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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Friday, January 18, 2019

SF's Black History Festival | Jan-Feb 2019
Friday, January 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library (All Branches)

Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we promote affirmative examples of important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. About the Festival: Beginning more...

3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
5:00 pm1st Cannabis Happy Hour | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP, 21+
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pmFuncheap’s Free Pop-Up Comedy Weekend | Jan 18-19   FREE*
*RSVP Required, otherwise $10 at the door
8:00 pmBrave New Jokes: Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
10:00 pmWin Tix: SF Sketchfest: Totally Hosted with Dave Hill | Swedish American Hall   WIN

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors more...

All DayPatti Smith’s Frida + Diego Rivera-Inspired Photo Exhibition at SFAI | Final Day   FREE
All DaySea Lions’ 29th Anniversary at Pier 39: Guided Tours | Jan. 19-20   FREE
All DayMLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 16 Free Tours   FREE
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
10:00 amMission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
All DayLunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | SF   FREE
11:00 amWin Tix: Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem | MoAD   WIN
11:30 amWomen’s March San Francisco & Civic Center Rally | 2019   FREE
1:00 pmLive Electronic Music Collective: Lily Ackerman | Amoeba SF   FREE
1:00 pmSF’s Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival 2019 | January 19-21   FREE
2:00 pmFree San Francisco “Latin American” Family Concerts | SF   FREE
3:00 pmArt in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin   FREE
5:30 pmObsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw | SF Sketchfest 2019   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP
7:30 pmFuncheap’s Free Pop-Up Comedy Weekend | Jan 18-19   FREE*
*RSVP Required, otherwise $10 at the door
8:00 pmWin Tix: Indie Rockers: Mother Mother | Great American Music Hall   WIN
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $5
8:00 pmWin Tix: Lewis Black: The Joke’s On US Tour | SF   WIN
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: Zelma Stone’s EP Release Party | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
9:00 pmPush The Feeling DJ Night | Lower Haight   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $6.
9:00 pm“Fringe” Indie Music Video Party | Madrone Art Bar   FREE*
*Free before 10 pm with RSVP on Facebook; otherwise, it's $5. 21+
9:30 pm8th Anniv. “The Queen Is Dead”: The Smiths & Morrissey Dance Party | SF   $8*
*$8 with RSVP, $10 at the door
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 11pm. $5 After
11:59 pmSan Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride | SF   FREE


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
9:30 amThe Forum w/ Alan Hirsch: “Impeaching the President: Past, Present, & Future” | SF   FREE
All DaySea Lions’ 29th Anniversary: Guided Tours | Pier 39   FREE
All DayMLK Weekend San Francisco History Walks | 19 Free Tours   FREE
All Day2019 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival | SF   FREE
12:00 pm$5 All-You-Can-Dance Class Day | SF   $5*
*Register in advance. Pay $5 at the door (cash preferred) for an afternoon of dance.
12:30 pmFree Monthly Yoga Class for Beginners | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
1:00 pm1st Female Architect Julia Morgan’s Buildings of SF Walking Tour | SF   FREE*
*Free, but a ticket is required. Donations are welcome, but not required.
3:00 pmPeace & Music: Interfaith Service Honoring Dr. MLK Jr. | Grace Cathedral   FREE
3:00 pmSF’s “Antique Vibrator Museum” Free Guided Tour Day | Good Vibrations   FREE*
*Free, but you must RSVP at least 72 hours in advance by calling the Polk St. store location at (415) 345-0400.
4:00 pmWin Tix: SF Sketchfest: The Indignities of Being a Woman | Swedish American Hall   WIN
5:30 pmThe Bechdel Cast Sun Podcast | SF Sketchfest 2019   FREE
6:30 pmWin Tix: Friends & Family Rock Show: Weird Year, Max Gardener, Bitter Lake & more | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
7:00 pmLaugh Your Gays Off: Free Comedy in The Castro | SF   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation
7:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
7:00 pmCity Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio   FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
7:30 pmRare Super Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse Over SF   FREE
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Jr. Celebrations & Free Museum Days
Monday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

Every year, the Bay Area celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of festivals, marches and celebrations highlighted by a march and festival near the Yerba more...

All DayMLK Day 2019 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket   FREE*
*Free parking for M-F street sweeping, residential permits, and commuter towaway. Meters are still enforced. SF Port streets also are enforced.
All DayMLK Day San Francisco History Walks | 9 Free Tours   FREE
10:00 amMLK Day Coastal Cleanup | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
All Day2019 MLK Jr. Celebration: Film & Music Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
All DayFree Day & MLK Jr. Celebration | Museum of the African Diaspora   FREE
All DayMLK Day 2019: Free Museum Day | SF   FREE
All DayFree Muni on MLK Day 2019 | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. These free passes are intended for people attending the MLK celebrations, not just for cheapskates
11:00 am2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade | SF   FREE
All Day2019 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival: MLK Monday | SF   FREE
3:00 pmTour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
7:00 pmWin Tix: 22nd Annual “Bringing the Noise” for Dr. MLK Jr. | SF   WIN
7:30 pm2019 SF Fresh Festival | Jan 7-24   FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
8:00 pmHaight Street Trivia, Comedy, Gaming & Free Pizza Night | Milk Bar   FREE
8:00 pm“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:30 pm“Classical Revolution” Chamber Music Jam | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Free, but a $5-20 donation is welcome to support the musicians.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Be a Movie Extra: Kid Cudi Concert Scene in Adam Devine Film | SF
Tuesday, January 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to apply to be a movie extra; if selected, the position is paid ($15/hr)
| Secret Location (SF)

Be an extra in a new movie starring Adam Devine (Workaholics, Pitch Perfect). The production team is seeking music loving extras in their 20s and 30s to be Kid Cudi concert goers more...

12:00 pmSPCA Pop-Up: Free Pet Behavior Services | SF   FREE*
*Free admission; $10 donation for puppy cuddles. Regular adoption fees apply
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 pm2019 SF Fresh Festival | Jan 7-24   FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
8:00 pmMilkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
8:00 pm“Udder Hilarity” Free Comedy Show | Hollow Cow   FREE*
*RSVP to guarantee a seat
8:00 pmPizzaHacker Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free and an RSVP entitles you to a discount on pizza

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 San Francisco Restaurant Week | January 23-31

SF Restaurant Week is a 9-day celebration of our world-class dining community when frugal foodies get to eat their way through nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco. Participating restaurants will offer more...

6:00 pm2019 International Data Privacy Day | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmRoyale-ty Check: Free Music & Comedy Night | The Royale   FREE
7:30 pmShaping SF Lecture: Before SF “Spanish/Mexican Period” | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:30 pm2019 SF Fresh Festival | Jan 7-24   FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
8:00 pmThe Premise: Free Intimate Stand Up Comedy | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmWorld Class Comedy: Free Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tropical NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences

Escape the winter doldrums with a trip to Tropical NightLife, where our three-story rainforest is just one of the places you’ll find tropical paradise vibes.

6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Radioactive | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmFree Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF   FREE
7:00 pmWin Tix: Nashville Singer-songwriter: Lera Lynn | Swedish American Hall   WIN
7:30 pm“I Wish I Was Happy” Hour Comedy Show | SF   FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks.
7:30 pm2019 Fresh Festival: Dance, Music, Performance | Final Day   FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Space Rock Trio: Duster | Great American Music Hall   WIN
9:00 pmWin Tix: 4th Annual Fog City Magic Fest | EXIT Theatre   WIN
9:00 pmLa Piñata: Free Latin Party & DJ Night | Mission   FREE

Friday, January 25, 2019

SF's Insane "Free Bazaar" Sign Party | 2019
Friday, January 25 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Market and Montgomery

Delight, amuse and confuse your fellow humans on their way to work. The organizers will provide free poster boards and markers. You’ll write “FREE (WHATEVER YOU WANT)” and offer an experience, some words, more...

All Day1930s San Francisco Scale Model | SF   FREE
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
5:30 pmSan Francisco Critical Mass   FREE
7:00 pmSan Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmFeral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF   $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
7:30 pmWin Tix: SF Sketchfest: “Bring the Rock” w/ Greg Behrendt | Swedish American Hall   WIN