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Tuesday, January 17

An Evening Celebration for Artists: Fundraising Event | Oakland
Tuesday, January 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Au Lounge
An Evening Celebration for Artists: Fundraising Event | Oakland
Join them for an evening celebration of art as they fundraise for Draw From Life, a nonprofit working with women survivors of sexual exploitation. This will be a variety show at AU Lounge encompassing live drawing, slam poetry, singing and more. The event is free and donations ...

Wednesday, January 18

“Resistance Training” Open Reception | Oakland
Wednesday, January 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mills College, Aron Art Center
Exhibition and events offer a bolstering sense of community in the midst of a tumultuous political era. On the eve of the inauguration, and into the first days of a new regime, Resistance Training, a presentation of recent a new artwork and activism, provides a needed ...

Thursday, January 19

Sketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Sketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy, part of the annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival. Taking over the Forum for some live riffing are twisted “Mystery Science Theater 3000” scientists Frank Beaulieu and ...
Win Tix: SF Sketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | California Academy of Sciences
Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea at California Academy of Science’s “Nightlife.” > Get Tickets – $15 – 21+ Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Cinema Arts & Mechanical Melodies | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cinema Arts & Mechanical Melodies | Pier 15
The Musical Art Quintet accompanies a program of silent films from the early days of cinema in this program co-presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The films feature mechanical wonders and inspired inventions, evoking the whimsy and wonder of our temporary exhibition Curious ...

Friday, January 20

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 12 noon to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live wild ...

Eat Chinatown: Photo Exhibit Featuring Classic Chinatown Restaurants | SF
Friday, January 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 41 Ross
Eat Chinatown: Photo Exhibit Featuring Classic Chinatown Restaurants | SF
Eat Chinatown is a photo exhibit at 41 Ross that commemorates classic Chinatown restaurants, diners and bakeries that have been operating for at least 40 years. Photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu (founders of Chinatown Pretty, a street-style blog that documents Chinatown seniors) profiled four ...
“Smooth the Edges” Artist in Residence Opening Reception | SF
Friday, January 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Recology San Francisco
Come and attend an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Ramekon O’Arwisters, Anja Ulfeldt, and student artist Jinmei Chi on Friday, January 20, from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artisst who have scavenged materials from the ...
2017 Opening Night of Friday Nights at OMCA | Oakland
2017 Opening Night of Friday Nights at OMCA | Oakland
Oakland’s popular weekly night market is back for a fifth season of fun and festivities. Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday starting January 20 for a taste of local music, food, art, and culture. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic ...
2nd Annual High School Arts Mashup | San Rafael
Friday, January 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Falkirk Cultural Center
2nd Annual High School Arts Mashup | San Rafael
The Falkirk Galleries will be dazzling January through February 2017 with local high school student poetry and art coordinated through the 2nd Annual Arts Mashup exchange program. Showcasing students amazing work at the beautiful and elegant Falkirk Mansion. Join them on Friday, January 20th for their live ...
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Saturday, January 21

Concord “Vibe” Launch Party & Free Ale | The Hop Grenade
Saturday, January 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop
Concord
Come join the City of Concord and help celebrate the launch of Concord Vibe, a new marketing initiative aimed at highlighting the amenities and activities in Concord. Enjoy: food samples barber demos fitness club booths fine art photography luxury vehicles on display The first 200 attendees (21+) will receive a free Limited ...
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, January 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for drop-ins. ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, January 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Theme: Young Expressions in Art Meet:  Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street

Sunday, January 22

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Sunday, January 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly free days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering free admission for all. ...

Wednesday, January 25

“Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World” Book Talk | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*General Admission, Discounts available for CHS Members
| California Historical Society
Lynn Downey will present a lecture and slide show on the life of one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. Strauss’ early years in Bavaria and New York leads off the lecture followed by his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, ...

Thursday, January 26

50th “Summer of Love” Anniversary Art Show | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
50th
The San Francisco Arts Commission presents an extensive exhibition of work by legendary 60s rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall and a new Market Street Poster Series featuring contemporary perspectives on the Summer of Love by local artists As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th ...
Chinese New Year Exhibit Art Reception “Different Life” | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Chinese New Year Exhibit Art Reception
Spark Arts is hosting a special exhibit in honor of Chinese New Year. “Different Life” showcases paintings created by three artists from the Guizhou Province in China. This community is primarily a farming community, with peasant artists using the downtime between farming seasons to create artwork ...
NightLife In The Greenest Museum In The Planet | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife In The Greenest Museum In The Planet | California Academy of Sciences
This week, NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet. In the aquarium, enjoy nighttime dive shows in their Philippine Coral Reef tank, learn about Claude the albino alligator during a special Swamp ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Full Spectrum Science on Radioactivity | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full Spectrum Science on Radioactivity | Pier 15
Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world. What’s going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.

Friday, January 27

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 ...

Colorful Friday Night at the Art Center | Palo Alto
Friday, January 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Palo Alto Art Center
Colorful Friday Night at the Art Center | Palo Alto
Wear something bright and colorful for the Palo Alto Art Center’s free Friday Night at the Art Center. The event celebrates the opening of their new exhibition,” Spectral Hues: artists + color”, and will feature artmaking activities, great food, refreshing drinks, and a chance to meet ...

Wednesday, February 1

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, February 1 – 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, February 1 – 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 ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, February 1 – 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, February 1 – 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, February 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, February 2 – 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 ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, February 2 – 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 ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, February 2 – 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 ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Sending Signals | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Sending Signals | Pier 15
Experience First Thursdays (the first After Dark each month) where they focus on one topic—this time, Communication. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and our pitch-black Tactile Dome.