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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, October 19

2019 Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival & Great Pumpkin Parade | Saturday
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
2019 Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival & Great Pumpkin Parade | Saturday

See a display of gigantic heavyweight champion pumpkins, four stages of entertainment, and the Great Pumpkin Parade at the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. 2019 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival October 19–20, 2019 | 9 am to 5 pm Historic Main ...

SF Bicycle Coalition & ThinkFirst’s Helmet Giveaway | SF
Saturday, October 19 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Arguello Extension
SF Bicycle Coalition & ThinkFirst's Helmet Giveaway | SF
The SF Bicycle Coalition and ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation are teaming up for a helmet giveaway and fitting. We will have helmets of all sizes, so children and adults are welcome. The helmets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, but please RSVP ...

Free de Young Museum Day: All Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free de Young Museum Day: All Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, ...Every Saturday

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Dogpatch & Excelsior
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| California Academy of Sciences
Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Dogpatch & Excelsior

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day: Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday
Free Legion of Honor Museum Day: Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire ...Every Saturday

2019 Oktoberfest: Stein-holding Contest, Costumes, & Bavarian Food | Campbell
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free for all ages. Food, beer, and wine prices vary.
| Historic Downtown Campbell
2019 Oktoberfest: Stein-holding Contest, Costumes, & Bavarian Food | Campbell

Join the two-day Bavarian-themed of the 25th Annual Oktoberfest, with events showcasing authentic, mouthwatering German foods including Bratwurst and other sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 fine artisans from all over the country, and an impressive ...

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, October 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Mission Science Workshop (Excelsior)
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF

Mission Science Workshop is a non-profit community science center that provides hands-on science activities for SF youth and families. Visit their monthly free Saturday open house program, where you can build toys and projects, hold snakes and lizards, and explore the collections of bones, fossils, ...Monthly

Step-by-Step Composting Lecture | Burlingame
Saturday, October 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Burlingame Library
Step-by-Step Composting Lecture | Burlingame
Learn how to make your very own compost step by step! The backbone of every healthy garden, compost improves all soil types and can be a difference between success and failure with many plants! In this class, we will teach you how to make compost either ...
Corgi Con Fall 2019: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Facebook
| Ocean Beach (Below Cliff House)
Corgi Con Fall 2019: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach
The NorCal Corgi Con is a wonderfully bizarre beach day bash for dogs (and their pawrents) that brings together hundreds of enthusiastic Corgis, their owners and wannabes too on Ocean Beach in San FranCorgsco, between Stairwell 2 and 5 near the Cliff House, from 10 am to 2 ...
Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio

The free PresidiGo Shuttle system welcomes park visitors, residents, and employees with fully accessible shuttles and bike racks. There are two PresidiGo Shuttle services, each with different policies and guidelines – Around the Park and Downtown. Downtown (Free on Weekends) The Downtown express route make stops ...Monthly

SF Chamber Orchestra “With Strings Attached” Children’s Concert | SF
Saturday, October 19 – 10:15 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
| San Francisco Main Public Library
SF Chamber Orchestra "With Strings Attached" Children's Concert | SF
The violins, violas, cellos and double bass form the most important section of our orchestra.  Learn about vibrating strings, horsehair bows, what pizzicato means, and why cellos don’t have chin rests!  Plus lots of beautiful music from our amazing professional players. Concerts: Saturday, October 19, 2019: San ...
2019 Potrero Hill Festival & Street Fair: 100+ Vendors & Live Music | SF
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
2019 Potrero Hill Festival & Street Fair: 100+ Vendors & Live Music | SF
The 30th Annual Potrero Hill Festival takes place on Saturday, at the 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. 2019 Potrero Hill Festival Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm 20th Street btwn. Missouri & Wisconsin St, Potrero Hill, San Francisco FREE Come celebrate the Potrero community and ...
2019 San Francisco Trolley Dances | Oct. 19-20
Saturday, October 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch; if you take Muni, fare is required. RSVP Required
| International Art Museum of America
2019 San Francisco Trolley Dances | Oct. 19-20

Each year, Epiphany Productions transforms the city’s streets into stages through San Francisco Trolley Dances, a series of free contemporary dance performances along a Muni line. RSVP for your Tour – 2019 Event: Dance performance and more along the historic J-Church trolley route. San Francisco ...

Alemany Farm 15th Annual Harvest Festival | SF
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Alemany Farm
Alemany Farm 15th Annual Harvest Festival | SF
This community gathering has become a favorite fall tradition to enjoy the warm October sun before heading into the shorter, cooler winter days. Bring a friend, make new friends, catch up with old friends, and have some fun at the farm on Saturday, October 19, 2019, ...
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, October 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...Monthly

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, October 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...Monthly

5th Annual Walnut Creek Oktoberfest | Civic Park
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Walnut Creek Civic Park
5th Annual Walnut Creek Oktoberfest | Civic Park
Join the biergarten or on the dance floor for another epic Oktoberfest in Walnut Creek. It’s a great place to show off your dirndl dress or don the lederhosen (not mandatory). This admission free, day-long, family-friendly event recreates the beloved German fall celebration. 5th Annual Walnut Creek ...
SF Open Studios 2019 | Richmond, Sunset, Cole Valley, West Portal, Excelsior & Balboa Park
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
SF Open Studios 2019 | Richmond, Sunset, Cole Valley, West Portal, Excelsior & Balboa Park

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long, city-wide art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios over four weekends in October and November. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors ...

“Outpost” San Francisco City Market 2019 | The Midway
Saturday, October 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| The Midway
"Outpost" San Francisco City Market 2019 | The Midway
Come join us on October 19, 2019 for a day of exploration at SF’s premier culture fest. We’ll collectively explore the theme of “Creating a Cooler Future”. Immerse yourself in creativity, surrounded by leaders and tastemakers from cool brands, media, and lifestyle spaces. Wander the ...
“Svenatra in the Park” Masterful Majestic Orchestra | SF
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
"Svenatra in the Park" Masterful Majestic Orchestra | SF
San Francisco native and musician Sven Soderlund has moved away from performing heavy metal to the smooth sounds of Sinatra. Come to enjoy Sven and his big band ‘wow’ you at his October 19th “Svenatra in the Park” concert. Joining Sven is local chanteuse Marleen ...