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SF Open Studios 2016

Admire the Work of Local Artists

SF Open Studios is one of my favorite events of the year. For four weeks, you get the chance to visit local artists in the studios where they work. You also get the chance to buy unique pieces that you won't find anywhere else.

Each weekend between October 8 and November 6, artists within designated neighborhoods open their studio doors. Each one displays their work and showcases all of their pieces for sale. They are also often around to answer questions and discuss their work in more detail.

More than 800 artists participate during this event. This means you can easily walk from one studio to the next all day long.

You will also find a preview weekend before the official event starts. This is the weekend of October 8 & 9.

There is no cost for this event. It is free, unless you decide to take something home with you.

2016 Preview Weekend

SF Open Studios opens with a preview of works starting on Thursday, October 6 at the SOMArts Cultural Center at 934 Brannan Street. Here you can view works from up to 400 artists and plan your visits for the following four weeks.

This gallery stays open throughout the SF Open Studios event. You can stop by anytime Tuesday through Friday from noon to 7pm, Saturday from 11am and 5pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

This gallery is free and open to the public.

Schedule & Details for All Other Weekends

Here are the specific dates and locations for this year's SF Open Studios. All studios are open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise stated in the official guide.

In the right columns, I indicated the best public transit options from both Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf to each neighborhood. You can also click on the neighborhood links for recommendations on where to grab lunch, more details on using public transit, and what else there is to see and do while you are there.

Dates Neighborhood Best Transit Options From
Union Square Fisherman's Wharf
Weekend 1:
October 15 & 16
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios 19-Bus F-Street Car + 19 Bus (Requires a Transfer)
Weekend 2:
October 22 & 23
Fort
Mason
Powell/Hyde
Cable Car
Walk
Marina 30 or 45 Buses 30 Bus
Pacific
Heights
2 or 3 Buses 30 + 22 Buses
(Requires a Transfer)
Russian
Hill
45 Bus or
the Hyde/Powell
Cable Car
Hyde/Powell
Cable Car or Walk
North
Beach
30, 45 or
the Hyde/Mason
Cable Car
30, the Hyde/Mason
Cable Car or Walk
Downtown Walk F-Street Car or Powell/Mason Cable Car
Tenderloin Walk F-Street Car
MIDMA (Mid-Market Street) Walk F-Street Car or Powell/Mason Cable Car
SOMA Walk F-Street Car
Western
Addition
2 or 38 Buses 47 to the 38 (Requires a Transfer)
NOPA 5 or 21 Buses 47 + 71
(Requires a Transfer)
Hayes
Valley
5 or 21 Buses 47 or 49 Buses
Lower
Haight
5 or 21 Buses 47 or 49 Buses
Potrero
Hill
9 Bus 19 Bus
Dogpatch KT Light
Rail Train
F-Street Car + the KT Light Rail Train (Requires a Transfer)
Bayview 19 Bus F-Street Car + 19 Bus (Requires a Transfer)
Weekend 3:
October 29 & 30
Presidio 38 + 43 (Requires a Transfer) 30 + 43 (Requires a Transfer)
Richmond 5 Bus 47 + 5 (Requires a Transfer)
Upper
Haight
5, 71
Buses or the
N Light Rail Train
47 + 71
(Requires a Transfer)
Buena
Vista
5, 71
Buses or the
N Light Rail Train
47 + 71
(Requires a Transfer)
Cole
Valley
N Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the N Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
Sunset N Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the N Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
Oceanview M Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the M Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
West
Portal
M Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the M Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
Portola 8x or 9 Buses 8x Bus
Excelsior BART 49 Bus or F-Street Car + BART (Requires a Transfer)
Balboa
Park
F, J, KT or BART F (Can Transfer to BART in Union Square for a Faster Trip)
Weekend 4:
November 5 - 6
Bernal
Heights
BART or F-Street Car to the 49 Bus (Requires a Transfer) 49 Bus
Noe
Valley
J Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the
J Light Rail Train
Upper
Market
F-Street Car or the KT, L, M or S Light Rail Trains F-Street Car or the F-Street Car + the KT, L, M or S Light Rail Train
Glen
Park
BART F-Street Car and BART (Requires a Transfer)
Mission BART or
J-Light Rail Train
49 Bus
Castro F-Street Car or the KT, L, M or S Light Rail Trains F-Street Car or the F-Street Car + the KT, L, M or S Light Rail Train

The best way to make the most out of SF Open Studios is to pick up a detailed map when you arrive in San Francisco. You can find them at local hotels, coffee shops, etc.

Each map provides the location for all studios open on a certain day. They also provide the types of works from each artist so you can decide where you want to stop before you arrive in each neighborhood.

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