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Monday, October 23

“Flush” A Toilet Video Art Installation | SF
Monday, October 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | TOTO Concept 190

“Flush!” is a site-specific video installation by Abraham Chan, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Kathryn Ian, and Ying Zou – explore four private bathrooms (with a futuristic Japanese-styel toilet), each with their own video and sound pieces. While toilets mainly function as sanitation fixtures used for the most ...

Tuesday, October 24

Sketch Tuesdays: Artwork Exhibit & Sale | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 111 Minna Gallery
Sketch Tuesdays: Artwork Exhibit & Sale | SF
Each month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists. October: Robert Bowen Margaret Timbrell Bo Heimlich Emily Fromm Sean Hipkin Rachel Beck Rob Reger Melanie Alves Emily Binder Micah LeBrun Orlie Kapitulnik & more. ​ Hosted by Brad K. Alder & Jen Peterson.

2017 Barbie Mutilation Night | SF
2017 Barbie Mutilation Night | SF
Play out your demented fantasies in the name of charity. Barbara Millicent Roberts, aka Barbie, is looking for a new look this Halloween, so let your inner ‘plastic’ surgeon shine. Doc’s Clock presents Barbie Mutilation Night 2017. 2017 Barbie Mutilation Night Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 7 pm-10 pm Doc’s ...

Wednesday, October 25

Free de Young Museum Day: See Brand New “Teotihuacan” Exhibit | SF
Wednesday, October 25 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | de Young Museum
Free de Young Museum Day: See Brand New

Each Wednesday during the month of October 2017, admission to the brand new exhibit, ‘Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is free at the de Young. Free Wednesdays at the de Young Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire Wednesdays in October 2017 | ...

Thursday, October 26

2017 Día de los Muertos Exhibit: 25+ Altars & 50+ Artists | SOMArts
Thursday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
2017 Día de los Muertos Exhibit: 25+ Altars & 50+ Artists | SOMArts

Now in its 18th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, October 6–November 9, 2017, merges traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations to present a visually stimulating array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished ...

“Requiem” Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening | SF
Thursday, October 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged via Eventbrite or you may call 415-986-1822
| Chinese Culture Center
Requiem is a contemporary art exhibition that is inspired by the largely unknown story of the Chinese American diaspora, and the significant role of Hong Kong charity Tung Wah Group of Hospital’s efforts in repatriating dislocated Chinese bodies back home. Free but an RSVP is encouraged ...
Creatures of the NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $20 | California Academy of Sciences
Creatures of the NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
The creatures come out at NightLife as the Academy partners with Bay Area Science Festival and Peaches Christ Productions to transform the museum into a spine-tingling, supernatural tribute to ’80s horror movies.
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF
Thursday, October 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF

Maker Thursdays is a monthly event series organized by Jen Peterson (co-host of Sketch Tuesday) and Art Attack SF Gallery. Here’s how it works: Every month, on the last Thursday they will select a group of 6-8 artists to join them at the gallery to ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Science Fiction Turned Fact | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Science Fiction Turned Fact | Pier 15
Ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is? Join the Exploratorium at Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Science Fiction Turned Fact.
Quick Draw SF: The Halloween Edition | F8
Thursday, October 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | F8
Quick Draw SF: The Halloween Edition | F8
It’s Halloween season and they’re ready to get into the spirit with their occult and paranormal themed Halloween Quick Draw SF. They have a stellar group of artists delivering thrills, chills, and (drunken) spillz. Come in costume (or pretty much anything Halloween-related) and score a free ...
Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull Workshop | Mountain View
Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull Workshop | Mountain View
Decorate your own sugar skull for Dia de los Muertos. You will take home your own personalized calavera (skull) to honor your loved ones for Day of the Dead. Blank sugar skulls and colorful decorations will be provided. Please bring a shoebox or similar container to ...

Friday, October 27

Final Day: “Flush” A Toilet Video Art Installation | SF
Friday, October 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | TOTO Concept 190
Final Day:

“Flush!” is a site-specific video installation by Abraham Chan, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Kathryn Ian, and Ying Zou – explore four private bathrooms (with a futuristic Japanese-styel toilet), each with their own video and sound pieces. While toilets mainly function as sanitation fixtures used for the most ...

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 ...

2017 Dia de Los Muertos: Face Painting & Hand Carving Demonstration| Mexican Museum
Friday, October 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mexican Museum
2017 Dia de Los Muertos: Face Painting & Hand Carving Demonstration| Mexican Museum
The Mexican Museum as it celebrates Dia de los Muertos. Show your best Day of the Dead attire for this FREE kid-friendly holiday event. Enjoy free drinks and light appetizers while enjoying all the art and culture The Mexican Museum has to offer, including the new ...
See the Castro’s Brand New LED Light Sculpture Garden | SF
Friday, October 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
See the Castro's Brand New LED Light Sculpture Garden | SF
On October 27th you're invited to the unveiling of "The Seed," a new art light installation with changing colors at Castro and Market.

Saturday, October 28

Totally Weird “Area 51 & UFO Themed” Haunted Garage | SF
Saturday, October 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission and there's also a free gift if you mention FUNCHEAP
| Area 51 Halloween Haunted House Alien UFO Themed
Totally Weird

Come and explore a free, completely DIY UFO themed & Area 51 haunted house that’s run by a guy who says he’s “former CIA, FSB and ALF spy to protect humans and animals, prevent World War III and New World Order that follows: Save Mother Earth ...

2017 Día de Los Muertos at the Cemetary: Altars, Live Performances & Crafts | San José
Saturday, October 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2017 Día de Los Muertos at the Cemetary: Altars, Live Performances & Crafts | San José
The 8th Annual Día de Los Muertos celebration at Calvary Catholic Cemetery will take place from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 28, 2017. This year’s event will include: Ritual, Music, and Dance Face Painting and Children’s Crafts Food, art, books, and t-shirts will be available for ...
2017 SF Open Studios Weekend | Dogpatch
Saturday, October 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
2017 SF Open Studios Weekend | Dogpatch

San Francisco comes alive with art this October and November as ArtSpan presents the 42nd Anniversary of SF Open Studios – the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country, featuring 800 artists. It’s an unrivaled opportunity for art patrons, collectors, and admirers ...

SF Open Studios 2017 | Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Outer Mission
Saturday, October 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2017 | Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Outer Mission

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

2017 Skeletonfest: Special Art Making | East Bay
Saturday, October 28 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
2017 Skeletonfest: Special Art Making | East Bay
Families, grab your costumes and join the Richmond Art Center for Halloween and Day of the Dead art festivities on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Featuring special artmaking throughout our courtyard and studios. All ages are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
2017 Festival of Rock Posters | Golden Gate Park
2017 Festival of Rock Posters | Golden Gate Park
San Francisco will be forever known worldwide for the “Summer of Love,” which was a defining moment of the 1960’s. Come re-live this era and celebrate the psychedelic art, as well as contemporary rock art, at the Festival of Rock Posters, sponsored by the Rock ...
“Vision+Light” Art Exhibit | Berkeley
Saturday, October 28 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Li Ka Shing Center (Berkeley)

This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding. “Vision+Light” Art ...

Jeremy Fish “Coit Tower” Art Reception | Haight St. Art Center
Saturday, October 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Haight Street Art Center
Jeremy Fish
After her death in 1929, Lillie Hitchcock Coit left one-third of her estate to the city of San Francisco for “Civic Beautification” providing the budget used to build Coit Tower. Please join Jeremy Fish  Saturday, October 28th at the Haight Street Art Center 215 Haight Street, ...
Halloween Glow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda
Saturday, October 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Donations are appreciated.
| Studio 23
Halloween Glow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda

The Blacklight Art Show is an experience best suited to the time of year when the veils grow thin between worlds, other dimensions seep thru in deceptively cheery colors to blind you beyond science. Studio 23 is transformed from a mild-mannered mecca of artistry into ...

Sunday, October 29

SF Open Studios 2017 | Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Outer Mission
Sunday, October 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2017 | Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Outer Mission

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

“Vision+Light” Art Exhibit | Berkeley
Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Li Ka Shing Center (Berkeley)

This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding. “Vision+Light” Art ...

Wednesday, November 1

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, November 1 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| 111 Minna Gallery

Join Lululemon for their monthly complimentary yoga class and coffee at 111 Minna Gallery. Start the day with a gentle vinyasa flow, and leave centered and present. Top it off with a hot cup of joe courtesy of Red Door Coffee. Each month, you also get ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, November 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, November 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

SF Zoo Free Admission Day
SF Zoo Free Admission Day

The San Francisco Zoo, Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, periodically offers free admission for San Francisco residents. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round.  You’ll enjoy seeing the 250 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings, ...