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Friday, September 30

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Friday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside 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 ...

Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Friday, September 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Nike Administration Building (Fort Scott)
Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Home Land Security is a special exhibition by the FOR-SITE Foundation. It examines the borders that we create, protect, and cross in the name of security. Set against the backdrop of the Presidio’s historic Fort Winfield Scott, the exhibition features seventeen artists from diverse points of ...

Art Night SF: Mid-Market Art, Live Music & Karaoke | UN Plaza
Friday, September 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
Art Night SF: Mid-Market Art, Live Music & Karaoke | UN Plaza

Art Night SF is a new outdoor event series working to activate the public spaces of UN Plaza and Mid-Market between 7th and Market Streets through accessible installations of contemporary art on Fridays, July 29, September 30, October 14 and October 28 from 5-9 pm. Enjoy local food trucks, a plaza ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: 6th Annual Tiara Sensation | de Young Museum
Friday Nights at the de Young: 6th Annual Tiara Sensation | de Young Museum
James Turrell’s “Three Gems” open during Friday Nights Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden 5:00 pm In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to refurbush Three Gems (2005), a site-specific “skyspace” located in a grass-covered hill in the Osher Sculpture Garden. The work was approaching its tenth ...
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
11 am–10 pm: OMCA Store Flash Sale with discounts from 25% to 50% off, open to Members only on Friday 5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get ...
Visual Arts Showcase & Reception: “Here” APAture 2016 Arts Festival | SF
Friday, September 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Each event costs differently from $0 to $25.
| Arc Studios & Gallery
Visual Arts Showcase & Reception:

Kearny Street Workshop, the country’s oldest and longest-running Asian Pacific American community arts organization, is bringing tomorrow’s artists to the forefront with APAture 2016: Here. This year, the theme is “Here. Explore about locations, spaces, homes; the way in which we move through and live in these ...

Saturday, October 1

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside 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 ...

First Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours | Presidio
First Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours | Presidio

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and stars on this evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available Saturday evenings (6:30 pm) during the months of November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era ...

14th Annual Art, Jazz & Wine Festival | Pleasant Hill
Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Pleasant Hill
14th Annual Art, Jazz & Wine Festival | Pleasant Hill
Saturday, October 1, 2016 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 2, 2016 11am-5pm The Pleasant Hill Chamber’s Annual Art, Jazz & Wine Fest is Pleasant Hill’s premier event and takes place the first weekend in October. Presented in partnership with the City of Pleasant Hill and Downtown Pleasant ...
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 ...

Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Nike Administration Building (Fort Scott)
Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Home Land Security is a special exhibition by the FOR-SITE Foundation. It examines the borders that people create, protect, and cross in the name of security. Set against the backdrop of the Presidio’s historic Fort Winfield Scott, the exhibition features seventeen artists from diverse points of origin ...
24 Hour Comics Day: Watch Artists Create a Brand New Comic | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*It's free to come watch the comic artists at work. Registration for the event is $10
| Mission: Comics & Art
24 Hour Comics Day: Watch Artists Create a Brand New Comic | Mission Dist.
Once again it’s time for 24 Hour Comic Book Day at Mission: Comics & Art where they will be hosting artists on Saturday, October 1, 2016 as they attempt to create their own 24 page comic book in just 24 hours. Participating artists will attempt to create ...
Benefit Art Show for One Tam: Public Art Sale | Mill Valley
Saturday, October 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to look around but bring cash if you'd like to purchase their artworks.
| Mill Valley Community Center
Benefit Art Show for One Tam: Public Art Sale | Mill Valley
The Marin County’s BayWood Artists are bringing their nationally acclaimed original painted works to the park in a benefit for the One Tam initiative with their show “Mt. Tam As We See It: BayWood Artists Paint the Spirit of the Mountain”. This passionate non-profit group ...
MAPP: October Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: October Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
The October 1st MAPP art and performance crawl covers eight different venues all around the Mission with poetry, storytelling, live music, lumo-kinetic art, dance, theater and more. 1. Pathos-on-Harrison 2754 Harrison (Btwn 23rd and 24th St) Curators: David Kubrin and Jorge Molina 9:00-9:15 Intro and Invocation 9:15-945 ” Justin Seagrave” ...
“Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck” Documentary Screening | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| de Young Museum
A largely undiscovered genius, San Francisco-based artist David Beck is recognized as a genuine American original by an enthusiastic following of art collectors and curators. His pieces have been shown at the Met, the Guggenheim, and at some of the world’s most prominent galleries. Hailed as ...
“Hybrid” Opening Reception | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Roll Up Gallery
Explore the organic geometrical styles and concepts revolving around nature with the amazing paintings by the talented local street-art artist Max Ehrman.
“Not Everything is Black + White” Art Exhibit | Berkeley
Saturday, October 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Adam Enrique Rodriguez (26) was born and raised in Indio, CA. Known for his abstract, street-style paintings of faces and human figures, his work has gained recognition from Palm Springs Art Museum and the Broad Foundation, featured in fashion magazines and published as album artwork ...
An Epic Prince Karaoke Party, Fashion Show & Art Fest | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Minnesota Street Project
An Epic Prince Karaoke Party, Fashion Show & Art Fest | SF
Join in for the glamorous conclusion of the Prince-inspired exhibition and event series curated by Glen Helfand, After Pop Life, for an evening of opulent visuals, Prince-inspired fashion, karaoke, and dancing in the atrium of the fittingly titled Minnesota Street Project. After Pop Life Closing party Saturday, October ...

Sunday, October 2

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside 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 ...

21st Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: 10,000+ Pumpkins | Palo Alto
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Palo Alto Art Center
21st Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: 10,000+ Pumpkins | Palo Alto

As the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will celebrate its 21st anniversary in grand style this year with an expanded range of pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations, and a special anniversary exhibition ...

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 ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, October 2 – 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 18,000 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, October 2 – 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 ...

Last Day to Enjoy The Swings: Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Last Day to Enjoy The Swings: Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose

For two months, The Swings installation will be activated in the heart of downtown San José at Plaza de César Chavez. Created by Montréal-based interaction design studio Daily tous les jours, The Swings is a free interactive art installation in which each swing emits the ...

Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Sunday, October 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Nike Administration Building (Fort Scott)
Home Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio
Home Land Security is a special exhibition by the FOR-SITE Foundation. It examines the borders that people create, protect, and cross in the name of security. Set against the backdrop of the Presidio’s historic Fort Winfield Scott, the exhibition features seventeen artists from diverse points of ...
‘Round the World Festival: Music, Masks & Exhibit | Alameda
Sunday, October 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Families can pay what they wish.
| Rhythmix Cultural Works
'Round the World Festival: Music, Masks & Exhibit | Alameda
Rhythmix cultural works presents performances by Chinyakare ensemble, Gamelan sekar jaya, and Tezkatlipoka aztec drum and dance, and Capoeira demos by Sumido of Capoeira mandinga. Alameda Education Foundation artists Pam Chang and Jenna Freck will offer hands on mask-making workshops from 12-2 and a travel photography ...
“Here” APAture 2016 Arts Festival & Live Performances | SF
Sunday, October 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library

Kearny Street Workshop, the country’s oldest and longest-running Asian Pacific American community arts organization, is bringing tomorrow’s artists to the forefront with APAture 2016: Here. This year, the theme is “Here. Explore about locations, spaces, homes; the way in which we move through and live in these ...

Monday, October 3

Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours | Presidio
Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours | Presidio

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and stars on this evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available Saturday evenings (6:30 pm) during the months of November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era ...

Tuesday, October 4

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 4 – 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, October 4 – 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 ...