This article comes to us courtesy of SF Station.
By Matt Crawford
There are numerous free events this week for those who want to skip massive lines and frantic shopping to see what's new with local artists and cultural institutions. The Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk is back for a night of arts and entertainment and Hayes Valley celebrates with a Holiday Block Party with local boutiques and businesses. Crucible's Holiday Gifty Fair & Fire Performances puts and industrial spin on the season with demonstrations, a molten metal pour and more. It's all about local artisans at Speakeasy Brewery for Holiday Indie Mart and SFMade Holiday Gift Fair and California Academy of Sciences opens it's doors for Quarterly Free Sundays.
Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk
Art, music, food and trunk shows take over the Lower Haight for an evening art walk. Highlights include a fashion show at P-KOK and openings at Edo, Lower Haters and more. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/the-lower-haight-holiday-art-walk-e1442771">Friday</a>.
Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party
Hayes Valley boutiques and businesses open their doors for the 21st Annual Hayes Valley Block Party. Be sure to check out the impressive collection of Santa Claus figurines at the LGBT-friendly Marlena's bar. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/hayes-valley-holiday-block-party-2012-e1777182">Friday</a>.
The Crucible Holiday Gift Fair
The best bet this weekend to find a fire-breathing Santa, Crucible’s open house celebrates the holidays and industrial arts with demonstrations, a molten metal pour and gifting opportunities. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/the-crucible-s-holiday-gifty-fair-and-fire-performances-e1782471">Saturday</a>.
2012 Holiday Indie Mart
The goods from 45 vendors will cost you, and the beer comes with a price, but the ambiance at this local arts and crafts event is free. Strategically placed among hundreds of cases and kegs of beer and brewing equipment, local artisans will show off their work at Speakeasy Brewery while DJs provide the soundtrack. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/2012-holiday-indie-mart-e1782481">Saturday</a>.
Cal Academy's Quarterly Free Sundays
The California Academy of Sciences is back with its quarterly freebie day. Admission is free for those who can make it through the line at this popular event before 4pm. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/quarterly-free-sundays-e1782502">Sunday</a>.
SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
SFMade is back with a holiday gift fair, featuring more than 70 vendors, designed to support locally made products and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. <a href="http://www.sfstation.com/sfmade-holiday-gift-fair-e1782492">Sunday</a>.