This week's SF Happenings post features kid-friendly Discovery Day, the re-opening of the CHSA Museum, and the final weekend of SF Open Studios 2016.

Welcome to Reset San Francisco’s 12th edition of SF Happenings, a weekly series that highlights amazing things happening in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

The articles cover everything from art exhibits and cultural events to outdoor activities and a seemingly never-ending array of new restaurants and other spots opening.

Each week, we publish a roundup of the coolest events and fun things to do so you can plan your weekend — and maybe even the next few weeks — with ease.

Happening This Weekend…

SF Happenings: SF Open Studios and Discovery Day

Bay Area Science Festival: Discovery Day


As described via Eventbrite:

“AT&T park is transformed into a science wonderland for the concluding event of the Bay Area Science Festival, organized by UC San Francisco, – a FREE science extravaganza on Saturday November 5th, 2016 10AM-4PM.

“Last year, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, everyone can find something that will unleash their inner scientist. “

Also, as reported by Hoodline, sponsors are providing free transportation for Bayview residents:

“In an effort to connect underrepresented communities to the festival, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and civil engineering firm Brown & Caldwell are providing free bus rides for residents of the city’s southeast neighborhoods, which will depart from several Bayview schools at 9:15am. Rides back to Bayview will depart from AT&T Park at 2pm.”


Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


AT&T Park – 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107


This event is free for the whole family!

SF Happenings: SF Open Studios and CHSA Museum Re-Opening

CHSA Museum Re-Opening


As described on the museum’s website:

“The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the Museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories!”

As reported by Hoodline, the CHSA Museum will re-open on November 5 after being closed for the summer:

“After a summer-long hiatus, CHSA Museum is re-opening on November 5th with a brand new exhibition, ‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.’ Join us! We are located on 965 Clay Street.

“With hands-on interactive technology, breathtaking visuals, and detailed curatorial content, this is the most comprehensive exhibition to date on the Chinese American experience.

“Starting from the late 18th century to the present, the Chinese American story is an integral part of American history…This exhibition uses important new scholarship and rarely exhibited artifacts to entice the visitors into learning something new about American history.”


Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


CHSA Museum – 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108


The museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month, which includes the re-opening celebration on November 5.

Typically, general admission costs $15, with senior and student tickets available for $10. Chidlren ages 12 and under are always free with paid adult admission.

SF Happenings: SF Open Studios 2016

SF Open Studios 2016


As explained on Artspan’s website:

SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios…

“You’ll discover an authentic connection to your art community and artwork in myriad forms, from painting, photography, and printmaking to glass, metal sculpture, and more.

“The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing list, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.”


SF Open Studios 2016 includes a number of events, but a great place to start is the SFOS Exhibition, which features more than “425 works of art in a multitude of media, representing ArtSpan SF Open Studios artists from all neighborhoods.”

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM


SOMArts Cultural Center – 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


The SF Open Studios Exhibition is free and open to the public!

Coming Up Next Week…Election Day!

Election 2016: Top Voter Facts and Figures

Don’t Forget to Vote


After a long and hard-fought campaign, Election 2016 is finally upon us!

If you are a registered voter in California, please, please, please be sure to take advantage of your right to vote to ensure that your voice is heard on the local, state, and national levels.

When and Where:

Any San Francisco voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center, outside Room 48:

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (enter on Grove Street)
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Election Day, you can also vote at your designated polling place. Visit the San Francisco Department of Elections to check the address of your polling place.

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