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, May 3, 2016

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

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 amContemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE
12:00 pmYerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays   FREE
2:00 pmFinancial District: Rare Guided Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
9:00 pmFree Shoegaze Concert: Future Twin | Brick & Mortar   FREE

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Star Wars Day 2016 Mini Festival & Stormtrooper Interrogations | SF
Wednesday, May 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Super7

The Force.. it’s calling… and Super7 letting it in.. again. On Star Wars Day (a.k.a. “May the Fourth” be with you), come celebrate the finest Sci-Fi Saga in the Galaxy at the 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.
1:30 pmHaight-Ashbury: A Musical Trip of the ’60s | Wild SF Tour   $5*
*Get $5 tickets (regularly $18) to their "Haight-Ashbury: A Musical Trip of the '60s" on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm when you use promo code FUNCHEAP at checkout. (There is a limited number of tickets, so reserve yours soon.)
5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF   FREE
6:00 pm“May The Fourth” Star Wars Day Party: Cantina Band, Costume Contest & Cabaret | PianoFight   FREE
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout   FREE
7:00 pmWin Tix: Big Ideas at CIIS: Why Poetry is Not a Luxury | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regularly: $10 advance; $15 at door
7:30 pm“Sh*t Talk” 2-for-1 Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmStar Wars Trivia & Comedy Night: May the 4th Be With You | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF   FREE*
*Donation-based admission
8:00 pm“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night & Free Pizza | SF   FREE


Thursday, May 5, 2016

SF Zoo Free Admission Day

The San Francisco Zoo, Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, periodically offers free admission for San Francisco residents. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all more...

12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society   FREE
4:00 pm2016 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party | Financial Dist.   FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP through Eventbrite
4:00 pmUrban Putt’s 2nd Anniversary: 1/2 Price Mini Golf Night | SF   $6*
*$6 to golf for adults (regularly $12). Plus free popcorn, free snacks and $1 ice cream.
5:30 pmCinco de Mayo Taco Takedown | Clift Hotel   FREE
6:00 pmSchroeder’s 123rd Maifest Party: Polkalicious Dance Party | SF   FREE
6:00 pmFree Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF   FREE
6:00 pmLower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin   FREE
6:00 pmWin Tix: Exploratorium After Dark: Identity | Pier 15   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members; $10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome. Adults Only (18+)
6:30 pmFirst Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE
8:00 pmNew Village Comedy Night | Nob Hill   FREE
8:30 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Underground Comedy Night | SF   FREE

Friday, May 6, 2016

The History of Glass in SF Architecture Rare Guided Tour | Financial Dist.

The tour examines the great varieties of glass in 20th Century San Francisco, from the Financial District to Union Square. It will be found underfoot, overhead, and in the wall; in more...

2:00 pmEmbarcadero Skyway Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
5:00 pm“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
6:00 pmGoorin Bros. Kentucky Derby Hat Party & Live Music | SF   FREE
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
7:30 pmSan Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays   FREE
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party on Valencia Street with live music, cultural performances, and more. 12th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, more...

8:00 am“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | Treasure Island  FREE*
*Free for spectators. Car exhibitors will be charged $5 and will receive a free cup of coffee. Parking is $10, but if you arrive by Muni it's free.
9:00 am“Park Greening Day” Volunteer Party | Alamo Square Park  FREE*
*Please RSVP to recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
10:00 amBungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
10:00 amRare Guided Hiking Tour of Mt. Davidson | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size. Rain cancels.
10:00 amHeron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park   FREE
11:00 am2016 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown   FREE
11:00 amUncovering The Parkside: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
All DayTaco-Chella 2016: Cinco de Mayo Lucha Battles & Taco Festival | SoMa   $5*
*$5 Super Early Bird tickets, $10 Early Bird tickets, $15 Advance Regular Admission, $20 Door (while supplies last), & $40 VIP Experience: Includes exclusive ringside seating, one complimentary beer, and photo opportunities in the ring.
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 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 & Dance Off | NoPa   $5

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Inner Richmond Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 6th Ave & Geary

The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming more...

All DayFree Admission for Moms | SF Zoo   FREE*
*Free admission for mothers and grandmothers (who are accompanied by their children).
All DayExploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2016 | 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.
12:30 pm75th Annual Mother’s Day Rose Show | Golden Gate Park   FREE

Monday, May 9, 2016

SFMade Week 2016: Factory Tours & Tastings | SF
Monday, May 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Tours are either Free with RSVP, or $5
| All Over San Francisco

SFMade Week 2016 is the annual weeklong celebration that champions locally made products, their makers and their people. The week features over 40 events at local factories and retailers, including factory tours, more...

6:30 pmCyberpunk Cinema Night | Mission Dist.   FREE
8:00 pmSomething Something Shindig: Improv Comedy & Music | SF   FREE
8:00 pmBasement Comedy Night: “The People Under The Stairs” | Mission Dist.   $5*
*$5 with an RSVP to underthestairscomedy@gmail.com, or $10 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, May 10, 2016

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...

6:00 pmRadar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library   FREE
6:30 pmCookies & Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
9:00 pmHaightian Democracy Free Stand-Up | SF   FREE

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SFMade Week 2016: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF
Wednesday, May 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Tours are either Free with RSVP, or $5
| All Over San Francisco

SFMade Week 2016 is the annual weeklong celebration that champions locally made products, their makers and their people. The week features over 40 events at local factories and retailers, including factory tours, more...

1:00 pmRare “1906: Phoenix Rising” Guided Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
1:30 pmHaight-Ashbury: A Musical Trip of the ’60s | Wild SF Tour   $5*
*Get $5 tickets (regularly $18) to their "Haight-Ashbury: A Musical Trip of the '60s" on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm when you use promo code FUNCHEAP at checkout. (There is a limited number of tickets, so reserve yours soon.)
5:30 pmWin Tix: “Ramp It Up” SFMade Week 2016 Maker Experience | Anchor Brewing Co.   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets to the benefit party. Regular cost $35-45.
9:00 pmReal Live Comedians Showcase | Piano Fight   FREE*
*Limited free tickets with RSVP for Funcheapers; otherwise admission is $10 online or $15 at the door.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

7:00 pm“Sandbox”: Live Games Open Mic | SF  FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated

Friday, May 13, 2016

SFMade Week 2016: Free Factory Tours & Tastings | SF
Friday, May 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Tours are either Free with RSVP, or $5
| All Over San Francisco

SFMade Week 2016 is the annual weeklong celebration that champions locally made products, their makers and their people. The week features over 40 events at local factories and retailers, including factory tours, more...

All DayBay to Breakers Expo 2016: Friday | SF  FREE
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
4:00 pmSF City Guides: Neighborhood Walking Tours Month | May 2016   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
5:00 pm“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview   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.
6:30 pmGrotto Free Comedy Night: Free Drinks & Snacks | Sports Basement Bryant   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.
8:00 pm“She Rocks” Live Music, Comedy & Drag Showcase | SF   $5

Saturday, May 14, 2016

BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza | SF

Join the BCBG Sample Sale Extravaganza with over 2,000 dresses, tops, skirts, sweaters, or find the perfect cocktail dress – with sizes 0-12, all up to 70% off (additional 10% if you pay cash).Labels include BCBG, more...

All DayBay to Breakers Expo 2016: Saturday | SF  FREE
10:00 amHeron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park   FREE
12:00 pmEco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF   FREE
8:30 pmSaturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF   FREE
All DaySFMOMA Re-Opening Celebration | SF   FREE

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bay to Breakers 2016 | SF

Bring your costumed, your semi-naked and your beer (try to be discreet) and participate in one of the largest races in America – one of the most strange and “San Francentric.” more...

11:00 amGlen Park: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
3:00 pmSF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Tour: Int’l Masturbation Month | Good Vibrations   FREE*
*Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store location at (415) 345-0400.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sacred Places: Rare Walking Tour of Churches & Cathedrals | SF
Monday, May 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| St. Mary's Cathedral

San Francisco’s diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city’s religious more...

3:00 pmTour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
8:00 pm“Jury Duty” Comedy Improv Battle | Haight   FREE
9:00 pm“Resistance is Futile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Live at Deluxe | SF   FREE

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s  FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Presidio  FREE
7:00 pmYum & Yummer: A Comedy Showcase | SF  FREE