San Francisco Calendar

San Francisco CalendarSan Francisco is super spendy to live in, but there’s always a ton of fun, free & cheap things to do… if you know where to look. Here’s our calendar of upcoming fun, yet affordable, events.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2015

IHOP will serve millions of free pancakes again during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants throughout the U.S., including the Bay Area, will offer more...

9:30 amde Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
9:30 amLegion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
11:00 amFree Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch   FREE
11:00 amCartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day   FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
11:00 amContemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE
12:00 pmYerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays   FREE
5:30 pmFerry Building “1915 Expo” Historic Lighting Ceremony | SF   FREE
6:00 pmWearable Tech Fashion Show & Talk | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:30 pmBeat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark   FREE*
*No reservations and no cover charge; seating is available on a first come first serve basis
7:00 pm“Fight Comic” Sudden Death Comedy Contest | Club OMG   FREE*
*Free entry for a "limited time" so we recommend arriving early.
7:00 pmThe Life of Leonard Cohen: Ukulele Concert & Talk | SF   FREE
7:30 pmThe News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa   $5*
*$5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmIndie Pop Disco Diva, Gavin Turek | Brick & Mortar Music Hall   FREE
8:00 pm2-for-1 Tix for “The Business” Alt-Comedy Night | SF   $3.50*
*Get 2-for-1 tickets ($3.50 each) when you RSVP to thebusinesscomedy@gmail.com with the subject line “Business Time” (otherwise tickets are $7 each).

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours, Period Costumes & Stories: Final Day | Oakland

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering free walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises.  Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Self guided tours are more...

11:00 amGLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro  FREE
12:00 pmFree Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio  FREE
4:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Unfinished Business” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
5:00 pmThe Board Match: 2015 Non-Profit & Volunteering Fair | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmSneak Peek at SF’s Brand New Presidio Parklands | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:30 pmImgur’s Viral Pic App 6th Birthday Party & Meetup | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required - EVENT IS SOLD OUT
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout   FREE
7:30 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Chappie” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmFree Wednesday Comedy “Royale With Cheese” | Tendernob   FREE
8:00 pm“The Dirty Show” Comedy & Free Pizza Night | SF   FREE
8:15 pmFree Theatre: “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story” | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets when you follow detailed directions in the listing in order to get free tickets online. Free tickets with code
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, March 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor

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 more...

12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society  FREE
12:00 pmWin: $10 Food Token for Friday Night Off the Grid | Fort Mason  WIN*
*Win a $10 food token for Off the Grid at Fort Mason on 3/6/15.
6:00 pmFree Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF   FREE
6:00 pmNight at the Jewseum: Purim Celebration & Rocky Horror Picture Show | SF   $5*
*Museum admission is $5 after 5 pm.
6:00 pmWin Tix: Design Night: Game On | Autodesk Gallery   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT event. Regular price, $25 each ($20 for students w/ID)
6:30 pmSneak Peek at SF’s Brand New Presidio Parklands | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmTequila 101 w/ Chef Traci Des Jardins | Presidio   FREE
7:00 pmAngel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Tasting: Elixir’s Cocktail Club | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Tasting is included with the purchase of any beverage from the bar.
7:00 pmDJ Effects Masterclass: Make Your Sets Shine & Pop | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. (RSVP doesn't guarantee entry - come early to reserve seat.)
7:30 pmFarewell to The Bay Lights: Artist Talk & LED Giveaway | SF   FREE
8:15 pmFree Theatre: “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story” | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets when you follow detailed directions in the listing in order to get free tickets online. Free tickets with code

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Bay Lights: Sunrise Goodbye until 2016 | SF
Friday, March 6 – 5:45 am | Cost: FREE | Epic Roasthouse

The Bay Area will be a little darker for the next 11 months. The monumental LED sculpture, The Bay Lights, must be removed from the western span of the Bay Bridge in early March more...

All DayCalifornia Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents   FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
All DayFinal Day: 2015 SF Middle School Science Fair | Randall Museum   FREE
4:00 pmPirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours, Period Costumes & Stories: First Day | SF   FREE*
*Self guided tours are free. A voluntary $3 per-person donation to helps defray expenses. Sailing tickets are $43 a head.
5:00 pm2015 Grand Opening: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
7:00 pm“Unplug SF” 2015 Fun Festival: No Cell Phones Allowed | North Beach   $5 Off*
*$17 with promo code: FUNCHEAP. Regular cost: $22
7:30 pm“Let It Snow” San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays   FREE
8:00 pmThe Motherflippin’ Flip-Off: Angry Table Flipping Contest | SF   $5
8:20 pmFree Theatre: “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story” | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets when you follow detailed directions in the listing in order to get free tickets online. Free tickets with code "CODECAST."
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE
9:30 pmWin Tix: Oh Snap: ’90s Music Video Sing-Along Party | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $12

Saturday, March 7, 2015

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents
Saturday, March 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So more...

8:00 am“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF  FREE*
*Free for spectators, but parking in the nearby lot is $3. Car exhibitors will be charged $5 and will receive a free cup of coffee.
All Day2015 Chinatown Street Fair: Saturday | SF   FREE
All DayBank of America Free Museum Weekend   FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF   FREE
10:00 amSneak Peek at SF’s Brand New Presidio Parklands | SF   FREE
11:00 am2015 Chinese Spring Festival: Saturday | Chinatown   FREE
All DayChinese Historical Society Pre-Parade Mini Festival | SF   FREE
12:00 pmExplorer Kit Workshop: The Society of Submerged Culture | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmMission Cop Watch: Know Your Rights | SF   FREE
All DayFree Theatre: “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story” | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets when you follow detailed directions in the listing in order to get free tickets online. Free tickets with code
5:15 pm2015 Chinese New Year Parade: Floats, Acrobatics & Firecrackers | SF   FREE
6:00 pm2nd Annual “The Wire” Trivia Night | SF   FREE
6:30 pmWin Tix: Shaken, Not Stirred: SF Gay Men’s Chorus 007 Casino Cabaret | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $25 each. Price includes raffle tickets and Diva Dollars to gamble with!
8:00 pmSea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF   FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
9:00 pmPrince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa   $5
9:00 pm“Push The Feeling” Free DJ Night & Art Walk After Party | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free all night with RSVP
9:00 pmWin Tix: Sister Crayon: Heavy Beats & Haunting Melodies | Rickshaw Stop   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price: $12

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Chinatown Street Fair: Sunday | SF
Sunday, March 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Portsmouth Square

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity to experience Chinese more...

All DayCalifornia Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Parkside & Sunset Residents   FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
11:00 amCreative Family Fun: Nature Bookmarks | SF   FREE
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
All Day2015 Chinese Spring Festival: Sunday | Chinatown   FREE
1:00 pmWin Tix: Love/Make: The Bold Italic’s Indie Wedding Expo | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
3:00 pmInstrument Petting Zoo, Jazz & Latin Jam Sessions & Group Sing | SF   $5*
*$5 / $10 for families - no one turned away for lack of funds.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cyberpunk Cinema Night:
Monday, March 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout

Akira (1988) Set your psychokinesis meter to 11 and prepare for the 2nd coming of Akira. Neo-Tokyo is post WWIII and the city verges on toward nightmare fuel. Can cool-guy mecha-motorcycle riding more...

7:00 pmFree Comedy Happy Hour | The Royale   FREE*
*No cover, but a tip jar donation is welcome.
8:00 pmSomething Something Shindig: Improv Comedy & Music | SF   FREE
8:00 pmBasement Comedy Night: “The People Under The Stairs” | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to underthestairscomedy@gmail.com, or $5 at the door.
9:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Make-Out Room   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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 more...

6:30 pmBeat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark   FREE*
*No reservations and no cover charge; seating is available on a first come first serve basis
9:00 pmHaightian Democracy Free Stand-Up | SF   FREE

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours, Period Costumes & Stories: Final Day | SF

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering free walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises.  Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Self guided tours are more...

12:00 pmState-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time.
5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF   FREE
8:00 pm“Haters Gonna Hate” Free Comedy Show | SF   FREE
9:30 pmDream Queens Revue Drag Show | Tenderloin   FREE

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Playtesting Bash: Try Out Brand New Games
Thursday, March 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)

Sandbox is a monthly designing and playtesting event from Come Out and Play SF that takes place every second Thursday of the month. It’s like a mix between an open mic and a more...

7:00 pmCup ‘o Comedy with Danny Dechi | SF  FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Golden Void: Kindred Rock Musical Spirits | Great American Music Hall   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $14

Friday, March 13, 2015

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Richmond Dist. Residents
Friday, March 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So more...

12:00 pmWin: All-Inclusive SF Staycation: Hotel, Dinner, Cruise & Aquarium Tix | Fisherman’s Wharf & Union Sq.   WIN*
*Win an All-Inclusive SF Staycation at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square.
4:00 pmPirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours, Period Costumes & Stories: First Day | Sausalito   FREE*
*Self guided tours are free. A voluntary $3 per-person donation to helps defray expenses. Sailing tickets are $43 a head.
6:30 pmGrotto Free Comedy Night: Free Drinks & Snacks | Sports Basement Bryant   FREE