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San Francisco… land of the free. Here’s just the free stuff in SF and the Bay Area. Keep your wallet in your pocket and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1

SF’s “World Tree of Hope” w/ 17,000 Origami Cranes (Dec. 1 – Jan. 8)
Wednesday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
SF’s “World Tree of Hope” w/ 17,000 Origami Cranes (Dec. 1 - Jan. 8)

See the world’s most unique holiday tree at Grace Cathedral. The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope is the largest origami holiday tree in the world, standing over 23 feet tall and decorated with over 17,000 origami cranes and stars, each hand folded ...

Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour 2021 (Dec. 1-30)
Wednesday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Sausalito
Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour 2021 (Dec. 1-30)
A longtime family tradition for many, The Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour showcases the creativity of the local business in Sausalito. Visitors can participate in the Gingerbread House Tour anytime throughout the month of December by downloading a map of participating locations, viewing the unique gingerbread ...

World AIDS Day: The Castro’s “Inscribe” Sidewalk Chalk Event (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Castro btwn Market and 19th Streets
World AIDS Day: The Castro's "Inscribe" Sidewalk Chalk Event (SF)
Inscribe” on Castro Street between Market and 19th streets, starting at 10:30 a.m until 9pm offers the public the opportunity to honor those affected by HIV and AIDS by writing their names, using colorful sidewalk chalk, on Castro Street sidewalks. Everyone is welcome
Say Goodbye to Grace Cathedral’s Rainbow Steps for 2021
Wednesday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to view from outside and take photos
| Grace Cathedral
Say Goodbye to Grace Cathedral's Rainbow Steps for 2021
Grace Cathedral finally says goodbye to their gorgeous rainbow steps today, after 6 colorful months on the steps of one of SF’s most iconic buildings. We’ve been told the final full day for the steps is December 1, 2021 and that they’ll being to remove them ...
SF’s “Holiday Trolley” Hits the Streets with Treats (December 1-18)
Wednesday, December 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
SF's "Holiday Trolley" Hits the Streets with Treats (December 1-18)
This year, the Shop and Dine in the 49 campaign promotes shopping at small businesses and neighborhood corridors throughout San Francisco. Beginning on Wednesday, December 1 through December 18, 2021, in partnership with neighborhood merchant associations, a trolley car with Shop and Dine in the 49 ...
“Misery Party” for the Holidays at Thriller Social Club (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Thriller Social Club
"Misery Party" for the Holidays at Thriller Social Club (SF)
For some people this is the most miserable time of the year. If you’re the likes “spreading cheer” consider yourselves uninvited from Thriller Social Club’s “Misery Party” on December 1st. That’s the new carnival-themed arcade bar in SoMa that took over the old Coin-Op space. To ...
Wednesday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission
| 37th Avenue at Ortega, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile (SF)

Sunset Mercantile, local producers of community based pop-up marketplaces, announced the relaunch of the Wednesday afternoon Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile 4pm-7:30pm on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Pacheco featuring farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live ...Every Wednesday

SF’s Union Square Chanukah Lighting w/ 25-Foot-Tall Menorah (4th Night)
Wednesday, December 1 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SF's Union Square Chanukah Lighting w/ 25-Foot-Tall Menorah (4th Night)

Celebrate Chanukah 2021 with the 46th lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from November 28-December 6, at approximately 4:30 ...

SF’s World AIDS Day + Golden Gate Park “Circle of Lights” (2021)
Wednesday, December 1 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | National AIDS Memorial Grove
SF's World AIDS Day + Golden Gate Park "Circle of Lights" (2021)
World AIDS Day FREE public programming – An Evening of Lights & Remembrance in the Grove. A reading of the names ceremony begins at 5 pm as we gather together to remember those lost surrounded by the beautifully illuminate Grove at night until 9pm. The ceremony will be ...
Movember at Dirty Habit with Craft Cocktails by Benjamin Chapman Whiskey
Movember at Dirty Habit with Craft Cocktails by Benjamin Chapman Whiskey
Dirty Habit, San Francisco’s sultry bar and restaurant located on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, is pleased to invite the public to their upcoming MOVEMBER event in partnership with Benjamin Chapman Whiskey on Wednesday, December 1 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Celebrating Movember, which ...
“SOMA Sings” Filipino SideCaraoke Party + Free Treats (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Russ Street
"SOMA Sings" Filipino SideCaraoke Party + Free Treats (SF)
SOMA West Community Benefit District, SOMA Pilipinas, and the San Francisco Office of Workforce and Economic Development, and Shop & Dine in the 49 are partnering to host a special event on Russ Street on December 1st, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to bring ...
SF’s Spectacular Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree Lighting (Westfield Centre)
SF's Spectacular Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree Lighting (Westfield Centre)

Westfield Centre is bringing back their famous upside down Christmas tree for 2021 The famous Inverted Christmas Tree is back for the holidays on Level 4 Under The Dome.  It is the perfect picture opportunity in the shopping center while you shop. See it shine from ...

Brewery Trivia Night (Vallejo)
Wednesday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Enjoy Trivia and have a beer!
| 701 Escobar St, STE C, Martinez CA
Brewery Trivia Night (Vallejo)

Enjoy trivia night, have a beer, and win prizes!Every Wednesday

“Headprint House” Local Queer Artists Holiday Market w/ Free $25 Gift Bags (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free entry // sliding scale donation suggested to support SF LGBT Center
| Headprint House
"Headprint House" Local Queer Artists Holiday Market w/ Free $25 Gift Bags (SF)
Support Local Queer Artists and Businesses Mention FUNCHEAP at the door and receive an Aveda Gift bag worth $25 of product! Exclusively for the Funcheap readers! Register for FREE and get an Aveda Gift at the door! Holiday Artist Community Market in our inclusive and vibrant space. -Featuring creations ...
Zeitgeist’s Free Outdoor Concert Night (Every Wednesday)
Wednesday, December 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist's Free Outdoor Concert Night (Every Wednesday)

Heyo, come out each Wednesday from 7 pm – 9 pm at Zeitgeist for free Live Music in our beer garden. Each week, we feature different local Bay Area bands from Bluegrass, Blues, Country and Soul music genres. Check out our events page for more ...Every Wednesday

Pub Trivia at Standard Deviant (SF)
Wednesday, December 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No cost!
| Standard Deviant Brewing
Pub Trivia at Standard Deviant (SF)
Join us for a night of Pub Trivia at Standard Deviant! Make sure your team is ready, the competition will be hot! Meet the Falcons! We are a Professional Ultimate (Frisbee) Team and we’re about to start our 2022 season! We’ll be playing in the Winter Cup Showcase ...

Thursday, December 2

Free Outdoor Bollywood Fitness Class at Civic Center Plaza (SF)
Thursday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
Free Outdoor Bollywood Fitness Class at Civic Center Plaza (SF)

We are very excited for our first in-person outdoor BollyX class with AccessSFUSD: The Arc THURSDAYS, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM at San Francisco Civic Center near City Hall! This class is *FREE* and open to all! No need to register, just show up! Arrive 10 ...Every Thursday

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum
Thursday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded. No advanced tickets required, but subject to capacity limits
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...Monthly

Free “Hidden SF” Downtown Walking Tours
Thursday, December 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Rain might cancel
| Yerba Buena District
Free "Hidden SF" Downtown Walking Tours

Hidden stories, surprises, and live performances abound in a free 90-minute walking tour in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Neighborhood. Local history, activism, music, and pirating are brought to life as actors portray the larger-than-life historical figures that gave this city its quirky and unique ...Monthly

91st Golden Gate Park Tree Lighting w/ Carnival Rides + Snow (2021)
Thursday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most activities are typically free, but some may have a nominal cost.
| McLaren Lodge
91st Golden Gate Park Tree Lighting w/ Carnival Rides + Snow (2021)
Join us in front of McLaren Lodge on December 2 as we kick-off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony. The event runs from 4-8pm. The annual lighting of Uncle John’s tree, with Mayor Breed, will be held in front of McLaren Lodge at 6 ...