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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 21

Visitacion Valley Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 45 Leland Ave.
Visitacion Valley Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides

Explore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo.
The afternoon tour concentrates on community life – including Eichler housing, a Julia Morgan church, landscaped greenways, and more – in the “Valley …

2017 Cowboy Hootenanny Folk Festival | East Bay
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but parking is $5 (cash only)
| Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
2017 Cowboy Hootenanny Folk Festival | East Bay

Come celebrate the cowboy and ranching heritage and learn how to square dance to some good old-fashioned foot stompin’, hand clappin’ blue grass music in the grassy meadow at the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness.
2017 Cowboy Hootenanny Folk Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 11 am to 4 pm
Sunol-Ohlone Regional …

Alemany Farm 13th Annual Harvest Festival | SF
Saturday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Alemany Farm
Alemany Farm 13th Annual Harvest Festival | SF

This community gathering has become a favorite fall tradition as we enjoy the warm October sun before we head into the shorter, cooler winter days.
All are welcome. Bring a friend…make new friends…catch up with old friends…and have some fun at the farm on Saturday, October …

International Archaeology Day at the Presidio | SF
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Archaeology Field Station ( Presidio Officers)
International Archaeology Day at the Presidio | SF

Experience events that capture the spirit and vitality of the Presidio… past and present.
Activities for this event begin at the Archaeology Field Station across from the Presidio Officers’ Club
Come join Presidio archaeologists at International Archaeology Day. The team will host activities for all ages. See …

20h Annual UN Film Festival: Kids Films & Live Jazz | Palo Alto
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all panels. $10 per film session (1.5-3 hrs). Free admission for students with valid ID.
| Mitchell Park Library & Community Center
20h Annual UN Film Festival: Kids Films & Live Jazz | Palo Alto

The 20th annual United Nations Association Film Festival, an international documentary film festival, will run from October 19 to 29, 2017 at various locations in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Stanford University. 2017 United Nations Association Film Festival October 19-29, 2017 Palo Alto, Stanford University, ...

2017 SF Open Studios Weekend | Presidio & Ocean View
Saturday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
2017 SF Open Studios Weekend | Presidio & Ocean View

San Francisco comes alive with art this October and November as ArtSpan presents the 42nd Anniversary of SF Open Studios – the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country, featuring 800 artists. It’s an unrivaled opportunity for art patrons, collectors, and admirers ...

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...

International Archaeology Day | The Presidio
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
| Presidio Officers' Club
International Archaeology Day | The Presidio

Have you ever wondered what an archaeologist actually does? Did you know that there are archaeologists working and studying right here in San Francisco? To find out more, come join Presidio archaeologists at International Archaeology Day.
See archaeology in action as Presidio Trust archaeologists uncover the …

Creative Family Fun Crafts: Dig Site Sand Art | The Presidio
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Creative Family Fun Crafts: Dig Site Sand Art | The Presidio

October 21st is International Archaeology Day. Come celebrate with them by creating a mini-dig site to take home. Find out what archaeologists can learn from layers of soil as you build your site layer by layer.

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...

Tricycle Music Festival 2017: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights | SF
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mission Branch Library
Tricycle Music Festival 2017: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights | SF

Kids and families, Tricycle Music Fest at the library returns for a ninth year on October 6 to 29, 2017. Join the San Francisco Public Library for the kickoff event on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Potrero Branch. At the end of every show, one ...

Bay Area Australian Shepard Meetup | SF
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | SPARK Social SF
Bay Area Australian Shepard Meetup | SF

Grab your pups for some fun outdoors – Bay Area Australian Shepard Meetup Group is coming to SPARK. While your four-legged friends enjoy fresh air and fun with their furry friends be sure to grab some delicious food from 10+ gourmet food trucks or a hit …

Free Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Day: New Flavor “Persian Lime & Curry” | Oakland
Saturday, October 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oaktown Spice Shop
Free Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Day: New Flavor

Oaktown Spice Shop has partnered with Humphry Slocombe to create a limited edition ice cream flavor – Persian Lime & Curry.
The new flavor is influenced by the distinct notes of their popular blend, Persian Lime Curry Rub, such as the tart citrus of limu omani …

Anchor Public Taps Grand Opening & Free Ice Cream | SF
Saturday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks
| Anchor Public Taps
Anchor Public Taps Grand Opening & Free Ice Cream | SF

Join them for the grand opening of their new pilot brewery and bar: Anchor Public Taps.
Enjoy a day packed with:

Classic Anchor beers
New and limited beer features
Collaboration brews with Local Brewing Co. & ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Beer Education Station with Anchor brewers
Complimentary Anchor Steam “Butterbeer” ice cream …

20th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) | Palo Alto
20th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) | Palo Alto

They are delighted to announce the 20th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), which was founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The 20th UNAFF will be …

Free Outdoor Yoga Day | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 21 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
Free Outdoor Yoga Day | Golden Gate Park

Take yourself outside and into the beauty of this city’s heart and soul. Practice yoga under the trees and let the ocean air sooth and invigorate you. This class expertly blends breathing and movement, strength and grace, imagination and form. You will gain a personal ...

2017 San Francisco Pumpkin Carving Fest | The Presidio
Saturday, October 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Main Parade Ground
2017 San Francisco Pumpkin Carving Fest | The Presidio

Come one come all to the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground and create your very own Pumpkin Masterpiece. San Francisco Pumpkin Carving Festival Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 12 pm to 5 pm Main Parade Ground, Montgomery St, SF Free, but an RSVP is required. Free ...

Fall 2017 Free Plant Exchange | Oakland
Saturday, October 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ability Now Bay Area
Fall 2017 Free Plant Exchange | Oakland

Have plants you must prune or cull? How about trading your excess with others in your neighborhood? Take home new plants for your yard and have an instant new garden, all free at the Fall 2017 Free Plant Exchange happening on October 21, 2017, in Oakland.
They’ll have Master Gardeners to answer questions and …

2017 BayviewLIVE Festival: Murals Music & Arts w/ Talib Kweli | SF
Saturday, October 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Imprint City
2017 BayviewLIVE Festival: Murals Music & Arts w/ Talib Kweli | SF

On Saturday, October 21st from noon to 7 pm, Imprint.City in partnership with Black and Brown Founders, The Bay Bridged &Mural Music and Arts will launch the second annual BayviewLive Festival.
BayviewLIVE, addresses the digital divide by leveraging tech resources to the event while also attracting an …

McLaren Park Metal Music Festival | SF
Saturday, October 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
McLaren Park Metal Music Festival | SF

Saturday in the Park Presents the McLaren Park Metal Music Festival Saturday, Oct. 21, 12pm – Featuring old school metal bands Ancient Mariner, Hammerdown & AC/DZ