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Tuesday, July 22

Indie Artcade: Gaming Night & Art Show | SF
Tuesday, July 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission: Comics & Art
Indie Artcade: Gaming Night & Art Show | SF

Indie Artcade is a free pop-up arcade and art show focused around independent video games. People of all gaming experiences are welcome to come play some of today’s most promising indie titles including Luftrausers, Shovel Knight, and Nidhogg. Artwork from various artists who were all …

Wednesday, July 23

Recycled VHS Tape Art Workshop | Berkeley
Wednesday, July 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Youth Spirit Artworks
Recycled VHS Tape Art Workshop | Berkeley

Learn the art of VHS Recycled Videotape at this free workshop with legendary eco artist Evelyn Roth at Youth Spirit Artworks in Berkeley.
Free, but please register by emailing evelynrothrez@gmail.com.

Batman’s 75th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt & Costume Party | Mission Comics
Wednesday, July 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission: Comics & Art
Batman's 75th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt & Costume Party | Mission Comics

Mission: Comics is celebrating Batman’s 75th Anniversary with some fun happenings like a scavenger hunt and tons of giveaways on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Come in your Batman costume and get ready for free giveaways like:

Detective Comics #27 Special Edition, featuring a reimagining of the 1939 …

Thursday, July 24

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, July 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5 pm; admission to special galleries may be extra.
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to see the Asian Art Museum’s latest exhibits without the weekend crowds and for less than half the price? Try Thursday nights. The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $12) to see the amazing ...

Collectible NightLife: Artifacts, DJ Battle & Rare Gems | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Collectible NightLife: Artifacts, DJ Battle & Rare Gems  | California Academy of Sciences

Collectible NightLife | July 24, 2014
Music by DJs Tanoa & Tom LG
Show us yours and we’ll show you ours—collections that is.
This week, NightLife salutes the time-tested art and science of collecting. From life forms discovered at the darkest depths of the ocean to space objects …

Friday, July 25

“Mex I Am” Festival: Fair Trade Bazaar, Live Music & Art Bar | Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights at the de Young: “MEX I AM: live it to believe it”
July 25, 2014 | 6 – 8:30 pm
In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and LAM, Friday Nights at the de Young joins in launching MEX I AM: …

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 ...

The Village Art Walk: Live Painting, Music & Movies | San Jose
Friday, July 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Evergreen Village Square
The Village Art Walk: Live Painting, Music & Movies | San Jose

The San Jose art scene is spreading to the village. New artists will gather in Evergreen with live classic rock music at 6:30 pm and a movie screening at 8:30 pm. Each month may be a bit different, but expect lots of live painters, and community booths full ...

Sunday, July 27

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, July 27 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Arts 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, July 31

Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Unitarian Universalist Chuch (SF)
Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF

The SF First Unitarian Universalist Church presents art by artists who are union members. The show highlights the fact that some union members are also accomplished artists. Two-dimensional art in various media will be presented.
Several artworks chosen for Extraction will be shown at this venue. This …

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, July 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5 pm; admission to special galleries may be extra.
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to see the Asian Art Museum’s latest exhibits without the weekend crowds and for less than half the price? Try Thursday nights. The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $12) to see the amazing ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, August 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, August 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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

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 ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, August 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. 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 ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, August 1 – 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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, August 1 – 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 ...

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

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, August 1 – 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 ...

Saturday, August 2

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 ...

Sunday, August 3

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, August 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Normally $12, the museum offers free admission every first Sunday the month. Please ...

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, August 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Free Hot Dog Day | Inner Richmond
Sunday, August 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frankenart Mart
Free Hot Dog Day | Inner Richmond

 The Frankenart Mart is a quirky “only in San Francisco” type of art gallery in the Inner Richmond. Not only do they have curious one-of-a-kind participatory art projects, but once a month there’s free hot dogs. Cat hair toppings are available. Keep in mind, this is ...

Tuesday, August 5

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 5 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...