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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, October 24

2017 Halloween Spooktakular Family Fun Fest | Santana Row
Tuesday, October 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Santana Row
2017 Halloween Spooktakular Family Fun Fest | Santana Row

No tricks just treats.
Join the special Halloween Family Fun free event featuring free entertainment, interactive games, hands-on activities and educational activities designed for parents and their pre-school aged children.
Wear your costume and trick or treat “The Row”. Also enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin …

American History in Golden Gate Park | October 2017 Walking Tour Month
Tuesday, October 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Conservatory of Flowers
American History in Golden Gate Park | October 2017 Walking Tour Month

Here are statues, plaques, monuments and trees in Golden Gate Park that commemorate events in American history. This two hour walk takes you to sites familiar and unfamiliar to most visitors. Come for a nice walk in the Park as we review American history.
Meet in …

Masquerade Murder Mystery Party | SF Main Library
Tuesday, October 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Masquerade Murder Mystery Party | SF Main Library

Come and discover your inner detective for a fun and interactive Masquerade Murder Mystery Party.  They will gather in the Reading Room of St. Marks’ Library in Venice, Italy (actually, Latino Rooms A & B) for a night of mystique and intrigue, and unfortunately, a …

Escape Room Launch Party “The Search for Professor Z” | SF
Escape Room Launch Party

Come to the Launch Party of The Search for Professor Z, a new escape room/scavenger hunt adventure. The Launch Party is free and will have puzzles, clues, codes, games, prizes, and snacks.
The launch party looks like it’s just a fun little party with snacks and …

“Meeting Snowden” Exclusive Screening with Q&A | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parisoma

Join them for an exclusive screening of Meeting Snowden followed by a Q&A with director Flore Vasseur.
“Meeting Snowden” will premiere in the US at the UNAFF Film Festival on October 19-29th.

Three activists agreed to be filmed during an extraordinary conversation about their ongoing struggles the last bastions of democracy …

Sketch Tuesdays: Artwork Exhibit & Sale | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 111 Minna Gallery
Sketch Tuesdays: Artwork Exhibit & Sale | SF

Each month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists.
October:

Robert Bowen
Margaret Timbrell
Bo Heimlich
Emily Fromm
Sean Hipkin
Rachel Beck
Rob Reger
Melanie Alves
Emily Binder
Micah LeBrun
Orlie Kapitulnik
& more.

Hosted by Brad K. Alder & Jen Peterson.

16mm Movie Night: Vintage Monster & Horror Movies | Nob Hill
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
| Gallery Cafe
16mm Movie Night: Vintage Monster & Horror Movies | Nob Hill

Every fourth Tuesday come to the Gallery Cafe to watch classic scary films on a vintage old-timey 16mm projector. The cafe serves beer, wine, coffee and food. The movie is free. Prepare to be scared.

Cookies & Comedy Night | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Brainwash Cafe
Cookies & Comedy Night | SF

Cookies and Comedy is a top notch comedy show highlighted by comics who in addition to having great material also have stage personas with a lot of flavor. This flavor is celebrated by bringing in some oven baked cookies for free. The show takes place at ...

“Baco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

Josef Centeno is the chef and owner of Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston, Ledlow, and P.Y.T. In Bäco, he draws on his multicultural heritage, formal training in top-notch restaurants such as Manresa and Daniel, a lifelong obsession with cookbooks, and his insatiable curiosity. …

North Beach Comedy Thing: Free Capos Pizza, Cheap Beer & Swag Giveaways | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free pizza is on a first come, first served basis
| Tope Lounge
North Beach Comedy Thing: Free Capos Pizza, Cheap Beer & Swag Giveaways | SF

So you’re in North Beach, huh? Looking for a good time? Want to party with some beautiful people? Want to feel like a million bucks? You want to devour loads of pizza and champagne? Well, welcome to the North Beach Comedy Thing, a monthly showcase, featuring ...

“The Cuban Club: Stories” Book Release | City Lights
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books

A masterpiece of mood and setting, character and remembrance, The Cuban Club is Barry Gifford’s ultimate coming-of-age story told as sixty-four linked tales, a creation myth of the Fall as seen through the eyes of an innocent child on the cusp of becoming an innocent …

Jericho On the Road Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | North Beach
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required via Meetup.com
| Secret Location (SF)
Jericho On the Road Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | North Beach

Time to get your Italian-mafia-sicario groove on as they take Jericho to “little Italy”.
They’ll spend the first 10-15 mins going over rules & dividing up teams. After that, they’ll hit the pasta infused atmosphere of North Beach for a standard 3 mission game.
Afterwards, they’ll hit …

Astronomy On Tap: Drinks & The Stars | San Jose
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No RSVP required. Free and open to all ages. Food and drink are available for purchase.
| Uproar Brewing Company
Astronomy On Tap: Drinks & The Stars | San Jose

Join them at Uproar Brewing Company for astronomy talks, trivia and answers to all of your astronomy questions, well, most of them.  There will also be amazing food and drinks for purchase.

Understanding The Unconscious Mind & Making Better Decisions | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Bookshop West Portal
Understanding The Unconscious Mind & Making Better Decisions | SF

Psychologists are discovering that unconscious motivators dominate human behavior. The pervasive influence of the unconscious mind affects every aspect of your lives: from where you scratch (of course) … to whom you love, what you buy, and how you vote. Nevertheless, your fates are not …

“A Mountaineer’s Life” Book Reading | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| REI Berkeley

Come hear tales from Allen Steck and his new book, A Mountaineer’s Life.
Sixteen-year-old Allen Steck made his initial climb, a first ascent of Mount Maclure in the Sierras, with no hardware, no ropes, no experience. But the event turned his into a mountaineer’s life. His …

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all orientations. Open mic starts at 7:40 pm ...

Bobby G’s Free Comedy & Raffle at a Pizza Place | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bobby G's Pizzeria
Bobby G's Free Comedy & Raffle at a Pizza Place | Berkeley

Come down to Bobby G’s Pizzeria for a night full of laughter, pizza and a free raffle with great prizes. As always Los Tristes presents the Bay Area’s best comedians. This month they have Mary Bushee, Tony Zavala, Hayden Grief Neil, Ahmed Abdelrahman, Jordan Cerminara …

Tuesday Boozeday Free Comedy Show | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | BuzzWorks
Tuesday Boozeday Free Comedy Show | SF

Enjoy some beers and bites at Buzzworks while watching the Bay’s best comics. Buzzworks has 40 beers on tap and over 120 bottled and canned beers. And the comics have plenty of jokes to keep you laughing till the last drop.

Haight Street Comedy Night, Games & Prizes | SF
Tuesday, October 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
Haight Street Comedy Night, Games & Prizes | SF

This month they are joined by some wonderful comics gracing the stage:

Emily Van Dyke (Cobbs Comedy Club)
Jason Anderson (Punchline)
Duat Mai (Rooster T Feathers)

Welcomed, as always, by your intrepid hosts: Jeff Anaya, Joey Avery, and Andrew Orolfo.

Town Business Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, October 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.
| Starline Social Club
Town Business Comedy Night | Oakland

SF may get most of the press, but Oakland has its own rich comedy scene, so “Oaktown Comedy Night” is your weekly Tuesday showcase of some of the town’s best comics from around the Bay. Many comedians performing on Town Business Comedy Night has been on Comedy Central, Viceland, CNN, Family ...