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Saturday, May 6

Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

Cinco De Mayo & Mother’s Day Fiesta | Oakland
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks.
| Fruitvale Village
Cinco De Mayo & Mother’s Day Fiesta | Oakland
Come and join the festivities for Cinco De Mayo in Fruitvale. There will be: Mariachi bands, Aztec dancers and Latin American music Informational and educational booths, photo booth, and food vendors Authentic Mexican and Central American restaurants and businesses in the immediate area Explore International Blvd’s walls featuring Latin ...

2017 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2017 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal, in People’s ...
29th Annual “May Madness” Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade | North Bay
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
29th Annual 
The checkered flag drops for May Madness, the longest running car show and parade in Northern California, which welcomes the finest rods, customs, classics, art cars, utility vehicles, modified and other cool vehicles to Downtown San Rafael. 29th Annual May Madness Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade Saturday, May ...
“The Monument Quilt: Stories On Red Fabric” Display | SF
Saturday, May 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City College of San Francisco (Ocean Campus)
The Monument Quilt, a growing collection of over 2,000 stories from survivors of rape and abuse–written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric–is coming to San Francisco on Saturday, May 6, 2017. It will be displayed at the City College of San Francisco football field (Ocean near ...

Sunday, May 7

A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View

Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling through artist booths, listening to live music and gawking at a classic car show at Mountain View’s 2017 A La Carte & Art spring art fair and officially kicks-off at this big 21st anniversary celebration of the arts in Silicon Valley’s epicenter. 2017 ...

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

$5 First Sundays at Oakland Museum of California
$5 First Sundays at 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 ...

Free First Sunday | Chinese Historical Society
Sunday, May 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Sunday | 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. ...

Cinco de Mayo Dance & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Sunday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Capp
Cinco de Mayo Dance & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances is a tour of the historic murals along the 24th Street corridor brought to life through performances by local choreographers and dance companies on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Mural Tours begin in the parking lot on 24th Street between Capp ...
Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

Tuesday, May 9

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 ...

Wednesday, May 10

Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF
Wednesday, May 10 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Glide
Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF

GLIDE and Veterans Alley are joining forces to bring community expressive art to the Tenderloin. For five weeks beginning in late April, esteemed neighborhood muralist and Veterans Alley founder Amos Gregory will be hosting a weekly workshop at GLIDE to teach the art of muralism ...

Thursday, May 11

Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Join NightLife for the first night in a four-part series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos and yoga sessions around the museum. All Classes presented by Yoga Tree and Yoga Works. Please note some yoga classes will require passes that will ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Wild Salmon & Sewn Scenarios | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Wild Salmon & Sewn Scenarios | Pier 15
Join them at Pairings for robust presentations and refreshing conversation—this time about salmon—designed to inspire your scientific palate. And watch sewing artist Paul Nosa embroider your ideas on fabric at Sewn Scenarios. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and ...
“Angels & Demons” Art Show Premiere | SF
Thursday, May 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Immersive Art Lab
On May 11 at 6 pm, celebrated Cuban political prisoner, El Sexto, will premiere an art show in San Francisco and begin hunger strike. Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado Machado’s “Angels & Demons” exhibit will premiere in San Francisco’s new up-and-coming art district, Dogpatch. The series will ...

Friday, May 12

2017 National Public Gardens Day | Bay Area
Friday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Coupon is required for free admission.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
2017 National Public Gardens Day | Bay Area
The annual National Public Gardens Day takes place each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day and 590+ gardens, including some Bay Area gardens that offer free admission or other special deals. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and ...
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, May 12 – 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, May 12 – 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 ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, May 12 – 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 ...

Fort Nights “Magic”: Free Film & Light Art Festival | Final Day
Friday, May 12 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Fort Nights

Spanning four weeks, Fort Nights: Magic features films and performances through the different lenses of light, water, sky, the heart, and the unseen — all of which have a great influence on the art of magic. What’s going to happen: April 21, Gallery 308 The ...

Saturday, May 13

Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay
Saturday, May 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 13 – 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 ...

“New Growth 2017” Annual Youth Art Exhibition | SF
Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Root Division
Root Division proudly presents “New Growth 2017: EmPOWERing Peace, Justice & Love”, their annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition, featuring hands-on family art-making activities alongside an exhibition of artwork made by students and instructors in Root Division’s free after school Youth Education Program. They are partnering with ...
Spring Wild Flowers Guided Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park
Spring Wild Flowers Guided Walking Tour | Golden Gate Park

It’s been a wet winter and that means spring is going to be crazy good at the San Francisco Botanical Garden … the curators tell us that everything is budding up and looking very bountiful and beautiful. After four dry years, this winter has brought much needed rain ...

Sunday, May 14

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2017 | SF
Sunday, May 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2017 | SF
The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, 2017 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers). Schedule 1:00 p.m. Mariachi Mexicanismo 2:00–4:00 p.m. Making Flores de papel 4:00 p.m. Cuicacall
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 14 – 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 ...

Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay
Sunday, May 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2017 | North Bay

Did you know that per capita, more artists live in Marin than in any other county in the United States? Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour held the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show their work spaces and ...

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, May 14 – 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 ...

76th Annual Mother’s Day Rose Show | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, May 14 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Hall of Flowers (GG Park)
76th Annual Mother's Day Rose Show | Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Rose Society continues its tradition with the annual Mother’s Day Rose Show at Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers with a rose showcase in the exhibition hall. Exhibitors show their judged and award-winning garden roses. An opportunity to view the many types of roses, ...