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Art Parties, Outdoor Dancing, & Every Kind of Creative Festival in SF

Updated: May 31, 2018 09:20
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Broke-Ass Stuart is a proud sponsor of the SF Docfest!  A wonderful festival full of great independent films and really fun events all over the SF!

It’s festival season in the Bay Area.  And no, I’m not talking about some massive, $300 a ticket, porta-pottied, music festival.  Fuck no.  We’re talking about art filled openings, rooms full designers, standup comics & comic books, DJ’s and dance floors, films and photographers, a party dedicated to the worst art in the world (hosted by Broke-Ass Stuart), with an ever-present eye on the presence of a good alcohol sponsorship.  Yes, my friends, it’s springtime in SF, magic is in the air, beer and wine are in your cups, and art is everywhere, see you weirdos out there!

Brewmaster Opening at Docfest

The Docfest opening party, film screening, & mini-brewfest is an event after my own heart.  You get to watch a movie about the rise of craft beer making AND THEN drink beers from +10 brewers, all while eating pizza from DNA Lounge & Paxtis and jamming to Radio Valencia DJs.  Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” and Ben Franklin would have loved this event. Taste Lagunitas, 21st Amendment, St Archer, Pilsner Urquell, Hop Valley, Ft Point and Gordon Biersch with your choice of deep-dish or regular crust pizza!  Tickets are just $22, now that’s just wonderful.

Thursday, May 31 – 8pm
SF DocFest Opening Night Film & After Party
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110
Event info & tickets here


Interactive Artists at YBCA

Public Square, an annual pop-up of thought-provoking workshops, visual and performance art, dance, music, presented by the YBCA Fellows.  60 artists, thinkers, and creative citizens from the Bay Area & the unveiling of the YBCA fellows year-long projects in response to urgent questions of truth, creative dissent, and the necessity of the public imagination. The pop-up will feature over 25 projects, including a choose-your-own-adventure, queer ritual, a meeting with the “first” female president and more!

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 2–6 PM

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents
Tickets $10 FREE for members


It’s all the comedy, in one clusterfuck of a festival.  The entire Civic Center including Bill Graham gets packed with funny.  It’s rare that you can see so many world-class headliners at one event, plus tons of great up and coming comics from the bay and beyond.  This year they have all the heavy hitters from comedy central headling and a bunch of fun hiphop shows from the Wu-Tang Clan to Salt-n-peppa.  Literally too many shows to list here.

June 1-3
Ticket info & Lineups

Bad Art, Good Drinks Hosted by Broke-Ass Stuart

When Indiefest asked us if we wanted to host any particular festival event, we asked for Bad Art Night.  A whole new collection of dumpster-dived art awaits at the June edition of the MISSION B.A.G. (Bad Art Gallery). Hilarious catalog notes, paintings curated from only the finest flea markets, thrift stores and back alleys, all Co-Hosted by Broke-Ass Stuart! Join us for complimentary beverages, groovy music and terrible art! A 21up event.  Co-presented by The Art Critique Show! 

Drink and Laugh at bad art with Broke-Ass Stuart
Saturday, June 2, at 8 PM – 11 PM
518 Valencia St, San Francisco


SF Design Fest opening night

SF Design week kicks off with an opening night reception on June 7th, 2018. Celebrating design, innovation, community and the actions. Highlights include the 2018 San Francisco Design Week Awards, Britelite Immersive’s ‘Philanthropost’ storytelling sculpture, Stanford’s D School, and artist installations featuring social responsibility by Brian Singer, Purin Phanichphant & Chloe Bensahel.  Oh, and everyone gets a Fort Point Beer when you walk in the door!  Contemporary music and dance performance by Cali&Co, live music from DJ Cira, engineer from Slack, food trucks by Off the Grid.

Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Pier 27
San Francisco, California 94111
Opening Tickets 

Full Festival Schedule June 7th – 15th, 2018

Festival of the Impossible

The Festival of the Impossible is a free, three-day event in San Francisco celebrating artists who are pushing past the boundaries of reality. Experience amazing immersive artwork – interactive installations in 2D, 3D, AR, and VR,  fly above the clouds, become larger than life, witness the dreams of sleeping people, enter into an oil painting, see the elements, speak words into being, say hello to mermaids – and be inspired!

Hosted at Minnesota Street Project Galleries, the event will feature 20 artists creating across mediums, including many brand new works in new media. Sponsored by Adobe.

Festival of the Impossible
Jun 8 – Jun 10
1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3407, United States

Stencil Workshop with Jeremy Novy

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a stencil artist? Do you like sharp things and spray paint? Do you feel the need to reject societal norms and make art that everyone will see?  THIS is your chance to learn from a nationally recognized stencil artist, Jeremy Novy!  ou will also gain a basic understanding of how to design, cut, and spray your very own stencil―which you will make and take home that day!

Saturday, June 9 at 2 PM – 5 PM
Art Attack SF
2358 Market Street, Ste # 1, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Art Walk & Gardens Festival

For the 11th year the Yerba Buena Alliance is proud to present the Art Walk as a way to explore the Yerba Buena neighborhood for FREE while experiencing the fabulous world class art and culture exhibitions.   Stops at 111 minna, SFMOMA, California Historical Society, Mirus Gallery, Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, & American BookBinders Museum.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
1:00-2:30 pm Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
2:00-3:00 pm Pre Art Walk Event Reception
3:00 – 6:00 pm Yerba Buena Art Walk
6:00-7:30 pm  Yerba Buena Art Walk After Party & Prize Drawing

San Francisco Comic Con (in Oakland)

Writers, actors, artists and nerds come together to wear costumes and fan-out together, you know the drill.

June 8-10, 2018
550 10th Street, Oakland, California 94607

HUSHfest: Ocean Beach feat. DJ DAN, NOMINUS & MASON BATES

Headphoned dance parties on the beach are delightful (weather pending).  If you like to dance to electronic music when you choose to, picnic, and hangout at the beach, well…enough said.  If it’s not too windy, this is a wonderful way to spend the day.

Saturday, June 9 at 12 PM – 7 PM
Ocean Beach
Info and tickets

Photography Exhibition Supporting Mental Health

Examine anxiety and depression across unfamiliar landscapes. We explore the peaks and valleys, internalized solitude and personal triumphs that come with the territory.  This exhibition was created out of an intention to battle mental health more productively and, by speaking up, to inspire positive change for others.  All proceeds (apart from those covering materials & event costs) will be donated to the Anxiety Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Fri, June 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
100 Montgomery St 16th Floor

Patchwork Makers Festival

Shop handmade and independent goods from 150+ local makers, crafters, designers + food artisans alongside DIY craft workshops, food trucks and music at Patchwork Show in Oakland.
FREE to attend and family + dog friendly.
Oakland, California
June 16, 2018 – Jack London Square – Broadway @ Water St.

*All shows are FREE to attend and 11-5pm

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