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Sunday, July 30

2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: Frida Fairy Garden Workshop | Mission Dist.
Sunday, July 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $85*
*RSVP is required. Exact location will be provided after payment.
| Secret Location (SF)
2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: Frida Fairy Garden Workshop | Mission Dist.

Celebrate the 110th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. All of the events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted. ...

2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: The SELFrida Challenge | Mission Dist.
Sunday, July 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Be there with flowers in your hair by 3 pm to register.
| Jessie Square
2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: The SELFrida Challenge | Mission Dist.

Celebrate the 110th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. All of the events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted. ...

2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: Frida Garden Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, July 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $25*
*An RSVP is required. Exact location will be revealed after payment.
| Secret Location (SF)
2017 Frida Kahlo Festival: Frida Garden Party | Mission Dist.

Celebrate the 110th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. All of the events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted. ...

Tuesday, August 1

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 1 – 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 that showcases 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: de ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 1 – 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 $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, August 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 1 – 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, August 1 – 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, ...

Evenings on the Green: Art & Live Music | Livermore
Tuesday, August 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Livermore Valley Plaza
Evenings on the Green: Art & Live Music | Livermore

Art on the Green is now a part of the Bankhead Theater’s free, live, Evenings on the Green – Art & Music and brings together the community to explore the arts on the Plaza Green in front of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on summer Tuesday evenings ...

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, August 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Merritt Ceramics at Oakland is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE The first hour will be ...

Wednesday, August 2

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, August 2 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| 111 Minna Gallery

Join Lululemon for their monthly complimentary yoga class and coffee at 111 Minna Gallery. Start the day with a gentle vinyasa flow, and leave centered and present. Top it off with a hot cup of joe courtesy of Red Door Coffee. Each month, you also get ...

August World Breastfeeding City Hall Photo Gallery | SF
Wednesday, August 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
August World Breastfeeding City Hall Photo Gallery | SF
Sustaining Breastfeeding-Together reminds people that as mothers & fathers, brothers & sisters, family, friends, and coworkers, everyone plays a part in supporting women to breastfeed successfully. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for up to the first 6 months of life ...
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, August 2 – 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, August 2 – 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, August 2 – 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 ...

“Monet, Renoir, Pissarro & the Impressionist Movement” Slide Show Lecture | SF Main Library
Wednesday, August 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
It’s Paris, 1874 and the world of art is about to change forever. View over eighty works of art by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cezanne, Lautrec, Morisot, Sisley, Degas, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Artists who experienced and expressed the world about them each in their own ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, August 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, August 3

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

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, August 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 ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, August 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 ...

Electric NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Electric NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
From bioluminescence to electric vehicles, explore the ins and outs of illumination and electricity.
Exploratorium After Dark: “Our Place in Space” | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark:
Experience First Thursdays (the first After Dark each month) where they focus on one topic—this time, Our Place in Space. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and our pitch-black Tactile Dome.
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, August 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 ...

“Exposed” Opening Reception | SF
Thursday, August 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Creativity Explored
Creativity Explored, a premier nonprofit visual arts center for artists with developmental disabilities, presents Exposed, a six-artist exhibition exploring and celebrating the human form. Gallery and Exhibitions Manager Amy Auerbach and Gallery Associate Stephanie Rudd co-curated the exhibition, which highlights the work of artists who routinely ...
Exposed: A Six-Artist Exploration & Celebration of the Human Form | SF
Thursday, August 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Creativity Explored
Exposed: A Six-Artist Exploration & Celebration of the Human Form | SF
Creativity Explored, a premier nonprofit visual arts center for artists with developmental disabilities, presents Exposed, a six-artist exhibition exploring and celebrating the human form. Gallery and Exhibitions Manager Amy Auerbach and Gallery Associate Stephanie Rudd co-curated the exhibition, which highlights the work of artists who routinely ...

Friday, August 4

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, August 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: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, August 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 ...

Summer Craft Day | Pier 39
Friday, August 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Summer Craft Day | Pier 39
Get creative at Summer Craft Day on Friday, August 4. friends from the Museum of Craft & Design will be in the Entrance Plaza from 1-4pm to teach kids of all ages free summer crafts like paper plate fans, decorative bubble wand bands and Sharpie-dyed ...
“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, August 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 ...

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 ...