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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!

Friday, April 28

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, April 28 – 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 ...

“Poetry Lab #1” National Poetry Month Workshop | Albany
Friday, April 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Albany Community Center

Join Albany’s Poet Laureate Rebecca Black in a hands-on workshop and build your own poems. Use all of your senses to explore each of the four stations – in the Tinker Lab, you’ll find paper, scissors, paint, clay and found objects to construct your own …

California Wildflower Cask Ale On Anchor Brewing’s Firkin Friday | SF
Friday, April 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks
| The Yard at Mission Rock
California Wildflower Cask Ale On Anchor Brewing's Firkin Friday | SF

Join them for their monthly Firkin Friday event featuring a one-off specialty cask beer. Stop by and meet your local Anchor Brewers.
This month’s firkin is a California Wildflower Cask Ale. It’s a light, drinkable cream ale, conditioned with edible flowers and Grade A wildflower honey …

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, April 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in San Francisco starting at 5:30 pm at Justin Herman Plaza (foot of Market Street) and in cities around the world. Everyone is invited. No one is in charge. Bring your ...

“SoMapagmahal” Photography Exhibit | SF
Friday, April 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Bessie Carmichael Filipino Education Center

SoMapagmahal presents two one-day exhibitions in April and May of photography from middle school students of the Galing Bata Afterschool Program at Bessie Carmichael Filipino Education Center.
SoMapagmahal is a play on the acronym “SoMa” (South of Market district of San Francisco) and “mapagmahal” (a Tagalog-Filipino …

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Friday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. Is it taking place this month? Always check the Facebook ...

Presidio Sessions: Ila Cantor’s “Encanto” | The Presidio
Friday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Presidio Sessions: Ila Cantor's

lla Cantor is a young, dynamic, award-winning guitarist and composer. Although grounded in jazz, her music and playing challenges the contemporary categories of music. Her Encanto project showcases the charango, a guitar-like instrument most commonly heard in South American folk music genres. Her music has …

“Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, is a leader in the local foods movement. Its core approach—engaging intimately with nature both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, and exploring the joys of fermentation—is one of interest to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to …

Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Project Commotion
Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian ritualized way of combat, it’s a self-defense disguised as a dance. This class, led by Mestre Urubu Malandro of Capoeira Ijexá, will explore movements of capoeira along with other traditional Afro-Brazilian dances of maculelê and dança guerreira.
Please arrive 5 minutes early …

“The Macallan” Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting & Class | SF
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 21+ Only.
| Innovation Hangar at Palace of Fine Arts

One night could turn you into a scotch aficionado. Come to the Palace of Fine Arts’ Innovation Hangar with your friends and colleagues to “Raise The Macallan” at a private single malt scotch whisky tasting and learn a little bit about what makes it one of the ...

San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.
Friday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zeitgeist
San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.

Join the SF Beard and Mustache Club for a monthly gathering at Zeitgeist at 7 pm every last Friday of the month. If you have a beard or mustache, if you like beards and mustaches, or if you want a beard or mustache, then by all means ...

Hella Funny Friday Comedy Night | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required
| Chug Pub
Hella Funny Friday Comedy Night | SF

Come to the Chug Pub every Friday to witness some of San Francisco’s top comics perform live. Each show will feature five hilarious comedians. Hosted by #HellaFunny crew members Julie Ash and Feel Woods. Hella Funny Comedy Night Every Friday | 7 to 9:30 pm ...

“Mavra” & “Dido & Aeneas” Fully-Staged Opera | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall (SFCM)

Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Voice and Historical Performance Departments present a double-billed, fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s rarely-performed opera, “Mavra,” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.”

SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “The Lighter Side” | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Herbst Theatre
SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “The Lighter Side” | SF

Your favorite chamber orchestra ends the season on the lighter side, with music designed to tickle your classical funny bone.
Peter Schickele and his hilarious alter ego P.D.Q. Bach will be well represented—namely by P.D.Q.’s brilliant reworking of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as …

2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series: “National Bird” | Hayes Valley
Friday, April 28 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Proxy SF
2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series:

Spring has sprung; time to get out, get together and be heard. The spring series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting on March 31. Truth, post-truth, politics and social upheaval—this year’s series explores the present moment through humor, pointed ...

As I Lay Laughing: Comedy & Snacks | Oakland
Friday, April 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
As I Lay Laughing: Comedy & Snacks | Oakland

Lineup:

Michael Brandon – Host of Brave New Jokes
Red Scott – SF Sketchfest & SF Punch Line
Andrew Orolfo – SF Sketchfest & SF Punch Line
Brooke Heinichen – Purple Onion
Musical Guest – Terminal Trill

Specials – Free Drinks and Snacks.

“Yesterday Is Tomorrow” Thematical Vignettes | SF
Friday, April 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but donations are highly encouraged.
| San Francisco Mime Troupe

A satirical look at the past, present and future of a world increasingly hostile to artists and dominated by technology. With singing, dancing, acrobatics and comedy. Also, feminism and Boy bands.

Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night “Big Hero 6” | Pier 39
Friday, April 28 – 8:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night

Grab your blankets and head to Pier 39 for their Outdoor Movie Night, held the last Friday of every month through September. Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of Pier 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and movie night ...

Fort Nights “Magic”: Free Film & Light Art Festival | Week 2
Friday, April 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Fort Nights

Spanning four weeks, Fort Nights: Magic features films and performances through the different lenses of light, water, sky, the heart, and the unseen — all of which have a great influence on the art of magic. What’s going to happen: April 21, Gallery 308 The ...

SuperbFest: “Rogue One” Free Outdoor Movie Screening | UC Berkeley
Friday, April 28 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with CAL ID
| Memorial Glade (UC Berkeley)
SuperbFest:

Are you sick and tired of Darth Vader’s obnoxious, heavy breathing? Join a group of Rebels in the latest attempt to take down the Death Star in the first of many “standalone” films. Get in on the action alongside Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian …