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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!

Thursday, September 29

“Healthy Living Festival” at Oakland Zoo (Free for Seniors)
Thursday, September 29 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free event for seniors 55+ living in Alameda County
| Oakland Zoo
"Healthy Living Festival" at Oakland Zoo (Free for Seniors)
Oakland Zoo is excited to host its 13th year as the event location for the “Healthy Living Festival,” presented by the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, on Thursday, September 29th, from 9 am to 2 pm. This year’s event will take place live ...
Rainbow Chalk Mural & Free Outdoor Fun for Kids at the Children’s Creativity Museum (SF)
Thursday, September 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Outdoor activities are free for all
| The Children's Creativity Museum
Rainbow Chalk Mural & Free Outdoor Fun for Kids at the Children's Creativity Museum (SF)

Early Explorers at the Children’s Creativity Museum Thursdays in San Francisco, explore outdoor artmaking, storybook tales, and sensory play with your toddlers and tikes at the Children’s Creativity Museum. Pop by for a playful midday of giggles and themed activities – free to all. Located ...

SF Village Cleanup + Free Coffee for Volunteers
Thursday, September 29 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sign up on this TogetherSF Mobilize page: https://www.mobilize.us/togethersf/event/413075/
| Rise & Grind Coffee
SF Village Cleanup + Free Coffee for Volunteers
Help us with San Francisco Village and their senior community clean up the Inner Richmond. Meet at Rise & Grind Coffee (785 8th Ave). All supplies provided and FREE coffee for volunteers. Sign up on this TogetherSF Mobilize page or email info@refuserefusesf.org with event name.
Alameda Marketplace Rooftop Honey Harvest
Thursday, September 29 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda Natural Grocery
Alameda Marketplace Rooftop Honey Harvest
Alameda Marketplace Honey is back!!! It’s time to harvest the honey your local Alameda bees have been working hard at making. We’re expecting several hundred pounds of the good stuff, and you’re invited to see the process of the frames been scraped, extracted, drained, and filtered right ...
Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest (SF)
Thursday, September 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free gallery entry on Thursdays
| 2325 Third Street, Floor 4R San Francisco, CA 94107
Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest (SF)

Letterform Archive’s second exhibition will celebrate design that empowers communities and fights oppression. Curated by Silas Munro of the design studio Polymode with Stephen Coles of Letterform Archive, Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest features more than 100 objects, including broadsheets, buttons, signs, t-shirts, posters, and ephemera spanning ...Every Thursday

Mucho Mambo Salsa Night at the Park (Salesforce Park)
Thursday, September 29 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for all
| Salesforce Park
Mucho Mambo Salsa Night at the Park (Salesforce Park)
Learn to dance the Salsa on the glow of the Main Plaza dance floor! The evening begins with a lesson followed by the main event. This activity meets at the Main Plaza and is free and open to the public.
HSB Kick-off + CD Release Party for Maurice Tani (Amoeba Music)
Thursday, September 29 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*All Ages
| Amoeba Music (SF)
HSB Kick-off + CD Release Party for Maurice Tani (Amoeba Music)
Little Village presents a special kick-off to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and release party for singer-songwriter Maurice Tani’s new album, All In!, at Amoeba Music in San Francisco on Thursday, September 29th at 5pm! All In! is a cross-genre roux of the diversity of the Little ...
San Rafael Thursdays w/ ‘Dining Under the Lights’ and Live Music (Summer 2022)
Thursday, September 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street from Lincoln to the West End Village, and on B Streets in Downtown San Rafael, CA
San Rafael Thursdays w/ ‘Dining Under the Lights’ and Live Music (Summer 2022)

Taking place on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael from Lincoln to the West End Village (G Street), and on B Street. The sidewalks and streets will be bustling as visitors enjoy warm summer Thursday evenings while dining, shopping, listening to local music, and having ...Every Thursday

SF’s “Skybridge on Stevenson” Outdoor Hip Hop Dance & Music Festival (Sept. 15 – Oct. 13)
Thursday, September 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 520 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
SF's "Skybridge on Stevenson" Outdoor Hip Hop Dance & Music Festival (Sept. 15 - Oct. 13)

In these unprecedented times, San Francisco’s artists still create. Skybridge on Stevenson seeks to offer safe, outdoor space for local mid-market residents that provides a window into the inspirational work being done by San Francisco’s performing arts community and into the collaborative efforts they offer ...Every Thursday

The Dorian in San Francisco 7th Anniversary
Thursday, September 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission and music; food and drink costs vary
| The Dorian SF
The Dorian in San Francisco 7th Anniversary
The Dorian in San Francisco’s Marina District will be celebrating their 7th anniversary on Thursday, September 29 with $7.00 martinis and live jazz by Acoustic Alibi from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are free with an RSVP and can be obtained via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dorians-7th-anniversary-party-tickets-418254178507. In the spirit ...
Sabor Thursdays at Cigar Bar w/ Free Salsa Dance Class (SF)
Sabor Thursdays at Cigar Bar w/ Free Salsa Dance Class (SF)

THURSDAY SALSA PARTY SF! @bayareasalsa presents Sabor Thursdays at @cigarbar_sf 850 Montgomery St , SF Salsa Dance Class with @rasavitalia starts at 8pm – FREE with Dance Class Registration. Free Class/Entry before 9pm with Eventbrite. Sign up here: http://www.saborthursdays.com/ Rotating weekly dj’s, Kitchen is open ...Every Thursday

16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)
Thursday, September 29 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Absolutely free for all!
| San Francisco
16th & Mission Open Mic (w/out a mic)

For 18 years, this outdoor “open mic-without-a-mic” has welcomed poets, musicians, emcees, comedy, and everything in between. In the best of San Francisco tradition, everyone is welcome, all forms of expression, in any language. On the southwest streetcorner by the BART station, amidst the pigeons, ...Every Thursday

1984 at Cat Club (SF)
Thursday, September 29 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free all night, buy drinks to support the night, thank you
| The Cat Club
1984 at Cat Club (SF)

No cover on Thursdays! A Flock of Seagulls night at Club 1984, Thursday, September 15th, 2022. Open at 9pm, closed at 2am. 1190 Folsom Street near 8th SF. 21+ w/ID 4 DJ’s & 2 bars in two great rooms of dancing, with DJ Porter & ...Every Thursday

Friday, September 30

“Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid” Fall Block Party + DJs (Oakland)
"Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid" Fall Block Party + DJs (Oakland)

Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid food trucks, and ...Every Friday

“Comedians with Criminal Records” Live in SF (2022)
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP (normally $15-20)
| Broadway Studios
"Comedians with Criminal Records" Live in SF (2022)

Crime is no laughing matter in San Francisco… unless it’s Comedians with Criminal Records – a unique showcase of professional comics who’ve had troubles with the law in the past. In addition to an hilarious comedy set, you’ll also hear the back-story of the comedian ...Every Saturday

FREE: Oakland’s HellaSecret Comedy & Cocktails (2022)
FREE: Oakland's HellaSecret Comedy & Cocktails (2022)

Get ready for our “HellaSecret” speakeasy comedy show in Oakland. A series of pop-up (and socially distant) live comedy shows at unique spots all across the bay. We’ll take over a venue and you’ll get an email with the secret location. This HellaSecret comedy show ...

SF’s Oktoberfest Beer & Comedy Festival 2022 (Speakeasy Brewery)
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with secret code FUNCHEAPGUEST. Normally $5-15.
| Speakeasy Brewery
SF's Oktoberfest Beer & Comedy Festival 2022 (Speakeasy Brewery)

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been defiantly brewing small batches of beer in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood since 1997. Come celebrate this legacy with a special month-long Oktoberfest-themed pop-up comedy festival every Friday night for four weeks only. RSVP for Secret Guestlist – Free $10-$20 Friday Nights ...Every Friday

“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

Rooftop “Lunchbox Music at the Park” at Salesforce Park (SF)
Friday, September 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for all
| Salesforce Park
Rooftop "Lunchbox Music at the Park" at Salesforce Park (SF)

Enjoy mellow, acoustic music with your lunch. Music curated by Trixie Rasputin Presents. This program meets at the Main Plaza and is free and open to the public.Every Friday

2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2) in Golden Gate Park
Friday, September 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2) in Golden Gate Park

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is back for 2022 – the first in-person version of this event since 2019. After having just a lowkey “Save the Date” on its website for a few months, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has finally officially announced the festival is back. Hardly Strictly ...