SFJAZZ's Free Summer Concerts
Fairs & Festivals
SFJAZZ's Free Summer Concerts
Ten weeks of free Thursday outdoor concerts from SFJAZZ
Opera at the Ballpark:
Artsy Fartsy
Opera at the Ballpark: "Carmen"
The annual, totally free, live simulcast draws 30k opera fans.
2016 Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fairs & Festivals
2016 Fillmore Jazz Festival
Groove to the sounds of live jazz and beyond from sunup to sundown.

Friday, July 1

Caterpillar Puppets with a Master Puppeteer | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppets with a Master Puppeteer | Yerba Buena Gardens

Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus …

2016 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest & Live Music | South Bay
Friday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Many events are free, but there are ticketed concerts and other.
| Downtown Hollister
2016 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest & Live Music | South Bay

The roar of motorcycles will take over the streets of Hollister,known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker,” for the annual Hollister Freedom Rally. The Rally has always been and will continue to be a free rally welcoming all bikers and is the largest of its kind ...

Win: “Wiener-Dog” Oddball All-Star Comedy | SF

Enter to win a pair of tickets valid at any Landmark theater showing Wiener-Dog in San Francisco starting 7/5/16 (Embarcadero Cinema, Opera Plaza, Clay Theater).
The latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse) is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a …

SF’s Newest $1 Oyster Happy Hour | SPARK
Friday, July 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $1 | SPARK Social SF
SF's Newest $1 Oyster Happy Hour | SPARK

SPARK, the brand new food truck park in Mission Bay just opened in June and now launches their Happy Hour every Friday from 4pm to 7pm : $1 Oysters & rotating drink pairings with three shuckmasters serving raw oysters on the half shell.
This Friday, July 1st, …

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, July 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist ...

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, July 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

First Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland
Friday, July 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 23rd & Telegraph
First Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland

Get your roller boogie on to some good music at the next First Friday street party in Oakland on the corner of 23rd and Telegraph. Bring your skates and come dance. It’s First Friday, and that means you’ll also get to enjoy lots of food ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, July 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, July 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, July 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

July Schedule

Mars Rover Curiosity: Come and see the full sized replica of the NASA Mars rover!
Bubble Lab: 6-8pm
Join in on the fun as Chabot’s resident Bubblologists experiment using all sorts of materials you can find around the house to make strange and wonderful bubbles.
Liquid Nitrogen …

Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland
Friday, July 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mosswood Park
Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning and more. ...

Free Beach Concert: The Tubes | Santa Cruz
Friday, July 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: The Tubes | Santa Cruz

The Tubes emerged onto the San Francisco music scene in 1969 and became well known for their media savvy and theatrical skills. In the early 1980s they released the hit classic rock songs “She’s a Beauty,” and “The Monkey Time.”
Come celebrate Independence Day with another …

TGIF’d Comedy Show: “Dawson’s Creek” Performance Night | SF
TGIF'd Comedy Show:

In July they’re takin’ it back to the creek. Your Dawson’s Creek cast is:

Mikey Walz as Dawson
Sam DiSalvo as Joey
Jesse Fernandez as Pacey
Samantha Gilweit as Jen

Plus, they’re giving away tickets to a 90s dream tour of 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream & Ryan Cabrera at The Warfield …

San Francisco Bike Party: “Zoomania” | First Fridays
Friday, July 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party:

San Francisco: an urban jungle ruled by wild beasts. Some of us walk on two legs, some walk on four legs, others walk on six legs. Some of us fly, some hop, some saunter and some crawl or slither. Here are a few images to …

“America, F√©k Yeah” Hilarious, Good Ol’ Fashioned Propaganda | SF
Friday, July 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Tickets are $10. Limited seating. RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com.
| Oddball Films

In honor of the 240th birthday of this country, Oddball Films presents “America, F√©k Yeah – Good Ol’ Fashioned American Propaganda,” a night of outlandish, hilarious and didactic shorts and cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s calling for a patriotic spirit, shilling war bonds, touting …

Saturday, July 2

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016 | Saturday
Saturday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016 | Saturday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

Free Fishing Day 2016 | SF
Saturday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier Seven
Free Fishing Day 2016 | SF

Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feel the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish? Dept ...

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, July 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park

Explore SF’s natural areas with a free guided nature walk while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city’s native plants and wildlife. All walks start at 10:00am are Free, and require no pre-registration. Free Saturday Nature Walks | Schedule Golden ...

2016 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest | South Bay
Saturday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Many events are free, but there are ticketed concerts and other.
| Downtown Hollister
2016 Hollister Freedom Rally: 4th of July Biker Fest | South Bay

The roar of motorcycles will take over the streets of Hollister,known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker,” for the annual Hollister Freedom Rally. The Rally has always been and will continue to be a free rally welcoming all bikers and is the largest of its kind ...

Troker & Subharmonic’s Jazz Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Troker & Subharmonic's Jazz Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens

Though little known in the US, Mexico’s jazz scene bristles with genre-bending bands, and one of the most creative is Troker. Founded in Guadalajara in 2004, the group has honed a potent fusion of jazz, funk, DJ scratching, and mariachi horns. Stocked with world-class improvisers …

Opening Show: San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Berkeley
Saturday, July 2 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Cedar Rose Park
Opening Show: San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 57th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2016 production “Schooled.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2016 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

“The Marriage of Figaro” Comic 18th Century Play in a Park | Berkeley
Saturday, July 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park

The Actors Ensemble presents free performances of “The Marriage of Figaro”, the revolutionary comedy play (not the opera) at the beautiful John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre in Berkeley. The Marriage of Figaro is the 18th century comedy by Beaumarchais which foreshadowed the French Revolution. This classic of the theatre tells a ...

2016 Frida Kahlo Altar Building | Mission District
Saturday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you're encouraged to bring something for the altar.
| Casa Bonampak
2016 Frida Kahlo Altar Building | Mission District

Celebrate the 109th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Oh and wear flowers in your hair. There will be a new documentary about Frida Kahlo from Mexico, a ...

Free Opera at the Ballpark 2016: Carmen | AT&T Park
Saturday, July 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free tickets, but advanced registration is required
| AT&T Park
Free Opera at the Ballpark 2016: Carmen | AT&T Park

Going to see Carmen at the War Memorial Opera House costs, oh, upwards of $200 for good seats. But, thanks to the Opera at the Ballpark program, you can watch a live simulcast of the very same opera on the giant HD screens in the ballpark …