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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, August 7

SF Chinatown “Walkway Weekends” Saturdays & Sundays (Thru December 2021)
Saturday, August 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinatown (Grant & California)
SF Chinatown "Walkway Weekends" Saturdays & Sundays (Thru December 2021)

San Francisco Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue will be closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant open walkway under vibrant red lanterns every weekend — now through December 2021. Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and an Asian shopping experience. San Francisco Chinatown ...Every Saturday

47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair (August 7-8)
Saturday, August 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair (August 7-8)

Japantown’s Nihonmachi Street Fair returns in 2021. Last year the Nihonmachi Street Fair was cancelled for the very first time in its history, but this year it’s back with multiple events on a few weekends. The biggest change from previous years is that in order ...

“Thrive City” Free Saturday Outdoor Cinema Night (Black Panther)
"Thrive City" Free Saturday Outdoor Cinema Night (Black Panther)

As part of the Thrive City Summer Series, the Warriors will host summer long Cinema Nights presented by Chase. Come out to Thrive City, the community gathering space surrounding Chase Center, every Saturday to experience family favorite movies under the sun and stars on San ...Every Saturday

Sunday, August 8

“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

“Thrive City” Farmers’ Market (Chase Center)
Sunday, August 8 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chase Center
"Thrive City" Farmers' Market (Chase Center)

The Warriors and Kaiser Permanente are hosting weekly Thrive City Farmers Market every Sunday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Thrive City plaza, the community gathering space surrounding Chase Center, will provide shoppers with access to a wide variety of locally-sourced offerings including seasonal fruits, ...Every Sunday

Outdoor Antique French-Style Street Market (San Rafael)
Sunday, August 8 – 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, August 8 – 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

47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair (Japantown)
Sunday, August 8 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair (Japantown)

Japantown’s Nihonmachi Street Fair returns in 2021. Last year the Nihonmachi Street Fair was cancelled for the very first time in its history, but this year it’s back with multiple events on a few weekends. The biggest change from previous years is that in order ...

“Lindy in the Park” Swing Dance Party (Golden Gate Park)
Sunday, August 8 – 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

“Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive (San Jose)
Sunday, August 8 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Westfield Oakridge
"Stuff the Bus" School Supply Drive (San Jose)

Together with Family Giving Tree, Westfield Oakridge will host a special two-day Stuff the Bus school supply drive in advance of the back to school shopping season. Guests can donate school supplies inside the shopping center near the Stuff the Bus display area while enjoying ...Every Sunday

Golden Gate Park Sunday Roller Disco Party (SF)
Sunday, August 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Skatin' Place
Golden Gate Park Sunday Roller Disco Party (SF)

There is a place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that is heaven for Bay Area inline skaters and roller skaters who like to boogie to the funky beat on wheels. The Godfather of Skate brings his mobile DJ unit and plays groovy tunes for ...Every Sunday

Golden Gate Park Band’s Free Symphony: Video Game Tunes
Sunday, August 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
| Spreckels Temple of Music
Golden Gate Park Band's Free Symphony: Video Game Tunes

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

Stern Grove Festival w/ “Thundercat”: Free Concert in the Park
Sunday, August 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated. Tickets required
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival w/ "Thundercat": Free Concert in the Park

Stern Grove Festival announced a packed lineup for their 2021 season highlighted by a July 4th concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Thievery Corporation on July 11, Fitz & The Tantrums on August 15th and the finale “The Big Picnic” with Tower of Power and Too ...

Zeitgeist’s Beer Garden Live Summer Sunday Concert Series (SF)
Sunday, August 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist's Beer Garden Live Summer Sunday Concert Series (SF)

Live music at Zeitgeist’s beer garden starts up again on Sunday June 6, 2021. Free live music every Sunday from June to August. Early shows from 2-6p. Late shows 6-9 will start on Sunday, June 20. 1st Sunday – Soul 2nd Sunday – Blues 3rd ...Every Sunday

Monday, August 9

The Marsh’s Online Storytelling Night (Every Monday)
The Marsh's Online Storytelling Night (Every Monday)

As many of you know, The Marsh has postponed all in-person shows until further notice, but that won’t stop Monday Night Marsh from continuing to bring you the unique stories we all love. Monday Night MarshStream is our new Monday Night Marsh with a few ...Every Monday

Tuesday, August 10

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

Meet Deborah Madison “Queen of Greens”
Tuesday, August 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free; please RSVP at https://smcl.org/queenofgreens to receive your Zoom link
| San Mateo County Libraries Zoom
Meet Deborah Madison "Queen of Greens"
Join us as Deborah Madison discusses her memoir An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables, following her life journey along with the story of the vegetarian movement. Deborah Madison’s beloved cookbooks changed “vegetarian” from a negative word into a mainstream way of eating. “An ...
“Comedy Blast” at Neck Of The Woods w/ Danny Dechi
Tuesday, August 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Neck of The Woods
"Comedy Blast" at Neck Of The Woods w/ Danny Dechi

Comedy Blast! Stand-up comedy hosted by Danny Dechi – Comedian and world’s only pencil musician. As seen on CBS James Corden Late Late Show: – 7PM to 9PM Free Admission! Karaoke at 9PM Every Tuesday

Wednesday, August 11

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

Free Outdoor Yoga at Hillsdale Shopping Center (San Mateo)
Wednesday, August 11 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free - Reservations Required
| Hillsdale Shopping Center
Free Outdoor Yoga at Hillsdale Shopping Center (San Mateo)

Get outside and in the zone with FREE fitness and wellness classes at Hillsdale Shopping Center. We’re offering Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 3 – 26, 2021, from 9am to 10am, on the outdoor North Block Plaza. Sign ...Every Wednesday