Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 San Francisco Frida Kahlo Festival

SF’s Month-long celebration of Frida’s 110th birthday kicks off July 6th

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. All of the events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted.

2017 Fiestas Fridas
June 27 to July 30, 2017
All over the Mission
Most events are free unless otherwise stated

8th Year of Frida Art, June 27th, 3 to 5 pm, Puerto Alegre (546 Valencia St.)
The 8th year of Frida Art in this iconic San Francisco restaurant. Curated by Frankie Franco featuring several local artists. Go for Frida, stay for Margarita(s)

FRIDArte Exhibit & Kick-off Celebration, July 6th, 6 to 8 pm, Alley Cat Books (3036 24th St.)
Special dedication to FRIDArtist Michael Roman. Artists Txutxo Perez, Adrian Arias and more

110th Birthday Celebration of Frida Kahlo, July 7th, 6 to 9 pm, Mission Cultural Center (2868 Mission)
Dancing with DJ SABOR TX, live performance by Grupo Córima, fun and Community. Featuring local FRIDArte vendors, food by La Cocina Entrepreneurs. (Ticket cost: $10)

Calle 24 Paseo FRIDArtistico, July 8th, 11 am to 5 pm (Lower 24th St in the Mission)
A celebration of Frida and la calle 24. Several participating vendors, FRIDArte activities, an hourly screening of “The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo as told to Karen and David Crommie” and other fun. Get your FRIDiscount card and shop all the vendors on the street. Spend at least $30 with 3 different participating retailers and receive a limited edition FRIDArte screen print by TxuTxo in honor of Frida and FRIDArtist Michael Roman. Proof of purchase required. This offer is good for the entire month of July.

Screen printing & Embroidery Workshop, July 8th, time TBD between noon to 5 pm, Accion Latina (2958 24th St)
Participants screen print one of three images on a canvas bag, cure it and embellish the bag with basic embroidery stitches. The workshop lasts 3 hours. During stitch time, learn about Frida’s life, her love of embroidery and how practicing traditional arts is connected to community action. Folks get to take home their embroidered screen printed tote and the embroidery hoop they used, engraved with a Frida Kahlo quote. (Donation: $5-15 sliding scale donation for materials)

Pasion de Frida, July 8th, 5 to 8 pm, Sanchez Contemporary (1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland)
The 9th year of the show and the second year at this gallery. Curated by Bird Levy and Maria Sanchez.

Wonderland SF: Frida Kahlo Art Show, July 8th 6 to 10 pm (1266 Valencia St)
Over 80 artist of all ages bringing their best FRIDArte.

Frida Kahlo HERstory Tableau Vivant, July 9th, 4 to 6 pm, Mission Cultural Center
Discover the hidden meanings and secrets Frida made plain in her art work. A multi-media presentation by Dra. Gloria Arjona as told through images, Frida’s art and live music, while Karin Guerra brings Frida to life in a Tableu Vivant. Produced in collaboration with Miguel Angel Rios and Encuentro Latino Arts Gallery. A must for any Fridaphile who wants to know all about her. (Ticket cost: $10)

Frida Art Reception, July 15th, Time TBA, Art Attack SF (2358 Market St)
Artist Reception, music, dancing and drinks featuring local artists, including Maria Motta and her unique take on Frida as Hello Kitty. 2358 Market St Ste #1

FriDaDa Art Exhibit, July 22nd, 8 pm to 1 am, DaDa Gallery (65 Post St)
A FRIDArte exhibit by Nexus Art Reach, the de Young college nights and other local artists. Screening of “Frida in the Mirror” by Adrian Arias. Salsa by DJ Sabor TX and House by DJ Dallas and a live performance.

Frida Spoken Word Open Mic, July 23rd, 3 to 5 pm, Alley Cat Books (3036 24th St)
The 4th year of Raggedy Andy of Ragdoll Productions and her band of poets making the Frida Pilgrimage from Santa Cruz for poetry readings and spoken word. This is an open mic. All topics welcome and all skill levels. Come in at 2:30 pm to sign up.

Frida Fairy Garden Workshop, July 29th, 1 to 4 pm, The Art Bar SF (1768 Page St)
Bring your parent or friend dressed like famous Latina artist; Frida Kahlo. Adult Frida is there to help paint your own special fairy door entrance to their upcoming ‘Frida Fairy Garden’ full of the tiniest artworks from whimsical creatures who love art as much as we do. Registration required.

The SELFrida Challenge, July 30th, 3 to 4 pm, Jessie Square (736 Mission St)
A San FranFrida tradition: How many Fridas can we get taking selfies all in one place at the same time. Help us break our record of 36 Fridas. This year we’ll gather in front of the mural at the new site of the Mexican Museum. Be there with flowers in your hair by 3 pm to register. Come with a fully charged phone and get ready to start snapping at 3:30 pm.

Frida Garden Party, July 30th, 6 to 9 pm, The Art Bar SF (1768 Page St)
Special Frida Art Show, Frida Costume Contest, DJ, body art, Live Painting, face painting, Authentic Mexican foods, live jazz/blues music, and dancing. 21+ event. ($25/RSVP @ – exclusively for Fridas)

FRIDArte Viewing Venue (throughout July)

Puerto Alegre – 46 Valencia Street, June 26th to August 7th. 10 am to 11 pm
Alley Cat Books-3036 24th Street, July 1 to July 31. 10 am to 9 pm
Sanchez Contemporary – 1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, July 8th to August 11th 7 am to 6 pm
Art Attack SF – 2358 Market Street (Ste #1), July 1st to 31st (call for hours (415) 872-9285)
Wonderland SF – 1266 Valencia Street, July 8th to TBA (call for hours (415) 641-4600)
DaDa Gallery – 65 Post Street, July 17th to August 18th 2 pm to 2 am
The Art Bar SF – 1768 Page Street, July 22nd to TBA 2 pm to 2 am

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Although what I've read of her personal life is more than a bit depressing, I actually like a lot of Kahlo's pieces. What always strikes me is the intensity in her self-portraits. She always looks somewhat fierce. Maybe that's the way she wanted to be. I don't know. But I do like her paintings.