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Thursday, October 30

Win: VIP Tix “Houghton Hall”: Downton Abbey Art & Treasures | Legion of Honor
VIP Tix

Step into the history and grandeur of Houghton Hall, the English country house reminiscent of Highclere Castle seen on the popular PBS drama, Downton Abbey.
With stunning displays of its spectacular interiors, rarely exhibited treasures, and exquisite furniture that have survived through the centuries, Houghton Hall: …

Halloween-Spooktacular Quick Draw SF: Live Art Party | SoMa
Thursday, October 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP on Facebook is appreciated.
| F8
Halloween-Spooktacular Quick Draw SF: Live Art Party | SoMa

The monthly Quick Draw SF, hosted by Paint Pens Collective and Never Ending Radical Dude, is usually every third Thursday of the month, but for this month is will be Thursday, October 30, 2014.
They are gonna Halloween the heck out of it. Dress up – they …

Bay Area Science Festival: Creatures of the NightLife | Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Bay Area Science Festival: Creatures of the NightLife | Academy of Sciences

The creatures come out at night as NightLife joins forces with the Bay Area Science Festival for an evening of delightful disgust. Discover the science and spectacle behind vampires, zombies and other creatures that go bump in the night.
Creature Feature Drag Show in the West …

Scary Neighborhood House Haunt | San Jose
Thursday, October 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but canned food donations for Second Harvest are appreciated
| Spaich House
Scary Neighborhood House Haunt | San Jose

The Spaich House in San Jose hosts a home haunt that offers up scares for the neighborhood. The haunt will be fully opened from 6:30-9 pm on Oct. 30-31, 2014 at 1188 Spaich Dr., San Jose. Admission is free, but please bring canned food to donate ...

Friday, October 31

2014 “Ghost Ship Halloween” Art Sneak Peak & Halloween Carnival | SF
Friday, October 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 70
2014

Ghost Ship Halloween will once again host a free preview party for an afternoon of all-ages Halloween games, rides, treats or tricks. San Francisco friends and neighbors are welcome to explore the haunted asylum, test out the dance floors and looky loo at the art cars …

Halloween at the Museum: Thriller Dance Lesson, Live Music & Food Trucks | Oakland
Halloween at the Museum: Thriller Dance Lesson, Live Music & Food Trucks | Oakland

Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street for a truly Thriller-esque Halloween celebration, including local music, food, art, science, and culture. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, …

Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, October 31 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
| Bayanihan Community Center
Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

“Flask Mob” Halloween: Secret Drinking & Photo Walk | SF
Friday, October 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sutro Baths

Flask Mob will be having a Halloween themed rager party at The Sutro Baths from 6-10 pm-ish on October 31, 2014. So make sure y’all costume game is right. Grab a camera and all your friends and join the mob.

Wes Anderson Films Art Show Tribute & Costume Party | SF
Wes Anderson Films Art Show Tribute & Costume Party | SF

Spoke Art presents Bad Dads V, a group art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. Over 80 artists were invited to contribute an original work of art, spanning from paintings to sculptures to limited edition screen prints, all in tribute to one the world’s ...

“Night Of The Fiends” Art Show & Free Cocktails | North Beach
Friday, October 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | I Heart North Beach Gallery

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana presents “Night Of The Fiends” Art Show at the I Heart North Beach Gallery with Jeremy Fish, El Borracho, Andy Sciazko, Scott Renner, Akira Beard and many others.
Come in for a fun Halloween night with free drinks from Sailor Jerry and Peroni and live music …

Scary Neighborhood House Haunt | San Jose
Friday, October 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but canned food donations for Second Harvest are appreciated
| Spaich House
Scary Neighborhood House Haunt | San Jose

The Spaich House in San Jose hosts a home haunt that offers up scares for the neighborhood. The haunt will be fully opened from 6:30-9 pm on Oct. 30-31, 2014 at 1188 Spaich Dr., San Jose. Admission is free, but please bring canned food to donate ...

Halloween Black Light Art Show | Alameda
Friday, October 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Studio 23
Halloween Black Light Art Show | Alameda

Come for some ultra violent… ultraviolet fun.
Have a spooky, glow-in-the-dark night with a black light art ahow combined with a Halloween party. There will be plenty of fluorescent activities, music, and lots and lots of artists.

Saturday, November 1

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF

Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. Spectator parking is at the lot next door for ...

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 ...

SF Open Studios 2014 | Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights & Castro
Saturday, November 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2014 | Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights & Castro

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 11 to November 9, 2014. Each weekend, art patrons, ...

Wes Anderson Films Art Show Tribute & Costume Party | SF
Wes Anderson Films Art Show Tribute & Costume Party | SF

Spoke Art presents Bad Dads V, a group art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. Over 80 artists were invited to contribute an original work of art, spanning from paintings to sculptures to limited edition screen prints, all in tribute to one the world’s ...

Sunday, November 2

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, November 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 17,000 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, November 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 ...

SF Open Studios 2014 | Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights & Castro
Sunday, November 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2014 | Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights & Castro

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 11 to November 9, 2014. Each weekend, art patrons, ...

Halloween Hangover: Free Hot Dogs, Root Beer Bar, Yoga & Cat Brothel | SF
Sunday, November 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frankenart Mart
Halloween Hangover: Free Hot Dogs, Root Beer Bar, Yoga & Cat Brothel | SF

For your Halloween sugar hangover, have some hair of the dog (or hair on your dog) at Frankenart’s hot dog day with a full root beer bar. These ain’t root beers for your toddler. These are strong cowboy root beers.
Their old west saloon will host …

2014 Dia de los Muertos Procession & Festival of Altars | SF
Sunday, November 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Garfield Square
2014 Dia de los Muertos Procession & Festival of Altars | SF

Honor those who have passed on by creating an altar or taking part in a walking procession at the annual Dia de los Muertos Procession at 7 pm, and Festival of Altars from 6-11 pm.
2014 Dia de los Muertos Procession & Festival of Altars
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | …

Dia de los Muertos: Floral Art, Live Music & Procession | Redwood City
Sunday, November 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Dia de los Muertos: Floral Art, Live Music & Procession | Redwood City

Redwood City celebrates the Day of the Dead with a procession, live music, altars, food, crafts and free activities for children in Courthouse Square.
2014 Redwood City Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 6:30-10 pm
Downtown Redwood City
FREE
The celebration will include music, kids activities, traditional food, …

Tuesday, November 4

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 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 ...

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 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. The museum was ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, November 4 – 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 ...