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Wednesday, December 2

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

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park officially re-opened its doors to the public Wednesday, July 22 with modifications to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Formerly open seven days a week, the Japanese Tea Garden ...Every Wednesday

Bay Area Discovery Museum: Free Admission Day
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. COVID-19 Update – As of 10/12/20 the museum is open. Outdoor spaces are open to members and the general public. Indoor spaces are reopening in phases. ...

Thursday, December 3

New Palo Alto Art Exhibit “Here to Returnity” (Dec 3 – Jan 15)
Thursday, December 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Qualia Contemporary Art Gallery
New Palo Alto Art Exhibit "Here to Returnity" (Dec 3 - Jan 15)
Qualia Contemporary Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions featuring the work of Bay Area artists, Cate White and Sean Howe. White’s exhibition, Here to Returnity , is a series of mixed media on canvas works that depict the repetitive patterns and contemporary experiences of systemic power ...
Outdoor Video Art Installation by Jeffrey Gibson “Nothing is Eternal” (Dec 3-12)
Thursday, December 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with timed ticket.
| Headlands Center for the Arts
Outdoor Video Art Installation by Jeffrey Gibson  "Nothing is Eternal" (Dec 3-12)
December 3-4, 10-11, 5-7pm all days In collaboration with CCA’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Headlands screens a new video work by Jeffrey Gibson (AIR ’10), “Nothing is Eternal.” A meditative piece on the nature and status of American society, the 18-minute video presents our current dynamic ...
Exploratorium’s “After Dark Online” Celestial—Rising Tides
Thursday, December 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Online Event
Exploratorium's "After Dark Online" Celestial—Rising Tides
In December and January, San Francisco Bay will see King Tides, extreme tides caused by three colliding factors: the Sun and moon aligning—a full moon—while both are at their closest points to Earth. However, the sea level in the Bay is constantly rising, and today’s ...

Friday, December 4

“Keep on Sketchin’” SIP-N-Sketch Virtual Gallery & Reception
Friday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE - Please RSVP for Reception Zoom link
"Keep on Sketchin’" SIP-N-Sketch Virtual Gallery & Reception
Virtual Reception: Friday, December 4, 2020, 6:00pm. Exhibit: Friday, December 4th – Friday, January 8th Since shelter in place began, Artist-Engineer, Bill Jeng has offered over 50 sessions of sketching and painting tutorials FREE for the community through SIP-N-Sketch. Demonstrating his approach to sketching and drawing, students have ...

Saturday, December 5

“Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle
Saturday, December 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | CounterPULSE
"Play Streets" Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle

Enjoy a safe and open space to play, stretch the legs, and have some fun at Play Streets this Saturday! “Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle , from 10-4 pm 200 block of Turk (between Jones/ Leavenworth) Masks and social distancing requirements ...Every Saturday

“ArtWrap” A Virtual Bay Area Holiday Gift Fair
Saturday, December 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend. Art priced to purchase $1-$200
| online via Booth Central
"ArtWrap" A Virtual Bay Area Holiday Gift Fair
Wrap up 2020 with affordable, artful gifts this winter season! ArtSpan presents ArtWrap, our affordable art market featuring unique, handmade items for your holiday needs. ArtWrap spotlights giftable and shippable artistic pieces priced between $1 to $200 created by local Bay Area artists. Connect directly with creators ...
Oakland Creates 2020 Virtual Art, Comics and Zinefest
Saturday, December 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
Oakland Creates 2020 Virtual Art, Comics and Zinefest
Art and Comics and Zines show case spotlighting artists from Oakland CA and the surrounding areas.
CANCELED: GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents
Saturday, December 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance
| GLBT Historical Society Museum
CANCELED: GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents

With San Francisco moving into the Purple tier, all indoor museums are closed until further notice. Every Saturday

Fall Cartooning Academy (Online)
Saturday, December 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $20 | Online
Fall Cartooning Academy (Online)
Our 2020 Summer Semester Season of monthly cartooning workshops are now open for registration! THESE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD ONLINE WITH A PRIVATE VIDEO CONFERENCE LINK. No software to install just click and join! Participants must be registered to receive online workshop link. Enroll in a single workshop session ...

Sunday, December 6

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

With San Francisco moving into the Purple tier, all indoor museums are closed until further notice. Monthly

Shipyard Artists “Virtual Holiday Art Market” (Dec 6-24)
Sunday, December 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
Shipyard Artists "Virtual Holiday Art Market" (Dec 6-24)
The Shipyard Artists invite you to participate in a Virtual Holiday Art Market. You will be able to zoom from studio to studio and browse for authentic artistic holiday gifts. A simultaneous live holiday party, with view brief artist tours and interviews will give you gift ...

Wednesday, December 9

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

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park officially re-opened its doors to the public Wednesday, July 22 with modifications to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Formerly open seven days a week, the Japanese Tea Garden ...Every Wednesday

Thursday, December 10

An Amazing “Lighted Forest” Opens in Golden Gate Park (Dec. 10 – Feb. 28)
Thursday, December 10 – 4:50 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Lighting is from sundown to approximately 10pm
| Golden Gate Park (Peacock Meadow)
An Amazing "Lighted Forest" Opens in Golden Gate Park (Dec. 10 - Feb. 28)

Whimsical Wonderland of Lights Coming to Golden Gate Park ‘Entwined’ Art Installation to Close Out 150th Anniversary An art installation coming to Golden Gate Park will transform Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light, the San Francisco Recreation and Park ...

“After Dark Online” Celestial—Solar Eclipse
Thursday, December 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Online Event
"After Dark Online" Celestial—Solar Eclipse
On December 14, the shadow of the moon will cross Earth in a rare event called a total solar eclipse. For a small portion of Earthly observers—in this case, those in a narrow stripe across South America—the moon will be perfectly lined up between our ...

Friday, December 11

2nd Friday Virtual Art Talks
Friday, December 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE
2nd Friday Virtual Art Talks

With the world facing so many challenges, artists are deeply impacted. With no exhibitions, shows to perform at, or an audience to visit their studios, the economic and social impact is immeasurable. 2nd Friday Virtual Art Talks Every 2nd Friday | 7:30 -8:30 pm PST ...Monthly

Saturday, December 12

CANCELED: Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
CANCELED: Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

With San Francisco moving into the Purple tier, all indoor museums are closed until further notice. Every Saturday

“Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle
Saturday, December 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | CounterPULSE
"Play Streets" Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle

Enjoy a safe and open space to play, stretch the legs, and have some fun at Play Streets this Saturday! “Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle , from 10-4 pm 200 block of Turk (between Jones/ Leavenworth) Masks and social distancing requirements ...Every Saturday

GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents
Saturday, December 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance
| GLBT Historical Society Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT Historical Society 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 $10, but through ...Every Saturday

‘Not So Silent’ Solent Flying Boat Outdoor Walk Around Tour
Saturday, December 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Adults $15: Seniors $12: Military / Teens $10: Kids 5-12 year old $8: Kids 4 and under, Free
| Oakland Aviation Museum
'Not So Silent' Solent Flying Boat Outdoor Walk Around Tour
Not So Silent Solent Flying Boat Tour with docent Eulanna Allen ​ Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. (Outdoor only) Walk around tour. ​ Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum upon arrival. ​ Alameda County Health directive requires face masks and Social Distancing practices be observed at all times. ​ Admission ...
“Chromatherapy” New Art Exhibit (Dec. 12 – Jan. 23)
Saturday, December 12 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Heron Arts
"Chromatherapy" New Art Exhibit (Dec. 12 - Jan. 23)
Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2020 – January 23, 2020 Opening Exhibition: December 12th, 4-9 pm. No more than 20 people at a time. Masks required. Virtual Panel Discussion: January 14th @5:30 pm PST Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only Heron Arts is pleased to announce the two-person exhibition Chromatherapy featuring ...

Wednesday, December 16

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

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park officially re-opened its doors to the public Wednesday, July 22 with modifications to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Formerly open seven days a week, the Japanese Tea Garden ...Every Wednesday

The Exploritorum’s “Storytime Science for Kids”
Wednesday, December 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE
The Exploritorum's "Storytime Science for Kids"
Is your shadow your BFF? Is it always with you, even on cloudy days? When the Sun is directly overhead? At night? Can your shadow show you how the Sun and the Earth work together? Can you make indoor shadows? Join the Exploratorium’s own Vivian ...

Thursday, December 17

Exploratorium’s After Dark Online: Celestial – Winter Solstice
Thursday, December 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free online event
| Online Event
Exploratorium's After Dark Online: Celestial - Winter Solstice
Lighten up your outlook as we observe the end of the sun’s journey across the horizon. The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year and return of daylight as our star reverses its apparent course in the sky. Learn about the significance of ...

Saturday, December 19

Free “Legion of Honor” Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
Free "Legion of Honor" Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

Starting up again on October 31st after a 6-month closure, 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 ...Every Saturday

Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

COVID-19 Update – Free Saturdays are back as of September 26, 2020. Timed tickets will be required. Reserve in advance online, or limited number of tickets may be available the membership desk the day of. Review updated social-distancing rules Things may change – Check the de young site and social ...Every Saturday