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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!

Thursday, September 23

“Mission Community Market” Night Farmers Market (SF)
Thursday, September 23 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Community Market
"Mission Community Market" Night Farmers Market (SF)

2021 updates Now in its 11th year, the popular neighborhood market will be reopening with a lineup of 20+ small local farms and food businesses, offering a diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables, food crafts, and hot prepared foods for Mission residents. More vendors will ...Every Thursday

Bernal Chess Night
Thursday, September 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Prentiss Mini Park
Bernal Chess Night
Bay Area chess players, let’s play and learn together! All levels and ages are welcome. Bring a chess set if you have one — especially if you have a heavy and/or magnetic set that can withstand the wind. For everyone’s comfort, let’s assume that we’ll ...

SF’s Outdoor Movie Night: “The Princess Diaries” | North Beach
Thursday, September 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Washington Square Park
SF's Outdoor Movie Night: "The Princess Diaries" | North Beach

Sundown Cinema is back, and just in time for San Francisco summer. Enjoy food, drinks, and film selections that celebrate the unique character and beauty of our city’s parks and neighborhoods. From now through October, Sundown Cinema is bringing five iconic films to five parks ...

Robotic Dog Art Show “Thinking Machines” (SF)
Thursday, September 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Foreign Cinema
Robotic Dog Art Show "Thinking Machines" (SF)
Thanks to Mission Local for letting us know about the opening reception for Pilat’s solo exhibition  taking place at Foreign Cinema on September 23 from 6p-8p with a special guest, Spot. RSVP. A limited capacity event. About this event To understand the future, we must understand the ...
SF’s “Skybridge on Stevenson” Outdoor Music & Dance Fest (Sept. 16 – Nov 18)
Thursday, September 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 510 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103
SF's "Skybridge on Stevenson" Outdoor Music & Dance Fest (Sept. 16 - Nov 18)

Skybridge on Stevenson is back with another 10 weeks of live music, dance performances, special guest DJs, dance competition, food and drinks, and more. An outdoor dance and music festival for all ages. Food and drinks by neighborhood restaurants: Montesacro & Grilled Cheese Guy Beer ...Every Thursday

Max Chafkin on Thiel’s Pursuit of Power
Thursday, September 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required. Tickets range from $0 - $45.
Max Chafkin on Thiel's Pursuit of Power
Few have done more to shape Silicon Valley than Peter Thiel. The billionaire venture capitalist and entrepreneur has been a behind-the-scenes operator influencing countless aspects of the contemporary way of life, from technologies we use daily to the delicate power dynamic between Silicon Valley, Wall ...
Performance: Reading from Flor y Canto Live at SF Main Library
Thursday, September 23 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| [HYBRID] San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St, SF 94102
Performance: Reading from Flor y Canto Live at SF Main Library
Thur, Sept 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm Pacific, in-person and on zoom Join us on the sixth floor of the Main Library where members of the San Francisco International Flor y Canto talk about their mission and read from their latest works. Featuring Josiah Luis Alderete, Lourdes Figueroa, Hector Son ...
Coming Home to Yourself the Wise Woman Way
Thursday, September 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Coming Home to Yourself the Wise Woman Way
This free live online workshop is offered by Corinna Wood, founder of Southeast Wise Women and Red Moon Herbs. You’ll learn the little known truths of how to get yourself unstuck so you can finally love and accept yourself for who you are. See real ...
16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)
Thursday, September 23 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Absolutely free for all!
| San Francisco
16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)

For 18 years, this outdoor “open mic-without-a-mic” has welcomed poets, musicians, emcees, comedy, and everything in between. In the best of San Francisco tradition, everyone is welcome, all forms of expression, in any language. On the southwest streetcorner by the BART station, amidst the pigeons, ...Every Thursday

Friday, September 24

“Dave’s Hot Chicken” First Bay Area Location: Opening Day (Santa Rosa)
Friday, September 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Food/drinks available for purchase
| Dave's Hot Chicken (Santa Rosa)
"Dave's Hot Chicken" First Bay Area Location: Opening Day (Santa Rosa)
Thanks to the SF Chronicle for letting us know that the super popular LA-based spicy fried chicken joint, Dave’s Hot Chicken is finally opening up its first outlet in the Bay Area. Dave’s opens Friday, September 24th in Santa Rosa with both indoor and outdoor dining. The ...
“Pay-What-You-Can” Taco Day at SF’s Tato (Every Friday)
"Pay-What-You-Can" Taco Day at SF's Tato (Every Friday)

While many restaurants are struggling, San Francisco Mexican restaurant TATO wants to give back. They’re bringing back their “Taco Love” special which features a two taco plate with sides, and pay-what-you-can pricing. Pay-What-You-Can Taco Day Tato 4608 3rd St. (@ McKinnon) San Francisco (Bayview) Every ...Every Friday

SF’s “Free Shakespeare in the Park” 2021 Festival (McLaren Park)
Friday, September 24 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
SF's "Free Shakespeare in the Park" 2021 Festival (McLaren Park)

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit organization that began in 1983 with Free Shakespeare in the Park’s debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park. Produced every late summer in San Francisco, Cupertino and other cities, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides ...

“Ferry Fridays” Music on the Plaza at SF’s Ferry Building (Final Weekend of 2021)
Friday, September 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
"Ferry Fridays" Music on the Plaza at SF's Ferry Building (Final Weekend of 2021)

Join us for weekly live music from 3:00 – 6:00 PM on the Ferry Building’s Back Plaza featuring Bay Area bands and DJs all summer long. Grab your favorite Ferry Building refreshments and enjoy our outdoor dining area with picture perfect bay views. Ferry Fridays ...Every Friday

Film & Discussion: 1969’s Summer of Soul & Harlem Cultural Festival (Berkeley)
Friday, September 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations welcomed.
| Revolution Books
Film & Discussion: 1969's Summer of Soul & Harlem Cultural Festival (Berkeley)
Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) In 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival drew 300,000 people over 6 weekends, yet the footage sat in storage for 50 years and few people have ever heard of it, until now. Watch amazing musical performances, from ...
Berkeley’s Final Summer Outdoor Movie Night
Friday, September 24 – 7:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Glendale La Loma Park
Berkeley's Final Summer Outdoor Movie Night

Free movies in Berkeley parks return this summer. Berkeley’s Friday night outdoor movie series kicks off July 9, with Trolls at Codornices Park. The series continues through September 24 with 6 evenings of beloved family films, new and old, in parks across Berkeley. Free Movies in ...

Darius Milhaud Concert (Oakland)
Friday, September 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Darius Milhaud Concert (Oakland)
The great, influential, and prolific French composer, Darius Milhaud, taught at Mills College from 1940 to 1971. The Mills Music Department presents an annual concert honoring Milhaud’s music in programs including works by related composers. This year’s Darius Milhaud Concert on September 24 focuses on ...
Groovy House DJ Night at Melo Melo Kava Bar (Oakland)
Friday, September 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MeloMelo Kava Bar -3264 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Groovy House DJ Night at Melo Melo Kava Bar (Oakland)
The Soap House DJ Collective returns to Melo Melo Kava Bar in Oakland to drop some groovy house tunes! No cover. Come by, grab some drinks and dance like nobody’s watching! We will be wearing a mask on the dance floor and ask you to do the ...
Lucky Shoe Karaoke w/ Brian Bartman (Bernal Heights)
Friday, September 24 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Lucky Horseshoe
Lucky Shoe Karaoke w/ Brian Bartman (Bernal Heights)

You love karaoke, we love karaoke, it’s been too long since we’ve seen each other… what else is there to say?? We’ve got the best KJ and biggest selection in town – a completely UNBIASED opinion of course! We’ve got a the liquid courage you ...Every Friday

Saturday, September 25

Downtown SF’s New Speakeasy Comedy Night (Sept. 25-26)
Saturday, September 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free tickets for first 100 on opening weekend
| Secret Location (SF)
Downtown SF's New Speakeasy Comedy Night (Sept. 25-26)

Get ready for downtown San Francisco’s newest comedy club – part of our new pop-up comedy shows at unique spots all across the bay. We’ll take over a new venue and you’ll get notified of the secret location. This HellaSecret Comedy Show takes place at a recently reopened ...

Harper School Open House (Redwood City)
Saturday, September 25 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Harper School
Harper School Open House (Redwood City)
Harper School is a new school located in Redwood City, CA. Our toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and elementary programs provide your child with a personalized learning experience that is challenging and fun. We will be having an Open House on Saturday September 25, 2021 from 9am ...