San Francisco Calendar

San Francisco EventsSan 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, May 27, 2018

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2018
Sunday, May 27 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Bryant

David Yu On May 27th, 2018 at 9:30 am, the 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kicks–off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets. The theme, Roots of Carnaval / Raíces del more...

9:00 amWin Tix: Yoga x Mimosas: Rejuvenate & Energize | Spark Social SF  WIN*
*$10 Yoga | $25 Yoga x Mimosas
10:00 amSan Francisco Carnaval 2018 | Mission   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
10:00 amInner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
All DayTreasureFest 7th Birthday Bash | SF   $5
11:00 amPresidio Picnic: Off the Grid’s Sunday Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
11:00 amLindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Weather permitting (rain cancels)
All Day“The San Francisco Open” Pro Disc Golf Tourny: Final Day | SF   $10*
*FREE kids 5 & under, $10 Daily General Admission, $30 Tournament Pass (includes SFO disc of choice), $100 VIP Experience: Includes 3-day admission ($30), special disc ($25), Play the Pro Tour Course on Wednesday or Thursday after 3pm (priceless), and access to the VIP Zone that overlooks Holes 1, 8, 9, & 18
1:00 pmFree Memorial Day Patriotic Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band   FREE
1:00 pmThe Fiddle Castros: Classical Revolution & Underground | Live! in the Castro   FREE
2:00 pmIndie Rock Concert: Matt Jaffe | Union Square   FREE
All DayWindows for Harvey 2018: The Castro’s Harvey Milk Art Tribute | Final Day   FREE
6:00 pm’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmFree HellaFunny Sundays Stand-Up Comedy | Neck of the Woods   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door
7:30 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Josh Wolf (Chelsea Lately) | Cobb’s Comedy Club   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Australian Psych- Rockers: Ocean Alley | The Independent   WIN
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Monday, May 28 – 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...

9:30 am150th Anniversary Memorial Day Commemoration & Parade | Presidio   FREE
9:30 amSF City Guides Memorial Day 2018 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
10:00 amUSS Pampanito Lost Boat Ceremony | Pier 45   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pm23rd Annual Sh*t-Kickin’ Memorial Day Party: Outdoor Twang Fest & BBQ | El Rio   $10
3:00 pmCANCELED – Hippie Hill’s “Spiritual Smoke-In” 50th Anniversary | Golden Gate Park   FREE
6:00 pmWarriors vs. Rockets Game 7 (if necessary) on 50-Foot Screen | Emporium SF   FREE*
*Free entry. Bring Your Own Food. Drinks for purchase
7:30 pmWin Tix: Rainer Maria: Sweet Indie Rock | Cafe Du Nord   WIN
7:30 pmAlanna Okun Author Event “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater” | The Booksmith   FREE
8:00 pmCase of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Donations accepted, based on what you can afford.
8:00 pmStreet Fighter 30th Anniversary Tournament | Emporium SF   FREE*
*Free signups. We "think" that this means that it's also free to play.
8:00 pmThe Bachelorette Premiere: Wine & Watch Party | SF   FREE*
*Free to watch, free snacks
8:30 pmLaughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF   FREE

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tuesday, May 29 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall

Amber Mark’s multifaceted and sophisticated pop sound is rooted in a wide range of inspirations soaked up from time spent in the U.S., India, Germany, Brazil, and Nepal. She began writing more...

6:00 pmSketch Tuesdays: Live Drawing Event | 111 Minna  FREE*
6:00 pm“Centennial Reckoning” LGBTQ Sneak Peek Performance | SF  FREE
6:30 pmPoetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach  FREE
7:00 pmSF History Night: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries | Pacific Heights  $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
7:30 pm“Scissors, Paper, Stone” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books  FREE
7:30 pm“Rodeo Girls Comedy” w/ Paco Romane (SF Weekly’s Best Comic) | SF  FREE*
*Donations Welcome - Prize giveaways at the show
7:30 pmFree (or $5) Roxie Theater Short Film Night | Mission Dist.  FREE*
*Tickets are free or five dollars — you decide
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight  FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Ngaio Bealum (Comedy Central / MTV) | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmPizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hawaiian Jazz Concert: The Alcatraz Islanders  | Union Square Live
Wednesday, May 30 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park

The Alcatraz Islanders perform swing era Hawaiian music that blends traditional island melodies with mainland jazz.

7:30 pmWin Tix: Rafiq Bhatia: Sonic Electronic & Hiphop | Cafe Du Nord   WIN
8:00 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
8:00 pmWin Tix: Eric Schwartz Comedy Night (Showtime/Hulu) | Cobb’s Comedy Club   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: Stomp, Clap, Dance Punk Bluegrass: Larry And His Flask | Bottom of the Hill   WIN

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018 SF Silent Film Festival: Free Movie Day | Castro Theatre
Thursday, May 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free screening but with $16 or more sliding scale donation
| Castro Theatre

Join the San Francisco Silent Film Festival for another edition of the popular free program – a behind-the-curtain look at the international preservation scene. 2018 San Francisco Silent Film Festival: Free Movie more...

12:30 pmKitty Pak: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF   FREE
5:00 pmSpeak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF   FREE
5:00 pm“Presidio Twilight” Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF   FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
6:30 pmWin Tix: Wet Hot American Summer: Film & Beer Pairing | Balboa Theatre   WIN*
*Includes film + 3 beers
7:00 pm“What’s Your Poo Telling You?” Book Launch Party | SF   FREE*
*Free to attend but books will be for sale.
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Action Point” | AMC Metreon 16   FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Doncat: Rock, Soul & Folk | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Mo Amer (CBS) | Cobb’s Comedy Club   WIN
8:30 pmSwing Dance Lesson: Dancing & Performances | SF   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Maniac Bowl 14: SF’s Weirdest Comedy Show | Piano Fight   WIN*
*$7.50 tickets with the promo code "itsnotabodycount" - otherwise it's $10

Friday, June 1, 2018

Free Krispy Kreme Day 2018 | National Doughnut Day
Friday, June 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free at participating locations. Call your local Krispy Kreme first.
| Krispy Kreme (Bay Area)

Friday, June 1, 2018 is National Doughnut Day, supposedly a real holiday created in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. In celebration, more...

11:00 am“Non-Stop Bhangra” Bollywood Dance Party: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF   FREE
11:00 amTimbuk2 First Fridays Free Factory Tour | San Francisco   FREE*
*Free tours take place on the First Friday of the month, and tickets are required. Tours are limited to 20 people.
All DayWin Tix: “Clusterfest 2018” 3-Day Passes: SF’s Epic Comedy & Music Fest | June 1-3   WIN
3:00 pm“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
5:00 pm“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party & Beer Garden | Fort Mason   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
6:00 pmNorth Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF   FREE
7:00 pmBayview First Fridays: Entertainment, Karaoke & Food Truck | Seven Stills   FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for food and drinks
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
10:00 pmGrammy Award Winner T-Pain Concert | Origin Nightclub   FREE*
*Free before 10:30 pm with RSVP

Saturday, June 2, 2018

National Trails Day 2018: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area
Saturday, June 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required for each event.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Adirondack Mountain Club Celebrate National Trails Day, the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors, in the Golden Gate National Parks on June 2, 2018. It’s that time of the year again. Flowers more...

8:30 am2018 National Trails Day on Mount Sutro | SF  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
All Day2018 Union Street Music Festival | SF   FREE
10:00 amHeron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All DayAnnual Epiphyllum Flower Show | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
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 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
10:00 amWin Tix: Exploratorium’s Epic New Summer Show “Inflatable” | Pier 15   WIN
All DayOminoDay 2018: All Day DJ & World Music Festival | SF   FREE
All Day2018 NoPa Block Party: Live Music & Mini Kids Carnival | SF   FREE*
*Free event, but bring cash for food and some activities
11:00 amWin Tix: The SF Hunt: A Dope Citywide Scavenger Hunt | SF   WIN*
*Currently $28 with Funcheap code - the price goes up on the 1st of every month!
11:00 amSan Francisco Housing Expo 2018   FREE
11:00 amPeet’s Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF   FREE*
*Please check with your local store for the time of the event. Valid at Peet’s retail locations only. Excludes Capital One, airport, supermarket, BART and other licensed locations. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only on specific coffees, teas, and merchandise featured in the tasting event. No cash value and no rain checks. Valid Saturday from 11:00AM–12:00pm only.
11:30 amWin Tix: Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Project & BBQ Bash | Presidio   WIN*
*$25 Give Back tickets, $40 Kick Back Only Early-Bird, $50 Kick Back Only General Price
12:00 pmFillmore Summerfest Kick-Off 2018: Blues & BBQ Bash | SF   FREE
1:00 pm“Suavs Shoes” Debut Party & Free Cocktails | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP, bring cash for purchase.
1:00 pmParlor Tricks: Roots Rock & Industrial Ragtime | Live! in the Castro   FREE
1:00 pmChoreoFest: Yerba Buena Gardens | SF   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturdays at Dolores Park: Unofficial Social Gathering for Cats | SF   FREE
5:00 pmOcean Beach Bonfire Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmThe Bad Art Gallery: The Worst Thrifted Art in the Bay | 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 pmDowntown Comedy Night at SF’s Newest Art Bar | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code HELLAFUNNY. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door. Free for first 50 to RSVP
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
9:00 pmPrince vs. Michael Jackson DJ Party | NoPa   $5
9:00 pmWin Tix: When Doves Cry: The Prince Tribute Show | Great American Music Hall   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: Johnny Marr: Iconic U.K. Guitarist from The Smiths | August Hall   WIN
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP and code FUNCHEAP; otherwise it's $10

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2018 Union Street Music Festival | SF
Sunday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)

In its 42nd year, The Union Street Music Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest annual free events. For the 2nd year in a row, it will feature over 24 live bands more...