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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, January 19

“Sea Lion” Day: Free Admission to Aquarium of the Bay | Pier 39

To celebrate the 28th anniversary of Pier 39’s world famous sea lions on January 19, 2018, there will be free admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
Make sure to arrive early. The first 28 guests to mention “Sea Lion Love” at the front desk of Aquarium of the …

Friday, February 2

Dilla Day 2018 Hip Hop Celebration | Great Northern
Friday, February 2 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 11pm, but an RSVP is required. 21+
| The Great Northern
Dilla Day 2018 Hip Hop Celebration | Great Northern

Stop by The Great Northern on February 2, 2018 for a celebration of all things J Dilla, “one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working with big-name acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, MF Doom, The …

Wednesday, February 7

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, February 7 – 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, February 11

California Academy of Sciences | Free Admission Day
Sunday, February 11 – 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 typically hosts four ...

Tuesday, February 13

2018 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Free Blues Concert | Fillmore Dist.
Tuesday, February 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Fillmore Street
2018 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 13, 2018 | 5 pm
Fillmore & O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
FREE, but an RSVP is required.
Join the celebration of “Fat …

Saturday, February 24

2018 Chinese New Year Parade | SF
Saturday, February 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2018 Chinese New Year Parade | SF

Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia.
Typically, over 100 groups will participate in the parade and many of the floats and specialty groups will be featuring …

Wednesday, March 14

Pi Day: Exploratorium Free Day | 2018
Wednesday, March 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Pi Day: Exploratorium Free Day | 2018

Welcome to the 31st annual Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor the never-ending number 3.14159… (and Einstein’s birthday), they’ll serve up π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie.
Find out what’s so …

Sunday, March 18

SFMOMA’s “Free Family Day” Free Museum Day | SF
SFMOMA's

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) welcomes families and intergenerational audiences to the museum for its Free Family Day on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
While the museum is always free for visitors 18 and younger, on Free Family Day, it is also free for up …

“Brides of March” 2018 Wedding Dress Pub Crawl | SF
Sunday, March 18 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bar Fluxus

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 …

Sunday, May 13

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2018 | SF
Sunday, May 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2018 | 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. ...

Friday, June 22

Exploratorium Free Community Night | SF
Friday, June 22 – 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. ...

Saturday, September 22

The Exploratorium’s Free Saturday | Pier 15
Saturday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
The Exploratorium's Free Saturday | Pier 15

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, October 21

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Sunday, October 21 – 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, November 11

Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day | 2018
Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day | 2018

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 and free admission ...

Wednesday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2018
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2018

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year.
Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum …