Things to Do for Free in the Bay Area – Spring & Summer Edition

Need a cheap date or family outing?  Below I’ve compiled a list of free things to do in the Bay Area.

Movie in the Park

Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, San Mateo, and San Francisco are a few cities to host free movies in the park.  A quick Google search will help you figure out event dates and times.

Art & Wine Festival

Again another quick Google search will help to figure out when each city will host their art & wine festival.  Entry is free and usually live music is playing in the background.


The Bay Area offers lots of hiking trails from walking along a flat shoreline at Shoreline Park to an intense climb with vista views like Mission Peak in Fremont.  Some of my favorite hikes have been through Muir Woods, Mount Diablo, and Big Basin.

Street Fairs and Festivals in San Francisco

If you’re an extrovert and thrive in a social setting, definitely check out one of the many free street fairs and festivals that San Francisco hosts throughout the spring and summer months.  There’s lots of music, culture, and plenty of moments to mingle.

The Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco hosts free Sunday concerts from 2pm – 4:30pm, and is on a first come first serve basis.  Definitely check out their site for the concert schedule.

4th of July Fireworks

The Bay Area hosts many free fireworks shows and parades all throughout the Bay.




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