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Monday, August 21

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, August 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Wednesday, August 23

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, ...

Thursday, August 24

Exploratorium After Dark: Lasers on Full Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Lasers on Full Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Learn what’s special about laser light, how it’s made, and how it’s used at Full-Spectrum Science. Crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome. Also, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and experience an array of Explainer-led demonstrations. And grab dinner and drinks by the Bay.
Motion NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Motion NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
This week, NightLife explores the science and beauty of motion in the natural world—and on the dance floor. Brush up your moves and try out a dance class, including a rhythm and motion class from Dudley Flores, instructor, and choreographer at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center ...

Friday, August 25

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Friday, August 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day. 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 23, 2017 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required (available to download August 25, ...

Craft The Summer Of Love: Ikat Painting | South SF
Friday, August 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Craft The Summer Of Love: Ikat Painting | South SF
Take a step back in time with this craft series, and help them celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. They’ll be painting in the Ikat style, a technique primarily used to create pattern textiles with a distinct blurriness, on canvas.
Art on the Square | Redwood City
Friday, August 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Art on the Square | Redwood City

Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more, with prices for every budget. Art on the ...

Pancakes & Booze Art Show: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Body Painting | SF
Friday, August 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Mezzanine
Pancakes & Booze Art Show: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Body Painting | SF

LA’s famous “Pancakes & Booze” Underground Art Show has made a home in SF with a night of emerging and underground artists and, duh… pancakes. For a $10 cover charge (cash only) expect to see the works from over 100 underground and emerging artists, live body painting, DJ music, live performances, ...

Saturday, August 26

2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Saturday
Saturday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Saturday

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts takes place annually on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, featuring 300 fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. In the past, it has attracted over 150,000 people from throughout the West ...

Historic Downtown Walking Tour | Redwood City
Saturday, August 26 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Lathrop House
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | Redwood City
Join the people of Redwood City as they tour the historic sites in the downtown area. Participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto ...
Creative Family Fun: Make Egg-Citing Critters | The Presidio
Saturday, August 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Creative Family Fun: Make Egg-Citing Critters | The Presidio
The Presidio is full of exciting and interesting animals. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create your own egg-citing critter and learn about all the different animals that call the Presidio home. Free but an RSVP is required.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | South San Francisco
Saturday, August 26 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is recommended.
| Grand Avenue Library
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | South San Francisco
Join the South San Francisco Public Library on a tour of historic sites along Grand Avenue. The tour will begin at the Grand Avenue Library, a Carnegie building, with a presentation and refreshments. As the tour starts, you will visit the hotel that housed the earliest ...
Pancakes & Booze Art Show: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Body Painting | SF
Saturday, August 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Mezzanine
Pancakes & Booze Art Show: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Body Painting | SF

LA’s famous “Pancakes & Booze” Underground Art Show has made a home in SF with a night of emerging and underground artists and, duh… pancakes. For a $10 cover charge (cash only) expect to see the works from over 100 underground and emerging artists, live body painting, DJ music, live performances, ...

Sunday, August 27

2017 Origami-Palooza Festival & Paper Airplane Challenge | Japantown
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | East Japan Center Mall
2017 Origami-Palooza Festival & Paper Airplane Challenge | Japantown
At the annual Origami-Palooza, watch origami experts fold paper into seemingly impossible shapes, and enter your creations into a contest (if you’re an experienced origami artist, of course). Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can learn to create amazing things with paper. ...
36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest | Point Reyes
Sunday, August 27 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Drakes Beach
36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest | Point Reyes
Build your sandy masterpiece at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s annual Sand Sculpture Contest. The event is free for both participants and spectators and prizes will be awarded for all age categories. 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest Sunday, September 27, 2017 | 9 am to 3:30 pm Drakes Beach FREE Registration begins ...
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Sunday
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2017 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Sunday

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts takes place annually on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, featuring 300 fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. In the past, it has attracted over 150,000 people from throughout the West ...

Historic Downtown Walking Tour | Pescadero
Sunday, August 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Native Sons Hall
Historic Downtown Walking Tour | Pescadero
Join them at this year’s Pescadero history walking tour that will begin at 1:00 pm. Greg Timm, their History Project President, and local historian, will cover Pescadero’s history from the earliest times up through the present, featuring the period from 1850-1920. The historic 1863 Knapp home ...

Thursday, August 31

Last of the Dramatic 2017 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden
Last of the Dramatic 2017 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden

It’s been a wet winter and that means spring is going to be crazy good at the San Francisco Botanical Garden … the curators tell us that everything is budding up and looking very bountiful and beautiful. After four dry years, this winter has brought much needed rain ...

Final Day: Summer of Love “Trading Cards” on Market Street | SF
Thursday, August 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Market Street
Final Day: Summer of Love

Long before Instagram and SnapChat made pocket-sized images of your favorite celebrity or sports hero a hot commodity, there was the trading card. Local artist Kate Haug was inspired by this vintage collector’s item for her Summer of Love-themed Art on Market Street Poster Series, ...

Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet. Enjoy a nighttime dive show in their Philippine Coral Reef tank and set a collision course for Earth in the planetarium with two screenings of ...
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF
Thursday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF

Maker Thursdays is a monthly event series organized by Jen Peterson (co-host of Sketch Tuesday) and Art Attack SF Gallery. Here’s how it works: Every month, on the last Thursday they will select a group of 6-8 artists to join them at the gallery to ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Tactile Dome & Explainer Demonstrations | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Tactile Dome & Explainer Demonstrations | Pier 15
Crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome. Also, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and experience an array of Explainer-led demonstrations: Drawing Board, Speaker Dissection, Cow Eye or Flower Dissection, and Magic. And grab dinner and drinks by the Bay.

Friday, September 1

2017 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Take a break from your day to be creative and make your own art using free art supplies in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Martinez and communities nationwide on Friday, September 1, 2017. Art Break Day is a free community art event where the public is provided the opportunity ...
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, September 1 – 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, September 1 – 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 galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center: Bubble-ology | Oakland Hills
Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center: Bubble-ology | Oakland Hills
Learn all about the science behind bubbles. See how a scientist uses the properties of bubbles to create breakthrough technologies. See how bubbles can change form as professional bubble artists Tom Noddy and Sterling Johnson expose the wonders of these remarkable spheres. Get hands on ...
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...