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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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Model Boats on Parade 2014 | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 21 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Lake

The San Francisco Model Yacht Club Presents Wooden Boats on Parade – the 10th bi-annual event which will be held at beautiful Spreckels Lake on Sunday, September 21, 2014 starting at more...

All Day2014 International Dragon Boat Festival: Sunday | Treasure Island   FREE
10:30 am19th Century Pistol Dueling Class | Daly City   FREE
11:00 am2014 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa   FREE*
*The event is free, but donate $10 or more at the gates and get a sticker that entitles you to $2 off each drink all day. 100% of the donations benefit charity.
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
All Day2014 Greek Food Festival: Sunday | SF   FREE*
*Free admission with coupon. Otherwise $5.
12:00 pmMission Neighborhood Record Swap | McCoppin Plaza   FREE
All Day2014 “As You Like It” Electronic Music Picnic | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Donations accepted
12:00 pm2014 SFMusic Day: Live Classical, Jazz & Food Trucks | SF   FREE
1:00 pm2014 All You Can Dance for Just $5 | SoMa   $5
1:00 pmFree Irish Dance & Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
1:10 pmWestin St. Francis 110th Anniversary Free Historic Tour | SF   FREE
2:00 pm55% Off: Craft Spirits Carnival 2014 | Unlimited Tastings & Sideshow   $35*
*Regular price, $80 and up, 55% discount off tickets. Enter discount code "funcheapsf" or go to:
2:00 pmWin Tix: 2014 San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival | Unlimited Tastings   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets, or buy tickets with a 55% off discount. Enter discount code "funcheap" or go to:
2:30 pm23rd Annual Penny Parade & Autumnal Equinox Extravaganza | Haight   FREE*
*Just bring your pennies to toss, and more if you want to hang out over cocktails afterwards.
3:00 pmDestiny’s Child Flash Mob Dance Class | SF   $6
3:00 pm“Shroom”: Cultivated & Wild Mushroom Recipes | Omnivore Books   FREE
4:00 pmBook Signing & Free Ice Cream | Bernal Heights   FREE
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie w/ Q&A: “Pride” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lunchtime Yoga in the Park | Financial District
Monday, September 22 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Sydney Walton Square Park

This 30 minute class is perfect for those with little to no experience with yoga who want to feel rejuvenated, take a real break at lunch, and make time to listen more...

5:30 pm2014 “Architecture and the City” Free Lecture | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pm“Jury Duty” Comedy Improv Battle | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmMelt the Mic Free Comedy Night w/ Mary Van Note | North Beach   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Swedish Singer-Songwriter Alice Boman | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $10-12
9:00 pm“Am I Rite?” Free Comedy Night with Matt Lieb | SF   FREE
10:00 pmFree Post-Punk Shoegaze Disco Concert: Mahogany | SF   FREE

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Free Sneak Preview Movie Night:
Tuesday, September 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required. Arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
| Secret Movie Theater (SF)

Attend an exclusive free sneak preview screening of “Two Night Stand,“ a romantic comedy about a hook-up gone awry. The screening takes place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at a movie theater in San more...

6:30 pmChez Panisse’s Chef Jean-Pierre Moulle’s French & Californian Recipes | Omnivore Books  FREE
7:00 pmLes Claypool & Larry LaLonde: Primus Book Release Party | SF   FREE*
*Advanced ticketing is required for this event. Tickets are free but only available at the front counter of City Lights beginning on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations taken over the phone. Call 415-362-8193 to inquire about ticket availability before dropping by.
8:00 pmWhere Eagles Dare: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Upper Haight   FREE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Swing In The Square: Free Concert & Dance Lessons | Union Square
Wednesday, September 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park

Swing in the Square is a swinging live concert and dance series taking place every fourth Wednesday from May to September from 6-8 pm. Arrive early for free introductory dance lessons by professional more...

5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF  FREE
5:30 pm2014 Architecture and the City Fest Film: “The Queen of Versailles” | SF  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmThe Muffin Men Comedy Show & Sketch Videos | SF   FREE
7:30 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15
8:00 pmDon’t Watch This Show, Live: Sketch Comedy | SF   $1*
*$1-$10 sliding scale at door

Friday, September 26, 2014

Final Behind-the-Scenes Tour: New Park Construction | Presidio Gateway
Friday, September 26 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required to
| Presidio Trust Headquarters

The Presidio Gateway project will create 13 acres of new parkland in the Presidio, re-connecting Crissy Field with the Main Post. Site tours are available every Friday afternoon from 4-5 pm from more...

1:00 pmFree Classical Chamber Music by the Bay | SF  FREE
5:00 pmFree Family Dinner & “Finding Nemo” Screening | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required by calling Priscilla at 415-406-1367. Space is limited.
5:00 pm“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food from food trucks.
5:00 pmFriday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries.
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smithsonian's 10th Annual Free Museum Day | 2014
Saturday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from
| San Francisco Bay Area

Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day takes place Saturday, September 27, 2014 as participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors who register for more...

9:30 amThe Beatles Choir: Volunteer Singalong | SF  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended.
11:00 amChef Interview & Cooking Demo: 4505 Meat’s Ryan Farr | Embarcadero   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
12:00 pm7×7 Mile Art Project & Walk: “Lines Made By Walking” | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmFinal Film Night in the Park: “American Hustle” | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, September 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Main Post Lawn

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio every Sunday through the fall starting on April 6, 2014 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Main Parade Ground more...

12:00 pmDay of Youth Dance, Art, Music & Fashion | McCoppin Plaza   FREE