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Thursday, April 16

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, April 16 – 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 in 2012 by the East ...

Giant NightLife: Whale Heart Replica & Electro DJs | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Giant NightLife: Whale Heart Replica & Electro DJs | California Academy of Sciences

It’s no secret that NightLife likes to go BIG—and this week will be no exception.

Marvel at colossal whale skeletons in the Academy’s latest exhibit Whales: Giants of the Deep.
Plus, crawl through a life-sized replica of a blue whale heart and view ancient artifacts from the Maori …

Friday, April 17

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, April 17 – 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 (3rd Street from McKinnon to Palou & Mendell Plaza). The monthly event will feature ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

“Tenderloin Institute of Art” 2-Day MFA Program | SF
Friday, April 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space

Tenderloin Institute of Art (April 17 – 18)
SFAQ [Project] Space patrons will be offered the chance to attend the MFA program and receive a degree from the Tenderloin Institute of Art in an hour and a half course offered on two different Saturdays. Instruction provided …

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

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 an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Saturday, April 18

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, April 18 – 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 ...

“Tenderloin Institute of Art” 2-Day MFA Program | SF
Saturday, April 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space

Tenderloin Institute of Art (April 17 – 18)
SFAQ [Project] Space patrons will be offered the chance to attend the MFA program and receive a degree from the Tenderloin Institute of Art in an hour and a half course offered on two different Saturdays. Instruction provided …

Sunday, April 19

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, April 19 – 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, ...

Monday, April 20

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

Tuesday, April 21

Networked Creativity: Tech & Art Discussion | Tenderloin
Tuesday, April 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Networked Creativity: Tech & Art Discussion | Tenderloin

The Networked World (March 24, April 21, May 19, June 9)
Ben Valentine, art critic and culture commentator, will organize a series of 4 panels on the complexities of networked creativity in today’s unique technological environment.
Discussions include:

“The Archive” [March 24] with Alexis Rossi,Natalie Cadranel, and Keir Winesmith;
“Is it Global?” [April 21] …

Thursday, April 23

Quick Draw SF: One Year Anniversary Party | SoMa
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP on Facebook is appreciated.
| F8
Quick Draw SF: One Year Anniversary Party | SoMa

The Bay Area’s Paint Pens Collective and Never Ending Radical Dude present Quick Draw SF, a monthly live-drawing event co-curated by Shayna Yasuhara and Jason Furie. Each month, ten artists are selected to come draw and sell their creations on the “art wall” available on ...

Fantasy Art Market League at SFAQ [Project] Space | Tenderloin
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Fantasy Art Market League at SFAQ [Project] Space | Tenderloin

League of F.A.M.E. Season Two (April 23 – May 23)
The competition is back with League of F.A.M.E season two. This installment of L.O.F. is sure to take Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasm to the next level. League of F.A.M.E. (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts) is a fantasy …

Friday, April 24

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Sunday, April 26

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, April 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Tuesday, April 28

Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation Talk | Tenderloin
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation Talk | Tenderloin

Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation from the Studio to Institutions (April 28)
“Fast Forward” is moderated by Chris Sollars, with Doug Hall and additional panelists to be announced. “Fast Forward” addresses methods of conservation, storage, advanced or future formats in conversation with video artists, collectors, and …

Thursday, April 30

Nature NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Nature NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Become one with nature as NightLife gets out and about for an evening of nature-themed fun.

Learn how to keep a hive (and make sweet honey) at home with Urban Bee, hold giant insects in the palm of your hand courtesy of Save Nature, and brush up on …

Friday, May 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 1 – 10:00 am | 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: ...

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

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 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 for this event, with galleries, artist ...

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

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, May 1 – 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, May 1 – 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 ...

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

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, May 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 ...