San Francisco: First Thursday Art
A downtown tradition since 1993, on the first Thursday of every month many of the San Francisco Art Dealer Association member galleries are open late for a casual open house. The Thursday Night Art Stroll is an artful way to meet local artists, drink wine, soak up some culture, and connect with art-loving friends after work. You can also explore certain galleries that are typically open only by appointment. From 5:30-7:30, you’ll want to start in Union Square and head east. Make sure to stop at 77 Geary, 49 Geary and 251 Post Street, as all three of those buildings hold multiple galleries.
North Bay: Sausalito Art Walk
Every second Wednesday of the months May through October is home to the Sausalito Art Walk. Head across the Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito and take in artists, performers and live music, including entertainment for the whole family. Walk along this scenic, seaside enclave overlooking the skyline of San Francisco, meet the artists, enjoy the entertainment and take in the world-class view, a masterpiece itself.
Held on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm, the Oakland Art Murmur is a blossoming coalition of art and cultural venues dedicated to increasing popular awareness of and participation in visual arts in Oakland. The First Friday art walk has grown to include street performances, one-night only art installations, activists raising money and awareness and political initiatives. A true blend of cultures and medium, the Oakland Art Murmur is a hip, artsy evening in this emerging nieghborhood.
The Peninsula: Redwood City Art Walk
The new Redwood City Second Saturday Art Walk is a multicultural, socially responsible, and eco-friendly event that brings a fabulous array of art to this Peninsula community. Discover unique painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more at prices for every budget. Fair trade crafts are promoted at nine locations in Redwood City, compiling over 75 local artists bringing inspiration, culture, and entertainment to the entire Peninsula.
South Bay: South First Fridays in San Jose
Head to San Jose’s SoFA District every First Friday of the month for this ecclectic evening of art and culture along South 1st Street. Many SoFA galleries provide free drinks and snacks while a fun crowd hops from gallery to gallery, taking in art, live music and each other. Known for its fabulous people watching, South First Fridays features special shows and exhibitions from 7pm on.