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November 16, 2022

Your Fall and Winter Arts Guide to San Francisco

Brighten your fall and winter calendar with art, movies, and music in and around the Bay. Here are our top end-of-year art picks. 

As always, schedules and protocols may change, so be sure to confirm details ahead of time. 

Art & Experiences

NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive

Thursdays in Golden Gate Park can only mean one thing: NightLife at the Academy! Enjoy drinks with the fishes and say hi to Claude the albino alligator while learning about a new theme each week. 21+. Buy tickets. Ongoing. 

Art & Design Intertwined at Children’s Creativity Museum

221 Fourth St, San Franciso

Art can connect us in many ways. Help your kids get a better understanding of art and design in our everyday lives while finding ways to use it as a communicator and problem solver in this thoughtful exhibition. Buy tickets. Ongoing.

Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk at the Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St, San Francisco

Award-winning animation director and visual artist Kongkee makes his North American debut at the Asian Art Museum with a vibrant exhibition that’s part comic book, part motion picture, and part meditation on history repeating itself. Plan your visit. Opening November 18.

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy at The Legion of Honor

100 34th Ave, San Francisco

The Legion of Honor celebrates China’s first couturier with an incredible collection of more than 80 works by Guo Pei. Get up close to the designer’s fantastical runway looks from the past two decades and marvel at the craftsmanship that is just as exquisite as it is unconventional. Buy tickets. Through November 27.

Einstein Was Right at Exploratorium

Pier 15, San Francisco

One local observatory played an important part in developing Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. See the instruments, logbooks, and other artifacts that helped make it happen. Buy tickets. Through November 27.

Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate at Minnesota Street Gallery

1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco

Once known as a phrase on IBM punch cards, “Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate” became a 1960s rallying cry against dehumanization in an increasingly technology-driven world. Rena Bransten Gallery and Casemore Gallery co-present an updated look at the concept with this thought-provoking exhibition. Plan your visit. Through December 3. 

Interior Garden at The Chinese Cultural Center

750 Kearny St 3rd Floor, San Francisco

The Chinese Cultural Center continues its decade-long XianRui series featuring “pioneering yet under-recognized artists of Chinese descent” with an exhibition by Cathy Lu. Catch her large-scale ceramic installations through the end of the year. Free, but appointments are recommended. On display through Dec. 17. 

Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece at the Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco

Celebrate 55 years of Disney’s The Jungle Book with over 300 rare sketches, posters, photos, and much more, as curated by legendary animator Andreas Deja. Buy tickets. Through January 8. 

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs at The de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco

Get a taste of Egypt’s golden age with towering relics and thrilling virtual reality experiences. The exhibition features one of the grandest collections of Ramses artifacts and Egyptian jewelry to ever travel to the US. Buy tickets. Through February 12, 2023.

As Above So Below at the David Ireland House

500 Capp St, San Francisco

Explore new site-specific works by artist Sherwin Rio, who reexamines hidden aspects of the David Ireland House, as well as Ireland’s tools, materials, and even hobbies. Plan your visit. Through February 25.

The New Black Vanguard at the Museum of African Diaspora

685 Mission St, San Francisco

The New Black Vanguard is an absolute must for all fashion fanatics. Featuring over 100 select works by an array of renowned artists, the photography exhibition explores themes of gender, power, race, and beauty. Buy tickets. Through March 5, 2023.

Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision at the Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third St, San Francisco

Proxistant Vision is an ambitious and innovative study that examines aerial imaging technologies, their influence, and their potential. Plan Your visit. November 19 through March 19. 

Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission St, San Francisco

Spend fall exploring the creative worlds of visual artist Brett Cook and choreographer Liz Lerman. Together, they’ll transform YBCA’s galleries into an inspirational space through collaborative art and a vast array of related programming. Plan your visit. Through April 2, 2023.

Gillian Laub: Family Matters at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St, San Francisco

Photographer Gillian Laub chronicles her family—for better or worse—with poignant storytelling and vivid imagery. Buy tickets. Through April 9, 2023.

Looking Forward at Pier 24

Pier 24, San Francisco

A lot has changed for San Francisco in the last decade. This exhibition highlights local work by photographers over the last ten years, showcasing evolving landscapes, technologies, and even people. Plan your visit. Through May 31. 

Angela Davis—Seize The Time at Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland

Get to know more about Oakland legend and activist icon Angela Davis through art, rare archive pieces, media, and more—all in the heart of where she’s been igniting change for decades. Buy tickets. Through June 11, 2023.


151 3rd St, San Francisco

In a site-specific commission, Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette ruminates on her family’s history through large-scale images and items from her studio. Buy tickets. Through June 2023.

Theatre & Cinema

Orpheus and Eurydice at San Francisco Opera

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

In an ambitious new production, San Francisco Opera dives into the underworld to tell the story of a love that transcends life itself. Catch it at the stunning War Memorial Opera House. Buy tickets. Through December 1. 

Ain’t Too Proud at Golden Gate Theatre

1 Taylor St, San Francisco

See the story of The Temptations set to their irresistible Motown classics. The electrifying musical rocks and rolls through San Francisco for just a few soulful weeks, so grab your tickets while you can. Buy tickets. Through December 4. 

A Christmas Carol at American Conservatory Theater

1127 Market St, San Francisco

Kick off the holidays with A.C.T.’s rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. The San Francisco tradition was put on pause during the pandemic but is back to add a little joy to your holiday season. Buy tickets. Through December 24. 


Pink Martini at SFJAZZ

201 Franklin St, San Francisco

Beloved band Pink Martini brings their signature mix of jazz, classic pop, and lounge to SFJAZZ for a few nights of “Cosmopolitan Holiday Music”—the perfect winter warmer! Buy tickets. December 13-18.

Holiday Gaiety at Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Spend the holidays with the San Francisco Symphony and drag legend Peaches Christ, as they bring together a fabulously festive variety show that’s sure to make your season bright. Buy tickets. December 15.

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