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Friday, November 7

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, November 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 ...

History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo
Friday, November 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo

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: ...

Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, November 7 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
| Bayanihan Community Center
Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, November 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 ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, November 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 ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, November 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | 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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, November 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, November 7 – 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 ...

Saturday, November 8

SF Open Studios 2014 | Fort Mason, North Beach & Haight
Saturday, November 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2014 | Fort Mason, North Beach & Haight

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 11 to November 9, 2014. Each weekend, art patrons, ...

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, November 8 – 11:00 am | 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. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind items, there are food and craft beers ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, November 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Sunday, November 9

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, November 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 ...

SF Open Studios 2014 | Fort Mason, North Beach & Haight
Sunday, November 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2014 | Fort Mason, North Beach & Haight

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 11 to November 9, 2014. Each weekend, art patrons, ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, November 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 ...

Wednesday, November 12

Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto
Wednesday, November 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Stanford Hospital Fountain
Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto

Take an architectural history walking tour of the School of Medicine. The tour traces the school’s history from 1850s San Francisco to present-day Palo Alto, and highlights some of the artistic and design choices that have resulted in the school’s current built environment. Free, but ...

Thursday, November 13

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, November 13 – 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, November 14

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, November 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, November 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 ...

Central Market Now: Monthly Arts Showcase | SF
Friday, November 14 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Freespace 2.0
Central Market Now: Monthly Arts Showcase | SF

Central Market Now activates, promotes & celebrates the local Arts and businesses in the Central Market neighborhood – every second Friday. The event features open houses, free performances, exhibits, and merchant promotions monthly.

Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, November 14 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
| Bayanihan Community Center
Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, November 14 – 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, November 15

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, November 15 – 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 ...

12th Annual Altered Barbie Art Show: Closing Reception | Mission
Saturday, November 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are accepted.
| 50 Shotwell
12th Annual Altered Barbie Art Show: Closing Reception | Mission

The annual Altered Barbie Exhibition is a creative reuse art show where people transform these icons into not-so-everyday art reflecting our current society. Ken and Barbie, modern day icons, permeate every corner of our culture. Making art from Barbie and Ken creates dialog and community where there is none. ...

Sunday, November 16

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, November 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, ...

12th Annual Altered Barbie Art Show: Final Day | Mission
Sunday, November 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are accepted.
| 50 Shotwell
12th Annual Altered Barbie Art Show: Final Day | Mission

The annual Altered Barbie Exhibition is a creative reuse art show where people transform these icons into not-so-everyday art reflecting our current society. Ken and Barbie, modern day icons, permeate every corner of our culture. Making art from Barbie and Ken creates dialog and community where there is none. ...