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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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Free Legion of Honor Museum Day for Bay Area Residents | Every Saturday

Every Saturday, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and more...

All Dayde Young Free Day & Souls of Mischief Hip Hop Concert | SF   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 DayKimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts & Food Faire | SF   FREE*
*Not all vendors accept credit/debit cards, so please come prepared.
All DayTimbuk2 Holiday Warehouse Sale: Up to 70% Off | 2019   FREE
All Day2019 Holiday Mercantile: Food, Crafts & Live Music | SF   FREE
All DaySouls of Mischief: Film Screening & Panel Discussion | de Young Museum   FREE
All DaySunset Holiday Mercantile 2019 | SF   FREE
All Day12th Annual Five & Diamond Holiday Loft Sale | SF   FREE
4:00 pmWin Tix: Sweater-Con 2019: San Francisco Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl | SF   WIN*
*Includes Admission to Pub Crawl and Drink Specials.
5:30 pmSF’s Krampus Crawl: Wandering Guerilla Theater | Union Square   FREE*
*It looks to be free; there's no cover charge listed. Bring cash for drinks and buy yourself a pair of horns to participate.
6:00 pmOriginal Vinyl’s First Art Show: Spoof Record Label Album Covers | SF   FREE
7:00 pmDowntown SF’s Desi 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
8:00 pmWin Tix: Cirque du Soleil’s “AMALUNA” at Oracle Park | SF   WIN
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 pmSaturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF   FREE

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Final Day: Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale | 80% Off Everything
Sunday, December 15 – All Day | Cost: 80% Off | Chronicle Books HQ

Need some last minute gifts, but don’t want to pay outrageous last minute shipping costs? The Chronicle Books Holiday Warehouse Sale is here again with 80% off everything in the store for more...

6:00 amAfter Dawn: Premiere Sunday Morning Party | SF  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 amElf on the Run: 5k & 10k Race & Festival | Presidio  $30*
*Registration prices increase as the event comes closer.
10:00 amSaint Paulus Pre Christmas Church Service & Potluck Lunch | SF   FREE
All Day“Mayor’s Holiday Fair” at SF City Hall | 2019   FREE
All DayTimbuk2 Holiday Warehouse Sale: Up to 70% Off | Mission Dist.   FREE
All Day2019 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 60+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF   FREE*
*Bring cash for purchase.
All Day2019 Holiday Mercantile: Food, Crafts & Live Music | SF   FREE
All DayIlluminate 2019: SF’s Festival of Light | 40+ Light Sculptures   FREE
12:00 pmWin Tix: 7th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast | SoMa StrEat Food Park   WIN*
*$68 Adults / $25 Kids 12 & Under
12:00 pmChildren Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown   FREE
12:00 pm7th Annual “All-You-Can-Eat” Crab Feast | SF   $62*
*$62 Early-bird for Adults, otherwise it's $68. $25 for kids.
All Day12th Annual Five & Diamond Holiday Loft Sale | SF   FREE*
*Free for all ages.
2:00 pmJeffrey’s Howliday Party & Santa Paws Photos | North Beach   FREE
2:00 pm“Holiday Circus” 2019 Winter Showcase | SF   $20
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.
5:30 pmMovie Night Double Feature: The Neverending Story & Labyrinth | The Chapel   FREE
6:00 pmThe Holiday Impeachment Party | SF   $10*
*$10 in advance/$15 at door. All proceeds go towards a 501(c)3, Poets Reading the News.
7:00 pmWin Tix: A New Voice in Indie Music: Lola Kirke | Rickshaw Stop   WIN
7:00 pm“Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase | SF   FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
7:00 pmLaugh Your Gays Off: Free Comedy in The Castro | SF   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation
7:30 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Murray The Magician (YouTube) | Cobb’s Comedy Club   WIN
8:00 pmWin Tix: SF Sunday Comedy Showcase | 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
9:00 pmWin Tix: Tragedy: All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees & Beyond | Bottom of the Hill   WIN
9:00 pm“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room   FREE


Monday, December 16, 2019

Monday, December 16 – All Day | Cost: WIN | Union Square Park

A San Francisco holiday tradition, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, presents magical outdoor ice skating through January 20, 2020. You’ll win a pair of more...

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.
6:20 pmWin Tix: “1917” Sneak Preview Private Film Screening | AMC Metreon   WIN
7:00 pmA Night of Chamber Music: Beethoven’s Birthday Bash | SF   FREE*
*Free admission, $5-20 suggested donation
8:00 pmNorth Beach Comedy Night | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Resistance is Fertile” Free Comedy Night | SF   FREE

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2nd Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Tuesday, December 17 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park

On Tuesday, December 17th, join the Tenderloin neighborhood in the lighting of the second-ever holiday tree. Live performances and special guests D6 Supervisor Matt Haney and Santa.

5:30 pmThe Stinky Cheese Club | Bender’s   FREE*
*Bring in a good cheese to share and get a free drink.
6:20 pmWin Tix: CATS Sneak Preview Movie Night at AMC Kabuki | SF   WIN
7:00 pmJericho: Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required via Meetup.com
8:00 pmSantichrist: Theatrical Burlesque Experience & Christmas Party | SF   $5*
*$5-$10 Suggested Donation (NOTAFLOF)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2019 Etsy's Maverick Holiday Market  | SF
Wednesday, December 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Crocker Galleria

LIVE outside the box and come celebrate all things awesome with local artists, designers and crafts at the bottom floor of the Crocker Galleria on Wednesday December 18th 10 am-4 pm. Shop more...

All DaySalvation Army 2019 “Toy & Joy” Holiday Sort & Giveaway | SF  FREE*
*RSVP required and space for volunteers is limited
11:00 am“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza   FREE
6:00 pmMenorah Lighting Celebration & Hanukkah Party | Castro   FREE
7:00 pmOn a Lark Comedy Show: Fundraiser for Mission High School | SF   FREE*
*FREE with code FUNCHEAP. Otherwise it's $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
7:00 pmFree Astronomy Lecture | Castro   FREE
8:00 pm$5 Tix: SF’s “Queerdos” LGBTQ+ Comedy Show | The Setup   $5*
*Use discount code FUNCHEAP for 1/2 off tickets online. Otherwise $10 online, $15 at the door. 21+, and there is a one-item minimum.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Brand New Rooftop Winterfest at Salesforce Park | Dec. 19-21
Thursday, December 19 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Salesforce Park

As part of Salesforce Park’s special winter programming, Winterfest features activities for the whole family. Today, enjoy music from the Alpha Rhythm Kings.

10:00 amHidden San Francisco Walking Tours | SoMa  FREE
12:30 pmFree 30-Minute Core & Stretch Express | Salesforce Park  FREE
5:00 pm2019 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Santa’s Workshop & Holiday Market | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
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.
5:00 pmFree Third Thursdays at California Historical Society | SF   FREE
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 pmExploratorium After Dark: All Is Bright | Pier 15   $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pmThe Vigil: Annual Homeless Persons Memorial | UN Plaza   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Comedy All Stars Alumni: Kira Soltanovich & More | The Punch Line   WIN
8:00 pmHaight Ashbury Comedy Night | Milk Bar   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise, it's $15.
9:30 pmSF’s Epic Karaoke Dance Party w/ Sax, Lasers + Fog | Every Thursday   FREE

Friday, December 20, 2019

"Last Day of Fall" Free Walking Tours | SF
Friday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Japanese Tea Garden may require an additional charge.
| All Over San Francisco

Last day of Fall Walking Tour Schedule: 9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden 10:00 am – City Scapes And Public Places 10:00 am – South of Market Architecture Stroll 11:00 am – Fisherman’s Wharf: A Hidden History 1:00 pm – Japanese more...

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.
3:30 pmWinter Solstice Eve 2019: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach   FREE
5:00 pmSilent Disco at Rooftop Winterfest | Salesforce Park   FREE
7:30 pmWin Tix: Comedy Night: Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live) | Cobb’s   WIN
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
8:00 pmSan Francisco Winter Comedy Festival | Dec. 20-21   FREE*
*RSVP Required, otherwise $10 at the door
9:00 pmXmas HellaRnB Night (Beyoncé, Rihanna, TLC, Prince & More) | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 10:30pm; $5 after
9:30 pm“HellaSingle” Comedy Show & Singles Mixer | SF   FREE*
*Free with RSVP or $15 at the Door
9:45 pm“Tindervention” Free Comedy Night at Cobbs | Dec. 20-21   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. $17 without RSVP. Two Drink Minimum

Saturday, December 21, 2019

2019 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center
Saturday, December 21 – 7:10 am | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is typically by donation, but consider becoming a member.
| San Francisco Zen Center

Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard. Ceremony follows evening zazen. 

8:15 amFree Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020   FREE*
*Free lessons (and free skate rental) but an RSVP is required. Limited to 50 people per session.
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 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 DayChristmas Weekend Guided 57 Free Walking Tours | Dec. 21-25   FREE
10:00 amWinterfest Family Fun: Photo w/ Santa & Face Painting | Salesforce Park   FREE
10:00 amMission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
All DayFree PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio   FREE
All DayChildren Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown   FREE
12:00 pm2019 Russian Holiday Bell Concert | SF Main Library   FREE
12:45 pm2019 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Final Concert | Civic Center   FREE
3:00 pmArt in the Park: Live Music, Arts & Spoken Word | Tenderloin   FREE
4:00 pm2019 Christmas Carol Music Festival | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested. Limited seating. Register online.
4:54 pm14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2019   FREE
7:30 pmSan Francisco Winter Comedy Festival | December 2019   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