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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!

Monday, December 17

Illuminate 2018: SF’s Festival of Light | 37 Light Sculptures
Monday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Illuminate 2018: SF's Festival of Light | 37 Light Sculptures

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2018 through New Year’s Day 2019 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, ...

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, December 17 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...Monthly

Free Benefit Concert for a Cause | SF
Monday, December 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated but not required!
| San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Free Benefit Concert for a Cause | SF
A benefit concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music which supports The Arc of San Francisco, an organization that provides job connections and assisted living for people with learning disabilities and mental diseases. Program: David Conte – Sinfonietta for 11 Instruments Igor Stravinsky – Octet Aaron Copland – ...
Super Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF
Monday, December 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Brewcade
Super Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF

One part nerd, one part slurred, Super Trashed Bros brings together comedy, video games and alcohol every first Monday at Brewcade. Audience participation is essential as a live crowd and online viewers—from the streaming platform Twitch—suggest new rules and new gags. Power-up, throw down and push ...Every Monday

Haight Street Trivia, Comedy, Gaming & Free Pizza Night | Milk Bar
Monday, December 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
Haight Street Trivia, Comedy, Gaming & Free Pizza Night | Milk Bar

Come in for a night of fun with free pizza, trivia, board games, video games, and stand up comedy in the historic Haight Ashbury. Starting at 7 pm, enjoy free pizza from Escape From New York and play video games spanning from Xbox 360, PS3, ...Monthly

“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF
Monday, December 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Rite Spot
"Resistance is Fertile" Free Comedy Night | SF

12/17 Lineup: Headliner: Geneva Rust-Orta (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) Emily Catalano (Outside Lands) Loren Kraut (SF Sketchfest) Chree Powell (Santa Cruz Comedy Festival) Liz Stone (Tourettes Without Regrets) Token Dude Mark Smalls (SF Punch Line) Hosted by Brooke Heinichen Monthly

Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland
Monday, December 17 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
| Starline Social Club
Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland

12/17 Line up: Nato Green (Sorry to Bother You) Frankie Marcos (San Jose Improv) Alexandria Love (Tourettes Without Regrets) Clark Franzman (Laughing Skull) Every Monday

“Classical Revolution” Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.
Monday, December 17 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-20 donation is welcome to support the musicians.
| The Revolution Cafe
"Classical Revolution" Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.

12/17 Lineup: “Beethoven Birthday Bash” Featuring performances by: Lip Service Brass Trio Nigel Armstrong James Jaffe Christina Simpson Adam Scow Britton Day Monthly

Tuesday, December 18

1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park
1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Come Celebrate the 1st even Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boeddeker Park, bring Light and Joy to the community. Honoring Outgoing D6 Supervisor Jane Kim and incoming d6 Supervisor Matt Haney with special performances by the Chinese Rights Assc. Choir, The Glidettes, Skywatchers and Santa ...
Light Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Campaign | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free bike safety lights for those who do not already have them.
| Secret Location (SF)
Light Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Campaign | SF

Now that the clocks have fallen back, it’s going to get darker waaaay earlier. With help from our generous sponsor, Bay Area Bicycle Law, they’re excited to announce the return of the annual bike light distribution program: Light up the Night. With help from volunteers, ...

The Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s
Tuesday, December 18 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
| Bender's Bar & Grill
The Stinky Cheese Club | Bender's

Mmm… tasty, smelly, stinky cheese. Bender’s hosts their monthly meeting of The Stinky Cheese Club. Bring in some cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, etc…  (make it something impressive, not just the cheapest thing you got at Safeway) and get a free ice cold can of PBR ...Monthly

Midway Gallery Binary Salon 06: Art, Talk & Drinks | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| The Midway
Midway Gallery Binary Salon 06: Art, Talk & Drinks | SF
Please join for an evening of drinks, conversation, and collaboration. Together with interactive artist Marpi, The Midway Gallery started a series that is called Binary Salons. The Binary Salons are a place where artists who are working at the intersection of art and technology can ...
Free Sneak Preview Movie: “Second Act” | AMC Metreon 16
Tuesday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
| AMC Metreon 16
Free Sneak Preview Movie: "Second Act" | AMC Metreon 16
Attend an exclusive free sneak preview advanced screening of “Second Act,” an inspirational comedy starring Jennifer Lopez. Free Film Screening: Second Act December 18, 2018 | 7 pm AMC Metreon 16 (SF) RSVP code: ahpxd08323 Tickets available through https://stxtickets.com/main/code_redeem Tickets are free, but subject to availability. Depending on demand, passes may be distributed ...
Tokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required
| The Layover
Tokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland

Come check out The Layover’s comedy showcase- Tokens. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month with your host Dominique Gelin. It’s a free show and they promise you’ll love it. Get there at 7:30 so you don’t have to fight anyone for a seat. Tokens: Stand-Up ...Monthly

Vinyl Room Standup Comedy Show | Burlingame
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Vinyl Room
Vinyl Room Standup Comedy Show | Burlingame

12/8 Lineup: Mean Dave Florentina Tanase Eric Somers Sam Weber Hosted by: Dave Zugnoni Monthly

Milkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Milk Bar
Milkin' It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight

Every second, third, and fourth Tuesday night of the month, the Milk Bar hosts Milkin’ It, a free night of comedy featuring local and national comics hosted by comedian Andrew Holmgren. There’s never a cover nor any drink minimums. Doors open at 7:30 pm with comedy starting at 8 ...Monthly

PizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza
| PizzaHacker
PizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF

12/18 Line up: Liz Stone – Rooster T Feathers Drew Harmon – SF Sketchfest Lili Michelle – SiriusXM Every Tuesday

Wednesday, December 19

Salvation Army 2018 “Toy & Joy” Holiday Sort & Giveaway | SF
Wednesday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required and space for volunteers is limited
| Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
Salvation Army 2018 "Toy & Joy" Holiday Sort & Giveaway | SF

With the help of hundreds of volunteers San Francisco Kroc Center is transformed into a toy store. New toys are gathered during the season via giving tree program and toy barrels. These toys are displayed for pre-registered families to choose gifts for their children to enjoy ...

2018 Etsy’s Maverick Holiday Market | SF
Wednesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Crocker Galleria
2018 Etsy's Maverick Holiday Market  | SF
LIVE outside the box and come celebrate all things awesome with local artists, designers and crafts at the bottom floor of the Crocker Galleria on Wednesday December 19th 11 am-6 pm. Shop handmade and quality goods and discover indie brands from SF Etsy: San Francisco Bay ...
“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
"Biblio Bistro" Farmers' Market Cooking School | UN Plaza

Wondering how to prepare the beautiful produce that our local farmers are growing and selling at the Farmers Market? Come check out a live demonstration of how to sauté a featured vegetable at the Heart of the City Farmers Market with Biblio Bistro, the Library’s mobile ...Monthly