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

Wednesday, Jul 23 2014

The Lunchbox Project

Silly performance art and propaganda join forces for the "The Lunchbox Project" at the Bites Off Broadway food truck event. You'll be asked to choose sides as the evil, landfill-loving plastic bag monsters get in a tug-of-war with our hero, a reusable lunchbox mascot.

Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at 365 45th St., Oakland. Free; visit

American Tripps 3rd Anniversary Ping Pong Party

Take turns returning serves at this sweaty and fun musical chairs-inspired knockout competition. Forget boring one-on-one table tennis — this is Berlin-style. DJs pace up to 20 players at a time rotating around the table, holding drinks in one hand and paddles in the other.

Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at DSF Clothing Company, 520 Haight St., S.F. $5; visit


All things two-wheeled rule at this free waterfront showcase of vintage, custom, and crazy bikes with cycling daredevil shows. Just about everything is pedal-powered: food, music, and even free ferry rides from S.F. (which are only provided if you're traveling with your bike).

Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Jack London Square, Oakland. Free; visit

Up Your Alley Fair

Is the Folsom Street Fair just a bit too tame for you? Leather rules the day at this annual kink and bondage block party with more than 10,000 "real players" getting filthy in the streets (and probably a bit sore, due to plenty of spanking and whipping).

Sunday, July 27th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dore Alley, S.F. Free but $10 donation encouraged; visit

Visit for a hand-picked list of more fun, free, and cheap things to do in S.F.

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