Neighborhood Free Weekends! San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on select weekends each year, according to ZIP code. See below for upcoming Neighborhood Free Weekend dates.
As long as you have a driver’s license or other proof of residency, you can save $35.95 and visit the museum for free.Read the full rules.
Rules: Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency (you may not bring out of town guests for free; they still have to pay).
Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry.
Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults may bring up to six children for free entry. Proof of residency is required.*
Next Free Weekend: January 24, 25, 26 Neighborhoods: Alamo Square, Cole Valley, Cow Hollow, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight Ashbury, Laurel Heights, Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio, Richmond, Western Addition Zip Codes: 94115, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94129, 94159
Next Free Weekend: February 21, 22, 23 Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Financial District, Hayes Valley, Mission Bay, Nob Hill, North Beach, Russian Hill, SOMA, Telegraph Hill, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Union Square, Yerba Buena Island Zip Codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94108, 94109, 94111, 94126, 94130, 94133, 94158
Next Free Weekend: February 28, 29, March 1 Neighborhoods: Castro, Forest Hill, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Parkmerced, Parkside, St. Francis Wood, Sunset Zip Codes: 94114, 94116, 94122, 94127, 94131, 94132
Next Free Weekend: March 13, 14, 15 Neighborhoods: Bayview-Hunters Point, Bernal Heights, Dogpatch, Excelsior, Ingleside, Mission, Outer Mission, Portola, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley Zip Codes: 94107, 94110, 94112, 94124, 94134
*Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:
A driver’s license or state ID card
Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)
Since 1996, theBerlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, and has presented over 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Lars Eidinger, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Werner Herzog, Frederick Lau, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders.
Including seasonal programming, Berlin & Beyond receives a combined attendance of over 11,000 people annually.
Opening Night Film, North American Premiere, "What Might Have Been" Feb. 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM Castro Theatre, San Francisco view trailer
24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival - February 7-13, 2020, About
February 7-9: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San FranciscoFebruary 10: Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley February 11: Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., San Francisco February 12-13: Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush St., San Francisco
Celebrate 2 legends with their music & visuals all night long! Saturday, January 11, 8pm-2am Milk Bar, 1840 Haight Street, San Francisco
Two American musical icons have birthdays back-to-back, how cool is that?
Celebrate 2 legends with their music and visuals all night long. DJs playing allDavid Bowie and Elvis Presley: Shindog (New Wave City) with Cammy, Moonshine, Andy T.
Doors open early for showing of rare videos 8-9pm. DJs and dancing start 9pm.
The annual Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash returns in its 10th year, and uniquely among other events, presents the music, image and legend of these two iconic artists who each changed popular culture as none other. They are missed!
Enjoy a piece of Presley/David birthday cake. Dress up in a look inspired by Elvis Presley or David Bowie. Dance to their songs, watch video performances of their songs, and visuals chronicling their careers and lives. Do it all!
Free Art Museum: January 5, 2020, Visit the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on a First Free Sundayof the month to see its 18,000 objects that represent 6,000 years of Asian art and culture.
Harry Potter Live: January 8-May 28, 2020, Based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features the grown up versions of Harry, Ron, and Hermione who must “grapple with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs” with illusions and magic at the Curran Theater for age 10+.
Auto Show in San Jose: January 9-20, 2020, Manufacturers display electric cars, concept vehicles, luxury models, and event celebrities’ cars at the Silicon Valley Auto Show in the San Jose convention center, with test drives available.
Comedy Festival, SF Comedy Clubs: SF Sketchfest mixes national headliners, local favorites and up-and-coming groups for a variety of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.
International Art Fair: January 17-19, 2020, Untitled is an “international curated art fair” with 60 exhibitors from 10 countries at Pier 35.
Women's March: January 18, 2020, 11 am-3 pm, Women’s March San Francisco: March and Rally begins with a rally and talks by speakers in Civic Center Plaza, followed by a march. In 2019, the march went down Market Street to Embarcadero Plaza. Free.
Midnight Bicycle Ride: January 18, 2020, Check for location on website, Meet at a local bar the third Saturday of every month for the San Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride, which is five miles long and ends with potluck snacks. Details are posted on their website on the event day. Free.
Chinese Flower Fair: January 18-19, 2020, Shop for fresh flowers for Chinese New Year from 120 vendors, and watch traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, and folk dancers at the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in Chinatown. Free.
Black Comics Festival: January 18-20, 2020, Celebrate African American creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture at Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival, which includes an expo, kids’ activities, panel discussions, films, and cosplay events at two locations (San Francisco Public Library & City View at Metreon). Free. This is one of several MLK celebratory events happening around the Bay Area.
MLK Park Day: January 20, 2020, US National Parks, Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.
S.F Restaurant Week: January 22-31, 2020, San Francisco restaurants Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal at 130 restaurants during SF Restaurant Week.
Victorian/Steampunk Ball: January 24-25, 2020, Crowds of costumed partygoers attend The Edwardian Ball “an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theater, fashion, technology, circus” on Saturday, plus a similar event The Edwardian World’s Fair on Friday at The Regency Ballroom. Video (30 seconds)
Classical Music by Women: January 25, 2020, (7:30 pm), Ensemble for These Times performs works by nine women during its concert Blooming Flowers at the Center for New Music.
Dog Show: January 25-26, 2020, Meet dogs of different breeds and their owners at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, which has prize competitions both days, a dog fashion show Saturday, and vendor booths in the Cow Palace. No pets.
Wine Tasting: January 26, 2020, (12-4 pm), aste 200 wines and champagnes at Uncorked: SF Wine Festival, which also features gourmet food trucks and a live DJ in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason for age 21+.
Film Festival - Indie Films: January 30-February 14, 2020,SF Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) celebrates maverick filmmakers by screening films made by independent producers at theaters in the Mission District.
Celebrate the season with Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa events and so much more! Think of it as FREE, fun activities and events.
Looking for something to do to switch up the holidays and refresh, admire, connect and enjoy the City and all it offers -- and at no cost? Here are some ideas, but there's even more.
Free Peet's Coffee Day, Christmas Eve 2019
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Free Admission on Christmas Day -- All Day
SF City Hall Lights Up for Christmas Eve 2019, FREE
First Day of Kwanzaa 2019: San Francisco City Hall Ceremony & Evening Celebration -- All Day
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Free Peet's Coffee Day, all day. The annual Peet’s Holiday Donation Program is entering its 34th year, supporting No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit that works to end child hunger in America. To celebrate the program’s success and thank donors to the charities, Peet’s is treating Peetnicks to a free small drip coffee or tea; donations appreciated.
FREE Guided Walking Tours in SF: San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Have friends and relatives in town with nothing to do? Gather up the family & friends and show them the city you love with one of the many tours around Christmas.
Pier 39's Christmas Eve Nightly Tree Lighting Show, FREE: PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping their nightly tree lighting show for the holiday season. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors every half hour from 5 pm-10 pm, through January 5, 2020.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
San Francisco Botanical Garden, FREE Admission: The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world. Always free admission for SF residents, but Christmas Day is free for visitors/out-of-towners.
Contemporary Jewish Museum FREE Day, SoMa:Think everything’s closed on Christmas Day? The CJM’s Community Day is a free, fun-filled day of art that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Enjoy the day exploring the galleries with your family and friends or nosh on latkes at Wise Sons.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
First Day of Kwanzaa 2019; SF City Hall Ceremony & Evening Celebration: The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 14th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).
Bank of America's Bonus FREE Museum Days, Dec 26-31: This holiday season Bank of America is inviting their cardholders to enjoy an additional six days of free admission through Museums on Us, from 12/26/19 through 12/31/19.Participating Bay Area museums include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Computer History Museum and San Jose Museum of Art.
Looking to strap on some skates and head outdoors to ice skate? There are tons of pop-up ice rinks in San Francisco and all around the Bay Area. Start skating!
SF Bay Area residents, visitors, and tourists alike will find lots of spots around the region to enjoy one of winter's most loved outdoor activities... even in California!
Here is a list of the biggest and best SF and Bay Area ice skating rinks for 2019:
San Francisco Union Square Ice Rink – Dates: November 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 – Where: Union Square, SF – Cost: $18 adults; $13 kids (includes skate rental) A San Francisco holiday tradition in the heart of Union Square, in the shadow of an 83-foot Christmas tree. Fun theme nights include Drag Queens on Ice (12/5), Silent Skate Party (12/12) & the Polar Bear Skate (1/1/2020).
Civic Center: Winter Park – Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020 – Where: Civic Center, San Francisco – Cost: $18 adults; $13 kids (includes skate rental) Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener Eistraum ice-skating rink in Vienna, this ice rink also features a 400-foot skating track that weaves ice skating fun through a lighted tree forest. Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero – Dates: November 6, 2019 to January 5, 2020 – Where: Embarcadero Plaza, SF – Cost: $12 Adults, $7 Kids ($5 skate rental) The self-proclaimed “largest outdoor ice rink” in the Bay (though San Mateo may actually be bigger) celebrates three decades of skating in SF.
Yerba Buena Ice Skating(Indoors) – Dates: Open Year Round – Where: 750 Folsom St., SF – Cost: $13 ($6 skate rental) San Francisco’s only year-round full-service ice skating facility with a large NHL-sized skating rink.
East Bay San Ramon: Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink – New for 2019 – Dates: November 15 2019 to January 5, 2020 – Where: City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon – Cost: $10-12 depending on date/time ($5 skate rental) – Skate at the first and only outdoor ice skating rink in the Tri-Valley. Discounts include free skate rentals on weekdays before 5 pm with student I.D. during non-holiday schedule only.
Concord: Ice at The Veranda – Dates: November 8, 2019 to February 17, 2020 – Where: The Veranda, 2001-2003 Diamond Blvd., Concord – Cost: $15 per person; $50 for family 4 pack This 3,500 sq. ft. rink features special midweek discounts on Tuesdays ($6 off).
Walnut Creek on Ice – Dates: November 8, 2019 to January 20, 2020 – Where: Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek – Cost: $13 – $15 depending on date/time Get your skate at the 13th annual Walnut Creek on Ice with themed nights, live music, family night, skating lessons and more.
North Bay Napa on Ice – Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 12, 2020 – Where: Napa – Cost: $14 (includes skate rental) The outdoor rink in downtown Napa is surrounded by restaurants, shops, the riverfront, picnic areas, and, of course, a Wine Train.
Peninsula Palo Alto: Winter Lodge – Dates: September 30, 2019 to April 11, 2020 – Where: Palo Alto – Cost: $15 ($5 for skate rental) The ice is cold, the fireplaces are warm. Outside Magazine ranked Winter Lodge as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Ice Skating Experiences in the US.
San Mateo on Ice – Dates: November 9, 2019 to January 12, 2020 – Where: Central Park, San Mateo – Cost: $17 Get your skate on at the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rink featuring 11,000 square feet of real ice.
Sunnyvale: Winter Ice Rink – New for 2019 – Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 20, 2020 – Where: CityLine Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale – Cost: $18 Adults, $15 for 10 & under or Military Located in the heart of downtown Sunnyvale, skate beneath historic Redwood trees at the inaugural Winter Ice Rink. – Confirmed 10/31/2019
South Bay and Beyond San Jose: Downtown Ice – Dates: November 15, 2019 to January 12, 2020 – Where: San Jose btwn. Fairmont and SJ Museum of Art – Cost: $18 Adults; $13 for 8 & Under (Includes skate rental) Skate in true California style. Downtown Ice in San Jose is the only rink in the world that offers skating in and around a circle of 32 palm trees.
Santa Clara on Ice – Dates: November 21, 2019 to January 20, 2020 – Where: 969 Kiely Blvd Santa Clara – Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (Includes skate rental) Get your skates ready and come experience outdoor ice skating in Santa Clara’s Central Park.
San Jose: Holiday Ice at Solar4America Ice (Indoors) – Dates: Has daily public hours, please see website. – Where: 1500 South Tenth Street, San Jose – Cost: $12.50 ($5 skate rental) Skate your way through the holidays at the largest rink facility west of the Mississippi. Practice your moves at the San Jose Sharks’ official practice facility. Santa Cruz: Boardwalk Holiday Ice – Dates: November 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020 – Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Cost: $14.95 Bring the family to enjoy ice skating by the beach – on real ice with ocean view fire pits. Their new 32′ x 90′ covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine.
Due to the fires and the air quality in the Bay Area, several museums are offering free admission to help people cope. Note: some museums are free for all, while others are just for people in mandatory evacuation areas.
This week, the SFMOMA permanent collection on Floor 2 will be free to the public through Friday, November 1.
Hopefully these galleries can offer a place for reflection as we all find ways to cope with the impact of the fire and smoke.
2019 San Francisco Greek Film Festival coming October 20-26 Olympia Dukakis documentary will be Opening Night feature at the Castro
- The 2019 San Francisco Greek Film Festival (SFGFF) will be held October 20 through 26. Opening Night film is Olympia, a documentary feature on multiple award winning actress Olympia Dukakis, screening on Sunday, October 20 at the Castro Theater (a first for SFGFF.)
- Closing Night film is the poignant dramatic comedy Smuggling Hendrix, screening on Saturday, October 26 at Dolby Cinema at 1275 Market. The remaining screening dates October 21 through 25 will be presented at the Delancey Street Screening Room. Following the formal Closing Night, there will be a Bonus Screening on Sunday, October 27, also at Delancey.
Click image to go to trailer for the 2019 San Francisco Greek Film Festival
Classic French film double feature screens October 13 at the Roxie Theatre, San Francisco Monelle, with Shadow and Light 3rd in series THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOST CONTINENT, reclaiming glories of France’s “Cinema de Papa,” focus on comedy & romance
Sunday October 13, 2019 – double feature starts 12:30pm
The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA - (415) 863-1087
Tickets: $15 general / $13 senior
Monelle (AKA Les Amoureux Sont Seuls Au Monde) – starts 12:30pmDirected by Henri Decoin, with Louis Jouvet, Dany Robin, Renée Devillers, Philippe Nicaud, Brigitte Auber, Philippe Lemaire (1948)
Shadow and Light (AKA Ombre Et Lumiere) – starts 2:20pmDirected by Henri Calef, with Simone Signoret, Maria Casares, Jacques Berthier, Jean Marchat, Pierre Dux (1951)
Terror Vault, San Francisco's premierehaunted attraction returns for 2019 with an all-new terrifying experience of horrors! Tour SF's historic Mint and immerse yourself in terror! The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th Street, San Francisco, Tickets $10-$65
This Halloween, you’re invited to take a tour of the historic San Francisco Mint building where you’ll come face to face with the despicable horrors that plague all who visit this secret prison. Your forty-five minute tour immerses you in scene after scene of horrific history.
Admission to all Midway rooms is included with the purchase of this event.
Discount offered on Apocalypse ticket when purchased together with a Terror Vault ticket