Our List of Free Movies and Concerts in SF Bay Area

Living in the SF Bay Area, we’re so lucky to have access to free weekly concerts! Here’s my updated list of free movies and concerts in SF Bay Area for February and March 2013.

Calling all Artists: If you’re playing a free concert or know of a great film screening, let us know in the comments so we can add you to the list!

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Tango Trio - Concerts in SF Bay Area

Tango Trio Concert

February 15 • Tango Trio Concert
Sunnyvale Art Gallery in Sunnyvale, CA.
Try this fun, local cafe! “Enjoy an evening of concert tango with Tango Trio. They will be playing new tango compositions. Come and listen–move if inspired! Master accordionist Gianfranco will jam out with Nancy at the piano and Griff on violin and viola.”

March 1 • Free Concert with Conversation with Classical Guitarist, David Russell
Community Music Center in San Francisco.
“The Community Music Center presents world-class classical guitarist David Russell in a free, community concert. Russell resides in Spain, where he has been influenced musically and celebrated with many an honor, including a concert hall and a street with his name. The guitarist has released numerous recordings, toured internationally and received a long list of prestigious awards. “One of the most prolific and acclaimed classical guitarists performing today.”

March 8 • The Chocolate Heads with Special Guest William Parker

Chocolate Heads Concerts in SF Bay Area

The Chocolate Heads

Bing Concert Hall in Stanford (Palo Alto).
The Chocolate Heads is a “movement driven band” composed of Stanford student dancers, musicians, and visual and spoken-word artists, under the direction of Dance Division faculty member and choreographer Aleta Hayes. The wildly inventive, genre-mashing collective shares the Bing stage with bassist and kindred spirit William Parker.


February 2 • SF Opera Movie Screening: Carmen for Families
Community Music Center in San Francisco.
Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart. Community Music Center’s seating is extremely limited with priority given to CMC students and their families; remaining seats will be first-come, first serve. 

February 9 • “A Prelude to Valentine’s Day” with Jarring Sounds

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.
“San Francisco Renaissance Voices’ Lutenist Adam Cockerham dazzled our Berkeley Festival and Exhibition of Early Music audiences this past summer with his virtuosic playing. Together he and American Bach Soloists’ Mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah, form the duo Jarring Sounds and present this FREE concert of music from the 15th through the 20th Centuries for voice and plucked instruments as part of a series of ten free concerts for Seventh Avenue Performances 10th Anniversary Celebration – no tickets or reservations are required, just come and enjoy the concert!”


February 17 • Free Sunday Afternoon Piano Recitalist Concert
Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek.
“The Performing Arts Society’s Recitalist’s Concert February 17th will feature performances of solo piano works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Prokofieff, and others.”

February 24 • Houston Jones Band
San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio.
“Though they are a band who is well known as a local favorite, Houston Jones is also considered to be one of the finest groups performing in the Americana genre. Their original songs, performed with a tasteful mix of acoustic and electric instruments, seem to have just the right blend of folk, blues and country elements. Everybody loves them.” – Music Near the Hearth”


February 11 • Ukulele Jam
Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View.
Price of admission is one coffee. “Join us Every 2nd Monday of Every Month for a ukulele jam from 7pm till 9pm. Next jam – Monday February 1th. Put together by The Ukulele Club of Silicon Valley (UCSV), this monthly good time has something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. In their words, “We are a fun group that welcomes all levels and encourages everyone. We have jammers without ukes that come to sing. We have mostly ukes; but, we have a couple of guitars and welcome all instruments and anyone who wants to have fun.” So come on down, whether you want to play or sing along…or just watch”


None yet. Let us know if you have potential concerts in SF Bay Area to add!


February 13 • ZunZun – Music of the Americas
Fair Oaks Library in Redwood City.
ZunZun’s energetic and beautiful music is joyfully contagious! 


February 21 •  Movies for School Age Children: ParaNorman
San Mateo Public Library in San Mateo.
“Come see the animated zombie movie “ParaNorman” on our 7.5 x 10 foot big screen. The movie is rated PG and lasts 92 minutes. Free popcorn from Whole Foods.”

February 21 • What’s The T? Premiere Screening
New People Cinema in San Francisco.
“”What’s The T” is a documentary that explores the challenges, successes, and lives of five transgender women. These women represent normality and abnormality, seamlessly in their daily efforts to achieve a balance of feminine and masculine. As the day may require, they are beyond and within the stereotypical male-to-female that has been told before…It is a Celebration.”

March 14 • The Chancellor’s Concert Series at Mission Bay
Genentech Hall Atrium in San Francisco.
“The Ives Quartet featuring violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz, and cellist Stephen Harrison peform Tchaikovsky’s “Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11″ in the Genentech Hall Atrium. Please, note this is an open lobby and not a traditional concert hall. There will be people walking through the area. General public will need I.D. and check in at the UCSF security desk in Genentech Hall.”

Calling all Artists: If you’re playing a free concert or know of a great film screening, let us know in the comments so we can add you to the list! We really want to get the word out about our free movies and concerts SF Bay Area list.