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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, December 12

Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

COVID-19 Update – Free Saturdays are back as of September 26, 2020. Timed tickets will be required. Reserve in advance online, or limited number of tickets may be available the membership desk the day of. Review updated social-distancing rules Things may change – Check the de young site and social ...Every Saturday

“Makers Market Walnut Creek” Open-Air Marketplace
Saturday, December 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Broadway Plaza
"Makers Market Walnut Creek" Open-Air Marketplace
MAKERS MARKET – An outdoor Marketplace of the Best Local Makers and Great Vibes in Walnut Creek! Come on out y’all! Soak up the sun in the beautiful Broadway Plaza and shop small from your local community! > Saturday, December 12th > 10am-5pm > 1254 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, ...

Makers Market Mill Valley Lumber Yard | Open-Air Marketplace
Saturday, December 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mill Valley Lumber Yard
Makers Market Mill Valley Lumber Yard | Open-Air Marketplace
Come on out y’all! Breathe in the majestic redwoods with Marin’s most stunning view of Mt. Tam in the beautiful Mill Valley Lumber Yard… all while shopping small from your local community! > Saturday, December 12th > 10am-6pm > Mill Valley Lumberyard WHAT: Local Makers & Artists! > Outdoor, Open-Air > ...
“Family Fun Day” Online Nutcracker Dance Class
"Family Fun Day" Online Nutcracker Dance Class
For the December holidays, Cal Performances is teaming up with the Mark Morris Dance Group for a Family Fun Day centered around The Hard Nut, choreographer Mark Morris’s witty, lavish, gender-varied homage to Tchaikovsky’s original score, The Nutcracker. The festive event includes a Dance with the ...
“Dickens Fair at Home” (Dec. 12-13)
Saturday, December 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE
"Dickens Fair at Home" (Dec. 12-13)
Red Barn Productions is pleased to announce Dickens Fair at Home, a free online Christmas compendium that brings home the magic of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party – a beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Like most other in-person events in 2020, the Great Dickens Christmas ...
“Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle
Saturday, December 12 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | CounterPULSE
"Play Streets" Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle

Enjoy a safe and open space to play, stretch the legs, and have some fun at Play Streets this Saturday! “Play Streets” Tenderloin Art Fest & Drum Circle , from 10-4 pm 200 block of Turk (between Jones/ Leavenworth) Masks and social distancing requirements ...Every Saturday

SF Chinatown “Walkway Weekends” Saturdays & Sundays (Thru Dec. 27)
Saturday, December 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chinatown (Grant & California)
SF Chinatown "Walkway Weekends" Saturdays & Sundays (Thru Dec. 27)

The event 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 from July through December. Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and an Asian shopping experience. Update: Originally ...Every Saturday

“Head West” Holiday Market at the Ferry Building (Dec 12-13)
Saturday, December 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Ferry Building
"Head West" Holiday Market at the Ferry Building (Dec 12-13)
Join HEAD WEST Marketplace for a special, 2-day holiday market at the Ferry Building! Find gifts for everyone on your list from HEAD WEST’s selection of handmade ceramics, locally sourced vintage clothing, jewelry, home décor, gifts, and more. And don’t forget to swing by the ...
GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents
Saturday, December 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance
| GLBT Historical Society Museum
GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents

Located in SF’s Castro District, the GLBT Historical Society Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Normally admission is $10, but through ...Every Saturday

Queer Street Marketplace
Saturday, December 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Queer Street Marketplace
Queer Street Marketplace is a semi-annual event that has become a tradition at the SF LGBT Center that showcases LGBTQIA run small businesses in a community-driven environment. On the day of the event, small business owners in our community can come to sell their products and ...
“Chromatherapy” New Art Exhibit (Dec. 12 – Jan. 23)
Saturday, December 12 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Heron Arts
"Chromatherapy" New Art Exhibit (Dec. 12 - Jan. 23)
Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2020 – January 23, 2020 Opening Exhibition: December 12th, 4-9 pm. No more than 20 people at a time. Masks required. Virtual Panel Discussion: January 14th @5:30 pm PST Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only Heron Arts is pleased to announce the two-person exhibition Chromatherapy featuring ...
San Francisco International Arts Festival Holiday Fundraiser
Saturday, December 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE (Suggested Donation: $25)
San Francisco International Arts Festival Holiday Fundraiser
The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will host its annual holiday fundraiser online this year and it is dedicated to the intriguing theme of Equal Protection Under the First Amendment for the Arts. We invite members of the public to join us for a ...
26th Annual Hob Nob Virtual Gala “Unmasking the Future”
26th Annual Hob Nob Virtual Gala “Unmasking the Future”
Join The Saint Francis Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides philanthropic support to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and its community, for the 26th annual virtual Hob Nob Gala. “Unmasking the Future” will celebrate the courage and innovation of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital during this ...
Online Roast ’90s Christmas Classic Move “Home Alone”
Saturday, December 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Online
Online Roast '90s Christmas Classic Move  "Home Alone"
We will be roasting ‘HOME ALONE’ for FREE online and you are invited! The roast will be aired over a Vimeo stream 7 PM PACIFIC/10PM EASTERN You will be emailed the free link for the show when you submit for a ticket here: https://www.frontrowfilmroast.com/subscribe Play drinking games ...
2020 Dance-Along Nutcracker Livestream: The Nutcracker Express (Dec 12-13)
2020 Dance-Along Nutcracker Livestream: The Nutcracker Express (Dec 12-13)
Disappointed that they can’t travel to visit their favorite uncle for the holidays this year, Clara and Fritz dream up their own adventures on board The Nutcracker Express! Filled with exotic destinations and surprise guests, this will be a show you won’t want to miss! Enjoy ...
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

SF Chamber Music Orchestra Conducted by Edwin Outwater
Saturday, December 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Live Stream
SF Chamber Music Orchestra Conducted by Edwin Outwater
On tonight’s concert, you’ll hear two works by William Grant Still, who in addition to composing was the first Black American to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in the United States. The program also features a performance of Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 in A Major, ...

Sunday, December 13

Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile
Sunday, December 13 – 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

“Play Streets” w/ Floating Santa San Francisco’s Chinatown
Sunday, December 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP isn't required, but we would keep you up to date with future fun events in Chinatown!
| Sidewalk of Grant Ave. and Commercial Street
"Play Streets" w/ Floating Santa San Francisco's Chinatown
Floating Santa is coming to Grant Ave. on December 13th! We are celebrating on December 13th, Sunday, to enjoy the holiday atmosphere on Grant Ave. of Chinatown. Not only would there be a floating Santa, but we will also have Hopscotch Chalk Sidewalk Drawing Contest Street of cute boutique shops ...
SF Chamber Music Faculty Artist Series: Sarah Cahill
Sunday, December 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Live Stream
SF Chamber Music Faculty Artist Series: Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, has commissioned and premiered over sixty compositions for solo ...