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 31, 2015

Monday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 9pm, $3 after
| Madrone Art Bar

Every Monday at Madrone, dance the night away with hosts DJ Gordo Cabeza and Timoteo Gigante and resident DJs spinning originals, exclusive remixes, and close relatives of your favorite Motown songs more...

6:00 pmOccupy Forum: Who Killed Sandra Bland? Historical Context & Future Vision | SF  FREE*
*Donations accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds.
8:30 pmLaughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF   FREE

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Treasure Island Music Festival | Volunteer to Get Free Tickets

Do you want to do more than just attend the 2015 Treasure Island Music Festival? Get involved! Volunteering for Noise Pop at Treasure Island is a great way to not only attend more...

9:30 amde Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
9:30 amLegion of Honor 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 amFree Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch   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
6:00 pmRadar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmHumphry Slocombe & Anchor Steam Beer Ice Cream Social | SF   FREE*
*Class is free. Free Humphry Slocombe Anchor Steam Cream ice cream scoop (while supplies last) with the purchase of a pint of Anchor Steam
7:30 pmThe News: Fresh Queer Performance Series | SoMa   FREE*
*Admission is free, but SOMArts hopes that if you can afford to donate, you will support the artists onstage when the hat passes. RSVP on Eventbrite to guarantee a seat.
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmWood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar   FREE


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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...

11:00 amGLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro   FREE
12:00 pmFree Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio   FREE
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout   FREE
8:00 pmFree Wednesday Comedy “Royale With Cheese” | Tendernob   FREE
8:00 pm“The Dirty Show” Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF   FREE*
*Donation only.
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Free Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF
Thursday, September 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church

EVENT UPDATE: This event is on hiatus for the Summer of 2015 and should resume in October. All are welcome to a free community-created dinner gleaned from the USF Garden and neighborhood farmers’ more...

12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society  FREE
6:00 pmLower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin   FREE
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE
9:00 pm“Class of ’84” Michael Jackson Birthday Dance Party & Thriller Performance | SF   FREE*
*Free before 9:30pm, $7 after.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday, September 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Over 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is more...

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
10:30 pmLive Comedy Show: “Your F!#&ed Up Relationship” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Sept. 5-7
Saturday, September 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains between West Oakland 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.
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.
3:00 pmUNCONFIRMED – Saturdays Unplugged | SF JCC   FREE
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 | NoPa   $5

Sunday, September 6, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Sept. 5-7
Sunday, September 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains between West Oakland more...

8:00 amFree Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
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 pm‘The Great American Song Book’ | SF   FREE
2:00 pmSummer Outdoor Music Series | Corte Madera   FREE*
*FREE
8:00 pm“Bad Asians” Candid Storytelling Night | SF   FREE*
*Free when you mention Funcheap at the door. Otherwise, $5 early-bird and $10 day-of tickets are required.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, September 7, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Labor Day
Monday, September 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains between West Oakland more...

1:00 pmLabor Day Symphony Concert in the Park | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
7:30 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:00 pmBeatles Karaoke Night | Trendynob   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Monday Concert | Make-Out Room   FREE
9:00 pm“Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night | Mission Dist.   FREE

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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...

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, September 9, 2015

2:00 pmState-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time.
8:00 pm“Haters Gonna Hate” Free Comedy Show | SF  FREE
9:30 pmDream Queens Revue Drag Show | Tenderloin  FREE

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Playtesting Bash: Try Out Brand New Games
Thursday, September 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)

Sandbox is a monthly designing and playtesting event from Come Out and Play SF that takes place every second Thursday of the month. It’s like a mix between an open mic and a more...

7:00 pmCup ‘o Comedy with Danny Dechi | SF  FREE

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Over 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is more...

3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa  FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
6:00 pmCommunity Reiki Clinic: Relaxation & Balance | Mission Dist.   $1*
*Clinic is by donation.
6:30 pmGrotto Free Comedy Night: Free Drinks & Snacks | Sports Basement Bryant   FREE
8:00 pm“She Rocks” Live Music, Comedy & Drag Showcase | SF   $5
10:30 pmLive Comedy Show: “Your F!#&ed Up Relationship” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The School Farm

Come join a volunteer work party at The School Farm every second Saturday from noon to 4 pm to lend a hand and learn about farm work. All skill levels and abilities more...

10:00 amOceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
12:00 pmHistory for Half Pints: Family Music & Games | California Historical Society   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise , $5 at the door.
2:00 pmMountain Lake Science Saturday: Western Pond Turtle | Presidio   FREE
8:00 pm“The Setup” Underground Comedy Show & Happy Hour | SF   FREE
8:30 pmSaturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF   FREE

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, September 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Expect yummy offerings available for purchase more...

10:00 amFree AcroYoga Workshop | Sports Basement Bryant  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
1:30 pmOpera in the Park 2015 | Golden Gate Park   FREE
2:00 pmSummer Outdoor Music Series | Corte Madera   FREE*
*FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cyberpunk Cinema Night:
Monday, September 14 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout

Cyberpunk Cinema, by Thrillhouse Records, presents cyberpunk movie classics at The Knockout in the Mission every second Monday of the month from 6:30-9 pm. They’ll show one episode of Cowboy Bebop at more...

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.
8:00 pmSomething Something Shindig: Improv Comedy & Music | SF   FREE
9:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Make-Out Room   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Stinky Cheese Club | Bender's
Tuesday, September 15 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
| Bender's Bar & Grill

Mmm… tasty, smelly, stinky cheese. Bender’s hosts their monthly meeting of The Stinky Cheese Club. Bring in some cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, etc…  (make it something impressive, not just the cheapest more...

7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Presidio   FREE
7:00 pmYum & Yummer: A Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, September 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Rickshaw Stop

What happens when geeks take over a rock club for an evening of drinking and presentations? Find out at Nerd Nite, a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots more...

5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF  FREE
7:00 pmFree Comedy Night with Danny Dechi | Outer Richmond  FREE
8:00 pmFree “Sup Girl” Comedy Show | SF   FREE

Thursday, September 17, 2015

YBCA:ConVerge Monthly Art Gathering | SoMa
Thursday, September 17 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. Community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in the YBCA’s Grand Lobby and more...

4:00 pmYerba Buena Gallery Crawl: 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 pmHardly Strictly Tribute Concert Series | Contemporary Jewish Museum   $5*
*Museum admission is required: $5 after 5 pm.
8:00 pmSF Indie’s Outdoor Summer Movie: “Airplane” | McCoppin Plaza   FREE
8:00 pmFull-Frontal Comedy Showcase | Castro   $5*
*Entrance is a suggested donation of $5. A portion of proceeds go to Margaret Cho's #BeRobin project to help San Francisco's homeless.

Friday, September 18, 2015

5:00 pmFree Family Dinner & Movie | SF  FREE
5:00 pm“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview  FREE