Art Scene

The Bay Area art scene offers a wealth of multicultural events, so make the most of your time. Hundreds of art, architecture, design, and writing venues are popping up all the time here in San Francisco, as well as in neighboring areas.


Whatever your fancy -- museums and galleries, architectural landmarks, live performances, poetry readings, ongoing exhibitions, seasonal art festivals, street fairs, film festivals -- the Bay Area has no shortage!

Free-Admission Museum Days

On a budget? Keep in mind many Bay Area museums waive their admission fee one day a month. Review the list of participating museums.

To assist you, we've put together two different approaches to locate exactly what you're looking for during your stay.

Self-search tools (create an itinerary yourself)
Recommended-site tours (based on academic disciplines)

Below are several useful websites that provide quick access to a wide array of art venues and social entertainment. Search by proximity, affordability, art-specific events, or select your itinerary from a more comprehensive list.

Create an Itinerary

The is a comprehensive site that allows you to search for events in two ways: by calendar date (or range of dates) and by keyword. Select Learn How to Use this Site (upper right-hand corner), then select How to Search for Events to watch a quick tutorial to search by type of event, price, and neighborhood.

Visit for a quick-and-easy overview of current Bay Area cultural events (art, film, performing arts, music, and readings), including those that are free and open to the public. Search by “Today,” “This Weekend,” or “All Days.”

Another useful resource for combing through the Bay Area’s rich cultural highlights is Here you can discover popular local entertainment by districts for clubs, bars, wine tasting, cafés and restaurants, shopping, and businesses. Search by favorite cuisine type or even popularity. Events, too, are categorized (theater, dance, museums, galleries, literary arts) for select interests.

For a comprehensive list of galleries in San Francisco, visit

For local art happenings and other cool stuff, visit