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Thursday, December 2

$15 Tix: SF’s Immersive Art Show “teamLab Continuity” (Asian Art Museum)
Thursday, December 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Weekday tickets are $20. Weekend tickets are $25. Thursday evening tickets are $15
| Asian Art Museum
$15 Tix: SF's Immersive Art Show "teamLab Continuity" (Asian Art Museum)

Plan ahead for the holidays. This is your final chance to see one of SF’s most engaging and inspiriting immersive art experiences. The Asian Art Museum just announced their final block of tickets for teamLab: Continuity goes on sale today, October 21, 2021. Step into ...

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum
Thursday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded. No advanced tickets required, but subject to capacity limits
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum

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 ...Monthly

SFMOMA Free First Thursday Nights (Bay Area Residents)
SFMOMA Free First Thursday Nights (Bay Area Residents)

SFMOMA has announced another batch of dates or free access to the museum for Bay Area locals for upcoming Thursday evenings in 2021. First Thursdays at SFMOMA: Free Admission for Bay Area Residents All residents of the nine Bay Area counties are invited to spend ...Monthly

Friday, December 3

December Free First Friday at San Mateo County History Museum
Friday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
December Free First Friday at San Mateo County History Museum
The San Mateo County History Museum will continue its hybrid “Free First Fridays” offering on Friday, December 3. Online, preschool children will be invited to learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. They will create a paper dreidel at home. Then, Museum staff will conduct ...
History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)
Friday, December 3 – 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. The History Museum is ...Monthly

Filipino “Parol Lantern Festival” Workshop (Dec. 3-4)
Friday, December 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*YBCA says these workshops are "low cost" but doesn't mention a price
| Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Filipino "Parol Lantern Festival" Workshop (Dec. 3-4)

Join us this holiday season for a fun-filled cultural festival of food, drinks, art, dance, musical performances, and shopping at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The parol lantern is the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, and peace, during the holiday season, and ...

MCD MakeArt Lab: Cripping Your Fashion With Rebirth Garments
Friday, December 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE
MCD MakeArt Lab: Cripping Your Fashion With Rebirth Garments
The Museum of Craft and Design, the Longmore Institute on Disability, and the Palo Alto Art Center present a very exciting virtual MakeArt Lab collaboration, in conjunction with the current Bay Area exhibitions, Mode Brut and The Art of Disability Culture. Facilitated by Rebirth Garments ...
South First Fridays Art Walk (San Jose)
Friday, December 3 – 5:00 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. South First Fridays resumes June 4, 2021 – please note the hours depend on the gallery. Facebook seems to have the most updated ...Monthly

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl (SF)
Friday, December 3 – 5:00 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

Downtown’s “Let’s Glow SF” Tall Building Light Festival (Dec. 3-12)
Friday, December 3 – 5:15 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Completely free
| San Francisco's Financial District
Downtown's "Let's Glow SF" Tall Building Light Festival (Dec. 3-12)

Let’s Glow SF, made in partnership with A3 Visual Solutions, will cover four towering properties throughout San Francisco’s Financial District with the first-ever multi-night light mapping projection event on the West Coast. This stunning journey of light will feature the works of local artists while ...

First Friday at San Jose Museum of Art
Friday, December 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Museum of Art
First Friday at San Jose Museum of Art
Celebrate the opening of Our whole, unruly selves. See the new exhibition on view, free for everyone. Cash bar provided by el cafecito by Mezcal.

Saturday, December 4

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

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. Advanced tickets are required, and capacity is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require ...Every Saturday

Walnut Creek Handcrafted Holiday Sale (Dec. 4-5)
Saturday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*No RSVP required, this is a free event open to the community!
| Center for Community Arts
Walnut Creek Handcrafted Holiday Sale (Dec. 4-5)
Join us for a weekend of holiday shopping with handcrafted items made by Community Arts’ teaching artists and students. The Center for Community Arts is pleased to present the Handcrafted Holiday Sale, a community event and celebration! Our annual sale showcases student artists and instructors across ...
Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale 2021
Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale 2021
The Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale is back, in person, at the Art Center on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.! If you’re looking for handmade gifts for the holidays, the Studio Holiday Sale is your one-stop shop. Our sale showcases ...
SF’s “The Art of the Brick” Massive LEGO Art Show w/ 1 Million Bricks (Dec. 4 – Jan. 30)
SF's "The Art of the Brick" Massive LEGO Art Show w/ 1 Million Bricks (Dec. 4 - Jan. 30)
The Art of the Brick, a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions,” is the world’s most popular display of LEGO® art. The critically acclaimed collection features over 70 works of art made exclusively from one of the ...
Ferry Building Holiday Pop-Up & Dance Party (SF)
Saturday, December 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Building Holiday Pop-Up & Dance Party (SF)
Celebrate the work of Creativity Explored (CE) by joining MCD and CE at the Ferry Building during the month of December! In support of CE’s Holiday Art Pop-Up Shop, MCD will be leading Mode Brut inspired craft projects including dance party wearables (12/04), embroidered snowflake ...
Filipino “Parol Lantern Festival” Workshop (Dec. 3-4)
Saturday, December 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*YBCA says these workshops are "low cost" but doesn't mention a price
| Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Filipino "Parol Lantern Festival" Workshop (Dec. 3-4)

Join us this holiday season for a fun-filled cultural festival of food, drinks, art, dance, musical performances, and shopping at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The parol lantern is the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessings, luck, and peace, during the holiday season, and ...

Sunday, December 5

Asian Art Museum: Free Admission Day (Every First Sunday)
Sunday, December 5 – 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

SF’s Shipyard Holiday Party & Art Show w/ 60 Artists (2021)
Sunday, December 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
SF's Shipyard Holiday Party & Art Show w/ 60 Artists (2021)
Annual event for “gift-able” art! Over 60 artists open their studios to you for this festive once-a-year event on Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Start your holiday shopping with an afternoon of interacting directly with the artists in Building 101 of the historic Hunters Point ...
Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays (OMCA)
Sunday, December 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
| Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Museum of California's Free First Sundays (OMCA)

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. Sunday Hours – 11am to 5pm – Please check website as hours may change seasonally Suggested donation ...Monthly

Monday, December 6

Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Monday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required: https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/8457280
| Mountain View Public Library
Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Registration is required. Sign up below to receive the Zoom link on the morning of the event. Join us for a virtual examination of paintings from the Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) Collection. This collection includes efforts to capture (or try to capture) the likeness of ...

Tuesday, December 7

de Young Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)
de Young Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)

Located in beautiful Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum founded in 1895. Your visit includes a whirlwind trip around the world as the museum’s collections feature priceless treasures and works of arts from the 17th through the 20th centuries ...Monthly

“Legion of Honor” Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)
"Legion of Honor" Museum Free 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 general admission is $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission ...Monthly

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, December 8

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, December 9

$15 Tix: SF’s Immersive Art Show “teamLab Continuity” (Asian Art Museum)
Thursday, December 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Weekday tickets are $20. Weekend tickets are $25. Thursday evening tickets are $15
| Asian Art Museum
$15 Tix: SF's Immersive Art Show "teamLab Continuity" (Asian Art Museum)

Plan ahead for the holidays. This is your final chance to see one of SF’s most engaging and inspiriting immersive art experiences. The Asian Art Museum just announced their final block of tickets for teamLab: Continuity goes on sale today, October 21, 2021. Step into ...

Library MakeArt Free Class: Wearable Plushie Fair (SF)
Thursday, December 9 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Library MakeArt Free Class: Wearable Plushie Fair (SF)
Join the Museum of Craft and Design for a virtual Library MakeArt workshop with T(w)een Winter Reads! Inspired by artworks featured in the current MCD fashion exhibition, Mode Brut, participants will learn how to create a wearable plushie accessory by using hand sewing, embroidery, and fabric ...
SF’s “Castro Art Walk” Returns for First Time in 2 Years
Thursday, December 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
SF's "Castro Art Walk" Returns for First Time in 2 Years
Following a 20-month socially-distanced hiatus, Castro Merchants and the Castro Art Project are pleased to announce the return of the Castro Art Walk. The Castro Art Walk is a self-guided tour of artists’ work displayed at local small businesses, many extending their hours to provide ...

Friday, December 10

SF’s New Art Show & Holiday Party (Bernal Heights)
Friday, December 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secession Art & Design
SF's New Art Show & Holiday Party (Bernal Heights)
Secession Art & Design is feeling festive with a holiday show featuring Alan Mazzetti, Amos Goldbaum, Hilary Williams, and Jaya King. A playful dichotomy between city and nature. California is an amazing place, where in one day you could have brunch at a favorite restaurant, take a short drive to the ocean ...