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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!

Saturday, June 3

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF

The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest free annual events, plus it launches the start of the city’s summer street festivals. The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries ...

OminoDay 2017: All Day DJ & World Music Festival | SF
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
OminoDay 2017: All Day DJ & World Music Festival | SF

OminoDay is a free day-long outdoor music festival which provides a social, musical, artistic, and cultural celebration for the families and youth of San Francisco. The event features some of the Bay Area’s hottest DJs, special guest performances and live mural/graffiti painting.
2017 Omino Day Music …

2017 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | San Jose
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Children's Discovery Museum
2017 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | San Jose

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in San Jose to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best players as they compete in the yo-yo championship. Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will gather to test their skill, ...

Biggest Little Air Show | San Carlos
Biggest Little Air Show | San Carlos

Big things come in small packages in an amazing aerial display at the Hiller Aviation Museum during the Biggest Little Air Show on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

The show matches a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot John Collver and his full-sized 1944 SNJ along with demonstrations …

2016 Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Block Party & Magic Book Castle | Berkeley
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
2016 Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Block Party & Magic Book Castle | Berkeley

The inaugural Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. 200 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will ...

Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland
Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland

On this tour, view fine details of the Victorian architecture. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — in a beautiful ...

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 ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, June 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...

The Family Chef Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, June 3 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
The Family Chef Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Amy has adapted her cooking knowledge to focus on healthy options. Amy realized she could help others since her strength lies in her deep culinary knowledge that …

Healthy & Free First Saturdays | Marin Headlands
Saturday, June 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Point Bonita YMCA
Healthy & Free First Saturdays | Marin Headlands

On First Saturday, from 11 am to 12:30 pm every month, Point Bonita YMCA will be hosting a free program that promotes health and different dimensions of wellness including environmental, physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, spiritual and social wellness. All ages are welcome and they encourage you ...

Community Maker Day: Silent Comedy & Art-Making | San Jose
Saturday, June 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Jose Museum of Art
Community Maker Day: Silent Comedy & Art-Making | San Jose

The innovative neighbors and community partners make Silicon Valley thrive. SJMA celebrates San Jose’s vibrant maker community with a day of live performance, demonstrations, and art-making activities.
Highlights include an original piece by comedian and storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Inspired by the exhibition Your Mind, This Moment, Lakshminarayanan’s …

2017 “Grillin’ in the Mo'” Summerfest Block Party, Blues & BBQ | Fillmore Dist.
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hamilton Recreation Center
2017

The annual Grillin’ in the Mo’ is a free blues and jazz concert and family BBQ celebrating the start of summer in the Fillmore District and the start of summer enrichment programs for Western Addition youth.
2017 Grillin’ in the Mo
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | Noon …

Oakland Carnival 2017: Global Music, Dance Pavillion & African Market | Mosswood Park
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mosswood Park
Oakland Carnival 2017: Global Music, Dance Pavillion & African Market  | Mosswood Park

The Oakland Carnival is a cultural arts, entertainment and community wellness festival, and a great day of free family fun that attracts a culturally diverse audience.
Oakland Carnival 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | Noon to 7 pm
Mosswood Park, Oakland, 3612 Webster Street
FREE
The event features live performance on its Global …

Mission Street Dances: Life & Art Interplay | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Joe Goode Annex
Mission Street Dances: Life & Art Interplay | SF

ODC invites you on a walking tour of the Mission District as local dance makers set their works on the streets and sites of their own city in a true interplay of life and art.
Mission Street Dances
Now in its sixth year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival …

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands
Saturday, June 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands

Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers from 12:30-3:30 pm, every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a ...

Fiddle Music w/ Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, June 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Fiddle Music w/ Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

As the leader of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble BeauSoleil fiddler Michael Doucet has been in the vanguard of the Cajun cultural revival for more than four decades, earning an international following for an almost lost body of music.
In 2014 he joined his longtime friend, Bay …

“The Road to Bali” Panel Discussion | SF Int’l Arts Fest 2017
Saturday, June 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Over the last four decades Bay Area artists and artist ensembles such as Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Larry Reed, Richard Marriott and Keith Terry have developed strong ties to artistic peers and their respective communities on the island of Bali.
What is the importance of Balinese …

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
| Murphy's Pub
“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF

Nightlife on Mars is a weekly comedy show at Murphy’s Pub, produced by local comics Joe Nguyen, Red Scott, and Natasha Muse. The three members of Nightlife on Mars are the triptych that represents the spiritual base of the San Francisco comedy scene. Between them, ...