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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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Rooftop Hawaiian Summer Concert at Salesforce Park | SF
Wednesday, August 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park

Salesforce Park, SF’s newly-reopened 5.4 acre park on top of the Transit Center hosts a ton of free events every week highlighted by free weekly after-work outdoor rooftop concerts curated by more...

12:00 pm“Stompy Jones” Free Jump/Swing Outdoor Concert | SF  FREE
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 pmEclectic Surf/Rock Concert: Par Avion | Union Square Live   FREE
6:30 pmScribdChat: How to Live Life & Face Death | SF   FREE*
*This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
7:00 pmNerd Nite: Radioactive Elements, Lager & Cable Cars | Rickshaw Stop   $10
7:00 pmSuper Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament | SF   FREE
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Presidio   FREE
8:00 pmCANCELED: Free HellaFunny Comedy Night | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
8:00 pmThe Premise: Intimate Stand Up Comedy | SF   FREE

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2019 Tacolicious Guest Chef: Farmhouse Thai | Ferry Plaza
Thursday, August 22 – 10:00 am | Cost: $4.95*
*Free event, but bring cash for taco purchases.
| Ferry Building

Taco lovers, rejoice! Tacolicious’s annual Guest Chef Series takes place July 11 through August 29, 2019, every Thursday (10 am-2 pm) at CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The Bay Area’s best chefs—including more...

All DaySmall Business Expo 2019: Workshops, Trade Show & Networking | San Mateo   FREE*
*Bronze badge is free, but an RSVP is required. Dress Code: Business Casual
10:00 amSmall Business Expo 2019 | SF   FREE
12:30 pmFree 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park   FREE
1:00 pmClassic Swing w/ Rob Reich Swings Left: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF   FREE
1:00 pmLINES Ballet Fitness Free 30 min Dance Class | UN Plaza   FREE
1:00 pm“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral   FREE*
*Free and open to all; registration on arrival.
2:30 pmRooftop DJ Classes in Salesforce Park | SF   FREE
4:00 pmTaverna Aventine’s Final Block Party Ever | SF   FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite
4:00 pmWin Tix: Noe Valley Wine Walk | Noe Valley   WIN
5:00 pm“Presidio Twilight” Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF   FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks.
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 pmFree Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF   FREE
5:00 pmCreative Flow: Accessible Art Making Experience | Salesforce Park   FREE
5:00 pmLillie Mae Free In-store Concert | Amoeba SF   FREE
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.
5:30 pmDistrict Attorney Candidates Forum | SF   FREE
6:00 pmLyft’s Pop-Up Art Bike Party: Vinyl DJs & Free Drinks | SF   FREE*
*RSVP required
6:00 pmFree Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF   FREE
6:00 pmAnimal Behavior NightLife | California Academy of Sciences   $15.75*
*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 pmExploratorium After Dark: Artificially Intelligent | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmFree Tix: The Future of Bay Area Transit: Regional vs. Local | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required on RushTix. Comp tickets are limited
7:45 pm“I Wish I Was Happy” Hour Comedy Show | SF   FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks.
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
9:00 pmLa Piñata: Free Latin Party & DJ Night | Mission   FREE

Friday, August 23, 2019

Summer Fridays at SPIN: Free Ping Pong Day | SF
Friday, August 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, free ping pong with happy hour drinks until 5 pm
| SPiN Ping Pong Social Club

What’s better than leaving work early on a Friday to play ping pong and get happy hour drink speicals? Celebrate summer in August with SPIN. Leave work early on Fridays, and from more...

3:00 pmFree Sightglass Coffee Cupping | SoMa   FREE*
*Free, but space is limited so an RSVP is requested.
All DayCadillac’s 4th Anniversary Party | SF   FREE
5:00 pmFree Swing Dance Class on SF’s Rooftop Park | 2019   FREE
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 pmFree Outdoor Movie Night: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse | Union Square   FREE
6:00 pmFree Family Movie Night: “Bee Movie” | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
6:00 pmWin Tix: VIP Reserved Seating: “Film Night in the Park” Spider-Man | Union Square   WIN
7:00 pmFeral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF   $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
7:30 pmMeredith Monk Live Concert at Grace Cathedral | SF   FREE
7:30 pm“HellaFunny Fridays” San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Showcase | SoMa   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $10 at the Door
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $15 at the Door
9:45 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Jay Chandrasekhar (Warner Bros) | Cobb’s   WIN
9:45 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Emo Philips (HBO) | The Punch Line   WIN
All DayHidden Pianos Inside SF’s Civil War Era Fort | August 23-25   FREE*
*This event is free. No RSVP required.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Free de Young Museum Day for SF Residents | Every Saturday

Every Saturday, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require more...

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 DaySan Francisco Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All DayTreasureFest: Dog Days of Summer | August 24-25   $3*
*$3-$5 early bird online / $7 last minute - includes free parking.
All DayHidden Pianos & Free Concert Inside SF’s Civil War Era Fort | Fort Point   FREE*
*This event is free. No RSVP required.
10:30 am$12 Bottomless 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.
11:30 amSan Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park   FREE
12:00 pmFree Saturdays at de Young Museum: Turntable Drawings | SF   FREE
12:00 pmThe San Francisco Peace Festival | 2019   FREE
1:00 pmFlagging in the Park w/ DJ Steve Fabus | AIDS Memorial Grove   FREE
2:00 pmDue South Concert Series w/ Mexican Institute of Sound & Helado Negro | SF   FREE*
*VIP Premium Seats Available Starting at $50.
3:00 pmBay Area Derby’s #20ShineTeen Roller Championship | Palace of Fine Arts   $20*
*General admission $20 (Kids 7 and under free)
6:00 pmZeitgeist’s Free Summer Bull Ride Competition | SF   FREE*
*Free to compete
6:00 pmSummer Pop-Up Meditations w/ S’Mores & Volunteer Appreciation | Final Day   FREE
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
7:00 pm“Me & My Friends” Pop-up Orchestra | SF   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP.
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 pmIndian Flash Mob Street Parade “Non Stop Bhangra” | Mission Dist.   FREE*
*Free to watch and participate in the flash mob. Tickets are required for the party at The Great Northern
9:00 pmWhite Out Party: An All White End of Summer Party | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
9:30 pmWin Tix: Non Stop Bhangra “Crash an Indian Wedding” | The Great Northern   WIN*
*$15 Early Bird / $20 GA / $25 Door
10:00 pmFree Tix: Bootie SF “Beach vs. Playa” Party | DNA Lounge   FREE*
*RSVP Required on RushTix. Comp tickets are limited
10:00 pmNo Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party | Bar Fluxus   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm. $5 After

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Free Day at Hyde Street Pier | SF
Sunday, August 25 – All Day | | Hyde Street Pier

Help us celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday with an entrance fee-free day on Hyde Street Pier from 9:30 pm – 5 pm this Sunday, August 25, 2019. The annual $80 more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All DaySF’s Huge Summer “Dog Days” Festival | TreasureFest   $3*
*$3-$5 early bird online / $7 last minute - includes free parking.
10:00 amKUSF’s Rock ‘n’ Swap Record Fair | USF   $3*
*$3 General Admission at 10 AM. $10 early bird admission from 7-10 am. Free w/ USF Student ID.
All DayHidden Pianos & Free Concert Inside SF’s Civil War Era Fort | Fort Point   FREE*
*This event is free. No RSVP required.
10:30 am$12 Bottomless 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 DayVintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park   FREE
All Day2019 Origami-Palooza Festival & Paper Airplane Challenge | Japantown   FREE
All Day2019 McLaren Park’s Free Kids Fest | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP on Facebook.
11:00 amWin Tix: UBay: 2nd Annual SF Ube Fest | SoMa StrEat Food Park   WIN*
*$5 GA / Children 10 under are FREE
11:00 amFree Outdoor Yoga at Ocean Beach | SF   FREE
11:00 amFree Outdoor Family Fun: Rotating Shows & Exciting Stories | Salesforce Park   FREE
11:00 amSF’s Bluxome Street Fair & Block Party | 2019   FREE*
*RSVP for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
11:00 amWin Tix: $40 VIP Food/Drink Credit at 2019 Bluxome Street Fair | SF   WIN
11:00 amPresidio Picnic: Off the Grid’s Sunday Food Truck Party | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
All DayInternational “Go Topless” Day Celebration | 2019   FREE
12:00 pmStudio A.C.T. Free Summer Sampler Theater Class | SF   FREE*
*Space is very limited for this free event—please sign up using the event website link included.
1:00 pmAcoustic Music in the Square | Noe Valley   FREE
1:00 pmUkranian Music & Dance Festival | Golden Gate Park   FREE
2:00 pmCoin-Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa   FREE
2:00 pmBlues/Rock Concert: The Nitecaps Blues Band | Union Square Live   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.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Whimsical Folk Punk: Mal Blum | Thee Parkside   WIN
8:00 pmThe $2 Bill Comedy Show | Milk Bar   $2*
*$2 with RSVP on Eventbrite. Otherwise, $10 at the door.
8:00 pmWin Tix: SF Comedy Showcase: Robert Berry & More | The Punch Line   WIN
8:30 pmFree HellaFunny Sundays Stand-Up Comedy | Neck of the Woods   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $15 online $20 at the door