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San Francisco… land of the free. Here’s just the free stuff in SF and the Bay Area. Keep your wallet in your pocket and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 2

“My Mother’s Kitchen” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

The daughter of a restaurateur―the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s―Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; …

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Alandra Hileman’s High-Fantasy Play “Spell Eternity” | Mojo Theatre
Alandra Hileman's High-Fantasy Play

Quantum Dragon Theatre presents Spell Eternity, a new play by Alandra Hileman. Join and explore an apocalyptic fantasy world rife with music and magic, danger and revelry, and a looming threat casting a shadow over all. Featuring Marisa Darabi, Max Seijas, Genevieve Perdue, Karl Schackne, Michael ...

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, May 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF

On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, ...

Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF
Tuesday, May 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF

Booksmith is excited to host Joe Quirk in celebration of his latest work, Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians.
Imagine a vast new source of sustainable and renewable energy that would also bring more …

Milkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight
Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
Milkin' It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight

Every second, third and fifth Tuesday night of the month, the Milk Bar hosts Milkin’ It, a free night of comedy featuring local and national comics hosted by comedian Andrew Holmgren. There’s never a cover nor any drink minimums. Doors open at 7:30 pm with comedy starting at 8 ...

It’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight
Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
It's Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight

Every first Tuesday at Milk Bar, San Francisco’s comedians are put to the test as they are given a random series of words and sentences seconds before getting on stage, where they then must construct entire two minute sets around each. This improv-standup hybrid then ...

Wednesday, May 3

“Lululemon Flow & Jo”: Free Yoga Class & Coffee in an Art Gallery | SoMa
Wednesday, May 3 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| 111 Minna Gallery

Join Lululemon for their monthly complimentary yoga class and coffee at 111 Minna Gallery. Start the day with a gentle vinyasa flow, and leave centered and present. Top it off with a hot cup of joe courtesy of Red Door Coffee. Each month, you also get ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, May 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and many ...

GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro
Wednesday, May 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $5, but on the ...

Javanese & Balinese Gamelan Live Music | Berkeley
Wednesday, May 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hertz Hall (UC Berkeley)
Javanese & Balinese Gamelan Live Music | Berkeley

Come and listen to a Javanese and Balinese Gamelan Music performed by student ensembles under the direction of Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata and Lisa Gold.

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio

Hop on the Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour which introduces visitors to the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Free, but an RSVP is required. Call (415) 561-2793 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Space ...

Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF
Wednesday, May 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Glide
Free Mural Workshop with a Tenderloin Legend | SF

GLIDE and Veterans Alley are joining forces to bring community expressive art to the Tenderloin. For five weeks beginning in late April, esteemed neighborhood muralist and Veterans Alley founder Amos Gregory will be hosting a weekly workshop at GLIDE to teach the art of muralism ...

Free Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF
Wednesday, May 3 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | UCSF Osher Center
Free Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF

Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body and spirit.  Laughter Yoga involves deep breathing, stretching, clapping and laughter exercises and takes place on two Wednesdays each month from 5:30-6:30 pm. The laughter exercises in this class aim to: ...

First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek
Wednesday, May 3 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Walnut Creek Downtown
First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek “First Wednesday” monthly street festival brings together hundreds of people to Cypress Street in downtown Walnut Creek for a fun-filled evening of live music, food trucks, variety of vendors and roaming entertainment for all to enjoy. First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food ...

Rainbow Family Night: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
Rainbow Family Night: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...

“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF
Wednesday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donation-based admission
| Eagle Tavern

Safe Words is a comedy show at a leather bar that features the talent of nationally touring comics, to local favorites. Faces from Comedy Central, Conan, Reddit & Vice have graced the stage. Even Margaret Cho (HBO, 30 Rock) has stopped by. Every first Wednesday, ...

“Tiny Bubbles” & Spring 2017 Art Opening | SF Arts Commission
Wednesday, May 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAC Main Gallery

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) announces a dynamic spring season kicking off with Tiny Bubbles a group exhibition curated by independent curator and former gallerist Steven Wolf.
On view May 3 through August 19 at the SFAC Main Gallery, the show features ten …