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The Best Art Parties, Street Fests & Fairs in San Francisco

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 10:49
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There is an explosion of fun artsy events happening in San Francisco this time of year.  2 weekends of art fairs, street parties, and even an artist takeover of a hotel.   This is the time to get out there and mix it up with thousands of artists, makers, movers and shakers.  Here are the art centered events starting this weekend and running through Sunday May 7th 2017 in SF.  See you out there!

stARTup Art Fair

startup fair

FRI – SUN 4/28-30 | @Hotel Del Sol SF

stARTup Art Fair is artists taking over a colorful hotel and reinventing each room with their painting, sculpture, or live performance.  This is a cool take on the art fair scene, the whole courtyard will be turned into a sculpture garden this year, the entrance of the building will be taken over by hand cut vinyl street art duo T.W. Five and geometric art favorites HYBYCOZO will be showing a piece.  It’s a pretty magical party.

Friday, April 28: 2 – 6 PM / 7-10 PM, Opening Party
Saturday, April 29: Noon – 9 PM
Sunday, April 30: Noon – 7 PM
3100 Webster Street, San Francisco


startup fair party

#startupartfair 2016

Art Market San Francisco

art market 2017

FRI – SUN 4/28-30 | @Fort Mason SF

Art Market SF hosts dozens and dozens of art galleries from the bay area and from all overt the world.  It’s literally a stroll through what’s happening in today’s art market.  It’s an afternoon of tasty food stands, fancy sponsorships, art talks, and cool art installations.

General Admission Public Hours
Friday, April 28, 2017— 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017 — 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 — 12:00pm to 6:00pm



SF Art Huntsf art hunt

Sat 4/29 | @Dr. Teeths

Kate Talbot, Adam Swig and Fnnch host Sf Art Hunt.  Find all the infamous fnnch honey bears and murals throughout the Mission District. Immerse yourself within this online to offline experience and step into the San Francisco art scene. This 30 minute hunt will lead you to a party at the finish line.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2323 Mission Street, SF


Our Story- Women’s Activism through Artour story sf

Sat 4/29 | @Clement St.

The Richmond District Neighborhood Center and the Clement Street Merchants Association are filling the streets with artisans selling their goods, resources by women & girl serving organizations, art activities, live performances by women musicians and dancers, as well as indoor gallery spaces where art will be showcased and sold.

Saturday, April 29th
2 PM – 6 PM
Clement Street Between Arguello and 3rd Ave


Day Breakers Lake Merritt
day breaker lake merrit

Sun 4/30 | @Lake Merritt Amphitheater

DayBreakers is SF’s morning dance party, they typically throw super fun dance parties early in the morning and before work.  It’s like a sober rave before you start your day.   This Daybreakers at Lake Merritt dubbed ‘Sunday Funday’, is complete with dancing, food trucks, ‘uhmazing’ performers and all sorts of crazy surprises.  Awesome Oakland DJs & musicians (David Harness, LadyRyan, Dedan, J Boogie Dubtronic Science) will be on hand to keep the dance party going.

Sun, April 30, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Between 12th Street and 1st Ave, Lake Merritt Blvd




Urban Air Market

urban air market

SUN 5/7 | @Hayes Valley

Twice a year Urban Air Market comes to Hayes Valley with over 130 vendors, live music, and interactive art.  This is maybe the best place in the bay to find a handmade mothers day gift, as well as check out what your local makers are up to.  This year there’s a DIY re-fashion workshop where you can take your old unwanted clothes and make them into something new.

Sunday, May 7th
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM PDT
Patricia’s Green
Octavia St, SF



Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
yerba buena festival

SUN 5/7 | @Yerba Buena Gardens

YBG is hosting a summer full of Festival Weekend Sessions. for the full summer schedule visit  Sunday May 7th is Pianist Arturo O’Farrill, part of a legendary Latin jazz dynasty. His father was the pioneering Cuban composer/arranger and bandleader Chico O’Farrill and his son is the rising trumpet star Adam O’Farrill. As the driving force behind the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Sunday, May 7th
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th, SF



How Weird Street Festival

how w symbiosis

SUN 5/7 | @Howard Street between 1st & New Montgomery


This is a funky, loud, costume filled, very San Franciscan street party.  The unofficial themes are always ‘peace’, ‘acceptance’, and ‘let your freak flag fly’, this year the official theme is “Summer of Weird”, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.  There will be  lots of burners, delightful weirdos, dancers, artists and electronic music.   There are some always wild after parties in the neighboring clubs afterwards.

Sunday, May 7th
Howeird Street San Francisco

More Info Here

how weird map

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