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Wednesday, September 18

LinkedIn’s Creativity Explored Artmaking & Gallery Pop-up | SF
Wednesday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Drop-ins welcome but RSVP to guarantee your spot in the workshop
| InCommon Community Space
LinkedIn's Creativity Explored Artmaking & Gallery Pop-up | SF
To help provide support for Bay Area nonprofits, Linkedin has launched InCommon, a space in their San Francisco office dedicated for local nonprofits to use for events, meetings, and programs at no cost! Linkedin is featuring artwork from local nonprofit, Creativity Explored, with all of the proceeds going ...

Thursday, September 19

First Day for Tix to SFMOMA’s “Soft Power” Artist Talk | Oct. 24
Thursday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SFMOMA
First Day for Tix to SFMOMA's "Soft Power" Artist Talk | Oct. 24

Timely and provocative, Soft Power is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can ...

A Super Rare “Free Museum Day” at SFMOMA | SF
Thursday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP Required
| SFMOMA
A Super Rare "Free Museum Day" at SFMOMA | SF
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a free and fun-filled day at SFMOMA. As part of Culture for Community, more than a dozen Yerba Buena cultural organizations will offer free admission on September 19, 2019. Unlike “Family Days” where you’re required to attend with someone 18 ...
SF’s “Culture for Community” Festival | Yerba Buena District
Thursday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to participating Yerba Buena district arts and culture institutions
| Yerba Buena District
SF's "Culture for Community" Festival | Yerba Buena District
Culture for Community is a unique group of Yerba Buena district arts and culture institutions who have joined together to open their doors for free. Yerba Buena Culture for Community Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 7 am to  9 pm Yerba Buena District, SoMa, San Francisco FREE On Thursday, September ...
Creative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park
Thursday, September 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Creative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park

Creative Flow activates community, productive play, and well-being through accessible and purposeful art making experiences every Thursday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.Every Thursday

Free Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF
Thursday, September 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | California Historical Society
Free Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF

Explore the current exhibitions for free from 5 PM-8 PM on the third Thursday of every month, as part of the Yerba Buena neighborhood’s Third Thursday program.Monthly

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 ...Monthly

Exploratorium After Dark: Transportation Revolution | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Transportation Revolution | Pier 15
How has transportation evolved over time, and how does this evolution move toward generating a sustainable transportation ecology? Join us to learn more about how transit technology has advanced to respond to both current and anticipated future needs. From insight into the mechanics of self-driving ...
‘90s NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
‘90s NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Grab your high-waisted mom jeans and your flannel and get yourself to ‘90s NightLife for a celebration of iconic pop culture. Step into the garden for an epic medley of ‘90s movie soundtracks (think The Lion King, Titanic, The Fifth Element) by the Awesöme Orchestra Collective. Chat ...
“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF
Thursday, September 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
| Museum of Craft and Design
"Make" Summer Parklet Art Party | SF

On the third Thursday of each month stay out late with the Museum of Craft and Design and collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects. Enjoy hands on takeaways that preview the upcoming shows, including Macon Reed ...Monthly

Oakland Art Library Open House | East Bay
Thursday, September 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP
| Trending Inn
Oakland Art Library Open House | East Bay

The Oakland Art Library has opened with its first event on April 2019. On the 3rd Thursday of each month the library will open its doors again to those who RSVP for free. Each library event will include music, drinks, community, and of course, lots ...Monthly

Friday, September 20

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, September 20 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

Every first and third 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 ...Monthly

Oakland Museum of California: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party | Free Night
Friday, September 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Museum of California: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party | Free Night

Cheers to 50 years. On this day 50 years ago, the Oakland Museum of California was established as the “Museum of the People.” We’ve been learning, reflecting, creating, dancing, and bringing people together ever since. Enjoy free admission until 10 pm. Explore the Museum’s 110,000 ...Every Friday

17th Annual Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch Reception | Los Gatos
17th Annual Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch Reception | Los Gatos

Come experience the amazement of over 3,500 glass pumpkins exhibited and for sale at Los Gatos High School. The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch brings together Bay Area glass artists who feature their 3500+ glass pumpkins, all handmade for show and sale on the expansive front lawn ...

2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios: Opening Gala | Mission Dist.
Friday, September 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Explosion Studios
2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios: Opening Gala | Mission Dist.

Art Explosion Studios, the Mission’s largest Artist’s collective is holding its 2019 Annual Fall Open Studios on Sept 20-22, 2019. Come see over 100 artists as they open their studios to exhibit their work. Painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers will be showing so ...

Saturday, September 21

Free de Young Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday
Free de Young Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, including ...Every Saturday

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, ...Every Saturday

Smithsonian’s 15th Annual Free Museum Day | 2019
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must signup and download your free ticket
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 15th Annual Free Museum Day | 2019

Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders for the 15th Annual Free Museum Day. Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion. 2019 Smithsonian Magazine Museum ...

2019 Pacific Fine Arts Festival: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Montclair Village
2019 Pacific Fine Arts Festival: Saturday | Oakland

The Montclair Village Fall Art Walk returns to Oakland Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd. Sponsored by the Montclair Village Association, this free event showcases works from more than 40 artists and crafters who will line the sidewalks displaying a wide array of handcrafted ...

2019 Fiesta de Artes: Art & Wine Festival + Live Music | Los Gatos
2019 Fiesta de Artes: Art & Wine Festival + Live Music | Los Gatos

The annual Fiesta de Artes is returning to Civic Center in downtown Los Gatos on September 21 & 22, 2019 at 10 am. All your favorite features will be there, including artist booths, food, wine, beer, and live music. And bring the kids and treat ...

2019 Luna Park Chalk Art Festival | San Jose
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Backesto Park
2019 Luna Park Chalk Art Festival | San Jose
At the annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival artists of all ages and disciplines will be chalking up the pathways of Backesto Park in San Jose. Enjoy live art, music, dance, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a children’s area, and more. 12th Annual Luna Park Chalk ...
Exploratorium Free Day: Fall Community Day | SF
Exploratorium Free Day: Fall 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 community days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering “pay-what-you-can” admission for all. ...

17th Annual Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch: 3,500 Glass Art Pumpkins | Los Gatos
17th Annual Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch: 3,500 Glass Art Pumpkins | Los Gatos

Come experience the amazement of over 3,500 glass pumpkins exhibited and for sale at Los Gatos High School. The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch brings together Bay Area glass artists who feature their 3500+ glass pumpkins, all handmade for show and sale on the expansive front lawn ...

The Bay’s Epic “Trash Party” Turn Trash Into Art | Albany
The Bay's Epic "Trash Party" Turn Trash Into Art | Albany
On September 21, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm, divert from the norm by diverting waste together. Experience, make, give and receive trashed based art. Make your own instruments like a trash percussion band, take-home biochar compost Kits (carbon cadets), bottle chandeliersscrap-sculptures, dancing pants ...
Transportation/Transformations Community Day | SF
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Pay what you wish on Community Days.
| Exploratorium
Transportation/Transformations Community Day | SF
You’re invited to walk, bike, or take public transit to Pier 15 on September 21! This festive Community Day wraps up Transportation/Transformations, a week exploring the future of sustainable transportation. On Saturday, September 21, pay what you wish, get a peek at new transportation technology, experience more than ...
SF’s Oldest Mural: The Mission Dolores Mural | SF
Saturday, September 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF's Oldest Mural: The Mission Dolores Mural | SF
In this presentation, artist, historian, and storyteller Ben Wood presents his work on the rediscovery of the Mission Dolores Mural. Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores) is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. Hidden behind the great altar in the old mission church ...
$5 Day at Oakland Museum of California: 50th Birthday | Sept 21-22
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: $5 | Oakland Museum of California
$5 Day at Oakland Museum of California: 50th Birthday | Sept 21-22

Celebrate OMCA’s 50th birthday with us all weekend long! Visit on Saturday and Sunday for $5 admission to OMCA’s galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences. Please note, $5 admission likely applies only to the general admission galleries and does not include admission into ...

2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios | Mission Dist.
Saturday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Art Explosion Studios
2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios | Mission Dist.

Art Explosion Studios, the Mission’s largest Artist’s collective is holding its 2019 Annual Fall Open Studios on Sept 20-22, 2019. Come see over 100 artists as they open their studios to exhibit their work. Painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers will be showing so ...

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Face Painting & Scavenger Hunt | Berkeley
Saturday, September 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Face Painting & Scavenger Hunt | Berkeley
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the library. The celebration begins at 12 noon with face painting, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and the making of papel picados (a decorative Mexican paper craft). This is an all-ages event.
Free Saturdays at de Young Museum: Tattoo Talk w/ Tex Buss | SF
Saturday, September 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | de Young Museum
Free Saturdays at de Young Museum: Tattoo Talk w/ Tex Buss | SF
Join local tattoo artist Tex Buss in the Piazzoni Murals Room for a talk on the unique challenges of composition in tattooing. Tex will highlight how traditional composition, based on the four-sided frame of an artwork or the use of three dimensional space, compares to ...