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, May 23, 2015

2015 Small Business Week Final Day: Sidewalk Sales | SF
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

Find your must-haves and more on sidewalks throughout San Francisco. In 2015, there are over 20 neighborhoods participating on two weekends: May 16, 2015 and May 23, 2015. Check out the 2015 sidewalk sale more...

All Day2015 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Golden Gate Park   FREE
9:30 amThe Beatles Choir: Volunteer Singalong | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended.
All DaySan Francisco Carnaval Festival 2015: Saturday | Mission   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
10:00 amBungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
All Day“Insidious: Chapter 3 – Into The Further” 4D Experience | SF   FREE*
*Free, but we recommend you to reserve your space by entering Promo Code SCARIESTINSIDIOUS. If you aren't able to reserve a space, just come to the event for General Admission, first-come, first-served.
11:00 amUncovering The Parkside: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
11:00 amBarrio Fiesta: SoMa Rec Center 25th Anniversary & Filipino Culture Celebration | SF   FREE
All DayBrews & Baseball: Anchor Tap Takeover | SoMa   FREE*
*Free to attend and $35 (save $20) for all-you-can-drink with Funcheap code
All DayThe Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Creation | SF   FREE
12:00 pm2015 March Against Monsanto in Bee Costumes | Embarcadero   FREE
1:00 pmThe Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Closing | SF   FREE
2:00 pmThe History of Silent Film in San Francisco: Rare Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
6:00 pmFog City Movie Night: Big Hero 6 | Richmond Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmFantasy Art Market League Award Ceremony | Tenderloin   FREE

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rare Tenderloin Guided Tour: Part I | SF City Gudes
Sunday, May 24 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Powell Street Station

Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and more...

9:30 amSan Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2015   FREE
All DaySan Francisco Carnaval Festival 2015: Sunday | Mission   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
All Day“Insidious: Chapter 3 – Into The Further” 4D Experience | SF   FREE*
*Free, but we recommend you to reserve your space by entering Promo Code SCARIESTINSIDIOUS. If you aren't able to reserve a space, just come to the event for General Admission, first-come, first-served.
11:00 amGlen Park: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
11:00 amUSS San Francisco WWII Memorial Ceremony | SF   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 pmFree Memorial Day Patriotic Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
6:00 pm’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.   FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Monday, May 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

If you’ve got a car in San Francisco, in addition to crazy high gas prices, you also have to worry about the insanely complex, nearly impossible to decipher conflicting parking signs more...

All DaySF City Guides Memorial Day 2015 | 8 Free Guided Walking Tours   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
10:30 amMemorial Day 2015 Commemoration & Parade | Presidio   FREE
1:00 pmUrban Hike Day: Sea, Stairs, Skyscrapers & Spirits | SF   FREE
4:00 pm20th Annual Sh*t-Kickin’ Memorial Day Party: Outdoor Twang Fest & BBQ | El Rio   $10*
*$10 covers music and food, but tips for the BBQ chef are appreciated, and you'll probably want to buy some drinks too.
6:00 pmSF Int’l Arts Festival: Documentary Film Screening | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
8:00 pm“Fun Times With Friends” Comedy Extravaganza | Lower Haight   FREE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SF Int'l Arts Festival: Documentary Film Screening | Fort Mason
Tuesday, May 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian travels to Armenia, Lebanon, Syria and Sweden to investigate the secret of her grandmother’s face tattoos. In the process she unveils the story of the Armenian women driven more...

8:00 pmWhere Eagles Dare: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Upper Haight   FREE
9:00 pm“Revenge of the Nerds” Open Gym Dodgeball Night | Mission Dist.   $3*
*Mention Funcheap and pay just $3 admission. Otherwise it's $5. Cash only.

Wednesday, May 27, 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...

12:30 pmRare Walking Tour: UCSF/Mission Bay: From Shells to Cells | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
6:30 pmWin Tix: One Big Ocean: Experts Talk Conservation | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $20.
7:00 pmFree Comedy Night with Danny Dechi | Outer Richmond   FREE
8:00 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Try out a jazz, Latin or chamber ensemble, sing in a choir, or take a songwriting class at San Francisco’s Community Music Center this summer! CMC makes music accessible to people of all more...

6:00 pmSpeakerbox Summer Live Music Series | W San Francisco   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmUp in Jokes Comedy at Rooz Cafe | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCity Star Party & Telescope Night | SF   FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29 – 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
5:30 pmSan Francisco Critical Mass   FREE
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE

Saturday, May 30, 2015

10:00 amWastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rare Tenderloin Guided Tour: Part II | SF City Gudes
Sunday, May 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| McAllister & Leavenworth

Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and more...

10:00 amRare Guided HIking Tour of Mt. Davidson | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size. Rain cancels.
All DayTreasure Island Flea 4th Birthday Party | May 30-31   $3
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
11:30 amSF Int’l Arts Festival: “Ritual 8-27″ Dance Performance | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
All DayFinal Day: 2015 Humor Exhibit “Mad World” | SF Library   FREE
1:00 pmFree Sunday Concert: Armenian Music & Dancing | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
1:30 pmOld South Park: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, June 1, 2015

Beatles Karaoke Night | Trendynob
Monday, June 1 – 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, June 2, 2015

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission more...

9:30 amde Young Museum 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 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
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
7:00 pmStyle Wars Discussion: “California Cool” | Tenderloin   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 pmIt’s Just 2 Minutes: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Haight   FREE
8:00 pmWood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar   FREE
8:00 pmPajama-Oke: Karaoke & PJ Swap Party | SF   FREE

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, June 3 – 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
8:00 pm“Safe Words” Comedy & Hot Dogs | SF  FREE*
*Donation only.
8:00 pmFree Wednesday Comedy “Royale With Cheese” | Tendernob   FREE
9:00 pmFree Comedy: Showtime at Showdown | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, June 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location more...

12:00 pmFree First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society  FREE
6:00 pmFree Community Veggie Dinner: Fresh Garden & Farmers Market Meal | SF   FREE
7:00 pmOne-Night-Only Conceptual Art Journey | Tenderloin   FREE
8:00 pmNew Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.   FREE

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5 – 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
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

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank 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.
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