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Friday, October 4

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, October 4 – 7:00 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. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...Monthly

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, October 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...Monthly

Saturday, October 5

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco 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 de Young Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday
Free de Young Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco 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, including ...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 and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor and Oakland ...Monthly

Rhythmix ‘Round the World 2019: Music, Dance & Art Festival | Alameda
Saturday, October 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for all ages. RSVP recommended.
| Rhythmix Cultural Works
Rhythmix ‘Round the World 2019: Music, Dance & Art Festival | Alameda
Celebrate world arts and cultures with an afternoon of free family-friendly performances and activities featuring: Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues Sekhou Senegal – a Journey through West Africa Ballet Folklorico Flor de Café – Salvadoran folk dance Barbie’s Island Keiki – Young ukulele masters Capoeira Mandinga Alameda Satsuma Dojo – Alameda, Shotokan ...
MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.

The Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP) sprawls across more than a dozen venues as well as public spaces, street corners, BART stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, and homes all over La Mission from around 6 pm until late. The event features taking common spaces, and for one ...

Sunday, October 6

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, October 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Target Free Sundays Typically the first Sunday of the month Asian ...Monthly

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, October 6 – 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

“Skate on Art”: SF’s Epic Pop-Up Roller Rink + Art Party | Final Day
"Skate on Art": SF's Epic Pop-Up Roller Rink + Art Party | Final Day

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture presents actions vent ascending frequencies, a participatory art installation and roller rink experience from creative collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf). The artist-designed outdoor roller-skating rink features performances, DJ sets, and special programming from September 13 through October ...

Tuesday, October 8

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,500 different kinds ...Monthly

Brand New “Painted Pianos” Musical Art & Live Performance | Walnut Creek
Tuesday, October 8 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather Permitting.
| Walnut Creek Library
Brand New "Painted Pianos" Musical Art & Live Performance | Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Downtown is proud to announce a new musical art project called, “Painted Pianos.” Eight pianos will be donated by Steinway Piano Gallery and hand-painted by local artists on site, in downtown Walnut Creek and the Center for Community Arts’ Shadelands campus courtyard. Artists ...

Thursday, October 10

Creative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park
Thursday, October 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Creative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park

Creative Flow activates community, productive play, and well-being through accessible and purposeful art making experiences every Thursday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.Every Thursday

Exploratorium After Dark: Future Foods | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Future Foods | Pier 15
If we are what we eat, what will we be in the future? From plant-based proteins to food-delivery systems to the integration of robotics and technology in food production—and even serving—the landscape of what and how we eat is changing rapidly. Explore what’s new in ...
NightLife Live: Nick Hakim at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
NightLife Live: Nick Hakim at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
See the final installment of our NightLife LIVE 2019 summer music series with a performance in the West Garden from Nick Hakim. Co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership with DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel’s, and artist-in-residency Maggie West. NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and ...

Friday, October 11

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, October 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael

Discover art, wine, entertainment, and more every second Friday of the month on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. From 5-8 pm (with some venues open later), the Second Fridays Art Walk connects dozens of venues in downtown San Rafael with the public, who can enjoy different ...Monthly

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, October 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Vallejo
Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays

The monthly Vallejo Art Walk showcases a variety of nationally accomplished and upcoming local creatives in the historic downtown Vallejo arts district from 5-10 pm on the second Friday of every month, on Georgia, Marin, and Virginia streets. Explore over 25 participating galleries and shops, and ...Monthly

2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, October 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda

The Second Friday Artwalk is a ad-hoc group of galleries and businesses in the Alameda/Jingletown arts districts to promote art and culture in the community. Select studios, galleries and businesses open their doors to support the local arts from 6-9 PM. Exact locations change month ...Monthly

Saturday, October 12

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco 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

San Francisco Open Studios 2019 Kick Off | Oct. 12 – Nov. 3
Saturday, October 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hunters Point Shipyard
San Francisco Open Studios 2019 Kick Off | Oct. 12 - Nov. 3

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

2019 Youth Open Studios: Free Watercolor Class & Art Activities | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite
| Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
2019 Youth Open Studios: Free Watercolor Class & Art Activities | SF
See what the next generation of San Francisco artists has in store. See artwork on display, and meet youth artists from the following Youth Open Studios groups: ArtSeed, Boys & Girls Club of SF Tenderloin Clubhouse, Kids & Art Foundation and Art Rocks Club House. Plus ...
Art Walk 2019: 11 Amazing Galleries & Live Music | Benicia
Saturday, October 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | First Street (Benicia)
Art Walk 2019: 11 Amazing Galleries & Live Music | Benicia

Benicia Art Walk 2019 returns for the 8th season, 2-7 PM, at 11 amazing galleries on First Street in downtown Benicia. Galleries have special activities going on including live entertainment, small sips, and more. Grab the Galleries of First Street Art Passport, then stop by ...Monthly

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, October 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument
"Sketchboard": Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...Monthly

2019 “Yerba Buena Night” Outdoor Arts Festival | SoMa
Saturday, October 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena District
2019 "Yerba Buena Night" Outdoor Arts Festival | SoMa
Come out and see, hear, and experience the Yerba Buena district come alive with music, video, art and dance at the annual Yerba Buena Night. 2019 Yerba Buena Night Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 6 pm to 10 pm Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of ...

Sunday, October 13

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...Monthly

San Francisco Open Studios 2019 | Hunters Point Shipyard
Sunday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hunters Point Shipyard
San Francisco Open Studios 2019 | Hunters Point Shipyard

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, October 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...Monthly

Tuesday, October 15

Brand New “Painted Pianos” Musical Art & Live Performance | Walnut Creek
Tuesday, October 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather Permitting.
| 1499 N. Main St. (Walnut Creek)
Brand New "Painted Pianos" Musical Art & Live Performance | Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Downtown is proud to announce a new musical art project called, “Painted Pianos.” Eight pianos will be donated by Steinway Piano Gallery and hand-painted by local artists on site, in downtown Walnut Creek and the Center for Community Arts’ Shadelands campus courtyard. Artists ...

Thursday, October 17

Community Free Days at Seymour Marine Discovery Center | Santa Cruz
Thursday, October 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Community Free Days at Seymour Marine Discovery Center | Santa Cruz

Seymour Marine Discovery Center is an interactive marine science museum and aquarium with hands-on exhibits and a touch pool, located on the UC Santa Cruz campus. They open their doors to for several Community Free Days several times a year. Powered by the Long Marine ...

Free Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF
Thursday, October 17 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | California Historical Society
Free Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF

Explore the current exhibitions for free from 5 PM-8 PM on the third Thursday of every month, as part of the Yerba Buena neighborhood’s Third Thursday program.Monthly