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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Friday, July 29, 2016

National Cheesecake Day: 1/2 Price Slice | The Cheesecake Factory

Photo | The Cheesecake Factory Facebook The Cheesecake Factory will celebrate National Cheesecake Day in a big way on July 29 and 30, 2016 by offering dine-in guests any slice of its more...

All Day2016 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason   FREE
5:00 pm“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
5:00 pmArt Night SF Kick-Off: Mid-Market Art & Live Music | UN Plaza   FREE
5:15 pmFriday Nights at the de Young ” The View from Hollywood” | SF   FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries.
5:30 pmSan Francisco Critical Mass   FREE
6:00 pmAri Bird’s Interactive Art Show and Free Refreshments | SF   FREE
6:00 pm“Idols” Strider Patton Solo Exhibition Opening | SF   FREE
6:00 pmPsychedelic Mini Concert: Vum | Amoeba SF   FREE
6:00 pmFree Music Production Workshop with Electrohouse DJ MOTi | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
6:30 pmAn Italian Journey: A Multimedia Lecture by Robert Mealy | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pm“Pokemon Go” Onesie Party & Chinatown Crawl | Financial Dist.   FREE
8:00 pmCampo Maldito: Darkly Comic Play About Gentrification | Tenderloin   FREE*
*10 FREE tickets available at the door before the performance. First come, first served.
8:00 pmHellaFunny Birthday Show: 90 Minutes, 10 Comics | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Eventbrite $20 at the door
8:00 pmWin Tix: “New Rock” with The Iron Heart | Great American Music Hall   WIN
9:00 pmThe Bestival: SF’s Insane Three-Day Comedy Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets for Big Rec Taproom & Milk Bar for Facebook RSVP.
10:00 pmWin Tix: Carmen Lynch (David Letterman) Comedy Night | Punch Line   WIN

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 San Francisco Marathon Fitness Expo | Fort Mason
Saturday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Photo | SF Marathon Facebook The San Francisco Marathon Health & Fitness Expo will offer runners, spectators and health and fitness enthusiasts alike a variety of activities and opportunities to enjoy the more...

All DayVintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park   FREE
10:00 amSan Francisco’s Lost Neon Signs & Neon Survivors | SF Main Library   FREE
10:00 am“Yoga on the Green” Fundraiser | Marina Green   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
All DayTreasure Island Flea “Hawaii in July” Festival | SF   $3
10:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
All DayNational Cheesecake Day: 1/2 Price Slice | The Cheesecake Factory   50% off*
*One slice of cheesecake per dine-in guest. Must be present. Offer valid at restaurants in the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico.
11:00 amThe Great Mac and Cheese Melt-Off | SF   $5*
*$5 includes a free beer or H20 | $20 Passport: Includes all day entry, 4-tasting tickets, and a free beer or H20 and all day entry
11:00 amBicycle Traffic Skills 101: Classroom Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
11:00 amPlayground Grand Re-Opening: Fun Activities, Raffles & Free Taco Lunch | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
12:30 pm2016 Flagging in the Park | Golden Gate Park   FREE
1:00 pmMagic Meadow Pagan Harvest Ritual “Lammas 2016” | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Please bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to share, and flowers, drums, and other musical instruments are also welcome.
1:00 pmTom Rigney & Flambeau Showing Off Their New Orleans Grooves | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
1:00 pm$5 Artist-Led Clarion Alley Street Art & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.   $5*
*Sliding scale donation starts at $5 per person
2:00 pmCampo Maldito: Darkly Comic Play About Gentrification | Tenderloin   FREE*
*10 Free Tickets will be made available at the door prior to the performance. First come, first served.
2:00 pmHumanity at the Crossroads: Building A Saner Way Of Life | SF   FREE
2:00 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | McLaren Park   FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
2:00 pmThe Queerest Library Ever: A Guided Tour | SF Main Library   FREE
2:00 pmDiscover Fillmore: Interactive Walking Tour | Filmore   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmMajor League Quidditch: San Francisco Argonauts vs. Los Angeles Guardians | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
3:00 pm“Bounty from the Box: The CSA Box Cookbook ” Book Launch | Omnivore Books   FREE
6:00 pm20/20 Vision: Celebrating The Next Generation of Book Artists | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmCadillac Bar & Gril Reunion & Live Mariachi Party | SoMa   FREE
7:00 pmBrave New Jokes: Comedy Showcase | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Includes the Eventbrite fee.
7:00 pmLaborFest 2016: “Goodwin’s Way” Movie Screening | SF   FREE
7:00 pmLive Music At The Presidio: Kronos Quartet | The Presidio   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmThe Bestival: SF’s Insane Three-Day Comedy Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free tickets for Big Rec Taproom & Milk Bar for Facebook RSVP.
7:30 pmBoat Crash: Magic School For Wizard People | SF   FREE
8:00 pmCampo Maldito: Darkly Comic Play About Gentrification | Tenderloin   FREE*
*10 FREE tickets will be made available at the door prior to the performance. First come, first served.
8:00 pmLaborFest 2016: “They Live” Movie Screening | SF   FREE
8:00 pmMozart to Mendelssohn: Free Summer Symphony Concert | SF   FREE*
*Admission is FREE and RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited. Donations are gratefully accepted, with a $10 suggested donation per person.
8:00 pmHarry Party: This Is As Hogwarts As It Gets | SF   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: “Keep It Going” The Comedy Show | Murphy’s PUb   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: San FranDisco: Epic NuDisco Music Festival with Giorgio Moroder | The Midway   WIN
10:00 pmLose Yourself In The Music Of Allen Farben | SF   FREE*
*Free before 11pm with RSVP required.
10:00 pmWin Tix: “BoatCrash” Magic School for Wizard People | The Booksmith   WIN


Sunday, July 31, 2016

The 2016 San Francisco Marathon | Best Viewing Locations
Sunday, July 31 – 5:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch and cheer
| Sports Basement (Presidio)

Photo | SF Marathon Facebook Photo | SF Marathon Facebook See your favorite runner or cheer all of them on as they get closer to the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon more...

All Day$1.31 Ice Cream Scoop Day | Baskin Robbins   $1.31*
*Enjoy scoops for $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31 on the 31st of January, March, May, July, August, October, and December 2016.
9:00 amArtists Guild of San Francisco: Oldest Outdoor Art Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
9:00 amHarry Potter: Pajama Party & Breakfast | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
9:00 amHarry Potter Kids Brunch | SF   FREE*
*Brunch is only available to those who pre-order the book. One pre-order admits one adult and one kid.
All Day“Hawaii in July” Treasure Island Flea | SF   $3
10:00 amLaborFest 2016: Labor Politics and Architecture Walk | SF   FREE
All Day2016 Kinky “Up Your Alley” Fair | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but a donations are requested.
All DayVintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park   FREE
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
1:00 pmThe Great San Francisco Hike: 5 Year Anniversary | SF   FREE
1:00 pmFree Golden Gate Park Band Sunday Concert | SF   FREE
2:00 pmSan Francisco Ballet: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival   FREE
2:00 pmRock Concert: The Mystery Lights | Amoeba SF   FREE
4:00 pm2016 Fiestas Fridas: Poetry Slam & Conga Drumming | Mission Dist.   FREE
6:30 pmLive 90’s Neo-Swing Music with The Luxomatics | SF   FREE*
*Come early to get good seats.
6:30 pmPublic Bikes Women’s Bicycle Workshop | SF   FREE*
*This free clinic is limited to 20 FTW (femme, trans, woman) participants. Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmLaborFest 2016: Closing Party: Food, Music & Poetry | SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, August 1, 2016

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016
Monday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | iNeTours Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day. Register for a free Museum Day tickets starting more...

10:00 amKorean War Memorial Opening Ceremony | The Presidio   FREE
7:00 pmFree Staged Reading Night “Scenes From 68 Years” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
7:00 pmWendy Wendells Open Mic Comedy | SF   FREE
7:30 pmOpera On The Spot Presents “The Audition” | SF   FREE
7:30 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Suicide Squad” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pm“The Bachelorette” Bingo & Finale Watch Party | Nob Hill   FREE
8:00 pmUnconfirmed – Super Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Where’s The Local Talent?” Comedy Night | SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night | Mission Dist.   FREE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission more...

9:30 amde Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
10:00 amConservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day   FREE
11:00 amYerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays   FREE
11:00 amContemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE
12:00 pmWin: “Mother’s Day” All-Star Family Comedy DVD   WIN*
*Win a free DVD
5:30 pmWine & Movie Night: “Vertigo” | Top of the Mark   FREE
5:30 pm“We’re All Terminal: Embracing Cancer, Embracing Life” Talk | SF   FREE
7:30 pm“How I Became A North Korean” Book Discussion | SF   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Ronn Vigh’s Big Gay Comedy Bash | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
9:00 pmWood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar   FREE

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, August 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Capital One 360 Café

Join b.street waffles for their monthly Free Waffle Wednesday at the Capital One 360 Café in the Financial District and enjoy a complimentary waffle from 9-11 am, or while they last. These Belgian-style street more...

11:00 amGLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro   FREE
12:00 pmFree Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Call (415) 561-2793 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Space is limited. Reservations are limited to four people per party.
6:00 pmThe History of San Francisco’s Civic Center | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmChedder Cheese Talk Book Discussion | SF Main Library   FREE