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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Monday, September 24, 2018

California Academy of Sciences' Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration
Monday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in a 400,000 square foot structure in Golden Gate Park that houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum more...

7:17 pmFull Moon Bike Ride | SoMa   FREE
7:30 pmAuthor Readings by Katie Ford & Katie Peterson | The Booksmith   FREE
7:30 pmWaffles & Revolutions Pubquiz | SF   FREE*
*Trivia is free to play, with no drink minimum. Win free drinks and weird prizes.
8:00 pmMonday Night Comedy with Free Cake | Blondies   FREE
8:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:30 pmBeef Curtains: Game Night & Free Comedy Showcase | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Tips collected towards the end of the show.
8:30 pmLaughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF   FREE

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

California Academy of Sciences' Free Day | 10th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, September 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution in a 400,000 square foot structure in Golden Gate Park that houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum more...

12:00 pm2018 Architecture & the City Festival: Sketchy Tuesday| SF   FREE*
*Free admission (registration encouraged)
2:30 pmRetirement Planning & Wealth Preservation | SF Main Library   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP. Space is limited.
5:00 pm“Recology Artist-in-Residence” Art Exhibitions | SF   FREE
5:15 pmFree Film Screening: Neruda | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmSF Transit Week Panel: The Future of Private & Shared Transit | Mid-Market   FREE*
*We're told that most events are free, unless otherwise noted. RSVP required
6:30 pmEileen Truax In Conversation w/ Lauren Markham | City Lights Books   FREE
6:30 pmPoetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach   FREE
7:00 pmFree Chorale Workshop w/ Holcombe Waller | Grace Cathedral   FREE*
*Free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
All Day2018 Harvest Moon Over San Francisco   FREE
7:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Thing: Free Pizza, Cheap Beer & Giveaways | SF   FREE*
*Free pizza is on a first come, first served basis
7:30 pmMuni, BART & Transit Trivia Night | 2018   FREE*
*Most everything is free. Just bring bus/boat/train fare.
7:30 pmUgrešić’s “Fox and American Fictionary” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books   FREE
8:00 pmHaight Street Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmPizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Free Rooftop Swing Concert at Salesforce Park | SF
Wednesday, September 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park

Close your laptop and open your soul with after work jams from seasoned Bay Area musicians. Curated by People in Plazas. Free Rooftop Concert Series Every Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Oct. 24, more...

12:00 pmPeople in Plazas: Cool Jazz Concert | SF  FREE
4:00 pmVeuve Clicquot Yelloweek at The Riddler | SF  FREE
6:00 pmSwing/Blues/Jazz Concert: Lavay Smith & her Swingtet | Union Square Live   FREE
6:00 pm“Tech Companies & US Citizens” Interactive Discussion | SF   FREE
6:00 pmMusic Lab: Creating a Theremin Track w/ Clara Venice | SF   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. You can sign up through the link on-line, or upon arrival.
7:00 pmPreti Taneja “We That Are Young” Author Reading | City Lights Books   FREE
7:00 pmBookswap at The Bindery: Banned Books Edition | SF   $15
7:00 pmSF Transit Week Panel: Visualizing Better Transit With Data | SoMa   FREE*
*RSVP Required - We're told that most events are free, unless otherwise noted.
7:30 pmRoyale-ty Check: Free Music & Comedy Night | The Royale   FREE
7:30 pmShaping SF: Model SF ‘Collectively Shaping the City’ | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*$10 suggested donation
8:00 pm“GOAT$” Extended Comedy from the Greatest of All Time | SF   $10*
*A free promotion for the months of July and August and a $5 offer with a code thereafter (meaning Presales $10/ Presales with Funcheap code $5 requires RSVP/ Door $15)
8:00 pmFree Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF   FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-15
8:00 pmSuper Fun Stuff: Free Underground Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Free Dreamforce 2018 Expo+ Pass | SF
Thursday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Sign up is required to get free pass.
| Moscone Center

Dreamforce is an annual conference and workshop put on by Salesforce.com full of vendors in the expo hall, free workshops, keynote speeches and networking with over 50,000 innovators across all industries more...

12:00 pmPeople in Plazas: Pop/Rock Concert | SF   FREE
5:00 pmThe Final $10 Thursday Night of 2018 | Asian Art Museum   $10*
*Most Thursdays are $10 for admission after 5 pm to general galleries; admission to special galleries may require $10 surcharge. Certain special events may have different pricing.
5:30 pmFree Outdoor Rooftop Yoga After Work | Salesforce Park   FREE
5:45 pmFerry Ride Bar Crawl: SF Transit Week 2018 | Ferry Building   $5.30*
*$5.30 ferry ride if you use your clipper card (otherwise it's $7 cash)
6:00 pmNightLife Spotlight | California Academy of Sciences   $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Time | Pier 15   $17.95*
*$17.95 Adv / $19.95 Door / Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome) Adults Only (18+)
6:00 pmYBCA’s Curatorial Research Bureau Opening Party | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
6:00 pmJournalist Discussion: What Makes News “Alternative”? | SF Main Library   FREE
6:00 pmFree Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF   FREE
6:30 pmFrench Afterworks: French Music & French Drinks | SF   FREE
6:30 pmRooftop DJ Party in the Park “Thursdays on Vinyl” | Salesforce Park   FREE
7:00 pmFree Chorale Workshop w/ Holcombe Waller | Grace Cathedral   FREE*
*Free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
7:00 pmWin Tix: VIP Festival Pass: Women Sports Film Festival | SF & Oakland   WIN
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmConvene: DJ Music, Lace Painting & Leather Look Folsom Edition | Chapel SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. No cover.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dreamforce 2018: Personal Empowerment Keynote | Final Day
Friday, September 28 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sign up is required to get free pass.
| Moscone Center

Dreamforce is an annual conference and workshop put on by Salesforce.com full of vendors in the expo hall, free workshops, keynote speeches and networking with over 50,000 innovators across all industries more...

All DayCal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Chinatown & Russian Hill Residents   FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
11:00 amFort Point Oktoberfest Beer Garden | SF   FREE*
*Food & beer available for purchase.
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
4:00 pmAventine’s 10th Anniversary Block Party | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
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.
5:00 pm2018 Friday Nights at the de Young Kick Off | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Admission is free to the main-level galleries and performances in Piazzoni Murals Room and Wilsey Court. Tickets to Contemporary Muslim Fashions are reduced to $14 adult and $6 youth on Friday Nights between 5–8:30pm. Advance tickets to the exhibition are recommended
6:00 pmSundown Cinema Outdoor Movie Night: “Grease” Sing-Along | SF   FREE
6:00 pm2018 Architecture & the City Festival: Closing Party | SF   $15
6:00 pmstARTup Small Works Art Fair: Happy Hour Preview | SF   $15
6:30 pmSF Transit Week 2018 Awards Party: Free Food, Beer & Wine | SoMa   $10*
*Includes beer wine and food.
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pm2018 Proxy Fall Film Festival Kick Off: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” | Hayes Valley   FREE
8:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Festival 2018 | Sept. 28-30   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
8:30 pmWin Tix: Soulful & Swaggering Rock: The Soft White Sixties | Bottom of the Hill   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: Funk Soul Sister: Natalie Prass | Slim’s   WIN
10:00 pm“The Function” SF’s Newest Hip-Hop Dance Party | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 11pm

Saturday, September 29, 2018

2018 Strutt Your Mutt: Local Food Trucks, Family & Pet Activities | Marina
Saturday, September 29 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but donations are accepted.
| Little Marina Green

Join Best Friends Animal Society and their partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations for Strut Your Mutt in San Francisco. 2018 Strutt Your Mutt Fundraise Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 9 more...

9:00 amWin Tix: “Daybreaker” Morning Warehouse Dance Party | SF   WIN
All DayCal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Hayes Valley & SOMA Residents   FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
10:00 am83rd Annual “La Madonna del Lume” Fishing Boat Parade | SF   FREE
All DayTreasureFest’s Shoptoberfest 2018 | SF   $5
10:00 am2018 “City Kids” Family Fair: Elmo, Freebies & Fire Trucks | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
10:00 amWin Tix: Portola Garden Tour | SF’s Garden District   WIN
11:00 amArtSpan Open Studios | Live! in the Castro   FREE
11:00 amLegalize Psychedelic Medicine Rally & Nude Love Parade | SF City Hall   FREE
All Day1st Annual Free Kids Carnival at Palace of Fine Arts | SF   FREE
All DaySharktoberfest at the Sanctuary | The Presidio   FREE
11:00 amstARTup Small Works Art Fair: 2,500 Sq. Ft of Indie Artists | SF   $10
11:30 amMission to Presidio 2018: History Hike, Dinner & Campfire | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
12:00 pm2018 Osaka Matsuri: SF’s “Sister City” Food, Dance & Music | Japantown   FREE
12:00 pmBottomless Oktoberfest: Food Trucks & Epic Brews | SF   FREE*
*Free admission with Eventbrite RSVP. $36 Bottomless Oktoberfest Beers
All DayMiddle Eastern Food Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
12:00 pm14th Annual San Francisco Black Family Day | SF   FREE
All Day2018 Beat Museum Poetry Festival | North Beach   FREE*
*Past years have been free and there is no cost listed for this year's event.
All Day100 Thousand Poets for Change | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are happily accepted.
6:30 pm100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF   FREE
7:00 pmMovie Night in the Park “Coco” | SF   FREE*
*Bring blanket, picnic and snacks.
7:00 pmBookswap at The Bindery: Banned Books Edition | Final Day   $15
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
8:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Festival 2018 | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
8:00 pmSF’s First Ever Fall “Prom” Party | SoMa StrEat Food Park   $5*
*$5 Prom Admission; $35 Bottomless Booze (including admission)
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
8:30 pmWin Tix: “NightHowl” Epic Celebration in SF’s National Park | Crissy Field   WIN*
*Includes all food, drink, entertainment and games at event
9:00 pmWin Tix: Dreamy Pop Trio: The Essex Green | Bottom of the Hill   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, September 30, 2018

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.