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San FranFREEsco has joined up with FunCheap to help hunt down the most interesting free (and cheap) events in the Bay Area.

These events are hand-picked by Becca Bandit of San FranFREEsco, which shares with you all the best FREE or almost free events and happenings in the SF Bay Area including concerts, parties, open bars, free food, free events, art openings, free museum admission, fairs, festivals and more.

Saturday, February 25

Bowlero’s Grand Opening Bash w/ Jerry Rice: Free Bowling & Arcade Play | Milpitas
Saturday, February 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Bowlero Milpitas
Bowlero's Grand Opening Bash w/ Jerry Rice: Free Bowling & Arcade Play | Milpitas

Bowlmor AMF is proud to announce the transformation of AMF Mission Lanes into the all new Bowlero Milpitas. Join in on February 25 for their grand opening bash with free bowling, arcade play, giveaways, and more.
Free, but an RSVP is required to guarantee your spot. Please note, an RSVP does not …

Sunday, February 26

California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day
Sunday, February 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. The Academy hosts four free ...

Oscar Viewing Party: Red Carpet, Drink Specials & Surprises | The Knockout
Sunday, February 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
Oscar Viewing Party: Red Carpet, Drink Specials & Surprises | The Knockout

Walk the Knockout’s real red carpet dressed in your best, order a tinsletown cocktail, and watch the disaster unfold on the biggest night in movies, all on HD on the big screen
Oscars Party at the Knockout
Sunday Feb 26th at 6pm
FREE! 21+

Tuesday, February 28

2017 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Free Blues Concert | Fillmore Dist.
Tuesday, February 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Fillmore Center Plaza
2017 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Free Blues Concert | Fillmore Dist.

Fillmore Street comes alive with a neighborhood-wide Mardi Gras party during the annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore with a free blues concert.
Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore
– Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 5 pm
Fillmore Center Plaza (near Ellis), San Francisco
FREE, but an RSVP is required.
Mardi Gras San Francisco …

Wednesday, March 1

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, March 1 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 360 Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and many ...

Tuesday, March 7

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2017
IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2017

IHOP will serve millions of free pancakes again during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 am to 7 …

Tuesday, March 14

30th Annual Pi Day | Exploratorium Free Day
Tuesday, March 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
30th Annual Pi Day | Exploratorium Free Day

Join The Exploratorium on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for the 30th annual Pi Day, an international holiday celebrating the never-ending number π (3.14159…), and the spirit of wonder and quirk that science inspires, founded in 1988 by Exploratorium physicist and “Prince of Pi” Larry Shaw.
The Exploratorium will …

2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center
2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley

Jump over a bonfire (or watch others do it) in the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” as the Persian Center celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year to say goodbye to the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. 
2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping
Tuesday, …

Saturday, March 18

“Brides of March” 2017 Wedding Dress Pub Crawl | SF
Saturday, March 18 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco

Grab a wedding dress and join the brides as more than a hundred people in wedding dress (men, women and in-betweeners) parade through the heart of San Francisco, strolling through Union Square, shopping at fancy stores, and drinking in local bars.
All you need for this …

Wednesday, April 5

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, April 5 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 360 Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and many ...

Sunday, May 7

2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa
2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa

For the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire, SoMa will be filled with art and performances, vendors, tasty food and drinks, and all of the colorful weirdness that San Francisco is famous for. All ages are welcome.
2017 How Weird Street Faire
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | Noon to …

Sunday, May 14

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2017 | SF
Sunday, May 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2017 | SF

The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, 2017 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers).
Schedule
1:00 p.m. Mariachi Mexicanismo
2:00–4:00 p.m. Making Flores de papel
4:00 p.m. Cuicacall

Sunday, May 28

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2017
Sunday, May 28 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Bryant
San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2017

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kickoffs at 9:30 am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission Street down to 17th Street, …

Saturday, June 17

2017 Corgi Con: 800+ Corgis, Stumpy Leg Races & Costume Contest | Ocean Beach
Saturday, June 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Fulton)
2017 Corgi Con: 800+ Corgis, Stumpy Leg Races & Costume Contest | Ocean Beach

The NorCal Corgi Con is a wonderfully bizarre beach day bash for dogs (and their pawrents) bringing together hundreds of enthusiastic Corgis, their owners and wannabes too on Ocean Beach in San FranCorgsco. Between Stairwell 21 and Fulton St from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, …

Friday, June 23

Exploratorium Free Community Night | SF
Friday, June 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Night | 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. ...

Sunday, June 25

2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 25 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Market Street
2017 San Francisco Pride Parade

The parade is the culmination of a month of Pride-themed events in the city, leading up to an all-out celebration for Pride weekend with the Pride Festival in Civic Center Plaza.

2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm
Market Street, San Francisco
FREE
Forty-six …

2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center
Sunday, June 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, June 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off | SF

The Stern Grove Festival has been throwing free concerts in the park every summer since 1938. If you don’t mind arriving early to spread out your blanket to stake your spot, it’s an excellent way to spend a relaxing Sunday in a beautiful park setting watching free ...

Saturday, September 23

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. ...

Sunday, September 24

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 …

Friday, October 6

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017 Three days, seven stages, over ...

Saturday, October 7

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Saturday | Golden Gate Park

2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017 Three days, seven stages, over ...

Sunday, October 8

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Sunday | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Sunday | Golden Gate Park

2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017 Three days, seven stages, over ...

Sunday, October 22

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Sunday, October 22 – 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. ...

Saturday, November 11

Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day Weekend 2017 | November 11-12
Saturday, November 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Muir Woods National Monument
Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day Weekend 2017 | November 11-12

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park. Yosemite park waves their ...