San Francisco: 5 best July values

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Free admission to museums

Target is sponsoring free admission to six top San Francisco museums, with an emphasis on family-friendly programming: Friday evening ballet performances at the de Young in honor of Degas's paintings, Saturday storytelling at the Asian Art Museum, and a free entry to Zeum children's museum and a world music dance party for kids at the Yerba Buena Gardens on Sunday. Even for adults, the chance to hop for free from SF MOMA, to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (check out the new Maira Kalman exhibit) and the Museum of the African Diaspora, all located downtown within blocks of each other, is not to be missed. July 16-18, Friday free at the de Young, Saturday free at the Asian Art Museum, the rest are free on Sunday.

An indie craft fair

The much-loved DIY Renegade Craft Fair is like shopping on come to life. Over 200 exhibitors sell indie-craft creations—many by local artists and designers—including jewelry, housewares, stationery, and clothing. There will be crafts workshops, DJs, live music, raffles, a free photobooth, and more. It's the perfect place to pick up a unique, affordable souvenir to take home. July 31 and August 1 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. July 31-Aug 1st, 11 am-7 pm, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., 415/345-7500, near Fort Mason.

A tribute to Angel Island immigrants

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Angel Island (known as the Ellis Island of the West), the United States Immigration Station is reopening its doors. The historic landmark features exhibits about the millions of mostly Asian immigrants who were processed between 1910 and 1940, including the original interrogation table and detention barracks. On July 31, opening day, there will be a series of speakers, book readings, Tai Chi demonstrations, and Japanese bamboo flute music performances. Free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 415/262-4429; for more information including discount tickets for ferry service, check

A pop-up shop opens at YBCA

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is getting in on the pop-up shops trend this month by hosting Zinc Details in conjunction with their TechnoCRAFT: Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers and Design in the Age of Individuality exhibit curated by San Francisco's acclaimed designer Yves Behar. Zinc, one of San Francisco's most popular design shops, stocks home furnishings, gadgets, and accessories, by the artists in the exhibit. July 10-Oct 3, Thu-Sat, 12 p.m.- 8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-6p.m., 701 Mission St., 415/978-2700.

A festival celebrates street art

Many visitors check out the murals on Balmy Alley in the Mission, but here is your chance to see the art in the making. Every year about 250 people show up for the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Festival to create murals and paint graffiti on the 2,000 square feet of portable wall space donated by the Precita Eyes Mural Center. Free paint, brushes, and aerosol paint cans will be available for anyone to use—while musicians, spoken word lyricists, poetry slammers, and break dancers perform throughout the day. La Parilla Grill restaurant will be serving free Mexican food, water and soda. July 24, free, 1-6 p.m., 415/285-2287, 2981 24th St.

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