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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 28

100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF
Saturday, September 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Alley Cat Books
100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF

At the Bay Area Poetry Marathon, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer. Join at the first BAPM event of the summer to hear a fantastic assembly of emerging & established writers. ...

“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF
Saturday, September 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $10
| Murphy's Pub
“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF

Nightlife on Mars is a weekly comedy show at Murphy’s Pub, produced by local comics Joe Nguyen, Red Scott, and Natasha Muse. The three members of Nightlife on Mars are the triptych that represents the spiritual base of the San Francisco comedy scene. Between them, ...Every Saturday

Downtown SF’s Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday
Saturday, September 28 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 at door without RSVP
| Bar Fluxus
Downtown SF's Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday

It’s San Francisco’s brand new (and only) weekly Desi Comedy Night at a cool downtown SF art bar with HellaFunny and Funcheap. See a showcase of some of the Bay Area’s top comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghani, and South Asian descent. Let’s celebrate the ...Every Saturday

Sunday, September 29

After Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF
Sunday, September 29 – 6:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Monroe
After Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF

morning late-night partygoers and early risers migrate to Monroe for the best house music SF has to offer: 2 Bars, Spacious plush booth seating, Outdoor patio, and refreshing cocktails. Take part in a local nightlife experience with the sounds and vibes of Afterdawn. After ...Every Sunday

2019 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Sunday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2019 Oakland 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 28 & 29, 2019. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...

2019 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2019 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
The 36th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 250,000+ people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair. 2019 Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 11 ...
Free Outdoor Family Fun: Rotating Shows & Exciting Stories | Salesforce Park
Sunday, September 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park
Free Outdoor Family Fun: Rotating Shows & Exciting Stories | Salesforce Park

Enjoy the outdoors with exciting activities including rotating shows, stories, and more at the Central Lawn. All ages are invited!Every Sunday

Presidio Picnic: Off the Grid’s Sunday Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, September 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Presidio Picnic: Off the Grid's Sunday Food Truck Party | SF

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Held on the seven acre Main ...Every Sunday

2019 Sumo Champions Exhibition | Japantown
Sunday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2019 Sumo Champions Exhibition | Japantown

Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It originated in early Japan as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities. Watch demonstrations, meet real sumo wrestlers, learn about sumo wrestling and watch actual matches from Sumo champions, weighing up to 600 lbs, outdoors in the Japantown ...

Acoustic Music in the Square | Noe Valley
Sunday, September 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Noe Valley Town Square
Acoustic Music in the Square | Noe Valley

Enjoy the afternoon every last Sunday of each month and listen for a free acoustic music in the square. Acoustic Music in the Square Last Sunday of each Month | 1 pm to 3 pm Noe Valley Town Square, 24th St. & Sanchez St, San ...Monthly

Free Symphony Concert in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Free Symphony Concert in the Park | Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, presents its 137th 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, run about 90 ...

Coin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa
Sunday, September 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Coin-Op Game Room
Coin-Op's "Free Play" Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa

Coin-Op is an awesome 10,000 square foot space in SoMa that was transformed from a steel foundry into a two-story bar and game room with 40+ pinball and video games, plus a secret speakeasy (hidden behind a “busted” video game). On the last Sunday of ...Monthly

“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF
Sunday, September 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
| Neck of The Woods
"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

Monday, September 30

Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland
Monday, September 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
| Starline Social Club
Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland

Comedians Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo bring you the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians to Starline Social Club’s intimate comedy room. Rotating pop up food vendors will be selling delicious food before every show. Past surprise guests include: Michael Che (SNL), Hannibal Buress, ...Every Monday

Tuesday, October 1

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 1 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission 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 admission is $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...Monthly

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 1 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Located in beautiful Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum founded in 1895. Your visit includes a whirlwind trip around the world as the museum’s collections feature priceless treasures and works of arts from the 17th through the 20th centuries ...Monthly

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day | GG Park
Tuesday, October 1 – 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 Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland's Churches & Temples

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their architecture and influence on the development of Oakland. Highlighted buildings include First Presbyterian, First Congregational, and First Christian churches as well as Temple Sinai. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of the First Presbyterian Church, ...

SF City Guides: Rare Walking Tours Month | October 2019
Tuesday, October 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| All Over San Francisco
SF City Guides: Rare Walking Tours Month | October 2019

San Francisco City Guides offers dozens of free guided walking tours, all over the city, throughout the year. But things get special during the months of May and October each year, when the San Francisco weather is particularly pleasant, City Guides add a slate of ...

First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day | Cartoon Art Museum
Tuesday, October 1 – 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