Out and About: Museums, Walks, and Talks: June


San Francisco’s Pasados del Presidio


The founding of El Presidio de San Francisco in 1776 and the heritage of early American cultures at San Francisco’s Presidio is honored with a series of events on June 28-29th.  Friday’s Afternoon Fun For Kids includes hands-on activities like tortilla-making, adobe brick-making, music and dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. On Saturday, Los Californianos, descendants of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition, return to the Presidio to recognize the journey of their ancestors, including a procession by the Amigos de Anza horse-mounted riders, and a roll call of the people who made the original 1200+ mile trek from Sonora, Mexico. Guided History Tours will focus on the park’s rich Spanish and Mexican heritage.  Presidio Officers’ Club 415.561.5300, presidio.gov





Bay Area Discovery Museum

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice

Explore the land of fire’s volcano and squishy forest floor and the land of ice’s chilly slide and cave before digging for fossils in the field research station, opening May 25 (Sausalito).

415.339.3900, bayareadiscoverymuseum.org


Bolinas Museum

Changing California: Historical Ecology of the Bay Area

See this exhibit in the main gallery.

415.868.0330, bolinasmuseum.org


Marin History Museum

Numerous collections with historical articles, documents, artifacts and photographs commemorate traditions, innovation and creativity in Marin (Novato).

415.382.1182, marinhistory.org


Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibits from local, national, and international artists at Hamilton Field (Novato).

415.506.0137, marinmoca.org


The Museum of the American Indian

Native Expressions

Featuring the works of Becky Olvera Schultz, whose art is inspired by peoples indigenous to the Americas, the exhibit includes clay and mixed-media masks, rawhide shields and other works by this well-known California artist, through June 28 (Novato).

415.897.4064, marinindian.com



Asian Art Museum

Tattoos in Japanese Prints

Turns out the ink on your ankle can be traced back to 19th-century woodblock prints, which were inspired by a popular 14th-century Chinese martial arts novel, through August 18 (SF).

415.581.3711, asianart.org


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging

Developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley graduate students and featuring collections by black artists, through July 21 (Berkeley).

510.642.0808, bampfa.org


California Academy of Sciences

Giants of Land and Sea

Discover the forces that make Northern California a place unlike anywhere else. Step inside an immersive fog room, feel a jolt in an earthquake simulator, and explore marine mammal skeletons and models (SF).

415.379.8000, calacademy.org


Charles M. Schulz Museum

Peace, Love, and Woodstock

The smallest, dare we say flightiest, Peanuts character gets his own exhibition exploring all things Woodstock, from namesake to nest, through September 8 (Santa Rosa).

707.579.4452, schulzmuseum.org


Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World

Computer gaming technology and film are the tools used to explore the dreams and memories of the artist’s paternal grandmother, who with her family fled the imminent Nazi occupation of the former Czechoslovakia when she was 16, through February 19, 2020 (SF).

415.655.7800, thecjm.org


de Young

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things

Featuring works on paper from the last 50 years, this exhibit asks, What makes the ordinary objects around us extraordinary? Through July 14 (SF).

415.750.3600, deyoung.famsf.org


di Rosa

Viola Frey: Center Stage

Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).

707.226.5991, dirosaart.org



Self, Made

What makes you you? Dare to try on new personas and explore others through interactive pieces, artworks and costumes, through September 2 (SF).

415.397.5673, exploratorium.edu


Legion of Honor

Early Rubens

Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens’ most productive years, 1608 until about 1620, are explored along with his masterful handling of oil paint and sensuous coloring, through September 8 (SF).

415.750.3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org


Museum of the African Diaspora

Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox

The legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean is explored through the works of 10 contemporary artists, including Andrea Chung, Angel Otero and Didier William.

415.358.7200, moadsf.org


Museum of Craft and Design

Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey

An installation of monumental clay figures for which artist Wanxin Zhang is known includes traditional shapes and iconography from Chinese history threaded with contemporary California funk and pop culture influences, through July 14 (SF).

415.773.0303, sfmcd.org


Oakland Museum of California

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

Commissioned to document the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion, completed 150 years ago in 1869, Russell’s photography shows the tremendous impacts of the technological marvel on the land and native peoples, through September 1 (Oakland).

510.318.8400, museumca.org



Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

The first retrospective of the artist’s work in 25 years, the exhibition includes over 300 works over three museum floors, including iconic pieces and lesser-known ephemera.

May 19–September 2 (SF).

415.357.4000, sfmoma.org


Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Sonoma Modern | Contemporary

Featuring artists who have lived and worked in Sonoma County, including Chester Arnold, Mary McChesney and Dennis Ziemeinski, among others, through June 16 (Sonoma).

707.939.7862, svma.org


The Walt Disney Family Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through Jan 6, 2020 (SF).

415.345.6800, waltdisney.org


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that spur and support societal movement are at the heart of this cultural institution (SF).

415.978.2787, ybca.org




Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

Thru June 1

This special exhibition on California’s wildflowers features photographs by Nita Winter and Rob Badger and addresses the effects of climate change on a universal emblem of beauty.

Bay Model Visitor Center (Sausalito)

650.608.1274, cnpsmarin.org


Mill Valley Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food

June 2

Over 65 wineries, 20-plus gourmet food products, local restaurants and breweries come together to benefit the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation.

Depot Plaza (Mill Valley)

415.388.9700, enjoymillvalley.com


Bouquets to Art

June 4–9

Along with luncheons, lectures and pop-up discussions by renowned floral experts from around the world, the museum’s fundraiser features floral arrangements in all shapes and sizes.

de Young Museum (SF)

415.750.3600, deyoung.famsf.org


TEDxSalon: The Brain and Consciousness

June 6

A community gathering precedes this deep dive into the latest research on the human brain, meditation, dementia and consciousness with host Mark Coleman.

Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael)



Rosé Day Celebration

June 8

Think pink while savoring nibbles from girl & the fig and wines (pink, of course) from Passaggio Wines, Jeff Cohn Cellars and many more.

Suite D (Sonoma)




June 8

Support the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer awareness while sipping pink wines and enjoying views of the Napa Valley.

Sterling Vineyards (Calistoga)

800.726.6136, naparosefest.com


Outdoor Antique French Market

June 9

French music by Michel Michelis, made-to-order crepes, and rows of booths laden with vintage clothing, retro and antique furniture, art and garden decor.

Marin Center (San Rafael)

415.383.2252, thefrenchmarketmarin.com


San Francisco Zoo Day

June 9

Following the 2 p.m. matinee of Rhino at A.C.T., join an interactive experience and learn about rhino conservation efforts at the theater in collaboration with the San Francisco Zoo.



Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction

June 15

Enjoy cocktails and snacks, live and silent auctions, immersive installations, entertainment and a pop-up shop, all to raise funds for the center’s programs and mission.

Fort Mason (SF)

415.331.2787, headlands.org


MARINSCAPES Reimagined 2019 

June 20–23

This annual fundraiser for Buckelew Programs includes a gala and a live auction, a meet-the-artists reception and a special presentation about investing in fine art.

Escalle Winery (Larkspur)

415.491.5705, buckelew.org


Walk in the Wild

June 22

Support conservation by strolling through the Oakland Zoo, sampling cuisine from the region’s top chefs before dancing and dessert (Oakland).

Oakland Zoo

510.632.9525, oaklandzoo.org


Made in San Leandro

June 27

Enjoy bites, beer and wine, games and live entertainment around the 55-foot-tall “Truth Is Beauty” statue at this month’s Truth Thursdays.

San Leandro Tech Campus (San Leandro)





Graduate Fellows Exhibition

Thru June 6

With representative works from Bay Area graduate students in the arts, this program is a window into the work of emerging Bay Area artists and regional arts programs.

Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito)

415.331.2787, headlands.org


Amor Towles

June 4

The author of A Gentleman in Moscow (currently under development as a miniseries starring Kenneth Branagh) discusses his works.

Sydney Goldstein Theater (San Francisco)

415.392.4400, cityarts.net