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Thursday, April 18

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

Asian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | SF
Asian Art Museum's $10 Thursday Nights | SF

The Asian Art Museum is back on Valentine’s Day February 14 through August 29, 2019. The museum will be open until 9 pm on Thursdays and general admission is just $10. You can spend an evening in their beautiful building enjoying the galleries, fun talks, ...Every Thursday

Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch
Thursday, April 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*Free with admission. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students/Senior $6.00.
| Museum of Craft and Design
Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch

Design your night at Make. On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects.  Enjoy hands-on art activities and crafts, artist-led happy hours, films, tours, performances and much more. Each month features ...Monthly

MAKE: Design15 Launch Party w/ Ceramic & Self Portrait Making | SF
Thursday, April 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*Free with admission.
| Museum of Craft and Design
MAKE: Design15 Launch Party w/ Ceramic & Self Portrait Making | SF

On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects. MAKE: Design15 Launch Party January 17, 2019 | 6 pm – 9:30 pm Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd St, SF FREE ...Monthly

Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis | Pier 15
Cannabis: Is it legal, or not? Cannabis became legal for recreational use in California in January 2018, but it remains a federally controlled substance. Dive into the social, judicial, economic, and environmental impacts of legalization, find out what has shifted in the legal and cultural ...
GOAT NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
GOAT NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
We asked, and you wanted goats. Join us for a very special “viewers’ choice” GOAT NightLife, celebrating the farm-favorite animal and some of science’s GOAT (Greatest of All Time) discoveries. Head outside to the West Garden to meet some grazing goats repping organizations that focus ...
10th Annual Poetry Reading | San Jose
Thursday, April 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 5 pm. Otherwise $5. Free to members and Content subscribers.
| San Jose Museum of Art
10th Annual Poetry Reading | San Jose
Every spring, SJMA and Poetry Center San José invite Bay Area poets to create new work inspired by the art on view at the Museum. On this special evening, hear them read their poems amidst the art in the galleries. 10th Annual Poetry Reading Thursday, April 18, 2019 ...

Friday, April 19

Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Friday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, April 19 – 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

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. 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 ...Monthly

Saturday, April 20

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

2019 “Restore & Create” Earth Day Celebration | Stinson Beach
Saturday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but Facebook RSVP is requested. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch.
| Stinson Beach
2019 "Restore & Create" Earth Day Celebration | Stinson Beach
The 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach combines care for the environment wth arts activities  for all ages. Participants can help with beach cleanup or creek restoration, and join with over a dozen collaborating artists engaging the public in sculpture-making with natural materials, making ...
2019 Earth Day Cleanup | Oakland
Saturday, April 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2019 Earth Day Cleanup | Oakland
Celebrate Earth Day at the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland’s Fruitvale district on Saturday, April 20, 2019. From 10 am to noon, come by to lend a hand picking up trash, pulling weeds, painting out graffiti, and making the park a safer, more beautiful place. ...
Earth Day Beach Cleanup & Raffle Aquarium Tickets | Aquatic Park
Saturday, April 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Aquatic Park
Earth Day Beach Cleanup & Raffle Aquarium Tickets | Aquatic Park
Aquarium of the Bay will celebrate with a special beach cleanup at Aquatic Park alongside the longtime partner, SF Maritime National Historical Park. Working alongside dedicated volunteers to pick up everyday items like straws, wrappers, cigarette butts, and other plastic trash from harming the ecosystem. What to ...
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Saturday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

The Menagerie: Oddities & Curiosities Market | Alameda
Saturday, April 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: $5 | Alameda Elks Lodge
The Menagerie: Oddities & Curiosities Market | Alameda
The Menagerie of the Curious and the Mysterious is an oddities market featuring 2 floors with 40+artists and vendors of the macabre and obscure: taxidermy, medical & natural history items, antiques, dark art, memento mori and curiosities.
Laguna Honda Mural Dedication | SF
Saturday, April 20 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Laguna Honda Hospital
Laguna Honda Mural Dedication | SF
Please join us to celebrate our new mural, “150 Years of Dedicated and Compassionate Service to the Community,” at Laguna Honda Hospital. 12:30 to 1pm: Reception held at the Art Room in Laguna Honda Hospital, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. (1st floor, new building) 1:00pm to 1:30pm: Ribbon-cutting ...
SFAI Spring Graduate Open Studios | SF
Saturday, April 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAI Fort Mason
SFAI Spring Graduate Open Studios | SF
Meet the next generation of contemporary artists at San Francisco Art Institute’s Spring Graduate Open Studios. This April, the only school of higher education in the United States solely dedicated to contemporary art, San Francisco Art Institute, will open its Graduate Studios to the public ...
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, April 20 – 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 ...Monthly

Sunday, April 21

Win Tix: Asian Art Museum’s Kimono Exhibition | Final Weeks
Sunday, April 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN | Asian Art Museum
In the early 1980s, Japanese avant-garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the world of haute couture with their minimalist, deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Kimono Refashioned reveals kimono, its materials, forms, techniques, and ...
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Sunday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, April 21 – 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, ...Monthly

Sanctuary Printmaking Workshop | The Presidio
Sunday, April 21 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Futures Without Violence
Sanctuary Printmaking Workshop | The Presidio
Join artists Sergio de la Torre and Chris Treggiari on Sunday April 21st for a printmaking workshop! Come for the workshop and stay for the food trucks at Presidio Picnic. Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari’s Sanctuary Print Shop is a functioning print shop that ...
SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
SF's "Antique Vibrator Museum" Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations

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 ...Monthly

Monday, April 22

“Living & Working” Brontez Purnell & Sophia Wang Talk | Berkeley
Monday, April 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
"Living & Working" Brontez Purnell & Sophia Wang Talk | Berkeley
For live event series, artists are invited to speak to a specific location or site that holds significance to their practice or experience living in the Bay Area. Join Brontez Purnell and Sophia Wang for a late-night conversation at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where the two of ...

Thursday, April 25

Free Alcatraz Photo Exhibit | Apr 25-Sept 16
Thursday, April 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Free Alcatraz Photo Exhibit | Apr 25-Sept 16

Together with Alcatraz Cruises, Hilton Union Square San Francisco and Parc 55 Hotel will be the new, temporary homes of the “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day” exhibits. From April 25 through September 16, 2019, the 3,000 square foot “Alcatraz: Life ...

Asian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | SF
Asian Art Museum's $10 Thursday Nights | SF

The Asian Art Museum is back on Valentine’s Day February 14 through August 29, 2019. The museum will be open until 9 pm on Thursdays and general admission is just $10. You can spend an evening in their beautiful building enjoying the galleries, fun talks, ...Every Thursday

2019 Art Market San Francisco Preview: “Free Passes” | Fort Mason
Thursday, April 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required for free tickets
| Fort Mason Center
2019 Art Market San Francisco Preview: "Free Passes" | Fort Mason

Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its sixth edition, featuring seventy-five modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 28,000 visitors in 2018, the ...

Exploratorium After Dark: Tune In | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Tune In | Pier 15
Sound travels. From whale sounds audible over the span of miles to podcasts transmitted and listened to all over the globe, we’re living in an ocean of sound waves. Tune into what’s playing all around you with curated experiences about sound, the ways we use ...