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Wednesday, February 19

Dr. Sketchy’s SF Body Piercing & Bloodletting Performance | DNA Lounge
Wednesday, February 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*Doors 6:30 pm. 18+ $12 in advance, $17 at door.
| DNA Lounge
Dr. Sketchy's SF Body Piercing & Bloodletting Performance | DNA Lounge
This month, Brass Tacks, the founder of Wolf & Sheep takes the Dr. Sketchy’s stage with a pointed installation that will include performative body piercing and bloodletting. Explicitly for Truth Seekers, explicitly Not for the squeamish. Wolf & Sheep was founded in November 2016 out of ...

Thursday, February 20

Win: de Young Museum’s “Soul of a Nation” Special Exhibit | SF The internationally acclaimed exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 travels to San Francisco, celebrating works by Black artists created during two pivotal decades in American history. The exhibition—organized by Tate Modern, London—examines the very purpose of art and ...

A Super Rare “Free Museum Day” at SFMOMA | February 20th
Thursday, February 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP Required
| SFMOMA
A Super Rare "Free Museum Day" at SFMOMA | February 20th
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a free and fun-filled day at SFMOMA. As part of Culture for Community, more than a dozen Yerba Buena cultural organizations will offer free admission on February 20, 2020. Unlike “Family Days” where you’re required to attend with someone 18 ...
SF’s “Culture for Community” Festival | Yerba Buena District
Thursday, February 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to participating Yerba Buena district arts and culture institutions
| Yerba Buena District
SF's "Culture for Community" Festival | Yerba Buena District
This February, Ten Yerba Buena arts and cultural organizations are coming together to offer free admission in celebration of Black History Month, marking the first Culture for Community free day in 2020. Culture for Community is a unique group of Yerba Buena district institutions coming together ...
Culture for Community: Black History at California Historical Society | SF
Thursday, February 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Historical Society
Culture for Community: Black History at California Historical Society | SF

California Historical Society will be free all day on February 20th as part of Culture for Community: Black History in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Explore the current exhibitions, join for a docent-led tour, and stay for the Curator Swap. The evening is presented in conjunction with ...Monthly

Asian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | SF
Asian Art Museum's $10 Thursday Nights | SF

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

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 ...Monthly

Third Thursdays at the Ferry Building | SF
Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Third Thursdays are free and open to the public; food and beverage will be available for purchase.
| San Francisco Ferry Building
Third Thursdays at the Ferry Building | SF

Bay Area residents and visitors are invited to sip, shop and snack their way through the Bay’s favorite food hall and marketplace during Ferry Building Third Thursdays every third Thursday of the month from 6 – 9 pm. The rotating lineup of performances will include ...Monthly

Immersive Design Week: Feb. 20 – March 1 | SF
Thursday, February 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Some events are free, while some are ticketed.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Immersive Design Week: Feb. 20 – March 1 | SF

Immersive Design Week is a decentralized community festival of events hosted by independent producers. Immersive Design Week is an annual, decentralized community festival spotlighting innovative designers, projects and technologies that sit at the nexus of film, theater, gaming, mixed reality, & immersive storytelling. Immersive Design Week ...

Night at the Jewseum: Culture for Community | SoMa
Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free as a part of Culture for Community
| Contemporary Jewish Museum
Night at the Jewseum: Culture for Community | SoMa
Celebrate Black History Month as The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) present a curator swap! Join MoAD’s Director of Public Programs Elizabeth Gessel for a talk on the Berkeley Tigers, a Levi’s(R)-clad, African American East Bay motorcycle club ...
“MAKE” 3rd Thursdays After-Hours Event | SF
Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for MCD Members. Activities are free with paid admission.
| Museum of Craft and Design
"MAKE" 3rd Thursdays After-Hours Event | SF

This February, interact with hands-on projects, community discussions and film that support current MCD exhibition Linda Gass: and then this happened…. From climate change to community and creativity– there will be something for everyone to explore! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for program updates. Cash/Square bar ...Monthly

Exploratorium After Dark: It’s Elemental! | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: It's Elemental! | Pier 15
Come be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective human experience. This week, learn about Earth’s rarest nonradioactive metal, rhodium, which ...
Win Tix: Late Night at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man | Oakland
Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*$21 GA, does not include access to other galleries and areas of the OMCA Campus
| Oakland Museum of California
Enjoy exclusive late-night access to OMCA’s major fall exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, along with food and drink to enjoy inside of the gallery. > Get Tickets – $21 Stay up late and marvel at the spectacular artworks from one of the most widely celebrated ...
Noise Pop NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Noise Pop NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Beauty is in the ear of the beholder this week as Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival kicks off at NightLife for an evening exploring the science of sound. Full lineup and event details coming soon! 
Oakland Art Library Open House | East Bay
Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP
| Trending Inn
Oakland Art Library Open House | East Bay

The Oakland Art Library has opened with its first event on April 2019. On the 3rd Thursday of each month the library will open its doors again to those who RSVP for free. Each library event will include music, drinks, community, and of course, lots ...Monthly

Friday, February 21

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Chinatown & Financial District
Friday, February 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Chinatown & Financial District

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 ...

Immersive Design Week: Augmented Reality Art Walk | SF
Friday, February 21 – 12:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Some events are free, while some are ticketed.
| Apple Store Union Square
Immersive Design Week: Augmented Reality Art Walk | SF
Experience new augmented reality works from Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller, and Pipilotti Rist on an interactive guided walk. You’ll journey through an immersive world filled with sights and sounds. Bring only what you need. Devices will be ...
“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, February 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

Every first and third Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From ...Monthly

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

Pop Culture Con & Art Show: Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Anime & Star Wars | SF
Friday, February 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Palace Hotel
Pop Culture Con & Art Show: Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Anime & Star Wars | SF
Come and join the 3 day free Pop Culture Art Con. There will be multiple exhibits of Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Anime & parody art on display featuring a variety of artists & available to purchase at affordable pricing along with Show ...

Saturday, February 22

$10 Day: de Young Museum’s “Soul of a Nation” Special Exhibit | SF
Saturday, February 22 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Discount is redeemable on-site only.
| de Young Museum
$10 Day: de Young Museum's "Soul of a Nation" Special Exhibit | SF

This internationally acclaimed exhibition, organized by Tate Modern, celebrates art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse. The de Young’s presentation includes a focus on Bay Area artists whose work ...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. 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

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Hayes Valley & Mission Bay
Saturday, February 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Hayes Valley & Mission Bay

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 ...

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 Museum Day: Lunar New Year Bash | San Jose Museum of Art
Saturday, February 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but reservations are highly recommended.
| San Jose Museum of Art
Free Museum Day: Lunar New Year Bash | San Jose Museum of Art
Join SJMA and welcome the Year of the Pig with artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations, live performances and free admission to explore the museum. This contemporary celebration honors Lunar New Year traditions, commemorated both around the globe and here in San Jose. Explore and create with family ...
Win Tix: The 34th San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show | Fort Mason
Saturday, February 22 – All Day | Cost: WIN | Fort Mason (Festival Pavilion)
The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show is one of the most important tribal art fairs in the world. Known for showcasing exceptional tribal artwork and textiles, including many rare and unique pieces from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas, the fair will ...
RBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area
Saturday, February 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Epidemic Ales
RBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area

Come join our us as we take over another brewery tap room, for Round #2 of the RBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour. We have added a couple new local artists, and are super excited to have the excellent Epidemic Brewing as our host. They have excellent ...Monthly

“Bernin’ For You” Bernie Sanders Art Show | Oakland
Saturday, February 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Co "Lottie Rose House"
"Bernin' For You" Bernie Sanders Art Show | Oakland
Come together with friends, family, and neighbors to call voters in support of Bernie. The art show is a collaboration between artists and community organizers, and will consist of works that relate to themes of the senator’s campaign as well as to the major issues of ...
Diaspora: A Celebration of Black Art Workshop w/ Pop Up Shop | SF
Saturday, February 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free RSVP for workshop
| xSpace Arts Hub
Diaspora: A Celebration of Black Art Workshop w/ Pop Up Shop | SF
Join Youth Art Exchange for the 2nd annual Diaspora show as we celebrate Black art at [x]space on February 22nd from 3 pm-5 pm. There will be a free metalworking workshop with Karen Smith and a pop-up shop by Piir Soul. Oakland-based metalsmith, jewelry maker, and ...
Immersive Design Week: Interactive Dance Performance & Video Workshop | SF
Saturday, February 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Apple Store Union Square
Immersive Design Week: Interactive Dance Performance & Video Workshop | SF
Join performance artist and creative director Rashad Pridgen (IG) @soul_nubian and The Global Street Dance Collective for an interactive dance performance and video workshop. Opening with a dynamic Afro-futurist presentation, The Global Street Dance project will share inspiration, offering a window into the relationship between popular ...