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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, April 28

“Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food

Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, is a leader in the local foods movement. Its core approach—engaging intimately with nature both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, and exploring the joys of fermentation—is one of interest to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to …

Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Project Commotion
Bay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian ritualized way of combat, it’s a self-defense disguised as a dance. This class, led by Mestre Urubu Malandro of Capoeira Ijexá, will explore movements of capoeira along with other traditional Afro-Brazilian dances of maculelê and dança guerreira.
Please arrive 5 minutes early …

“The Macallan” Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting & Class | SF
Friday, April 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 21+ Only.
| Innovation Hangar at Palace of Fine Arts

One night could turn you into a scotch aficionado. Come to the Palace of Fine Arts’ Innovation Hangar with your friends and colleagues to “Raise The Macallan” at a private single malt scotch whisky tasting and learn a little bit about what makes it one of the ...

San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.
Friday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zeitgeist
San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.

Join the SF Beard and Mustache Club for a monthly gathering at Zeitgeist at 7 pm every last Friday of the month. If you have a beard or mustache, if you like beards and mustaches, or if you want a beard or mustache, then by all means ...

Hella Funny Friday Comedy Night | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required
| Chug Pub
Hella Funny Friday Comedy Night | SF

Come to the Chug Pub every Friday to witness some of San Francisco’s top comics perform live. Each show will feature five hilarious comedians. Hosted by #HellaFunny crew members Julie Ash and Feel Woods. Hella Funny Comedy Night Every Friday | 7 to 9:30 pm ...

“Mavra” & “Dido & Aeneas” Fully-Staged Opera | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall (SFCM)

Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Voice and Historical Performance Departments present a double-billed, fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s rarely-performed opera, “Mavra,” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.”

SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “The Lighter Side” | SF
Friday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Herbst Theatre
SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “The Lighter Side” | SF

Your favorite chamber orchestra ends the season on the lighter side, with music designed to tickle your classical funny bone.
Peter Schickele and his hilarious alter ego P.D.Q. Bach will be well represented—namely by P.D.Q.’s brilliant reworking of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as …

2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series: “National Bird” | Hayes Valley
Friday, April 28 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Proxy SF
2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series:

Spring has sprung; time to get out, get together and be heard. The spring series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting on March 31. Truth, post-truth, politics and social upheaval—this year’s series explores the present moment through humor, pointed ...

As I Lay Laughing: Comedy & Snacks | Oakland
Friday, April 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
As I Lay Laughing: Comedy & Snacks | Oakland

“As I Lay Laughing” brings comedy to E.M. Wolfman’s beautiful bookstore. Every 4th Friday, comedians Michael Brandon and Andrew Orolfo host the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians in an intimate Oakland space. Snacks will also be provided by the team. As I Lay ...

“Yesterday Is Tomorrow” Thematical Vignettes | SF
Friday, April 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but donations are highly encouraged.
| San Francisco Mime Troupe

A satirical look at the past, present and future of a world increasingly hostile to artists and dominated by technology. With singing, dancing, acrobatics and comedy. Also, feminism and Boy bands.

Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night “Big Hero 6” | Pier 39
Friday, April 28 – 8:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night

Grab your blankets and head to Pier 39 for their Outdoor Movie Night, held the last Friday of every month through September. Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of Pier 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and movie night ...

Fort Nights “Magic”: Free Film & Light Art Festival | Week 2
Friday, April 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Fort Nights

Spanning four weeks, Fort Nights: Magic features films and performances through the different lenses of light, water, sky, the heart, and the unseen — all of which have a great influence on the art of magic. What’s going to happen: April 21, Gallery 308 The ...

Saturday, April 29

Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2017 | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Food is for purchase.
| Murphy Windmill
Dutch

The Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate King’s Day 2017 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park.
King’s Day, the biggest national celebration in the Netherlands, is returning once again to San Francisco. Dutch King’s Day San Francisco will be …

Independent Book Store Day 2017
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Independent Book Store Day 2017

Independent Bookstore Day will take place at more than 400 bookstores nationwide. For one day, and one day only, limited, unique books and art pieces will be available in more than 400 independent stores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is ...

NASA Space Apps Hackathon | Berkeley
Saturday, April 29 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free the entire day, bring your laptop to participate and officially register
| NextSpace (Berkeley)
NASA Space Apps Hackathon | Berkeley

NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 2-day collaborative event where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students collaborate and engage with publicly available data to innovate solutions for global challenges. Inspire each other while you learn and create using stories, code, …

Bay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | April 29
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | April 29

The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip ...

2017 Butter & Egg Days: Parade & Festival | Petaluma
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Historic Downtown Petaluma
2017 Butter & Egg Days: Parade & Festival | Petaluma

The Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival celebrates Petaluma’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country.
2017 Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm
 – Parade at noon
Downtown Petaluma
FREE
The 100-unit parade features over 3,000 …

2017 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade | Mission Dist.
Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dolores Park
2017 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade | Mission Dist.

The Annual Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival in San Francisco has become a significant event in the Mission drawing a diverse crowd of participants and attendees from different demographics and cultures. This the largest event honoring the life and work of the labor and ...

2017 UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale | Berkeley
Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
2017 UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale | Berkeley

The annual UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale takes place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Despite the recent rains, waterwise gardening in the Bay Area is smart and sensible. The Garden offers a wide selection of drought-resistant plants from around the …

2017 Laney College Open House | Oakland
Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is requested.
| Laney College
2017 Laney College Open House | Oakland

Want to learn graphic arts, welding or machining? How about cosmetology or electronics? Whether you’re interested in learning a new skill or a new career, Laney’s Career and Technical Education Open House is a fun day where you can explore a wide range of career and technical programs.
Free, an RSVP is …