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, April 25, 2015

NOW Panhandle Festival 2015: Final Day | SF
Saturday, April 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Panhandle

Now is a community festival akin to SXSW and they’ll be taking over the neighborhoods around San Francisco’s iconic Panhandle (plus a few all over the city) to produce a week of more...

All Day2015 Education Revolution Festival & Gavin Newsom Keynote | AT&T Park  FREE*
*Free for students and educators; $60 for everyone else; however scholarships are available
9:00 amEarth Day Beach Cleanup & Free Aquarium Tickets | Aquarium of the Bay   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
9:00 amBe A Badass Without Losing Your Sh*t: Meditation Workshop | SF   $5*
*Advance tickets are recommended.
9:30 amThe Beatles Choir: Volunteer Singalong | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended.
All DayArtSeed’s 2015 Earth Day 10-Hour Art-A-Thon | Presidio   FREE*
*Free, but donations ($10-20) are graciously accepted. Food will probably not be free, so bring a few bucks.
10:00 amHeron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All DayGiant Nerf Gun Obstacle Course & Super Long Hot Wheels Track | Treasure Island Flea   $3
All DayTimbuk2’s “Break Up (With Your Bag)” Mimosa Brunch | Hayes Valley   FREE*
*Attendance is free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
10:00 amWastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
All Day2015 Shipyard Artsts Spring Open Studios: Saturday | Hunters Point   FREE
All Day2015 Opening Day: Free Sail Boat Rides | Treasure Island Sailing Center   FREE
All DayDutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2015 | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Admission is free, but tickets are required and donations are appreciated. Food is for purchase.
All DaySuperhero Saturday Costume Carnival & Games | SF   $1*
*Free admission and $1 for most games, $2-5 for activities and food, $35 for an all-day pass which includes food and bounce house.
11:00 am2015 Burning Man Participation Faire & Newbie Orientation | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
All Day90% Off Obey Clothing Sample Sale, Free Drinks & Giveaways | Hayes Valley   FREE
11:00 amArt School Block Party: Art Sale, Live Music & Food Trucks | SF   FREE
1:00 pmUrban Hike Day: 3 Parks, a Secret Slide & a Pub | SF   FREE
5:00 pmGoorin Bros. Pre-Derby Hat Party: Live Music & Wine | North Beach   FREE
6:30 pm2015 LED Flow Jam & Glow Dance Showcase | Justin Herman Plaza   FREE
8:00 pm#HellaFunny: Comedians with Criminal Records | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Giant Nerf Gun Obstacle Course & Super Long Hot Wheels Track | Treasure Island Flea
Sunday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: $3 | Great Lawn

TI Flea celebrates Spring and an early Mother’s Day with… Nerf Guns and Hot Wheels? Why not! Celebrate your inner child and hone your sharp shooting skills in their nerf gun obstacle course brought more...

All DayTarget’s Garden Party & Free Goodies Bash | Marina   FREE
All Day2015 Shipyard Artsts Spring Open Studios: Sunday | Hunters Point   FREE
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
All DayWorld Folk Dance Festival & Workshops | SF   FREE
All Day2015 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa   FREE*
*Technically free, but a requested donation of $15/adv or $20/door gets you a Magic Sticker which gets you $1 off all drinks, plus tons of freebies and discounts all over the fair.
12:00 pm2015 “Opening Day On The Bay” Boat Parade | Marina   FREE
12:00 pmHistoric 1920s-1950s Italian Race Car Show “The California Mille” | Nob Hill   FREE
3:00 pm2015 Bay Area Dance Week: Free Dance Classes at ODC | SF   FREE
3:30 pmFootsteps of Godzilla: Classic Movie & Godzilla Expert Q&A | SF   FREE*
*Free advance tickets for up to 20 Funcheap Readers.
5:00 pmGreenhouse 2015: Provocative Play Readings | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$10.
6:00 pm’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.   FREE
6:00 pmAlphaBar Karaoke League Playoffs | SF   FREE
6:30 pmMad Men Viewing Party: The Final Episodes | SF   FREE*
*Free entry, but an RSVP is required.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar

Friends Ron Chapman, Aly Jones, Scott Simpson and Brandon Stokes invite you to join them for an extravaganza of comedy, snacks, games and prizes featuring some of the best up and more...

6:00 pmNew Presidio Parklands Workshop: Neighborhood Discussion | SF  FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: On The Road: All-Star Rockabilly, Funk & Pop Punk Show | Bottom of the Hill   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price, $12
8:00 pmMelt the Mic Comedy Showcase | North Beach   FREE*
*Tip jar optional

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Philz Coffee Soft Opening & Free Coffee | Dogpatch
Tuesday, April 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Philz Coffee (Dogpatch)

You are invited to celebrate the opening of a new Philz Coffee location in the Dogpatch neighborhood. It’s not only their latest coffee shop, but also their new home office. Come by and enjoy a cup more...

5:00 pmUnite4Marriage Rally: Supreme Court Ruling Hearings| San Francisco   FREE
6:00 pmWin Tix: Hank Paulson: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary on Dealing with China | SF   WIN
6:00 pmFast Forward: Video Art Conservation Talk | Tenderloin   FREE
6:30 pmBeat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark   FREE*
*No reservations and no cover charge; seating is available on a first come first serve basis. They probably expect you to buy a drink or two.
8:00 pmWhere Eagles Dare: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Upper Haight   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Literary Pop: SciFi, Zombie & Beyonce Poetry | Doc’s Lab   WIN

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Poems Under The Dome | SF City Hall
Wednesday, April 29 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall

The 10th Annual Poems Under the Dome invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month at San Francisco’s largest open mic poetry event inside City Hall from 5:30-8 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2015. San more...

8:00 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15
8:00 pmWin Tix: Twin Shadow: Brooklyn Indie Pop | The Regency Ballroom   WIN

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Lexington Club: Final Night | Mission Dist.
Thursday, April 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Always a party. Never a cover.
| Lexington Club

The Lexington Club will be celebrating their closing party on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 , and their last night of service will be Thursday, April 30, 2015.  It has more...

6:00 pmTech Talk: The Future Of E-commerce & Retail | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1 – 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...

1:00 pmFree Classical Chamber Music by the Bay | SF  FREE
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration that is normally held in Dolores Park, but due to construction is being held as a block party on Valencia more...

8:00 am“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF  FREE*
*Free for spectators, but parking in the nearby lot is $3. Car exhibitors will be charged $5 and will receive a free cup of coffee.
10:00 amHeron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park   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.
1:00 pm2015 Magic Meadow Pagan Spring Ritual: Beltane | Golden Gate Park   FREE
8:00 pmSea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF   FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or, Bring a mug for cider
9:00 pmPrince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa   $5
9:00 pmPush The Feeling DJ Night | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $6.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, May 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Special exhibitions may require separate admission surcharge
| Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 more...

10:00 amFree AcroYoga Workshop | Sports Basement Bryant   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
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.
11:00 amCinco de Mayo Dance Performances & Mural Walking Tour | Mission Dist.   FREE
12:00 pmKandi Love Rave in the Park: Silent Disco, Beads & Picnic | Dolores Park   FREE*
*$5 donation requested, but not required.
1:00 pmFree Hot Dog Day | Inner Richmond   FREE
1:00 pmNinja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.   FREE
2:00 pm“Dance on the Brain” Discussion at ODC | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week   FREE
6:30 pmMad Men Viewing Party: The Final Episodes | SF   FREE*
*Free entry, but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmHillbilly Hootenanny West Side Revue | The Riptide   FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, May 4, 2015

Beatles Karaoke Night | Trendynob
Monday, May 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale

Do you think your bird can sing? If so, Joshua Raoul Brody (Tango Number 9) will give you and the Fab Four a piano-bar treatment at the Beatles-only karaoke night more...

All DayFree Co-Working Day at RockIT CoLabs | SF  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmFree First Monday Concert | Make-Out Room  FREE
8:00 pmGettin’ Weird: Comedy w/ Stokes & Holtz | SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night | Mission Dist.   FREE

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th more...

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 amCartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day   FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
11:00 amContemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays   FREE
11:00 amFree Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch   FREE
12:00 pmYerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays   FREE
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 pmWood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar   FREE
8:00 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kozy Kar Bar

Produced by two of San Francisco’s fastest rising stars: Zack Chapaloni and Joe Gorman, Kozy Kar Bar presents The Dirty Show w/ Zack & Joe. This standup comedy show features a more...

11:00 amGLBT History Museum: Free First Wednesdays | Castro  FREE
12:00 pmFree Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio  FREE
5:30 pmFree Laughter Yoga Class | UCSF  FREE
6:30 pmDrink & Draw Art Event & Raffle | The Knockout  FREE
7:45 pmWin Tix: Is the Sky Falling? Asteroids & Earth Talk | Mill Valley  WIN
8:00 pmFree Wednesday Comedy “Royale With Cheese” | Tendernob  FREE
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.