The Edwardian Ball
Held annually in the historical Regency Grand Ballroom, this spectacle is truly a sight to see. Enjoy a weekend of dance, performance art, costume, and wonder inspired by the writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. This is no sleepy Victorian fair, this is a high-kicking and boldly creative party that keeps people coming back year after year. Check out The Edwardian Ball Style Guide for costume inspiration and insight into this must-see exhibition.
Visit The Edwardian Ball website for dates and info.
Are you an artist, art lover, art buyer, or lover of cocktails and people watching? Everyone loves at least one of those activities, and that’s why Sketch Tuesday is a monthly affair that cannot be missed. Hosted by one of San Francisco’s most popular galleries, 111 Minna, Sketch Tuesdays give artsy people a chance to get together and buy and sell art in a casual environment. Each month, 20 artists are hand-selected to sketch, paint, or draw small affordable art pieces that are then offered up for sale to the other attendees. Everyone who visits is encouraged to participate and sell their art as well as purvey the gallery and the bar.
Check here for upcoming dates and featured artists.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fillmore Street provides so many chances to dance, eat, and go shopping at the unique vendors, and every year the neighborhood plays hosts to the Fillmore Jazz Festival. Energetic music, excessive use of ‘Jazz Hands,’ and ample food and alcohol options makes for an unbelievably fun celebration of the rich culture and tradition of jazz in San Francisco.
Mr. Nobody’s Spookeasy
Everyone needs to experience at least one Halloween in San Francisco; it is truly a memorable sight. People pull out all the stops to create elaborate costumes and celebrate the holiday with galas and other extraordinary parties. To celebrate the occasion, Mr. Nobody’s Spookeasy, a creepy burlesque circus at Chinatown’s historical Great Star Theatre is nothing short of astonishing! A rare and fascinating blend of performance art, theatre, dance, and circus, Spookeasy is distinctly San Francisco and a rollicking good time. Guests are encouraged but not required to dress up in costume, and food, drinks, and cocktails are available for purchase.
Free Museum Days
Here in the City by the Bay, we want our visitors and locals alike to have the privilege of seeing our art collections at little to no cost. If you happen to be in our fair city on the right day, there are multiple museums you can experience for the bargain price of FREE fifty! However, if you are able to make a donation, I’m sure it would be more than appreciated. Here are some highly suggested museums to visit on free day:
The De Young Museum: Free the first Tuesday of every month. Free the first weekend of every month for Bank of America card holders.
Legion of Honor: Free the first Tuesday of every month. Free the first weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders.
The Asian Art Museum: Free the first Sunday of every month.
Musée Mécanique: Free daily!
The Cable Car Museum: Free Daily!
The Contemporary Jewish Museum: Free the first Tuesday of every month. Free the first weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders.