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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.

Tuesday, April 4

Free Cone Day 2017 | Ben & Jerry’s
Tuesday, April 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ben & Jerry's (Haight St.)
Free Cone Day 2017 | Ben & Jerry's

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, and you know what that means… free ice cream for you.
As long as you don’t mind waiting in really long lines, almost all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops in the Bay Area (and around …

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, April 16

2017 Easter In the Park: Hunky Jesus & Foxy Mary Contests | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, April 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
2017 Easter In the Park: Hunky Jesus & Foxy Mary Contests | Golden Gate Park

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the kabuki-inspired cross-dressing nuns-of-fun, host their 38th Easter Sunday in the Park at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park.
There’s a family-friendly Children’s Easter celebration at 10:30 am, but the real fun follows after the kids head home with adult-friendly fare like …

Saturday, May 6

2017 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2017 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley

The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal, in People’s …

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, …

Sunday, June 4

California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day
Sunday, June 4 – 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 ...

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

Disco/Funk/R&B legends Kool & The Gang will kick off the Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season of admission-free concerts on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove. Local artist Quinn DeVeaux opens the show.
The opening day concert will take place at 2:00 p.m.at Sigmund …

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 ...