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Saturday, July 30

2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda
Saturday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Park Street (Alameda)
2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda

The 2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire is Alameda’s biggest event of the year featuring over 300 arts, crafts, and food, local wines and regional beers, live music, and a special kids’ area from 10 am to 6 pm on July 30-31, 2016. Each day offers continuous ...

San Francisco’s Lost Neon Signs & Neon Survivors | SF Main Library
Saturday, July 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
San Francisco's Lost Neon Signs & Neon Survivors | SF Main Library
In the book, San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons, authors Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan shed new light on the backdrop and the history of the city’s neon signs. Over the span of five years, Barna and Homan photographed more than 200 hundred images ...

Blacklight Theater Tour & “Minions” Outdoor Movie Night | San Lorenzo
Saturday, July 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lorenzo Theater
Blacklight Theater Tour &
Come early and enjoy a tour of the Lorenzo Theater and see the murals under a black light. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, and more, plus an outdoor showing of the family favorite Minions. Bring your own ...
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Saturday, July 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
| Clarion Alley
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.

Running just one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide), Clarion Alley is a unique destination for street art and murals in San Francisco, with over 700 murals created since 1992. Clarion Alley Mural Project gives voice to disenfranchised communities and provides a visual ...

SPF 30: Interactive Elements, Color & Music | Oakland
Saturday, July 30 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Layers Studio
SPF 30: Interactive Elements, Color & Music | Oakland
Macro Waves, the multi-disciplinary art collective that brought you Terra Incognita and Submerse, returns with their latest installation, SPF 30. Utilizing the various medium of the collective, SPF30 highlights the summers of yesteryear with interactive elements, color and music. While the image of the quintessential summer ...
“Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis” Opening Reception | Berkeley
Saturday, July 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Center
As part of The Agility Projects series, Berkeley Art Center is proud to present Quiet Please, an exhibition that examines the call and response relationship between artist and viewer using the sport of tennis as a metaphor to this exchange. Artists Libby Black, Jennie Ottinger, ...
20/20 Vision: Celebrating The Next Generation of Book Artists | SF
Saturday, July 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Center for the Book
20/20 Vision: Celebrating The Next Generation of Book Artists | SF
The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates its first 20 years by looking ahead. “20/20 Vision” introduces 20 emerging book artists from around the country, representing a diverse generation that will help define and redefine the artist’s book in decades to come. Free but an ...

Sunday, July 31

Artists Guild of San Francisco: Oldest Outdoor Art Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, July 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Artists Guild of San Francisco: Oldest Outdoor Art Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens
The Artists Guild of San Francisco is the oldest outdoor art collective in the country. Guild artists speak directly with the public about their artwork, explaining technical details, creative decisions, and other aspects of producing a painting or sculpture.
2016 Fiestas Fridas: Poetry Slam & Conga Drumming | Mission Dist.
Sunday, July 31 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | D'Maize Restaurant
2016 Fiestas Fridas: Poetry Slam & Conga Drumming | Mission Dist.

Celebrate the 109th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Oh and wear flowers in your hair. There will be a new documentary about Frida Kahlo from Mexico, a ...

Monday, August 1

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian’s 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016
Monday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day. Register for a free Museum Day tickets starting on August 1, 2016. 2016 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 24, 2016 Participating Bay ...

Tuesday, August 2

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Free Admission Day: ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Wednesday, August 3

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, August 3 – 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, August 3 – 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 ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, August 3 – 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 ...

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, August 3 – 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, August 4

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, August 4 – 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, August 4 – 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. ...

“My _____ is (Not) a Shape” Opening Reception | SF
Thursday, August 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southern Exposure
Join them for the culmination of the 2016 Mission Voices Summer program. My ­­­________ is (Not) a Shape invites you to look at form, and how they come to be seen. The youth artists of Mission Voices Summer investigate movement, making, mindfulness, and memory. The artists weave together their ...
Asian Art Museum’s “Takeover” & $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Asian Art Museum's
Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz take over the museum and share ideas, strategies and inspirations related to food and climate change. This TAKEOVER illuminates the impact of food and drinks on the environment and how our consumption choices can actually help reverse climate ...
The Peaceful World Experience: Music & Appetizers | SF
Thursday, August 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | China Brotsky (Presidio)
The Peaceful World Experience: Music & Appetizers | SF
San Francisco artist and activist entrepreneur, Sami Sunchild, Founder of the Peaceful World Foundation had a life’s mission to foster a culture of global peace through the promotion of hosted conversation, the arts, and mindful education. A presentation of the life and times of Sami Sunchild ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 4 – 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 ...

First Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, August 4 – 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 ...

First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, August 4 – 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 ...

Friday, August 5

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, August 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist ...

First Fridays Fun For The Community | SF
Friday, August 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
First Fridays Fun For The Community | SF

On the first Fridays of every month, OACC holds “First Fridays” for the community. Exhibitions, workshops, games, and demos are held that illustrate and explore Asian/Pacific Islander culture and experiences. Each First Friday comes with a different experience, so be sure to come back for ...