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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, May 25

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, May 25 – 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 ...

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, May 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, piano and voice, will play songs from many world religions that inspire ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, May 25 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Bike-in Movie Night “Chariots of Fire” & Bike About Town | Albany
Friday, May 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | As You Wish Frozen Yogurt
Bike-in Movie Night "Chariots of Fire" & Bike About Town | Albany

May is Bike Month. Come at the parklet in front of As You Wish Frozen Yogurt for an all-ages and all-abilities Bike About Town – cruise around town as a group while teaching bicycle safety.
Then meet back at the corner of Cornell & Solano Avenue …

Real Live Comedians Showcase | Milk Bar
Friday, May 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP preferred for staffing.
| Milk Bar
Real Live Comedians Showcase | Milk Bar

Are you ready for some hot, live stand-up comedian action? Producer and performer Jason Mack brings you Real Live Comedians, a monthly showcase with some of the funniest talent in the Bay Area, every fourth Friday of the month. Real Live Comedians Showcase Every 4th ...

San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.
Friday, May 25 – 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 ...

Artpaul Cartier’s “Linking Arms” World Premiere | SF Int’l Arts Fest 2018
Friday, May 25 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
Artpaul Cartier's "Linking Arms" World Premiere | SF Int’l Arts Fest 2018

SFIAF celebrates the arts by bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. The festival features a slew of visual arts, dance, music and performances over three weeks. San Francisco International Arts Festival May 24 – June 3, 2018 Fort Mason Center Some events are ...

“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland
"Comedy Soup": Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland

5/25 Lineup: 
Musical guest: Keva Uhuru
Headliner: Natasha Muse (cobbs, punchline, Verdi club, nightlife on mars)John gallegher (bing bing twins)
Featuring:

Krista Fatka (outside lands, Destiny’s mom
Mean Dave (cobbs, punchline, best of SF)
Trish Pandya (milk bar)
Wes Hoffman (Rooster Ts)

Free A’s Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland
Friday, May 25 – 9:35 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum
Free A’s Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after the game starts, whether the A’s win or lose. Sit in awe on the ...

Saturday, May 26

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2018
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch from the shore.
| Steamer Lane (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2018

Come watch the Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest, the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast. Nearly 200 contestants take part, so come cheer on local surfers as they compete against some of the best longboarders in the state on the famous Steamer Lane and ...

RSVPs Open for June: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays
Saturday, May 26 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks
RSVPs Open for June: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays

To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forest, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are offering more than 16,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more than 40 redwood state parks on the second Saturday of each month in 2018. The passes cover ...

2018 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Oakland
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Children's Discovery Museum
2018 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Oakland

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Jack London Square 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 ...

2018 Family Fun Festival: Live Band, Petting Zoo & Puppet DIY | Berkeley
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
2018 Family Fun Festival: Live Band, Petting Zoo & Puppet DIY | Berkeley

The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ annual Family Fun Festival is “a whole day of free fun for the whole family” featuring games, contests, performances, and hands-on activities for all ages.
2018 Family Fun Festival
Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 10 am to 3 pm
Berkeley Farmers Market, MLK Jr …

San Francisco Carnaval 2018 | Mission
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval 2018 | Mission

The 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. On May 26th and 27th, the Mission District will transform into an ...

Season Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden
Season Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden

Uptown to the Lake: A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco. Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am in ...

Hello Kitty Truck Comes Back to Pleasanton | Stoneridge Shopping Center
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stoneridge Shopping Center
Hello Kitty Truck Comes Back to Pleasanton | Stoneridge Shopping Center

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to Stoneridge Shopping Center on Saturday, May 26. Come say hello near Cheesecake Factory between 10 am-8 pm, and pick up some supercute treats & merch, while supplies last.

SF’s Huge Lowrider Car Show & Free Carnaval Concert | Mission
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but donations accepted
| John O'Connell High School
SF's Huge Lowrider Car Show & Free Carnaval Concert | Mission

Join San Francisco LowRider Council for the 40th Anniversary Carnaval San Francisco on Saturday, May 26th.
There will be a Car Show & Concert featuring Malo, Tierra, & Y Chicano at the 20th & Harrison Street.

“Ritch St. Block Party” Street Festival & Summer Jam | SF
Saturday, May 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP on Eventbrite to enter raffle
| Victory Hall & Parlor
"Ritch St. Block Party" Street Festival & Summer Jam | SF

Get ready for a brand new good ol’ fashioned block party & festival in SoMa featuring a bunch of local businesses (District, 25 Lusk, Cento, Local Tap, Steep and more) in the area teaming up to create a Summer Jam in the city.
They are creating …

2018 Burger & Brew Fest | Fremont
2018 Burger & Brew Fest | Fremont

Celebrating the vibrant craft brew scene in Northern California, the Fourth Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest returns to Downtown Fremont on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11 am to 5:00 pm.
The day-long festival will feature sampling from Bay Area craft breweries, mouthwatering burgers and …

Peet’s Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF
Peet's Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF

Like wine, there are so many varieties of coffee that tasting them all can be somewhat overwhelming. Guided Tastings allow you to experience the flavor characteristics of a particular coffee and compare it to another coffee from the same or different growing region or processing ...