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Our List of Free Movies and Concerts 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 SF Bay Area for April and May 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 our Concerts SF Bay Area list!

Concert & Movie Schedule

Concerts SF Bay Area List

Fridays

Free Concerts in SF Bay AreaApril 5 • South First Friday’s Art Walk
South First Street in San Jose CA

Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free monthly art walk on and around First Street in San Jose.

April 13 • Mr. Kind with Split Screens
Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA
Join the terrific local rock group, Mr. Kind, as they perform their delightful tunes for you. The equally great Split Screens open the evening.

April 19 • Spill the Wine at Lilly Mac’s
Lilly Macs Irish Bar in Sunnyvale, CA
Spill the Wine plays party music for your soul! Come out and enjoy a FREE show at Lilly Mac’s. Come for the great food and drinks, stay for the music. Spill the Wine will play all your favorites from the 70’s to today, from the Jackson 5 to Maroon 5!

May 3 • South First Friday’s Art Walk
South First Street in San Jose CA
Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free monthly art walk around First Street. This is a great, recurring event on our Concerts SF Bay Area list!

May 31 • Family Movie Night “Wreck it Ralph”
Atherton Library in Atherton, CA
In “Wreck-it Ralph,” a video-game villain wants to be a hero. 108 minutes, rated PG. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Refreshments provided. May 31, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. For more information, call Atherton Library at 650-328-2422 or email atherton@smcl.org or visit www.smcl.org. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton

Saturdays

Free Concerts SF Bay Area

SF Museum of Craft & Design

April 6 • Grand Opening of the Museum of Craft & Design
Museum of Craft & Design in San Francisco, CA
The Museum of Craft & Design is finally opening its doors to the public during a free Grand Opening community celebration at their permanent location in the Dogpatch on April 6, 2013. Admission is free all day and the schedule includes an opening ceremony, food trucks and family activities.

April 6 • Lute Songs and Solos of the Renaissance
Menlo Park Council Chambers in Menlo Park, CA
Doris Williams, soprano and lute, and Claudia Gantivar, Renaissance recorders, perform. Program presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. April 6, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. For more information, call Roberta Roth at 650-330-2512 or email rlroth@menlopark.org or visit www.menloparklibrary.org. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park

April 13 • San Jose Junior Taiko – Japanese Drums
Redwood City Main Library in Redwood City, CA
Hear the BOOM of the Japanese Drums! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Lots of RWC Library events make it onto our Concerts SF Bay Area list each year.

April 13 • Kevin Mason Hull Concert
Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA
Kevin Mason Hull brings his band of acoustic driven music to Red Rock.

April 27 • Main Stage Concert: A Night at the Opera
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church in Palo Alto
The First Palo Alto United Methodist Church presents “A Night at the Opera,” featuring Gabriela Lena Frank & Nilo Cruz: Journey of the Shadow; Barber: A Hand of Bridge; Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne. With the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. April 27, 8-10 p.m. Free. For more information, call Janas Page at 415-692-3367 or email info@sfchamberorchestra.org or visit www.sfchamberorchestra.org/events/mainstage/.

Free Concerts in SF Bay Area

May 4 Mountain View A la Carte & Art Festival
Downtown Castro Street in Mountain View, CA
The Bay Area’s popular festival circuit officially kicks-off on May 4-5 in Mountain View where bustling, walkable Castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents for the 17th Annual A La Carte & Art. Sensational live music, fine art, cool crafts and festival food. This is a sister event to the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival in September. We’ll remind you of that event on our Concerts SF Bay Area list in September.

Sundays

April 7 • Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day
Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art. The museum is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. Normally $12, the museum is open free for the first Sunday of each month thanks to Target.

April 7 • 2013 Cesar Chavez Celebration, Potluck & Live Music | Oakland
Dover Street Park in Oakland, CA
Join a celebration of farm workers, labor leaders, and civil rights activists at the third annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. There will be live music, speeches, a potluck, food demos and gardening to honor Cesar Chavez.

Mondays

April 8 • 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.” Dana Street hosts this event once each month, so you’ll often find it on ITM’s Concerts SF Bay Area list.

April 29 • Social Dance Event – Cha-Cha
Canada College in Redwood City, CA
Social Dance Event at Canada College. The topic is going to be Cha-cha dance. A special guest instructor will teach a half an hour class to show you the basics when the event starts. The event lasts from 8:30-10:00pm. Everyone from the community is welcome to join. No partner necessary.

May 13 • 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.”

Tuesdays

April 9 • “The Empty Chair” Film Screening
All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, CA

A screening of the documentary “The Empty Chair.” Following the screening, Amnesty Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator Terry McCaffrey and Death Penalty Focus Program Director Ana Zamora will discuss the “next steps” in ending California’s death penalty. April 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information, call Terri at 773-610-8763 or email group19@aivol.org or visit www.facebook.com/AIUSAgroup19 .

April 23 • “Bully” Film & Discussion Panel
Mountain View High School in Mountain View, CA
The MVLA School Speaker Series presents a showing of Lee Hirsch’s 2011 film, “Bully” (PG-13), followed by a discussion moderated by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet (co-founder of My Digital TAT2) and Jack Weinstein (regional director of Facing History), parent educators and experts in bullying prevention. April 23, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Visit mvlabullyfilm.eventbrite.com/

Wednesdays

Free Concerts SF Bay Area

Bettman & Halpin

April 17 • Live in Concert – Bettman & Halpin
Redwood City Main Library in Redwood City.
Bettman & Halpin’s music is new and catchy; an engaging mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with memorable lyrics and killer instrumentation. The two of them raise the roof with their soaring harmonies and foot tapping fiddles. Check it out at http://www.bettmanandhalpin.com FREE.

April 24 •  “Creation” Improv & Works of Lydia Busler-Blais
Campbell Recital Hall in Stanford, CA
Improvisatory horn soloist and composer Lydia Busler-Blais will perform chamber music and solo works for horn, as well as ethnic, lyric and collaborative improvisations. She is joined by Aileen Chanco, piano; Nancy Kromm, soprano; Scott Hartman, horn; Tom Dreiman, percussion; and Jack Chiao, percussion. April 24, 8 p.m. Free. For more information, call Stanford University Music Department at 650-723-3811 or visit music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html. Campbell Recital Hall, 471 Lagunita Dr., Stanford

Thursdays

Free Concerts SF Bay AreaApril 4 • The Canvas Open Mic
Sunnyvale Art Gallery in Sunnvale, CA
Hosted by DJ Daylyte and the Canvas Crew. No Cover, performers sign-up @ 8:00PM. All forms of artistic expression are welcome! 3 song limit

April 18 • The Canvas Open Mic
Sunnyvale Art Gallery in Sunnvale, CA
Hosted by DJ Daylyte and the Canvas Crew. No Cover, performers sign-up @ 8:00PM. All forms of artistic expression are welcome! 3 song limit

May 2 • The Canvas Open Mic
Sunnyvale Art Gallery in Sunnvale, CA
Hosted by DJ Daylyte and the Canvas Crew. No Cover, performers sign-up @ 8:00PM. All forms of artistic expression are welcome! 3 song limit

May 16 • The Canvas Open Mic
Sunnyvale Art Gallery in Sunnvale, CA
Hosted by DJ Daylyte and the Canvas Crew. No Cover, performers sign-up @ 8:00PM. All forms of artistic expression are welcome! 3 song limit

Calling all Artists: If you’re playing a free concert or know of a great film screening, let us know! Add a note 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.

Let us know if you make it to any of the concerts on our Concerts SF Bay Area list! We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.