June 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight

The first Thursday of every month, The Red Vic hosts a free art and music show, featuring local artists and musicians starting at 6:30 pm. The Red Vic in the Haight, is a 20 room, mixed-use co-living hotel, hostel and collaboration space exploring participatory decision making, nomadic ...

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia | SF
“Understanding Jim Crow” introduces its readers to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, a collection of more than ten thousand contemptible collectibles that are used to engage visitors in intense and intelligent discussions about race, race relations, and racism. The items in the Jim Crow ...