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Thursday, November 27

2014 Free Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner | Santa Cruz
Thursday, November 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*No reservations are accepted.Food is served on a first come, first serve basis; arrive early.
| Cafe Gratitude (Santa Cruz)
2014 Free Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner | Santa Cruz

Cafe Gratitude’s annual Free Thanksgiving Meal will be hosted by their Santa Cruz restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.
2014 Free Thanksgiving Meal
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 11 am to 2 pm
Cafe Gratitude, 103 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
FREE
Have a raw and vegan Thanksgiving feast including a beverage, an entree and dessert served …

Friday, November 28

Buy Nothing Day | 2014
Friday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Buy Nothing Day | 2014

Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis to Black Friday: your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself,  at least for a single day on Friday, November 28, 2014..
Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just …

“It’s a Boomer Christmas” Nostalgic Toy Exhibit | Saratoga History Museum
Friday, November 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Saratoga History Museum

A new holiday exhibit debuts on November 28 and runs through January 25, 2014 at the Saratoga History Museum. Nostalgic toys of the 1950’s-1970’s will be on display—sure to tug on everyone’s heart strings.
The exhibit opens in time for the 2014 Village Open house on …

2014 Holiday Tree Lighting: Dickens Characters & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Friday, November 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Village
2014 Holiday Tree Lighting: Dickens Characters & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga

Strutting horse-drawn carriages, crafts people displaying their wares for sale, Father Christmas and more are highlights of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Dickens Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way.
2014 Holiday Tree Lighting & Dickens Holiday Open House
November 28, 2014 | 5-8 pm
Big …

Christmas in the Park 2014: Cirque du Soleil, Tree Lighting & Big Band | San Jose
Friday, November 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park 2014: Cirque du Soleil, Tree Lighting & Big Band | San Jose

After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park.
For over 30 years, the two-acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez is annually transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated …

Saturday, November 29

Small Business Saturday 2014 | Free $30 AMEX Credit to Shop Local
Small Business Saturday 2014 | Free $30 AMEX Credit to Shop Local

After hitting the big stores on Black Friday, support your local businesses and check out the mom-and-pop stores on Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday | Free $30 AMEX Credit
Saturday, November 29, 2014
If you have an American Express card, you can sign up to get $10 back (at up to …

Free Rides: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Saturday, November 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Saturday, 11/29/14 only
| Downtown San Jose
Free Rides: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose

Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland  from 4-6 pm on November 29, 2014. Unlimited wristbands are usually about $15 for the day, or $3.50 per ride.
Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter …

Friday, December 5

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, December 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, December 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Saturday, December 6

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 ...

Wednesday, December 10

Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto
Wednesday, December 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Stanford Hospital Fountain
Architecture Walk: Stanford University Medical Center | Palo Alto

Take an architectural history walking tour of the School of Medicine. The tour traces the school’s history from 1850s San Francisco to present-day Palo Alto, and highlights some of the artistic and design choices that have resulted in the school’s current built environment. Free, but ...

Saturday, December 13

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, December 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Sunday, December 14

Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley | San Jose
Sunday, December 14 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Jose Women's Club
Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley | San Jose

Sunday Assembly is an international community movement featuring all the best bits of church without the religion. The radically inclusive Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV) is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life and welcomes all people, with or without faith, and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. ...

Saturday, December 20

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, December 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Joseph D. Grant County Park
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Please note, sunset is at 4:53 pm and the gates close at 6:30 pm.
The winter star parties will be held at Telescope Row.
From the Grant Park entrance station, follow the main park road for 0.5 miles to a turning circle. Telescope Row is located to …

Sunday, December 21

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, December 21 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

Wednesday, December 31

Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz
Wednesday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.52).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz

How’s your bowling? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2014. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed hungry families. In past ...

Friday, January 2

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, January 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Saturday, January 3

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 ...

Saturday, January 10

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, January 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Sunday, January 11

Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley | San Jose
Sunday, January 11 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Jose Women's Club
Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley | San Jose

Sunday Assembly is an international community movement featuring all the best bits of church without the religion. The radically inclusive Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV) is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life and welcomes all people, with or without faith, and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. ...

Sunday, January 18

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, January 18 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

Friday, February 6

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, February 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

Sunday, February 15

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, February 15 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, ...

Monday, October 26

Pop Art Exhibit Final Day: Warhol, Lichtenstein & Oldenburg | Stanford
Monday, October 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Cantor Arts Center
Pop Art Exhibit Final Day: Warhol, Lichtenstein & Oldenburg | Stanford

Come to the free Cantor Arts Center to check out renowned works of art at an exhibition of 10 spectacular Pop Art works originally part of a donation to SFMOMA. Works include: a silkscreen self-portrait by Andy Warhol a “mirror” series sculpture and two other major ...