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Tuesday, December 6

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 6 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Free Admission Day: ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 6 – 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 ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, December 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
On Tuesday, December 6, step into a psychedelic world exploring the sights and sounds of futurism and the avant-garde. Yves Saint Croissant has curated a showcase of some of her favorite Bay Area queer artists who are all weird AF in the coolest way possible ...

Wednesday, December 7

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, December 7 – 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 ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, December 7 – 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 ...

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, ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, December 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Final Day: 29th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto
Wednesday, December 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Final Day: 29th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto

Celebrate the birth of the Christ child with a beautiful display of more than 350 nativities from around the world in artistic settings with this year’s theme: “Peace on Earth” (Luke 2:14). The exhibit will be open from December 3-7, 2016. Event Highlights: Hands-on activities Concerts ...

Runway & Museum Tours | Novato
Wednesday, December 7 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The tour is free but the Novato Military Museum gladly accepts donations.
| Novato Military Museum (Parking Lot)
Runway & Museum Tours | Novato
Weather conditions at Hamilton Army Airfield were favorable and 12 B-17s set off to fuel up at Hickam Field in Oahu, unbeknownst to Japanese Admiral Yamamoto. A few hours later on Sunday, December 7, 1941, unbeknownst to the US airmen, Admiral Yamamoto gave the command ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, December 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

Thursday, December 8

Discontent Group Exhibition & Fundraiser: Free Beer & Food | SF
Discontent Group Exhibition & Fundraiser: Free Beer & Food | SF
Please join them for a one night only group exhibition and fundraiser in response to the 2016 Presidential Election. Artworks of various mediums will be addressing hopes and fears in relation to issues brought up concerning the state of the nation. There will be free beer and ...
Central Market & Civic Center Light Art Tour | 2016 Illuminate SF Festival
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Patricia's Green
Central Market & Civic Center Light Art Tour | 2016 Illuminate SF Festival
Please note, an RSVP was required in last year’s tour. We are not 100% sure if this needs one too.
Exploratorium After Dark: Contemporary Music with Resonance | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Contemporary Music with Resonance  | Pier 15
Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, which features contemporary musicians and sound artists performing and discussing their ideas, inspirations, and creative processes. Tonight, hear Marielle Jakobsons, a composer and intermedia artist.
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 8 – 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 with a marketplace curated by SF Bazaar. NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local crafters, makers and merchants.
Quick Draw SF’s Merry Merch-Mas Party | SF
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are encouraged.
| F8
Quick Draw SF's Merry Merch-Mas Party | SF
This month they’re throwing a big ol’ party and you’re invited. Instead of their usual “drink and draw” shenanigans, they’ll be setting up tables and selling tons of amazing pieces of art from past featured artists. They’ll be selling original art, prints, zines, pins, stickers, ...
Win Tix: After Dark” Resonance | Exploratorium
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Exploratorium
In addition to getting tickets to After Dark at the Exploratorium, you’ll also win tickets to a special performance of “Resonance” – immerse yourself in the intricate dance of music and visual motion performed by composer and intermedia artist Marielle Jakobsons. > Get Tickets – $25 ...

Friday, December 9

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, December 9 – 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, December 9 – 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
5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: ...
2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, December 9 – 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, December 10

2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for Dancers & Hackers with RSVP; $10 for observers
| CounterPULSE
2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF
Join the forefront of collaborative innovation between the Bay Area’s vibrant art and tech communities at Kinetech Arts’ annual Dance Hack Day, a non-profit event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies. Combining a traditional hackathon with a dance ...
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Stop by the library to celebrate Dewey Decimal System Day in honor of Melvil Dewey’s Birthday. Dewey was one of the founders of the American Library Association and created the Dewey Decimal System which is used to organize materials in libraries in over 150 countries ...
Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District
Please Note: This event takes place on Dec. 10, 2016 not on Dec. 11, 2016 as was originally listed
“Jack of All Trades” Market Holiday Show | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 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. Jack of All Trades Market Every Second Saturday | 11 am to 5 ...

“Vintage: Wine, Beer, & Spirits Labels” Exhibit | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: $5 | California Historical Society
Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing explores CHS’s exquisite collection of vintage wine, beer, and spirits labels produced by the now-forgotten Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Company of San Francisco. Designed during the terrible privation and unrest of ...
Interactive Collage Workshop | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
Interactive Collage Workshop | Oakland
Aspiring and established artists of all ages are invited to join them for an interactive collage workshop. Bring items or photographs you might want to include, or just use their supplies to make something all your own. The workshop will be led by Lea del Pomo and ...
Check Out SF’s Brand New Mosaic Stairs | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kenny Alley
Check Out SF's Brand New Mosaic Stairs | SF
Join the Parks Alliance, Excelsior Action Group and Friends of Kenny Alley Saturday, December 10, at 1 pm to celebrate the grand opening of the Kenny Alley mosaic stairs in the Excelsior District. If you haven’t visited Kenny Alley lately, you’ll be blown away by the ...
2016 Misfit Toy Factory: Live Artmaking & Workshops | Mission
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Root Division
2016 Misfit Toy Factory: Live Artmaking & Workshops | Mission
Join the misfits for a night of mayhem and making, and get your holiday shopping done in style at the 6th Annual Misfit Toy Factory, a one-night live art-making event featuring over 30 artists making sculptures, toys, and giftables onsite in the gallery space at Root ...