San Francisco Calendar

San Francisco EventsSan 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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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Revolutions Series: Madonna Tribute Mini Concert with DJ Nikki Finn | Amoeba SF
Wednesday, August 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (SF)

Strike a pose or two on Wednesday, August 16th at 5 pm as they wish a very happy birthday to the one and only Madonna. Direct from Hollywood, DJ Nikki Finn will more...

11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza  FREE
1:00 pm“Intro to Computers II” Workshop | SF  FREE
6:00 pmSF’s Beer Bus: Free Monthly Brewery Bus Crawl | Dogpatch   FREE*
*Free shuttle. Bring money for beer and food.
6:00 pmDrink SF Beer Shuttle & Meet the Brewers: Tours & Limited Release Brews | SF   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. Bring cash for beer
6:00 pmIt’s 4:20 Somewhere: Jam Band “Moonalice” Outdoor Concert | Union Square Live   FREE
7:00 pmFree Comedy Night with Danny Dechi | Outer Richmond   FREE
7:00 pm“Fat Wreck Chords” Punk Comedy Show | SF   $5
7:30 pm“The Future Won’t Be Long” Book Talk | SF   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
8:00 pmBaked Beliefs: An Improv Comedy Show | SF   $5*
*$5 or free for Endgames Improv students.
8:00 pmFree Cobb’s Summer Comedy Night with #HellaFunny | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Must arrive by 7:30pm for guaranteed entry. All shows are 18 & over with valid photo ID. Like most comedy clubs, there is a two drink minimum.
8:00 pmWorld Class Comedy Wednesdays | Marina   FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa
Thursday, August 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Market & New Montgomery St

Hidden stories and surprises abound in a free 90-minute walking tour in the Yerba Buena neighborhood of San Francisco’s history, art, poetry, architecture and activism, including live performances of characters that more...

10:00 am2017 Tacolicious Guest Chef: Sujan Sarkar, Rooh | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   $4.95*
*Tacolicious tacos are typically $4.95, but prices may vary.
12:30 pmJazz Herstory Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
4:00 pmFulton Street Coomunity Party: Parklet Protoype Launch | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
5:00 pmAmbiance Customer Appreciation Party & Sale Discounts | Noe Valley   FREE
5:00 pmAmbiance Customer Appreciation Party & Sale Discounts | Haight   FREE
5:00 pmSF Giants Pre-Game Party at Anchor Beer Garden | SF   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. Bring cash for beer
5:00 pm“Presidio Twilight” Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF   FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
5:30 pm“Guerrilla Publicity” Your Chance to be Known Everywhere | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmQuick Draw SF: ISSUU x PPC Official Zine Release Party | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP on Facebook is appreciated.
6:00 pmAfro-Cuban Roots Music with Bobi Cespedes | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
6:00 pmFeline NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
6:00 pmWestland Distillery x Charlitos Cocina: Free Whiskey & Charcuterie Tasting | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Tactile Dome & Explainer Demonstrations | Pier 15   $15*
*$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome) Adults Only (18+)
7:00 pmUnderstanding the Songs of City Sparrows | SF   FREE
7:30 pmThe 6th Annual “New Works” Women’s Theater Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free, but advanced tickets are recommended,
7:30 pm“Things That Happened Before the Earthquake” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books   FREE
7:30 pm“Drink Steam” Free Rap & DJ Party | Rickshaw Stop   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. Bring cash for beer
7:30 pm“Girl In Snow” Book Talk | SF   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
8:00 pmFree Cobb’s Summer Comedy Night: August 2017 | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Must arrive by 7:30pm for guaranteed entry. All shows are 18 & over with valid photo ID. Like most comedy clubs, there is a two drink minimum.
8:00 pmGin House Blues: Musical Cocktail Experience | SF   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged to take advantage of their %10 discount on food.
8:00 pmHellaFunny on Haight Street | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:30 pmDrink Steam Celebration: Cold Pints & Live Music | The Eagle   $8
10:00 pmDrink Steam & Soul Night: Funky DJs for Your Dancing Pleasure | SF   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. Bring cash for beer
10:00 pm“GrooveWell” Thursdays | Milk Bar   FREE


Friday, August 18, 2017

Non Stop Bhangra For Kids: Traditional Punjabi Folk Dance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)

A passport to Bollywood for kiddies. Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance. This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm.

11:00 amAnimate The Inanimate Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
12:30 pmGreen Infrastructure Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Block Party | SF   FREE
All DayCity Skyline Challenge 2017: Rappelling Down SF’s Skyscrapers | Union Square   FREE*
*Free to watch, rappelling requires fundraising.
5:00 pmAnchor Brewing’s Firkin Friday | The Yard   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 pmThe Final “Friday Nights at the de Young” of the Summer | 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 pmWin Tix: “Undiscovered” SF’s Brand New Filipino Night Market: VIP Package | SoMa   WIN
6:00 pmFree Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Night: Anchor Steam & Beer Float Party | SF   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. Bring cash for beer
6:00 pmUndiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market Festival | SoMa   FREE*
*We're told the organizers want to keep this admission free
7:00 pmSan Francisco’s Vintage Scooter Rally | SF   FREE*
*Free to watch. If you want to join you better have a vintage scooter and join up with the Black Sheep Scooter Club. Ride is dependent on weather and may be Treasure Island and Bay Bridge insted.
7:00 pmNoise Pop’s Hotel Concert Series “The Stone Foxes” | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmReverse Happy Hour | Pier 39   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: “SF Improv Festival” Orange Tuxedo & 850 FICO | PianoFight   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: Redefining Hip-hop “Shabazz Palaces” | Great American Music Hall   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: Electronic & Analog Synths “Kučka” | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
10:15 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Amir K. (MADtv / NBC) | The Punch Line   WIN

Saturday, August 19, 2017

City Skyline Challenge 2017: Rappelling Down SF's Skyscrapers | Union Square
Saturday, August 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch, rappelling requires fundraising.
| Hilton SF (Union Square)

Outward Bound California’s 2017 City Skyline Challenge features two days of Bay Area civic leaders, local celebrities, entrepreneurs, students, educators, and individuals from all walks of life rappelling Spiderman-style from the more...

8:30 amBraids & Beats: High Energy Dance Class & Free Headbands | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All Day2017 Festival of the Sea: Music Fest & Learn Seafaring Skills | SF   FREE*
*Admission is free; bring cash for purchases.
All Day2017 Civil War Living History Day | SF   FREE
All Day2017 Debardchery: Archery, Bardic Poetry & Silly Games | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Event is open only to members of the Shire of Cloondara and their guests
10:00 amBCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza | SF   FREE*
*Free entry for Funcheapers at 9:30 am with print out. Pay in cash for clothes and get an extra 10% off.
10:00 am63rd Annual San Francisco Gem Show & Sale | SF   $8*
*Get a coupon on the website to enter for $8. It will be $10 without the coupon.
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
10:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting: Tacolicious | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
All Day99th Annual Italian Festival “Festa Coloniale Italiana” | North Beach   FREE
All DayNoise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest | SF   FREE*
*General admission is free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5-10 at gate to benefit Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS).
11:00 amCreative Family Fun Craft Making: Build Your Bridge | The Presidio   FREE
11:00 amThe San Francisco Ice Cream Festival | Spark Social   $5*
*$5 admission; free for kids 10 and under. Ice cream is available for purchase.
11:30 amFree Outdoor Yoga Day | Golden Gate Park   FREE
12:00 pm“The San Francisco Classic” Vintage Scooter Rally | SF   FREE*
*Free to watch. If you want to join you better have a vintage scooter and join up with the Black Sheep Scooter Club
12:00 pmCity Skyline Challenge Viewing Party: Live Band, Happy Hour & Photo Booth | SF   FREE
12:00 pmWin Tix: VIP Experience: 20th Street Block Party | Mission Dist.   WIN
12:00 pmBluestem Brasserie’s Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
1:00 pmDaymé Arocena & Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
1:00 pmLive in the Castro: The Sundance Saloon Dance-A-Thon | Jane Warner Plaza   FREE
1:00 pmSaturday Acoustic Soul Concert in the Park | McLaren Park   FREE
1:00 pmPrintmaking Canvas Patches at Maker Studio | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Space is limited, please call (415) 855-1073 or email hello@makerstudiosf.com to RSVP.
1:00 pmPink Flamingos Take Over Dolores Park | SF   FREE
1:00 pmFree Vegetarian Lunch & Healthy Video Sharing | SF   FREE
2:00 pm“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF   $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
2:00 pmAnime & Manga Club: An Afternoon Full Of Fun | SF   FREE
3:00 pmSaturday Music Jam | SF Main Library   FREE
4:00 pmWin Tix: Tour de Fat 2017: Music, Beer & Bike Festival | Fort Mason   WIN
5:00 pmPro Soccer in the City: SF Deltas vs North Carolina FC | Kezar Stadium   FREE*
*The first 200 tickets reserved using promo code FUNCHEAPSFDELTAS will be free tickets. After those tickets run out, people can receive 25% off using the promo code FUNCHEAPSF.
6:00 pmFree Mission Bay Summer Movie Nights | 2017   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP gives you an early access beginning at 6:15 pm. The field will open to the general public at 6:30 pm.
7:00 pmUninhibited Laughter: Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SF   $5*
*$5 in advance with an RSVP but $8 at the Door.
7:00 pmDowntown Comedy Night at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code HELLAFUNNY. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door
8:00 pmMovie Night in the Park: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” | Duboce Park   FREE
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
8:00 pm“Currents” Closing Party: Dance to the Beat of the Art | SF   $5
9:00 pmSound of Cocktails: Reliving Iconic Moments in Time & Pop Culture | SF   FREE
9:00 pmThe Queen is Dead: Morrissey & The Smiths Dance Party | SF   $5*
*Typically $5 at the door. But some months they do change more depending on the event theme or if there's a live band
9:00 pm“Fringe” Indie Music Video Party | Madrone Art Bar   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm with RSVP on Facebook; otherwise, it's $5. 21+
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 pmWin Tix: ’60s Prom Night: Motown Dance Party | Milk Bar   WIN*
*5 dollar pre-sale, 10 dollars at door
9:00 pmLate Night Downtown Comedy at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code HELLAFUNNY. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door
10:30 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code FUNCHEAP; otherwise it's $10

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 San Francisco Ping Pong Tournament Festival | Chinatown
Sunday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Chinatown

CC0 The Mayor’s Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament is coming up again on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Mayor Lee will demonstrate his skills by playing with some of you to kick off the more...

10:00 amNew Sculpture Class | SF   FREE*
*CCSF is now FREE to SF residence.
11:00 amFree Guided Pot Walking Tour of SF | Duboce Park   FREE*
*Suggested donation of $20. 25% goes to charity
11:00 am“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Tenderloin   FREE