FREE events during the week in SF

Roberta Ortolan

Yes, San Francisco has several FREE events Monday to Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. There are also those that happen only once a month! Obviously, I couldn’t publish them all, and in order not to make the article too long, I chose the most interesting ones during the week. Pick yours:


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Walking Tour in Chinatown’s neighborhood

The tour through Chinatown reveals the history of a community that has continued to grow for 150 years, even with all racial prejudices! It is a rich culture full of curiosities, including temples, apothecaries, jewelry stores and so on. For more information about schedules, meeting points, among others, click here.

Motown on Mondays

For those who want to move their bones and like the 70s, the DJ at the Madrone Art Bar plays the best Motown hits. Until 8 pm, totally free. Admission allowed for people over 21.

Where: 500 Divisadero Street (at the corner of Fell). San Francisco.

Time: Bar is open Monday to Saturday, from 4 pm to 2 am. On Sundays, from 3 pm to midnight. Check the calendar for their nightly entertainment schedule.

Walking Tour Fisherman’s Wharf

Many immigrants have passed through this area, including an Italian community that benefited commercially from the Dungeness crab. On this tour you will learn about many stories, including those of the ships anchored at Hyde Street Pier, the largest museum of water ships in the world.

Possibly you will also see seals and sea lions. This tour also runs on Fridays, so please check the schedule and times here.


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Hella Funny Stand-Up Comedy

They say laughter prolongs life, so if you want to extend it a little longer, the Tope Lounge has reopened its doors for comedy night.

If you use the code FUNCHEAP when making a reservation, you can attend the event for free and receive $2 off all in-house wines and cocktails. The presentation lasts 1.5 hours.

Where: 1326 Grant Avenue (1-minute walk from Golden Boy Pizza). San Francisco.

Show time: 8 pm. Click here for more information.

Fists of Improv – Workshop

If you like to improvise, you can’t miss this workshop. The event takes place at the San Francisco Eagle Bar, an LGBTQ+ bar, where you will learn the tricks for creating funny and dynamic situations. Fun is guaranteed!

The SF Eagles Players, the team responsible for the workshop, intends to promote and value experimental and independent theater.

Where: 398 12th Street, San Francisco.

Time: the doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Click here for more information.


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Museum of Craft and Design

The pay what you can system only happens on Wednesdays. The visitor who wants to know the museum will pay as much as they believe was worth the experience. The museum has an interactive program for all ages.

Where: 2569 Third Street, San Francisco.

Time: from 10 am to 5 pm. There is more information at the museum site.

Japanese Tea Garden

Located in Golden Gate Park, this is a Japanese village that has received many tourists and curious people since it opened in 1894. The garden has classic oriental elements such as Drum Bridges and native plants, for example. In the months of March and April, the cherry trees bloom. Don’t miss it, everything is very beautiful and FREE!

Where: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.

Time: from 9 am to 10 am. There is more information at Japanese Tea Garden.

Free Hot Dog – Wiener Wednesday

This event is also a must! You get a hot dog every time you buy a Hornitos cocktail or a shot. The Rye Bar is pet friendly!

Where: 688 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Time: from 4 pm until closing.


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Throwback Thursday

Del Mar bar invites you to dance to the greatest hits of the 90s and 2000s. A nice and chill atmosphere that features a varied drink and cocktail menu.

Where: 2125 Lombard St. (Near Fillmore), San Francisco.

Time: the doors open 7 pm. DJ plays from 9 pm to 2 am.

Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest

This free event takes place every Thursday until February 26, 2023. This second exhibition shows the communication used in various protests, starting in the 19th century. Leaflets, T-shirts, signs, you name it. Whichever surface the protesters could write on, they did.

Where: 2325 3rd Street, Floor 4R. San Francisco.

Time: from 1 pm to 9 pm. Click here for more information.


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Tato Restaurant

Mexican restaurant in the pay what you can system only happens on Fridays under the following condition: whoever wants to buy the Taco Love menu, decides on the spot the price they want to pay between $0 and $10. The customer who pays the maximum amount, $10, will offer a plate of food for free to a person in need.

Where: 4608 3rd Street. San Francisco.

Time: from 11 am to 5 pm. There is more information at Tato Restaurant.

Battle of Decades at Monroe

Hey, would you believe me if I told you that drinks cost $1 for the first hour of ’60s music? And that it increases by $1 every 60 minutes? That is, from:

  • 5 pm to 6 pm – 60’s – $1
  • 6 pm to 7 pm – 70’s – $2
  • 7 pm to 8 pm – 80’s – $3
  • 8 pm to 9 pm – 90’s – $4
  • 9 pm to 10 pm – years 2000 – $5
  • 10 pm to 11 pm – years 2010 – $6 premium cocktail
  • 11 pm to 2 am – current hits.

The atmosphere is nice and chill, and you deserve to end your week on a high note!

Where: 473 Broadway, North Beach. San Francisco.

Time: from 5 pm to 2 am. Click here for more information.

Thanksgiving has passed, but the cultural events in the city continue, so here’s a reading tip: San Fran: Special Cultural Events During Thanksgiving Weekend … enjoy it!

Food, Wine Culture and Travel Blogger / Freelance and Content Writer / Ph.D. student and Master degree in Cultural Sciences at Universidade Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD - Portugal).

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