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Saturday, January 25

“Into China” Chinese Lunar New Year Gallery Opening & Open House | Danville
Saturday, January 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission to the Public.
| The Blackhawk Museum
"Into China" Chinese Lunar New Year Gallery Opening & Open House | Danville
Come celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Blackhawk Museum and experience 5000 years of Chinese history in the newest gallery. The event will be held in front of the Museum, with Traditional Chinese performances taking place throughout the day. Visitors are invited to tour ...
2020 Lunar New Year Celebration: Storytelling & Dragon Parade | San Jose
Saturday, January 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free.
| History Park San Jose in Kelley Park
2020 Lunar New Year Celebration: Storytelling & Dragon Parade | San Jose
Join CHCP, the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project at History Park for the local Lunar New Year of the Pig celebration. On January 25, 2020, the Asian community will celebrate the Lunar New Year, 4718 on Chinese calendars, which is Year of the Rat. 2020 Lunar New ...

“Art of the African Diaspora” Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk | Richmond
Saturday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
"Art of the African Diaspora" Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk | Richmond
Please join for a special Artists’ Talk with KaliMa Amilak, Zoë Boston, and Abi Mustapha. Amilak, Boston and Mustapha are the Artistic Achievement Awardees for Art of the African Diaspora 2020. The Talk will be followed by the Opening Reception for Art of the African Diaspora, ...
RBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area
Saturday, January 25 – 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

“Art of the African Diaspora” Winter Exhibitions Reception | Richmond
Saturday, January 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center
"Art of the African Diaspora" Winter Exhibitions Reception | Richmond
Join for the opening of the Winter Exhibitions. Art of the African Disapora, The Future is Fluid and Right Here, Right Now, Richmond.
SFMOMA’s Bodies At The Border Symposium | SF
Saturday, January 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. First come, first served.
| SFMOMA
SFMOMA's Bodies At The Border Symposium | SF
As of September 16, 2019, the time for this event is not yet available. Please check the website for updates.

Sunday, January 26

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Haight & Cole Valley
Sunday, January 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Haight & Cole Valley

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 ...

Thursday, January 30

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

Exploratorium After Dark: Radioactivity | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Radioactivity | Pier 15
What’s going on inside the nucleus of an atom, and why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you’re exposed to radioactivity every day? Get the facts about this somewhat controversial topic with scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman.
How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
New year can-do: Let NightLife help you be a better you with a night of how-to, hands-on demos, and workshops. Go home armed with both useful crafts and new skills for “adulting.” Ripped jacket? Instructors from WorkshopSF will be on-hand to show you how to repair your clothing artfully ...

Friday, January 31

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

Saturday, February 1

All of SF’s Free Monthly Museum Days | February 2020
Saturday, February 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Details vary for each museum and cultural institution
| All Over the Bay Area
All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | February 2020
Whether the economy is strong or sour, most of the museums in San Francisco and the Bay Area throw their doors open once a month to allow free admission to all comers. Generally on the first Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of each month, these free days ...
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. 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

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust cardholders (credit cards and debit cards) get free admission to seven Bay Area museums, two Sacramento museums and to more than 220 cultural institutions nationwide, for the first full weekend each month including the de ...Monthly

Free Lunar New Year Celebration | San Mateo County History Museum
Saturday, February 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
Free Lunar New Year Celebration | San Mateo County History Museum
On Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11 am to 4 pm, the History Museum will participate in Redwood City’s 10th annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. Join for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Rat. The Lunar New Year is one ...
SF’s “Bad Art Gallery”: Hilarious Dumpster Art | Mission Dist.
Saturday, February 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
SF's "Bad Art Gallery": Hilarious Dumpster Art | Mission Dist.
The Mission Bad Art Gallery, an art show curated from the finest dumpsters and flea markets, is back for 2020. Only the finest bad art from esteemed Bay Area collections (thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets) presented in a ritzy Inner Mansion Gallery with enlightning (and ...

Sunday, February 2

Bank of America’s “Free Museum Day” | SF & Bay Area
Bank of America's "Free Museum Day" | SF & Bay Area

Holders of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust cardholders (credit cards and debit cards) get free admission to seven Bay Area museums, two Sacramento museums and to more than 220 cultural institutions nationwide, for the first full weekend each month including the de ...Monthly

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, February 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: $5*
* Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
| 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 ...Monthly

Tuesday, February 4

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 4 – 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

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 Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 4 – 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 ...Monthly

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, February 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG 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 offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...Monthly

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 4 – 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 media, ...Monthly

First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum
Tuesday, February 4 – 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 ...Monthly

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 4 – 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 ...Monthly

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, February 4 – 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. ...Monthly

TALL: Tenderloin Art Lending Library | SF
Tuesday, February 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 80 Turk
TALL: Tenderloin Art Lending Library | SF

T.A.L.L. the Tenderloin Art Lending Library loans framed, original artwork, much of it by Tenderloin artists, for free to lower income residents. Take a work home for one month, bring it back and borrow another piece for one month. Just like the public library TALL: ...Monthly

Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay
Tuesday, February 4 – 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 ...Monthly

Wednesday, February 5

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, February 5 – 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 ...Monthly

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, February 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT Historical Society Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

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 $5, but on ...Monthly