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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, July 25

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, July 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class hosted by cast members of Secret Improv Society happening on the last Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 Whether you are a veteran or a ...

Free Movies on the Beach: “Hairspray” | Santa Cruz
Wednesday, July 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Movies on the Beach: "Hairspray" | Santa Cruz

There’s nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun every Wednesday at 9 pm. Each ...

Thursday, July 26

“People in Plazas: Jazz Concert | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mint Plaza
"People in Plazas: Jazz Concert | SF

This free annual outdoor music festival puts on over 120 free lunchtime concerts featuring an array of different styles from July to October in over 15 different public plazas near Market Street stretched from the Embarcadero to Van Ness. “People in Plazas” 2018 Market Street Music Festival July ...

Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alite Outpost
Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF

Get hungry folks. The good folks at the Alite Outpost will be serving up hot grilled cheeses and cold brews every last Thursday of the month. Swing by for a bite to eat and enjoy in-store discounts as well as some helpful advice from the ...

Shanghai Kelly’s Customer Appreciation Party: Free Food & Cheap Booze | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No cover. Free food while supplies last and for paying customers only
| Shanghai Kelly's
Shanghai Kelly's Customer Appreciation Party: Free Food & Cheap Booze | SF

Russian Hill dive Shanghai Kelly’s hosts a customer appreciation party on Thursday July 26, 2018 with free food (while supplies last, of course), cheap booze and “good times.”

Summer Sounds Outside: T Sisters | Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 26 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lesher Center for the Arts
Summer Sounds Outside: T Sisters | Walnut Creek

Summer Sounds Outside is a series of free concerts on the outside plaza which focuses on bringing high quality, eclectic new artists to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Concerts will take place from 5:30-7 pm on select Thursday evenings during the Summer ...

SFJAZZ Summer Jazz 2018: Harry & The Hitmen | Palo Alto
Thursday, July 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stanford Shopping Center
SFJAZZ Summer Jazz 2018: Harry & The Hitmen | Palo Alto

Enjoy 10 weeks of rhythm and blues as Summer Jazz, an annual tradition in Palo Alto, celebrates its 32nd Anniversary at Stanford Shopping Center. A free outdoor concert series, Summer Jazz is produced by SFJAZZ and showcases a variety of jazz musicians and all-stars performing ...

Free Yacht Rock Concert in the Park | San Mateo
Thursday, July 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Central Park (San Mateo)
Free Yacht Rock Concert in the Park | San Mateo

Dance a summer evening away in San Mateo’s beautiful Central Park with free concerts held every Thursday night during the summer. Low-back chairs and blankets are welcome. Downtown parking is free after 6 pm. 2018 Central Park Music Series Every Thursday, June 21 to August 16, ...

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Thursday and fourth Thursday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. Is it taking place this month? Always check the Facebook ...

Sundown Cinema Outdoor Movie Night: “Mrs. Doubtfire ” | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alamo Square Park
Sundown Cinema Outdoor Movie Night: "Mrs. Doubtfire " | SF

Mrs. Doubtfire – Celebrating Robin William’s Birthday.

Moraga Summer Concert: Classic Piano Rock Hits | East Bay
Thursday, July 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga Summer Concert: Classic Piano Rock Hits | East Bay

On Thursday evenings, head for the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers ...

Music & Market Summer Concerts: Zepparella | Concord
Thursday, July 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Music & Market Summer Concerts: Zepparella | Concord

The 29th Annual Music & Market Series returns to Todos Santos Plaza featuring a cream of the crop schedule of Bay Area bands, and one of the best Farmers Markets anywhere in downtown Concord. The Farmers Market is from 4-8 pm with music from 6:30-8 ...

Free Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Cupertino
Thursday, July 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park Amphitheater (Cupertino)
Free Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Cupertino

For the 36th season of Shakespeare in the Park, SF Shakes will present a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the misadventures of four young lovers, a group of aspiring actors, and a team of mischievous fairies as they all enter the ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical” | Troupe Studio Space
Thursday, July 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. There is a $20 suggested donation.
| Troupe Studio Space
San Francisco Mime Troupe's "Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical" | Troupe Studio Space

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 59th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2018 production “Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2018 Free political theater & music in parks all ...

I Wish I Was Happy Hour Comedy Show | SF
Thursday, July 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks.
| Slate Bar
I Wish I Was Happy Hour Comedy Show | SF

Come commiserate in laughter with the Bay Area’s top comedians. They’ll make you feel like life isn’t too bad, or at least let you laugh at their misfortunes. And, that always feels good. Stay after the show for free ’90s dance karaoke. (I wish I ...

Haight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar
Thursday, July 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
| Milk Bar
Haight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar

Come out to Haight Ashbury Comedy Night at Milk Bar located in the heart of the Upper Haight to see some of SF’s best rising comedic talent. The lineup changes every week, but expect to see comics that have performed at Cobbs, SF Sketchfest, the ...

Summer Movie in the Park: “Coco” | Orinda
Thursday, July 26 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Summer Movie in the Park: “Coco” | Orinda

The Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is happy to bring back Movies in the Park for another year. This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring their blankets, lawn chairs, and don’t forget the popcorn. Orinda Movies in the Park Thursday ...

Free Movies in the Park: “Spider-Man Homecoming” | Pleasanton
Thursday, July 26 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Amador Valley Community Park
Free Movies in the Park: "Spider-Man Homecoming" | Pleasanton

Enjoy free movies on Thursday evenings from July to August, compliments of the City of Pleasanton. Grab a picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs to enjoy family film favorites. All films will be shown at dusk at Amador Valley Community Park. Be prepared for some fun activities ...

Movies on the Square: “Wonder Woman” | Redwood City
Thursday, July 26 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Movies on the Square: “Wonder Woman" | Redwood City

Bring the family out to a free movie showing in downtown Redwood City in Courthouse Square on Thursday evenings from June 7 to August 30 in 2018. Movies start at sundown (approximately 8:45 pm). Come early for the best seats – a limited number of ...

Friday, July 27

Alphabet Rockers (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, July 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Alphabet Rockers (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm.
Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs and dances.