- Strong Beer Month: February. A month-long festival in February where the 21st Amendment and Magnolia Brewery each put six strong beers on tap at the start of the month, all over 8.5% ABV, for a total of 12. Once you’ve enjoyed all 12 beers, you get to keep the commemorative glass.
- Bay to Breakers: May. Even if you’re not a runner, you best join the entire city and then some on this wild run across the city. Make sure to wear your best costume!
- Gay Pride Week: June. Get ready for a whole week of events, because when San Francisco does Gay Pride, we do it big! Don’t miss the Dyke March through the Mission on Saturday afternoon and the main parade on Sunday.
- North Beach Festival: June. Vendors and beer gardens close down this Italian neighborhood.
- Outside Lands Music Festival: August. A tribute to the original name of the area which Golden Gate Park lays, Outside Lands takes center stage for this 3-day music festival. Huge flocks the park to listen to some big and up-and-coming names. $$$.
- Folsom Street Fair: September. Leave the kids at home for this one. You’ll see things you never, ever, ever imagined.
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: October. Another Golden Gate Park music festival attracting floods of people of all ages. Unlike Outside Lands, HSBG doesn’t cost a penny to get in (thanks to founder and donor F. Warren Hellman) and attracts a more diverse mix of attendees. Although it’s primarily blue grass, other genres of music have been welcomed in recent years.
- Treasure Island Music Festival: October. An electronic music festival in the middle of the Bay. $$$.
- Stern Grove Concerts: Summer. Free outdoor concerts in a magical setting, a eucalyptus grove. Pack a picnic and go early to get a seat, it fills fast!
- Film Night In The Park: Summer/Fall: Free movie nights in parks and squares around the city. Bring blankets and layers (and wine!) to stay warm
- Critical Mass Bike Ride: The last Friday of every month. Meet at Pee Wee Herman Plaza (foot of Market Street) at 5:30pm to bike with a couple hundred (sometimes crazy) cyclists. Free.
- Hot Glass Cold Beer: Usually the 3rd Saturday of most months. Live glass blowing and live music. You’ll be able to remember the evening by your handmade glass souvenir, your chalice for open bar beer and wine all evening. $25.
- Mission Art Performance Project (MAPP): Saturday night every few months. Live music, art, poetry, etc. hosted in community spaces and homes throughout the Mission. Free.
- Mortified: A hilarious and heartwarming storytelling show held at DNA Lounge in SoMa. Ordinary people get up on stage and read from their childhood diaries. Get ready for a memorable event! Buy your tickets ($14 advance, $21 at the door) ahead of time, the show tends to sell out. Warning: Bringing your children not advised.
- Oakland Art Murmur/First Fridays Art Walk: First Friday of the month. Get out the city and head to the East Bay via BART for a night of art, music, and bar hopping. Free.
- Sunday Streets: Every month a new neighborhood hosts, the main street closes to car traffic and transforms into a pedestrian street fair of shopping, food, and fun. Free.
- Treasure Island Flea Market: Last weekend of the month. Antiques, vintage, indie, new, and up-cycled goods! For non-shoppers, eat at food trucks and drink at a full bar. $3.
Free Museum Days
- First Tuesday of the month: Free admission to de Young Museum (usually $10), Legion of Honor (usually $10), Conservatory of Flowers (usually $8), Cartoon Art Museum (usually $8), Contemporary Jewish Museum (usually $12), Museum of Craft and Design (usually $8), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (usually $10).
- First Wednesday of the month: Free admission to GLBT History Museum. (Tickets usually $5)
- First Weekend of each month: If you are a Bank of America card holder, you have free admission to 3 SF museums: Contemporary Jewish Museum, Legion of Honor, and de Young Museum.
- First Sunday of each month: Free admission to Asian Art Museum (Tickets usually $12).
- First Thursdays of the month: After Dark at the Exploratorium: a museum experience with drinks and music. $15, 6-10pm. 21+ (Tickets are usually $29)
- Skatin’ Place: Sundays noon-5pm. Bring your skates and blades to join your fellow skating enthusiasts in this outdoor rink party in Golden Gate Park at 6th Ave & John F. Kennedy Dr.
- Lindy in the Park: Sundays 11:00am– 2pm. Free swing dance lessons and dance party in Golden Gate Park at John F. Kennedy Dr. & 9th Avenue.
- Nightlife at Cal Academy of Sciences: Every Thursday $12, 6-10pm. 21+ (Tickets are usually $35.)
- Trivia Nights: Many bars offer weekly trivia nights. Not only will you win street cred if your team wins, but perhaps some money!
Farmers Markets: Take place throughout the city, most neighborhoods have their own individual market. The Big Ones:
- Alemany Farmers’ Market (Bernal Heights): Saturdays 6am-3pm
- Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market (Embarcadero): Tuesdays: 10am-2pm, Thursdays: 10 am-2pm, Saturdays: 8am-2pm
- Heart of the City Farmers’ Market (Civic Center): Sundays: 7am- 5pm, Wednesdays: 7am-5:30pm, Fridays: 7am-2:30pm
- Mission Community Market: Wednesdays: 4-8pm
- Noe Valley Farmers’ Market (Noe Valley): Saturdays: 8am-1pm, live music at 10am