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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!

Sunday, December 5

JCCSF’s Glowing Hanukkah Party at Ghirardelli Square (2021)
Sunday, December 5 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
JCCSF's Glowing Hanukkah Party at Ghirardelli Square (2021)
JCCSF’S GLOWING HANUKKAH PARTY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021 3:00 PM 6:00 PM Ghirardelli Square 900 North Point StreetSan Francisco, CA, 94109United States (map) Join the JCCSF for a Glowing Hanukkah Party in Fountain Plaza this holiday season! This free, family-friendly event will feature live glowing music, crafts, games and special menus ...
SF’s 2021 Union Square Chanukah Lighting w/ 25-Foot-Tall Menorah (Final Night)
Sunday, December 5 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SF's 2021 Union Square Chanukah Lighting w/ 25-Foot-Tall Menorah (Final Night)

Celebrate Chanukah 2021 with the 46th lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from November 28-December 6, at approximately 4:30 ...

Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021
Sunday, December 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World's Largest Toy Train | 2021

After cancelling the festive Holiday Train in 2020, Caltrain has announced its bringing back its World’s Largest Toy Train on December 4-5, 2021. Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine this December to delight Bay Area families with holiday ...

3-Point Shooting Contest w/ $100 Nike Gift Card Prize (Oakland)
Sunday, December 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Urban Promise Academy
3-Point Shooting Contest w/ $100 Nike Gift Card Prize (Oakland)
Who has the best long-distance shot? Gender-inclusive, no age requirement. Participants must register! Free To Enter Prize: $100 Nike Gift Card Arrive early for warm-ups

Monday, December 6

SF Arcade Bar “Emporium” Free Game Token Night (Every Monday)
Monday, December 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*4 free game token if you show your California ID
| Emporium SF
SF Arcade Bar "Emporium" Free Game Token Night (Every Monday)

Emporium Arcade Bar San Francisco, the dynamic venue known for its classic arcade games, colorful, fun-loving atmosphere, and renowned drink menu, now offers four free game tokens for residents with a valid California I.D. during locals’ night every Monday. Emporium Arcade Bar offers guests a ...Every Monday

Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Monday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required: https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/8457280
| Mountain View Public Library
Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Registration is required. Sign up below to receive the Zoom link on the morning of the event. Join us for a virtual examination of paintings from the Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) Collection. This collection includes efforts to capture (or try to capture) the likeness of ...
2021 World’s Largest Origami Tree “Tree of Hope” Lighting (Grace Cathedral)
Monday, December 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
2021 World's Largest Origami Tree "Tree of Hope" Lighting (Grace Cathedral)

See the world’s most unique holiday tree at Grace Cathedral. The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope is the largest origami holiday tree in the world, standing over 23 feet tall and decorated with over 17,000 origami cranes and stars, each hand folded ...

“Motown On Mondays” DJ Night (Madrone Art Bar)
Monday, December 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 8pm; $5 after
| Madrone Art Bar
"Motown On Mondays" DJ Night (Madrone Art Bar)

at Madrone, dance the night away with hosts DJ Gordo Cabeza and guest DJS spinning originals, exclusive remixes, and close relatives of your favorite Motown songs during M.O.M. Motown on Mondays. Motown on Mondays Every Monday | 7 pm to 2 am Madrone ...Every Monday

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

“The Monday Night Band” Live at Tupelo (North Beach)
Monday, December 6 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tupelo
"The Monday Night Band" Live at Tupelo (North Beach)

The Monday Night Band is a San Francisco based funk, r&b, soul, and Top 40’s band.  Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of supporting the Bay Area’s best vocalists and instrumentalists, all the while creating and enjoying musical and personal chemistry amongst house band ...Every Monday

Tuesday, December 7

San Francisco Comedy Night in The Mission (Public Works)
San Francisco Comedy Night in The Mission (Public Works)

HellaSecret is taking over The Mission for the first time! Welcome to our brand new comedy show in the main room of Public Works with a secret lineup of SF’s top comics which typically has credits like Cobbs, Punchline, SF Sketchfest, Comedy Central Clusterfest, Outside Lands and more. SF’s “HellaSecret” Mission ...

de Young Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)
de Young Museum Free 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

“Legion of Honor” Museum Free Day (First Tuesdays)
"Legion of Honor" Museum Free 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 general admission is $15 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission ...Monthly

SF’s “Conservatory of Flowers” Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate Park)
SF's "Conservatory of Flowers" Free First Tuesdays (Golden Gate 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 located in Golden Gate Park, offers an intimate, up-close experience with nearly 2,000 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more ...Monthly

SF’s City Hall Holiday Pop-Up Shop w/ 40 Makers (2021)
Tuesday, December 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF's City Hall Holiday Pop-Up Shop w/ 40 Makers (2021)
Join Mayor London Breed, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce as more than 40 makers, artisans and merchants from every district showcase their locally made items at the semi-annual City Hall Pop-Up Shop.
SF’s Free Arcade Game Night at The Detour (First Tuesdays)
Tuesday, December 7 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free unlimited play wristband with any purchase from bar
| The Detour SF
SF's Free Arcade Game Night at The Detour (First Tuesdays)

Paid rent in SF? Hella Broke? Then first Tuesdays are the night for you.  The Detour hosts “Free Play Tuesday” with all arcade games on free play with purchase from the bar. Come enjoy all the video game glory from today and yesteryear while enjoying ...Monthly

“Taco Tuesday” $1 Taco Night (Oakland)
Tuesday, December 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No Cover or Ticket Cost for Taco Tuesday
"Taco Tuesday" $1 Taco Night (Oakland)

Tuesday – Friday – Special Discounted Happy Hour Prices 4pm-7pm plus specials below. Tuesdays Casamigos Taco Tuesdays $1 Tacos 6 pm – 10 pm $6 Casamigos Shots $10 Casamigos Margaritas Please note that the website has a very different Tuesday deal listed from their Facebook ($1 ...Every Tuesday

Hella Wicked Smart Trivia (SF)
Tuesday, December 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southside Spirit House
Hella Wicked Smart Trivia (SF)

Hella Wicked Smart Trivia every Tuesday night. 8pm-10pm Name that face, Name that tune and general trivia knowledge. Teams encouraged. Prizes! Tables available on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Great fun!Every Tuesday

Wednesday, December 8

Free Admission Hour “Japanese Tea Garden” at GG Park
Free Admission Hour "Japanese Tea Garden" at GG Park

Still Open / SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: 12/7/20 –  Outdoor gardens are specifically allowed and exempt from closures in the Shelter-in-Place order from December 6 to January 4. “Outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites may remain open” – We confirmed with the SF’s parks department ...Every Wednesday

Wednesday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile (SF)
Wednesday, December 8 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission
| 37th Avenue at Ortega, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile (SF)

Sunset Mercantile, local producers of community based pop-up marketplaces, announced the relaunch of the Wednesday afternoon Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile 4pm-7:30pm on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Pacheco featuring farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live ...Every Wednesday