Bucketlist Travels logo

Travel bucket list idea:

SF Open Studios

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

Creative, trend-setting, colourful San Francisco is renowned for its exceptional visual arts community, and for four weekends in the fall (October and/or November), over 400 of the city’s best and emerging artists throw open the doors to their workspaces.

Visitors can get up close with the artists and their works, and learn more about their creative processes and life as a working artist.

Each weekend highlights studios in different neighbourhoods, so it’s easy to create your own self-guided, art-focused walking tour.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: Oct & Nov
Duration: 4 weekends

Getting there & doing it

ArtSpan, the organisation behind it, produces an online guide to the neighbourhoods and studios being showcased, which includes studio listings, maps and artwork. There’s also a free App.

When to do it

The annual event runs for four consecutive weekends in October and November.

If you can’t make it for the main shindig, ArtSpan arranges several smaller versions of the event throughout the year. Check their website to see if any coincide with your travel dates.