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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!

Saturday, September 19

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

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor 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 ...Every Saturday

2020 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Saturday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2020 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2020. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, September 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Mission Science Workshop (Excelsior)
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF

Mission Science Workshop is a non-profit community science center that provides hands-on science activities for SF youth and families. Visit their monthly free Saturday open house program, where you can build toys and projects, hold snakes and lizards, and explore the collections of bones, fossils, ...Monthly

“Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle
Saturday, September 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | CounterPULSE
"Play Streets" Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle

Enjoy a safe and open space to play, stretch the legs, and have some fun at Play Streets this Saturday! “Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle , from 10-4 pm 200 block of Turk (between Jones/ Leavenworth) Masks and social distancing requirements ...Every Saturday

Meet the Local Makers & Artists: Mill Valley Lumber Yard
Saturday, September 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Makers Market Mill Valley Lumber Yard
Meet the Local Makers & Artists: Mill Valley Lumber Yard
Update: Due to unhealthy smoke conditions the event was moved from Sept. 12 to Sept.19th. Come on out y’all! Breathe in the majestic redwoods with Marin’s most stunning view of Mt. Tam in the beautiful Mill Valley Lumber Yard… all while shopping small from your local ...
Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio
Saturday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio

The free PresidiGo Shuttle system welcomes park visitors, residents, and employees with fully accessible shuttles and bike racks. There are two PresidiGo Shuttle services, each with different policies and guidelines – Around the Park and Downtown. Downtown (Free on Weekends) The Downtown express route make stops ...Monthly

San Francisco Zen Center Online Meditation Session
Saturday, September 19 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE
San Francisco Zen Center Online Meditation Session
Learn how to meditate with Hiro Ikushima of 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 creates a ...
“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, September 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...Monthly

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, September 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...Monthly

Makers Market at First Street Napa: Open-Air Marketplace of Local Makers
Saturday, September 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | First Street Napa
Makers Market at First Street Napa: Open-Air Marketplace of Local Makers
Local Craft Market! MAKERS MARKET – An outdoor Marketplace of the Best Local Makers, Great Vibes, and Wine in the heart of Downtown Napa! Come on out y’all! Soak up the sun in beautiful downtown Napa and shop small from your local community! > Saturday, September 19th > 11am-5pm > ...
Hyde Street Pier Sea Chantey Sing Goes Virtual
Hyde Street Pier Sea Chantey Sing Goes Virtual
On September 19, 2020, a 39-year SF singing tradition goes virtual! This folk music “landmark” on the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier now returns online, hosting singers from across the Bay Area – and the country. Visit https://maritime.org/events-home/chantey-sing/ for details, including links to a ...
Dan Weber’s “Dreaming City” Art Installation
Saturday, September 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Manna Gallery
Dan Weber's "Dreaming City" Art Installation

Manna Gallery is pleased to announce “Dreaming City”, a special installation by Dan Weber which will use the entire gallery’s space. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 5, and continues until Saturday, October 24. Gallery hours are 12-5 pm every Saturday. Safety protocols are in place, ...Every Saturday

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, September 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists. You may check their website ...Monthly

Virtual Presentation: Mexico in San Francisco
Saturday, September 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFPL Virtual Library
Virtual Presentation: Mexico in San Francisco
Robert McDonald of Bond Latin Gallery presents “Mexico in San Francisco” a visual presentation of Mexican artists who were instrumental in a movement blending politics and beauty. A partnership with The Mexican Museum and Bond Latin Gallery Reservation required: https://bit.ly/MexMuseum9-19-20
The Bonafides: Acoustic Night
Saturday, September 19 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Riggers Loft Wine Company
The Bonafides: Acoustic Night
Inspired by the great New Orleans pianists and the music and vibe of Treme, the Bonafides keep the spirit and music of Longhair, Booker, Rebbenack, and Cleary alive. With some soulful saxophone and vocals, all you need is some humidity, a beignet, and a “go ...
Oakland’s Newest German Biergarten (Free Beer for 50 People)
Saturday, September 19 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free beer for first 50 people. We assume that a food purchase is required.
| Forage Kitchen
Oakland's Newest German Biergarten (Free Beer for 50 People)
We’re so excited to announce the opening of our German Biergarten, Hofkuche – a partnership between Forage Kitchen and Suppenkuche. Located at 478 25th Street, Oakland. Come see us this Saturday, September 19th. for our Grand Opening (3-9pm). First 50 people get a beer on ...
Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin
Saturday, September 19 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park
Art in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin

An urban oasis in the Tenderloin, Boeddeker Park hosts “Art in the Park” every third Saturday for an afternoon of free live music, visual art and spoken word from 3pm to 5pm with free refreshments. Art in the Park Every Third Saturday | 3pm Boeddeker Park, 240 Eddy St. ...Monthly

Online Trivia Night: Oakland Past, Present & Future
Saturday, September 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zoom
Online Trivia Night: Oakland Past, Present & Future
Prepare to open your brains and your wallets at this fun-filled event where we’ll test your knowledge of Oakland past and present whilst convincing you to contribute some of your hard earned cash to its future. Carroll Fife is a critical component of that future. She ...
Virtual Sierra Speaker Series: Tales of Truckee
Saturday, September 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation $5.
Virtual Sierra Speaker Series: Tales of Truckee
Sierra Speaker Series has gone virtual! Tune in on SSPF’s Facebook Page. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program. The lecture focuses on illustrated historical snapshots of Truckee’s early tourism, winter sports, ice, logging and railroad industries, pioneers, and vigilantism. Lake Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin ...