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 12 and November 3, 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.
There is no cost for this event. It is free, unless you decide to take something home with you.
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.
Weekend 1: 10/12 & 10/13
Weekend 2: 10/19 & 10/20
Weekend 3: 10/26 & 10/27
Weekend 4: 11/2 & 11/3
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.