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Sunday, September 4

2016 Kings Mountain Art Fair in the Redwoods | Woodside
Sunday, September 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Kings Mountain Fire Station
2016 Kings Mountain Art Fair in the Redwoods | Woodside

Why pay a fortune to see the art in Sausalito when you can visit the Kings Mountain Art Fair for free? Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists, the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates 50 years of ...

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 ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, September 4 – 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, September 4 – 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 ...

Monday, September 5

2016 Kings Mountain Art Fair in the Redwoods: Labor Day | Woodside
Monday, September 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Kings Mountain Fire Station
2016 Kings Mountain Art Fair in the Redwoods: Labor Day | Woodside

Why pay a fortune to see the art in Sausalito when you can visit the Kings Mountain Art Fair for free? Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists, the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates 50 years of ...

The Swings: Amazing Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose
Monday, September 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
The Swings: Amazing Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose

For two months, The Swings installation will be activated in the heart of downtown San José at Plaza de César Chavez. Created by Montréal-based interaction design studio Daily tous les jours, The Swings is a free interactive art installation in which each swing emits the ...

Tuesday, September 6

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 6 – 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, September 6 – 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 ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | SF
Tuesday, September 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | SF

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 ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 6 – 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, September 6 – 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, September 6 – 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, September 7

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, September 7 – 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, September 7 – 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, September 7 – 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 ...

“Voyeur” Opening Reception | SF
Wednesday, September 7 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Andrea Schwartz Gallery
Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition by Patrick Dintino entitled Voyeur. Composed of broad, coalescing bands of color, the intermeshed lines in Patrick Dintino’s paintings formulate a plethora of shades, tones, and hues that invites you as the audience upon a ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, September 7 – 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 ...

“Squared Alumni” Opening Reception & Teen Van Benefit | SF
Wednesday, September 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Arc Studios & Gallery
SquaredAlumni brings together 8 popular alumni from previous FourSquared exhibitions at Arc. The opening reception also supports the local non-profit organization, Teen Van. Arc Gallery will donate its portion of art sales profits from the opening reception of AlumniSquared in the Project Gallery. Most of the ...

Thursday, September 8

“Changing Landscape” Artist Reception | SF
Thursday, September 8 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | K. Imperial FIne Art
K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present “Changing Landscape”, its third solo exhibition of the work of Mila Libman. “Changing Landscape” will showcase new works on paper devoted to the exploration of landscape as both abstraction and representation. Photorealistic from a distance, their large-scale ...
Creative Workshops & Live Music NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*21+ event, ID required for entry.
| California Academy of Sciences
Creative Workshops & Live Music NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
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 with NightLife Live. This September, rock out to lo-fi psychedelic riffs from White Fence—fronted by former Darker ...
“Derelicts” & “Heroe” Art Opening Reception | SF
Thursday, September 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Please join to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions in Wattis. Howard Fried will be presenting “Derelicts” and Camille Blatrix with “Heroe.” Come and support your artists.

Friday, September 9

Sketching in the Galleries: Draw Your Own Art | SF
Friday, September 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | International Art Museum of America
Sketching in the Galleries: Draw Your Own Art | SF

Every second weekend of the month, visitors can explore their collection by putting pencil to paper. IAMA will provide paper and colored pencils for artists to use in the galleries on Friday through Sunday of the event weekend. (11-5 pm Fri-Sun)­­ This event takes place ...

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, September 9 – 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 ...

“Humor US” Opening Reception | SF
Friday, September 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Embark Gallery
This exhibition considers philosopher John Morreall’s definition of humor as “amusement that takes pleasure in a cognitive shift.” Indeed, much of what you find laughable also allows you to think differently about people, ideas, and states of being.
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, September 9 – 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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: Fiddle Music & Art-Making Stations | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Fiddle Music & Art-Making Stations | SF
Mixed-Media Art-Making Station with Tania Padilla Buchanan Court 6:00 pm Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity. James Turrell’s “Three Gems” open during Friday Nights Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden 6:00 pm Visit James Turrell’s Three Gems in ...
2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, September 9 – 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 ...

“After Party” Art Exhibit Opening Reception | SF
Friday, September 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fouladi Projects
After Party refers to events that transpired after The Iranian Revolution. Artworks in the exhibition were created by artists born in Iran after 1979. Fouladi projects is pleased to present a group exhibition of thoughtful and vibrant artwork influenced by a nation that – because of ...