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Saturday, July 8

Epic 300+ Lowrider Cruise & Car Hopping Contest | Fort Mason
Saturday, July 8 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
Epic 300+ Lowrider Cruise & Car Hopping Contest | Fort Mason
No matter where you are in SF, you’ll probably be able to catch a glimpse of San Francisco’s most polished and decked out lowriders cruising all over the city for a streethoppers’ “meet & hop,” culminating in a lowrider car hopping contest. In 2016, there were over 300 lowriders ...
“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, July 8 – 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 ...

Sunday, July 9

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, July 9 – 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 ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, July 9 – 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 ...

Tuesday, July 11

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

Thursday, July 13

Live NightLife Kick-Off | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Live NightLife Kick-Off | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Live, their summer music series, kicks off on the Academy’s outdoor stage with a night of lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin. L.A.’s Morgan Delt opens the evening with a sunny dose of West Coast psychedelia-tinged ‘60s pop. Explore ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Hot Sauce on Pairings | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Hot Sauce on Pairings | Pier 15
Join them at Pairings for robust presentations and refreshing conversation—this time about hot sauce—designed to inspire your scientific palate. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and crawl through our pitch-black Tactile Dome.

Friday, July 14

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, July 14 – 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, July 14 – 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 ...

LaborFest2017: “Building Bridges, Not Walls” Art & Poetry Exhibit | SF
Friday, July 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Canessa Gallery
LaborFest2017:
“Building Bridges, Not Walls” acknowledges the contributions of the multicultural population of the Bay Area and its role in creating world-renown infrastructure. This exhibit features Bay Area artists and poets whose work celebrates these contributions. Three themes will be highlighted to celebrate the bridges, the people ...
Tatiana Rivas “In My Dreams I Fly” Art Opening | SF
Friday, July 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
Tatiana Rivas
Friday July 14, 2017 will be the opening night for “In My Dreams I Fly” exhibition featuring emerging local artist Tatiana Rivas. The show will display personal works and her journey of self recovery and deep passion for creating art. Her journey began when she lost ...

Saturday, July 15

Lotus Live: Attempt for Guinness World Records’ Largest Human Flower | SF
Saturday, July 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
| Civic Center Plaza
Lotus Live: Attempt for Guinness World Records' Largest Human Flower | SF
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Asian Art Museum will attempt to earn the Guinness World Records title for the Largest human flower with Lotus Live, and you can help them bloom. In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love and the museum’s special ...
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. every third Saturday of the month. There will be easels provided and some materials ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...

Sunday, July 16

LaborFest2017: Coit Tower Mural Walk | SF
Sunday, July 16 – 9:45 am | Cost: FREE | Coit Tower
LaborFest2017: Coit Tower Mural Walk | SF
In the past few years there has been a growing community effort to defend the Coit Tower murals from leaking water and to stop plans for privatization of the site. This led to the critical renovation of the murals on their 80th anniversary. They were ...
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, July 16 – 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
SF's

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, July 17

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, July 17 – 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, July 20

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

Art Trax: 24 Artists In Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg
Thursday, July 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money if you want to take home awesome local art.
| Old Town Pittsburg
Art Trax: 24 Artists In Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg

Pittsburg’s creative community brings artisans and Old Town merchants together via free monthly pop-up art galleries beginning April 20th, 5-8pm. Pittsburg and neighboring community residents are invited to attend the monthly ArtTrax event, and walk historic charming Old Town Pittsburg to view artisan works in ...

Beer Garden NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Beer Garden NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Every beer tells a story—and this week—NightLife follows the brewing process from botanical inception to foamy finish. Hear from local beer and spirit masters, chat with flora-connoiseurs from the SF Botanical Garden, and drink your way through a pop-up beer garden with a dozen of ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Ernie Gehr Variety Show | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Ernie Gehr Variety Show | Pier 15
Making a rare trip to San Francisco, Ernie Gehr will present a screening of new works—four moving image landscape considerations. An essential filmmaker of the avant-garde, Gehr has worked continuously for over 50 years, crafting hypnotic and perception-shifting studies of the familiar. Within his films, observational studies ...

Friday, July 21

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, July 21 – 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 12 noon to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live wild ...

Art on the Square | Redwood City
Friday, July 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Art on the Square | Redwood City

Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more, with prices for every budget. Art on the ...

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, July 22

Art on the Square | Redwood City
Saturday, July 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Art on the Square | Redwood City

Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more, with prices for every budget. Art on the ...

Sunday, July 23

2017 LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit Fabulous Celebration: Final Day | SF
Sunday, July 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Harvey Milk Photography Center
2017 LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit Fabulous Celebration: Final Day | SF

Join Harvey Milk Photography Center for the 2017 Pride weekend celebration show. This year’s exhibit is in collaboration with the wishes of Gilbert Baker, designer of the international symbol to the world of gay pride, the iconic Rainbow flag. In addition to Gilbert’s choices, they ...

Thursday, July 27

Exploratorium After Dark: Heat & Temperature on Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Heat & Temperature on Full-Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world. What’s the difference between heat and temperature? You use the terms interchangeably, but they have precise meanings to physicists. How does your thermostat work and how does a Thermos® know to keep a hot thing ...

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 ...