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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!

Friday, June 2

Concerts on the Plaza: Hootenanny | Mountain View
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza (Mountain View)
Concerts on the Plaza: Hootenanny | Mountain View

Grab your friends and neighbors and bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the Civic Center Plaza for Concerts on the Plaza, a monthly live music series will take place on the first Friday of the month April through September from 6-7:30 pm. In addition to the music, ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

Music on the Square: Dance Band | Redwood City
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Music on the Square: Dance Band | 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 ...

“Art Practice Makes Art Pervert” Solo Drawing Exhibit | SF
Friday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Center for Sex and Culture

Art Practice Makes Art Pervert is a solo exhibition by Bay Area-based artist Dorian Katz curated by Dorothy R. Santos. Her drawing series 120 Days of Sodomy appropriates the Marquis de Sade’s book title 120 Days of Sodom.
While Katz’ non-human beings don recognizable human characteristics, …

Funny Fest Friday Night Fights Comedy Show | SF
Friday, June 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Brainwash Cafe
Funny Fest Friday Night Fights Comedy Show | SF

Have a laugh every first Friday of each month, beginning April 7th through July 7th at Brainwash with the Funny Fest Night Fights. Funny Fest Friday Night Fights Comedy Show Every 1st Friday | 6:30 to 8:30 pm Brainwash Cafe, 1122 Folsom Street, SF FREE

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Last Blue Couch in the Sky: Free Dance/Theater Journey | SF
Friday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Street Journey section is free.
| Tutubi Plaza
Last Blue Couch in the Sky: Free Dance/Theater Journey | SF

Last Blue Couch in the Sky, a piece conceived, choreographed, and directed by Kim Epifano of Epiphany Dance Theater, is a one-of-a-kind event revealing the historic wealth of the SoMa neighborhood and present-day artistry and survival in a rapidly changing city.
Street Journey section is free. Meet …

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, June 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, June 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, June 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...

“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & Free Soup | Oakland
Friday, June 2 – 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 ...

Hyperloop: TED-Style Talk & Levitation Demo | Stanford
Friday, June 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Stanford Graduate Community Center
Hyperloop: TED-Style Talk & Levitation Demo | Stanford

Elon Musk, in 2012, designed a train system called “Hyperloop” for superfast travel between large hubs and made his design open to the public. Their speakers, rLoop, is an international company which already started to build the Hyperloop and presented it to Elon Musk.
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Vadalma’s Final Concert: Hungarian Folk Songs in Handmade Arrangements | SF
Friday, June 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Community Music Center
Vadalma's Final Concert: Hungarian Folk Songs in Handmade Arrangements | SF

Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldavia, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin. Led by Zina Bozzay, with the fiery fiddling of Matthew Szemela and Misha Khalikulov’s soulful cello, these …

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical Live On Stage | Eureka Theatre
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical Live On Stage | Eureka Theatre

Using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott’s 1994 Oscar-winning film, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever ...

Stargazing at the Observatory | Los Altos
Friday, June 2 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Foothill College
Stargazing at the Observatory | Los Altos

Join them at the Foothill Observatory and take part in the exploration of the universe. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Visibility of objects in the solar system may include cloud-bands of Jupiter, craters on the moon, the …

“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Salsa Dance Party | Jack London Square
Friday, June 2 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance half-hour lessons followed by a mixed music dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2017 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer ...

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, June 2 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...

First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF
Friday, June 2 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Il Pirata
First Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF

Enjoy free comedy night at Il Pirata and stay after the show for a DJ dance party. This comedy and dancing duo takes place every first Friday of the month and you’ll save some dough for drinks because there’s no cover.