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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Friday, September 30, 2016

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Friday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences

Photo | California Academy of Sciences Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring more...

10:00 amFree Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | SF   FREE
10:00 amHome Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio   FREE
All DayHardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Friday | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All DayVolunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2016   FREE*
*Registration required
12:00 pmFinal Day of Free 2016 “People in Plazas” Music Festival | SF   FREE
5:00 pmAventine’s 8th Anniversary Block Party | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
5:00 pmArt Night SF: Mid-Market Art, Live Music & Karaoke | UN Plaza   FREE
5:00 pm“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
5:00 pmFriday Nights at the de Young: 6th Annual Tiara Sensation | de Young Museum   FREE*
*All activities and admission to the permanent galleries on Friday nights are free and open to the public, but if you want to visit the museum's Special Exhibits, regular admission charges still apply.
5:00 pmBottomless Oktoberfest: Food Trucks & Epic Brews | SF   FREE*
*Free admission with Facebook RSVP. $30 Bottomless Oktoberfest Beers
5:00 pmFree Camp Cook Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF   FREE*
*Donations are encouraged.
5:00 pm2nd Annual Cultural Corridor: 8-Block Performance Series | SF   FREE
5:30 pmSan Francisco Critical Mass   FREE
6:00 pm2016 German Oktoberfest “Free Jugs” Beer Party | Cafe Royale   FREE*
*Free admission, but for a fee (in 2015 it was $40) you'll get a keepsake stein and unlimited beer tastes.
6:00 pmLive Jazz Music with the Invisible Guy | The Presidio   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmWin Tix: La Cocina’s “Voices from the Kitchen” | Swedish American Hall   WIN
7:00 pmUrban Square Dance & Live Music | SF   $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmNight Games Party | 2016 “Come Out & Play” Festival   FREE
7:00 pm“Inner River” Book Release Party | SF   FREE
7:00 pmMark Thompson Memorial Reading | SF   FREE
7:00 pmThe Alhambra Project: Exercises on the Screen & Local Tour | SF   FREE
7:00 pm“Incidents of Travel in Poetry” Book Discussion | SF   FREE
7:30 pm“Rad Women Worldwide” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: NENA: 99 Luftballoons Over America Tour | Regency Ballroom   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: “Not Today Satan” RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Bianca Del Rio | The Warfield   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Damien Lemon (Montreal Comedy Festival) | Cobb’s   WIN
8:30 pmThis Week’s Show: Fresh Stand-Up Comedy | SF   FREE

Saturday, October 1, 2016

1st Annual
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Day is like Earth Day – for San Francisco Bay. It is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to come together and celebrate the Bay. Don’t be fooled more...

9:00 amGarden Volunteer Workparty “Kezar Triangle” | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*http://sfrecpark.org/event/kezar-triangle-community-garden-volunteer-workparty/2016-10-01/
9:00 amPark Cleaning & Greening | SF   FREE
9:00 am2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes | SF   FREE
All DayCalifornia Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents   FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
All DayFirst Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours | Presidio   FREE*
*Reservations are required by phone to (415) 556-1693 from October 1-3, 2016
All DayRe:Make 2016: 100+ Artisans & Free DIY Projects | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
10:00 am650+ Cozy Bungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
All DayGoorin Bros. Awesome Hat & Cap Sample Sale | SF   FREE*
*Hat prices start at $10.
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 Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | SF   FREE
10:00 amFree Guided Trail & Nature Walk | Golden Gate Park   FREE
10:00 amSF Maritime Fun Day: “Walk the Plank” & Historic Sail Contest | Bay Area   FREE
10:00 amHealthy Parks Healthy People Family Day | SF   FREE
10:00 amMcLaren Park Project: Planning Workshop for a Better Community | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
10:00 amHome Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio   FREE
10:30 amControl Your Energy: Energy Mind Training Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All DayHardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Saturday | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All Day24 Hour Comics Day: Watch Artists Create a Brand New Comic | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*It's free to come watch the comic artists at work. Registration for the event is $10
1:00 pmFlagging in the Park: Colorful Flags, Fans & Poi Play Day | Golden Gate Park   FREE
1:00 pmUrban Exploration Games Day | 2016 “Come Out & Play” Festival   FREE
1:00 pmFree Yoga Open House | SF   FREE
All DayMAPP: October Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.   FREE
2:00 pmSilent Film San Francisco Walking Tour | SF   FREE
2:00 pm“Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck” Documentary Screening | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmBars Baths & Butches: Queer Historical Tour of Valencia & 16th Street | SF   FREE
2:00 pmHealthy Parks for Healthy People: Exercises & Family Games | The Presidio   FREE
3:00 pm“Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes” Book Launch | Omnivore Books   FREE
6:00 pm“Hybrid” Opening Reception | SF   FREE
6:00 pmFree Outdoor Movie Night “Zootopia” | Ingleside   FREE
7:00 pm14th Annual Outdoor Movie Night: Pinocchio | The Presidio   FREE*
*Food from Off the Grid will be available for purchase.
7:30 pmOutdoor Movie Night “Dodgeball” at The Yard | Mission Rock   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
8:00 pmAn Epic Prince Karaoke Party, Fashion Show & Art Fest | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
8:00 pmWin Tix: Smuin Contemporary American Ballet | Palace of Fine Arts   WIN
8:30 pmWin Tix: Cymbals Eat Guitars: Cacophonic Guitar & Raucous Synth | Swedish American Hall   WIN
9:00 pmPrince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa   $5
9:00 pmBoomfest: Punk Rock Music on Saturday Night | SF   $5
9:00 pmPush The Feeling DJ Night | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
9:30 pmWin Tix: Comedy All Stars with Reggie Steele | Punch Line   WIN
10:00 pmThe God Damn Jam: Watch or Take Part in Improv | SF   FREE
10:00 pmThe Goddamn Jam: Stand-Up Improvised Humor | SF   FREE


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Blessing of the Animals & St. Francis Day Celebration | Grace Cathedral
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral

Bring your pet to be blessed on the plaza of the magnificent Grace Cathedral in honor of St. Francis, patron saint of San Francisco. This isn’t just for dogs – people bring all sorts more...

9:00 amRare Tenderloin Guided Tour: Part I | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
All DayCalifornia Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents   FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
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
10:00 amHome Land Security Exhibition | The Presidio   FREE
10:30 am2016 Filipino-American History Celebration | Asian Art Museum   FREE
All Day2016 Castro Street Fair: Local Artists, Vendors & Live Entertainment | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
All DayHardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Sunday | Golden Gate Park   FREE
11:00 amUncovering The Parkside: Rare Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
11:00 amFree Kundalini Yoga Day in the Park | Dolores Park   FREE
11:00 am49ers vs Cowboys: All You Can Drink Passport | SoMa   FREE*
*FREE with Facebook RSVP and all-you-can-drink passport for $30: http://bit.ly/AYCDPASSPORT
11:00 amY Bike Learn to Ride Program: Free & Safe Bike Lessons | The Presidio   FREE
11:00 amThe Last Gun & It’s History | The Presidio   FREE
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
12:00 pmMonster Family Sunday | SF   FREE
12:00 pmKearny Street Workshop’s Annual Festival | SF Main Library   FREE
12:30 pmFree Monthly Yoga Class for Beginners | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
1:00 pmWhimsical West Side Architecture: Rare Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
1:00 pmAmerican History in Golden Gate Park | October 2016 Walking Tour Month   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
1:00 pmThe Final “Golden Gate Park Band” Free Concert of 2016 | SF   FREE
1:00 pmFamily Play Day | 2016 “Come Out & Play” Festival   FREE
1:00 pm2nd Annual Cultural Corridor: 8-Block Performance Series | SF   FREE
2:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale | McLaren Park   FREE
2:00 pmWin Tix: “Sphinx Virtuosi” Classical Concert | Bayview Opera House   WIN
2:00 pm$20 Tix: Smuin Contemporary American Ballet | Palace of Fine Arts   $20*
*Use code FUNCHEAP for exclusive $20 tickets in Bronze/Silver sections (Regularly $32/$59)
5:00 pm“Buck Studies” Book Release Celebration | City Lights   FREE
7:30 pmWin Tix: Kabir Singh (The Family Guy) Comedy Show | Cobb’s   WIN

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Sound of Silence at the Japanese Tea Garden | SF
Monday, October 3 – 9:45 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free before 10 am.
| Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden welcomes local author Katrina Goldsaito and illustrator Julia Kuo for an interactive reading of The Sound of Silence. Featured in Brain Pickings, the Wall Street Journal, the more...