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

Tuesday, Aug 26 2014

Drive-in Movie Night

Cram your car full of friends and drive to Concord or San Jose for a free night of double features and $1 nachos at the Bay Area's two remaining old school drive-in movie theaters. Although the films are recent releases (like Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the experience is pure 1970s.

Thursday, Aug. 28, dusk. 1161 Solano Way, Concord, or 3630 Hillcap Ave., San Jose. Free; visit

Shakespeare in the Park

As if we needed another excuse to bring a blanket and picnic in the Presidio, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival puts on seven free afternoon shows of The Taming of the Shrew.

Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, Aug. 30-Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Presidio Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, S.F. Free; visit

Down with the King

Everything Jacko, Jacksons and The Jackson 5 is fair game for Motown on Mondays Djs, who are spinning all MJ all night to honor the late pop king's birthday. The evening starts with a screening of Captain EO and Thriller, followed by a one-hour open bar to get your insides lubed for a long night of moonwalking.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F. Free before 11 p.m. with RSVP; visit

"Hiero Day"

Hip-hop heroes Hieroglyphics throw down the beats for an all-day block party celebrating Oakland with a lineup of nearly 30 artists and DJs, plus a skateboard contest and slam dunk exhibition.

Monday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden St., Oakland. Free with RSVP; visit

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

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