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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 13

2020 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky
Sunday, December 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2020 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky

The Geminid meteor shower – always a highlight of the meteor year – will peak from mid-evening December 13 until dawn December 14, with absolutely no moonlight to ruin the show. On a dark night, you can often catch 50 or more meteors per hour. ...

Monday, December 14

The Marsh’s Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers Every Monday
The Marsh's Zoom Storytelling Night: 4 Performers 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, December 15

Everything You Need to Know About Google My Business w/ SF LGBT Center
Tuesday, December 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Make sure to RSVP in advance!
Everything You Need to Know About Google My Business w/ SF LGBT Center
This workshop is offered by the small business program at the SF LGBT Center in partnership with RevLocal, a digital marketing agency, and is led by Derek Griego, Senior Digital Marketing Consultant at RevLocal. In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn how to claim and optimize ...

Wednesday, December 16

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

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park officially re-opened its doors to the public Wednesday, July 22 with modifications to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Formerly open seven days a week, the Japanese Tea Garden ...Every Wednesday

Behind the Scenes: Renaissance Medicinal Recipes with the Museum of the Eye
Wednesday, December 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
Behind the Scenes: Renaissance Medicinal Recipes with the Museum of the Eye
Take a virtual seat at the table as we smell and taste our way through 16th century eye medicine. Clinical herbalist, Rylan Sian of North Wind Apothecary will join us to discuss herbal remedies found in the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye’s oldest text, “Ophthalmodouleia” ...

Thursday, December 17

East Bay SPCA’s “Pawliday Baking Hour”
East Bay SPCA's "Pawliday Baking Hour"
Ready, Set, Bake! Join us for our virtual Pawliday Baking Hour event on Thursday, December 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Bakers of all skill levels can learn to bake some delicious, festive and pet-friendly recipes for the holiday season! The event will include a ...
Exploratorium’s After Dark Online: Celestial – Winter Solstice
Thursday, December 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free online event
| Online Event
Exploratorium's After Dark Online: Celestial - Winter Solstice
Lighten up your outlook as we observe the end of the sun’s journey across the horizon. The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year and return of daylight as our star reverses its apparent course in the sky. Learn about the significance of ...
Batter Up: Free Covid-Safe Comedy on a Baseball Diamond
Thursday, December 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Optional sliding scale donation requested during event
| Moscone Fields
Batter Up: Free Covid-Safe Comedy on a Baseball Diamond

Batter Up: Covid-Safe Comedy on a Baseball Diamond is an outdoor socially distanced stand up comedy with your covid-safety in mind. Comedians you’ve seen on Netflix, Comedy Central, and more will be performing for you at the Moscone Softball Fields in San Francisco’s Marina District. ...Every Thursday

Friday, December 18

“San Francisco Conservatory of Music” Free Livestream Classical Concert
Friday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Live Stream
"San Francisco Conservatory of Music" Free Livestream Classical Concert
Owen Dalby, international acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, is a member of the St Lawrence String Quartet. With the SLSQ, recent and upcoming projects include tours of all the major chamber series in North America and Europe, as well as solo debuts with the LA ...

Saturday, December 19

“Black Laughs Matter” Virtual Comedy Show
Saturday, December 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated. Any amount helps
"Black Laughs Matter" Virtual Comedy Show

The live comedy scene has been devastated by the closure of all of the comedy clubs, so if you’d like to support black comics, join us for a special “Black Laughs Matter” online comedy show live from San Francisco. Join Us – RSVP on Eventbrite ...Every Saturday

Free “Legion of Honor” Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)
Free "Legion of Honor" Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)

Starting up again on October 31st after a 6-month closure, every Saturday, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Advanced tickets are required, and capacity is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Please note that admission to ...Every Saturday

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 at First Street Napa” Open-Air Marketplace
Saturday, December 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | First Street Napa
"Makers Market at First Street Napa" Open-Air Marketplace
Local Craft Fair! MAKERS MARKET – An outdoor Marketplace of the Best Local Makers, Great Vibes, and Wine in the heart of Downtown Napa! WE’RE BACK!!! Come on out y’all! Soak up the sun in beautiful downtown Napa and shop small from your local community! > Saturday, December ...
“Dickens Fair at Home” Final Weekend Before Xmas (Dec. 19-20)
Saturday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE
"Dickens Fair at Home" Final Weekend Before Xmas (Dec. 19-20)
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 19 – 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 19 – 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

GLBT History Museum: Free Saturdays for Bay Area Residents
Saturday, December 19 – 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

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

Sunday, December 20

Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile
Sunday, December 20 – 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

“Bullwhips by the Bay” Free Whip Workshop (Golden Gate Park)
Sunday, December 20 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE
"Bullwhips by the Bay" Free Whip Workshop (Golden Gate Park)

Bullwhips by the Bay is a workshop for those enthusiastic about whips and whip throwing, held monthly in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Come and safely learn and use skills in wielding the various kinds of whips (snake whips, stock whips, bullwhips, and so on). ...Monthly