Archive for the ‘Free’ Category

Lego Lunchtime Build-a-thon

Build wonderful, amazing things with Legos at the Mountain View Public Library’s Lego Lunchtime Build-a-thon. The free drop-in event with no registration required takes place on every third Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm (upcoming event March 21, 2018).

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041

2018 Blossom Festival

The 2018 Blossom Festival featuring music of the 30’s – 40’s, antique cars, vintage motors, children’s crafts, and craftspeople on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area.

The free event includes:
Live Music
Children’s Activities
Vintage Motor and Farm Vehicles
Vintage Vehicles
Old Films and Historical Figures
Food Trucks
Docent-Led Orchard Tour
Prune & Apricot Tasting
Poetry Reading by Poet Laureates

Saratoga Heritage Orchard
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, 95070


National Pancake Day Celebration

Tuesday (February 27, 2018) participating IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day with a free short stack of pancakes. You will be asked to consider leaving a donation ($5.00) for local charities.

Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.
Find your IHOP here.

IHOP: “There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount. “

IHOP National Pancake Day

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM — Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.

Feathers of Fury 2018

Bring your soft pillow Sunday, February 11, 2018 before noon to the Camera 12 Cinema area for the 8th year of Feathers of Fury: (Valentine’s Day) Weekend Pillow Fight.

Dress up in costume (optional) and bring your feather pillow, a bandana for your mouth (you don’t want to spend the day coughing).

Pillow Fight info:

Wait until the whistle/airhorn signal to begin.
Soft pillows only.
NEVER swing at people without pillows.
Swing lightly as most everyone will be swinging at the same time.
Go outside the “play” area if you don’t want to participate.

This is a free fun event.

Camera 12 Cinema
201 S 2nd Street
San Jose, 95113

New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown

Sunday, December 31, 2017 Christmas in the Park presents a New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown.  This free event begins at 7:00pm and continues until just past midnight. Christmas in the Park is open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 9:00am.

There will be a special family oriented attraction from 7:00-9:00pm, conduct an “East Coast” countdown and then live music until the new year.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Public Transit

Lunchtime Lego

Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm is Lego Time at the Mountain View Public Library. All ages are welcome in the Children’s Room. There will also be Duplos for toddlers.

This free event takes place on every third Wednesday of the month.

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041
(650) 903-6887

Search for Life Beyond Earth

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth? in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College.

Dr. Tarter is a pioneer leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. The 21st century will be the century of biology on our planet.  Dr. Tarter believes that this idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. The techniques we will need are different, depending on whether we are searching for microbes or mathematicians, but both are within reach.

Dr. Jill Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute, serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, is President Emeritus of the Board of the California Academy of Sciences and continues to make groundbreaking contributions to the worlds of science, education, and the arts. Jodie Foster portrayed a fictionalized version of Dr. Tarter in the film Contact.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Parking lots 1 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, 94022
(650) 949-7360

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

Campus Map (PDF) — Smithwick Theater, 1000

Free Drive-In Movie Night in San Jose

Sunday, September 3, 2017 Capitol 6 Drive-In presents Customer Appreciation Night. Gates open at 6:00 pm, there will be activities/events and live music. Movies then start 8:00 pm. All free.

Scheduled movies include:
Despicable Me 2
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Pirates Of The Caribbean
War Of The Planet Of The Apes

Capitol 6 Drive-In
3630 Hillcap Ave
San Jose, 95136

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Gates open 6:00 pm

Admission: Free

Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park 2017

Saturdays in August is Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park.
Movies are free and begin at dusk; about an hour before the film will be fun and games for kids of all ages.  Also, costumes are encouraged – prizes to those who dress on theme.

Bring a blanket or low-chair to sit on.
You may bring your dog if Fido is “dog/people friendly”.
Bring food or purchase something from the food trucks.

August 5 – Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
August 12 – Cars
August 19 – Nacho Libre
August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Saint James Park
2nd Street and St. James Street
San Jose, 95112

Friday Night Bands on the Beach

This summer from June 16 through September 1, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk presents bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s to play free concerts on the beach Friday nights. There will be two shows nightly at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.


June 16 — Eddie Money
June 23 — Brian Howe (Bad Company)
June 30 — Great White
July 7 —  Quiet Riot
July 14 — Blue Öyster Cult
July 21 — Eric Burdon and The Animals
July 28 — Los Lobos
Aug 4 —  Y & T
Aug 11 — Pablo Cruise
Aug 18 — Gin Blossoms
Aug 25 — Band To Be Announced
Sept 1 —  Papa Doo Run Run

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, 95060

Fridays June 16 through September 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Important Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk information:
“Access to the prime seating area begins at 4pm; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped-off areas before 4pm. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority for access to prime seating area.

Please limit blanket size to 3×5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; high-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.

Please keep walkways and stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.

Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a “first-come, first-served” basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590. “

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