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.
It was fun getting to watch Star Wars with a live symphony. It’s definitely a cool experience, and one that is very family friendly. I saw lots of families with small kids so for a kid appropriate movie, I definitely recommend the experience.
So the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to San Francisco this October through May of next year. Pre-sale tickets started on Tuesday and today tickets have officially opened to the public. Well, I didn’t get tickets on Tuesday like I’d hoped and then tried again on Wednesday with no luck. But today, I tried one more time and finally scored some tickets! Woohoo!
I can’t believe how far out I have to wait for the show though. Most of the early months have already been sold out so I just randomly clicked on available dates for May 2020 and I got the tickets that I wanted. Ok, so I’m not a crazy die hard Harry Potter fan, although I did line up at midnight for the release of book 7, but I wasn’t willing to spend more than the cheapest seats available. For those interested, go get tickets!
So my husband and I saw Ken Jeong’s comedy show in Stockton last night. We saw Kevin Hart last year and Fluffy the year before that. Ken Jeong’s show happened to pop up in my Inbox so we gave him a chance.
He’s pretty hilarious. If you don’t know who he is, he’s in all the Hangover movies and the latest movie, Crazy Rich Asians. Last night his show was pretty much the same thing as his Netflix special except the audience kept heckling him so much that it turned impromptu. Toward the end he let the audience ask him medically related questions, which he responded in a roast.
I was surprised to see a diverse crowd thinking I’d mostly see Asians, but I was wrong. It was a mixed crowd of hecklers. The venue itself is beautiful though, which so happens to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Just look at the picture below, drop dead gorgeous.
I am so glad to be seeing Asian Americans doing comedy. We only have a few famous ones out there – to name a few there’s Ali Wong, Jo Koy, Hasan Minaj, and Aziz Ansari. Thank goodness for Netflix or else we wouldn’t know of these great comedians!
Did anyone else see BLACKPINK’s performance on Good Morning America and the Stephen Colbert Show?!
Apparently, they announced on The Stephen Colbert show their first ever North American tour, which I just checked and am bummed to know they aren’t headed to the Bay Area. Also, most of their shows are on a Wednesday night, which isn’t something my husband and I can easily take off since we have jobs and other responsibilities.
For those interested in seeing them perform, below are their tour dates:
April 17 — The Forum, Los Angeles, California
April 24 — Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
April 27 — Firstontario Centre Hamilton, Ontario
May 1 — Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
May 5 — Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
May 8 — Forth Worth convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Don’t forget that they’re also performing in Coachella. Unfortunately, those tickets are already sold out though.
We had so much fun at the Winner concert yesterday. They are so good live! For those who don’t know, Winner is currently on their North American tour. I believe their first stop was Seattle before making their way down to San Francisco. Boy oh boy it was another long drive into the city. What should only be a 45 minute drive took 90 minutes, which ruined our chances for having dinner in the city. Nonetheless, the concert was great!
These past few years I’ve really gotten into Kpop. My initial intro to it all was after watching Big Bang’s concert on Dramafever. I’m not Korean, I don’t speak Hangul, but I’ve somehow caught on to the Hallyu wave. Thankfully Crush had a concert in San Jose and my husband and I were able to see him perform. Let me just tell you, he’s pretty awesome live! He has such a great voice and his music style is pretty much our genre – soul and R&B. I’m looking forward to more shows next year, and hopefully we get to see some kpop artists head our way.