You can’t say the word free without smiling and there are so many free things coming up this month that you’ll be grinning like a Halloween jack-o’-lantern. It’s Kids Free San Diego time with a long list of deals and you can see a wide range of entertainment during the Binge Free Festival, plus you can sample food and get your car washed for free and that’s just the start.
Specialty Restaurants Corporation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by offering the Dave’s Margarita for 60 cents on Thursday, Oct. 11, in honor of company founder David Tallichet, at all its eateries, including The Reef in Long Beach, Orange Hill in Orange, Luminarias in Monterey Park and Castaway in Burbank and San Bernardino. The offer is good with the purchase of an appetizer or entree and there is a limit of two Dave’s Margaritas per person. The restaurants will also be offering a 1958 Throwback Menu Monday, Oct. 8, through Oct. 21. For more locations, information and reservations, call 714-279-6100 or go to www.specialtyrestaurants.com.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill has revamped Taco Tuesday by offering the Original Fish Taco paired with any beer for $5. The deal includes Mexican and craft beers. To find a Rubio’s near you and for more information, go to www.rubios.com.
Santa Monica Playhouse is presenting the Third Annual Binge Free Festival Oct. 15 through Nov. 12. There will be a range of productions, including comedies, dramas, Shakespearean works, Halloween themed plays, magic acts and children’s theater, as well as workshops. Admission is free, only reservations are required. The theater is at 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. For the list of shows and to make reservations, call 310-974-9779, Ext. 1 or go to www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Prehistoric OC will return to Ralph B. Clark Regional Park 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The free event explores the county’s history, prehistory and Native American culture through fossils, artifacts and activities. The park is at 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. For more information, call 714-973-3170 or go to www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph.
Credit Karma will offer free “Karwashes” 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the La Cienega Car Wash. There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to speak with Credit Karma Auto experts about how to get the most value out of your car. The car wash is at 1907 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, go to www.creditkarma.com.
The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, at the Santa Monica Civic Lot and East Wing. The free show will feature a wealth of alternative fuel vehicles for you to see, learn about and drive. There will also be panels on urban planning, mass transit, energy generation, sustainable lifestyle choices and more. The location is 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. For more information, go to www.altcarexposocal.com.
More than 100 hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, tours and transportation companies are participating in Kids Free San Diego through Oct. 31. The event includes free admission to places like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo and the California Surf Museum, free meals or gifts at hotels, free meals at restaurants, free tours of Petco Park and more. For a list of participants, terms and more information, go to www.sandiego.org/kidsfree.
Anaheim GardenWalk will hold the Chef Challenge cook-off 2-5:15 p.m. on Oct. 14, along with Art on the Walk. Register at 2 p.m. to sample each restaurant’s signature dish for free while supplies last and then vote for your favorite. In addition to the cuisine, there will be art displays, children’s activities, live music and more. The free festival will be at 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim. For more information, go to www.anaheimgardenwalk.com.