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Sunday, September 10

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District

Calle 24 hosts an all-day Paseo Artistico / Art Stroll, a joint effort between several noted Calle 24 arts organizations, Paseo Artistico will bring music, poetry, book readings film and cultural tours to the 24th Street corridor every second Sunday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

National Day of Service and Remembrance | Palo Alto
Sunday, September 10 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a RSVP is encouraged.
| Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
National Day of Service and Remembrance | Palo Alto
Join this intergenerational event to work on hands-on projects that benefit first responders, veterans and homeless individuals. Free, but an RSVP is encouraged. Look forward to working alongside other organizations nationwide paying tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, September 10 – 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, September 14

September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
September NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Chill out with sample-based live electronic music performance from Ryan Hemsworth & dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer, Qrion. Schedule of events: The Music (West Garden) 7:45 – Begin the night getting swept away by the dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer Qrion. 8:45 – Chill out with ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Beer on Pairings | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Beer on Pairings | Pier 15
Join them at Pairings for robust presentations and refreshing conversation—this time about beer—designed to inspire your scientific palate. Also, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, enjoy hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome.

Friday, September 15

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents
Friday, September 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Saturday, September 16

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Cow Hollow Residents
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Cow Hollow Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, September 16 – 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, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. every third Saturday of the month. There will be easels provided and some materials ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, September 16 – 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. You may check their website ...

Art Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg
Saturday, September 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money if you want to take home awesome local art.
| Old Town Pittsburg
Art Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg

Pittsburg’s creative community brings artisans and Old Town merchants together via free monthly pop-up art galleries. Pittsburg and neighboring community residents are invited to attend the monthly ArtTrax event, and walk historic charming Old Town Pittsburg to view artisan works in pop-up displays at over ...

Sunday, September 17

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Presidio & Western Addition Residents
Sunday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Presidio & Western Addition Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, September 17 – 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, September 18

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, September 18 – 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 ...

Thursday, September 21

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 ...

Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Brain & Body NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Join NightLife for an ongoing event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum. Schedule of events: Sunset Salutations (Living Roof) 7:15 pm Do some Sun(Set) Salutations in a very special class taught by Mira Valeria. Underwater Yoga ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Tactile Dome & Explainer Demonstrations | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Tactile Dome & Explainer Demonstrations | Pier 15
Crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome. Also, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and experience an array of Explainer-led demonstrations: Drawing Board, Speaker Dissection, Cow Eye or Flower Dissection, and Magic. And grab dinner and drinks by the Bay.

Saturday, September 23

Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day. 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 23, 2017 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required (available to download August 25, ...

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Day | 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. ...

Sunday, September 24

2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
The 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair. 2017 Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 11 ...

Thursday, September 28

Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet. Enjoy a nighttime dive show in their Philippine Coral Reef tank and set a collision course for Earth in the planetarium with two screenings of ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Conceptual Level of Time on Full Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Conceptual Level of Time on Full Spectrum Science | Pier 15
Einstein threw a monkey wrench into the perception of time and space. Join them at Full-Spectrum Science as they examine some of these quirks on a conceptual level. Crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome. Also, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and experience an array ...
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF
Thursday, September 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF

Maker Thursdays is a monthly event series organized by Jen Peterson (co-host of Sketch Tuesday) and Art Attack SF Gallery. Here’s how it works: Every month, on the last Thursday they will select a group of 6-8 artists to join them at the gallery to ...

Friday, September 29

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Nob Hill & Tenderloin
Friday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Nob Hill & Tenderloin

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Saturday, September 30

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Russian Hill & SOMA
Saturday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Russian Hill & SOMA

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Final Day of SF’s Amazing Pop-Up “Color Factory” | SF
Saturday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: $32 | Color Factory
Final Day of SF's Amazing Pop-Up

Welcome to Color Factory: A Pop-Up Experience in San Francisco. It’s the ultimate Instagram playgound. Lose yourself in 10,000 colored ribbons, sink into a giant yellow ball pit, stare at a 30-foot plaid mural, catch some rainbows, smell colorful memories, and taste a spectrum of ...

Sunday, October 1

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Chinatown & Hayes Valley
Sunday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Chinatown & Hayes Valley

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Free First Sunday | Chinese Historical Society
Sunday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Sunday | 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. ...

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Tuesday, October 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 3 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum that showcases the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Free Admission Day: de ...