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Thursday, May 5

First Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
First Thursday

Every first Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a song, a ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 5 – 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 ...

First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, May 5 – 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, May 6

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 6 – 10:00 am | 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: ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 6 – 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 for this event, with galleries, artist ...

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 ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 6 – 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. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, May 6 – 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 ...

Experimental Performance Art: “Labor Movement” | San Jose
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Experimental Performance Art:

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art launched ICA Live!, a new program that includes ongoing presentations of engaging and experimental performance art. Presented during downtown San Jose’s South First Fridays, ICA Live! seeks to explore the role of the performance art medium in contemporary ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: “Men of The Cloth” Film Screening | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young:
Mixed-Media Art-Making Station with Indira Urrutia Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity. Create your own mini fashion designs on clothespin “models” using scrap fabric, colored thread, and more! “Meet the Designer Max ...
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, May 6 – 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 ...

Saturday, May 7

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

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.  Cars and Coffee is held on the first Saturday ...

2016 Car-topia: Hot Rod & Custom 1920-60s Classic Car Show | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, May 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2016 Car-topia: Hot Rod & Custom 1920-60s Classic Car Show | Jack London Sq.
Jack London Square rolls dozens of classics, retro models and modern muscle cars onto the Oakland waterfront, for a Car-topia auto extravaganza from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016. From car buffs to casual enthusiasts, everyone is invited check-out these rare and beautiful ...
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 ...

13th Annual Pagan Festival “Ancestral Wisdom”: Games, Crafts & Storytelling | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
13th Annual Pagan Festival
Enjoy a unique mix of entertainers, children’s crafts and activities, storytelling, games, and arts and crafts vendors on the 13th Annual Pagan Festival at MLK Jr. Civic Center Park. There will be live music by Irish Singer Shay Black, Musical Theater and Cabaret Artist Carly Ozard, ...
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | 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 ...

Sunday, May 8

Moms Get In Free at Charles Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free for moms, $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.
| Charles M. Schulz Museum
Moms Get In Free at Charles Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
In celebration of Mother’s Day, all mothers receive free admission to the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Admission is free for moms, $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Free admission is most likely based on an honor system, but we’re ...
Free Admission for Moms | SF Zoo
Free Admission for Moms | SF Zoo
Join Sukari, their African Lion, and her cub as well as a host of other “mom” animals as the San Francisco Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day 2016. Mothers accompanied by their children will receive free admission to the SF Zoo in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016. The ...
Free Admission For Moms: Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden | Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*$10/adults; $8/students and seniors, children under 12 free
| Ruth Bancroft Garden
Free Admission For Moms: Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden | Walnut Creek
Bring Mom to the Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden for the annual Mother’s Day outdoor celebration for the whole family:  have a picnic, take a tour, get a gift, and make crafts. Relax in the Garden on a beautiful Spring day. Bring a picnic along for everyone ...
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2016 | SF
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2016 | SF
The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, 2016 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers).
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 ...

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

75th Annual Mother’s Day Rose Show | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, May 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | County Fair Building
75th Annual Mother's Day Rose Show | Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Rose Society continues its tradition with the annual Mother’s Day Rose Show at Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers with a rose showcase in the exhibition hall. Rose society members and consulting rosarians will be on hand to discuss rose care and answer rose-related ...
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, May 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Tuesday, May 10

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 ...

Thursday, May 12

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrating Israel’s 68th Independence Day | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 12 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Yom Ha'atzmaut: Celebrating Israel's 68th Independence Day | Palo Alto
Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day at the community-wide annual party. Enjoy Israeli music, children’s activities, artists, great food and a wonderful Israeli-style atmosphere. This year’s theme: Israel in Color – come and experience the colorful, fun, cool and hip Israel. What to expect on this event: Explore the Caesarea ...

Friday, May 13

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, May 13 – 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 ...

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, May 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (3rd Street from McKinnon to Palou & Mendell Plaza). The monthly event will feature ...