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Tuesday, February 9

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

“Magic Lantern” Abstract-Pop Outdoor 3D Light Show | Redwood City
Tuesday, February 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum

Light up your Tuesday nights this spring and come experience Redwood City Improvement Association’s new, colorful 3-D video mapping display, the Magic Lantern 3-D Show. The new Magic Lantern 3-D Show is designed by world-renowned light show artist, Bart Kresa. The one-of-a-kind display will be ...

Thursday, February 11

“Illegal Migration” Opening Art Reception & Gallery Tour | Berkeley
Thursday, February 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Doug Adams Gallery
Sandra C. Fernández’s exhibition showcases her new series, “Borders.” These embellished prints contemplate both the concept of borders as well as their reality, by focusing on the objects left behind by those crossing the Rio Grande. While the beauty of Fernández’s art naturally appeals to people ...
Drop-in Steam Night: Free Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF
Thursday, February 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southern Exposure
Drop-in Steam Night: Free Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF

Steam Work is Michael Parker’s first solo exhibition north of Los Angeles. At its core is Steam Egg 2, a mirrored sculpture housing a fully-functioning sauna. Steam Egg 2 is accompanied by suspended cascading cold rinse pools, wet and messy seating, and redwood and ceramic ...

The Cartoon Art Museum at the Library | South SF
Thursday, February 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
The Cartoon Art Museum at the Library | South SF
  Join them for an evening with Andrew Farrago, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum. He’ll be sharing some highlights of the museum‘s collection with you and talking about the museum’s history as well as its future. The Cartoon Art Museum is a celebration of cartoon art in ...
“Vanishing Ice” Opening Reception & Curator Lecture | Berkeley
Thursday, February 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$10 suggested donation.
| David Brower Center
In their first show of 2016, the David Brower Center presents Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, a multi-media exhibition tracing the effects of frozen landscapes on artistic imaginations over two hundred years. From the records of early naturalistic voyages to contemporary scientific and ...

Friday, February 12

Final Day: City Hall’s First Artist in Residence Art Show: Jeremy Fish | SF City Hall
Friday, February 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Final Day: City Hall’s First Artist in Residence Art Show: Jeremy Fish | SF City Hall

100 works of art celebrating City Hall’s 100th Birthday. To celebrate 100 years of San Francisco City Hall, the San Francisco Arts Commission has commissioned 100 drawings by internationally renowned local artist Jeremy Fish as part of an exhibition titled O Glorious City, opening on November 4, ...

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, February 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael

Discover art, wine, entertainment, and more every second Friday of the month on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. From 5-8 pm (with some venues open later), the Second Fridays Art Walk connects dozens of venues in downtown San Rafael with the public, who can enjoy different ...

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, February 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Vallejo
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays

The monthly Vallejo Art Walk showcases a variety of nationally accomplished and upcoming local creatives in the historic downtown Vallejo arts district from 5-10 pm on the second Friday of every month, on Georgia, Marin, and Virginia streets. Explore over 25 participating galleries and shops, and ...

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 ...

Murals, Cake, Cocktails & Live Music All in One Night | San Rafael
Friday, February 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Crome Architecture
Murals, Cake, Cocktails & Live Music All in One Night | San Rafael
They are hosting an Artist reception at Crome Architecture Design Studio. This is no ordinary Artist or reception, HJ Mooij’s show includes elaborate mural sized paintings on reclaimed doors, enlightened monsters, new lithographs, and original art on display for the first time in California. They will have live ...
Win Tix: 2016 “On the Edge” Erotic Art Showcase | SoMa
Friday, February 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: WIN | SOMArts Cultural Center
Craving something a bit naughty this Valentine’s Day? How about a lot naughty? On the Edge is your ticket to one erotic night. Featuring 26 photographers and sculptors, the showcase will have over 500 photographs and pieces that revel in erotic art. Regardless of what you fancy, ...
2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, February 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk:

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

Saturday, February 13

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, February 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind items, there are food and craft beers ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, February 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Steam & Sound Night: DJs & Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF
Saturday, February 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required for Steam and Sound Saturday nights.
| Southern Exposure
Steam & Sound Night: DJs & Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF

Steam Work is Michael Parker’s first solo exhibition north of Los Angeles. At its core is Steam Egg 2, a mirrored sculpture housing a fully-functioning sauna. Steam Egg 2 is accompanied by suspended cascading cold rinse pools, wet and messy seating, and redwood and ceramic ...

Sunday, February 14

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, February 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, February 14 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Thursday, February 18

YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa
Thursday, February 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa

The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. Community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in the YBCA’s Grand Lobby and Room for Big Ideas with art, live music and curated performances in an interactive, ...

Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl: Third Thursdays | SoMa
Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl: Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

Drop-in Steam Night: Free Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF
Thursday, February 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southern Exposure
Drop-in Steam Night: Free Sauna Inside a Giant Mirrored Egg | SF

Steam Work is Michael Parker’s first solo exhibition north of Los Angeles. At its core is Steam Egg 2, a mirrored sculpture housing a fully-functioning sauna. Steam Egg 2 is accompanied by suspended cascading cold rinse pools, wet and messy seating, and redwood and ceramic ...

Friday, February 19

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents
Friday, February 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, February 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 12 noon to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live wild ...

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, February 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (3rd Street from McKinnon to Palou & Mendell Plaza). The monthly event will feature ...

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 ...

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Saturday, February 20

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission & Bernal Heights Residents
Saturday, February 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission & Bernal Heights Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, February 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a nonprofit community clothing swap with a do-it-yourself workshop in which attendees explore the process of reuse and collective creativity together. Every third Saturday of the month (except for May when they’re at the Maker Faire), they host a meetup where they encourage beginners to experts alike to ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians and wine, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for ...

Children’s Art Class: Learn About Colors & Art Techniques |
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | International Art Museum of America
Children's Art Class: Learn About Colors & Art Techniques |
Every third Saturday, children under 12 are welcome to join them in exploring the museum collection, learning about colors and art techniques, and creating their own masterpieces.