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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, October 14

“Her Right Foot” Book Celebration | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park

Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier and The Circle, and founder of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia, and illustrator Shawn Harris come to Green Apple Books on the Park to celebrate the publication of Her Right Foot, a picture book about the Statue of Liberty. Bring …

Lit Crawl 2017 | Mission District
Lit Crawl 2017 | Mission District

The 13th annual Lit Crawl will span over three hours in the Mission District’s Valencia Street corridor, featuring dozens of literary readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator store, and …

“Ignite!” Innovation: Lighted Drones, Digital Paintings & Robot Demos | Pleasanton
Saturday, October 14 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Arts Center (Pleasanton)

The inaugural “Ignite!” is a free family event slated to fill the Firehouse Arts Center and the surrounding streets between Division and Railroad. The evening event will feature:

Jeremy Sutton, Digital Artist
(Performed live digital painting
for Cirque du Soleil)
Hot Club of San Francisco
Innovative Illuminated Decor
Ignite! Talks
Illuminated Drones
Eden …

Schroeder’s 124th Oktoberfest Block Party | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but food and drinks are for purchase through token system.
| Schroeder's Restaurant
Schroeder's 124th Oktoberfest Block Party | SF

San Francisco’s historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 124th Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world – with a grand Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on September 15, 2017. The party moves indoors for the next five consecutive ...

Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland
Saturday, October 14 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Layover
Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland

It’s a storytelling event where the point is to meet each other. At this one-of-a-kind, participatory event, you’ll have a chance to meet cool people as well as listen to real-life stories without notes or scripts. Tell your friends, bring a girlfriend or a wingman, ...

Addison Street Jazz | Oakland
Saturday, October 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Addison Street Jazz | Oakland

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the accomplished quartet at 7 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Food will be available for purchase from Ippo Ramen. This is an all-ages show.

“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 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, ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Sadderday: An Emo/Pop-Punk/Screamo Dance Party | SF
Saturday, October 14 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pop's Bar
Sadderday: An Emo/Pop-Punk/Screamo Dance Party | SF

A night to relive the days of white belts, myspace, and bangs. Lots of them. Emo, pop punk, post-hardcore, screamo, indie, electro, 90s and 2000s all night long. The party gets down at 9:30 pm on the Second Saturday of each month at Pop’s Bar.

Renegade Drive-In Movie Night: “Little Shop of Horrors” | North Bay
Saturday, October 14 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Meetup and donations are accepted.
| Old Hamilton Theater Building
Renegade Drive-In Movie Night:

The North Bay Mobile Drive-In hits Novato with a renegade outdoor film screening in this DIY flash mob drive-in movie where you watch a flick on a 30-foot screen, tune your radio to 88.3, and drink in your car. There is no grass, so you’ll either want to sit in your car, or bring ...

Sunday, October 15

Concord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay
Sunday, October 15 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Concord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay

Looking for a-one-of-a-kind treasure? Come out and check out the Concord Antique Faire & Collectibles held at the Concord Todos Santos Plaza park from 9 am to 4 pm on third Sundays from April to October in 2017 . Admission & parking is free.

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents
Sunday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

2017 San Francisco Street Food Festival
Sunday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Food admission, but bring money to buy food and drinks.
| 420 23rd Street
2017 San Francisco Street Food Festival

Come join them on October 15th to enjoy the delicious dishes of 20+ talented chefs born out of La Cocina, and a few others who had to jump in on the party. You won’t want to miss out on what these incredible chefs will be ...

3rd Annual Pop-Up Beer Garden | Oakland
Sunday, October 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Admission to the garden is free
| Cohen Bray House
3rd Annual Pop-Up Beer Garden | Oakland

Welcome to the third annual pop-up beer garden at the Cohen Bray House and Oaktree farm. Enjoy microbrews and tacos under the shady elms at Oakland’s historic house hidden gem. There will be live music, lawn games, and tours of the house.

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, October 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

The Final “Inner Sunset Flea” of 2017 | Block Party & Street Fair
Sunday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 9th and Irving
The Final

The Inner Sunset Flea is a cross between a block party, a festival, and a street fair. The whole neighborhood is invited to create a public space where everyone can all enjoy their community, food, family fun and more. 2017 Inner Sunset Flea Second Sundays May to Sept ...

Your Wedding Expo: Free Gift Bags & Prizes | San Mateo
Sunday, October 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hillsdale Shopping Center
Your Wedding Expo: Free Gift Bags & Prizes | San Mateo

Save the date for the Wedding Expo of your dreams. Hillsdale Shopping Center is hosting an array of boutique wedding vendors this October for the shopping event of the season. The expo will feature a runway show presented by Helen Miller Bridal Salon of San …

SF Open Studios 2017 | Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
Sunday, October 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2017 | Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

Outdoor Sculpture Walk | Stanford
Sunday, October 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, ...

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, October 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

Salsa Sundays is back for summer 2017 with a series of five block parties held every third Sunday of the month from June through October in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. Come and join in the fun at the best block party around. Expect free live ...