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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!

Thursday, August 17

The 6th Annual “New Works” Women’s Theater Festival | SF
Thursday, August 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but advanced tickets are recommended,
| Thick House
The 6th Annual

3Girls Theatre Company presents The 6th Annual New Works Festival with the 2017 theme, Radical Hope, to continue throwing ourselves passionately into making theater that will move and engage you.
The festival includes ten days of original theatrical events that explore the need for artists to never let go …

Drink Steam with Rexx Life Raj Free Concert | Rickshaw Stop
Thursday, August 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*For 21+ with valid ID.
| Rickshaw Stop
Drink Steam with Rexx Life Raj Free Concert | Rickshaw Stop

Join them for an evening full of free live music from local artists and local beer from Anchor Brewing.

Rexx Life Raj, headlining the show, is one of the Bay Area’s best rappers on the rise. 2016’s “Father Figure” flashed his dynamic style with equal parts …

Waterfront Flicks: “Moana” Jack London Square
Thursday, August 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Waterfront Flicks:

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer with free outdoor screenings of hit movies, as part of Jack London Square’s hit Waterfront Flicks series. From date night to family flick night, moviegoers can start their evenings early with dinner at one of Jack London Square’s ...

Free Cobb’s Summer Comedy Night: August 2017 | SF
Free Cobb's Summer Comedy Night: August 2017 | SF

Funcheap and Stroy Moyd of #HellaFunny take over Cobb’s Comedy Club for an awesome two nights of comedy at SF’s biggest comedy club. We handpick some of SF’s top local comedians to showcase for you – often with credits like SF Sketchfest, NBC, Comedy Central and more. ...

Movies on the Square: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” | Redwood City
Thursday, August 17 – 8:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Movies on the Square: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” | Redwood City

Bring the family out to a free movie showing in downtown Redwood City in Courthouse Square on Thursday evenings from June 1 to August 31 in 2017. Movies start at sundown (approximately 8:45 pm). Come early for the best seats – a limited number of ...

Friday, August 18

Non Stop Bhangra For Kids: Traditional Punjabi Folk Dance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Non Stop Bhangra For Kids: Traditional Punjabi Folk Dance | Yerba Buena Gardens

A passport to Bollywood for kiddies. Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm.

Rooftop Garden Concert: Funk | Oakland
Friday, August 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kaiser Center
Rooftop Garden Concert: Funk | Oakland

Pack your lunch and come listen to local jazz, rock, and hip hop musicians at the Kaiser Center’s Roof Garden free concert series from noon to 1 pm, every Friday from June 16 – September 8, 2017. The three acre roof garden at Oakland’s Kaiser Center was conceived as a semi-public park by ...

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, August 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF
Friday, August 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Park
Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF

Every third Friday, the OMI Family Resource Center in San Francisco invites you to their free monthly dinner and movie night. Free, but please note, space is limited. Dinner is free, but it’s limited to the first 50 people. The menu varies monthly. Movies starts at 5 ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: “Acid Mantra” & Other Cinematic Delights | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young:

Events and Activities:

“Acid Mantra” and other Cinematic Delights: Film Screening and Conversation with Ben Van Meter
Creativity Station with Linda Janklow
Summer of Love Tunes by DJ Jackie Sugarlumps
Oral History Project by Storyteller John Graham: Record Museum Visitors’ Stories of the Exhibition and Summer of 1967

2017 Summer Concert Series Final Show | Foster City
Friday, August 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Leo J. Ryan Park
2017 Summer Concert Series Final Show | Foster City

Join the Foster City community for free summer concerts overlooking the water in Leo Ryan Park from 6-8 pm, every Friday from July to August 2017. Don’t forget to bring your friends, a picnic, and your dancing shoes.  2017 Foster City Summer Concert Schedule July 14 Zoo ...

Music on the Square: Country | Redwood City
Friday, August 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Music on the Square: Country | Redwood City

Enjoy free Friday concerts all summer long on Courthouse Square in Redwood City from 6-8 pm from June 2-September 1, 2017. Redwood City is well known for its events, but Friday night’s Music on the Square is one of the most treasured nights of summer. Plus, being ...

Free Urban Axe Throwing Weekend | Daly City
Friday, August 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Silver Dragon Kung Fu
Free Urban Axe Throwing Weekend | Daly City

Bad Axe Throwing San Francisco is finally here. Experience the thrill of urban axe throwing for free August 18-20, 2017. They’re opening up their doors for the amazing people of San Francisco and surrounding areas to come and see what all this axe throwing awesomeness is all ...

Free Beach Concert: Gin Blossoms | Santa Cruz
Friday, August 18 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: Gin Blossoms | 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 ...

Picnic Flix: “Finding Dory” | Dublin
Friday, August 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Emerald Glen Park
Picnic Flix:

Join the Dublin community for free outdoor movies at Emerald Glen Park. Movies start at approximately 8:30 pm, but attendees may arrive as early as 7 pm to snag the perfect spot. Consider making a day of it, and make use of the park’s basketball courts, ...

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Good Measure Tour II: Intimate Performances & Complimentary Wine Tasting | SF
Friday, August 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| The Marker
Good Measure Tour II: Intimate Performances & Complimentary Wine Tasting | SF

This summer, Harken Wines, Joie de Vivre Hotels & Noise Pop are teaming up for a multi-city music tour unlike any other. Good Measure Tour II will span three cities, exploring vintage inspirations as it travels across the country.
Take in intimate performances with complimentary wine …

Reverse Happy Hour | Pier 39
Friday, August 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Reverse Happy Hour | Pier 39

Head to The Pier for Reverse Happy Hour* at participating businesses from 8 pm-close. Check back to see the full list of discounts.
*Restrictions apply. See discount list for more details.

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, August 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom
Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley

Chillarious is the only comedy showcase where you can enjoy the Bay Area’s best comedic talent while lounging luxuriously on the Bay Area’s most comfortable organic mattresses and pillows. Admission is free and some free drinks will be provided, but you can also BYOB. Please, ...

“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & Free Soup | Oakland
Friday, August 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
| Sycamore Co-Op

Comedy Soup is Oakland’s DIY comedy show that features a lineup of some of the Bay Area’s best comedians, a new musical act every month, and a hearty helping of free, vegan homemade soup for every audience member. Free, but an RSVP to soupcomedyRSVP@gmail.com is required. Doors open at ...