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Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Every 1st Saturday
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.

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Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust cardholders (credit cards and debit cards) get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each month.

This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor and Oakland Museum of California.

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
First weekend of each month
FREE but a Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust credit or debit card is required

Excludes special exhibitions, ticketed shows and fundraising events

2019 Dates
January 5th & 6th
February 2nd & 3rd
March 2nd & 3rd
April 6th & 7th
May 4th & 5th
June 1st & 2nd
July 6th & 7th
August 3rd & 4th
September 7th & 8th
October 5th & 6th
November 2nd & 3rd
December 7th & 8th

Please contact each museum for hours as some museums are not open both Saturdays or Sundays or on holidays.

Participating Museums (It’s not clear if this list is updated for 2019 yet)

San Francisco
– Contemporary Jewish Museum – Select Dates – typically only December – check site
– de Young Museum (Permanent galleries only) 
– Legion of Honor  (Permanent galleries only) 

Oakland
– Oakland Museum of California

San Jose
– San Jose Museum of Art
– The Tech Museum of Innovation

Mountain View
– Computer History Museum

Sacramento
– Crocker Art Museum
– The California Museum
– Powerhouse Science Center – Discovery Campus

Participating museums may change at any time. Please check bankofamerica.com for the latest roster of museums.

Updated 6/1/19 – Event info last checked via website


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, East Bay, Free Museum Day, North Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco, South Bay

Saturday, September 7, 2019

9:00 am   Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
9:00 am   21st Annual Duboce Park Tag Sale | SF  FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for bargains
9:00 am   First Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
9:00 am   Cleaning & Greening: Coffee, Bagels & Conversation | SF  FREE
All Day   Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday  FREE*
*Free general admission to San Francisco residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries.
10:00 am   “Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area  FREE
10:00 am   Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park  FREE
All Day   Free Parks Admission Day: Every 1st Saturday | Marin County  FREE
All Day   Red Bull’s “Bay Climb”: Insanely-Steep Uphill Bike Battle | SF  FREE*
*Free to watch; $35 to compete
10:00 am   Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandca.gov
All Day   Bank of America Free Museum Weekend  FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
10:30 am   $12 Bottomless Mimosa “Boozy Brunch” w/ Vegan Options | SF  $12*
*Get one complimentary drink with your brunch - and don't forget to tip like a rockstar. Upgrade to bottomless for $12.
All Day   2019 Italian Festival “Festa Coloniale Italiana” | North Beach  FREE
All Day   Chinatown’s Autumn Moon Festival | 2019  FREE
All Day   Pub In the Park: Live Music, Local Brews & Lawn Games | Redwood City  FREE
All Day   The Crucible’s Fall Open House | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food & drinks. RSVP on Facebook.
All Day   2019 Muni Heritage Days: Rare Historic Bus Ride Weekend | SF  FREE*
*Although not confirmed yet for 2019, typically there are free rides from museum at 77 Steuart Street on certain vehicles will be operating from 1 PM to 5 PM between the museum and Pier 39. Regular fare applies to all other Muni, Streetcar and Cable Car rides.
All Day   Hunter Franks & the Neighborhood Postcard Project | Free Saturdays  FREE*
*Free general admission to San Francisco residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries.
12:00 pm   4th Annual West Oakland Artisans Festival | Oakland  FREE*
*RSVP is recommended.
12:30 pm   Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling | Marin Headlands  FREE
1:30 pm   First Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland  FREE
1:30 pm   First Caturdays at Dolores Park: Unofficial Social Gathering for Cats | SF  FREE
2:00 pm   Due South Concert Series w/ Giraffage & Astronautica | SF  FREE*
*VIP Premium Seats Available Starting at $50.
2:00 pm   Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | The Presidio  FREE
3:00 pm   Food Bay Carnival “Spicyholick” Night Market | Fremont  4 *
*$4 for single admission, $12 for 4 adult tickets (group package). Children 10 & under is free.
3:00 pm   San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Treasure Island” | Santa Cruz  FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
5:00 pm   2019 Under the Stars in Precita Park | Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema  FREE
6:00 pm   100 Bay Area Live Readings from “Civil Liberties United” | Oakland  FREE*
*Suggested donation $3-5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
6:30 pm   Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland  FREE*
*There is a one-drink minimum (doesn't have to be an alcoholic drink, but bring ID, 21+ only.)
7:00 pm   Movies in Creek Park: Star Trek 2 | San Anselmo  FREE
8:00 pm   Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF  FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
8:00 pm   “Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF  FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $10
8:30 pm   Downtown SF’s Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday  FREE*
*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 at door without RSVP
9:00 pm   Prince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa  $5
9:07 pm   Free A’s Post-Game Star Wars™ Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland  FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
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