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Monday, July 6

Opening Day: Performance Art in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF
Monday, July 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | NEMA
Opening Day: Performance Art in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF

San Francisco has launched a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ). The project, called Studio 1, is a mobile art studio that will be activated by a series of Bay Area artists giving lectures and performances working in the space. The installation will be up for seven weeks ...

Tuesday, July 7

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 7 – 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, July 7 – 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 ...

Free Admission: 21st Annual “Sculpture in the Garden” | Walnut Creek
Tuesday, July 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ruth Bancroft Garden
Free Admission: 21st Annual
For one month every year, Walnut Creek’s Ruth Bancroft Garden, a spectacular dry garden featuring a unique display of succulents, cacti, and other drought-tolerant plants, transforms into an outdoor art gallery. Follow the meandering pathways to discover sculptures by local and regional artists.  Enjoy free admission on Tuesday, ...
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, July 7 – 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, July 7 – 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, July 7 – 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, ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 7 – 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 ...

“95 Rituals” inkBoat Experimental Dance Theater: Opening Day | Hyde St Pier
Tuesday, July 7 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hyde Street Pier
“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” ~ Anna Halprin 95 Rituals culminate in a series of ...
The News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa
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, July 8

CuriOdyssey Wildlife Center: Free Community Day | San Mateo
Wednesday, July 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | CuriOdyssey
CuriOdyssey Wildlife Center: Free Community Day | San Mateo

Get up close to playful otters, bobcats, and other furry and scaled creatures at CuriOdyssey’s Free Community Day. CuriOdyssey is a science and wildlife center for kids that fosters interest in science. CuriOdyssey’s free Community Days provide the opportunity for families to experience CuriOdyssey, free ...

“95 Rituals” inkBoat Experimental Dance Theater | Hyde St Pier
Wednesday, July 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hyde Street Pier
“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” ~ Anna Halprin 95 Rituals culminate in a series of ...

Thursday, July 9

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, July 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5 pm; 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 of 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 the ...

NightLife Live: The Dodos & Doe Eye | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Live: The Dodos & Doe Eye | California Academy of Sciences
Music by The Dodos and Doe Eye DJs Omar and Aaron Axelsen Presented by Popscene SF NightLife’s summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month withNightLife LIVE. WEST GARDEN SHOW ...
Modani Furniture’s Grand Opening | SF
Thursday, July 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| Modani Furniture San Francisco
Modani Furniture’s Grand Opening | SF
Modani Furniture’s San Francisco Showroom Red Carpet Grand Opening event is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Top Interior Designers, Real Estate Agents and Lifestyle Bloggers from the San Francisco area will gather for an amazing night filled with networking, ...

Friday, July 10

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, July 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael

Discover art, wine, entertainment, and more every second Friday of the month on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. From 5-8 pm (with some venues open later), the Second Fridays Art Walk connects dozens of venues in downtown San Rafael with the public, who can enjoy different ...

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, July 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Vallejo
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays

The monthly Vallejo Art Walk showcases a variety of nationally accomplished and upcoming local creatives in the historic downtown Vallejo arts district from 5-10 pm on the second Friday of every month, on Georgia, Marin, and Virginia streets. Explore over 25 participating galleries and shops, and ...

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 ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, July 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk:

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

Saturday, July 11

Final Day: Performance Art in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF
Saturday, July 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | NEMA
Final Day: Performance Art in a Tiny Mobile Art Studio | SF

San Francisco has launched a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ). The project, called Studio 1, is a mobile art studio that will be activated by a series of Bay Area artists giving lectures and performances working in the space. The installation will be up for seven weeks ...

Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF
Saturday, July 11 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| Main Post (Presidio)
Andy Goldsworthy at the Presidio: A Guided Sculpture Hike | SF

Did you know that the Presidio is home to the largest collection of Andy Goldsworthy sculptures on public view in North America? Join the Presidio Trust for a guided hike that will visit each of park’s four installations by the world-renowned artist: Spire (2008), Wood ...

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, July 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind items, there are food and craft beers ...

Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” Leaves San Francisco
Saturday, July 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 836M
Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” Leaves San Francisco
836M Gallery brought Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” back to the city of its origins after it was almost lost due to anti-graffiti laws. July 11, 2015 is your last chance to check out this legendary work up close and personal. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Lurie va. S.F. Examiner The owner ...
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, July 11 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

“The Pleasure Principle” Absurd Artist-Led Fitness Class & DJ | Oakland
Saturday, July 11 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Real Time & Space

Heavy Breathing is a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the form of absurd, artist-led conceptual fitness experiences while jogging, swimming, restraint training, practicing yoga, and more. Feel the burn from June 18 to August 30, 2015 around the SF Bay Area. Heavy Breathing invites ...

Final Day: “95 Rituals” inkBoat Experimental Dance Theater | Hyde St Pier
Saturday, July 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hyde Street Pier
Final Day:
“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” ~ Anna Halprin 95 Rituals culminate in a series of ...

Sunday, July 12

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, July 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, July 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Optical magician Kerry Laitala returns to Shapeshifters to present The City Luminous, a new body of work inspired by the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition to which cultural historians attribute, among other things, the first light show in the Bay Area. Inspired by the innovations developed ...

Tuesday, July 14

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

Thursday, July 16

YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa
Thursday, July 16 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa

The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. Community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in the YBCA’s Grand Lobby and Room for Big Ideas with art, live music and curated performances in an interactive, ...