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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!

Sunday, June 25

2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center
Sunday, June 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides aboard a fleet of keelboats and dinghies with Cal Sailing Club, a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. Please try to arrive early as possible – depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may ...

Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off Concert: Kool & The Gang | SF
Sunday, June 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off Concert: Kool & The Gang | SF

Disco/Funk/R&B legends Kool & The Gang will kick off the Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season of admission-free concerts on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove. Local artist Quinn DeVeaux opens the show.
The opening day concert will take place at 2:00 p.m.at Sigmund …

Monday, June 26

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, June 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...

The Komedy Kiki: Comics That’ll Tickle Your Funny Bone | SF
Monday, June 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Stud Bar
The Komedy Kiki: Comics That'll Tickle Your Funny Bone | SF

Comedians with a kiki twist, Justin Lucas and Jesús U. BettaWork, bring the ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha to the legendary Stud Bar in SF. Come through every fourth Monday of the month at 8 pm as they host an LOLicious lineup of the ...

Laughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF
Monday, June 26 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Rite Spot
Laughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF

Comedian Andrew Holmgren (SF Weekly 2014 Best comedian) of Sylvan Productions (SF Weekly 2013 best comedy troupe) hosts an evening of some of his favorite comics whose comedy is sure to leave you satisfied and sore. The show takes place on every last Monday of ...

Tuesday, June 27

Cookies & Comedy Night | SF
Tuesday, June 27 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Brainwash Cafe
Cookies & Comedy Night | SF

Cookies and Comedy is a top notch comedy show highlighted by comics who in addition to having great material also have stage personas with a lot of flavor. This flavor is celebrated by bringing in some oven baked cookies for free. The show takes place at ...

Haight Street Comedy Night, Games & Prizes | SF
Tuesday, June 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
Haight Street Comedy Night, Games & Prizes | SF

Haight Street Comedy Night is an evening of jokes, games, booze located in the historic Haight Ashbury that takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Milk Bar. This free show features comedians and entertainers that have been seen on Comedy Central, Funny or ...

Wednesday, June 28

Free Movies on the Beach: “Back to the Future” | Santa Cruz
Wednesday, June 28 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Movies on the Beach:

There’s nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun every Wednesday at 9 pm. ...

Thursday, June 29

The Jamming Nachos Rock n’ Roll Band | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 29 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Jamming Nachos Rock n' Roll Band | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Young, energized and politically conscious, The Jamming Nachos are a hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll band straight outta Oakland. Launched as a family combo in 2011 by the siblings Rioz (vocals/guitar), Messiah (guitar/keyboards) and Rey Aceves (bass), the group took shape when they added powerhouse lead …

Summer Sounds Outside: Dirty Cello | Walnut Creek
Thursday, June 29 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lesher Center for the Arts
Summer Sounds Outside: Dirty Cello | Walnut Creek

Summer Sounds Outside is a series of free concerts on the outside plaza which focuses on bringing high quality, eclectic new artists to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Concerts will take place from 5:30-7 pm on select Thursday evenings during the Summer ...

Moraga Summer Concert: Jackson 5 to Maroon 5 | East Bay
Thursday, June 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga Summer Concert: Jackson 5 to Maroon 5  | East Bay

On Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of ...

Summer Movie in the Park: “The BFG” | Orinda
Thursday, June 29 – 8:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Summer Movie in the Park:

The Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is happy to bring back Movies in the Park for another year. This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring their blankets, lawn chairs, and don’t forget the popcorn. Orinda Movies in the Park Thursday ...

Friday, June 30

Ka-Hon: Bay Areas Finest Latin Percussionists | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, June 30 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Ka-Hon: Bay Areas Finest Latin Percussionists | Yerba Buena Gardens

In the hands of Ka-Hon, a gentle spring shower, a flamenco troupe, a galloping stallion and a rumba circle. Drawing on a pan-American array of rhythms, the high-energy ensemble displays the astounding versatility of the humble cajón, a simple wooden box usually played by a …

San Francisco Critical Mass
Friday, June 30 – 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, June 30 – 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. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Free Beach Concert: Great White | Santa Cruz
Friday, June 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: Great White | Santa Cruz

Every summer, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk casts its net and drags in a host of Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s to play free concerts right on the beach every Friday night. Friday Night Bands on the Beach  Every Friday, June 16 ...

Free Opera at the Ballpark 2017: Don Giovanni | AT&T Park
Friday, June 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free tickets, but advanced registration is required
| AT&T Park
Free Opera at the Ballpark 2017: Don Giovanni | AT&T Park

Going to see Don Giovanni at the War Memorial Opera House costs, oh, upwards of $200 for good seats. But, thanks to the Opera at the Ballpark program, you can watch a live simulcast of the very same opera on the giant HD screens in …

Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night “The Parent Trap” | Pier 39
Friday, June 30 – 8:30 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 ...

Saturday, July 1

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday
Saturday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...