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Tuesday, May 6

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the Dogpatch. Rather than featuring paintings or traditional ...

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Wednesday, May 7

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, May 7 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Thursday, May 8

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF
Thursday, May 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for admission after 5pm - admission to special galleries may be extra.
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: $5 Thursday Nights | SF

Want to see the Asian Art Museum’s latest exhibits without the weekend crowds and for less than half the price? Try Thursday nights – The Asian Art Museum is open late on Thursday nights (5-9 pm) and tickets are just $5 (normally it’s $12) to see ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 8 – 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, May 9

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, May 9 – 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 ...

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 ...

Central Market Now: Monthly Arts Showcase | SF
Friday, May 9 – 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.

“Estuary Art Attack”: 2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, May 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown

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 10

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 10 – 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 ...

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, May 10 – 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, May 11

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2014 | SF
Sunday, May 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2014 | SF

The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers).

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 11 – 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 ...

SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF
SFMade Week 2014: Free Factory Tours, Demos & Tastings | SF

SFMade Week is a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector and the companies and people that bring locally produced products to fruition, from May 5-11, 2014. Among a variety of events, SFMade Week features factory tours with local manufacturers to heighten awareness of local ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, May 11 – 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 ...