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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!

Tuesday, September 7

“Legion of Honor” Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)
"Legion of Honor" Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally general admission is $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission ...Monthly

SF’s “Conservatory of Flowers” Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate Park)
SF's "Conservatory of Flowers" Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate Park)

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers located in Golden Gate Park, offers an intimate, up-close experience with nearly 2,000 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more ...Monthly

Meet Taiwanese-American Poet K-Ming Chang (San Mateo)
Tuesday, September 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free; please RSVP at https://smcl.org/bestiary to receive your Zoom invitation
| San Mateo County Libraries Zoom
Meet Taiwanese-American Poet K-Ming Chang (San Mateo)
K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman Fellow and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her poems have been published in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and the2019 Pushcart Prize Anthology, among others. Bestiary is K-Ming Chang’s first novel: a spellbinding and visceral tale of three generations of Taiwanese ...

Wednesday, September 8

Castro Farmers’ Market (Every Wednesday)
Wednesday, September 8 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Castro Farmers' Market
Castro Farmers' Market (Every Wednesday)

Welcome back your favorite farmers to the corner of Market and Noe Streets as they offer their amazing citrus, tasty root vegetables, honey, flowers, baked goods, and beautiful leafy greens.  Castro Farmers’ Market Every Wed., Mar. 17-Nov. 17, 2021 | 2:30p-7p Castro Farmer’s Market, Noe ...Every Wednesday

Friday, September 10

“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

“Ferry Fridays” Music on the Plaza at SF’s Ferry Building
Friday, September 10 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
"Ferry Fridays" Music on the Plaza at SF's Ferry Building

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

Berkeley’s Summer Outdoor Movie Night: “Soul”
Friday, September 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Grove Park
Berkeley's Summer Outdoor Movie Night: "Soul"

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 ...

Saturday, September 11

San Francisco Zen Center Meditation Session w/ Asian Art Museum
Saturday, September 11 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sliding Scale
| Asian Art Museum
San Francisco Zen Center Meditation Session w/ Asian Art Museum

Learn how to meditate with a teacher from the San Francisco Zen Center. This virtual session for beginners will introduce you to the benefits of meditation, which can help settle the body and mind amid the swirl of daily life. Sitting in a balanced posture ...Monthly

Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, ...Every Saturday

SOMA “Second Saturdays” Kinky Crafts + Folsom Street Queer Art Fair (SF)
Saturday, September 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations requested
| Folsom Street
SOMA "Second Saturdays" Kinky Crafts + Folsom Street Queer Art Fair (SF)

We’re taking it to the streets again! The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, Folsom Street, and SOMA West CBD are partnering to bring you the third SOMA Second Saturdays!, a Vendor, Art, and Artisan Fair. Please note this event takes place on the Second Saturdays ...Monthly

“Benicia Art Walk 2021” Every Second Saturday (June-Oct)
Saturday, September 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | First Street (Benicia)
"Benicia Art Walk 2021" Every Second Saturday (June-Oct)

The 10th season of Benicia Art Walk kicks off on Saturday, June 12 and continues the second Saturdays of July, September and October 1 – 5 p.m. on First Street in downtown Benicia. After an abbreviated season last year due to the pandemic, we look ...Monthly

Sunday, September 12

“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase (SF)
"Crazy Funny Asians" Comedy Showcase (SF)

Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s Crazy Funny Asians comedy showcase, presented by Funcheap and HellaFunny. Let’s celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs. Free tickets for the first 100 people to RSVP “Crazy ...Every Sunday

Outdoor Antique French-Style Street Market (San Rafael)
Sunday, September 12 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission and Parking
| Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
Outdoor Antique French-Style Street Market (San Rafael)

A French Style Street Market…leisurely stroll through Marin’s Outdoor Antique Market now in its eleventh season. This popular antique market brings together shoppers, treasure hunters, collectors, decorators, and dozens of quality vendors with booths filled to the brim with great bargains and unique collectibles. Whether ...Monthly

“Fog City Flea” at The Ferry Building (Every Sunday)
Sunday, September 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Ferry Building
"Fog City Flea" at The Ferry Building (Every Sunday)

Fog City Flea will bring an eclectic lineup of makers and merchants from the Bay Area and beyond offering handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and well-edited vintage on weekends at the Ferry Building. Fog City Flea returns July 11th 2021 This curated market ...Every Sunday

SFMOMA Free Family Day (September 2021)
SFMOMA Free Family Day (September 2021)

SFMOMA has announced free access to the museum for four days in 2021. Join them at an upcoming Free Day for our entire community or spread the love of art with the young people in your life at Free Family Day. Read full details. Tickets ...

SF Botanical Garden “Native California Plants” Sale (Sept. 11-12)
Sunday, September 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Botanical Garden
SF Botanical Garden "Native California Plants" Sale (Sept. 11-12)

Bring the Garden home! San Francisco Botanical Garden propagates and sells a multitude of different kinds of plants, many exclusive to the Garden’s Nursery. For more than 50 years, we’ve held popular plant sales and are now pleased to offer plants for sale every day ...

“Lindy in the Park” Swing Dance Party (Golden Gate Park)
Sunday, September 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting (rain cancels)
| JFK Drive Lindy Hop Spot
"Lindy in the Park" Swing Dance Party (Golden Gate Park)

Get ready to swing in Golden Gate Park every sunny Sunday at “Lindy in the Park,” a weekly free event near the de Young Museum, when the streets of Golden Gate Park are closed to traffic and the dancers take over. This in person event resumed ...Every Sunday

Golden Gate Park Band’s Free Symphony in the Park: Movies
Sunday, September 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
| Spreckels Temple of Music
Golden Gate Park Band's Free Symphony in the Park: Movies

The Golden Gate Park Band, presents its 139th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most Sundays at 1 pm, usually end between ...Every Sunday

Tuesday, September 14

San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)

Yes! As of 4/13/21 the San Francisco Botanical Garden is still open during COVID-19. Check Facebook for the latest updates. While we recommend advance ticket reservations to reduce wait times, monitor crowd size, and ensure enough space for social distancing, the Garden remains free to ...Monthly

Thursday, September 16

‘Live Art Thursdays’ at City Center Bishop Ranch
Thursday, September 16 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Center Bishop Ranch
'Live Art Thursdays' at City Center Bishop Ranch

Join a captivating art experience with live paintings, artist booths, shopping, and music featuring several talented and recognized local street artists. Visitors will be able to experience the artists’ process, interact with them while they work, and observe as they transform large blank canvases into ...Monthly