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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, January 7

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, January 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG 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 offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...Monthly

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, January 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood. ...Monthly

First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum
Tuesday, January 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum has returned and so has their Pay What You Wish Days. Pay What You Wish Days create affordable experiences for all to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in ...Monthly

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...Monthly

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...Monthly

TALL: Tenderloin Art Lending Library | SF
Tuesday, January 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 80 Turk
TALL: Tenderloin Art Lending Library | SF

T.A.L.L. the Tenderloin Art Lending Library loans framed, original artwork, much of it by Tenderloin artists, for free to lower income residents. Take a work home for one month, bring it back and borrow another piece for one month. Just like the public library TALL: ...Monthly

Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay
Tuesday, January 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedford Gallery
Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay

Come to Bedford Gallery and find the works of historic, modern, and contemporary artists. The Gallery is dedicated to providing the public with opportunities to learn about visual arts through public programs that are varied, accessible, challenging, and educational. Its mission is to provide exhibitions ...Monthly

The Detour Free Arcade Game Night | Every First Tuesday
Tuesday, January 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free unlimited play wristband with any purchase from bar
| The Detour SF
The Detour Free Arcade Game Night | Every First Tuesday

Paid rent in SF? Hella Broke? Then first Tuesdays are the night for you.  The Detour hosts “Free Play Tuesday” with all arcade games on free play with purchase from the bar. Come enjoy all the video game glory from today and yesteryear while enjoying ...Monthly

First Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover
Tuesday, January 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| The Layover
First Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover

Every month, First Tuesdays Comedy brings you a lineup of comedians from HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and late night TV – for free. Throw in happy hour drink specials until show time, and you’ve got one fun night. Catch a lineup of great comedians from top clubs. ...Monthly

Wednesday, January 8

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 30 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior ...Monthly

The Laugh Boat: Local Brews & Free Comedy | SF
Wednesday, January 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Ale House
The Laugh Boat: Local Brews & Free Comedy | SF

Every 2nd Wednesday in San Francisco, comedians Jill Maragos, Phil Griffiths and Andrew Orolfo host the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians in the welcoming and homey space of Ocean Ale House. Enjoy great comedy and some local brew. The Laugh Boat: Local Brews ...Monthly

“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland
Wednesday, January 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.
| The Uptown Nightclub
"Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland

Moonlight Comedy is a live stand up comedy showcase featuring the best local and traveling comedians from around the country About this Event Each week features the best local and traveling comedians from around the country as seen on Late Night, Comedy Central, HBO and ...Every Wednesday

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, January 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed. Updated 6/7/19 – ...Monthly

Line of Fire: Free Fireside Standup Comedy | Oakland
Wednesday, January 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Improvement Club
Line of Fire: Free Fireside Standup Comedy | Oakland

Line of Fire is a free, women-run stand-up comedy show in front of the fireplace Oakland’s most eccentric Rockridge bars. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, comedians Hayley Beacon and Mary Baker bring you the Bay Area and nationally touring best comedians in ...Monthly

Thursday, January 9

Final Day: Holiday Train Display | SF Main Libary
Thursday, January 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Final Day: Holiday Train Display | SF Main Libary

The San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center invites you to celebrate the return of a beloved annual tradition, when the holiday model train exhibit comes chugging around the bend on the second floor mezzanine. The exhibit will be here for you to enjoy beginning ...

Free 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park
Thursday, January 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Free 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park

Take a break from your desk with this 30-minute express lunchtime class every Thursday from 12:30 pm to 1 pm. Pair with Express Bootcamp beforehand for a full body workout.Every Thursday

“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral
Thursday, January 9 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and open to all; registration on arrival.
| Grace Cathedral
"LINES" Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral

A free series of dance workshops hosted by Grace Cathedral and the 2019 Artist in Residence Alonzo King, every 2nd & 4th Thursday from June 13 – August 22, 2019 at 1 pm. Alonzo King LINES Ballet welcomes the PD community with an authentic and ...Monthly

Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Thursday, January 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Veggie 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. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye out ...Monthly

Thursday Night Poem Jam | SF Main Library
Thursday, January 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join San Francisco Main Public Library with talented poets for a poetry jam. The Main Library’s monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Main Library. Thursday Night Poem Jam Every 2nd Thursday | ...Monthly

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, January 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by actors and film makers. Bring some cash for popcorn and enjoy the show. ...Monthly