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Friday, May 11

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, May 11 – 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 ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, May 11 – 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, May 12

Marin Open Studios 2018 | North Bay
Saturday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2018 | 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 ...

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios | South Bay
Saturday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

30th Annual “May Madness” Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade | North Bay
Saturday, May 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
30th 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. 30th Annual May Madness Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade Saturday, May ...
“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, May 12 – 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. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...

Sunday, May 13

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2018 | SF
Sunday, May 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2018 | SF
All mothers and especially Mamás latinas and their families are invited to a day of fun at the Exploratorium. Exhibit Schedule: Noon–3 pm Making Paper Flowers with Irma Ortiz 1 pm- ​Cuicacalli and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión 3:30 pm Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano  
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 13 – 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 2018 | North Bay
Sunday, May 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Marin County
Marin Open Studios 2018 | 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 ...

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Sunday | South Bay
Sunday, May 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Sunday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, May 13 – 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, May 17

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 ...

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Final Saturday | South Bay
Saturday, May 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Final Saturday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

The 2018 Bay Area Mural Festival: Closing Celebration | Oakland
Saturday, May 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
The 2018 Bay Area Mural Festival: Closing Celebration | Oakland
This year, Bay Area Mural Festival is teaming up with Visit Oakland to put on the Oakland Mural Festival as part of the first ever Oakland Art Month. The Oakland Mural Festival will bring together master muralists and Oakland youth through a series of artist residencies and workshops culminating in ...

Sunday, May 20

Silicon Valley Artists’ Open Studios: Final Sunday | South Bay
Sunday, May 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All over South Bay & Peninsula
Silicon Valley Artists' Open Studios: Final Sunday | South Bay

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art and talk with local artists in the comfort of their own studios from 11 am to 5 pm during the first three weekends in May. 2018 Silicon Valley Open Studios First Three Weekends ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, May 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
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, May 21

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, May 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 ...

Friday, June 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, June 1 – 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 | Redwood City
Friday, June 1 – All Day | 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: ...

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, June 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE

Every first Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From live performance ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, June 1 – 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 galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, June 1 – 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, June 1 – 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. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, June 1 – 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, June 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...

Saturday, June 2

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 seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...

5th Annual Environmental Show on Climate Change | Final Day
Saturday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Sun Gallery
5th Annual Environmental Show on Climate Change | Final Day

In an effort to put into visuals the sense of urgency surrounding the issue of climate change, over 20 artists have submitted work for this year’s show ranging from photos of the disappearing Arctic (and Iceland) to the human response to environmental degradation. The Sun ...