Opening Day Celebration for The de Young Open

People in gallery viewing artworks hung salon style.

Installation view of The de Young Open, 2020. Photograph by Gary Sexton

Join us for the opening day of The de Young Open exhibition. Celebrate the Bay Area’s artistic communities and the featured artists from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. This all-day, free event includes live performances by local musicians, food trucks, pop-ups, and film screenings. Conclude the day by taking pictures in our photo booth and participating in our family art-making activities.

We are committed to expanding our accessibility during your visit! In addition to free entry to the exhibition and programs, McCalls Catering & Events will be offering a grab-and-go pop-up station in the Café Terrace.


  • Noon – 12:45 pm + 2 – 2:45 pm, DJ Nina Sol

    Wilsey Court

    Listen to music by Nina Sol, who delivers a genre-bending soulful sound characteristic of her Afro-Latina heritage and warm and sunny disposition.

    Nina Sol

    Image courtesy of Nina Sol Robinson

  • 1 – 1:45 pm, La Gente SF

    Wilsey Court

    Enjoy a unique blend of world, cumbia, reggae, salsa, and reggaeton music by La Gente SF, a group born in the Bay Area led by Rafael Bustamante Sarria, singer-songwriter and voting member of the Recording Academy/Grammys.

    La Gente SF

    Image courtesy of Rafael Sarria Bustamante

  • Noon – 4 pm, Cork + Craft with Shogun Shido, a.k.a DJ Jambalaya

    Osher Sculpture Garden

    Create your own abstract painting with Shogun Shido, a.k.a DJ Jambalaya. Learn more.

    Abstract art by Shogun Shido

    Art by Shogun Shido

  • Noon – 4 pm, Patch Culture: A DIY workshop with Sew Frisco

    Piazzoni Murals Room

    Create your own unique tote bag and patch inspired by our exhibitions and collections.

    Patch making at the de Young

    Image courtesy of Sew Frisco

  • 9:30 am – 5:15 pm, The de Young Open 2023 film screenings

    Koret Auditorium

    Watch The de Young Open 2023 films by Tavi L. Carpenter, Lizzie Montana Myers, Bryan Hewitt, and more.

    People in Koret Auditorium

    Image by Gary Sexton

  • 11 am – 3 pm, Beet Making with Artist As First Responder

    Kimball Education Gallery

    Use fruits and vegetables to create hip-hop beats with Artist As First Responder. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and get to know Bay Area hip-hop artists and musicians.

    Making beats with beets

    Image courtesy of Artist As First Responder

  • Noon – 4 pm, Wheel of Fun

    Wilsey Court

    Spin the Wheel of Fun and win prizes.

    Wheel of Fun at de Young museum

    Image by Gary Sexton

COVID-19 guidance 

Masking is strongly recommended, but no longer required for members of the public or employees while in the museum.

Ticket info

All programs are free and do not require additional tickets. Entry to the exhibition is free during the Opening Day Celebration and every Saturday for Bay Area residents.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival will be Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1. Parking will be limited. Please account for traffic when visiting Golden Gate Park.

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