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Sunday, April 30

2017 Art Market San Francisco: Free Passes | Fort Mason
Sunday, April 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required for free tickets
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Art Market San Francisco: Free Passes | Fort Mason

Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its sixth edition. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 25,000 visitors last year, the 2017 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant ...

2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
San Francisco’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: A Celebration of Children & Books is rooted in a longtime Latin American tradition of celebrating children. San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was held in 1999 with the goal of ...

2017 stARTup Art Fair: Motel-Turned-Epic Art Gallery | Hotel Del Sol
2017 stARTup Art Fair: Motel-Turned-Epic Art Gallery | Hotel Del Sol

San Francisco’s stARTup Art Fair is one of the most unique art shows you’re likely to ever encounter. The entire hotel is shut down for three days, and instead of the hotel’s 47 rooms occupied by tourists, all the rooms are taken over by 50+ hand-picked artists and ...

Tuesday, May 2

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
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 $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
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: ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, May 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park

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, May 2 – 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 historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 2 – 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, May 2 – 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, ...

Protest Art Printmaking Workshop | Oakland
Tuesday, May 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fruitvale Plaza
Protest Art Printmaking Workshop | Oakland
Come and make protest art because your voice matters. Art Responders and Kristi Holohan of Rock Paper Scissors Collective will facilitate a printmaking workshop outside Arise High School at Fruitvale BART Station to inspire students and public participants of all ages to envision a future without fear of ...
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Merritt Ceramics at Oakland is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE The first hour will be ...

Wednesday, May 3

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, May 3 – 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 ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, May 3 – 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, May 3 – 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, May 3 – 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 ...

Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF
Wednesday, May 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Glide
Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF

GLIDE and Veterans Alley are joining forces to bring community expressive art to the Tenderloin. For five weeks beginning in late April, esteemed neighborhood muralist and Veterans Alley founder Amos Gregory will be hosting a weekly workshop at GLIDE to teach the art of muralism ...

“Tiny Bubbles” & Spring 2017 Art Opening | SF Arts Commission
Wednesday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAC Main Gallery
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) announces a dynamic spring season kicking off with Tiny Bubbles a group exhibition curated by independent curator and former gallerist Steven Wolf. On view May 3 through August 19 at the SFAC Main Gallery, the show features ten ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, May 3 – 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, May 4

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, May 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, May 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

How-To: Maker NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
How-To: Maker NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
How-To NightLife gets crafty with a night of tools, tinkers, tech and art from some of SF’s top makers. Plus, celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars with roaming droids, 3D replicas and more.
“Shifting Movements” Multidisciplinary Art Exhibition | SF
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Shifting Movements is a multimedia exhibition featuring over 40 artists primarily from Asian American, Black, and Latinx communities, illuminating the legacy of intersectional revolutionary social activist Yuri Kochiyama. The artworks highlight the values and themes which guided her, and the incredibly diverse people, struggles, and ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

Exploratorium After Dark: May the Fourth Be with You | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: May the Fourth Be with You | Pier 15
Celebrate Star Wars Day with them and learn about the forces that shape the universe. Celebrate this intergalactic holiday with physics, inventions, artworks, and encounters with the force. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and our pitch-black Tactile Dome.
20 Years of the Art of Rex Ray | Gallery 16
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Gallery 16
20 Years of the Art of Rex Ray | Gallery 16
Opening Thursday, May 4th, Rex Ray at Gallery 16 marks the seventh solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Gallery 16 since 1995. As proud representatives of the Estate of Rex Ray, this is the first presentation since the artist’s untimely death in 2015. This retrospective ...

Friday, May 5

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...