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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, May 22

“ReOpening: Botanic Rituals” Art Show
Saturday, May 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Radian Gallery,
"ReOpening: Botanic Rituals" Art Show
The dark clouds of the pandemic acted as an existential, unrelenting April Showers, forcing the cancellation of the original opening reception for this show for over a year. Now, Radian Gallery is pleased to bring you this collection of May Flowers in a symbolic rebirth of ...
An Afternoon of Blues with Papa Robert Hill (Alameda)
Saturday, May 22 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Fireside Lounge
An Afternoon of Blues with Papa Robert Hill (Alameda)
The Fireside Lounge, Alameda’s premier live music venue, hosts their Window Singer/Songwriter concert series, a socially distant outdoor performance. Papa will be performing original blues-based songs, so please pull up a table, order a drink, order some food, sit back and let Papa entertain you.

“Instant Pot Asian Meals” Book Talk & Cooking Demo
Saturday, May 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
“Instant Pot Asian Meals” Book Talk & Cooking Demo
Patricia Tanumihardja joins us for a conversation about her cookbook, ingredients, recipe conversion to instant pot techniques, and how she came to write cookbooks. She’ll also give a quick demo of a recipe! Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals shows you how to cook all your ...
“Occupant” Site-Specific Outdoor Play at SF’s Embarcadero Center
Saturday, May 22 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Three Embarcadero Center, SF
"Occupant" Site-Specific Outdoor Play at SF's Embarcadero Center
Too Soon Old Productions announces its premiere live site specific performance of Edward Albee’s Occupant. This fascinating play about the life and career of groundbreaking artist, Louise Nevelson, will take place Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23 and Saturday May 29 and Sunday May ...
Comedy Oakland Online
Comedy Oakland Online
Saturday, May 22, 7pm Pacific time Comedy Oakland is the Winner of 2021 Best Virtual Comedy Night in East Bay Express Reader’s Poll! That makes us a five-time winner – 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 & now 2021!! We love making you laugh every single week. If ...
The Stud’s “Drag Alive Online” Every Saturday
The Stud's "Drag Alive Online" Every Saturday

Thanks to SFist for letting us know that The Stud and Oasis are going virtual with their  Drag Shows Online. Not even the global pandemic can stop the Queens! Enjoy a weekly dose of virtual humor, flashy, queer and everything drag with The Stud and Oasis Online Drag Show. The ...Every Saturday

Comedy Oakland Online
Saturday, May 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Online Event,
Comedy Oakland Online
Great live comedy – FREE from your home. Comedy Oakland is the Winner of 2021 Best Virtual Comedy Night in East Bay Express Reader’s Poll! That makes us a five-time winner – 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and now 2021!! We love making you laugh every ...

Sunday, May 23

“Thrive City” Farmers’ Market (Chase Center)
Sunday, May 23 – 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

Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile
Sunday, May 23 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | 37th and Ortega (SF)
Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile

Come eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile, a festive open-air, year-round weekly market featuring local farmers, ranchers, food artisans, merchants, makers, artists and organizations on a closed-to-traffic 37th Avenue between Ortega and Pacheco. Outer Sunset ...Every Sunday

SF Chinatown “Walkway Weekends” Every Sunday
Sunday, May 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinatown (Grant & California)
SF Chinatown "Walkway Weekends" Every Sunday

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 June 2021. Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and an Asian shopping experience. San Francisco Chinatown ...Every Saturday

“Unite the Bay” Ride Out Against Hate w/ Stashed SF x Another Bike Club
Sunday, May 23 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | STASHED
"Unite the Bay" Ride Out Against Hate w/ Stashed SF x Another Bike Club
About this event: ‘Unite The Bay: A Ride Out Against Hate.’ Another Bike Club will host a six mile ride in solidarity with victims of racial injustice, violence and hate in pursuit of a safer, more connected and more welcoming bay area. The route will be starting ...
“Ives Collective” Mozart Live Virtual Concert
"Ives Collective" Mozart Live Virtual Concert
Ives Collective Roy Malan, violin Susan Freier, violin & viola Stephen Harrison, cello Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 Gabriel Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 The Ives Collective presents powerful live music experiences through fresh and informed interpretations, this time joined by ...
Kitty Sweet Tooth: Conversation w/ Creators Abby Denson and Utomaru (Online)
Sunday, May 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cartoon Art Museum
Kitty Sweet Tooth: Conversation w/ Creators Abby Denson and Utomaru (Online)
The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to present Kitty Sweet Tooth: A Conversation with Abby Denson and Utomaru on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 4pm PST. This special online presentation brings together the New York-based Denson and the Tokyo-based Utomaru for a spirited discussion of their ...
Cal Performances “Sunday Supper with the Stars”
Sunday, May 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with Registration
| Cal Performances at Home
Cal Performances "Sunday Supper with the Stars"
Program: Cal Performances presents Sunday Supper with the Stars, a virtual celebration and fundraiser that will be available to stream for free on Sunday May 23, 2021 at 6pm (PDT). Hosted by recently retired longtime Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Hope Boykin, the event ...

Monday, May 24

Navigating Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Monday, May 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Palo Alto, CA
Navigating Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Communities of color are in greater danger of experiencing risk factors associated with developing a mental health disorder but are often the most underserved. Dr. Elena Herrera and Dr. Donya Wallace will discuss the barriers and challenges that exist for racial and ethnic minorities in ...
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, May 25

“Creativity, Compassion & Community” Mental Health Talk
Tuesday, May 25 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OICUedcEOss
"Creativity, Compassion & Community" Mental Health Talk
In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, Wattpad and Maybelline are hosting an intimate virtual conversation with Jo Watson (@JoWatson_101 / Big Boned), Sky Chase (@unfortunatelysky / Saving Everest), and Rachel Meinke (@knightsrachel / Along For the Ride). It’s been a difficult year, and everyone’s ...
How to Start a Nonprofit
Tuesday, May 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with Eventbrite RSVP
How to Start a Nonprofit
Thinking of starting a nonprofit but don’t know where to start? Business Attorney Galia Aharoni Schmidt will discuss the basics of nonprofit formation, including the pros and cons of starting a nonprofit, how to set one up, and the basic rules for keeping your nonprofit ...
Free Outdoor Piano Concert Hall at Palace of Fine Arts
Tuesday, May 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donation appreciated, RSVP on EventBrite
| Palace of Fine Arts
Free Outdoor Piano Concert Hall at Palace of Fine Arts
Bringing COVID-free, outdoor, live piano performances to the San Francisco Bay Area. In an unprecedented effort to bring live performances safely back to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotunda at The Palace of Fine Arts will transform from a San Francisco landmark, into an ...
Virtual Author Event: Waterlog U.S. Publication Celebration
Tuesday, May 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Virtual Author Event: Waterlog U.S. Publication Celebration
Join us on Tuesday, May 25 at 6pm PT for the U.S. publication of Roger Deakin’s classic, Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain, with Craig Popelars, Bonnie Tsui, and Pete Mulvihill on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83346470886 About Waterlog “Like swimming ...