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Friday, February 24

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: ...
“Miracles in Light” Light Art Experience | Spacious Grace 2017
Friday, February 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
Come visit the darkened cathedral during these hours to experience a new light art event created by the 2016 Artists in Residence Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell. The piece will evoke different Biblical miracles using nothing more than light and text throughout the cathedral. 6 pm: Artist ...

Saturday, February 25

“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, February 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jingletown Art Studios

The tenth annual “The Art of Living Black” Mills College Open Studios Art Fair feature Bay Area artists of African descent and are taking place from 11 am to 6 pm on February 25-26, 2017. This exciting group art exhibition provides a unique opportunity for attendees to meet the artists ...

Send Me Across the Sea: A Post Card Sized Art Show | SF
Saturday, February 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Book and Job Gallery
Send Me Across the Sea: A Post Card Sized Art Show | SF
Come and check out the wonderful works from over 50 artists from across the sea. Each piece is postcard sized and works come in printed, painted, drawn, mixed media forms. Meet some of the artists, buy some affordable art, and if the fancy strikes you, send that ...
Final Day: Art Show Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki | SF
Saturday, February 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spoke Art
Final Day: Art Show Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki | SF

Come and take a look around a whimsical art show tribute to the films of Japanese filmmaker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. The exhibit will include with original and print works from over 50 international artists working through a wide range of mediums. Taking inspiration from ...

“The African-American Voyage to Freedom” Tour | SF

Join San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in celebrating African American History Month with special programs on Saturday, February 4, Sunday, February 19, and Saturday, February 25. African Americans have played a major role in maritime history – from the earliest days of the nation ...

Leading Ladies: Movie Heroines Art Show | SF
Saturday, February 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sketchpad Gallery
Leading Ladies: Movie Heroines Art Show | SF
Come and join the fun as they celebrate the badass, beautiful, magical and deadly female leads from the movies you love including works inspired by Star Wars, Alien, Fury Road, Stranger Things, Marvel, Blade Runner, and way more. Over 20 artists have created original art in this third curation ...
“I Wolf You” New York-Based Artist’s Installation | SF
Saturday, February 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Heron Arts
Open Color presents a special one-night-only exhibition at Heron Arts in San Francisco on February 25, 2017 debuting New York-based artist June Kim’s installation I Wolf You. Kim is best known for her performative photographs and videos of herself and her wolf-like dogs. She creates scenes ...
“Miracles in Light” Light Art Experience | Spacious Grace 2017
Saturday, February 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
Come visit the darkened cathedral during these hours to experience a new light art event created by the 2016 Artists in Residence Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell. The piece will evoke different Biblical miracles using nothing more than light and text throughout the cathedral. 6 pm: Artist ...
“Lucha Libre” Mexican Wrestling Art Show Opening | Wonderland SF
Saturday, February 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No cover charge is listed so it "looks" free to us.
| Wonderland SF
Join in for the opening reception of “Lucha Libre” featuring over 25 artists on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 6-10 pm at Wonderland SF. There will be complimentary drinks and music. “Lucha Libre: The Art Show” Opening Reception Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 6-10p Wonderland SF, 1266 Valencia St. (near 24th), SF FREE (as far ...
Live Figure Drawing Session | SF
Saturday, February 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
Live Figure Drawing Session | SF
The 7th Annual “Life Live” drawing session assembles five amazing practitioners of life drawing. The artists will be showcasing their skills “live” in figure drawing sessions open to the public in the main gallery. Over the course of the evening, the gestural drawings will be ...
Expression of Surrealism: Group Exhibit Opening | SF
Saturday, February 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | DaDa SF
Expression of Surrealism: Group Exhibit Opening | SF
Come and take a look at a group exhibition featuring the works of 4 bay area emerging artists: Jerry Frost, Avery Palmer, Anthony Tablizo and Wesely Wright. Their works feature a myriad of expressions of surrealism fused with contemporary and pop art depicting the bizarre, twisted, nonsensical ...

Sunday, February 26

“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, February 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jingletown Art Studios

The tenth annual “The Art of Living Black” Mills College Open Studios Art Fair feature Bay Area artists of African descent and are taking place from 11 am to 6 pm on February 25-26, 2017. This exciting group art exhibition provides a unique opportunity for attendees to meet the artists ...

California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day
Sunday, February 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. The Academy hosts four free ...

San Francisco’s “Love-In” Art Party | Patricia’s Green
Sunday, February 26 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Patricia's Green
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Do you believe “Love Conquers All“? In this time of strife, unrest and hate, the world needs some lovin’. Let’s make some as a community and spread it far and wide – it’s free. Michelle Echenique, a mixed-media artist living and working in San Francisco, invites ...

Tuesday, February 28

Diversity In Video Games: Race, Gender & Age | SF
Tuesday, February 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Diversity In Video Games: Race, Gender & Age | SF
Join them for an interesting and refreshing discussion on diversity in the playable media. Race, gender, aging are some of the topics still rare in videogames. How does the gaming industry seize on diverse themes, which are part of our life long reality? And to ...

Wednesday, March 1

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, March 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, March 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 ...

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, March 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, March 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, March 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, March 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 ...

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 2 – 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 ...

1st Thursday Art Party: Spanish Fiesta & Live Painting | Phoenix Hotel
Thursday, March 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
1st Thursday Art Party: Spanish Fiesta & Live Painting | Phoenix Hotel
Come to explore and enjoy a group art exhibition by Spanish artists and artists inspired by the Spanish culture, including a live painting by Aida Miro. Their exhibitions program utilizes the SmartGalleries. The SmArtGalleries are high resolution, color-corrected digital monitors that display artworks with sharp, vibrant ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, March 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: Extended Cinemas | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Extended Cinemas | Pier 15
The warm glow of the projected image invites observers to in-between worlds. During this cinematic celebration, now an annual favorite, the passive act of watching turns to listening, peering, touching, and interacting as Exploratorium Cinema Arts takes over museum spaces to provide experiences—both on and ...
How-To: Foodie NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, March 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
How-To: Foodie NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
How-To NightLife gets tasty with a night of cooking and cocktail demos from some of SF’s top culinary minds. How-To: Foodie NightLife Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 6 pm to 10 pm California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, SF $15, $12 for Academy members
Art From Fabric: Tana Quincy Artist Reception | SF
Thursday, March 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | CounterPULSE
Art From Fabric: Tana Quincy Artist Reception | SF
Come see new works from Tana Quincy at the CounterPulse gallery, presented in partnership with ArtSpan’s Art-in-Neighborhoods program. Quincy’s work explores dailiness, materiality, and invisible labor through her systematic experimentations with utilitarian products from hardware and industrial fabric stores. Join them in celebrating Quincy’s new body of ...
First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, March 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight

The first Thursday of every month, The Red Vic hosts a free art and music show, featuring local artists and musicians starting at 6:30 pm. The Red Vic in the Haight, is a 20 room, mixed-use co-living hotel, hostel and collaboration space exploring participatory decision making, nomadic ...

Friday, March 3

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents
Friday, March 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...