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Tuesday, April 4

Hands-On Parasol Painting Class | Macy’s Flower Show
Tuesday, April 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Macy's (Union Square)
Hands-On Parasol Painting Class | Macy's Flower Show
Join Carrie Brown, owner of the acclaimed Jimtown Store in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, and learn how to paint your own carnival-inspired parasol. Tickets are $10 and receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and take home your parasol. One per customer, while supplies last and time ...
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, April 4 – 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 ...

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, April 4 – 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, April 5

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, April 5 – 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 ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, April 5 – 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 ...

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, April 5 – 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 ...

“A Sculpture Exhibition” Opening Day | San Rafael
Wednesday, April 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marin Society of Artists (San Rafael)
Marin Society of Artists presents “A Sculpture Exhibition” on April 5‐30, 2017 in San Rafael in celebration of International Sculpture Day, ISDAY, held worldwide, April 24, to celebrate the art of sculpture. This juried exhibition will feature 72 sculptures in a wide variety of media and ...
Chinese Calligraphy Workshop: Traditional & Experimental Techniques | Oakland
Wednesday, April 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Chinese Calligraphy Workshop: Traditional & Experimental Techniques | Oakland
Whether you are an experienced Calligrapher, or you have no prior experience, all are welcome. The act of practicing Chinese calligraphy extends to more than just writing Chinese characters; It is a way of life: “Create an impact on the world with every stroke you ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, April 5 – 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, April 6

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, April 6 – 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, April 6 – 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 ...

Mister Roberts (1955) Film Showing & Humor Art Exhibit | SF Library
Thursday, April 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Mister Roberts (1955) Film Showing & Humor Art Exhibit | SF Library

Every year during the month of April, the San Francisco Public Library presents a Wit & Humor exhibit at the Main Branch. Naturally, the opening day is April Fool’s Day. The exhibit is on display April 1 – May 31, 2017. How did the average reader and soldiers ...

Show Your Style At Drawing Circle | South SF
Thursday, April 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Show Your Style At Drawing Circle | South SF
Do you enjoy drawing? Or do you find it terrifying, but would like a safe place to give it a try? Either way, you should make a line straight to the Drawing Circle, where they will provide blank paper, pencils of many colors, and fancy ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, April 6 – 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 Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, April 6 – 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 ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis | Pier 15
Come and join them as they discuss one of the most controversial topics there is, Cannabis.
Collectible NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Collectible NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Show them yours and they’ll show you theirs—collections that is. This week, NightLife salutes the time-tested art and science of collecting. From life forms discovered at the darkest depths of the ocean to space objects collected after crashing through the atmosphere—they’ve got it all.
“Extraordinary Playscapes” Kids Play Area Launch Party | SF Main Library
Thursday, April 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Main Public Library
Design Museum’s Extraordinary Playscapes is landing in San Francisco on April 6th. This national exhibit has traveled from Boston to Portland and is arriving in SF this April. They are bringing the power of play to the city, including their exhibit home base in the San Francisco ...
Stomping Grounds: A Celebration Of Asian American Activism | SF
Thursday, April 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | College of Ethnic Studies & Psychology, SFSU
Stomping Grounds: A Celebration Of Asian American Activism | SF
Nearly 50 years after the Third World Liberation Strikes of 1968, Stomping Grounds recalls the tireless struggle of students who fought for their rights to not only learn about their own narratives, but contribute to and act for their communities. Join them at San Francisco State ...

Friday, April 7

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, April 7 – 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, April 7 – 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 ...

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 ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, April 7 – 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 ...

“Nasty Women” Art Exhibition | Oakland
Friday, April 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP for shorter lines to the opening night. But it's not required.
| Omi Gallery
This is a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among female artists and allies who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, abortion rights, immigration rights and racial justice.  It also serves as a ...