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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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market Day | Ferry Building
Wednesday, November 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building

Take care of your last minute shopping right before the big day. In addition to the regular Saturday and Tuesday Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets, there will be a special market on the Wednesday more...

11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza   FREE
5:00 pmJive Turkey Pre-Thanksgiving Party: Happy Hour All Night & Live DJ | John Colins   FREE
5:00 pmPier 39’s New Nightly Tree Lighting Show Kick Off | Nov. 21 – Jan. 1   FREE
5:00 pm2018 Free Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet: 1,000+ Meals | SF   FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite: Animal Encounters, the Albany Bulb & Cosmic Elements | Rickshaw Stop   $8
7:00 pmWin Tix: Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce” Extravaganza | Curran   WIN*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for 20-30% off non-balcony tickets for most performances
7:00 pmTaylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce” Extravaganza: 30% Off | Nov. 21-30   30% Off*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for 20-30% off non-balcony tickets for most performances
8:00 pm“The End” Insane Tarantino-Style Improv | SF   $5*
*$5
8:00 pmWorld Class Comedy: Free Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
8:30 pmWin Tix: Rising Pop Star: Kiiara | August Hall   WIN
8:30 pmThanksgiving Eve Cosmic Gobble-Gobble Funk Disco Party | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Alcatraz Thanksgiving Day Sunrise Celebration | 2018
Thursday, November 22 – 4:15 am | Cost: $14*
*Event is free, but boat tickets are $14 for adults.
| Alcatraz Island

Wake up early…very early for the Indigenous Peoples’ Annual Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island, part of the San Francisco Ohlone Territory, on Thursday, November 22, 2018. The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration more...

All DayThanksgiving Day Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket   FREE*
*Park at your own risk of course: If you're not sure or want more clarification, contact SF parking enforcement
All DayFree Admission on Thanksgiving Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden   FREE*
*Free on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and daily from 7:30-9 am
8:00 amTurkey Trail Trot 2018 | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Free to watch the crazy race, but registration to participate is closed.
All DayThanksgiving Weekend Guided Walking Tours | 50 Free Tours   FREE*
*Free tours, but admission to the tea garden is required - Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $8.00 (Non-Residents)
All DayVolunteering for Thanksgiving in SF | A How-To Guide   FREE
11:00 amTransGiving 2018: Annual Thanksgiving Feast | SF   FREE
11:00 amFriendsgiving/Orphan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic in Dolores Park | SF   FREE*
*Bring something for the potluck or bring $5-10 donation if you come without a dish to share
12:00 pm2018 Annual Thanksgiving Feast | SF   FREE
3:00 pmOrphan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
4:00 pmThanksgiving Lights: SF City Hall in Autumnal Colors | Nov 22-25   FREE
5:00 pmPier 39’s Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF   FREE
5:00 pmMacy’s Thanksgiving Night DJ Party w/ WiLD 94.9 | Union Square   FREE*
*No purchase necessary to enter to win.
6:00 pmFree Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pm2018 Turkey-Topia Thanksgiving Night Bingo | The Knockout   FREE*
*No cover 21+
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
9:00 pm“A Very Muppets Thanksgiving” Puppet Drag Show | Castro   $5
9:30 pmThanksgiving DJ Night: Funk Soul, Hip-hop & Cumbia | Make-Out Room   FREE


Friday, November 23, 2018

#OptOutside: Visit 100+ Bay Area Parks Instead of Black Friday Shopping | 2018
Friday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over California

Yea, it may be a marketing gimmick, but we can get behind the sentiment of REI closing its 149 stores on Black Friday on one of the most popular days of more...

All DayGuided San Francisco Walking Tour Friday | 11 Free Tours   FREE*
*Free tours, but admission to the tea garden is required - Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $8.00 (Non-Residents)
All DayBuy Nothing Day | 2018   FREE
12:00 pmBlack Friday Edition Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | 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.
3:00 pm“What Remains” Free Art Performance | SF   FREE
3:00 pmChristmas-Themed Pop Up Cocktail Bar Kick Off Party | SF   FREE
4:00 pmGhirardelli Square 54th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2018   FREE
4:53 pm2018 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach   FREE
5:00 pmFinal “Friday Nights at the de Young” of 2018 | Golden Gate Park   FREE*
*Free admission to the main level galleries and activities in the public spaces. Special exhibits require a paid discounted ticket.
5:00 pmPier 39’s Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF   FREE
6:00 pm2018 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting | Union Square   FREE*
*Free to Watch
7:00 pmFeral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF   $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
8:00 pm30% Off: Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce” Opening Night | Curran   30% Off*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for 20-30% off non-balcony tickets for most performances
9:00 pmWin Tix: Buzzing LA Indie Rockers “Vista Kicks” | Slim’s   WIN
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
9:45 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Roy Wood Jr. (Comedy Central) | Cobb’s Comedy Club   WIN
10:00 pm“Leftovers Party” Post-Thanksgiving Feast | Marina   FREE
10:00 pmThe Last Drunkathalon: Free Comedy, Games & Cosplay | PianoFight   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Free Pet Adoptions | Zappos' Home for the Pawlidayz
Saturday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free between November 24-26, 2018 only from participating rescue organizations.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Let a sweet, new furry friend come Home for the Pawlidayz. In honor of the most wonderful time of year, Zappos will cover the cost of dog and cat adoptions from Best more...

8:30 amFree Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF   FREE*
*Free lessons (and free skate rental) but an RSVP is required. Limited to 50 people per session.
All DayDecorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF   FREE
All DayGuided San Francisco Walking Tour Saturday | 19 Free Tours   FREE*
*Free tours, but admission to the tea garden is required - Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $8.00 (Non-Residents)
All Day“Snovember” Treasure Island: Epic Holiday Market & 20 Tons of Snow | TreasureFest   $5
10:00 amWin Tix: Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair | Golden Gate Park   WIN*
*Funcheap readers get $2 off the door price of $12. One price of $10 gets you in for both days.
All DayThe Fairmont’s 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF   FREE
All Day2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35   FREE
11:30 amSan Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park   FREE
2:00 pmThe Nutcracker Sweet Orchestra & Puppets | SF   FREE*
*Seating is on first-come, first-serve basis.
4:30 pm2018 Winter Lighting Ceremony: Snow & Free Carousel Rides | Yerba Buena Gardens   FREE
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
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 11pm. $5 After
11:30 pmAvant-Cabaret Saturdays: French Burlesque Dance | Marina   FREE

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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.
All DayGuided San Francisco Walking Tour Sunday | 14 Free Tours   FREE*
*Free tours, but admission to the tea garden is required - Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $8.00 (Non-Residents)
All DayTreasure Island Snow Day: “Snovember” TreasureFest Holiday Market | SF   $5
All Day2018 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 200+ Vendors | Pier 35   FREE
12:30 pmDecorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF   FREE
4:00 pmCoin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa   FREE
5:00 pmFinal Night Thanksgiving Lights: City Hall in Autumnal Colors | SF   FREE
5:00 pmLa Piñata: Free Latin Party & DJ Night | Mission   FREE
6:00 pm’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.   FREE
7:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE

Monday, November 26, 2018

Free Pet Adoptions | Zappos' Home for the Pawlidayz
Monday, November 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free between November 24-26, 2018 only from participating rescue organizations.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Let a sweet, new furry friend come Home for the Pawlidayz. In honor of the most wonderful time of year, Zappos will cover the cost of dog and cat adoptions from Best more...

All DayDecorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF   FREE
6:00 pm2018 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men’s Chorus | SF   FREE
8:00 pmCase of the Mondays: Game Night & Free Comedy | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Donations accepted, based on what you can afford.
8:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Fury Road” Live Immersive Micro-Plays | PianoFight   FREE*
*Free-$20, suggested donation. Bring cash for food and drinks purchase.
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, November 27, 2018

Union Square Free Ice Skating Day & Winter Clothing Drive | SF
Tuesday, November 27 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE with clothing donation. Free ice skating and free skate rental
| Union Square

In partnership with the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, Alaska Airlines is celebrating Giving Tuesday for the second year in a row by hosting a clothing drive, with a more...

All DayDecorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF  FREE
5:00 pmLight Up The Night 2018: Free Bike Light Campaign | SF   FREE*
*Free bike saftey lights for those who do not already have them
6:00 pm#GivingBrewsday: Anchor Beer Tasting Party & Brewery Tours | SF   $35*
*$35 for "basic" tickets, $45 for "full tickets" with code FUN
6:00 pmWin Tix: Historic Libations: A History of Bay Area Food and Drink | SF   WIN
6:30 pmPoetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach   FREE
6:30 pmBruce Lee Free Film Screening & Q&A | SF   FREE
7:00 pmSF History Night: New Stairway Walks in San Francisco | Pacific Heights   $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
7:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Thing: Free Pizza, Cheap Beer & Giveaways | SF   FREE*
*Free pizza is on a first come, first served basis
8:00 pmHaight Street Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Eyedress: Sensitive G Tour | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: SF’s “Dinosaurs of Comedy” | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pm“Udder Hilarity” Free Comedy Show | Hollow Cow   FREE*
*RSVP to guarantee a seat
8:30 pmWin Tix: Goth Rock Icon: Jarboe | Bottom of the Hill   WIN

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Asian Art Museum's 2018 "Holiday Artisan Market" | SF

Get all of your holiday shopping done early at the Asian Art Museum’s 2nd Annual Holiday Artisan Market –  a free event featuring one-of-a-kind handmade goods by 30+ local makers. > Visit more...

All DayDecorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF  FREE