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Thursday, December 18

YBCA:ConVerge Art Gathering: Free Drinks & Bi-Rite Snacks | SoMa
Thursday, December 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
YBCA:ConVerge Art Gathering: Free Drinks & Bi-Rite Snacks | SoMa

December’s YBCA:You-hosted ConVerge features an evening exploring unproductive time. In a city of innovations, iterations, and makers, this ConVerge mines that which is on the other side of productivity. Join us to get a taste of YBCA:You with an Art Savvy tour at 6 pm, followed …

Yerba Buena Holiday Party & Museum of the African Diaspora Reopening | SoMa
Yerba Buena Holiday Party & Museum of the African Diaspora Reopening | SoMa

The Yerba Buena Alliance teams up with Yerba Buena Third Thursdays for a holiday gathering at the Museum of the African Diaspora as they celebrate the richness and vibrancy of the Yerba Buena neighborhood and give thanks for an amazing 2014 year. The Museum reopens after …

2014 Divisadero Holiday Art Walk | SF
Thursday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Divisadero Corridor
2014 Divisadero Holiday Art Walk | SF

Experience a night out with lots of music, dancing, and refreshments on Divisadero for the holiday edition of the Divisadero Corridor Art Walk.
2014 Divisadero Holiday Art Walk
Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 5-10 pm
Divisidero, San Francisco
FREE
2014 Participating Venues:

4505 Burgers & BBQ - BBQ-pulled pork shoulder, ribs, sausage, brisket, …

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

Quick Draw the Holidays: Live Art & Music Party | SoMa
Thursday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP on Facebook is appreciated.
| F8
Quick Draw the Holidays: Live Art & Music Party | SoMa

For December, they figured they would celebrate the holiday season. Happy everything that you celebrate! Also, by popular demand, they will be going until 10 pm.
December’s Featured Artists include: Eda Kaban, Eugene Young, Salah Khudari, Hwwl (Kurt Zhuang), Jaide Marchand, Babs Tarr, Matt Delight, Felicia …

BikeCraft: Upcycled Christmas Ornament Workshop | Mountain View
Thursday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required.
| Mountain View Public Library
BikeCraft: Upcycled Christmas Ornament Workshop | Mountain View

If you like cycling, you’ll love upcycling. Come by this DIY event to make inner tube bracelets, chain ornaments, and other fun crafts out of old bike parts.
Free, but space is limited and registration is required.
Photo credit: Bicitoro

Friday, December 19

Live World Music, DJ & Holiday Musical Chairs | Friday Nights at OMCA
Live World Music, DJ & Holiday Musical Chairs | Friday Nights at OMCA

What to expect on December 19:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 …

Bicycle Art Salon: Holiday Potluck & Lakeshore Ride | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon: Holiday Potluck & Lakeshore Ride | Oakland

Come join us for a pot luck, music and ride to Lake Merritt (weather permitting).
As always, an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com or phone at 510-230-8270.

Saturday, December 20

Win Tix: Spider-Man Saturday at Madame Tussauds | Fisherman’s Wharf
Spider-Man Saturday at Madame Tussauds | Fisherman's Wharf

Come see the brand new Spider-Man figure at the all new Madame Tussauds San Francisco. New to Fisherman’s Wharf, Madame Tussauds brings you face to face with world famous celebrities ranging from Hollywood stars to world leaders, musicians, and sports figures.
Win a pair of free tickets …

Sunday, December 21

Art Museum & Film Archive Moving Party: Art, Dance & Live Music | Berkeley
Sunday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Art Museum & Film Archive Moving Party: Art, Dance & Live Music | Berkeley

Come celebrate the final day of programs in BAM/PFA’s current building at 2626 Bancroft Way during ”Let’s Go – A Farewell Revel” featuring dance battles, live music, performance art, sound art, a performance on 100 metronomes, and art-making for kids of all ages.
The event will culminate …

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 21 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

Final History Tour: Westin St. Francis 110th Anniversary | SF
Sunday, December 21 – 1:10 pm | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
Final History Tour: Westin St. Francis 110th Anniversary | SF

Throughout 2014, guests and locals will have the opportunity to learn about the Westin St. Francis’s rich history during complimentary tours held on the 21st of each month at 1:10 pm. From 1:10-2:10 pm guests will also enjoy complimentary historic bites from the “The Hotel ...

Wednesday, December 24

Final Day: Pottery Holiday Show & Free Cider | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: Pottery Holiday Show & Free Cider | Berkeley

Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios while sipping complimentary apple cider during its 44th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends in November and December. Live music will fill the air, cookies and cider will be served, and a unique array of handmade pottery and ...

Sunday, December 28

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, December 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Thursday, January 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, January 1 – 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 | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, January 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, ...

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, January 1 – 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. ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, January 1 – 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 ...

Friday, January 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo
Friday, January 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo

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: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 2 – 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 ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, January 2 – 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, January 2 – 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, January 2 – 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, January 2 – 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 ...