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Saturday, August 27

2016 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Saturday
Saturday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2016 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 ...

San Francisco’s Middle Eastern Arts & Culture Festival | SF Library
Saturday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
San Francisco's Middle Eastern Arts & Culture Festival | SF Library

In recognition of the cultures and peoples stemming from the Middle East who reside here in the Bay Area, a wide variety of programs for all ages and exhibitions will be presented in August, September and October. Programs include lectures, films, cooking demonstrations, performances, music, ...

SF Etsy Summer Pop-Up Market: 60+ Artisans & Beer Garden | SF
Saturday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food and drinks. Beer is for purchase.
| Ghirardelli Square
SF Etsy Summer Pop-Up Market: 60+ Artisans & Beer Garden | SF

Etsy comes to life with over 60 local artisans in the spacious Ghirardelli Square, so come out and shop local. Enjoy the beer garden from Lagunitas, chocolate and ice cream (all food and drinks are for purchase) and one of the best views of the Bay. SF Etsy Summer ...

South Bay Expo 2016: Graffiti Art & Breakdancing | San Jose
Saturday, August 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
South Bay Expo 2016: Graffiti Art & Breakdancing | San Jose
South Bay Expo 2016 is the exclusive expo-trade show in San Jose and Northern California that is now two years strong in delivering vendors and artists to the general public within the halls of the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. This 2016, expect for the following: Over 100 Different ...
A Frisco Kickback: Free Food, Games, Zumba, Sports & Arts & Crafts | SF
Saturday, August 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Everett Middle School
A Frisco Kickback: Free Food, Games, Zumba, Sports & Arts & Crafts | SF
Communities are plagued with violence on the daily and this is how they want to prevent it. One kickback at a time. So what’s their motto? “Forget the beef, Where’s the peace?” They, the LifeWorks youth at Horizons Unlimited, wish to invite you to their 1st ...
“Kurt Russel, Deep Cuts” Art Show | Public Works
Saturday, August 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Public Works
Nearly 15 artists offer their creative takes on the iconic Hollywood star, Kurt Russell at Public Works SF. Kurt Russell, Deep Cuts will showcase exclusive limited edition posters, prints and original works. There will be live musical offerings from Patricia Hall and best of all, there is ...
“FourSquared 2016” Opening Reception | SF
Saturday, August 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
FourSquared is a unique exploration of the works of sixteen Bay Area artists. Each of the artists has produced sixteen small works, presented in sixteen clusters giving the audience the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions. All works are priced under $500.    
Pancakes & Booze Art Show: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Body Painting | SF
Saturday, August 27 – 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 90 underground and emerging artists, live body painting, live art battles, DJ ...

Sunday, August 28

2016 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts | Sunday
Sunday, August 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | University Avenue (Palo Alto)
2016 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 ...

SF Etsy Summer Pop-Up Market | Ghirardelli Square
Sunday, August 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food and drinks. Beer is for purchase.
| Ghirardelli Square
SF Etsy Summer Pop-Up Market | Ghirardelli Square

Etsy comes to life with over 60 local artisans in the spacious Ghirardelli Square, so come out and shop local. Enjoy the beer garden from Lagunitas, chocolate and ice cream (all food and drinks are for purchase) and one of the best views of the Bay. SF Etsy Summer ...

2016 Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival | Cupertino
Sunday, August 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Entry is free, but food tastes will be $1 per taste.
| Cupertino Quinlan Community Center
2016 Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival | Cupertino
The 2016 Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival is a free multicultural festival featuring food and wine tastings, an amateur chef competition, chef demos, cultural entertainment, an art competition and exhibitions. They will also provide stages and opportunities for: Health Fourm Cultural Entertainment Performance Art Display Food & Wine Tasting Local ...
“Home Away From Home” Photo Exhibit | SF Main Library
Sunday, August 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Meet curator Najib Joe Hakim when he talks about his new exhibit Home Away From Home: Little Palestine by the Bay. This exhibit explores the question “What does it mean to be Palestinian in America?” Home is a multi-media photography exhibit juxtaposing recorded oral histories (in ...
Oakhella Day Party: Art, Music & Food | Oakland
Sunday, August 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Bottoms Up Community Garden
Oakhella Day Party: Art, Music & Food | Oakland
Oakhella can be found at the intersection of art, music, and food all presented in a community garden in West Oakland. This month they’ve curated a very special lineup of performers, delicious fresh food, artisan beverages, and live art just for you. Join them for the ...
“Haus Of The Odher”: Queer Cyborg Art, Performance & Dance | SF
Sunday, August 28 – 2:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| ODC Dance Commons
Swiss artists-in-residence at San Francisco’s revered ODC, Valérie Reding and Ivan Monteiro have invited various artists from the Bay Area to create an eclectic multimedia art event combining visual art, performance and dance. Free but an RSVP is required. “Haus of the Odher” reflects on gender queer, ...

Monday, August 29

100 Muni Buses Are Becoming Rolling Galleries: Vote for Artists | SF
Monday, August 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE
100 Muni Buses Are Becoming Rolling Galleries: Vote for Artists | SF
Muni Art will transform a regular commute into a magical ride on 100 rolling art galleries. That’s right, last year they turned 50 Muni buses into an art experience and because the program was so wildly successful, they doubled it to 100 so that more ...
Lost & Found Beatles: Unpublished Photos Of The Band | SF
Monday, August 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Reclaimed Room
Lost & Found Beatles: Unpublished Photos Of The Band | SF
Opening Monday, August 29th 2016 is an exhibition of rare previously unpublished photos of the Beatles. 30 years ago, Dave Seabury discovered a contact sheet of amazing images from the Beatles last concert at Candlestick Park by an unidentified photographer. The images have been digitized, restored and enlarged ...

Wednesday, August 31

Last of the Dramatic 2016 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden
Last of the Dramatic 2016 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 San Francisco Botanical Garden … the curators tell us that everything is budding up and looking very juicy … After four dry years, this winter has brought much needed rain to ...

Thursday, September 1

Final Day: Aquarium of the Bay $10 Ticket Before 10 am | Pier 39
Final Day: Aquarium of the Bay $10 Ticket Before 10 am | Pier 39
Calling all early birds – visit Aquarium of the Bay before 10 am from Mon-Thur for just $10 through Labor Day. Enjoy the quieter morning hours, wave at their divers as they wrap up their morning routine, and see thei river otters when they’re the most active.
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, September 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 | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, September 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. ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, September 1 – 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 ...

The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | SF
Thursday, September 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | SF
The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts, September 1–24, 2016. The exhibition showcases 15 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies ...

Friday, September 2

2016 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Friday, September 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Create-With-Nature Cart
2016 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 2, 2016. Art Break Day is a free community art event where the public is provided the opportunity ...
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, September 2 – 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 2 – 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 ...

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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: Large Scale Drawings & California Surf Music & | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Large Scale Drawings & California Surf Music & | SF
Kira Kira, Moya Moya, Hara Hara, by August Artist-in-Residence Masako Miki Kimball Education Gallery 1:00 pm August 3–September 4, 2016 James Turrell’s “Three Gems” open during Friday Nights. Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden 5:00 pm Visit James Turrell’s Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time—at sunset. Open 5–8:45 ...
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, September 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 ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, September 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 ...