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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.

Saturday, July 21

SF’s Filipino Night Market Returns | 2018 Kickoff
Saturday, July 21 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required for the indoor portion. Donations are appreciated.
| 401 Minna St. (SF)
SF's Filipino Night Market Returns | 2018 Kickoff

Inspired by the vibrant night markets of Asia, Undiscovered is a free monthly music and food festival and curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of SF’s new SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District.
July 2018 highlights: Q-Bert & Shortkut special 2×4 set, plus …

Sunday, July 22

San Francisco Symphony’s Free Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated
| Stern Grove
San Francisco Symphony's Free Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) returns for its annual free summer performance at the Stern Grove Festival.
Since its inaugural concert in 1938, the San Francisco Symphony has graced the Festival stage offering world-class performances every year for free to the public. An Emmy Award and …

Monday, July 23

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free The Soul Rebels Concert | Petaluma
Monday, July 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free The Soul Rebels Concert | 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, July 25

Summer Outdoor Movie Night at the Pier: “Down Periscope” | SF
Wednesday, July 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Pier 45
Summer Outdoor Movie Night at the Pier: "Down Periscope" | SF

Movies at the Pier is a 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 allowed. Attendees ...

Saturday, July 28

Pedalfest 2018: Bike Stunts, Whymcycles & Unicycle Lessons | Oakland
Saturday, July 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Pedalfest 2018: Bike Stunts, Whymcycles & Unicycle Lessons | Oakland

Pedalfest is a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food and family.
Join everyone at Jack London Square for a day of bicycle shenanigans, an amphibious bike race, dare-devil stunts, art bikes, and live music on a pedal-powered stage and the most amazing collection of bicycles to …

Sunday, July 29

San Francisco Ballet in the Park | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Stern Grove
San Francisco Ballet in the Park | Stern Grove Festival

San Francisco Ballet, led by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, returns to Stern Grove Festival with artists of the Company performing a selection of works from their current repertory for their annual free performance at Stern Grove
Renowned for its incomparable level of innovation, the San Francisco …

Tuesday, July 31

Live at Lagunitas: Wild Child | Petaluma
Tuesday, July 31 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Wild Child | 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, August 1

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, August 1 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One Café
Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF

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, August 5

Space Fest 2018: Moon Walk Astronaut Guests & Space Exhibits | North Bay
Sunday, August 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Space Station Museum
Space Fest 2018: Moon Walk Astronaut Guests & Space Exhibits | North Bay

The Space Station Museum in Novato holds its free annual Space Fest 2018 where you’ll get to meet legendary astronauts who have actually walked on the Moon.
The event is free to the general public. In addition to the astronaut guests, come see their museum’s exhibits, plus numerous …

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force : Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 5 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated
| Stern Grove
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force : Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Femi Kuti is the heart and soul of modern Afrobeat. Femi’s father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, created the style— a blend of traditional Nigerian drum patterns, the smooth groove of highlife and American soul, funk and R&B—and took it to the world, inspiring people with insistent dance …

Monday, August 6

Live at Lagunitas: tune-yards | Petaluma
Monday, August 6 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: tune-yards | 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 ...

Tuesday, August 7

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free King Tuff Concert | Petaluma
Tuesday, August 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free King Tuff Concert | 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 ...

Sunday, August 12

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

“Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes”: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 12 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated
| Stern Grove
"Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes": Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival

Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock n’ roll in the 1960s. For these qualities and more, …

Monday, August 13

Live at Lagunitas: The Soul Rebels | Petaluma
Monday, August 13 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: The Soul Rebels | 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 ...

Saturday, August 18

Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party 2018 | SF
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party 2018 | SF

Get ready to party with 20,000+ summer lovin’ people at this delicious summer feast and street party over three blocks, typically with two stages of alt-indie bands and DJs curated by Noisepop, and food and drinks from some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, businesses, and artisans and a …

Sunday, August 19

Stern Grove Festival 2018 Finale: Prince’s “The Revolution” | SF
Sunday, August 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2018 Finale: Prince's "The Revolution" | SF

Head to the beautiful Stern Grove for the 2018 finale concert of the Stern Grove Festival featuring The Revolution, Prince’s iconic band from the mid-80s.
The Revolution—Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark and Dr. Fink—is most commonly known as the band behind the music icon, …

Monday, August 20

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free Lauren Ruth Ward Concert | Petaluma
Monday, August 20 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free Lauren Ruth Ward Concert | 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 ...

Monday, August 27

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free Son Little Concert | Petaluma
Monday, August 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free Son Little Concert | 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 ...

Tuesday, August 28

Live at Lagunitas: King Tuff | Petaluma
Tuesday, August 28 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: King Tuff | 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, August 29

Summer Outdoor Movie Night at the Pier Final Day: “Princess Bride” | SF
Wednesday, August 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Pier 45
Summer Outdoor Movie Night at the Pier Final Day: "Princess Bride" | SF

Movies at the Pier is a 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 allowed. Attendees ...

Tuesday, September 4

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free Big Thief Concert | Petaluma
Tuesday, September 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free Big Thief Concert | 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 ...

Sunday, September 9

“Napa Live: Inside Out” Music Festival & Crawl | North Bay
Sunday, September 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over Napa
"Napa Live: Inside Out" Music Festival & Crawl | 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 ...

Monday, September 10

Live at Lagunitas: Lauren Ruth Ward | Petaluma
Monday, September 10 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Lauren Ruth Ward | 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 ...

Tuesday, September 11

“Lagunitas Live”: RSVPs Open for Free The Front Bottoms Concert | Petaluma
Tuesday, September 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
"Lagunitas Live": RSVPs Open for Free The Front Bottoms Concert | 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 ...

Sunday, September 16

2018 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Robin Williams Meadow (Sharon Meadow)
2018 "Comedy Day in the Park" Free Festival | Golden Gate Park

If you like lounging in the park, laughing your ass off with the distant smell of pot wafting through the air, then the 38th Annual Comedy Day might be the best way for you to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The biggest single-day comedy event of the …

Monday, September 17

Live at Lagunitas: Son Little | Petaluma
Monday, September 17 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: Son Little | 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 ...

Saturday, September 22

Smithsonian’s 14th Annual Free Museum Day | 2018
Saturday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
Smithsonian's 14th Annual Free Museum Day | 2018

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day. 2018 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 22, 2018 Participating Bay Area Museums FREE, but a ticket is required(download begins at midnight on August ...

The Exploratorium’s Community Free Saturday | Pier 15
The Exploratorium's Community Free Saturday | Pier 15

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. ...

Tuesday, September 25

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 ...

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 …

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 ...

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, seven stages, over ...

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, seven stages, over ...

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, seven stages, over ...

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. ...

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 entrance to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park and free admission ...

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 …

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 …