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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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016 | Saturday
Saturday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District

Photo | Fillmore Jazz Festival Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing 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 amGarden Volunteer Workparty “Kezar Triangle” | Golden Gate Park  FREE*
*Please RSVP to recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
All DayFree Fishing Day 2016 | 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.
10:00 amFree Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park   FREE
10:00 amGuided Tour For A Healthier Park | SF   FREE
10:00 amWin Tix: Fillmore Jazz Festival: VIP Wristband | SF   WIN
12:00 pmLive Soccer Screening Party: UEFA Euro 2016 Quarter-Final | SF   FREE
12:00 pmJazz Fest: An Afternoon Of Body Moving Jazzy Funky Soul | SF   FREE*
*Doors will open at 12 noon but live music will start at 3:00 PM.
1:00 pmTroker & Subharmonic’s Jazz Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
2:00 pmLaborFest 2016: Japanese Americans History Presentation | SF   FREE
2:00 pm4th of July Weekend Hot Dog Eating Contest & Pub Crawl | SF   $6*
*50% off with code FUNCHEAPSF - $12 early bird tickets. Prices go down to $9 or $7 each if you have a big group.
All Day2016 Frida Kahlo Altar Building | Mission District   FREE*
*Free, but you're encouraged to bring something for the altar.
7:30 pmFree Opera at the Ballpark 2016: Carmen | AT&T Park   FREE*
*Free tickets, but advanced registration is required
8:00 pmFinal Night: Free Theatre Night: Witty WWII Comedy | SF   FREE*
*Must enter promo code on BrownPaperTickets website to get free tickets.
9:00 pmWin Tix: “Trapeze Worldwide” Burlesque Dance Party | The Chapel   WIN
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
9:00 pmWin Tix: Modern Sufi Folk Music Night “Mekaal Hasan Band” | Slim’s   WIN
10:30 pmFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016 | Sunday
Sunday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District

Photo | Fillmore Jazz Festival Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing more...

10:00 amLaborFest 2016: 1934 General Strike Walk | 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.
10:00 amAsian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF   FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
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 pmPatriotic American 4th of July Concert | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
1:00 pmThe LGBT Freedom Band: A Marching Band For Social Change | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
1:00 pmLive in the Castro: The Man Dance Company | Jane Warner Plaza   FREE
2:00 pmHieroglyphics: Free Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival   FREE
2:00 pmTango in the Square: Trio Garufa | Union Square Live   FREE
4:00 pm“Spirit Forward” Block Party & Silent Disco Spectacular | The Chapel   $25
4:00 pm“Red, White & Blue” Drag Show & Fun-raiser | SF   FREE
4:00 pmLGBT Art & Activist Spotlight: History, Music & Snacks | SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE


Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July 2016 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Monday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

If you’ve got a car in San Francisco you’re already paying a crapload in insurance, your dents have dents, you have to suffer through critical mass and people hating on you more...

All DaySan Francisco | 9 Different Free Guided Walking Tours for 4th of July | 2016   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
All Day4th at the Wharf: Fireworks Display & Live Entertainment | 2016   FREE
All Day“Red, White & Zoo” Day | SF Zoo   $17*
*Adult admission is $17 for SF Residents (w/ proof) or $20 otherwise; seniors & children rates are reduced.
10:30 amMission Terrace | 4th of July Parade, Fire Truck Demo & Picnic | 2016   FREE
All DaySan Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2016   FREE
All Day4th Of July Throwdown: Tricycle Races & Ladies Arm Wrestling | SF   FREE
1:00 pmFree July 4th Symphony in the Park | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
1:30 pmSF Mime Troupe: Opening Weekend 2016 | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Donations accepted.
2:00 pmHemlock Tavern | Free BBQ & Live Punk Alley Party | 2016   $5*
*$5 includes free BBQ and live music. Food is while supplies last.
4:00 pm5th Annual July 4th Fireworks Pub Crawl | SF   $6*
*50% off with code FUNCHEAPSF - $12 early bird tickets. Prices go down to $9 or $7 each if you have a big group.
5:00 pmAngel Island | 4th of July Fireworks Viewing Party | 2016   $120*
*Special Arrangement Evening Ferry Tickets are required: $120 Adults and $85 Children (5-12 years)
6:00 pmAAA “Tipsy Tow” Free Car Tow Home | Fourth of July 2016   FREE
6:00 pmRed, White & Rosé 2016: Wine Celebration & Fireworks | Treasure Island   $13.50*
*$13.50 using code FUNCHEAP in advance, and includes one wine flight. Bring cash for additional food and drinks.
6:00 pmWin Tix: 4th of July Celebration: 6th Annual Red, White and Rosé | Treasure Island   WIN
7:30 pmWatch Fireworks Close Up Aboard WWII Liberty Ship | S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien   $35
8:00 pmFree Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room   FREE
8:30 pmPotrero Hill | Mini DIY-Fireworks Street Show | 2016   FREE
9:00 pmGhirardelli Square: Great Spot to Watch the Fireworks | SF   FREE
9:30 pmTreasure Island: Watch 4th of July Fireworks from Treasure Island | 2016   FREE

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 5 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum

Photo | Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoFounded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American more...

9:30 amLegion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
10:00 amLaborFest 2016: Bread & Roses W/ Retired Union Members | SF   FREE
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
3:00 pm2016 Fiestas Fridas Kick-Off: Frida Art Show, Free Food & Drinks | Mission Dist.   FREE
5:30 pmWine & Movie Night: “A League Of Their Own” | Top of the Mark   FREE
7:00 pmLaborFest 2016: “The Factory” Movie Screening | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
7:30 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Life, Animated” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required. Arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Free Belgian Waffle Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, July 6 – 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 pm“People in Plazas” Music Festival Opening Day | SF   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 pmFolk Rock Concert: Doobie Decibel System | Union Square Live   FREE
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout   FREE
7:00 pmLaborFest 2016: “We Dont Like Samba” Film Screening | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
7:30 pmSF Civic Symphony: Summer Orchestra Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:45 pmLaborFest 2016: “Limpiadores” Film Screening | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
8:00 pm“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night & Free Pizza | SF   FREE
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Adidas Summer 2016 Giant Tent Sale: First Day | Stonestown Galleria
Thursday, July 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free entry. But bring money for purchases, of course.
| Stonestown Galleria

Photo | Adidas via Facebook Adidas is taking over part of the Stonestown Galleria parking lot, July 7-10, for a giant tent sale Every clearance event is different, but if previous sales are more...

12:00 pm53rd Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest | Union Square   FREE
All DayGhirardelli Square Summer Beer Garden & Free Snacks | SF   FREE
12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society   FREE
12:00 pmThe Black Woman is God: Celebrating Black Women | SF   FREE
12:00 pm“People in Plazas” 2016 Market Street Music Festival Kick Off | SF   FREE
12:30 pmCal Raijin Taiko: Witness An Ancient Japanese Percussion Tradition | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
4:00 pm“Off The Grid” Twilight Campfire Party | Presidio   FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
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 pmLower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin   FREE
6:00 pmBeer Garden NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $15*
* Ages 21+, ID required for entry.
6:30 pmFirst Thursdays Art + Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight   FREE
7:00 pmLaborFest 2016: “Black Lives Matter” Open Forum | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
7:00 pmPop Art Show, Drag Show & Fundraiser | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE
8:00 pm“Classy Affairs” Comedy Show | SF   $10
8:00 pmWin Tix: “Mexrrissey” Mexico Goes Morrissey | JCCSF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets.
8:30 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Underground Comedy Night | SF   FREE

Friday, July 8, 2016

Be Amazed With The Red Panda Acrobats | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 8 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)

Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes, and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics more...

11:00 amSketching in the Galleries: Draw Your Own Art | SF   FREE
12:00 pmFree Market St. Music Festival: Salsa Concert Friday | SoMa   FREE