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Wednesday, May 2

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, May 2 – 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, May 3

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, May 3 – 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 ...

Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion & Accessories & Jewelries | SF
Thursday, May 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion & Accessories & Jewelries | SF
Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or a little something for themself at the Asian Art Museum’s Spring Artisan Market. A more intimate version of their Holiday Artisan Market, this free event features one-of-a-kind handmade goods by local makers. Spring Artisan Market: Handmade Goods, Fashion ...
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, May 3 – 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 ...

Asian Art Museum’s Zen Buddhism “Tasting Menu” | SF
Asian Art Museum's Zen Buddhism
Dan Zigmond, author of “Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind,” discusses both his experience of becoming a Zen priest and the benefits of Buddha’s diet. Zigmond will be joined by chef Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant to talk about what ...
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

Castro Art Walk | First Thursdays
Thursday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Castro
Castro Art Walk | First Thursdays

Galleries and art spaces will be open late every 1st Thursday of the month from 6-9 pm. Expect to see amazing artwork from artists near and far, participate in events, workshops, and more. Castro Art Walk 1st Thursdays | 6-9 pm The Castro, San Francisco FREE

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 3 – 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 ...

Friday, May 4

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, May 4 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE

Every first Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From live performance ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regularly admission is $18 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, May 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, May 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...

Saturday, May 5

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 seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

Marin Open Studios 2018 | North Bay
Saturday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2018 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Saturday | South Bay
Saturday, May 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Saturday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s ...
Check Out SF’s Newest 50-Foot LED Sculpture | Hayes Valley
Saturday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Patricia's Green
Check Out SF's Newest 50-Foot LED Sculpture | Hayes Valley
From the playa to the park, new light art takes root in Hayes Valley. Charles Gadeken’s Squared, a 50-foot-tall LED sculpture, comes to Patricia’s Green. It’s like a super-colorful Bay Lights on acid with waves of trippy light pulsating at night. The San Francisco Arts Commission ...

Sunday, May 6

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, May 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
$5 First Sundays | 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 ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 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. Free First Sunday Admission for main galleries: Normally $15 for general ...

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 seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

Marin Open Studios 2018 | North Bay
Sunday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2018 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Sunday | South Bay
Sunday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Sunday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

“StreetBeats” Hip Hop Fest: DJ Workshops & Dance Lessons | Asian Art Museum
Sunday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
Join the Asian Art Museum for StreetBeats: An Exploration of Culture through Hip-Hop, a free all-ages day of interactive hip-hop culture and community where you are a part of the show. Plus, it’s free admission day at the Asian Art Museum, so you can pop into the museum ...

Tuesday, May 8

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 ...