Free music, free exhibits, even free doughnuts! Freely enjoy your Arts/Culture/Weekend:
BAM/PFA // It's the first Thursday of the month, which means you can visit the public galleries of the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive at no charge. DETAILS: 11am - 5pm, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. COST: Free.
Yerba Buena Fest // The Family Crest is one of my favorite local bands. They have a free lunchtime show today. It's part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. I'm offering a money-back guarantee if you don't like this performance. DETAILS: 12:30 - 1:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens, 4th & Mission, San Francisco. COST: Free.
National Donut Day // Stop by a Krispy Kreme location in the East Bay and get a free doughnut. They'll probably even give you one if you spell it "donut." Doh! DETAILS: Check for participating Krispy Kreme stores. COST: Free.
Book Event // Quick: how many "islands" are in San Francisco Bay? Photographer James Martin says there are 48. He'll explain in a presentation based on his book. DETAILS: 2pm, SF Public Library, Visitation Valley branch, 201 Leland Ave. San Francisco. COST: Free.
Free Folk Fest // The 37th Annual Free Folk Festival takes place this weekend in San Francisco. There are scores of workshops and performances on Saturday and Sunday. KALW will have a table near the entrance. "Folk Music & Beyond" host Joann Mar will be working the table early Saturday afternoon, and I take over mid-afternoon. Stop and pick up a bumper sticker or program guide on your way to one of the events. DETAILS: Saturday & Sunday, noon - 10pm, Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave., San Francisco. COST: Free - but donations are welcome.
Open Studios // East Bay Open Studios takes place this weekend. The Oakland Tribune says it's "One of the best forums around for Bay Area artists and art lovers to meet." DETAILS: Various locations. See website for a directory. COST: Free.