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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!

Wednesday, August 30

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. in ...

Free Lunchtime Concert: Motown Music | Oakland
Wednesday, August 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center
Free Lunchtime Concert: Motown Music | Oakland

Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station. The concert series give a little taste of everything, from Motown and folk to classic and jazz bands and they typically take place ...

Swing in the Square: Fil Lorenz Orchestra | Union Square
Wednesday, August 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: Fil Lorenz Orchestra | Union Square

Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie.
Come dance to the swingin’ music of the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, a star-studded “little BIG …

Movie Night on the Green: “The Little Mermaid” & “Wes Anderson Documentary” | Marin
Wednesday, August 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marin County Mart
Movie Night on the Green: “The Little Mermaid” &

Bring your family to the weekly and complimentary outdoor movie night series at the Marin Country Mart at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Wednesdays, June 21 – August 30, 2017. All Marin Country Mart events are held in the courtyard, where greenery and seating ...

“My Absolute Darling” Book Release & Discussion | SF
Wednesday, August 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park

Come and join Gabriel Tallent as he discusses his new novel, My Absolute Darling.
Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she …

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, August 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...

Thursday, August 31

Last of the Dramatic 2017 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden
Last of the Dramatic 2017 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden

It’s been a wet winter and that means spring is going to be crazy good at the San Francisco Botanical Garden … the curators tell us that everything is budding up and looking very bountiful and beautiful. After four dry years, this winter has brought much needed rain ...

Final Day: Summer of Love “Trading Cards” on Market Street | SF
Thursday, August 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Market Street
Final Day: Summer of Love

Long before Instagram and SnapChat made pocket-sized images of your favorite celebrity or sports hero a hot commodity, there was the trading card. Local artist Kate Haug was inspired by this vintage collector’s item for her Summer of Love-themed Art on Market Street Poster Series, ...

Original Folk Music with Evie Ladin Band | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 31 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Original Folk Music with Evie Ladin Band | Yerba Buena Gardens

Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, and composing original music inspired by life in Oakland and globe-spanning tours, the kinetic Evie Ladin Band erases the lines between music and movement.
A trio of tenaciously innovative string musicians and dancers, the combo features Ladin’s …

Music & Market Summer Concerts: 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson | Concord
Thursday, August 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Music & Market Summer Concerts: 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson | Concord

The 28th Annual Music & Market Series returns to Todos Santos Plaza featuring a “Cream of the Crop” schedule of Bay Area bands, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets anywhere in downtown Concord from 6:30-8 pm from May through September. The Music & Market Series is ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Bayview Opera House
Thursday, August 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a $20 suggested donation.
| Bayview Opera House
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

“That Crazy Perfect Someday” Book Discussion | SF
Thursday, August 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park

Join Michael Mazza as he discusses his new novel, That Crazy Perfect Someday.
The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion …

Movies on the Square: “Ladder 49” | Redwood City
Thursday, August 31 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Movies on the Square: “Ladder 49” | 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, September 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

Free Clam Chowder Day | Pier 39
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Free Clam Chowder Day | Pier 39

The first 39 people to present the special coupon at Chowders on Level 1 will receive one (1) free cup of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.*
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*Offer only valid for first 39 people who present coupon at Chowders on a first-come, first-served …

“Summer Sessions” First Friday Factory Tour | Mission
Friday, September 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Timbuk2 Shotwell Factory Store
“Summer Sessions” First Friday Factory Tour | Mission

Free but an RSVP is required.

Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco
Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco

Come down to Timbuk2 Factory and Headquarters for a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at the product design, marketing, and of course the (spoiler alert) office gong, disco ball and kegerator. Free tours take place at 11 am on the First Friday of the month, and tickets are required. Tours are ...

Rotunda Dance Series: Scott Wells & Dancers | SF City Hall
Friday, September 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Scott Wells & Dancers | SF City Hall

n 1981 Scott discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. Wells has created works for skateboarders, boxers and recently …