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Sunday, May 9

May Second Sunday at Home: Weave Your Own Story
Sunday, May 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
May Second Sunday at Home: Weave Your Own Story
This hands-on activity was inspired by “Woven Chronicle,” by artist Reena Kallat. This artwork is featured in the current Cantor exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-second-sunday-at-home-weave-your-own-story-tickets-141895014809

Tuesday, May 11

Free Admission Day at San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Yes! As of 4/13/21 the San Francisco Botanical Garden is still open during COVID-19. Check Facebook for the latest updates. While we recommend advance ticket reservations to reduce wait times, monitor crowd size, and ensure enough space for social distancing, the Garden remains free to ...Monthly

Wednesday, May 12

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

“Checking in with Perseverance” Mars Rover
Wednesday, May 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Not Specified
| Online Event
"Checking in with Perseverance" Mars Rover
After the successful February 18th landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, Exploratorium scientist Isabel Hawkins and host Ron Hipschman catch up with our plucky Martian companion and tell you all about what’s happening on the red planet. Where has Perseverance been? What has it ...

Thursday, May 13

“NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences Returns May 13
"NightLife" at California Academy of Sciences Returns May 13

The California Academy of Sciences has resumed their evening event series, Nightlife for 2021 starting Thursday, May 13. From basking in the glow of one of the largest living coral reef displays in the world to taking in the interstellar views from the Living Roof, ...

Exploratorium’s After Dark Online: Sustainable Energy
Thursday, May 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Not Specified
| Online Event
Exploratorium's After Dark Online: Sustainable Energy
Explore technologies designed to harness renewable energy sources and lower the carbon footprint of energy use through building and transportation design. The first week of May, the vessel Energy Observer will be docked next to our Platinum LEED-Certified campus on Pier 15. This high-tech French ...

Saturday, May 15

Ben Aronson “Sightlines” Virtual Exhibition Walk-Through
Saturday, May 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, #200, San Francisco, CA 94107
Ben Aronson "Sightlines" Virtual Exhibition Walk-Through
May 15 – July 2, 2021; Virtual Exhibition Walk-through May 15, 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, is thrilled to present Sightlines, Ben Aronson’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. Ben states, “While we now move ahead, beyond a difficult ...
“Mother Tree” Art Exhibit (May 15 – June 19)
Saturday, May 15 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE - Please RSVP
| Rhythmix Cultural Works
"Mother Tree" Art Exhibit (May 15 - June 19)
An Exhibit Featuring the Connections between 6 Mother/Daughter Artists Mother Trees, the biggest in the forest, are connected to other forest trees and plants by their roots and a fungal network that communicates, shares resources and nurtures seedlings. Trees use the “mycorrhizal network” to send and receive chemical ...

Tuesday, May 18

Japanese Cut Flower ArtScapes “Ikebana” Exhibit Installaion
Tuesday, May 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: $10*
*Free for the Garden members, $10 for non- members (admission fee)
| Ruth Bancroft Garden
Japanese Cut Flower ArtScapes "Ikebana" Exhibit Installaion
The Ruth Bancroft Garden and San Francisco’s Sogestsu School of Ikebana are proud to present this unusual exhibition of large-scale works that will incorporate plant materials from the Garden itself and be on display throughout in this first-ever wholly outdoor ikebana exhibit at the Garden. ...
The Exploratorium’s Updates on Mars & The Perseverance Rover
Tuesday, May 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Not Specified
| Online Event,
The Exploratorium's Updates on Mars & The Perseverance Rover
Following the successful landing, or “landing,” of the Perseverance rover on February 18, we’ll catch up with Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins, who will update us with the latest news from the Mars probe. What happened? Where have you explored? What have you found and where ...

Wednesday, May 19

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

ArtScapes in the Garden: Ikebana Exhibit (May 19-23)
Wednesday, May 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: $10*
*FREE with General Garden Admission ($10). FREE for kids 12 and under
| Ruth Bancroft Garden
ArtScapes in the Garden: Ikebana Exhibit (May 19-23)
The Ruth Bancroft Garden and San Francisco’s Sogestsu School of Ikebana are proud to present this unusual exhibition of large scale works that will incorporate plant materials from the Garden itself and be on display throughout in this first-ever wholly outdoor ikebana exhibit at the ...
Virtual “Garden Feast” for San Francisco Botanical Garden
Wednesday, May 19 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $1*
*Donations of any amount appreciated
| San Francisco Botanical Garden
Virtual "Garden Feast" for San Francisco Botanical Garden
Wed, May 19, 5:30-6:30pm Pacific time While we won’t be able to feast together at the Garden this year, we look forward to celebrating this annual tradition with you online. This past year has made us long for travel, so we invite you to travel the world ...

Thursday, May 20

After Dark Online: Manual Cinema w/ Exploratorium
Thursday, May 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Not Specified
| Online Event,
After Dark Online: Manual Cinema w/ Exploratorium
Since its founding in 2010, Chicago-based Manual Cinema has cultivated a distinct approach to performance that merges handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. In this live program, go into the studio and behind ...
The “Affordable Art Show” w/ 30+ Artists (May 20-June 25)
The "Affordable Art Show" w/ 30+ Artists (May 20-June 25)
Our cult-sensational Affordable Art Show makes art collecting fun, friendly, and unpretentious. Featuring over 33 artists working in all mediums, sizes, prices, and styles, we ambitiously present “something to delight everyone”. In this unprecedented summer of reconnection (and dare we say love?), we’ve themed our show ...

Saturday, May 22

SFMOMA Free Museum Day (May 2021)
SFMOMA Free Museum Day (May 2021)

SFMOMA has announced free access to the museum for four days in 2021. Join them at an upcoming Free Day for our entire community or spread the love of art with the young people in your life at Free Family Day. Read full details. Tickets ...

SFMOMA Free Family Day
SFMOMA Free Family Day

SFMOMA has announced free access to the museum for four days in 2021. Join them at an upcoming Free Day for our entire community or spread the love of art with the young people in your life at Free Family Day. Read full details. Tickets ...

Wednesday, May 26

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

Thursday, May 27

“NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences is Back
"NightLife" at California Academy of Sciences is Back

The California Academy of Sciences has resumed their evening event series, Nightlife for 2021 starting Thursday, May 13. From basking in the glow of one of the largest living coral reef displays in the world to taking in the interstellar views from the Living Roof, ...

Tuesday, June 1

SF’s “Conservatory of Flowers” Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate Park)
SF's "Conservatory of Flowers" Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate 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 located in Golden Gate Park, offers an intimate, up-close experience with nearly 2,000 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more ...Monthly

Wednesday, June 2

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

Sunday, June 6

Asian Art Museum: Free Admission Day (Every First Sunday)
Sunday, June 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: Free Admission Day (Every First Sunday)

Through the power of art, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco brings the diverse cultures of Asia to life. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 ...Monthly

Tuesday, June 8

San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)

Yes! As of 4/13/21 the San Francisco Botanical Garden is still open during COVID-19. Check Facebook for the latest updates. While we recommend advance ticket reservations to reduce wait times, monitor crowd size, and ensure enough space for social distancing, the Garden remains free to ...Monthly

Thursday, June 10

“NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences
"NightLife" at California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences has resumed their evening event series, Nightlife for 2021 starting Thursday, May 13. From basking in the glow of one of the largest living coral reef displays in the world to taking in the interstellar views from the Living Roof, ...

Friday, June 18

“Monumental Reckoning” 350 New Statues Debut Today in GG Park
Friday, June 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
"Monumental Reckoning" 350 New Statues Debut Today in GG Park
A new work of public art will rise in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Monumental Reckoning squarely addresses America’s original sin of slavery while guiding us to a more honest, inclusive, and uplifting future. Illuminate (the group behind The Bay Lights), artist Dana King, the Museum ...

Thursday, June 24

SFMOMA Free Museum Day (June 2021)
SFMOMA Free Museum Day (June 2021)

SFMOMA has announced free access to the museum for four days in 2021. Join them at an upcoming Free Day for our entire community or spread the love of art with the young people in your life at Free Family Day. Read full details. Tickets ...

Sunday, July 4

Asian Art Museum: Free Admission Day (Every First Sunday)
Sunday, July 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum: Free Admission Day (Every First Sunday)

Through the power of art, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco brings the diverse cultures of Asia to life. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 ...Monthly

Tuesday, July 6

SF’s “Conservatory of Flowers” Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate Park)
SF's "Conservatory of Flowers" Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate 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 located in Golden Gate Park, offers an intimate, up-close experience with nearly 2,000 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more ...Monthly

Tuesday, July 13

San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)

Yes! As of 4/13/21 the San Francisco Botanical Garden is still open during COVID-19. Check Facebook for the latest updates. While we recommend advance ticket reservations to reduce wait times, monitor crowd size, and ensure enough space for social distancing, the Garden remains free to ...Monthly

Friday, July 23

2021 Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns (July 23 – Aug 1)
Friday, July 23 – All Day | Cost: ??*
*Pricing hasn't been announced for 2021 yet
2021 Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns (July 23 – Aug 1)

After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID, this week, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced that the festival is returning (with some modifications, like a drive-thru gourmet alley) for 2021 on two weekends,  July 23rd–25th and July 30th–August 1st. Back in 2019 the festival ...