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Monday, June 18

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, June 18 – 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 ...

Thursday, June 21

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 ...

Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23

24th Annual Surf City Classic: Woodies on the Wharf | Santa Cruz
Saturday, June 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Wharf
24th Annual Surf City Classic: Woodies on the Wharf | Santa Cruz
I bought a ’30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody (Surf City, here we come) You know it’s not very cherry, it’s an oldie but a goody (Surf City, here we come) – Jan & Dean Come to Santa Cruz and meet the Woodie, the ...
Win Tix: Italian Street Painting Festival | Marin
Saturday, June 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN*
*$10 adult, children 12 and under, free.
| Downtown San Rafael
Italian Street Painting Marin, Northern California’s premiere street painting event will return to the streets of San Rafael to present another incredible year of brilliant street art. This year’s theme, Wonders of Space & Time, offers infinite possibilities for attendees to experience the past, present, ...
Creative Family Fun: Solstice Suncatchers | The Presidio
Saturday, June 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Creative Family Fun: Solstice Suncatchers | The Presidio
Celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer by making beautiful suncatchers to hang up and enjoy. Registration is not required, but preferred.​
Win Tix: 30th Anniversary of MarinScapes: Art Exhibit & Benefit | Historic Escalle Winery
Saturday, June 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Historic Escalle Winery
Buckelew Programs presents MarinScapes 30th Anniversary, “Art That Changes Lives”. Multiple events at the historic Escalle Winery over 4 days in June support people in the North Bay with mental health and addiction challenges. > Get Tickets – $15 Join us on Saturday, for a heartfelt talk with ...
Win Tix: 30th Anniversary of MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit | Escalle Winery
Saturday, June 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Meet the Artist Reception 6/22: $20; Art Exhibition and Sale 6/23 & 24: $15
| Historic Escalle Winery
30th Anniversary of MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit - Celebrating the Pearl Jubilee, 1988-2018, A fine art exhibition & sale featuring 30+ of Marin’s acclaimed landscape artists benefitting Buckelew Programs’ mental health and addiction recovery services. Get Tickets – $15 This year’s featured artist is Davis Perkins, a ...

Sunday, June 24

Solstice Sunday: Free Local Artist Showcase | Richmond
Solstice Sunday: Free Local Artist Showcase | Richmond
Please join for a summer solstice artist showcase at East Brother Beer Co. on Sunday, June 24th from 12 pm-8 pm. They will be showcasing local artists of all types and will have live music and food trucks. There will also be a community art ...
Kathy Aoki’s “#WishYouWereHere” Hello Kitty Monument Exhibit | San Jose
Sunday, June 24 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Public reception is from 2 pm to 4 pm.
| San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Kathy Aoki's "#WishYouWereHere" Hello Kitty Monument Exhibit | San Jose
The ever cute and wildly popular Sanrio character can be found on almost any consumer product, including notebooks, lunch boxes, shoes, jewelry, bedspreads, etc. According to the Santa Clara-based artist and historian Kathy Aoki, the Hello Kitty craze and fandom has only escalated over the years, ...

Friday, June 29

Sunday, July 1

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, July 1 – 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. Free First Sunday Admission for main galleries: Normally $15 for general ...

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, July 1 – 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 ...

Tuesday, July 3

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 3 – 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 ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 3 – 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 ...

First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum
Tuesday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum has returned and so has their Pay What You Wish Days. Pay What You Wish Days create affordable experiences for all to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

  Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood. ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

  The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and ...

Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay
Tuesday, July 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedford Gallery
Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay

Come to Bedford Gallery and find the works of historic, modern, and contemporary artists. The Gallery is dedicated to providing the public with opportunities to learn about visual arts through public programs that are varied, accessible, challenging, and educational. Its mission is to provide exhibitions ...

Wednesday, July 4

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, July 4 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| 111 Minna Gallery
"Lululemon Flow & Jo": Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa

Join Lululemon for their monthly complimentary yoga class and coffee at 111 Minna Gallery. Start the day with a gentle vinyasa flow, and leave centered and present. Top it off with a hot cup of joe courtesy of Red Door Coffee. Each month, you also get ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

Redwood City | Old-Fashioned 4th & Ice Cream Making Party | 2018
Wednesday, July 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: $3*
*$3 for adults; $2 for seniors and students; and free for kids five and under
| San Mateo County History Museum
Redwood City | Old-Fashioned 4th & Ice Cream Making Party | 2018
The San Mateo County History Museum hosts “An Old-Fashioned Fourth” within its museum, the 107 year old county courthouse in Redwood City from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Children will be invited to hand-craft homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste. They ...
Petaluma | Annual 4th of July Bell Ringing Ceremony | 2018
Wednesday, July 4 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Petaluma Historical Museum
Petaluma | Annual 4th of July Bell Ringing Ceremony | 2018
President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day, July 4, 1963, with the words, “Let’s ring freedom bells.” On the steps of the museum, hear the story of JFKs Bell-ringing Proclamation, the Putnam Family, the Korbel Bell and how it ...
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, July 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout
Wednesday, July 4 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Drink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout

At Drink and Draw, artsy bar patrons draw to a theme and submit their artwork into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes at The Knockout in the Mission District. The artwork gets scanned online for all to admire. Drink and Draw happens every first Wednesday of the ...

Thursday, July 5

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, July 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr. ...

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, July 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

Castro Art Walk | First Thursdays
Thursday, July 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Castro
Castro Art Walk | First Thursdays

Galleries and art spaces will be open late every 1st Thursday of the month from 6-9 pm. Expect to see amazing artwork from artists near and far, participate in events, workshops, and more. Castro Art Walk 1st Thursdays | 6-9 pm The Castro, San Francisco FREE