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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, May 26

Gravity-Defying Vertical Dance “Bandaloop” Free Open Rehearsals | Final Day
Saturday, May 26 – 12:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
Gravity-Defying Vertical Dance "Bandaloop" Free Open Rehearsals | Final Day

A pioneer of vertical dance Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. Gravity-Defying Vertical Dance “Bandaloop” Free Open Rehearsals May 22 to 26, 2018 | 12:45 to 4:45 pm Henry J Kaiser Civic Center, 10 10th St, Oakland FREE A pioneer in ...

“Live in the Castro” Free Outdoor Concert: Alpha Rhythm Kings | SF
Saturday, May 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
"Live in the Castro" Free Outdoor Concert: Alpha Rhythm Kings | SF

Rob Dehlinger is a composer, performer, and recording artist leads this swingin’ group of top musicians with his blazing trumpet and entertaining vocal stylings. Specializing in swing, vintage lounge, boogie-woogie, and jump blues, the Alpha Rhythm Kings bring an energetic, jazzy vibe which is 100% …

Tom Rigney & Flambeau: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, May 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Tom Rigney & Flambeau: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

The incendiary violinist/composer Tom Rigney joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene in Tom Rigney & Flambeau, a band known for turning unassuming gigs into ecstatic celebrations. Featuring pianist Caroline Dahl, bassist Steve Parks, drummer Brent Rampone, …

“Bay Area Black Business Day” Business Expo | Oakland
Saturday, May 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
"Bay Area Black Business Day" Business Expo | Oakland

Bay Area Black Business Day is a marquee event, attracting over 50 Entrepreneurs and 1,000’s of residents to Support Black Owned Businesses.
“Bay Area Black Business Day” Business Expo
Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 1 pm to 6 pm
Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland
FREE
This year’s event will …

Drunkathalon: Free Comedy, Heckling & Cosplay | PianoFight
Saturday, May 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| PianoFight
Drunkathalon: Free Comedy, Heckling & Cosplay | PianoFight

From the minds of the Super Trashed Bros and Pianofight, it’s the “Drunkathalon” – a drinking-infused video game tournament with a $100 cash prize. Celebrity guests and audience members compete in a tournament of champions featuring a variety of games, each with their own unique ...

“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF
Saturday, May 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
| Murphy's Pub
“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF

5/26 Lineup:

Aviva Siegel (Talkies)
Nicole Calasich (ABC’s Forever 31)
Clay Newman (The Roast of Dustin Diamond)
Jordan Thewlis (Important Comedy)

Joined by your NOM regulars Joseph Nguyen & Natasha Muse

Downtown Comedy Night at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF
Downtown Comedy Night at SF's Newest Art Bar | SF

Bar Fluxus, run by the same people behind Madrone Art Bar, is a new downtown cocktail bar filled with cool art and as colorful as a big box of crayons. Every Saturday night downtown comes alive with a fresh new comedy set hosted by Feel ...

No Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code FUNCHEAP; otherwise it's $10
| Bar Fluxus
No Scrubs: '90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus

The 1990s were dope. The fashion was uhh-mayy-zing, the slang was super dope, and the music was phenomenal. From TLC, to the Fresh Prince, to Kid ‘N Play to Usher…the list goes on. Bring your ass down to Bar Fluxus every Saturday (except the third Saturday) ...

Sunday, May 27

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2018
Sunday, May 27 – 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 ...

San Francisco Carnaval 2018 | Mission
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are 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 ...

Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 6th Ave & Geary
Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides

The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake …

2018 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*No entrance fee. You can purchase food ticket at the event.
| Kennedy Park (Union City)
2018 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City

Join the Bay Area Burmese Community for the annual Burmese New Year Water Festival at Kennedy Park in Union City from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
There will be Burmese traditional dance performances, foods from various regions of Myanmar, traditional ceremony of paying …

Presidio Picnic: Off the Grid’s Sunday Food Truck Party | SF
Presidio Picnic: Off the Grid's Sunday Food Truck Party | SF

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Held on the seven acre Main ...

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, May 27 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square

With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, year ...

46th Annual Muir Beach Firemen’s BBQ | Mt. Tam
Sunday, May 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$20 parking per vehicle. Donations are appreciated
| Santos Meadow (Mt. Tam)
46th Annual Muir Beach Firemen's BBQ | Mt. Tam

The 46th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue is a fun event for the whole family with delicious food, activities for the kids, live music and dancing.
An annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Marin, the event takes place on Sunday, May 27, from noon to …

The Fiddle Castros: Classical Revolution & Underground | Live! in the Castro
Sunday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
The Fiddle Castros: Classical Revolution & Underground | Live! in the Castro

The Fiddle Castros are part of a long-standing group of musicians who form ensembles for various events throughout the Bay Area. As graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory, they started out busking in the Castro and became a well-loved entity at night on the weekends. …

Free Memorial Day Patriotic Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band
Sunday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Free Memorial Day Patriotic Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the new direction of Robert Calonico, presents the 136th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most ...

Indie Rock Concert: Matt Jaffe | Union Square
Sunday, May 27 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Indie Rock Concert: Matt Jaffe | Union Square

Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has churned out …

Coin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa
Sunday, May 27 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Coin-Op Game Room
Coin-Op's "Free Play" Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa

Coin-Op is an awesome 10,000 square foot space in SoMa that was transformed from a steel foundry into a two-story bar and game room with 40+ pinball and video games, a secret speakeasy (hidden behind a “busted” video game). On the last Sunday of every ...

’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, May 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
'90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.

Love The Simpsons? Know The Simpsons like the back of your hand? Then join in ’90s Simpsons Trivia Night at The Knockout in the Mission District from 6-9 pm, every fourth Sunday of the month. Watch some ’90s Simpsons and answer some trivia if you ...