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Thursday, September 28

Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF
Thursday, September 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF

Maker Thursdays is a monthly event series organized by Jen Peterson (co-host of Sketch Tuesday) and Art Attack SF Gallery. Here’s how it works: Every month, on the last Thursday they will select a group of 6-8 artists to join them at the gallery to ...

Friday, September 29

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Nob Hill & Tenderloin
Friday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Nob Hill & Tenderloin

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Saturday, September 30

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Russian Hill & SOMA
Saturday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Russian Hill & SOMA

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: 10,000+ Pumpkins | Palo Alto
Saturday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Palo Alto Art Center
22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: 10,000+ Pumpkins | Palo Alto

As the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in grand style this year with an expanded range of pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations, and a special anniversary exhibition ...

“Area 51 & UFO Themed” Halloween Haunted House Free Tour | SF
Saturday, September 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission and there's also a free gift if you mention FUNCHEAP
| Area 51 Halloween Haunted House Alien UFO Themed

Come and explore for free a UFO themed & Area 51 haunted house that’s run by a guy who says he’s “former CIA, FSB and ALF spy to protect humans and animals, prevent World War III and New World Order that follows. Save Mother Earth ...

SF Art Commission’s “Grove Street” Window Art Parade | SF
Saturday, September 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAC Galleries
SF Art Commission's
Join the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) for the final program at 155 Grove Street Window Installation Site. After 47 years of nearly continuous operation, the SFAC Galleries will conclude programming the Grove Street location in order to focus its resources on its ...
“Colin Hurley’s Cubism” Art Show | Berkeley
Saturday, September 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Micro Mini Mall
Colin Hurley dares to care, about cubism. There might be not one single cubist painting in this show. There might not. That’s the agony that is Colin. Just for today, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make cry, have a good time. Come and see for yourself ...

Sunday, October 1

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Chinatown & Hayes Valley
Sunday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Chinatown & Hayes Valley

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, October 1 – 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 ...

Tuesday, October 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 3 – 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, October 3 – 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, October 3 – 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, October 3 – 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, October 3 – 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, ...

Sweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day
Tuesday, October 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedford Gallery
Sweet 'n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day

Sweet ‘n Low features artwork from over 120 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. Sweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute Every First Tuesday Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek FREE From ...

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, October 3 – 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

Hey Clay Friends. Merritt Ceramics is hosting a donation based clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 9:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE It’s an art party and neighborhood gathering.#MC1stTuesdays are ...

Wednesday, October 4

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, October 4 – 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 ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, October 4 – 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, October 4 – 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 ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, October 4 – 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 ...

“HIV: A Plague of Violence Against Women” Archives & Exhibit | SF
Wednesday, October 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| UCSF LIbrary (Parnassus)
Join UCSF Archives & Special Collections for the exhibit opening and reception of “HIV: A Plague of Violence Against Women”. This exhibit features a collection of photo montages by Arthur J. Ammann, M.D., a pediatric immunologist and advocate known for his research on HIV transmission and his role in ...
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, October 4 – 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, October 5

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, October 5 – 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, October 5 – 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 ...

Castro District Art Walk | SF
Thursday, October 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, bring a friend.
| The Castro
Castro District Art Walk | SF

The first ever Castro Art Walk launches August 2017. 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 | ...

Sharktoberfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Sharktoberfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
It’s that time of year again—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist. Sip your way through a pop-up beer garden with libations on tap from dozens of local breweries. Plus, treat your taste buds to NightLife’s signature ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Dangerous Ideas & Collisions | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Dangerous Ideas & Collisions | Pier 15
Experience First Thursdays (the first After Dark each month) where you focus on one topic—this time, Dangerous Ideas. And take a poetic VR journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in remote West Australian in Lynette Wallworth’s collisions. Also, grab dinner and drinks by ...
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, October 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 Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, October 5 – 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 ...

“Bride of Monster” Opening Reception | SF
Thursday, October 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Creativity Explored
Creativity Explored, a San Francisco center for artists with developmental disability, is pleased to present Bride of Monster, a small-group exhibition featuring wild and woolly new interpretations of female monsters from film, folklore, and mythology. With works ranging from a series of repurposed mannequinn heads to ...