San Francisco Bay Area: Free Things To Do

San Francisco Christmas Day 2014: What’s Open

Christmas in San Francisco

If you're looking for something to do or someplace to go on Christmas Day (December 25, 2014), you'll find many venues and merchants closed for the holiday. So here's a list of savvy suggestions for things to do, … [Read more...]

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences Coupon

Cal Academy of Sciences Discount Tickets $5 Off + Skip The Line. Free Days. Discount Tickets -- California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, has so much to offer we want to go again and again. … [Read more...]

Museum Free First Weekends

Adler Planetarium

Free First Weekends Museum Admission  - BofA Museums On Us. Many museums across the United States open their doors free during the first full weekend of every month for anyone who carries a Bank of America or Merrill … [Read more...]

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum Coupon Deal

The Bay Area Discovery Museum deal has just been updated. The museum runs these occasional daily deals like the one below, with prices starting at $12 for two admission tickets. So if you know you're looking for a fun … [Read more...]

AAA Tipsy Tow on Holidays: Free

AAA Tipsy Tow New Year's Eve

The American Automobile Association (AAA) runs their holiday Free Tipsy Tow Home service on most holidays and big events (including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence … [Read more...]

Free Cab Rides Home on Holidays

Free Cab Ride Home Bay Area

If you live in San Francisco or Sacramento, you can get a "Safe and Sober" Free Cab Ride Home on certain holidays, courtesy of Berg Injury Lawyers. The Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program now has a cap of $35. That … [Read more...]

The Exploratorium


Ticket Offers and Free Days for The Exploratorium in San Francisco. The Exploratorium offers a few ways to save on tickets. It's not easy to find these, but I've got  you covered. Your choices include tickets for $4 … [Read more...]

U.S. National Parks Free Days

National Parks Free Admission

More than 100 U.S parks that normally charge fees offer free admission on certain weekends in 2014, according to The National Park Service. The next fee free day is January 19, 2015: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Follow … [Read more...]

CuriOdyssey Museum: Free + Deals

CuriOdyssey Deal

One of my favorite Bay area Museums is CuriOdyssey, in San Mateo. CuriOdyssey is a kid-friendly environmental science and wildlife center housing more than 50 non-releasable animals native to the area. What else is there … [Read more...]

Tech Museum of Innovation: 50% Off


The Tech Museum in San Jose is all about innovation, with more than 240 hands-on science and technology exhibits and galleries. It's a hands-on experience of interest to people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum -- … [Read more...]

Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center: Free


The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is not only a great side-trip for San Francisco visitors, it's a popular layover for sick and injured sea lions, along with those who just need a little R&R. Animal lovers of all … [Read more...]

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Days

Conservatory of Flowers Tickets

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco offers free admission every first Tuesday of every month. And if you're a resident of San Francisco City or San Francisco County, you can get a break on the … [Read more...]

de Young Museum Tickets + Free Days

de Young Museum San Francisco

The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park offers a few ways to save on visits from time to time, from daily deals to attraction passes. Plus, the de Young museum also offers a few ways to enjoy free … [Read more...]

San Francisco Zoo: Free Days + Coupon


The San Francisco Zoo sometimes offer ways to save, including a coupon for a free child ticket with one paid adult. And they also have a few free days for San Francisco locals coming up. Children under 3 years old always … [Read more...]

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Free

Union Street Holiday Lights

No holiday lights listing would be complete without San Francisco's Union Street Fantasy of Lights event (December 6, 2014). The annual Union Street holiday program kicks off a month long celebration of holiday … [Read more...]

Golden Gate Park Band Concerts: Free

gg Band

The Golden Gate Park Band free summer concerts have been entertaining Bay Area music lovers for years on summer Sunday afternoons at the Spreckles Temple of Music in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. This … [Read more...]

SF Botanical Garden: Free Days + Deals

San Francisco Botanical Garden GG Park

San Francisco Botanical Garden, in Golden Gate Park, offers free admission for San Francisco residents, but nonresidents have options, too. For example, free admission days take place the second Tuesdays of every month … [Read more...]

Legion of Honor

Legion Of Honor

The Legion of Honor, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, offers free admission on the first Tuesdays of each month, and if you have a Bank of America of Merrill Lynch Card, you can also get in free the first weekends of … [Read more...]

Vintage Paper Fair: Free

vintage cars

The Vintage Paper Fair offers a fun trip back in time through printed paper collectibles. The event is free in several California cities (March - November 2014) -- Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Glendale, San Francisco, and … [Read more...]

Young Eagles: Kids Fly Planes — Free

Young Eagles Teen program

Want to get your 8 to 17-year-olds away from the remote or video game? Sign them up for the Young Eagles program in a city near you and let them take to the sky and man the joystick -- for free. The Young Eagles program, … [Read more...]

Sonoma Vineyards: Free Self-Guided Tours

Wine Tour

A walk in Sonoma vineyards. Did you know you can take a stroll through the vines at several Sonoma wineries? These complimentary self-guided vineyard tours are about a mile long and are appropriate for all … [Read more...]

San Francisco 1st Thursdays Art: Free

San Francisco First Thursday Art

Many San Francisco art galleries stay open late every first Thursday of the month for a casual open house. The SF Thursday Night Gallery Strolls offers a great opportunity to meet local artists, drink wine, soak up the … [Read more...]

Asian Art Museum


San Francisco's Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. A walk through their Asian doorway transports you through 6,000 years of history, and across seven … [Read more...]

Walking Tours of San Francisco: Free

San Francisco Painted Ladies Alamo Square Park

In San Francisco you can sign up for lots of free walking tours of the city given by local volunteers who love the City, its history, lore and legends and are always ready to share it all with you. The San Francisco City … [Read more...]

Dragon Boat Lessons in Foster City: Free

Dragon Boat

The Bay Area Dragons offer FREE dragon boat lessons every Saturday at 10:30 am in Foster City. They provide the life jackets, paddles, boats, and expert coaching. A dragon boat is a 44 foot canoe that seats 20 paddlers. … [Read more...]

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Free Days + Discounts

CJM San Francisco

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is now free on the first Tuesday of every month. On other days, CJM offers several free tours with the price of admission, including a teen led tour and one you can listen … [Read more...]

Berkeley Art Museum: Free Days + Deals

Berkeley Art Museum

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Every First Thursday of every month you can enjoy free admission. And on some Friday Nights, … [Read more...]

Oakland Museum of California: Free


The Oakland Museum of California is free on the first Sunday of every month. Around since 1969, OMCA tells the story of California with the intention of providing a “museum for the people.” The Oakland Museum of … [Read more...]

Museum of American Heritage: Free


If you're in Palo Alto and looking for something fun to do, here's a family-friendly idea for tech/history buffs and those who appreciate the value of vintage. The Museum of American Heritage showcases the historic … [Read more...]

Tulipmania at PIER 39: Free


Tulipmania (February 14 - 22, 2015) is a free event that features lush displays of tulips on both levels of PIER 39. You can also join one of the free guided tulip tours that begin at 10am every morning. While you're … [Read more...]

SF Chamber Orchestra Family Concerts: Free


The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra hosts a family concert series every year to introduce kids to classical music. These performances are fun and free for the whole family. Check out the current schedule for updates … [Read more...]

Habitot Children’s Museum: Free Days + 50% Off Deal

Habitot Children's Museum Discount Tickets

Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley -- Deals Deals Deals. If you have little children, Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley is probably on your list of places to visit in the Bay Area. The museum offers a few … [Read more...]

Temescal Street Cinema: Free

Temescal Street Cinema

The Annual Temescal Street Cinema, in Oakland, features locally made films and live music. The free movie viewing takes place every Thursday night in June and July. The outdoor movies are free and so is the popcorn. … [Read more...]

Seward Slides: Free Old-Fashioned Fun


When life is sliding out of control, there's only one thing to do: out-slide it--and the Seward Slides Minipark is just the place. You'll whoosh down so fast you'll land on your butt, probably in a pile of cardboard left … [Read more...]

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

Calistoga Tractor Parade

Honk if you love Calistoga at Christmas time! For quirky small town fun, you can't beat the annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade (December 6, 2014), presented by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. Calistoga, part of … [Read more...]

Leap Sandcastle Contest: Free


Leap’s Sandcastle Contest will take place November 11, 2014 at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Take a barefoot walk south of the Cliff House and you'll find 400-square-foot plots in the sand showcasing 25 original … [Read more...]

PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration


Locals and tourists alike won't want to miss San Francisco's PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration (November 22 & 23, 2014) as it magically lights up the holiday season in San Francisco. The event is free and a fun … [Read more...]

San Rafael Parade of Lights + Winter Wonderland

San Rafael Parade of Lights

This year's San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland is a free event that will take place the two days after Thanksgiving (November 28 - 29, 2014). The parade is one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay … [Read more...]

San Carlos Art & Wine Faire: Free

San Carlos Art Wine

The annual San Carlos Art & Wine Faire (October 11 - 12, 2014) features 275 fine artists, fine wine, live entertainment on 3 stages, a Classic Car show, and Family Fun Zone. Enjoy the festival food and grab a … [Read more...]

Bicycle Music Festival: Free

Bicycle Music Festival

The Bicycle Music Festival, now in Oakland, is a 100% bicycle-powered musical celebration (October 11, 2014). The free all-day event that used to be held on Summer Soltice has changed it's date and location this year to … [Read more...]

Rockridge Out & About Street Festival

Rockridge Out About

Oakland's Rockridge Out & About Street Festival is happening again in North Oakland’s famed Rockridge neighborhood (October 12, 2014).  The stage is set for musicians, street performers, fashion shows, lifestyle … [Read more...]

Biketoberfest: Free + $5 Off Beer


The Biketoberfest in Fairfax CA (October 11, 2014) features bikes, beer, and food. The free event includes a Cargo Bike Jubilee, vintage bike show, live music, 40 Beers from 24 West Coast brewers, celebrity road and … [Read more...]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Free


If you like big outdoor music bashes, check out Harldy Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park (October 3 - 5, 2014). The free festival features bands on four stages throughout the park. You'll find the … [Read more...]

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival: Free

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Fest

The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival (October 18 - 19, 2014), in Half Moon Bay, will draw unbelievbable crowds of Bay Area folks willing to fight the terrible traffic just to see the giant pumpkins parade down Main … [Read more...]

Bernal Heights Fiesta on the Hill: Free

Fiesta On The Hill

Fiesta on the Hill (October 26, 2014) is a community based, high-profile and energetic Festival with an attendance of over 20,000 friends and neighbors from San Francisco‘s Bernal Heights area, neighboring communities … [Read more...]

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 2013

The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival in San Francisco (September 13 - 14, 2014) is a delicious event that's free to attend, although you have to pay for food, wine and chocolate tasting. The free festival activities … [Read more...]

SF Opera in The Park (Golden Gate Park)

Opera in Golden Gate Park

This year's free annual Opera in the Park  concert in Golden Gate Park will take place on September 7, 2014. This event celebrates the opening of San Francisco Opera's 92st season with stars from the fall operas, … [Read more...]

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: Free

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

The 43rd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival (September 6 - 7, 2014) is a free event expected to draw more than 200,000 arts lovers to Silicon Valley’s epicenter. Check out the Kids Park and Salsa Sunday … [Read more...]

International Dragon Boat Festival: Free

International Dragon Boat Festival San Franisco

The San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island (September 20 - 21, 2014) is the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. The event hosts more than 130 dragon boat teams and … [Read more...]

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: Free

Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival

The 34th annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, at Santa Clara's 52-acre Central Park (September 13 - 14, 2014), will feature fine wines and mico-brews, international foods, local artists, live entertainment on … [Read more...]