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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Thursday, September 19, 2019

First Day for Tix to SFMOMA's "Soft Power" Artist Talk | Oct. 24
Thursday, September 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SFMOMA

Timely and provocative, Soft Power is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how more...

All Day2019 Fort Mason Big Book Sale | SF   FREE*
*Free admission. On Sunday the 22nd, everything is $1
All DaySF Zoo Free Day: East Bay Residents | Alameda & Contra Costa Counties   FREE*
*Visitors must bring a valid I.D.; each adult must provide proof of residency.
All DayA Super Rare “Free Museum Day” at SFMOMA | SF   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 DayInternational Talk Like a Pirate Day 2019   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 pm5-Course Tasting Menu w/ Vegan Option, 2-for-1 Cocktails | SF   $39*
*$39 for a 5-Course Tasting Menu (reg. $69), 2 for 1 Tropical Drinks. Please enter FC5-COURSE in your open table reservation or mention Funcheap to your host.
6:00 pm‘90s NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF   $13*
*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 pm“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF   FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
6:00 pmThe Glenlivet & Humphry Slocombe Cocktail Ice Cream Party | Mission   FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite, must be 21+
6:00 pmExploratorium After Dark: Transportation Revolution | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
8:00 pm“Tindervention” Stand Up Comedy & Tinder Horror Stories | Cobbs   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. $17 without RSVP. Two Drink Minimum
8:00 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Scott Capurro (Comedy Central) | Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: Russian Circles “Blood Year” North American Tour | August Hall   WIN
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
8:00 pm50% Off: Thoughtful Romance: Comedy Show about Modern Romance | SF   $5*
*$5 Adv using promo code FUNCHEAP / $10 Door
8:30 pmWin Tix: SFJAZZ John Hanrahan Quartet w/ Andrew Dixon | SF   WIN

Friday, September 20, 2019

The "Friends" Central Perk Couch Is Coming To SF
Friday, September 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | AT&T (Union Square)

Ever wanted to sit on the famous orange couch from Central Perk or knock on Monica and Rachel’s iconic purple door? Now, you can! Starting on September 20th, AT&T will transform more...

10:00 amFree Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | SF   FREE
All DayPARK(ing) Day 2019   FREE
All Day2019 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Friday   FREE*
*Free admission. On Sunday , Sept. 22nd, everything is $1
All Day2019 San Francisco Greek Festival Kick Off | Sept. 20-22   FREE
3:00 pm“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmSchroeder’s 126th Oktoberfest Block Party | SF   FREE*
*Free, but food and drinks are for purchase.
3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
4:00 pmSF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free Zapotec Rugs Craft Making | Lake Merced   FREE
4:00 pm“Free Play” Weekend: 50+ Arcade Games & Pinball | Coin-Op   FREE
5:00 pm$15 Friday Tickets: Oktoberfest by the Bay 2019 | SF   $15*
*$15 Tickets (save $10) with promo code FUNCHEAP
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.
6:00 pmWin Tix: A.C.T.’s Drinks & Drama Fridays “Top Girls” | SF   WIN
6:30 pmSF Hispanic Heritage Festival: “Off the Wall” Gallery Talk & Discussion | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pmBrave New Jokes: Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE
7:00 pm2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios: Opening Gala | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pmFree Summer Pop-Up Comedy Weekend | Sept. 20-21   FREE*
*RSVP Required, otherwise $10 at the door
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $15 at the Door
10:00 pmHellaRnB Night (Beyoncé, Rihanna, TLC, Prince & More) | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm; $5 after

Saturday, September 21, 2019

2019 California Coastal Cleanup Day | How to Sign Up
Saturday, September 21 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Help keep San Francisco’s stretch of the coastline clean at the 2019 California Coastal Cleanup Day on the third Saturday of September. 2019 California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 9 more...

9:00 amBattle for the Bay Volunteer Challenge: San Francisco vs. Oakland   FREE
All DayFree de Young Museum Day for SF 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 Legion of Honor Museum Day for SF 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 DaySmithsonian’s 15th Annual Free Museum Day | 2019   FREE*
*Free, but you must signup and download your free ticket
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
All Day2019 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Saturday   FREE*
*Free admission. On Sunday , Sept. 22nd, everything is $1
10:00 amMission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
10:00 am2019 “Pier to Pier” History Walk & Festival | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
All DayTransportation/Transformations Community Day | SF   FREE*
*Pay what you wish on Community Days.
All DayExploratorium Free Day: Fall Community Day | SF   FREE*
*Pay what you can; you may choose to enter for free or can choose to pay any amount should you have the means or desire to do so.
10:00 amAlonzo King’s LINES Ballet: Free Hip Hop Dance Workshop | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
10:00 amWin Tix: “Abominable” Sneak Preview Movie | San Francisco Centre 9   WIN
10:00 am$5 Off: SF’s Fall Ball + Black & Gold Party: Daybreaker | 2019   $15*
*$15 Party / $35 Yoga + Dance
10:00 am2019 “City Kids” Family Fair: Elmo, Freebies & Fire Trucks | SF   FREE*
*RSVP and you could win great raffle prizes.
10:00 amSF 4th Garden Resource Day | Golden Gate Park   FREE
10:30 amFree Mimosa “Boozy Brunch” w/ Vegan Options | SF   $12*
*Get one complimentary drink with your brunch - and don't forget to tip like a rockstar. Upgrade to bottomless for $12.
All Day25th Annual Sunset District Community Festival | SF   FREE
All Day2019 National “Drive Electric” Car Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
All Day$20 Saturday Tickets: Oktoberfest by the Bay 2019 | SF   $5 Off*
*Tickets for Saturday are $20. Use code FUNCHEAP. Otherwise it's $25. Food and drink available for purchase.
11:00 amInternational Day of Peace Gathering at Palace of Fine Arts | SF   FREE
11:00 am2019 Chinese National Day | SF   FREE
11:00 amSF’s Oldest Mural: The Mission Dolores Mural | SF   FREE
11:15 amFree SF Sunset Photo Walk | Inner Sunset   FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite
All Day2019 Southeast Asian Harvest Festival: Street Soccer & Chinese Martial Arts | SF   FREE
All Day2019 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios | Mission Dist.   FREE
All Day2019 Greek Food Festival: Saturday | SF   FREE
12:00 pmFree Saturdays at de Young Museum: Tattoo Talk w/ Tex Buss | SF   FREE
12:00 pm“We The People” March in San Francisco | Embarcadero   FREE*
*Registration Required
All DayOktoberfest at Anchor Public Taps: Exclusive Fall Brews | SF   FREE
1:00 pmAmoeba Revolutions DJ Set: DJ Joel Conway | SF   FREE
1:00 pmPlay Day at West Portal Playground: Food, Fun & Games | SF   FREE
2:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: “As You Like It” | SF   FREE
2:00 pmFall Equinox Pagan Ritual | SF   $10*
*Last 2018, there is a $10-25 sliding scale suggested donation (with children under 12 free and no one turned away for lack of funds.)
3:00 pmArt in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin   FREE
3:00 pmFree Author Talk: Stories of Life & Wine in 100 Bottles | Omnivore Books   FREE
4:00 pmSF’s Filipino Night Market “Undiscovered” | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP requested to get a free pin. Donations are appreciated.
7:00 pmFree Tix: “Let Her Sing 2019” A Celebration of Female Voices | YBCA   FREE*
*RSVP Required on RushTix. Comp tickets are limited
7:00 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
7:30 pmFree Opera at the Ballpark 2019 | Oracle Park   FREE*
*Free tickets, but advanced registration is required
7:30 pmFree Summer Pop-Up Comedy Weekend | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required, otherwise $10 at the door
8:00 pm“Nightlife on Mars” Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with code CHEAPBASTARD - otherwise it's $10
8:30 pmDowntown SF’s Desi Comedy Night | Every Saturday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 at door without RSVP
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+
9:00 pmWin Tix: American Neo Psychedelic Band: Plan 9 | Bottom of the Hill   WIN
9:45 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Mark Curry (ABC/HBO) | Cobb’s   WIN
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm. $5 After
11:59 pmSan Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride | SF   FREE

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Brand New: Bay Bridge Steel Art Piece Opening "Signal" | Treasure Island
Sunday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Signal (Treasure Island)

Signal is a brand new public art piece for Treasure Island made of 36 tons of steel from the former East Span of the Bay Bridge. Three 12-ton girders and a signal more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All DayGlide Legend Rev. Cecil Williams’ 90th Birthday Party | SF   FREE
All Day“Last Day of Summer” 14 Free Walking Tours | SF   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Japanese Tea Garden may require an additional charge.
All Day$1 Book Day: The 2019 Big Book Sale | Final Day   FREE*
*On Sunday, everything is $1
10:00 amSan Francisco Street Clean Up | Castro   FREE
10:30 amFree Mimosa “Boozy Brunch” w/ Vegan Options | SF   $12*
*Get one complimentary drink with your brunch - and don't forget to tip like a rockstar. Upgrade to bottomless for $12.
All Day2019 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival | SF   FREE
11:00 am$10 Tickets: Oktoberfest by the Bay 2019 | Pier 35   $10*
*Get $10 tickets with code FUNCHEAP
11:00 amWin Tix: Oktoberfest by the Bay 2019 | Pier 35   WIN
11:00 amWorkshop’s 10th Birthday: Annual Plant Sale & Block Party | SF   FREE
All Day“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Western Addition   FREE
11:00 amNew Year Family Festival: Live Music & Food Drive | SF   FREE*
*First 100 guests receive a free copy of Tiffany Shlain's 24/6.