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Thursday, April 24

Win: “Georgia O’Keeffe” VIP Tickets | de Young Museum

From magnified botanical compositions to panoramic landscapes, the works in this exhibition offer a deeper understanding of the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s artistic evolution.
From 1918 until the early 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe retreated annually to Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George …

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, April 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5pm - admission to special galleries may be extra.
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to see the Asian Art Museum’s latest exhibits without the weekend crowds and for less than half the price? Try Thursday nights – The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $12) to see ...

Amazonian Parks Lecture & Photo Exhibit | Presidio
Thursday, April 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Presidio Trust Headquarters
Amazonian Parks Lecture & Photo Exhibit | Presidio

“Amazonian National Parks, Land Rights and the Future of Indigenous Peoples”
Fiona Watson M.A., Survival International, London and Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Tribal Shaman

Friday, April 25

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 ...

Feathers & Fedoras: 1920s Music, Dancing & Costumes | Friday Nights at the de Young
Feathers & Fedoras: 1920s Music, Dancing & Costumes | Friday Nights at the de Young

SF Bay Guardian presents Feathers & Fedoras: A Night of Fashion, Music, and Dancing.
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Trio Zincalo featuring Adam Theis & Magik*Magik Orchestra (String Trio) - Wilsey Court
Also featuring:

The Decobelles, dancers/models will bring to life the era of the 1920s-40s with performances in the “Busby Berkeley Style” …

Saturday, April 26

2014 Dutch King’s Day Windmill-to-Windmill Bike Ride | SF
Saturday, April 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Dutch Windmill
2014 Dutch King’s Day Windmill-to-Windmill Bike Ride | SF

Celebrate the great Dutch King’s Day (in honor of the King of the Netherlands) by wearing orange and joining this free group bike ride from Queen Wilhelmina Windmill (Dutch Windmill) to the Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park, where a big King’s Day party will be underway …

2014 Spring Open Studios: Saturday | Mission District
Saturday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission District
2014 Spring Open Studios: Saturday | Mission District

Join a weekend of of collectively cultivating this vital art community and reconnecting with the abundant creativity in the Mission District during the annual Spring Open Studios. 2014 Spring Open Studios Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, 2014 | Noon to 6 pm Mission District, San Francisco FREE This annual ...

Sunday, April 27

2014 Spring Open Studios: Sunday | Mission District
Sunday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission District
2014 Spring Open Studios: Sunday | Mission District

Join a weekend of of collectively cultivating this vital art community and reconnecting with the abundant creativity in the Mission District during the annual Spring Open Studios. 2014 Spring Open Studios Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, 2014 | Noon to 6 pm Mission District, San Francisco FREE This annual ...

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, April 27 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Arts Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Thursday, May 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, May 1 – 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 | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, May 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 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, ...

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, May 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, May 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5pm - admission to special galleries may be extra.
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to see the Asian Art Museum’s latest exhibits without the weekend crowds and for less than half the price? Try Thursday nights – The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $12) to see ...

Upper TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Upper 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 ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, May 2

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 2 – 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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, May 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Saturday, May 3

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 ...

Sunday, May 4

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, May 4 – 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 ...