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Monday, December 11

2017 Indoor Holiday Art Market: SF’s Best Indie Street Vendors | SF
Monday, December 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Veterans Building
2017 Indoor Holiday Art Market: SF's Best Indie Street Vendors | SF

Get something for everyone on your list while you support local artists at the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Indoor Holiday Art Market. The market will take place on Monday, December 4, 2017 and Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ...

Tuesday, December 12

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 ...

Wednesday, December 13

From Sport Teacher to an Artist: The Journey | SF
Wednesday, December 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP is encouraged.
| California Historical Society
From Sport Teacher to an Artist: The Journey | SF
Submitted by the Event Organizer I was born and raised in Japan so naturally my design style was influenced by Japanese culture. There are many ways people appreciate a piece of art depending on their culture and life experiences. In the past, there were moments that made ...

Thursday, December 14

Exploratorium After Dark: Vanilla | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Vanilla | Pier 15
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs. Pairings: Vanilla 7:00 p.m. Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery To reserve a seat and something to eat, ...
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally. This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Free Chocolate | SoMa
Thursday, December 14 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tiered pricing starting at $5 and rising to $15.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Free Chocolate | SoMa

The Chocolate and Art Show takes over SOMArts Cultural Center for two days of live body painting, face-painting, live music, vendors, and most importantly, free chocolate from 8 pm to 2 am. Indulge yourself in some of SF’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. Chocolate and Art Show December ...

Friday, December 15

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Every Friday night, 5–9 pm Half-price gallery admission for adults. Ages 18 and under are free! Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks. Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA with Off the Grid food trucks, music, and more! Join OMCA every Friday ...
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 ...

The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Free Chocolate | SoMa
Friday, December 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tiered pricing starting at $5 and rising to $15.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Free Chocolate | SoMa

The Chocolate and Art Show takes over SOMArts Cultural Center for two days of live body painting, face-painting, live music, vendors, and most importantly, free chocolate from 8 pm to 2 am. Indulge yourself in some of SF’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. Chocolate and Art Show December ...

Saturday, December 16

The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, December 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Crucible
The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Saturday | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 16-17, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, December 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Art Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg
Saturday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money if you want to take home awesome local art.
| Old Town Pittsburg
Art Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg

Pittsburg’s creative community brings artisans and Old Town merchants together via free monthly pop-up art galleries. Pittsburg and neighboring community residents are invited to attend the monthly ArtTrax event, and walk historic charming Old Town Pittsburg to view artisan works in pop-up displays at over ...

Holiday Sparkle Workshop | Berkeley
Saturday, December 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is requested.
| Berkeley Art Center
Holiday Sparkle Workshop | Berkeley
Submitted by the Event Organizer Add some creative time to your wish list. Join us for two sparkly projects with artist Kristina Young. Make your own snow globes for holiday decoration and colorful rock place markers for the table. Materials are included but bring family photos ...
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...

Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Book Signing & Release Party | SF
Saturday, December 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, purchase of book required for autographs
| Sketchpad Gallery
Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Book Signing & Release Party | SF
Submitted by the Event Organizer The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art book is coming out, and to celebrate we’ll have the author and artists on hand to sign copies and meet fans! Joining us will be author Phil Szostak, as well as concept artists ...

Sunday, December 17

The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Crucible
The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Sunday | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 16-17, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 17 – 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, ...

SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
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Did you know SF has an Antique Vibrator Museum? Take a free tour of this unique space every 3rd Sunday of the month with Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen.  Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store ...

Monday, December 18

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, December 18 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Wednesday, December 20

Sound of Sanctuary: Meditation Series | SF
Wednesday, December 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free RSVP required. A suggested donation of $10-$15 can be made at the door.
| Fort Mason Chapel
Sound of Sanctuary: Meditation Series | SF
The sound has been used as a powerful tool for healing and introspection in myriad cultures and spiritual practices throughout human history. The Sound of Sanctuary is a sound meditation series held at For-Site Foundation’s Sanctuary exhibition in the Fort Mason Chapel. Led by Somatic ...

Thursday, December 21

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena 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 ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs. Brittle, gray manganese is a transition metal that lends its strength to steel ...

Friday, December 22

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 ...

Sunday, December 24

Final Day: 2017 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Sunday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: 2017 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 47th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends in November and December. This year’s theme for the Guild gallery holiday sale is “Words in Clay”. Come see the beautiful gallery with artist imaginings of this ...

Monday, December 25

Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on Christmas 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 ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Monday, December 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Think everything’s closed on Christmas Day? The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Community Day is an admission-free, fun-for-all extravaganza that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Contemporary Jewish Museum Community Day Monday, December 25, 2017 | 11 am to 4 pm CJM, 736 Mission St., San Francisco FREE 2017 Events Explore the ...

Thursday, December 28

Exploratorium After Dark: Mixing Color | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Mixing Color | Pier 15
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs. Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world. Are the ...

Friday, December 29

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 ...

Monday, January 1

Free Admission on New Year’s Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on New Year's 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 ...