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Thursday, September 7

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, September 7 – 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, September 7 – 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 District Art Walk | SF
Thursday, September 7 – 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 | ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, September 7 – 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 ...

How-To: Fermentation NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
How-To: Fermentation NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Break down the science of fermentation—from beer to cheese and everything in between.
Exploratorium After Dark: Swinging In Physics | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Swinging In Physics | Pier 15
Learn how swinging legs loosen shoelace knots with mechanical engineer Christopher Daily-Diamond, and follow the curves of elite golf swings with Jessica Rose, Director of Stanford’s Motion and Gait Analysis Laboratory. Catch the physics of baseball with former Exploratorium Art Director David Barker, and step up ...

Friday, September 8

“William Blake: Dreams and Visions” Opening Reception | SF
Friday, September 8 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | William Blake Gallery
The 19th-century British artist William Blake is widely considered to be one of the greatest contributors to the Western world of literature and art. The new exhibition “William Blake: Dreams and Visions” illuminates the artist’s lifelong engagement with the immaterial world and enlivens the perception ...
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, September 8 – 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 ...

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, September 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael

Discover art, wine, entertainment, and more every second Friday of the month on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. From 5-8 pm (with some venues open later), the Second Fridays Art Walk connects dozens of venues in downtown San Rafael with the public, who can enjoy different ...

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 ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, September 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk:

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

Saturday, September 9

45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Saturday | East Bay
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Valley Blvd
45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Saturday | East Bay

The 45th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival is a two day festival features over 150 arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths. Local wineries are chosen to accompany the vast assortment of food booths, joined by beer on tap. It all happens from 10 am to ...

13th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show | East Bay
Saturday, September 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Orinda Classic Car Show
13th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show | East Bay
Enjoy gawking at over 200 American and European cars ranging from the 1920s, to the classics of the ’50s and ’60s, as well as modern exotics at the 13th annual Orinda Classic Car Show from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017. At 1 ...
“J-Pop” Huge Japanese Pop Culture Festival 2017 | Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason hosts one of the country’s biggest J-Pop culture events of the year with the 2017 J-Pop Summit Festival, a two-day event taking place for more than 30,000 people. J-Pop Summit Festival Sat-Sun, September 9-10, 2017 | 11 am-9 pm – Fort Mason Center J-POP passes ...

2017 Mole & Mariachi Festival: Live Music & Mole Tasting | Santa Cruz
Saturday, September 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. $10 mole tasting kits available for purchase.
| Santa Cruz Mission Adobe
2017 Mole & Mariachi Festival: Live Music & Mole Tasting | Santa Cruz
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a day of mole tasting, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more. Plus, you’ll get to vote for your favorite mole prepared ...
“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. Jack of All Trades Market Every Second Saturday | 11 am to 5 ...

Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) Festival 2017 | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) Festival 2017 | Golden Gate Park
Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) is a free annual daytime music, arts and performance festival, celebrating diversity and inspiring community-building in Bay Area communities and beyond from noon to 6 pm on September 9, 2017. 2017 Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) Saturday, September 9, 2017 | Noon to ...
Art Walk 2017: 8 Amazing Galleries & Live Music | Benicia
Saturday, September 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | First Street (Benicia)
Art Walk 2017: 8 Amazing Galleries & Live Music | Benicia

Benicia Art Walk 2017 returns Saturday, 2-6 PM, at 8 amazing galleries on First Street in downtown Benicia. Galleries have special activities going on including demonstrations, live music, small sips, and more. Look for the bright blue banners, then stop by all 8 galleries for ...

Sunday, September 10

45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Valley Blvd
45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay

The 45th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival is a two day festival features over 150 arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths. Local wineries are chosen to accompany the vast assortment of food booths, joined by beer on tap. It all happens from 10 am to ...

Grandparents’ Free Admission Day: Charles M. Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
Sunday, September 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Grandparents receive free admission when visiting with their grandchildren.
| Charles M. Schulz Museum
Grandparents' Free Admission Day: Charles M. Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
Grandparents receive free admission when visiting with their grandchildren.
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, September 10 – 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 ...

“J-Pop” Huge Japanese Pop Culture Festival 2017 | Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason hosts one of the country’s biggest J-Pop culture events of the year with the 2017 J-Pop Summit Festival, a two-day event taking place for more than 30,000 people. J-Pop Summit Festival Sat-Sun, September 9-10, 2017 | 11 am-9 pm – Fort Mason Center J-POP passes ...

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District

Calle 24 hosts an all-day Paseo Artistico / Art Stroll, a joint effort between several noted Calle 24 arts organizations, Paseo Artistico will bring music, poetry, book readings film and cultural tours to the 24th Street corridor every second Sunday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

National Day of Service and Remembrance | Palo Alto
Sunday, September 10 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a RSVP is encouraged.
| Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
National Day of Service and Remembrance | Palo Alto
Join this intergenerational event to work on hands-on projects that benefit first responders, veterans and homeless individuals. Free, but an RSVP is encouraged. Look forward to working alongside other organizations nationwide paying tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the ...
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, September 10 – 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 ...

Thursday, September 14

September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Chill out with sample-based live electronic music performance from Ryan Hemsworth & dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer, Qrion. Schedule of events: The Music (West Garden) 7:45 – Begin the night getting swept away by the dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer Qrion. 8:45 – Chill out with ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Beer on Pairings | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Beer on Pairings | Pier 15
Join them at Pairings for robust presentations and refreshing conversation—this time about beer—designed to inspire your scientific palate. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome.

Friday, September 15

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents
Friday, September 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents

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 ...

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 ...

Saturday, September 16

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Cow Hollow Residents
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Cow Hollow Residents

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 ...