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Thursday, November 22

Free Admission on Thanksgiving Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on Thanksgiving Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...Monthly

Friday, November 23

2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay
Friday, November 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay

Art lovers from around the Bay Area are invited to tour artists’ studios in the Point Reyes area during the Annual Point Reyes Open Studios (PROS) event Thanksgiving Weekend 2018. PROS artists will display and demonstrate their work in their studios and homes from 11 ...

“What Remains” Free Art Performance | SF
Friday, November 23 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Artists' Television Access
"What Remains" Free Art Performance | SF
What do we leave behind for future generations? On “Black Friday,” or the day after Thanksgiving, Jen Fedrizzi and Kat Culture will explore this question in a 5-hour performance art piece in the street front window of the Artists Television Access Gallery in the Mission ...
2018 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach
Friday, November 23 – 4:53 pm | Cost: FREE | Baker Beach
2018 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach
This Black Friday, instead of enmeshing yourself in the worst of human behavior, why not come celebrate the best of it? A local group of artists who call themselves the Museum of Joy will be celebrating the 6th Annual Festival of Light & Gratitude by building a ...
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 along with half-price after-hours museum gallery admission. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are ...Every Friday

Final “Friday Nights at the de Young” of 2018 | Golden Gate Park
Final "Friday Nights at the de Young" of 2018 | Golden Gate Park

One of San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum events returns for a fall season of 2018. These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in their permanent collection and new acquisitions called Specters of Disruption. ...Every Friday

Saturday, November 24

2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Saturday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

It’s a small world after all. Join the Berkeley Potters Guild with their special gallery theme, Small World, for the annual Holiday Open House and Studio Sale. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 48th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends ...

2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35
Saturday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 35
2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35

Take a holiday stroll through Pier 35 and take in all the scents and sights of over 200 + talented vendors and their holiday merchandise, textiles, pottery, decor, jewelry, fashion and bath and body products. Meet the artists behind all these beautifully handcrafted and locally ...

2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 28th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay
Saturday, November 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay

Art lovers from around the Bay Area are invited to tour artists’ studios in the Point Reyes area during the Annual Point Reyes Open Studios (PROS) event Thanksgiving Weekend 2018. PROS artists will display and demonstrate their work in their studios and homes from 11 ...

Sunday, November 25

2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 28th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35
Sunday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 35
2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35
   
2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay
Sunday, November 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
2018 Annual Point Reyes Open Studios: Thanksgiving Weekend | North Bay

Art lovers from around the Bay Area are invited to tour artists’ studios in the Point Reyes area during the Annual Point Reyes Open Studios (PROS) event Thanksgiving Weekend 2018. PROS artists will display and demonstrate their work in their studios and homes from 11 ...

2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Sunday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

It’s a small world after all. Join the Berkeley Potters Guild with their special gallery theme, Small World, for the annual Holiday Open House and Studio Sale. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 48th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends ...

Wednesday, November 28

Western Editions’ Free Holiday Card Making Party | Madrone Art Bar
Wednesday, November 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Madrone Art Bar
Western Editions' Free Holiday Card Making Party | Madrone Art Bar
Wednesday, November 28th from 5pm-8pm, come down to Madrone Art Bar and make personalized holiday cards for free with the founders of Western Editions. Use a table-top press to letterpress your own holiday card and customize with watercolor painting. Envelopes and stamps will be provided- no ...
Paint Your Pet Night | Belmont
Wednesday, November 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is required.
| Belmont Library
Paint Your Pet Night | Belmont
Come and learn how to bring a picture of your pet to life through paint. Bring a photo of them that inspires you and create an acrylic masterpiece. All materials will be provided. Registration required due to limited supplies. Registration opens Thursday, November 1st. Please don’t bring ...

Thursday, November 29

Exploratorium After Dark: Whales | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Whales | Pier 15
Here in the Bay Area we are neighbors to a variety of giant marine mammals. Just before gray whales appear traveling south, join us for an evening on all things cetacean—including our shared history.
NightLife Spotlight | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, November 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Spotlight | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science in the greenest museum on the planet. Catch some of your old planetarium show favorites with #TBT screenings in the Morrison Planetarium. Catch an after hours dive show from the underwater biology ...
2018 Annual Holiday Art Sale Opening Party: Limited-Edition Art Stuff | SF
Thursday, November 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Creativity Explored
2018 Annual Holiday Art Sale Opening Party: Limited-Edition Art Stuff | SF
The beloved Holiday Art Shop returns for your gift-giving pleasure. The salon-style pop-up shop will offer giftable and affordable works of art curated just for you by the CE team. From ceramics and sculpture to paintings and digital prints, you won’t want to miss out ...

Friday, November 30

2018 Winter Open Studios: Opening | Sausalito
Friday, November 30 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | ICB (Industrial Center Building)
2018 Winter Open Studios: Opening | Sausalito

Please join the 50th anniversary of Winter Opens Studios (WOS) – one of the nation’s most creative art-work spaces and artist collectives located at the Industrial Center Building (ICB). The historic ICB is home to over 100 artists creating fine art in various mediums including ...

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 along with half-price after-hours museum gallery admission. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are ...Every Friday

The Bathroom Line: Queer Intimacy in Public Space | SOMArts
Friday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
The Bathroom Line: Queer Intimacy in Public Space | SOMArts
RADAR Productions’ “The Bathroom Line” invites four local QTPOC artists into conversation around intimacy, ritual, and public/private space, resulting in an installation at SOMArts Cultural Center from November 30, 2018 to December 15th, 2018. With work by by artists Kelly Lovemonster, Xandra Ibarra, Marcela Pardo, and ...
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa
Friday, November 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| California College of the Arts (CCA)
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa

Join Youth Art Exchange and dozens of arts organizations from across the San Francisco Bay Area in a two-day celebration of young artists using creativity to amplify their voices and power. 8th Annual SF Youth Arts Summit November 30 to December 1, 2018 California College ...

Saturday, December 1

2018 Holiday Crafts Day | Randall Museum
2018 Holiday Crafts Day | Randall Museum
Randall Museum’s annual Holiday Crafts Day is back at the newly renovated museum on Corona Heights. The museum will be bustling with fun holiday craft activities for the whole family. Kids can create one-of-a-kind hand-made gifts and items to decorate their homes. Learn how to roll ...
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, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum ...Monthly

2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 28th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

It’s a small world after all. Join the Berkeley Potters Guild with their special gallery theme, Small World, for the annual Holiday Open House and Studio Sale. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 48th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends ...

2018 Winter Open Studios: Saturday | Sausalito
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | ICB (Industrial Center Building)
2018 Winter Open Studios: Saturday | Sausalito

Please join the 50th anniversary of Winter Opens Studios (WOS) – one of the nation’s most creative art-work spaces and artist collectives located at the Industrial Center Building (ICB). The historic ICB is home to over 100 artists creating fine art in various mediums including ...

Magic Makers: Queer Art & Craft Fair | Oakland
Saturday, December 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Magic Makers: Queer Art & Craft Fair | Oakland

Magic Makers will showcase, celebrate, and support the creative queer artist community with their own craft show happening from 12-6 pm on December 1 & 2, 2018. The sixth annual M△GIC M△KERS will feature over 50 artists and healers offering a wide range of unique goods and ...

31st Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto
Saturday, December 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
31st Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto

Celebrate the birth of the Christ child with a beautiful display of more than 350 nativities from around the world in artistic settings.  The exhibit will be open from December 1-5, 2018. On display this year are many special collections: Carvings from Aruba to Zimbabwe, Angels ...