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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.

Friday, August 25

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Friday, August 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
First Day to RSVP: 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, ...

Saturday, August 26

F*ckFest X: Outdoor Punk Festival by the Bay | SF
Saturday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Indiana & Tulare
F*ckFest X: Outdoor Punk Festival by the Bay | SF

This is the 10 year of this free off-the-radar punk festival that’s been put on in San Francisco after other F*ckFests have popped up in New Jersey, Colorado, and Los Angeles. Due to the erratic (some say combustible) nature of punk bands, the lineup will ebb-and-flow ...

Sunday, August 27

Stern Grove Festival 2017 Finale: Gospel & Soul Legend Mavis Staples | SF
Sunday, August 27 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2017 Finale: Gospel & Soul Legend Mavis Staples | SF

Head to the beautiful Stern Grove for the 2017 finale concert of the Stern Grove Festival featuring Mavis Staples.
With a career spanning 60+ years, powerhouse vocalist Mavis Staples crosses easily between gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip-hop. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound …

Monday, August 28

Live at Lagunitas: Lake Street Dive | Petaluma
Monday, August 28 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Lake Street Dive | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live concert series featuring some amazing bands ranging in genre from roots to gothic pop in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma). Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these ...

Saturday, September 2

2017 SF Zine Fest Pre Party | Mission: Comics & Art
Saturday, September 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but do bring some money to buy comics
| Mission: Comics & Art
2017 SF Zine Fest Pre Party | Mission: Comics & Art

The San Francisco Zine Fest is a free, annual celebration of small-press publishing from zines and comics to art books and beyond. Over 200 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden ...

Wednesday, September 6

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, September 6 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 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, September 10

Opera in the Park 2017 | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 10 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
Opera in the Park 2017 | Golden Gate Park

The San Francisco Opera puts on their annual free concert in Sharon Meadow on the east side of Golden Gate Park, just west of Haight and Stanyan.
Bring a picnic and enjoy this outdoor concert which will feature highlights from the Opera’s fall season and some of …

Monday, September 11

Live at Lagunitas: Mavis Staples | Petaluma
Monday, September 11 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Mavis Staples | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live concert series featuring some amazing bands ranging in genre from roots to gothic pop in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma). Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these ...

Friday, September 15

Undiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market Festival | SoMa
Friday, September 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*We're told the organizers want to keep this admission free
| The Historic San Francisco Mint
Undiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market Festival | SoMa

Inspired by the vibrant night markets of Asia, Undiscovered SF is a free monthly Music+Art+Food Festival and curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas district located in the heart of San Francisco’s innovative South Of …

Sunday, September 17

2017 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
2017

If you like lounging in the park, laughing your ass off with the distant smell of pot wafting through the air, then the 37th Annual Comedy Day might be the best way for you to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The biggest single-day comedy event of the …

Tuesday, September 19

Live at Lagunitas: Nick Waterhouse | Petaluma
Tuesday, September 19 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Nick Waterhouse | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live concert series featuring some amazing bands ranging in genre from roots to gothic pop in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma). Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these ...

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, ...

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 …

Sunday, October 1

2017 Castro Street Fair | SF
Sunday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2017 Castro Street Fair | SF

A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is once again filling the streets of the Castro with several stages of entertainment, unique costumes, art and food.
Bring a little of your inner freak to the festivities and experience a full day of live music, …

Tuesday, October 3

Live at Lagunitas: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Petaluma
Tuesday, October 3 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live concert series featuring some amazing bands ranging in genre from roots to gothic pop in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma). Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these ...

Wednesday, October 4

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, October 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 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 ...

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 ...

Saturday, October 21

Corgi Con Fall 2017: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Below Cliff House)
Corgi Con Fall 2017: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach

The NorCal Corgi Con is a wonderfully bizarre beach day bash for dogs (and their pawrents) that brings together hundreds of enthusiastic Corgis, their owners and wannabes too on Ocean Beach in San FranCorgsco, between Stairwell 2 and 5 near the Cliff House, from 10 am to 2 …

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 ...

Friday, November 17

2017 Winter Fireworks & Free “Disney on Ice” Show | SF
Friday, November 17 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Justin Herman Plaza
2017 Winter Fireworks & Free

Enjoy a winter fireworks display, and a special free Disney on Ice performance which takes place on the outdoor ice rink in Justin Herman Plaza during Embarcadero Center’s 31st Annual Building Lighting Ceremony when more than 15,000 lights illuminate the San Francisco skyline.
2017 Embarcadero Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 17, 2017
Justin …

Sunday, December 31

San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show | 2017
Sunday, December 31 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks Show | 2017

Say goodbye to 2017 and ring in the 2018 new year with 200,000 fellow bundled-up San Franciscans for a waterfront fireworks tradition as the city once again hosts a free waterfront midnight fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.
San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Saturday, December 31, …