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

Wednesday, Jul 9 2014

17th Annual Mongolian Naadam Festival

Explore the culture and heritage of Mongolia at this annual folk music, dance, and food celebration. Most people come to see the traditional Mongolian wrestling, along with demonstrations of archery and tug-of-war.

Saturday, July 12, noon-5 p.m. at Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park. $5 adults, kids free.

Beast Crawl

The East Bay's underground answer to Litcrawl, Beast Crawl is a one-night roving literary festival in Uptown Oakland. Bars, restaurants, and local galleries are taken over by more than a hundred writers for an evening of readings, poetry slams, and open mics.

Saturday, July 12, 5-9 p.m. at various locations in Uptown Oakland. Free; visit

"City of Awesome"

When hundreds of people are asked to draw self-portraits of themselves "adding to the awesomeness of San Francisco," you get the "City of Awesome" — a crowd-sourced art show of collages by Todd Berman that captures San Francisco as we know it could be.

Thursday, July 10, 4-7 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, Room 268. Free; visit

"You Are Hear" Free SFO Music Festival

SFO tries to make the busy summer travel season a bit less stressful with "You Are Hear" — a weekly concert series run simultaneously at each of the airport's four terminals. Expect mellow grooves from top flight bands like the Marcus Shelby Trio and the Magik*Magik Ensemble.

Every Friday through Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Terminals 1, 2, 3, and International Terminal, SFO. Free; visit

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