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Tuesday, June 20

The Future of Web Design: Discussion, Free Beer & Account | SF
Tuesday, June 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Brandcast HQ
The Future of Web Design: Discussion, Free Beer & Account | SF
Create without compromise using the Brandcast Design Studio™. They’re reinventing web design: no code, no templates, just freedom. Join them for a fun evening of design discussion, free beer, and a free account. Their Founder & Chief Strategy Officer Hayes Metzger will lead a chat on the ...
“Balancing Your Craft & Business” Panel Discussion & Happy Hour | SF
Tuesday, June 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Design Center
How do you cultivate your talent and stay connected to your craft while growing a company? Alisa Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of SFC&G, moderates a panel with three leading designers who have transformed their artisitc visions into successful companies. Panelists are: Interior designer and manufacturer, Gary Hutton Lighting designer and manufacturer, ...

Hands-On Happy Hour: Build & Eat with the Team | Palo Alto
Tuesday, June 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Houzz Inc HQ
Hands-On Happy Hour: Build & Eat with the Team | Palo Alto
Join Houzz on June 20th for a hands-on happy hour at Houzz HQ in downtown Palo Alto. Meet, scribble and build with their talented design team and hear about what they’re working on over drinks, small bites and creative games. Free but an RSVP is required.
12 Angry Designers On Current Design Issues | SF
Tuesday, June 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| The OutCast Agency
12 Angry Designers On Current Design Issues | SF
Love spirited design discussion? Welcome to “Design Debate Club” featuring 12 designers armed with 12 questions have a healthy debate on current design issues. Question content will be focused on design philosophy and the role of design in activism. This is a hybrid panel/workshop wherein audience ...

Thursday, June 22

Pride NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Pride NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Get into the groove for this celebration of equality, self-expression, and San Francisco Pride. Join drag queen extraordinaire Heklina, host of the weekly “Mother” party at SF nightclub The Oasis, for a drag show of fabulously unparalleled proportions celebrating “the future of love.” In the Coral Reef, ...
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Chocolate Tasting | SoMa
Thursday, June 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tiered pricing starting at $5 and rising to $15.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Chocolate Tasting | SoMa

The Chocolate and Art Show takes over SOMArts Cultural Center for two days of live body painting, live music, face-painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate from 8 pm to 2 am. Indulge yourself in some of SF’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. Chocolate and ...

Friday, June 23

Exploratorium Free Community Night | SF
Friday, June 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Night | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly free days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering free admission for all. ...

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 ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science On Fireworks | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science On Fireworks | Pier 15
Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world. Come ooooo and ahhhh at the science behind these big booms. Where do fireworks come from? Who invented them? What causes their beautiful colors, and how do the bursting shells create such different patterns? ...
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Chocolate Tasting | SoMa
Friday, June 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tiered pricing starting at $5 and rising to $15.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
The Chocolate & Art Show: Live Music, Body Painting & Chocolate Tasting | SoMa

The Chocolate and Art Show takes over SOMArts Cultural Center for two days of live body painting, live music, face-painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate from 8 pm to 2 am. Indulge yourself in some of SF’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. Chocolate and ...

Saturday, June 24

Summer of Love Celebration: Street Art Painting & Live Music | San Rafael
Saturday, June 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: $10*
*Tickets are $10-$15. Children 12 & under are free.
| Downtown San Rafael
Summer of Love Celebration: Street Art Painting & Live Music | San Rafael

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967, and Italian Street Painting Marin is excited to celebrate this far-out occasion through the captivating art of street painting and music on June 24-25, 2017 with Summer of Love: An Art & Music Experience. Over ...

2017 Patchwork: Spring Indie Art & Craft Festival | Oakland
Saturday, June 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square Pavilion
2017 Patchwork: Spring Indie Art & Craft Festival | Oakland
Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music in Oakland’s Jack London Square from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Vendors are ...

Sunday, June 25

Summer of Love Celebration: Street Art Painting & Live Music | San Rafael
Sunday, June 25 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Tickets are $10-$15. Children 12 & under are free.
| Downtown San Rafael
Summer of Love Celebration: Street Art Painting & Live Music | San Rafael

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967, and Italian Street Painting Marin is excited to celebrate this far-out occasion through the captivating art of street painting and music on June 24-25, 2017 with Summer of Love: An Art & Music Experience. Over ...

Sophie Calle Artist Reception & Book Signing | City Lights
Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Sophie Calle Artist Reception & Book Signing  | City Lights
Join City Lights and Ars Citizen in celebrating French conceptual artist Sophie Calle in a rare appearance and reception celebrating her forthcoming show at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco. Mary Kaye Schilling writes: “Over the course of her 38-year-long career, ...

Thursday, June 29

Exploratorium After Dark: Experimenting with Strings & Vibrations | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Experimenting with Strings & Vibrations | Pier 15
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use electromagnets to build a basic speaker. Learn how to listen with your bones, and explore the workings of the inner ear.

Saturday, July 1

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 ...

Sunday, July 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 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 ...

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, July 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission for main galleries: Normally $15 for general ...

Tuesday, July 4

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, July 4 – 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 historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s ...

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, July 4 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Merritt Ceramics at Oakland is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE The first hour will be ...

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, July 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF

On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, ...

Wednesday, July 5

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, July 5 – All Day | 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 ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, July 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, July 5 – 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 ...

Thursday, July 6

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, July 6 – 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 at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, July 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, July 6 – 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 ...

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, July 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

Friday, July 7

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, July 7 – 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: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, July 7 – 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 ...