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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, March 30

“The Mystic Experience” Disposable Film Festival Installation | SF
Thursday, March 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer

Disposable Film Festival is taking over of the gorgeous pre-1908 Mystic Hotel. Featuring DFF favorites from the past 10 years and a special Video Confession Booth installation.

SF Giants Pitcher Hunter Strickland Meet & Greet | Macy’s Flower Show
Thursday, March 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
SF Giants Pitcher Hunter Strickland Meet & Greet | Macy's Flower Show

Celebrate the start of baseball season by welcoming the San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland. Stop by for a chance to meet Hunter, take a selfie – and of course – stock up on baseball gear for the season.
Plus, enter for your chance to win tickets …

Floral Art & Sculpture Demo | Macy’s Flower Show
Thursday, March 30 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Floral Art & Sculpture Demo | Macy's Flower Show

Learn to build sculptural floral arrangements using materials gathered from nature. Local artist and designer Ezra Cattan will bring together driftwood, stone, moss, twigs and flowers for a unique take on floral arranging and the artistic process.
San Francisco-based artist and designer Ezra Cattan demonstrates a …

Cooking Demo & Wine Tasting Pairing with Chef Mike Ward | Macy’s Flower Show
Thursday, March 30 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Cooking Demo & Wine Tasting Pairing with Chef Mike Ward | Macy's Flower Show

Executive Chef Mike Ward offers up some full-bodied advice and backs it up with a fresh made dish complimented by classic Wente Vineyards vino. Sample the pair and raise your glass to a match made in foodie heaven.

$5 Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours | Jack London Square
$5 Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours | Jack London Square

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 (for donation). Schedules and ships are subject to change so always ...

Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF
Thursday, March 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alite Designs Outpost
Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF

Start your weekend off right with a grilled cheese and a beer at the best outdoor gear shop around. The Alite Outpost is hosting its first Speak Cheesy Happy Hour which will include free grilled cheese sandwich’s and cold beers for you and your friends.
They will …

Liberty Loving People: Black Abolitionists & The Struggle Over Slavery | The Presidio
Thursday, March 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Liberty Loving People: Black Abolitionists & The Struggle Over Slavery | The Presidio

Historian Susan D. Anderson will speak and present documents and images about the surprising chapter in California’s early history, the struggle over slavery. Admitted into the United States as a free state, California’s legislature passed a Fugitive Slave Act in 1852, and was a site …

Fashion & Music Festival Kick Off: Runway Show & Braid Bar | Macy’s Union Square
Thursday, March 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| Macy's (Union Square)
Fashion & Music Festival Kick Off: Runway Show & Braid Bar | Macy's Union Square

Come to a festival styling party at Macy’s. Get into the rhythm of festival season in these four easy steps:

Scope out the most ‘gram-worthy best-of-fest new looks from your favorite designers on the runway at their fashion show hosted by SF YouTuber Ally Chen of Fashion …

“Joy the Baker Over Easy” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Thursday, March 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog Joy the Baker. She’s obsessed with butter, sugar, cream, and dark chocolate. Here are 125 recipes to tackle any brunch craving—from juices and coffees, to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon.

How To Thrive In Challenging Times | SF
Thursday, March 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| CIIS - California Institute of Integral Studies
How To Thrive In Challenging Times | SF

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, 2017 is likely to be a year unlike any we’ve ever experienced. America has never been more divided, and many people are feeling alienated and anxious. People can’t deny that hatred, cynicism and misunderstanding are present, …

“Night at the Black Hawk” Live Jazz Concert | SF
Thursday, March 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin Museum

San Francisco Recovery Theatre is returning to the Tenderloin Museum Thursday March 30th. Night at the Black Hawk is a live jazz concert, part of an ongoing series that reflects on the lives and stories of the artists, musicians and residents that lived in the …

“The Painted Gun” Book Release | City Lights
Thursday, March 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books

A washed-up ex-journalist looking for a missing girl in San Francisco is framed by a Guatemalan hit man for a series of murders.
It’s 1997 at the dawn of the digital age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and struggling alcoholic David “Itchy” Crane’s fledgling “information consultancy” business …

The Shoe Must Go On (The Foot): Stand Up Comedy | Oakland
Thursday, March 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| SoleSpace
The Shoe Must Go On (The Foot): Stand Up Comedy | Oakland

A free stand-up comedy show at Solespace, a shoe store/performance space,  will be available by donation but you’re encouraged to bring your own drinks.
Lineup:

Jim McVeigh
Vincent Chuang
Tess Barry
Aviva Siegel
Natasha Muse

Although we couldn’t find the event on facebook, the promoter submitted the event for March 30.

Standard Deviant: Come Out For Good Beer & Chuckles | SF
Thursday, March 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Standard Deviant Brewing
Standard Deviant: Come Out For Good Beer & Chuckles | SF

Standard Deviant Brewing is hosting its inaugural comedy night. Come see the Bay Area’s best comics spit fire at the best brewery in San Francisco.

HellaFunny on Haight Street | Milk Bar
Thursday, March 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
| Milk Bar
HellaFunny on Haight Street | Milk Bar

Come out to #HellaFunny at Milk Bar located in the heart of the Upper Haight to see some of SF’s best rising comedic talent. The lineup changes every week, but expect to see comics that have performed at Cobbs, SF Sketchfest, the Punchline and featured ...

Friday, March 31

2017 Dry Garden Free Admission Day & Plant Sale | East Bay
Friday, March 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ruth Bancroft Garden
2017 Dry Garden Free Admission Day & Plant Sale | East Bay

The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s annual Spring Opening and Plant Sale is the Bay Area’s best source for drought tolerant plants, succulents, cacti, California natives, and other Mediterranean climate plants.
2017 Ruth Bancroft Garden Spring Opening and Plant Sale
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 10 am to 3 pm
Ruth …

2017 Cesar Chavez Day Free Walking Tours | SF
Friday, March 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
2017 Cesar Chavez Day Free Walking Tours | SF

Got the day off? Take a guided walk around San Francisco and learn something new about the city you love on Cesar Chavez Day, a bank holiday in California.
2017 Cesar Chavez Day Walking Tours
Friday, March 31, 2017
All Over San Francisco
FREE but donations greatly appreciated
San Francisco City Guides Schedule

9:30 …

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, March 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

Dance Anywhere 2017: Simultaneous Global Dance-Off | SF
Friday, March 31 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Dance Anywhere 2017: Simultaneous Global Dance-Off | SF

Dance Anywhere is an annual conceptual public art performance and an invitation for people to stop their routine and dance wherever they are.
Find performances at noon in San Francisco… 3 pm in New York…  8 pm in Rome, Prague and Cairo… 10 pm in Istanbul, …

2017 Magnolia Bloom: Last Blossoms of the Season | SF Botanical Garden
2017 Magnolia Bloom: Last Blossoms of the Season | SF Botanical Garden

One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden. Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, ...