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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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square

Please note that the tickets for 12/16 are already sold out.

9:00 amGlide’s 2017 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 18+ only.
9:00 amTimbuk2’s 4th Annual Warehouse Sale: Up to 70% Off | SF   FREE
10:00 amFinal Day: Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale | 80% Off Everything   80% Off
10:00 amKimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts & Food Faire | SF   FREE
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
All Day24 Holidays on 24th Street: Pictures with Santa, Music & Carolers | Noe Valley   FREE
10:00 amHoliday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF   FREE
10:30 amNative Co. Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
11:00 am$7.50 Tix: “Sing You a Merry Christmas” Sing Along | Grace Cathedral   $7.50*
*Use code FUNCHEAP for 50% off tickets
11:00 amHoliday Shopping Celebration | SF   FREE*
*Free mulled cider, free holiday cookies, free coloring and stickers for kids of all ages. An additional $5 off all purchases over $25, just say "Funcheap sent me."
11:00 amFree Holiday Fun: Slacklining & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero   FREE*
* All free activities are available at first-come-first-serve basis.
11:00 amEscape From Alcatraz: Secrets of the Outer Sunset | SF   FREE
11:00 amCabin Pop-Up at Equator Fort Mason: Free Coffee & Trip Giveaway | SF   FREE
11:00 amFive & Diamond Holiday Loft Sale | DNA Lounge   FREE
11:30 amFree Outdoor Yoga Day | Golden Gate Park   FREE
12:00 pmMarch for Sanctuary Cities | SF   FREE
12:00 pmFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting with Daniela Gerson | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market   FREE
1:00 pmPresidio “West of the Revolution” Book Discussion | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
1:00 pmHoliday Cheer Hike: Golden Gate Park & Beer | SF   FREE*
*Free hike, but bring cash for beer at the end
2:00 pmNintendo Switch Social: Multiplayer Games All Afternoon | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmSweater Mittens: Free Craft Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Call (415)355-2848 to sign up.
2:00 pmArt of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Book Signing & Release Party | SF   FREE*
*Free to attend, purchase of book required for autographs
3:00 pmFitbit Local Monthly Workout: Holiday Yoga Flow | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmWinter Artist Market | SF   FREE
3:00 pmWin Tix: A Grace Cathedral Christmas: Choir & Full Orchestra | SF   WIN
4:00 pmMeow That’s What I Call Art Vol 2 & Holiday Art Fair | SF   FREE
5:00 pmDoughbies Holiday Pop Up: Free Cookies & Coffee | SF   FREE
5:30 pm2017 “Krampus Krawl”: Scary Xmas Pub Crawl | SF   FREE*
*It looks to be free; there's no cover charge listed. Bring cash for drinks and buy yourself a pair of horns to participate.
7:00 pmSF’s Menorah Parade & Chanukah Lighting | Union Square   FREE
8:00 pmComedy Roast of Santa Claus | SF   $5*
*$5 online with code FunCheap; normally $10
8:00 pmMassive “Glow Sword” Light Saber Battle 2017 | SF   FREE*
*Free to watch or if you bring your own lightsaber. $5 early bird or $10 to reserve a lightsaber that will be waiting for you at the event.
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
8:00 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 pm50% Off: A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret | Great Star Theater   $12.50*
*50% off with code FUNMERRYMC. Otherwise, it's $25
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 pmPush The Feeling DJ Night | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $6.
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 pmBootie SF: Star Wars Holiday Special | SF   $10*
*$10 before 10 pm
9:00 pm“Chulita Vinyl Club” All-Girl, All-Vinyl DJ Party | The Chapel   FREE
10:00 pmClub ’90s Presents: Boogie Nights | Public Works   FREE*
*Use code FUNCHEAP for comp tickets (limited availability) - otherwise $5 early bird / $10 adv
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code FUNCHEAP; otherwise it's $10
11:59 pmSan Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride | SF   FREE

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square

Please note that the tickets for 12/17 are already sold out.

10:00 amLast Day of Holiday House by Brit + Co: One Stop Holiday Shopping Destination | SF   FREE
10:00 amFree Yogaout in Dolores Park with Supergirls | SF   FREE*
*The yogaout is free forever, but we encourage you to bring some snacks to share with other Supergirls:)
All DayChanukah Wonderland: 24 Holidays on 24th Street | Noe Valley   FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for shopping, food and drinks
All Day2017 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 70+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF   FREE
12:00 pmWin Tix: 5th Annual “All-You-Can-Eat” Crab Feast | SF   WIN*
*$50 for Adults, $25 for kids
2:00 pmBill Graham Menorah Day 2017: SF’s Chanukah Festival | Union Square   FREE
3:00 pmSF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | 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.
3:00 pmMayor Ed Lee Memorial Celebration | SF City Hall   FREE
4:00 pmChristmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa Music Celebration | The Presidio   FREE
6:00 pmStar Wars Holiday Party & The Infamous Holiday Special on the Big Screen | SF   FREE
7:00 pmHellaFunny Sundays Comedy Show | Neck of the Woods   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door


Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 7th Night | Union Square
Monday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun 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.
5:00 pm2017 Chanukah Under the Dome & Homemade Latkes | Westfield Centre   FREE
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” | AMC Van Ness 14   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
7:30 pmNo Sports Trivia: The Farewell Shotwells Pubquiz | SF   FREE*
*100% free to play. Funcheap readers get a bonus prize
8:00 pmHaight Street Trivia, Comedy, Gaming & Free Pizza Night | Milk Bar   FREE
8:00 pm“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Free Holiday Fun: Disc Golfing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero
Tuesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
* All free activities are available at first-come-first-serve basis.
| Justin Herman Plaza

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the launch of a series of free holiday sports at Embarcadero Plaza. The Plaza already features the Holiday Ice Rink, located at more...

5:00 pm2017 Chanukah Grand Finale & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah | Union Square   FREE
5:00 pmLight Up The Night 2017: Free Bike Light Giveaway | SF   FREE*
*Free bike safety lights for those who do not already have them.
5:00 pm“Blue Strait” Film Screening & Q&A | SF Main Library   FREE
5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s   FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
5:30 pmPop-up Conversation: Race, Media & Democracy | SF   FREE
6:00 pmWin Tix: Symphonix 2017 Holiday Party at Bergerac | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Current Symphonix members get in free. $20 entrance fee for non-members.
6:00 pmPop Up Bay Area: Chris Robinson (ex Black Crowes) Intimate Show | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture: ExoComets | Presidio   FREE
7:30 pmExoComets: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t | SF   FREE
7:30 pmAstrolecture Series: All About ExoComets | The Presidio   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmWitches’ Brew: A Standup Comedy Show | SF   $10*
*$10 before and $15 day of show at the door.
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Free Marijuana Tour: 1-Hour Union Square Walking Tour | SF
Wednesday, December 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested Donation: $15
| Union Square

The original Free Marijuana Tour is the best overview of everything you need to know about cannabis in just one hour. Experience a fun and interactive lesson from and well-informed guides more...

11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza   FREE
1:00 pm24 Holidays on 24th Street: Live Music & Wine Tasting | Noe Valley   FREE
3:30 pmWinter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach   FREE
5:00 pmNational Sangria Day | SF   FREE*
*Free admission. $25 bottomless mimosas available
5:00 pmNOVY’s Wine Tasting for Fire Relief | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, bring money for food and drinks. Donations are highly encouraged.
5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF   FREE
6:00 pmSan Francisco Punk Film Festival: 1977-1980 Short Clips | SF Main Library   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmNerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop   $8
7:00 pmSound of Sanctuary: Meditation Series | SF   FREE*
*Free RSVP required. A suggested donation of $10-$15 can be made at the door.
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Father Figures” | Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
7:00 pmWonderfest: Ask a Science Envoy| SF   FREE*
*Free and donations are highly encouraged.
8:00 pm“The End” Insane Tarantino-Style Improv | SF   $5
8:00 pm“The End” Insane Tarantino-Style Improv | SF   $5*
*$5

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Free Co-working Day at Startup Basecamp | SF
Thursday, December 21 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Startup Basecamp

Hate fighting for table space and outlets at Peet’s? Looking for a chill place to work remotely? Come to Startup Basecamp’s Community Co-working Thursday. Startup Basecamp is San Francisco’s first co-living, co-working more...

10:00 amHidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa   FREE
11:00 amFree Holiday Fun: Rock Climbing & Bocce Ball Games | Embarcadero   FREE*
* All free activities are available at first-come-first-serve basis.
2:00 pm24 Holidays on 24th Street: Holiday Music | Noe Valley   FREE
4:30 pmFree Thursday Night Movie: “The Promise” | SF   FREE
4:54 pm14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2017   FREE
5:00 pmGame Night Happy Hour, Trivia & Relay Races | SF   FREE*
*No cost to get in the door or play games. Food and Drinks will need to be purchased.
5:00 pmFree Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa   FREE*
*All gallery and museum entries will be free except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum which will be offering a special entry price of $5.
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15   $17.95*
*$17.95 Adv / $19.95 Door / Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome) Adults Only (18+)
6:15 pm2017 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center   FREE*
*Admission is typically by donation, but consider becoming a member.