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Friday, February 27

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents
Friday, February 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Music & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Music & Off the Grid | Oakland

What to expect on February 27:

5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: Featured artists Jamie Tanaka (photography), Julia Smith (textiles and scarves), and Panchaya Sieng(watercolor and illustration) selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: make a …

Noise Pop’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Poster Show & Free Cocktails | SF
Friday, February 27 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 21+ and tip like a rockstar
| Swedish American Hall
Noise Pop's Rock 'n' Roll Poster Show & Free Cocktails | SF

The National Poster Retrospecticus is a traveling show of more than 350 hand-printed event posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the USA.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
The collection features artists like Jay Ryan, Lil Tuffy, Landland and Daniel Danger. Its …

Saturday, February 28

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission & Bernal Heights Residents
Saturday, February 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission & Bernal Heights Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Win Tix: 2015 San Francisco History Expo
Saturday, February 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: WIN*
*Tickets are $5 for adults.
| The Old Mint

Explore San Francisco’s amazing history at the annual San Francisco History Expo at The Old Mint (built in 1874) with over 50 local history groups, genealogists, small museums, and libraries creating “mini-museums” and exhibits.  In addition, there will be historic films, special programs, and more.
5th Annual San Francisco History …

Free Admission & Lunar New Year Celebration | San Mateo County History Museum
Saturday, February 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
Free Admission & Lunar New Year Celebration | San Mateo County History Museum

The San Mateo County History Museum will join Redwood City in celebrating its 5th Annual Lunar New Year with free admission and special activities on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
This free event will include performances on Courthouse Square just outside the Museum and craft activities for children within …

Art Was Here: Augmented Reality Tour of the Albany Bulb | East Bay
Art Was Here: Augmented Reality Tour of the Albany Bulb | East Bay

The organizers of the SOMArts exhibit Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading in Art and Culture, will lead a walking tour of the creations, realities and archives of the Albany Bulb. Learn about the history of the art and community that once flourished at the Bulb using …

Sunday, March 1

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Haight Residents
Sunday, March 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Haight Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, March 1 – 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, March 1 – 10:00 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 Oakland Up: Free Gift Shop & Art Space | Oakland
Sunday, March 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Free Oakland Up
Free Oakland Up: Free Gift Shop & Art Space | Oakland

Free Oakland Up is a new multi-purpose art space offering a free thrift/gift shop where everything is free on a one item per person per day basis.
They also offer a free community drop-in studio space filled with alternative art supplies promoting sustainable art practices. Come …

Free Hot Dog Day | Inner Richmond
Sunday, March 1 – 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 ...

Monday, March 2

Secrets of Lands End: The Society of Submerged Culture | SF
Monday, March 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration recommended
| StoreFrontLab
Secrets of Lands End: The Society of Submerged Culture | SF

StoreFrontLab presents The Society of Submerged Culture, a project by Bay Area artist Lauren Hartman including works by Jacques Cousteau, Jean Painlevé, and Irwin Allen. The Society of Submerged Culture The Society reveals the many layers of San Francisco’s undersea history, ranging from sunken ships under the ...

Tuesday, March 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 3 – 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. The museum was ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 3 – 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 ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, March 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, March 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the Dogpatch. Rather than featuring paintings or traditional ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
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, ...

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, March 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 3 – 12:00 pm | 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 ...

The News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa
Tuesday, March 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
The News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa

On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, ...

Wednesday, March 4

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, March 4 – 9:00 am | 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, March 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC 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 ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, March 4 – 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 ...

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, March 4 – 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 ...