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Updated: Sep 18, 2020 11:35
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I know that the air is unhealthy, the pandemic is deadly, and the only thing we’re missing seems to be the streets turning to lava.  But it’s fall in San Francisco goddammit, that’s OUR summertime, that’s outdoor beer and wine, that’s renegade parties in the park, that’s making several Halloween costumes a month early, that’s opening season for the ballet, the opera, the symphony, and the underground shows, the cutty after hours, the decompressions, the street parties, the exhibitions, the galleries the…never mind, that’s nostalgia talking.

This Fall in SF, is art walks and socially distanced screenings, virtual and otherwise.

The art, food and drink in San Francisco may have been knocked down, but it’s not out.  I’m talking Museums reopening, art and food walks, food and art walks, virtual art talks, concerts and more.  Socially distanced of course, so wear a mask and get out there and support local business, tip your server, and go see some dope local art (or stream it from home!).

September 10th through Friday, October 1st, 2020


Discover Polk businesses are donating their storefront windows to display the artwork for the four-week duration of the show. Residents and visitors who wish to tour the show are able to download the PDF map below, and access an interactive Google Map, which will show participating businesses and allow users to see the artwork and learn about the artists.

Delicious To Go will run from Thursday, September 10th through Friday, October 1st, 2020 in participating businesses throughout the Discover Polk neighborhood, from California to Broadway. Visit for more details about the art pieces & artists.

Delicious Artwalk and Food Map here!

Union Square Mural Art Walk
Union Square on 09/27/2020 from 12:00pm–4:00pm

The Union Square Business Improvement District partnered with Paint the Void who support and invite local artist to paint murals as a response to the void left by the boarded up businesses in the wake of COVID-19. This new partnerships invites the public to come down to Union Square on 09/27/2020 from 12:00pm–4:00pm to celebrate the creation of the Paint the Voids 100th mural located on the Future Central Subway Station Entrance on the corner of Geary and Stockton. On this special day you can also meet the artists during your guided or self-guided tour (find map below) and enjoy eating and shopping at the 200+ open stores and restaurants. RSVP and find more information about the guided tours here!

To support Paint the Void and local artist creating murals in the Bay Area donate here

Download the map here.


Artspan open studios 2020
September 16 – October 14


This year, SF(O)S will shine a bright light on hundreds of artists from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, offering multiple opportunities to connect with and purchase from a diverse set of creators while ensuring your health and safety.

Our 2020 SF(O)S presents over 250 artists spread across multiple events. Join us virtually to visit and chat with artists you admire and discover new creators to appreciate, all from the comfort of your home.

Mark your calendars from September 16 – October 14, 2020 for a full schedule of unique and engaging virtual events to connect directly with local Bay Area artists and to collect one-of-a-kind art in real-time.


ArtLaunch, the SF(O)S Opening Celebration, Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 – 8PM
with the AMPLIFY: Juror’s Choice Awards award ceremony

–LIVE Artist-led Studio Tours–

ROSE Event: Saturday, September 26 from 10AM – 2PM
GRAY Event: Thursday, October 01 from 4 – 8PM
TEAL Event:  Saturday, October 03 from 10AM – 2PM
GOLD Event: Thursday October 08 from 4 – 8PM

Register for these free art events at 

PLUS Art Salons Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8pm beginning September 16, 2020 via Zoom.

Art Salon 1 with Host Matt McKinley: Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30PM – 8PM
Art Salon 2 with Host Philip Bewley: Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30PM – 8PM
Art Salon 3 with Host Ashley L. Voss: Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30PM – 8PM


#SFOS2020 #ArtSpanSF

SF underground Symphony at the Midway
October 21st and 22nd

Table reservations for One Found Sound Live @ The Midway are on sale starting today!

On October 21st and 22nd, OFS is bringing you STRUM, an evening of string quartets live (in-person!) during The Midway SF‘s outdoor distanced dining hours.

There are only 16 table reservations available per night, so be sure to grab your table while you can.

Come see us in real life (we really miss you) and get your nosh on with a specially curated menu of food for purchase to match our program of incredible string quartets. 

Tickets to Midway

Fall Schedule of virtual and in person concerts by OFS: Fall Schedule

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Creates a Drive-in Theater for Its 17th Season of Free Screenings

Friday, 10/9, South Slope Cinema: Pop-up Drive-in at Alemany Plaza 

Friday, 10/16, South Slope Cinema: Pop-up Drive-in at Alemany Plaza 

Tuesday, 10/27, Best of Bernal Season Finale: The 2020 season’s award-winning films — online 

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema celebrates its 17th season of free films with two nightly screenings in a pop-up drive-in theater in Alemany Farmers Market Plaza, aptly named South Slope Cinema.

Traditionally, BHOC has chosen the neighborhood’s parks and storefronts to showcase diverse, local filmmakers and to bring people together in celebration of the community’s values and resources. This year its goal remains the same. Only the venues are different.

All films will be digitally projected on a portable LED screen set up against the northwest wall of Alemany Plaza

Screenings generally run from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Details and film lineups will be available next week on the BHOC website (

Courtesy of the SF Examiner


Exhibition Program Features Bay Area Artists Including Major Presentation by David Park, and Site-Specific Commissions by Local Artists

Museum Offers Two Weeks of Free Admission to the Community

After more than six months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SFMOMA embraces a heightened focus on visitor and staff health and safety and is implementing new precautionary measures for reopening, including limiting the number of visitors each day to 25% of regular capacity with timed tickets, requiring masks for all visitors and staff, providing hourly sanitation of public areas and requiring social distance throughout the museum. These measures and others will ensure SFMOMA is a safe space for its community and staff.

The museum will offer special preview days for members from October 1–3 before its Free Community Days for the public October 4–18. Tickets will be available for members on September 23 and for the public on September 25. Advance timed reservations for all SFMOMA tickets are strongly encouraged and can be made at Tickets are required for all visitors including those 18 and under who always enjoy free admission.

SFMOMA will have new public hours when it reopens: Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Visitors and members are encouraged to reserve timed tickets at Tickets will be available to members on September 23 and to the general public on September 25.

The DNA Lounge webcast

In its 35th year, landmark independent nightclub DNA Lounge is doing everything they can to survive the current lockdowns. With the city paralyzed by the Coronavirus, it is a huge struggle to keep San Francisco’s cultural identity and live entertainment culture afloat, but they are trying! Learn all about it right here.

The DNA Lounge webcast — — has, for nearly 20 years, been piping audio and video of its live events onto the internet. Now, under the direction of general manager Devon Dossett, and with crews of dedicated producers, promoters, performers and techs, the club has significantly upgraded its webcast technology, and has transformed itself into a de facto television studio, for broadcasting live events from its stage to the world.

Fort Mason Opens a Drive-In Movie Theater!
September 18 – October 18, 2020, Tuesday to Sunday, Two Daily

A pop-up drive-in theater launching September 18, 2020. Housed on FMCAC’s historic waterfront campus, FORT MASON FLIX will present a cornucopia of film programming; from family favorites to cult classics to blockbusters and arthouse cinema.

Running six days a week through October 18, FORT MASON FLIX will feature an oversized 40’ x 20’ high definition LED Screen. At 4500 nits, this powerhouse screen is up to 90 times brighter than a standard movie theater projector. This dynamic technology will provide a unique theater-going experience, allowing visitors to enjoy their favorite movie in day light as well as after sunset. 

There’s also food and drink available at the shows and we’re told you’re supposed stay in your car.  Most shows have sold out, but there are some ticks left here and there in October.

Tickets while they last


Slow Streets Program

When in doubt, just take a stroll.  Lot’s of streets in the city are car free through the slow streets program, which means walking with social distancing is real easy.   There’s also a cool map of SF’s up and coming parklets.

Slow streets info 

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