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The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to do in and Around S.F. This Week 

Tuesday, Sep 30 2014

Bonfire Sessions

Although the evening may end up featuring dinky fire pits instead of a true bonfire, a free concert from fuzzy lo-fi band Best Coast is a treat. Other treats include free "frosty beverages" and (hopefully) free backpacks flung into the crowd from sponsor Jansport.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 5-11 p.m. at SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F. Free but RSVP required; visit

October Fireworks

Fog probably obscured your view of this year's Independence Day fireworks. S.F. makes up for it by celebrating the city's typically awesome fall weather by blasting fireworks over the waterfront every Saturday in October.

Saturdays, Oct. 4-25, 8:30 p.m. at Pier 39, S.F. Free; visit

Bay Area Circus Arts Festival

Hundreds of aerialists, unicyclists, jugglers, and acrobats come together to share their circus skills with you. Learn new tricks, like how to walk a tightrope or crack a whip like Indiana Jones, or let the pros do their thing and watch a Saturday night showcase ($15) of the festival's best.

Oct. 3-5 at Alameda High School, Oak Street and Alameda Avenue, Alameda. All workshops are free; visit

Earth Wall

Get a first look at Andy Goldsworthy's latest nature-inspired art installation during the Presidio Officers' Club reopening celebration. Tucked in the courtyard of a building dating back to 1776 is Earth Wall — a vertical slab of dirt from which emerges a beautiful sphere of eucalyptus branches.

Begins Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. and continues through Oct. 5 at Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F. Free; visit

Visit for a hand-picked list of more fun, free, and cheap things to do in S.F.

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