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Thursday, May 4

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF
Thursday, May 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Phoenix Hotel
First Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF

The Phoenix Hotel hosts Daylighted Inc for a First Thursday art opening showing great artworks while enjoying drinks, snacks, and good people. Free, but an RSVP is required. You can also get the VIP for $10 which includes 2 drinks. Whether you come to enjoy the ...

New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.
Thursday, May 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Artists' Television Access
New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.

The Bay Area’s only Open Screening for up and coming filmmakers takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Artists’ Television Access in the Mission. Come enjoy a supportive community of filmmakers and see your work on the big screen. Feel free to ...

Friday, May 5

Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco
Timbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco

Come down to Timbuk2 Factory and Headquarters for a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at the product design, marketing, and of course the (spoiler alert) office gong, disco ball and kegerator. Free tours take place at 11 am on the First Friday of the month, and tickets are required. Tours are ...

Rotunda Dance Series: Ruth Asawa | SF City Hall
Friday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Ruth Asawa | SF City Hall
Come and watch a dazzling performance from the students of San Francisco School of the Arts World Music and Dance Programs. Rotunda Dance Series: Ruth Asawa Friday, May 5, 2017 | 12 pm San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Pl., SF FREE
“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, May 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, May 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held ...

2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series: “(Re)actions” | Hayes Valley
Friday, May 5 – 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE | Proxy SF
2017 Proxy Spring Outdoor Film Series:

Spring has sprung; time to get out, get together and be heard. The Spring Series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting March 31. Truth, post-truth, politics and social upheaval—this year’s series explores the present moment through humor, pointed observation, ...

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower | 2017
Friday, May 5 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower | 2017
Set your alarm and get up before dawn to witness the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. In 2016, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquarid meteors to light up the predawn darkness on May 5 and 6. It should be a good year for this ...

Saturday, May 6

2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission Dist., SF FREE The celebration ...
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

“Nightlife on Mars” Underground Comedy Night | SF
Saturday, May 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
| Murphy's Pub

Nightlife on Mars is an underground comedy club at Murphy’s Pub produced and hosted by Joe Nguyen. It’s a showcase of local comedy talent right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging, Joe Nguyen is the smart slacker beloved by ...

Sunday, May 7

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents over 75 free performances on three outdoor stages in Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s programs. 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May – October, 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and ...

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa
2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa
For the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire, SoMa will be filled with art and performances, vendors, tasty food and drinks, and all of the colorful weirdness that San Francisco is famous for. All ages are welcome. 2017 How Weird Street Faire Sunday, May 7, 2017 | Noon to ...
“Bad Asians” Candid Storytelling Night | SF

Bad Asians will be featuring local raconteurs, performers, and comedians who will be telling a story based on a theme of the month. Featured will be Asians/Asian Americans with differing backgrounds and upbringings, but somehow share some very specific commonalities due to their cultural lineage. ...

Monday, May 8

Something Something Shindig: Improv Comedy & Music | SF
Monday, May 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
Something Something Shindig: Improv Comedy & Music | SF

The Something Something Shindig is a wild show that combines stand up comedy, improv, music, and what they like to call “audience-participation-good-times” typically happening at 8 pm every second Monday. The emcees for the evening are Justin Gomes and Andrew Moore. True fans of debauchery, they’ve ...

Tuesday, May 9

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds ...

Haightian Democracy Free Stand-Up | SF
Tuesday, May 9 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Danny Coyle's
Haightian Democracy Free Stand-Up | SF

The Lower Haight’s free stand-up showcase is in an Irish bar every second Tuesday and is hosted by a guy named Logan Hesse. Entry is free and there will be $2.50 Tecates, $7 PB&J (Shot of Jameson and a PBR), and lots of laughs. Please note, this is ...

Wednesday, May 10

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour ...

Thursday, May 11

Bike to Work Day 2017 | SF
Thursday, May 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Bike to Work Day 2017 | SF
It’s the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day so grab your bike and join tens of thousands of people pedaling to the office on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a robust Bike to Work Day event with 25 Energizer Stations with snacks and bike ...

Friday, May 12

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, May 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

“Millennials Ruin Everything”: Free Comedy & Oysters Night | El Rio
Friday, May 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, suggested donation $5
| El Rio

Millennials Ruin Everything is a monthly comedy showcase every 2nd Friday from 6-8 pm in the back room at El Rio. Each month, co-hosts Irene Tu and Dominique Gelin explore a new theme with guest comedians about why millennials suck/rock. Part comedy showcase, part interviews, ...

Grotto Free Comedy Night: Free Drinks & Snacks | Sports Basement Bryant
Friday, May 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.
| Sports Basement (Bryant St.)
Grotto Free Comedy Night: Free Drinks & Snacks | Sports Basement Bryant

The Sports Basement Bryant Street store hosts the Good Times in the Grotto comedy night on (most) second Fridays of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Start your weekend off with a laugh with host and local comedian Anthony Medina who brings in a diverse lineup of ...

Saturday, May 13

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, May 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The School Farm
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF

Come join a volunteer work party at The School Farm every second Saturday from noon to 4 pm to lend a hand and learn about farm work. All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even for moral support and comic relief. They will provide some ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio
Saturday, May 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Presidio Parade Grounds
City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio

The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers invite you to their next City Star Party, where you can take a gander at our universe through telescopes, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers, and get some tips about the night sky. Take in the view from San Francisco’s picturesque Land’s End or other ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 13 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Sunday, May 14

Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2017 | SF
Sunday, May 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2017 | SF
The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, 2017 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers). Schedule 1:00 p.m. Mariachi Mexicanismo 2:00–4:00 p.m. Making Flores de papel 4:00 p.m. Cuicacall

Monday, May 15

“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF
Monday, May 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Rite Spot

Nicole Calasich and Shelbi Evans bring you Resistance is Fertile featuring the Bay Area’s best comics to discuss the times they were cowards, the eternal struggle of standing up for yourself, and the art of giving in. Resistance is Fertile happens in SF’s vibrant Mission district at ...

Tuesday, May 16

The Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s
Tuesday, May 16 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
| Bender's Bar & Grill
The Stinky Cheese Club | Bender's

Mmm… tasty, smelly, stinky cheese. Bender’s hosts their monthly meeting of The Stinky Cheese Club. Bring in some cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, etc…  (make it something impressive, not just the cheapest thing you got at Safeway) and get a free ice cold can of PBR ...