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Monday, January 21

Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Museum of the African Diaspora
Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD will celebrate the national observance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a Day of Service, providing free admission to the museum and programs throughout the day. Museum of the African Diaspora Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration Monday, January 21, 2019 | 11 am ...
2019 MLK Jr. Celebration: Film & Music Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2019 MLK Jr. Celebration: Film & Music Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Every year on the third Monday in January, over 15,000 attendees come to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Join the annual MLK Jr. March at Caltrain, or head straight over to Yerba Buena ...

MLK Day 2019: Free Museum Day | SF
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
MLK Day 2019: Free Museum Day | SF
During the 2019 MLK celebration events, area museums will once again offer free admission and special programs for all ages in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2019 Free MLK Museum Celebrations Monday, Jan. 21, 2018 – Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street Monday, Jan. 21, ...
2019 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | City View at Metreon
2019 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) is a free, three-day festival that celebrates the creativity of people of color in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture ...

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, January 21 – 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 ...Monthly

Thursday, January 24

Tropical NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Tropical NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Escape the winter doldrums with a trip to Tropical NightLife, where our three-story rainforest is just one of the places you’ll find tropical paradise vibes.
Exploratorium After Dark: Radioactive | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Radioactive | Pier 15
Warning: Certain atoms may be unstable—in fact, they’re constantly falling apart all around you. You may learn about about their occurrence in the universe, how we make use of their decay, and their effects on the human body at this evening of illuminating programming—including Full-Spectrum ...

Friday, January 25

1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF
Friday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF

The San Francisco scale model finished in 1940 has been mostly hidden away ever since — until now. The model is finally set to get the display it deserves on January 25, 2019, when the wooden relief map will go into circulation at the San ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

Saturday, January 26

“Birthday of Trees” Earth Art & Nature Pop-Up | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, January 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens
"Birthday of Trees" Earth Art & Nature Pop-Up | Yerba Buena Gardens
The JCCSF hosts a pop-up to celebrate Tu B’shvat, sometimes referred to as the birthday for trees, with a multi-faceted mindfulness experience to deepen the connection to nature and a live earth art installation with artist Day Schildkret, on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10 ...
Bay Street Free Art & Diversity Wall | Emeryville
Saturday, January 26 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Bay Street Free Art & Diversity Wall | Emeryville

Be a part of the first ever Bay Street Art Wall to celebrate love and diversity through artistic expression. Free to participate, all ages are invited to join @kblx1029 radio personality Sterling James at Bay Street on January 19 and 26 to paint 12” x ...

Wednesday, January 30

2019 Arts Education Resource Fair | SF
Wednesday, January 30 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
2019 Arts Education Resource Fair | SF
Join the most comprehensive gathering of arts education organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. For parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and arts education advocates to meet representatives from a wide range of arts provider organizations in the bay area. Visit every table at the resource fair ...

Thursday, January 31

NightLife Spotlight: Color | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Spotlight: Color | California Academy of Sciences
Explore the Academy through rose-colored glasses: Tonight we’re celebrating the wonderful world of color. Get your late-night science fix with rainbow-hued cocktails in hand while wandering among rainforest greens, aquarium blues, and coral pinks.

Friday, February 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, February 1 – 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: ...Monthly

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, February 1 – 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 ...Monthly

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, February 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

Every first 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 live performance ...Monthly

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, February 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th
"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, ...Monthly

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, February 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open ...Monthly

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, February 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regular admission is $18 ...Monthly

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, February 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, February 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, February 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...Monthly

Saturday, February 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 seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor and Oakland Museum of California. Bank ...Monthly

3 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception: 23rd Annual “The Art of Living Black” | Richmond
Saturday, February 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
3 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception: 23rd Annual "The Art of Living Black" | Richmond
Please join the opening of the Winter Exhibitions: The 23rd Annual Art of Living Black, Place as Landscape/Place as Concept: Contemporary Enameling in the U.S., and Empowering Threads: Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Sunday, February 3

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, February 3 – 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. Target Free Sundays Typically the first Sunday of the month Asian ...Monthly

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, February 3 – 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 ...Monthly

Tuesday, February 5

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 5 – 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 ...Monthly

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 5 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
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 $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...Monthly

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, February 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...Monthly