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San FranFREEsco has joined up with FunCheap to help hunt down the most interesting free (and cheap) events in the Bay Area.

These events are hand-picked by Becca Bandit of San FranFREEsco, which shares with you all the best FREE or almost free events and happenings in the SF Bay Area including concerts, parties, open bars, free food, free events, art openings, free museum admission, fairs, festivals and more.

Monday, September 24

California Academy of Sciences’ Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration
Monday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences' Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in a 400,000 square foot structure in Golden Gate Park that houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. Starting in fall 2018 to ...

Tuesday, September 25

California Academy of Sciences’ Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, September 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences' Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in a 400,000 square foot structure in Golden Gate Park that houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. Starting in fall 2018 to ...

Live at Lagunitas: Big Thief | Petaluma
Tuesday, September 25 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Big Thief | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live summer concert series featuring some amazing bands in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette that would normally play big venues in San Francisco. Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these shows will definitely ...

Wednesday, September 26

Metallica Rock Concert | Civic Center
Metallica Rock Concert  | Civic Center

Metallic rock icon band Metallica will be rocking out in Civic Center Plaza for the annual Dreamforce Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8 pm.
Technically, you need to have a full Dreamforce badge (not just the free Expo Pass) to enter the Gala, but since they’re playing outdoors …

Saturday, September 29

Figment 2018: Interactive Arts, Music, Game & Craft Festival in the Park | Oakland
Saturday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mosswood Park
Figment 2018: Interactive Arts, Music, Game & Craft Festival in the Park | Oakland

Figment is a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities, attracting tens of thousands of participants each year. Now in its second year in Oakland, come for a day in Mosswood Park full of interactive art, games, costumes, music, crafts, activities and workshops.
Figment is …

Sunday, September 30

2018 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2018 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa

The 35th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 250,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair.
2018 Folsom Street Fair
Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 11 …

SFMOMA’s “Free Family Day” Free Museum Day | SF
SFMOMA's "Free Family Day" Free Museum Day | SF

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) welcomes families and inter-generational audiences to the museum for its Free Family Day on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
While the museum is always free for visitors 18 and younger, on Free Family Day, it is also free for up …

Tuesday, October 2

Live at Lagunitas: The Front Bottoms | Petaluma
Tuesday, October 2 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: The Front Bottoms | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live summer concert series featuring some amazing bands in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette that would normally play big venues in San Francisco. Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these shows will definitely ...

Wednesday, October 3

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, October 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Monthly Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and many ...

Friday, October 5

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2018 brings San Francisco the 18th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 Three days, six stages, 80 ...

Saturday, October 6

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Saturday | Golden Gate Park

2018 brings San Francisco the 18th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 Three days, six stages, 80 ...

Sunday, October 7

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Sunday | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018: Sunday | Golden Gate Park

2018 brings San Francisco the 18th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 Three days, six stages, 80 ...

2018 Castro Street Fair | SF
Sunday, October 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2018 Castro Street Fair | SF

A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is once again filling the streets of the Castro with several stages of entertainment, unique costumes, art, and food.
Bring a little of your inner freak to the festivities and experience a full day of live music, …

Saturday, October 13

2018 “Life is Living” Fest: Live Music, Theater and Art | Oakland
Saturday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | deFremery Park
2018 "Life is Living" Fest: Live Music, Theater and Art | Oakland

Life is Living is a free celebration of urban life through hip hop, theater, art, talks, intergenerational health and environmental action presented by Youth Speaks.
2018 Life is Living
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 10 am to 7 pm
Lil’ Bobby Hutton Park (DeFremery Park), 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland
FREE

Corgi Con Fall 2018: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Below Cliff House)
Corgi Con Fall 2018: 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 …

2018 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival | Sunset Dist.
Saturday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Outer Noriega
2018 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival | Sunset Dist.

Noriega Street will be home to the 5th Annual Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival (formerly Outer Noriega Street Fair) featuring a slew of live music, live art, and a pumpkin patch too.
2018 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 11 am to 5 …

2018 “Journey to The End Of The Night” | SF
Saturday, October 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but advanced registration is required.
| UN Plaza (McAllister)
2018 "Journey to The End Of The Night" | SF

The galaxy awaits and the chase is on. This will be the twelfth edition of Journey to the End of the Night in San Francisco.
You and your friends are invited to take over the city streets in the name of play, dash down hidden alleys, …

Pier 39 Fall Fireworks Show & 40th Birthday Party | SF
Saturday, October 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39 Fall Fireworks Show & 40th Birthday Party | SF

It’s a celebration four decades in the making.
Please join Pier 39 on Saturday, October 13, 2018 for a night filled with music, fun, and fireworks. Start your evening at the smartwater Stage at the Bay End of Pier 39 with live music at 5pm.
At …

Sunday, October 14

“Napa Live: Inside Out” Music Festival & Crawl Final Day | North Bay
Sunday, October 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over Napa
"Napa Live: Inside Out" Music Festival & Crawl Final Day | North Bay

This one is big –  a music crawl featuring live music in 35 venues, some inside and some outside, and all within walking distance of each other. “Napa Live: Inside Out” Music Festival & Crawl Second Sundays, July 8 – Oct 14 | Noon to 6 ...

Sunday, October 21

Exploratorium Community Free Day | SF
Exploratorium Community Free Day | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly community days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering “pay-what-you-can” admission for all. ...

Wednesday, November 7

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, November 7 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

Monthly Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street waffles come in tasty flavors like TCHO chocolate, maple-bacon, salted caramel and many ...

Sunday, November 11

Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day | 2018
Free National Parks Day: Veterans Day | 2018

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entry to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park and free admission ...

Wednesday, November 14

Historic Pier 45 Movie Night & Free Popcorn “Down Periscope” | SF
Wednesday, November 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| The Triangle at Pier 45
Historic Pier 45 Movie Night & Free Popcorn "Down Periscope" | SF

Movies at the Pier is a free indoor film series presented by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association in the Triangle at Historic Pier 45. Admission is free of charge and includes complimentary popcorn. Drink tickets are available for purchase; no outside beverages are ...

Friday, November 16

2018 Winter Fireworks & Free “Disney on Ice” Show | SF
Friday, November 16 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Justin Herman Plaza
2018 Winter Fireworks & Free "Disney on Ice" Show | SF

Kickstart the holiday season with awesome winter fireworks and enjoy a special free Disney on Ice performance on the outdoor ice rink in Justin Herman Plaza.
After the performance, be sure to stick around for Embarcadero Center’s 32nd Annual Building Lighting Ceremony when more than 17,000 lights illuminate the …

Friday, November 23

The Fairmont’s 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
Friday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
The Fairmont's 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF

For more than a century, The Fairmont San Francisco has enchanted guests with its joyful holiday festivities and exuberant ambiance. Once again, The Fairmont elves are working overtime this season to create the iconic hotel’s unparalleled interior and exterior holiday décor.The Fairmont San Francisco’s famous …

2018 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting | Union Square
Friday, November 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2018 Macy's Great Tree Lighting | Union Square

Macy’s Great Tree in Union Square, San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall, decorated with more than 30,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments, will be officially lit on Friday, November 23, 2018.
29th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
Friday, November 23, 2018 | 6:40 pm
Union …

Wednesday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2018
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2018

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year.
Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum …

Monday, December 31

San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Midnight | 2018/2019
Monday, December 31 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks at Midnight | 2018/2019

Say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the 2019 new year with 200,000 fellow bundled-up San Franciscans for an annual tradition as the city once again hosts a free waterfront midnight fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.
San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Saturday, December 31, 2018 …