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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!

Monday, May 1

“Where’s The Local Talent?” Comedy Night | SF
Monday, May 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar

This month featuring:

Steve Ausburne
Sam Di Salvo
Andrew Orolfo
Journey Roberts
Yuri Kagan
Moon Choe

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, May 1 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, May 2

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Free Admission Day: ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, May 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, May 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

“Space Themed Escape Room” Sneak Peek | SF
Tuesday, May 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 2 pm, but an RSVP is required. $3 after 2 pm.
| California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)

Radical escape room artist David Sun has released a special sneak preview of his newest escape room “Space Trap”. This  extraterrestrial experience takes place in a space station at California College of the Arts.
Free before 2 pm, but an RSVP is required.

“Israel’s Independence Day” Beach Carnival | Palo Alto
Tuesday, May 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food, drinks and rides.
| Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)

Come celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day with music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family.
Think about Israel for a moment… What sights, sounds, smells and tastes come to mind? What is one of your favorite activities to enjoy with family and friends in this …

Protest Art Printmaking Workshop | Oakland
Tuesday, May 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fruitvale Plaza
Protest Art Printmaking Workshop | Oakland

Come and make protest art because your voice matters.
Art Responders and Kristi Holohan of Rock Paper Scissors Collective will facilitate a printmaking workshop outside Arise High School at Fruitvale BART Station to inspire students and public participants of all ages to envision a future without fear of …

Monthly Game Night at the Library | Napa
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Napa County Library
Monthly Game Night at the Library | Napa

Local millennials no longer have to swipe right to meet new people. The Napa County Library’s new Un/shelved program connects 20 to 30 year olds through nontraditional library events. It’s your move with Un/Shelved Gaming if you want to discover new games or socialize with other gamers. ...

DIY Native Garden Series: Landscape Installation Workshop | Mountain View
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
DIY Native Garden Series: Landscape Installation Workshop | Mountain View

Join them for Part 3 of 4 in this Do-It-Yourself Native Garden Series from the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). Now it’s time to install. With your design complete, learn the steps necessary to put everything in the ground.
The final program of the …

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Merritt Ceramics at Oakland is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE The first hour will be ...

“My Mother’s Kitchen” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

The daughter of a restaurateur―the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s―Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; …

“Kill the Ampaya: Best Latin American Baseball Fiction” Book Reading | SF Main Library
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

A rich variety of baseball fiction exists south of the border but almost none of it is available in English. These inventive and entertaining stories reveal the place of baseball in Latin America.
Join them when editor Dick Cluster reads from “Kill the Ámpaya!” and discusses …

Alandra Hileman’s High-Fantasy Play “Spell Eternity” | Mojo Theatre
Alandra Hileman's High-Fantasy Play

Quantum Dragon Theatre presents Spell Eternity, a new play by Alandra Hileman. Join and explore an apocalyptic fantasy world rife with music and magic, danger and revelry, and a looming threat casting a shadow over all. Featuring Marisa Darabi, Max Seijas, Genevieve Perdue, Karl Schackne, Michael ...

Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF
Tuesday, May 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF

Booksmith is excited to host Joe Quirk in celebration of his latest work, Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians.
Imagine a vast new source of sustainable and renewable energy that would also bring more …

Milkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight
Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
Milkin' It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight

Every second, third and fifth Tuesday night of the month, the Milk Bar hosts Milkin’ It, a free night of comedy featuring local and national comics hosted by comedian Andrew Holmgren. There’s never a cover nor any drink minimums. Doors open at 7:30 pm with comedy starting at 8 ...

It’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight
Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
It's Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight

Featuring:

Chad Opitz
Gabby Poccia
Jordan Cerminara
FC Sierra
Kelly Anneken
Torio Van Grol
Chris Conatser
Aviva Siegel
Tony Zaval
With an opening set from Joe Gorman

Hosted by Leslie Small and Josh Argyle