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Tuesday, January 7

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 7 – 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

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, January 7 – 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

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 7 – 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

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 7 – 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, January 7 – 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

TALL: Tenderloin Art Lending Library | SF
Tuesday, January 7 – 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, January 7 – 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

Friday, January 10

Vallejo Art Walk | Second Fridays
Friday, January 10 – 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

Second Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael
Friday, January 10 – 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

2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, January 10 – 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, January 11

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, January 11 – 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

Sunday, January 12

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, January 12 – 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

Thursday, January 16

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

“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF
Thursday, January 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
| Museum of Craft and Design
"Make" Summer Parklet Art Party | SF

On the third Thursday of each month stay out late with the Museum of Craft and Design and collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects. Enjoy hands on takeaways that preview the upcoming shows, including Macon Reed ...Monthly

Saturday, January 18

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, January 18 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...Monthly

Sunday, January 19

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, January 19 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...Monthly

SF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations
SF's "Antique Vibrator Museum" Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations

Did you know SF has an Antique Vibrator Museum? Take a free tour of this unique space every 3rd Sunday of the month with Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen.  Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store ...Monthly

Saturday, January 25

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

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.

Saturday, February 1

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

Tuesday, February 4

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

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 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

Friday, February 7

Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz
Friday, February 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Normal price admission is $10.
| Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz)
Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz

Come experience the 3rd Annual Sculpture on Wheels Car Show at the MAH as a stop on the First Friday Art Tour, beginning August 2, 2019. Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour for three floors of exhibitions, live music, and ...Monthly

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, February 7 – 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. 2 pm General Tour: ...Monthly

Facebook First Fridays | San Jose Museum of Art
Friday, February 7 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free after 5 pm.
| San Jose Museum of Art
Facebook First Fridays | San Jose Museum of Art

Come to the Facebook First Fridays, a late night offering free admission to all exhibitions and programs featuring music by live DJ, a cash bar, and a photo booth. Facebook First Fridays Every 1st Friday | 5 pm to 9 pm San José Museum of ...Monthly

San Francisco’s Winter Cocktail Party | 2020
Friday, February 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 10:30pm, but an RSVP is required.
| Bar Fluxus
San Francisco's Winter Cocktail Party | 2020

You’re invited to San Francisco’s Winter Cocktail Party, a special celebration of seasonal cocktails with a DJ after party. And it all takes place at Bar Fluxus, SF’s newest art bar that’s tucked away in a secret alley you’d never find on your own. The ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, February 7 – 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

Friday, February 14

2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, February 14 – 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

Wednesday, March 18

“Last Day of Winter” Free Walking Tours | SF
Wednesday, March 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Japanese Tea Garden may require an additional charge.
| All Over San Francisco
"Last Day of Winter" Free Walking Tours | SF
Last day of Winter Walking Tour Schedule: 9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden 10:00 am – A Turbulent Port 11:00 am – Coit Tower Murals 11:00 am – Fairmont Hotel (RESERVATIONS ONLY) 1:00 pm – Japanese Tea Garden 1:30 pm – Gold Rush City 2:00 pm – Downtown Deco 2:00 pm – Nob Hill Admission to Japanese Garden required except on the ...