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Friday, November 24

“Green Friday”: Free Day Passes to California State Parks

Let’s turn Black Friday into Green Friday. Since Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, why not explore a beautiful state park instead of shopping indoors or online. So there are thousands of free vehicle day-use passes to more than 40 participating redwood ...

Buy Nothing Day | 2017
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Buy Nothing Day | 2017

Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis to Black Friday: your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself,  at least for a single day.
Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day?
You might say “Sure,” …

Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/24/17 from 3-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose

Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland from 3-6 pm on November 24, 2017. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride.
Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San …

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Friday, November 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Village
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga

Strutting horse-drawn carriages, crafts people displaying their wares for sale, Father Christmas and more are highlights of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Wine Stroll in Historic Downtown Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way.
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting
November 24, 2017 | 5-8 pm
– tree lighting at 5:30 pm
Big Basin …

2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose

After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park and the lighting of the 60-foot Community Giving Tree.
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San …

Saturday, November 25

2017 Pokémon Regional Championships | San Jose
Saturday, November 25 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| San Jose McEnery Convention Center
2017 Pokémon Regional Championships | San Jose

Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, supporters, and Pokémon fans from throughout the west coast and around the country are invited to attend the 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships the weekend of November 25th and 26th. The San Jose Convention Center is hosting ...

Small Business Saturday 2017
Small Business Saturday 2017

After hitting the big stores on Black Friday, support your local businesses and check out the mom-and-pop stores on Small Business Saturday.
American Express® Card Members can earn more rewards when they Shop Small®.

Sunday, November 26

2017 Pokémon Regional Championships | San Jose
Sunday, November 26 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| San Jose McEnery Convention Center
2017 Pokémon Regional Championships | San Jose

Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, supporters, and Pokémon fans from throughout the west coast and around the country are invited to attend the 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships the weekend of November 25th and 26th. The San Jose Convention Center is hosting ...

Monday, November 27

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, November 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...

Friday, December 1

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, December 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, December 1 – 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 ...

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, December 1 – 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 ...

Saturday, December 2

Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose

Join them on Saturday December 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a day of dogs at the park.

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, CJM and Oakland Museum of ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...

2017 Annual Christmas Parade | Los Gatos
Saturday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Los Gatos Civic Center
2017 Annual Christmas Parade | Los Gatos

The 61th Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade is like most other parades – they’ve got marching bands and Santa… and expected to appear again for 2017, is the Cucuzza Squash Drill Team – yes, it’s a bunch of guys in tank tops and Santa hats each …

Sunday, December 3

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor, CJM and Oakland Museum of ...

“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco | December 3
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Be sure to look up in the sky to spot the supermoon over San Francisco.
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 15:47 UTC on December 3, …

Wednesday, December 13

2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky
Wednesday, December 13 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky

Stargazers can look directly up (away from city lights) to see a spectacular meteor light show originating from the Comet 3200 Phaethon in the constellation Gemini (looking south, almost overhead).  The peak nights of the 2017 Geminid meteor shower are expected mid-evening December 13 until ...

Friday, December 15

San Jose Bike Party
Friday, December 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...

Monday, December 25

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, December 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...

Tuesday, December 26

Strike Out Hunger: Free Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz
Tuesday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.81).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Strike Out Hunger: Free Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz

How’s your bowling average these days? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2017. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed hungry ...

Sunday, December 31

Free NYE Daytime Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz
Sunday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.52).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Free NYE Daytime Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz

How’s your bowling average these days? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2017. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed hungry ...

NYE at Christmas in the Park: East Coast Countdown & Live Music | San Jose
Sunday, December 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
NYE at Christmas in the Park: East Coast Countdown & Live Music | San Jose

Join Christmas in the Park at 7 pm on New Year’s Eve as they celebrate 2017 with a fun evening filled with holiday cheer and Christmas fun.
Once again, the New Year’s Eve celebration features live music by SAGE. They will have a special family oriented attraction …

Friday, January 5

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 5 – 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 ...