Category Archives: Family Friendly

Insider’s Guide: Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017

Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017. October 14 +15, 2017

Whether you are a beginning collector or a long time art buyer you will want to visit Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017.

Scattered through eight buildings at two sites,Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017 has art in every medium. Some of the art is traditional and some very non-traditional; some is affordable and some is not so affordable. In other words, something for everyone.

Mark your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet over 180 artists, see where they work and buy original paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more.

Free admission.

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You Will Want to Leave The City For Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017

Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017. September 2, 3 + 4, 2017

Fall is approaching and with it the end of the fair/festival season. But it’s not over yet.

Nestled in a redwood forest with some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast, Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017 is a lot like the grand finale at the 4th of July fireworks extravaganza – one last magnificent burst of wow before it all fades away.

Take a ride up the mountain and see first hand why the Art Fair SourceBook declared the Kings Mountain Art Fair the #1 Fine Arts Fair in Northern California (and maybe feel a little smug knowing there is an Art Fair SourceBook.)

Free admission.

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Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017

Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017. August 12, 2017.

If your heart skips a joyous beat at the thought of scouring your neighbor’s cast-offs, I mean treasures, don’t miss the Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017.

This one day shopping treasure hunt has everything from antiques to vintage clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, sporting goods, books, household goods, vinyl, retro stereo equipment, collectibles of every sort and much more.

Hit the Hill and score fantastic deals on everything from must-haves to didn’t-know-you-must-haves.

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6 Tips For Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017

Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017. June 24, 2017 

Mark your calendar for the fab Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017.

This bi-annual juried makers festival showcases 150+ local art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music. Think love child of Etsy and Pinterest.

Free admission! Family friendly! Pet friendly!

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Get in Free: Museum Member For A Day 2017

Member For A Day 2016Museum Member For A Day 2017.  Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Do you belong to a museum? If so you are going to love Member For A Day 2017. Go to one of the twelve participating Bay Area cultural institutions, show your museum card and enjoy free general admission to a museum where you are not a member.

Bonus:  Many museums are having special activities and offering Museum Member for a Day discounts at their museum store.

If you have a membership to any of the museums on the list definitely consider taking advantage of this great deal.

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Upcoming Free Museum Days You Need To Know About

free-museum-admission-december-2016Love Museums? Check Out These Free Museum Days. December 3-11, 2016

If you need a break from digging through boxes at sample sales check out these upcoming free museum days:

  • The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s birthday with its annual free day. This is the only free day all year so mark your calendar.
  • Visit the eco-friendly California Academy of Sciences admission free, no strings attached,no fine print.
  • Anyone with a Bank of America (or Merrill Lynch) credit or debit card can visit participating museums admission free both Saturday and Sunday. One hundred fifty cultural institutions across the United States are in the program including nine in the wider Bay Area.
  • This week has free admission days at TEN  top Bay Area museums.

Bonus: many of the museums are family friendly and some will even appeal to your eye rolling tween.

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6 Tips For Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival

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Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival. November 5, 2016.

Mark your calendar for Oakland’s fab Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival- an Indie emporium with unique wares you won’t find at any big box/chain store.

This bi-annual makers festival showcases a juried selection of 150+ local art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music. Think love child of Etsy and Pinterest.

Free admission! Family friendly! Pet friendly! Fun!

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5 Tips For 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair 2016

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38Makers Holiday Gift Fair 2016. November 5, 2016.

The 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair 2016 kicks off the season with locally made gifts in a unique and festive setting (Pinterest’s HQ!)

Curated by Pinterest and featuring SFMade products, the 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair is the love child of Pinterest and SFMade. Seriously.

Find jewelry, home decor, kitchen accessories, gourmet gifts, wine, home & garden items, holiday cards & decorations, stationery, bags, body products, men’s & women’s apparel, pet gear, and more – all from San Francisco manufacturers and artisans.

#SupportLocalBusinesses

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It’s A Bumper Crop @ The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Exhibition: September 27-30, 2016. Pumpkin Sale: October 1 + 2, 2016.

With 10,000+ colorful glass pumpkins and gorgeous gourds on display, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch is the largest glass pumpkin patch in Northern California.

From September 27 to 30th visitors can meander the glass pumpkin patch. The art glass goes on sale Saturday and Sunday with prices starting at $25.

FREE admission. 

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8 Tips for Friends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale

5 Tips for Friends of the SF Public Library Book SaleFriends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale. September 21-25, 2016 

Friends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale brings a whole new meaning to friends with benefits.

Bibliophiles, cookbook collectors, armchair travelers, and hobbyist of every sort mark your calendars – this sale has acres of books covering every imaginable genre.

And that’s not all. The sale also includes DVDs, CDs, audio books, vinyl, and other forms of media.

Prices are rock bottom. Nothing costs more than $3. Hold out until Sunday and everything is only a dollar.

Mark your calendar for THE largest used book sale on the West Coast.

Free admission.

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