San Francisco Calendar

San 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, October 13, 2019

Free Fleet Week Ship Tours | Pier 15/17 + Pier 19
Sunday, October 13 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 30-32

Throughout Fleet Week, thousands of visitors climb aboard amphibious carriers, destroyers and cruisers docked at the Embarcadero to get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the sailors serving in the more...

All Day5th Filipino American International Book Festival | SF Main Library   FREE
All DayInner Sunset Flea 2019 | Block Party & Street Fair   FREE
All Day14th Annual Dancing Feathers Youth Powwow, Arts & Crafts | Mission Dist.   FREE
All Day2019 Mission Dolores “Fiesta” Celebration | SF   FREE
All DaySan Francisco Open Studios 2019 | Hunters Point Shipyard   FREE
All Day100th Annual Columbus Day Bazaar | SF   FREE*
*FREE but donations are encouraged. Bring money for food and drinks
4:00 pmQ&A and Book Signing: Glamping, Cocktails, Books, & Travel Hacks | SF   FREE
5:00 pmTales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society | City Lights Books   FREE
6:30 pm$20 Off: “Terror Vault” Haunted House at San Francisco Mint | SF   $20 off*
*Normally $62, get exclusive $22 tix with secret code FUNCHEAP20 on select dates. Limited to 50 per date.
7:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
7:00 pm“Quake City Rumble” Bike Messenger Patio Party at Zeitgeist | SF   FREE*
8:00 pmWin Tix: SF Sunday Showcase: Liz Stone & More | The Punch Line   WIN
8:30 pmFree HellaFunny Sundays Stand-Up Comedy | Neck of the Woods   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, October 14, 2019

Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering: Indigenous Peoples' Day | 2019
Monday, October 14 – 4:15 am | Cost: $11*
*Event is free, but boat tickets are $11 for adults. Free for children under 5.
| Alcatraz Island

The International Indian Treaty Council presents the Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Sunrise Gathering commemorating 527 years of Indigenous resistance, honoring ancestors and future generations. Honors the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and more...

9:00 amFinal Day of Free Fleet Week Ship Tours | 2019   FREE
9:30 am9 Free Walking Tours on Columbus Day 2019 | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
10:00 amFleet Week High School Band Challenge | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All DaySukkah Studio: Cut Paper Installations w/ Artist Amy Oates | SF   FREE
11:00 amRooftop Gardening for a Sustainable SF | Salesforce Park   FREE
12:00 pmIndigenous Peoples Day Music & Arts Festival | SF   FREE
All Day2019 “Red Bull Heavy Water” Epic SUP Challenge | Window Opens Oct. 14   FREE*
*Free to watch from the shore.
12:00 pmRooftop Drum Circle in Salesforce Park | SF   FREE
5:30 pmBook Discussion: Ghosts of Gold Mountain | SF   FREE*
*Free, advance registration suggested.
6:20 pmWin Tix: Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Sneak Preview | AMC Metreon   WIN
6:30 pmCyberpunk Cinema Night | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:30 pmPoetry at Green Apple: Daniel Poppick’s “Fear of Description” | SF   FREE
8:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP $10 at the door otherwise
8:30 pmBottomless Standards Comedy Show | SF   FREE*
*21 and over

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, October 15 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

1:00 pmWill Market Street Get Fully-Protected Bike Lanes? | SF City Hall   FREE*
*RSVP Required
1:00 pmPolitical Journalist Tim Redmond on SF Election | SF   FREE
5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s   FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
5:30 pmSpoken Word Poetry Night at Salesforce Park | SF   FREE*
5:30 pmWin Tix: Two Free Taco Plates at SF Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant | Francisca’s   WIN
6:00 pmSF Hispanic Heritage Festival: “We Are La Cocina” Book Lecture | SF Main Library   FREE
6:10 pmFree Tix: 11-Year-Old Professional Magician “James Chan” | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required on RushTix. Comp tickets are limited
6:30 pmSF Bicycle Coalition’s Night & All-Weather Biking Class | Noe Valley   FREE*
*RSVP Requested
6:30 pm“Terror Vault” SF’s Epic Halloween Haunt Returns | Oct. 10 – Nov. 10   $10 off*
*Normally $62, get exclusive $52 tix with secret code FUNCHEAP on select dates. Limited to 50 per date.
7:00 pmWin Tix: Litquake 2019: A Critical Look at Uber & Facebook | SF   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Rifftastic: The All Crowd Work & Riffing Show w/ Joe Klocek & More | SF   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Folk Rock Stars: Jesse Malin & Joseph Arthur | The Chapel   WIN

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"The Glass Room" A Black Mirror-ish Pop Up Shop | Oct. 16-Nov. 3
Wednesday, October 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 838 Market St

The Glass Room is a pop-up store with a twist, displaying products and provocations where nothing is actually for sale. “Go to The Glass Room. If Black Mirror had a showroom, this more...

11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza  FREE
4:00 pmSF’s Shoreview Park Groundbreaking Celebration | Bayview   FREE
5:00 pmFree Rooftop Zydeco Concert at Salesforce Park | SF   FREE
6:30 pm“Terror Vault” SF’s Epic Halloween Haunt Returns | Oct. 10 – Nov. 10   $10 off*
*Normally $62, get exclusive $52 tix with secret code FUNCHEAP on select dates. Limited to 50 per date.
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Castro   FREE
7:00 pm“The Cellar” Haunted House | SF   $25
7:00 pm“Between Heaven & Hell” Conversation w/ David Talbot | SF   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Matty Matheson’s A Happy Vulnerable, Tasty Sadness, Happy Tour | SF   WIN
8:00 pmFree Comedy Night at SF’s Presidential-Themed Bar | Every Wednesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
9:00 pmWin Tix: Modern Pop-rock: Banners | Bottom of the Hill   WIN

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, more...

10:00 amHidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa  FREE
12:30 pmFree 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park  FREE
2:30 pmRooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF  FREE
5:00 pmFree Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF   FREE
5:00 pmCreative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park   FREE
5:30 pmDJ Party in the Park “Thursdays on Vinyl” | Salesforce Park   FREE
6:00 pmSeismic NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF   $13.50*
*Tickets subject to dynamic pricing and may change daily. Nightlife tickets typically range from $12 to $25. Day-of tickets will often be the highest. 21+
6:00 pmKristeen Young Free In-store Concert | Amoeba SF   FREE
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Earthquakes | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmMacy’s Men’s Tailor Event: Fashion, Music, Gifts & Rewards | SF   FREE*
*First 10 Star Rewards Members to purchase a Men's Suit will receive complimentary suit alterations.
6:00 pm“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF   FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
6:30 pm“Terror Vault” SF’s Epic Halloween Haunt Returns | Oct. 10 – Nov. 10   $10 off*
*Normally $62, get exclusive $52 tix with secret code FUNCHEAP on select dates. Limited to 50 per date.
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmCoit Comedy: Stand Up Comedy & Free Golden Boy Pizza | SF   $5*
*Use "Funcheap" to get a 50% discount ticket with 1 drink minimum requirement. Otherwise it's $10.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Bayview-Hunters Point & Bernal Heights
Friday, October 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
| 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 and fall of each year. So more...

All Day2019 LGBTQ Career Fair: Diverse Networking & LinkedIn Profile Makeovers | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
1:00 pmSF State’s Astronomy Festival & Telescope Viewing Party | 2019   FREE
2:00 pm8th Ohlone Annual Big Time Gathering “8 Generations” | The Presidio   FREE
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” Fort Mason: Night Market & Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
5:00 pmWin Tix: VIP Reserved Seating: “Film Night in the Park” Hocus Pocus | SF   WIN
5:00 pm“Sundown Cinema” Halloween Outdoor Movie Night: Hocus Pocus | Dolores Park   FREE
5:00 pmFree Filipino Urban Dance Workshop | SoMa   FREE*
*RSVP Required
6:00 pmFriday Movie in the Park: “Ant Man & The Wasp” | McCoppin Sq.   FREE
6:00 pmHayes Valley’s Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Booksmart” | SF   FREE
6:00 pmFree Halloween Outdoor Movie Night in a Pumpkin Patch | SF   FREE
6:30 pm“Terror Vault” SF’s Epic Halloween Haunt Returns | Oct. 10 – Nov. 10   $10 off*
*Normally $62, get exclusive $52 tix with secret code FUNCHEAP on select dates. Limited to 50 per date.
7:00 pmBrave New Jokes: Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE
7:30 pmFree Author Talk: Ed Hardy’s “Deeper Than Skin” | Green Apple Books   FREE
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pmWin Tix: Lively Lo-Fi Punk & LA Surf-Rock: The Regrettes | August Hall   WIN
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $15 at the Door
9:45 pmWin Tix: Laurie Kilmartin: Live Album Recording | The Punch Line   WIN
10:00 pmHellaRnB Night (Beyoncé, Rihanna, TLC, Prince & More) | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm; $5 after

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Yarn Bombing a Pumpkin Patch Forest | Salesforce Park
Saturday, October 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park

San Francisco resident Kristen McDonnell of YouTube channel “Studio Knit” will present her hand-knit public art installation commissioned by Salesforce Park, the public park atop Salesforce Transit Center. On display from October more...

All Day2019 Fall Harvest Festival: Cooking Demo, Pop-up Sukkot & Seasonal Craft | SF   FREE
All DayCal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Dogpatch & Excelsior   FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
All DayFree de Young Museum Day: All Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday   FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries.
All DayFree Legion of Honor Museum Day: Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday   FREE*
*Free general admission to San Francisco residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries.
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
10:00 amCorgi Con Fall 2019: Massive Dogo Beach Paw-ty | Ocean Beach   FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Facebook
10:00 amMission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
10:15 amSF Chamber Orchestra “With Strings Attached” Children’s Concert | SF   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
All DayAlemany Farm 15th Annual Harvest Festival | SF   FREE