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Friday, January 17

Friday Nights at OMCA Returns for 2020: Night Market & DJs | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA Returns for 2020: Night Market & DJs | 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 18

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area 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 ...Every Saturday

Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area 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

2020 Dance Hack Festival | SF
Saturday, January 18 – All Day | Cost: $10 | CounterPULSE
2020 Dance Hack Festival | SF

DanceHack is back for year six. This year’s showcase will feature never-before-seen performance, installations, and dance— all generated within 48 hours of transdisciplinary collaboration among Bay Area artists. DanceHackSF is an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another ...

Win Tix: Asian Art Museum’s New Tibetan Exhibit “Awaken” | SF
Saturday, January 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN | Asian Art Museum
Wake up! Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment invites you to leave this fractured world behind and embark on a transformational journey toward enlightenment, guided by dozens of inspirational Himalayan Buddhist artworks. On view at the Asian Art Museum Jan 17–May 3, 2020. > Get Tickets – ...
SF’s Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival 2020 | January 18-20
Saturday, January 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF's Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival 2020 | January 18-20

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 ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, January 18 – 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, January 19

“Balsa Man” Tiny Art 1/16th Version of Burning Man | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Workshop and art event is free and open to the public. Optional admission to OMCA is $21
| Oakland Museum of California
"Balsa Man" Tiny Art 1/16th Version of Burning Man | Oakland Museum of California
Join us for an afternoon of building tiny art in conjunction with special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The Balsa Man Organization will set up space in Oak Street Plaza where guests can create miniature artworks from balsa wood and other materials. ...
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, January 19 – 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

2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival | SF
Sunday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival | 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 ...

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

2020 Dance Hack Festival: Performance Showcase | SF
Sunday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: $10 | CounterPULSE
2020 Dance Hack Festival: Performance Showcase | SF

DanceHack is back for year six. This year’s showcase will feature never-before-seen performance, installations, and dance— all generated within 48 hours of transdisciplinary collaboration among Bay Area artists. DanceHackSF is an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another ...

Monday, January 20

Youth Poster Contest | San Rafael
Monday, January 20 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE | Osher Marin JCC
Youth Poster Contest | San Rafael
The Osher Marin JCC is pleased to present an exhibit based on the local 2019 Youth Poster Contest. The initiative provides an unprecedented public platform for the thoughts and talents of Marin County young artists. Any local youth, age 12-18, are invited to design a poster ...
MLK Celebration at de Young Museum | SF
MLK Celebration at de Young Museum | SF
NORCALMLK and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a day celebrating the contributions and stories from the African American community with programming in connection with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and the special exhibition Revelations: Art from the African American South. Enjoy free ...
Free Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora
Monday, January 20 – 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 20, 2020 | 11 am ...
2020 MLK Jr. Celebration: Film & Music Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Monday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2020 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 2020: Free Museum Day | SF
Monday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
MLK Day 2020: Free Museum Day | SF
During the 2020 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. 2020 Free MLK Museum Celebrations Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 – Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street Monday, Jan. ...
2020 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF
Monday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | City View at Metreon
2020 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 20 – 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 23

Community Free Days at Seymour Marine Discovery Center | Santa Cruz
Thursday, January 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Community Free Days at Seymour Marine Discovery Center | Santa Cruz

Seymour Marine Discovery Center is an interactive marine science museum and aquarium with hands-on exhibits and a touch pool, located on the UC Santa Cruz campus. They open their doors to for several Community Free Days several times a year. Powered by the Long Marine ...

Asian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | Jan. 23 – Sept. 24
Asian Art Museum's $10 Thursday Nights | Jan. 23 - Sept. 24

The Asian Art Museum is back for 2020 beginning January 23rd through September 24th. 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, lively ...Every Thursday

Win Tix: Lunar New Year NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | California Academy of Sciences
Enjoy music, creatures, cocktails, and shopping as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea at California Academy of Science’s “Nightlife.” Get a second chance to kick off the new year when NightLife rings in the ...
Exploratorium After Dark: Flights of Fancy | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Flights of Fancy | Pier 15
As Curious Contraptions, our winter exhibition, comes to a close, get on board with its fetching and whimsical take on transportation. From bewitching bicycles to astounding aviation to crazy cars, take a look at the art, science, and storytelling behind bewildering and transcendent modes of ...
Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Get a second chance to kick off the new year when NightLife rings in the Year of the Rat with a night devoted to Lunar New Year traditions. Begin the celebration with a powerful lion dance performance and ceremony by SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, ...
Win Tix: Asian Art Museum’s Evening Talk w/ Nepal Artist Tsherin Sherpa | SF
Thursday, January 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Asian Art Museum
For almost a thousand years, Tibetan artists have created visionary paintings for the practice of Vajrayana, or Lightning Vehicle, Buddhism. In this program, thangka master Tsherin Sherpa discusses the theory and practice of Himalayan art in the contemporary world. This evening artist talk is part of ...

Friday, January 24

Cal Academy of Sciences: Winter Neighborhood Free Days | Jan. 24 – Mar. 15
Friday, January 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Winter Neighborhood Free Days | Jan. 24 - Mar. 15

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 ...

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

Free Friday Night at the Art Center | Palo Alto
Friday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE
| Palo Alto Art Center
Free Friday Night at the Art Center | Palo Alto
Join the Palo Alto Art Center for Friday Night at the Art Center on January 24, 7-9 p.m. This free event celebrates the opening of our latest exhibition, Rooted: Trees in Contemporary Art. Friday Night at the Art Center will feature opportunities to meet the artists, ...

Saturday, January 25

Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area 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

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Richmond Dist. & Marina
Saturday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Richmond Dist. & Marina

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 ...