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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May - October
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)

The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeology in action at Pershing Square from May through October, 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Archaeologists are embarking on a long-term research project to excavate more...

All DayFinal Day: “Crown Jewels” Int’l Park Photography Exhibit | Presidio   FREE
12:00 pmClassic San Francisco Movie Day “Dark Passage” | Main Library   FREE
All Day2014 Laser Nationals Regatta: Opening Day | Marina Green   FREE
3:00 pmCorazón Summer Acoustic Pop Rock Concert | Westfield Centre   FREE
6:30 pmHipmunk Tech Talk: “Changemakers Under 30″ | General Assembly   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
7:00 pmLive Tattooed Model Drawing Night | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Donation-based event, no one turned away for lack of funds. Bring your own drawing supplies.
7:30 pmWin Tix: Merola Opera: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” | SF   WIN*
*$15 student tixs with ID; general admssion tixs start at $25
8:00 pmWin Tix: The Habit of Art: A Very British Comedy Play | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets to the opening night. Regular price: $10/students, $15/GA
8:20 pmFree Lindy Hop Swing Lesson & Dance Party: The 9:20 Special | SF   FREE
8:30 pmFree Comet Club Comedy | SF   FREE
8:30 pmWin Tix: Popscene: Brooklyn Indie Popsters “Miniature Tigers” | Rickshaw Stop   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $15.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Free Tix Registration: Smithsonian's 10th Annual Free Museum Day | 2014
Friday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from
| San Francisco Bay Area

Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day takes place Saturday, September 28, 2013 as participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors who register for more...

All DayGrand Opening: Green Apple Books on the Park | Inner Sunset   FREE
11:00 amNOLA Jazz & Mardi Gras Parade w/ Chelle & Friends | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
12:00 pmRotunda Dance Series: Dohee Lee | City Hall   FREE
All DayFinal Intergalactic Adventure Planning Day | SoMa   FREE
5:00 pmViolinjazz, Monsters & Robots | Friday Nights at the de Young   FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries.
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 Night Bites: Live Swing & Food Trucks | SoMa   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for wine and food.
5:00 pmFlaming Lotus Girls LED Sculpture Opening & Brass Tax DJ Party | Pier 14   FREE
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
7:30 pmWin Tix: “Terminator” Too: Live On Stage | DNA Lounge   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $20-$50 each.
7:30 pmGold Rush Night Ride | San Francisco Bike Party   FREE
9:00 pm“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale   FREE
9:30 pmFirst Friday Free Comedy & DJ Party | SF   FREE
11:00 pmWin Tix: Can You Keanu? “Point Break” Live on Stage | SF   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price: $25 each.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 Summer Gardening Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Botanical Garden

Join the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at its 17th annual Summer Gardening Fair in Golden Gate Park from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014. 2014 Summer Gardening more...

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 amNew Baby Heron Chicks: Nest Observation Day | Stow Lake   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
All Day41st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Saturday | Japantown   FREE
6:00 pmMAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.   FREE
8:00 pmSea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF   FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or, Bring a mug for cider
8:00 pmWin Tix: Improvised Downton Abbey | Fort Mason   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $17 online / $20 door
8:00 pm’90s Film Night in the Park: “Clueless” | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
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, $6.
9:00 pmWin Tix: Zepparella: All-Girl Led Zeppelin Tribute | Slim’s   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $18. All ages.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day | SF
Sunday, August 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...

All DayJerry Day 2014: Jerry Garcia Tribute Music Fest | McLaren Park   FREE
All Day41st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sunday | Japantown   FREE
11:00 amOff the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
11:00 amFree AcroYoga Workshop | Sports Basement Bryant   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
11:00 amSummer Fest: Art Making in Nature | Presidio   FREE
12:00 pmFree Kundalini Yoga Day in the Park | Dolores Park   FREE
All DayFinal Day: 2014 Laser Nationals Boat Race | SF   FREE
1:00 pmNinja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.   FREE
1:00 pmFree Hot Dog Day | Inner Richmond   FREE
1:00 pmGolden Gate Park Band | Free Sunday Concert in the Park   FREE
1:00 pmMassive Messy Twister & Water Fight | Dolores Park   FREE*
*Suggested donation of $5