October 30, 2020

November 2020 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

We’re trying to wean ourselves off the comfort foods that have sustained us these past several months and instead feed our creative spirits with some inspiring Design & Art Events.

With that in mind, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller have reviewed invitations to dozens of events and curated a “Hotlist” of those they “must do”. COVID-19 has pushed us all to be more creative with our activities, and this month we’ve included a few Bay Area events that take full advantage of the need for social distancing + fresh air.

We hope to see you out there.

Stay inspired!

See the City from New Heights.

COVID-19 delayed the planned opening of the 15-story-high SkyStar Observation Wheel, which was installed in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse as part of the park’s 150th birthday celebration. We’re so happy the organizers persevered! They’ve brought us a new way to experience the city we know and love—with breathtaking views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean—and we’re eager to enjoy this whimsical and welcoming distraction. Adults $18; seniors (65+) and children $12. Reservations are required. Weekdays noon to 10:00 pm; weekends 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Golden Gate Park, Bowl Drive and Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.

Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020.

Discover a blend of traditional and contemporary art from multiple generations of artists at SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition, long one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the US. We applaud curators Rio Yanez and Carolina Quintanilla for recognizing art as a call to action in our challenging times and lighting our path forward. Free, or reserved with donation. Now through November 6. SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco.

AV: Artist Videos at the Drive-In.

Long live the drive-in! Pull up for a one-night, artist-driven extravaganza presented by The Exploratorium, KADIST, the Institute of Contemporary Art San José, and the San José Museum of Art. The program features a line-up of unpredictable, unconventional, and transportive short videos by international artists reframing cinematic conventions. $10 per vehicle; $9 per vehicle for Exploratorium members. November 1, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Westwind Capitol Drive-In, 3630 Hillcap Ave, San José.


If you haven’t already dropped off or mailed in your ballot, do whatever it takes to get yourself to your polling place to cast your vote in person. Tuesday, November 3. Check locally for hours. 

SF Neon+Matchbook Tour of the Tenderloin.

Shake up a classic cocktail and experience (from your living room) San Francisco’s fantastic mid-century night-life culture. Guided by neon signs and matchbooks, we’ll follow a virtual historic trail to revisit the iconic small businesses, nightclubs, hotels, and late-night “greasy spoons” once popular in the Tenderloin. Free (suggested donation of $10). November 10, 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Online via Zoom link.

Earthscape Beach Art Experience.

Outdoor art—yes please! Twelve lucky participants will join teachers for an amazing art experience that is part meditation, part collaboration, and wholly co-creation. Using rakes in the sand and drawing inspiration from Nature, we’ll make a large-scale work of art, then observe as the Pacific Beach claims it. $50 to $100. November 15. San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, at Balboa and Great Highway. (Specific location will be emailed upon registration.)

SAVE THE DATE: 01.14.2021.

We’re counting down the days till INVT 2021. Join us and other creatives from around the world as we explore the theme of Re:Design. For conference updates, sign up for the INVT newsletter. Thursday, January 14, 2021. Online.