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Thursday, April 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, April 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, April 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. ...

Reel to Real NightLife: Films & Silent Disco | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Reel to Real NightLife: Films & Silent Disco | California Academy of Sciences

Get ready for your close-up this week with film screenings, filmmaker talks, and other cinematic surprises in honor of the SF International Film Festival.

In African Hall, settle in to watch a trio of short films against a backdrop of adorable African penguins.
First up, animated short …

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, April 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 ...

Hair Thing: Interactive Sound Experience & Dance Party | SF
Thursday, April 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free concert and donation bar
| Fleet Wood
Hair Thing: Interactive Sound Experience & Dance Party | SF

Fleet Wood SF presents their third Up Late on Larkin, a night of free local art, music, and fun celebrating the opening night of their two new artists, Valicia Rae Byrne and Joanie Hudson, who create one of a kind mixed media collage, and hand cut lino prints of SF.
They are also very …

Friday, April 3

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, April 3 – 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, April 3 – 10:00 am | 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: ...

Live Funk, DJ, Art & Superhero Masks | Friday Nights at OMCA
Live Funk, DJ, Art & Superhero Masks | Friday Nights at OMCA

What to expect on April 3:

5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: Featured artists Amy Burek (science art) and Nicole Linde (paintings and prints) selling their wares in the Redwood Burl …

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, April 3 – 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 ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, April 3 – 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 ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, April 3 – 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. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, April 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, April 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

“Apparitions” Art Opening Party | SF
Friday, April 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alley Cat Books

Opening reception for Cathleen Clarke’s solo show “Apparitions” at Alley Cat Books Gallery in San Francisco on Friday, April 3rd, from 6 – 9 pm.
Enjoy free food and wine at the opening.

“The Great Western Divide” Large Photography Exhibit | SF
Friday, April 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | envelope A+D

Enjoy two hours of wine, food, and conversation centered on Christopher Woodcock’s physical and photographic exploration of remote peaks of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.
As part of the celebration of art known Bay Area-wide as First Friday, architecture firm envelope A+D will be opening its …

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, April 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Play Ball: Women, Baseball, Art & Peanuts | SF
Friday, April 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
Play Ball: Women, Baseball, Art & Peanuts | SF

For “Play Ball!” Arc’s Project Gallery will be converted into a baseball field complete with the sights and sounds of Opening Day fans.
Enjoy this multimedia show about women’s passion for baseball starring artists Amanda Chaudhary, Mido Lee and Priscilla Otani.
Hot dogs and peanuts will be …

Hoops Love: Basketball Art Show & 13 Foot Sculpture | South Bay
Friday, April 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sunnyvale Art Gallery
Hoops Love: Basketball Art Show & 13 Foot Sculpture | South Bay

Come enjoy art from local artists as they exhibit basketball-themed paintings, photography, and a 13 foot sculpture made out of basketballs.
Free drinks, activities for youth, and a drawing to take a half court shot for prizes.
They have lots of amazing art including a painting of Steph …

Win Tix: Good Friday Trippy Concert & Live Painting | The New Parish
Friday, April 3 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The New Parish

Good Friday (on Good Friday) is trippy release party with live music and live painting.
The show features Andreilien, an alienesque electronic dub step machine, Sorne, a prestigious performance artist with a four octave vocal range and perfect pitch, and noaccordian, a woman warrior, producer, songwriter …

Saturday, April 4

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF

Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. Spectator parking is at the lot next door for ...

2015 Macy’s Flower Show: Final Day | Union Square
Saturday, April 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
2015 Macy's Flower Show: Final Day | Union Square

Enjoy the last day of the annual Macy’s Flower Show on April 4, 2015.

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

Rock Balancing Art Gathering & Lesson | Crissy Field
Saturday, April 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Crissy Field
Rock Balancing Art Gathering & Lesson | Crissy Field

Dozens of artists worldwide are part of a global balanced rock sculpture movement, and two of them invite you to learn the practice of creating these serene, temporary sculptures from rocks at Crissy Field. Free, but RSVPs are appreciated at rsvpstacking@gmail.com The event is hosted by Bill Dan and Zach Pine and ...

2015 Islamic Art Exhibit Opening: “Arabic: Language of the Quran” | San Jose
Saturday, April 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South Bay Islamic Center
2015 Islamic Art Exhibit Opening:

Every year, the South Bay Islamic Center hosts an Islamic Art Exhibit inviting creative individuals to reflect on a given theme. In 2015, the theme is “Arabic; Language of the Quran” selected to highlight the rights, status and accomplishments of Muslim Women through visual arts.
The opening reception will …

MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, April 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.

The April 2015 Mission Arts & Performances Project crawl is dedicated to the life, work and memory of Alejandro Nieto and Almicar Perez-Lopez, along with all victims of SF police murder.
April 4, 2015 Schedule
1. Procession for Amilcar Perez Lopez and Alex Nieto
MAPP is organizing a procession in honor …