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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, September 22

2017 Movie Under the Stars: “Beauty and the Beast” | Menlo Park
Friday, September 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Menlo Park
2017 Movie Under the Stars:

The 2017 Menlo Movie Series will feature free movies in Downtown Menlo Park on the Chestnut Paseo. Be sure to bring a chair, blanket, and some snacks to enjoy, but most of all, don’t forget to bring the family. Enjoy a night of watching the ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, September 22 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Saturday, September 23

Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day. 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 23, 2017 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required (available to download August 25, ...

2017 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2017 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...

2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Saturday
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. Everything is $3 or less. On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Saturday

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd year of the Friends of the SF Library featuring over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media in 70 different categories, all for $1-3, at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The Big Book Sale is free ...

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly free days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering free admission for all. ...

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 ...

2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
| Jack London Square
2017

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% ...

2017 “Peace In The Park” Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
2017

Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities for a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds.
Peace in the Park Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm
Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young …

Marcus Shelby Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Marcus Shelby Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens

Internationally acclaimed bassist/composer Marcus Shelby occupies his own niche in the Bay Area’s jazz eco-system. As the leader of a powerfully swinging 15-piece big band and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival resident composer, he’s used the ensemble as a vehicle for developing epic works exploring …

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” Preview | SF
Saturday, September 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

For the 34th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of Hamlet. The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during ...

Free A’s Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland
Saturday, September 23 – 9:05 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum
Free A's Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland

Sit in awe on the field as you watch Oakland A’s fireworks after six games in 2017. Following each fireworks game, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling sky high show.

Sunday, September 24

2017 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2017 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...

$1 Book Day: The 2017 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
$1 Book Day: The 2017 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd year of the Friends of the SF Library featuring over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media in 70 different categories, all for $1-3, at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The Big Book Sale is free ...

2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
| Jack London Square
2017

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% ...

2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa

The 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair.
2017 Folsom Street Fair
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 11 …

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, September 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

On the following Sundays, the club is offering Introductory Sails for a taste of the club’s safe boating education programs. These can be extremely wet – you may end up practicing how to self-rescue from a capsize – so bring a change of clothes, strap ...

Free Spanish Symphony & Dancing in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Free Spanish Symphony & Dancing in the Park | Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, presents the 135th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years The weekly concerts take place most ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017: “Hamlet” | SF
Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017:

For the 34th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of Hamlet. The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during ...

Coin Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa
Sunday, September 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Coin-Op Game Room
Coin Op's

Coin-Op is an awesome 10,000 square foot space in SoMa that was transformed from a steel foundry into a two-story bar and game room with 40+ pinball and video games, a secret speakeasy (hidden behind a “busted” video game). On the last Sunday of every ...