SF Open Studios 2018

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 13 and November 11, 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.

Open Studios in San Francisco

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

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

Schedule & Details for Each Weekend

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 13 & 14
Cable Car
Marina 30 or 45 Buses 30 Bus
2 or 3 Buses 30 + 22 Buses
(Requires a Transfer)
30, 45 or
the Hyde/Mason
Cable Car
30, the Hyde/Mason
Cable Car or Walk
2 or 38 Buses 47 to the 38 (Requires a Transfer)
5 or 21 Buses 47 or 49 Buses
NOPA 5 or 21 Buses 47 + 71
(Requires a Transfer)
5 or 21 Buses 47 or 49 Buses
5, 71
Buses or the
N Light Rail Train
47 + 71
(Requires a Transfer)
N Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the N Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
SOMA Walk F-Street Car
Tenderloin Walk F-Street Car
Downtown Walk F-Street Car or Powell/Mason Cable Car
Weekend 2:
October 20 & 21
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios 19-Bus F-Street Car + 19 Bus (Requires a Transfer)
Weekend 3:
October 27 & 28
Dogpatch KT Light
Rail Train
F-Street Car + the KT Light Rail Train (Requires a Transfer)
9 Bus 19 Bus
Bayview 19 Bus F-Street Car + 19 Bus (Requires a Transfer)
BART or F-Street Car to the 49 Bus (Requires a Transfer) 49 Bus
Portola 8x or 9 Buses 8x Bus
Excelsior BART 49 Bus or F-Street Car + BART (Requires a Transfer)
F, J, KT or BART F (Can Transfer to BART in Union Square for a Faster Trip)
Visitation Valley    
Outer Mission BART or
J-Light Rail Train
49 Bus
Weekend 4:
Noveber 3 & 4
Fort Mason Center Powell/Hyde Cable Car Walk
Presidio 38 + 43 (Requires a Transfer) 30 + 43 (Requires a Transfer)
Richmond 5 Bus 47 + 5 (Requires a Transfer)
Sunset N Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the N Light Rail (Requires a Transfer)
Weekend 5:
November 10 & 11
Mission BART or
J-Light Rail Train
49 Bus
J Light Rail Train F-Street Car to the
J Light Rail Train
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

F-Street Car or N or J Light Rail Trains

F-Street Car or the F-Street Car + the N or J 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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