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Saturday, August 13

$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
| Clarion Alley
$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.

Running just one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide), Clarion Alley is a unique destination for street art and murals in San Francisco, with over 700 murals created since 1992. Clarion Alley Mural Project gives voice to disenfranchised communities and provides a visual ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, August 13 – 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, August 14

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

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, August 14 – 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, August 18

YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa
Thursday, August 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa

The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. Community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in the YBCA’s Grand Lobby and Room for Big Ideas with art, live music and curated performances in an interactive, ...

Post-Punk Icon Peter Case (Nerves/Plimsouls) | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Thursday, August 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*An RSVP is required.
| Contemporary Jewish Museum
Post-Punk Icon Peter Case (Nerves/Plimsouls) | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Peter Case is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His wide-ranging career started in 1973 on the streets of San Francisco. An RSVP is required.
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 ...

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, August 18 – 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 by the East Bay Express, ...

Friday, August 19

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, August 19 – 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 ...

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, August 19 – 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 (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street & Oakdale Ave). The monthly event features pop-up galleries, ...

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, August 20

Historic Union Cemetery Walking Tour | Redwood City
Saturday, August 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Historic Union Cemetery
Historic Union Cemetery Walking Tour | Redwood City
The Historic Union Cemetery Association will conduct a tour comparing and contrasting the ideas of how the Victorian Era influenced residents of San Mateo County buried in Union Cemetery. They will discuss how changes in technology (photography, trains, etc. ), entertainment (Mesmerism, Brass Bands in the ...
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, August 20 – 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, 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 drop-ins. ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, August 20 – 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.

Sunday, August 21

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, August 21 – 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 ...

Friday, August 26

Art on the Square | Redwood City
Friday, August 26 – 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. Complementing Music on the Square and the PAL Blues, Art, and BBQ Festival, Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, ...

Saturday, August 27

South Bay Expo 2016: Graffiti Art & Breakdancing | San Jose
Saturday, August 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
South Bay Expo 2016: Graffiti Art & Breakdancing | San Jose
South Bay Expo 2016 is the exclusive expo-trade show in San Jose and Northern California that is now two years strong in delivering vendors and artists to the general public within the halls of the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. This 2016, expect for the following: Over 100 Different ...

Wednesday, August 31

Last of the Dramatic 2016 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden
Last of the Dramatic 2016 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden

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

Thursday, September 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, September 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, September 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. ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, September 1 – 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 ...

First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, September 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
First Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight

The first Thursday of every month, The Red Vic hosts a free art and music show, featuring local artists and musicians starting at 6:30 pm. The Red Vic in the Haight, is a 20 room, mixed-use co-living hotel, hostel and collaboration space exploring participatory decision making, nomadic ...

Friday, September 2

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, September 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 ...

First Fridays “Fun For The Community” | SF
Friday, September 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
First Fridays

On the first Fridays of every month, OACC holds “First Fridays” for the community. Exhibitions, workshops, games, and demos are held that illustrate and explore Asian/Pacific Islander culture and experiences. Each First Friday comes with a different experience, so be sure to come back for ...

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

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

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, September 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 ...

Saturday, September 3

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | Treasure Island

Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles.  Cars and Coffee is held on the first Saturday ...

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 ...