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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, June 27

Live at Lagunitas: Tank & The Bangas | Petaluma
Tuesday, June 27 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Tank & The Bangas  | 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 ...

Sunday, July 2

Fantastic Negrito with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Fantastic Negrito with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Soulful local singer, musician and songwriter Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers blend rock, country, blues and folk into an original sound.
Oakland blues guitarist and singer Fantastic Negrito takes the stage on the heels of his Grammy win for Best Contemporary Blues Album this year.

Monday, July 3

Richmond | Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks | 2017
Monday, July 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Craneway Pavilion
Richmond | Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks | 2017

Celebrate Independence Day a day early at the Craneway Pavilion, inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond with floor to ceiling windows and amazing views of the San Francisco skyline on July 3, 2017.
Seating is limited and will be available on …

Wednesday, July 5

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, July 5 – 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, July 9

San Francisco Symphony: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
San Francisco Symphony: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

San Francisco Symphony returns for its annual summer appearance at Stern Grove Festival. Led by conductor Edwin Outwater, the afternoon’s program features Mozart, French chansons, and more.
Edwin Outwater will be participating in an informative pre-concert Artist Talk. The Artist Talk will take place at Stern …

Tuesday, July 11

Free Chick-fil-A Day: Cow Appreciation Day
Free Chick-fil-A Day: Cow Appreciation Day

For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation on July 11, 2017 from opening until 7 pm.
In celebration of Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A will award a free entree (breakfast, lunch …

Live at Lagunitas: Cherry Glazerr | Petaluma
Tuesday, July 11 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Cherry Glazerr | 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 ...

Sunday, July 16

Eric Burdon & The Animals With The Stone Foxes: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Eric Burdon & The Animals With The Stone Foxes: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Eric Burdon & The Animals perform their powerful blues-rock, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love.
Native San Franciscans The Stone Foxes return to Stern Grove Festival with their straight-ahead, foot-stomping rock and roll.

Tuesday, July 18

Live at Lagunitas: BADBADNOTGOOD | Petaluma
Tuesday, July 18 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: BADBADNOTGOOD | 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 ...

Sunday, July 23

Los Ángeles Azules & Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Los Ángeles Azules & Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Mexican musical group Los Ángeles Azules perform cumbia sonidera, a fusion of 1950/60s cumbia and electronic music. They will share the stage with Moderatto frontman Jay de la Cueva and Grammy-nominated singer Ximena Sariñana.
Ensambles Ballet Folklório de San Francisco return to the Stern Grove Festival stage and celebrate …

Tuesday, July 25

Live at Lagunitas: Whitney | Petaluma
Tuesday, July 25 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Whitney | 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 ...

Sunday, July 30

San Francisco Ballet: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 30 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
San Francisco Ballet: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

The incomparable San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in the company’s only Bay Area summer appearance. Led by Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, the Company performs selections from their current repertory, with the Grammy-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and conductor Martin West.
Members of the …

Wednesday, August 2

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, August 2 – 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, August 6

Amadou & Mariam with Ibibio Sound Machine: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 6 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Amadou & Mariam with Ibibio Sound Machine: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Amadou & Mariam are a Grammy-nominated duo from Mali whose unique “Afro-blues” sound has landed them at Coachella and Glastonbury, and opening for bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters.
Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African …

Monday, August 7

Live at Lagunitas: James McMurtry | Petaluma
Monday, August 7 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: James McMurtry | 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 ...

Sunday, August 13

WAR & Malo: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
WAR & Malo: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Musical melting pot “WAR” became a permanent part of America’s musical landscape as one of the first successful bands to fuse rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, creating hits such as “Low Rider,” “Spill The Wine,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
San Francisco natives Malo are …

Saturday, August 19

Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest | SF
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest | SF

Get ready to party with 15,000 summer lovin’ people at this delicious summer feast and street party over three blocks, typically with two stages of alt-indie bands and DJs curated by Noisepop, and food and drinks from some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, businesses, and artisans and a …

Sunday, August 20

Brazilian Girls & Moon Hooch: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Brazilian Girls & Moon Hooch: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Hailing from New York City, Grammy-nominated group Brazilian Girls are a dance floor-friendly and eclectic blend of electronic dance music reflecting styles as diverse as reggae, jazz, bossa nova, reggae, and lounge.
Explosive horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch first gained a following busking in the …

Sunday, August 27

Mavis Staples & Kev Choice Ensemble: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 27 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Mavis Staples & Kev Choice Ensemble: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

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 she helped create with her father and The Staples Singers, to her recent Kennedy Center Honor and collaborations …

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 ...

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 ...

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 TBA) Please ...

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 …

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 ...

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 ...