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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Monday, February 17, 2020

President's Day 2020 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Monday, February 17 – 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 Day10 Free Guided Walking Tours on President’s Day 2020 | SF   FREE*
*Free tours but donations appreciated. Tours of the Japanese Tea Garden may require additional admission fee.
All DaySF City Hall Lights Up Red, White & Blue for President’s Day | SF   FREE
8:00 pmCANCELED: “Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Night | SF   FREE

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"The Silk Road" Asian Art Museum Lecture | SF
Tuesday, February 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

History’s greats such as Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, Zhang Qian, and Genghis Khan, all left their traces on the greatest roads humankind has ever known. Come discover the complexity of the more...

1:00 pm“Paul Robeson & Black History Month” Poetry, Songs & Discussions | SF   FREE
5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s   FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
6:00 pmFree Forum on Wearable Fashion Technology | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
7:00 pm“What’s Your Pronoun?” Book Discussion w/ Dennis Baron | City Lights Books   FREE
7:00 pmPanel Discussion & Live Music: African-American Political Leaders | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
7:00 pmChorus Matchmaking App: Bay Area Launch Party w/ Live DJ & Food Vendors | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
8:00 pmFree VR Night: Pistol Whip | Emporium SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
8:00 pmPizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"The Game Changers" Documentary Film Screening | SF Main Library
Wednesday, February 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Koret Auditorium

James Wilks, elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, more...

11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza  FREE
5:00 pmSF by the Bay: Black Speculative Fiction | SF   FREE
5:00 pmSF’s Epic “Western Wednesdays” & Free Bull Rides | Westwood   FREE*
*No cover. Free bull rides if you follow Westwood on Instagram
6:00 pmFree Tarot Circle Discussion | SF   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation
7:00 pmDr. Sketchy’s SF Body Piercing & Bloodletting Performance | DNA Lounge   $12*
*Doors 6:30 pm. 18+ $12 in advance, $17 at door.
7:00 pm“Four Calling Birds” Book Reading | Castro   FREE
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Castro   FREE
7:30 pmAcoustic Live Band Karaoke at the Lost Church | SF   $10*
*$10 in Advance, $15 at the door
8:00 pmThe Premise: Intimate Stand Up Comedy | SF   FREE

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The internationally acclaimed exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 travels to San Francisco, celebrating works by Black artists created during two pivotal decades in more...

All Day68th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition Opening Day | SF  $12*
*$12 for Single Day Admission.
10:00 amHidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa   FREE
10:00 amA Super Rare “Free Museum Day” at SFMOMA | February 20th   FREE*
*Free but RSVP Required
All DaySF’s “Culture for Community” Festival | Yerba Buena District   FREE*
*Free admission to participating Yerba Buena district arts and culture institutions
All DayCulture for Community: Black History at California Historical Society | SF   FREE
12:30 pmFree 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park   FREE
5:00 pmAsian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | SF   $10*
*General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and youths (age 13-17). There is a $10 surcharge for special exhibition tickets.
5:00 pmSF’s Live Country Music Thursdays | Westwood   FREE
5:00 pmFree Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa   FREE*
*All gallery and museum entries will be free except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum which will be offering a special entry price of $5.
5:30 pmPlanned Parenthood’s Sex Trivia Night | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations for Planned Parenthood are requested
6:00 pmNight at the Jewseum: Culture for Community | SoMa   FREE*
*Free as a part of Culture for Community
6:00 pm“MAKE” 3rd Thursdays After-Hours Event | SF   FREE*
*Free for MCD Members. Activities are free with paid admission.
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: It’s Elemental! | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmNoise Pop 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+
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmNob Hill Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free admission. Bring cash for drink purchase.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Psych Rock & Jazz Fusion: Loco Tranquilo | Rickshaw Stop   WIN

Friday, February 21, 2020

Cal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Chinatown & Financial District
Friday, February 21 – 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 DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF Bay Area   FREE*
*Last check in noon
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
3:00 pm“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
5:00 pm2020 Russian Festival | Feb. 21 – 23   $12*
*Adults: $12; Seniors (62+)/Students (25 & under)/Military: $8; Children 12 and under: Free
6:00 pmFree Art Show & Exhibit: Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Anime & Star Wars | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
7:00 pmThe W Hotel’s Free Soul Concert w/ COBI | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission: RSVP for Access
7:30 pmFree San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concerts | SF   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pmBrave New Jokes: Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE
9:00 pmHellaRnB Night (Beyoncé, Rihanna, TLC, Prince & More) | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm; $5 after

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Competitive Rowing: Season's Opening Regatta | Lake Merced
Saturday, February 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch. Months of practice to compete.
| Lake Merced Boathouse

Come watch competitive rowers duke it out on Lake Merced in this season’s third regatta on February 22, 2020. You can see the action all weekend from the Lake Merced Boathouse, which more...

All DayFree Legion of Honor Museum Day for 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 Day$10 Day: de Young Museum’s “Soul of a Nation” Special Exhibit | SF   $10*
*Discount is redeemable on-site only.
All DayCal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Hayes Valley & Mission Bay   FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
All DayFree de Young Museum Day for 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 DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | Tenderloin   FREE*
*Last check in 2 pm.
10:00 amBayview Hill Guided Nature Hike: Native Plants, Birds & Gorgeous Views | SF   FREE
All Day2020 Russian Festival: Saturday | Pacific Heights   $12*
*Adults: $12; Seniors (62+)/Students (25 & under)/Military: $8; Children 12 and under: Free
All DayWin Tix: The 34th San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show | Fort Mason   WIN
11:30 amSan Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park   FREE
All Day2020 Mardi Gras Second Line March | North Beach   $12
2:00 pmMacy’s Black History Month Celebration with 49er Jerry Rice | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
5:00 pmFree All Ages K-Pop Dance Party | SF   FREE*
*Sliding scale donation
6:00 pmInteractive Dance Performance & Video Workshop | Immersive Design Week   FREE
7:00 pmDowntown SF’s HellaDesi Comedy Night | Every Saturday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 at door without RSVP
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $10
8:30 pm“Downtown Comedy Night” Comedy Show | 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: “Mardi Gras Masquerade on the Bay” Cruise | SF   WIN*
*This cruise is open to ages 21+ only.
9:00 pmWin Tix: Premier Eagles Tribute Band: Illeagles | The Chapel   WIN

Sunday, February 23, 2020

2020 Russian Festival: Sunday | Pacific Heights
Sunday, February 23 – All Day | Cost: $12*
*Adults: $12; Seniors (62+)/Students (25 & under)/Military: $8; Children 12 and under: Free
| Russian Center of San Francisco

Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art. 32nd Annual Russian Festival February 21, more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All DayCal Academy of Sciences: Neighborhood Free Days | Nob Hill & North Beach   FREE*
*Free for SF residents with proof of neighborhood residency
12:00 pmPresidio Chapel Open House/Docent Tour | SF   FREE
1:00 pmAcoustic Music in the Square | Noe Valley   FREE
1:00 pm“Hike It Up” Presidio & Pints Hike: Lyon St. Steps & Goldsworthy Art | SF   FREE
2:00 pmCoin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 50+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa   FREE
2:00 pmFree Salsa Dance Party in the Park | Golden Gate Park   FREE
6:00 pm’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmDesigning Wonder: Exploring the Intersection of Magic & Design | SF   FREE*
*Some events are free, while some are ticketed.
7:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
7:30 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Francisco Ramos (Netflix/HBO) | Cobb’s   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: SF Sunday Showcase: Hosted by Drew Harmon | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmThe $2 Bill Comedy Show | Milk Bar   $2*
*$2 with RSVP on Eventbrite. Otherwise, $10 at the door.
8:30 pm22nd Annual “Amoebapalooza” Concert Celebration | SF   $5*
*Doors open to the public at 8:30pm and the show starts at 9pm. Admission is just $5. This is a 21+ event.
8:30 pmFree HellaFunny Sundays Stand-Up Comedy | Neck of the Woods   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door
8:30 pmWin Tix: ATX Punk Rock: Drakukas | Bottom of the Hill   WIN*
*Must be 21+
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, February 24, 2020

Noise Pop 2020 Music & Art Festival | Feb. 24 - March 1

The Noise Pop Festival is San Francisco’s (and Funcheap’s) favorite indie music and art festival. Now in its 28th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the more...

6:00 pmNoise Pop Festival: “Lights & Music” Photo Show | SF   FREE
6:00 pmFree Queer Bowling Night | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*RSVP for a chance to win 1 hour of bowling & shoe rental for you + 5 friends (compliments of Mission Bowling Club)
8:00 pmMonday Night Comedy w/ Free Cake | Blondies   FREE
8:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:30 pmLaughgasm: Monday Comedy at the Rite Spot | SF   FREE

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2020

IHOP will serve millions of free short stack of the Original Buttermilk Pancakes during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite more...

All Day2020 SF Middle School Science Fair Public Viewing | First Day   FREE
12:00 pmWin: Alcatraz “Night Tour & Boat Cruise” | SF   WIN
5:00 pm2020 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Free Blues Concert | Fillmore Dist.   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.