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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Monday, August 29, 2016

Lost & Found Beatles: Unpublished Photos Of The Band | SF
Monday, August 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Reclaimed Room

Opening Monday, August 29th 2016 is an exhibition of rare previously unpublished photos of the Beatles. 30 years ago, Dave Seabury discovered a contact sheet of amazing images from the Beatles last concert more...

7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Complete Unknown” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required. Arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
7:30 pmWin Tix: My2K tour with 98 Degrees | The Warfield   WIN
7:30 pmWin Tix: “Pitch Talks” Awesome & Nerdy Baseball Panel | The Independent   WIN
8:00 pmThe Mad Science of Comedy | SF   $5
8:00 pm2016 Pint Sized Plays: Beer-Themed Theater Fest | SF   FREE*
*Free, with a $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Four Barrel's 8th Birthday: $1 Coffee Day & Petting Zoo | SF
Tuesday, August 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for coffee
| Four Barrel Coffee

Four Barrel via Facebook It’s time to toast to one of the city’s best roasts at Four Barrel Coffee’s 8th Birthday Bash at their Valencia storefront. Every year is a special treat with delicious coffee, more...

9:00 amDrought Tolerant Native Plant Gardening | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
5:30 pmWine & Movie Night: “Some Like It Hot” | Top of the Mark   FREE
7:30 pmStandup Comedy & Sketch Video Showcase | SF   FREE
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
8:00 pmThe Fusion of Latin, Flamenco, Cuban & Jazz Music | The Chapel   FREE

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

$1.31 Ice Cream Scoop Day | Baskin Robbins

Make every 31st the sweetest day of the month as Baskin Robbins celebrate their favorite number with scoops for $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31. Stop by Baskin-Robbins on the 31st of January, March, more...

All DayLast of the Dramatic 2016 Bloom of Weird & Wild Flowers | SF Botanical Garden   FREE*
*FREE with proof of San Francisco residency. The Garden is free daily 7:30-9 am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month.Admission for non-residents is $8 general, $6 youth 12- 17 and seniors; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE. Families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $17.
5:30 pmStippling 101: Workshop Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free to attend, supplies available at a 10% discount
6:00 pmCommunity Reading Of Classic Novels: Don Quixote | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmHarry Potter and the Hella Magical Super Dope Summer Shindig | PianoFight   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:30 pmIntro to Urban Bicycling | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is requested.
6:30 pmOvercoming The Challenges Of The Technological Industry | SF   FREE
8:00 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jazz Ensemble of Soaring Vocals & String Work | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 1 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Following in the footsteps of jazz harp master Dorothy Ashby (who recorded with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Frank Wess to Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder), the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio more...

9:00 amFinal Day: Aquarium of the Bay $10 Ticket Before 10 am | Pier 39  $10*
*$10 general admission ticket with entrance before 10AM. Discount available only at ticket window and subject to change.
12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society  FREE
4:00 pm“Off The Grid” Twilight Campfire Party | Presidio   FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
6:00 pmFirst Thursday Art Party at the Phoenix Hotel | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmBook Readings From Favorite DIY Publications | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmFree Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF   FREE*
*Bring your own mat. This is a donation-based yoga class. They encourage those who can to donate $10. However, no one is ever turned away due to a lack of funds.
6:00 pmFree Zine and Comics Reading | 2016 SF Zine Fest   FREE
6:00 pmThe Great San Francisco Trivia Challenge | SF   FREE*
*FREE with Facebook RSVP
6:00 pmFermented NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $15*
*21+ event, ID required for entry.
6:30 pmFirst Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight   FREE
6:30 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Bayview Opera House   FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
6:30 pm“Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope & Antlered Things” Book Discussion | Omnivore Books   FREE
6:30 pmThe Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | SF   FREE
6:30 pmPoetry Thursdays at Readers Bookstore | Fort Mason   FREE
7:00 pm“The Devil Wears Prada”: Literary Erotic Fanfiction & Open Bar | SF   $10*
*$10 in advance / $12 at the door. Open bar for 21+
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Lachlan Patterson (NBC’s Last Comic Standing) | Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pm#HellaSingle: SF’s Only Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | Milk Bar   $5*
*$5 online, $10 at door. Includes admission to '90s "No Scrubs" dance party after the comedy show.
8:30 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Underground Comedy Night | SF   FREE
9:00 pmThe Doldrums Comedy Show | SF   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Film Projections & Live Musical Score | The Chapel   WIN
5:00 pmSinner’s Happy Hour with Gypsy Niglos | The Chapel   FREE

Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Friday, September 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Create-With-Nature Cart

Photo | krupajhaveri.blogspot.comTake a break from your day to be creative and make your own art using free art supplies in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Martinez and communities nationwide on Friday, September 2, more...

12:00 pmRotunda Dance Series: All Femal “Mix’d Ingrdnts” | SF City Hall   FREE
1:00 pmBean-To-Bar: Dandelion Chocolate Making Demo | Conservatory of Flowers   FREE*
*These are free events on the Conservatory's Palm Terrace. Tickets to the Conservatory are not required. If you'd like to visit inside the conservatory tickets are $8 for adults or $6 for adults with San Francisco ID
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 pmFriday Nights at the de Young: Large Scale Drawings & California Surf Music & | SF   FREE*
*All activities and admission to the permanent galleries on Friday nights are free and open to the public, but if you want to visit the museum's Special Exhibits, regular admission charges still apply.
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
6:00 pm“Stockpile” Artist Reception | SF   FREE
6:00 pm2016 Architecture & the City Festival Kickoff Party | SF   $15*
*For ages 21 and older.
6:00 pmComedy Attack & Art Walk | SF   FREE*
*Refreshments will be provided, donations for the comics are appreciated.
7:00 pmAbout Last Night: Sexcapade Storytelling Stories | SF   $5
7:30 pmSan Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays   FREE
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Downtempo Legends: Skye & Ross of Morcheeba | Regency Ballroom   WIN
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Free Fishing Day 2016 | SF
Saturday, September 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier Seven

Photo | morningstarfishing.infoHave you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feel the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm more...

9:00 amGarden Volunteer Workparty “Kezar Triangle” | Golden Gate Park  FREE*
*Please RSVP to
9:00 am“Park Greening Day” Volunteer Party | Alamo Square Park  FREE*
*Please RSVP to
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.
10:00 amFree Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All Day2016 Aloha Poly Fest: Polynesian Music, Dance & Food | Golden Gate Park   FREE
11:00 amCreative Artists’ Workshop for Hip-Hop & Spoken Word Poets | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
11:00 amThe Last Gun & How It Disappeared | SF   FREE
12:00 pmClassic Cannabis Tours: Stopping The Stigma | SF   FREE*
*There is a suggested donation of $15.
1:00 pmJazz for Dancing: The Birth of Rhythm & Blues | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
1:00 pmIndustrial Ragtime Music From Parlor Tricks | Jane Warner Plaza   FREE
1:00 pmJust Eat It: Images Of Squandered Groceries | North Beach   FREE
2:00 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
2:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | The Presidio   FREE
2:00 pmHealthy Parks For A Healthier You | SF   FREE
6:30 pmWin Tix: San Diego Rockers “Pierce the Veil” | The Warfiled   WIN
7:00 pm2016 SF Zine Fest Pre Party | Mission: Comics & Art   FREE*
*Free, but do bring some money to buy comics
8:00 pmSea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF   FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or, Bring a mug for cider
9:00 pmPush The Feeling DJ Night | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $6.
9:00 pmPrince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa   $5
10:00 pmWin Tix: Chinatown Ghosts, Vampire Films & Goth Rock | Great Star Theater   WIN

Sunday, September 4, 2016

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 more...

8:00 amFree Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | 1st and 3rd Sundays  FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
10:00 amAsian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF   FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
All Day2016 San Francisco Zine Fest | Golden Gate Park   FREE
11:00 amFree Kundalini Yoga Day in the Park | Dolores 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 pmFree Jazz Symphony in the Park | Golden Gate Park   FREE
2:00 pmTango In The Square: Orquesta Z | Union Square Live   FREE
2:00 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” Closing Weekend | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
2:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | The Presidio   FREE
4:00 pmOriginal Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill   FREE

Monday, September 5, 2016

Il Giro di San Francisco Bike Race | 2016
Monday, September 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Levi's Plaza

Photo | via wallpaperfolder.comIl Giro di San Francisco (formerly the “San Francisco Gran Prix”) is an annual bike race around the streets of San Francisco that’s had competitors cruising around the more...

All Day11 Different Free Guided Walking Tours: Labor Day | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Japanese Tea Garden may require an additional charge.
1:00 pmFree Labor Day Symphony Concert in the Park | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All Day14th Annual Calico Queens Labor Day Party & Free BBQ | El Rio   $10*
*Includes free BBQ (while supplies last)
2:00 pmFinal Show of 2016: San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
2:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | The Presidio   FREE
5:00 pmBlueCart’s “The Dinner Table” Foodie Talk Series | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Where’s The Local Talent?” Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmFree Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room   FREE
9:00 pm“Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night | Mission Dist.   FREE