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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, August 19

Sound of Cocktails: Reliving Iconic Moments in Time & Pop Culture | SF
Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Novela
Sound of Cocktails: Reliving Iconic Moments in Time & Pop Culture | SF

It’s the return of Novela’s musically inspired cocktail event series, The Sound of Cocktails. Journey through iconic moments in time and pop culture as they infuse cocktails with music to bring you unique entertainment experience. Sound of Cocktails: Reliving Iconic Moments in Time & Pop Culture ...

“Fringe” Indie Music Video Party | Madrone Art Bar
Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 10 pm with RSVP on Facebook; otherwise, it's $5. 21+
| Madrone Art Bar

Fringe, the indie music video dance party, happens every third Saturday at Madrone Art Bar. Free before 10 pm with an RSVP; otherwise, it’s $5. DJs Blondie K and subOctave will spin your favorite indie music videos plus the latest remixes to create a buzz on the dance floor. “In ...

Renegade Drive-In Movie Night: “Tron (1982)” | North Bay
Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Meetup and donations are accepted.
| Old Hamilton Theater Building
Renegade Drive-In Movie Night: “Tron (1982)” | North Bay

The North Bay Mobile Drive-In hits Novato with a renegade outdoor film screening in this DIY flash mob drive-in movie where you watch a flick on a 30-foot screen, tune your radio to 88.3, and drink in your car. There is no grass, so you’ll either want to sit in your car, or bring ...

Late Night Downtown Comedy at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF
Late Night Downtown Comedy 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, August 19 – 10:30 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, August 20

2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival | Santa Cruz
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Wharf
2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival | Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz’ Hawaiian connections continue to this day via the 25th annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival.
2017 Aloha Outrigger Races & Polynesian Festival
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Festival: 11 am to 5 pm; Races: 8 am
Santa Cruz Wharf
FREE
The Polynesian Festival gives a taste of the tropic …

2017 San Francisco Ping Pong Tournament Festival | Chinatown
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2017 San Francisco Ping Pong Tournament Festival | Chinatown

The Mayor’s Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament is coming up again on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Mayor Lee will demonstrate his skills by playing with some of you to kick off the tournament.
Come out for a day of ping pong and family fun. Cheer on your …

“American Idol” Auditions Come to the Bay | Jack London Square
Sunday, August 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Do you have what it takes to become the next singing superstar? American Idol is coming to one city only in California – Oakland. Jack London Square will be hosting the open auditions at the foot of Broadway on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
Many of the Jack …

Concord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay
Sunday, August 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Concord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay

Looking for a-one-of-a-kind treasure? Come out and check out the Concord Antique Faire & Collectibles held at the Concord Todos Santos Plaza park from 9 am to 4 pm on third Sundays from April to October in 2017 . Admission & parking is free.

2017 Caltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | UC Berkeley
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility
2017 Caltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | UC Berkeley

Caltopia is an annual free two-day campus festival at the start of the UC Berkeley school year that’s free for the entire community – you don’t have to be a student to get in on the action and giveaways. 2017 Caltopia August 20-21, 2017 | ...

2017 Burlingame Festival: Diverse Performances, Music & Arts | Peninsula
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Avenue
2017 Burlingame Festival: Diverse Performances, Music & Arts | Peninsula

Come out to the annual Burlingame On The Avenue, one of the Peninsula’s most anticipated summer festivals, featuring hundreds of artisans showcasing hand-crafted products, delicious foods and beverages, and exciting performances. Plus, throughout the day there live entertainment which boast a variety of unique musical and ...

Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival: Live Music & Kids Craft Area
Sunday, August 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival
Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival: Live Music & Kids Craft Area

Today’s Lineup:
11:15-11:45 TBD
12:00-12:45 Jack and the Hitchhikers
1:05-1:50 Mariachi Los Cachorros
2:05-2:50 Pathetic Honey
3:05-3:35 S.C.C.S. Fashion Show
3:55-4:50 The D. B. Walker Band
5:10-6:10 The Gary Gates Band
 
 
 

New Sculpture Class | SF
Sunday, August 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*CCSF is now FREE to SF residence.
| Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
New Sculpture Class | SF

Introduction three-dimensional form and historical evolution of sculpture. Learn to build & create with a variety of materials: Build your skills in wood, clay and plaster while exploring artistic expression of objects. There are no prerequisites for this class.

8th Annual Pacific Bus Museum Open House | Free Admission Day
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Food and beverage for purchase.
| Pacific Bus Museum
8th Annual Pacific Bus Museum Open House | Free Admission Day

Join them for a fantastic day of food, fun and friendship at the eight annual Pacific Bus Museum Open House on Sunday August 20, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Watch out for antique and modern buses on display. There will also be a bus …

Free Guided Pot Walking Tour of SF | Duboce Park
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $20. 25% goes to charity
| Duboce Park
Free Guided Pot Walking Tour of SF | Duboce Park

The Pioneers of Pot walking tour recounts the inspiring true story of hippy, renegade, pot kingpin Dennis Peron & patient advocate Brownie Mary in their quest for medical legalization.
Enjoy this historical journey and discover how a public health crisis combined with passionate pioneers ignited a …

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Tenderloin
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin

Sunday Streets (March – October 2017) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

“Summer Sessions” Sunday Streets Brunch | Hayes Valley
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Please bring money for food and drinks
| Timbuk2 (Hayes Valley)
“Summer Sessions” Sunday Streets Brunch | Hayes Valley

Get your calories in before a day of riding around Golden Gate Park, at the shop. There will be bevvies and breakfast items, enough to keep you fueled for the day. Everyone is welcome.
Free but an RSVP is required.

Off the Grid’s “Presidio Picnic” Sunday Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid's

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. 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 ...

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

Nomadic Nectar PlayaWear & Burner Costume Sale of 2017 | SF
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring cash for other purchases.
| The Box Shop
Nomadic Nectar PlayaWear & Burner Costume Sale of 2017 | SF

Countdown to your one-stop playa shop at the Nomadic Nectar PlayaWear Sale of 2017. Mark your calendar and add your playa friends to this invite. This is their 5th year of the popular burner costume sales, and as always, they’ve got tons of gorgeous, fun, ...