Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights at the de Young programming is currently on hiatus. Friday Nights Season 11 will take place from April 17–November 27, 2015. Please refer to the visiting page for museum hours, including extended and special holiday hours.

Friday Nights at the de Young programs are after-hours art "happenings" that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a special Friday Night menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.

Friday Nights at the de Young: Opening of Season 11

Red Thistle Dancers
April 17, 2015 - 5:00pm8:45pm

We open Season 11 of Friday Nights at the de Young with a celebration of the special exhibition Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland and the annual Bouquets to Art exhibition.

Mixed-media art-making. Photo by Asta Karalis
Buchanan Court
5:00 pm

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.

Jeff Cambell, bagpiper
Diller Court
5:45 pm

Bagpipe performances greet Friday Nights visitors from 5:45–6:45 pm in Diller Court.

Jeff Campbell has 30+ years of piping experience. He performs a medley of up-beat tunes in traditional highland attire. Campbell has performed with six-time Grammy winning group, The Chieftains. He studied under World Champion Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsay, B.E.M. and has played with the San Francisco Irish, Alameda Sheriffs, Dunvegan, Seattle Clansmen, and Diablo Highlanders pipe bands.

Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm
April 1May 3, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
plus Friday Nights April 17, April 24, and May 1 unti 8:45 pm
Red Thistle Dancers
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Friday Nights at the de Young presents the Red Thistle Dancers, a traditional Scottish dance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Red Thistle performs a variety of Scottish dances, including Scottish country dancing.

Performance Schedule

6:30–6:50 pm


7:30–7:50 pm

Audience participation starting at 8 pm

Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child ('The Wemyss Madonna')
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

Esther Bell, Curator-in-Charge of European Painting at FAMSF presents a lecture on the special exhibition Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

April 17, 2015 - 5:00pm

Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation, and the Estate of Delores M. Schweizer. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.

Media Sponsor