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Thursday, September 17

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, September 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

Friday, September 18

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 10 am to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live ...

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, September 18 – 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 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: Final Weekend of Painting Set Free and Cine+Mas San Francisco’s Latino Film Festival | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Final Weekend of Painting Set Free and Cine+Mas San Francisco’s Latino Film Festival | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art ...
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Saturday, September 19

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, September 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a nonprofit community clothing swap with a do-it-yourself workshop in which attendees explore the process of reuse and collective creativity together. Every third Saturday of the month (except for May when they’re at the Maker Faire), they host a meetup where they encourage beginners to experts alike to ...

Art on the Green: Artist Demos, Jewelry & Art Vendors | Livermore
Saturday, September 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Livermore Valley Plaza
Art on the Green: Artist Demos, Jewelry & Art Vendors | Livermore

Art on the Green brings together the community to explore the arts on the Plaza Green in front of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on summer Saturday afternoons from 2-5 pm, on June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19 in 2015. Mingle with the artists, ...

Sunday, September 20

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, September 20 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
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Did you know SF has an Antique Vibrator Museum? Take a free tour of this unique space every 3rd Sunday of the month with Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen.  Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store ...

Monday, September 21

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, September 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Thursday, September 24

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, September 25

Friday Nights at the de Young: A Night of Pure Dazzle | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: A Night of Pure Dazzle | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art ...

Saturday, September 26

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, September 26 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians and wine, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for ...

Sunday, September 27

Exploratorium Free Day: Engineering Day 2015 | Pier 15
Sunday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Engineering Day 2015 | Pier 15
Exploratorium invites you to a rare free community day (there’s only five a year) as they collaborate with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to celebrate Engineering Day/ Día de la Ingeniería from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
2015 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2015 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
The 32nd Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair. 2015 Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 11 am to ...
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, September 27 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Thursday, October 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, October 1 – 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 | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, October 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...

1st & 3rd Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, October 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
1st & 3rd Thursday

Every first and third 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 ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, October 1 – 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 ...

Friday, October 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, October 2 – 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: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, October 2 – 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 ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, October 2 – 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 the de Young: Celebrating The Artistry of Pacific Island Tattoo | SF
Friday, October 2 – 5:00 pm | | de Young Museum
Friday Nights at the de Young: Celebrating The Artistry of Pacific Island Tattoo | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art ...
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, October 2 – 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 ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, October 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, October 2 – 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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, October 2 – 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, October 2 – 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 ...