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Friday, December 16

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, December 16 – 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 ...

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, December 17

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists.

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, December 17 – 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. ...

“F*ck U” National Feminist Art Exhibition Opening | SF
Saturday, December 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
More than 40 self-identified feminist artists speak out against misogyny in the provocatively-titled exhibition, F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way. Organized in response to the 2016 Presidential campaign and election, the exhibition examines in raw detail how the artists react to patriarchy and shines a spotlight on ...

Sunday, December 18

2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, December 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 18 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
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Did you know SF has an Antique Vibrator Museum? Take a free tour of this unique space every 3rd Sunday of the month with Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen.  Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store ...

Thursday, December 22

Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Are the primary colors really red, yellow, and blue? How can you get yellow from mixing red and green together? Bring your most colorful questions to this vivid presentation.
Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Make your own mechanical sculptures—known as automata—by tinkering with cardboard, craft foam, and other familiar materials.  You’ll use simple mechanisms to make objects move up and down, turn around, or jump back and forth. Design a scene that you imagine, then build a simple machine to ...

Friday, December 23

Final Day: 2016 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Friday, December 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: 2016 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 46th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends in November and December. A unique array of handmade pottery and sculpture will greet you. Passionately committed to living the life of handmade aesthetic, Guild artisans offer beauty ...

Saturday, December 24

2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Sunday, December 25

Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on Christmas 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, December 29

Exploratorium After Dark: Hypnotically Flowing Patterns | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Hypnotically Flowing Patterns | Pier 15
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.

Friday, December 30

“Cloud Construction” Sidewalk Art Exhibit: Final Day | Hayes Valley
Friday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SFAC Galleries

This fall and winter a large, lolling sculpture by Bay Area artist Stephanie Robison’s sprawling fabric sculpture will take residence at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site at 155 Grove Street. Oakland-based artist Stephanie Robison’s Cloud Construction is a massive white textile sculpture that spans ...

Sunday, January 1

Free First Sunday | Chinese Historical Society
Sunday, January 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Sunday | 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 Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, January 1 – 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 18,000 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, January 1 – 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 ...

Closing Night: 2016 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | SF
Sunday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Closing Night: 2016

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2016 through New Year’s Day 2017 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, ...

Tuesday, January 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 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. Free Admission Day: ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 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 ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 11:00 am | 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 ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
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, ...

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, January 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF

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, January 4

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, January 4 – 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, January 4 – 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, January 4 – 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, January 4 – 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, January 5

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, January 5 – 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 ...

Counterculture Continuum: Alternative Media Exhibit & Performances | Oakland
Thursday, January 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Classic Cars West
Counterculture Continuum: Alternative Media Exhibit & Performances | Oakland
V. Vale, Marian Wallace and Krusty Wheatfield’s explorations of the teeming underbelly of modern life through zines, screen prints, film and photography collectively span more than 40 years. For the month of January, Classic Cars West will be transformed into a living archive of alternative ...