San Francisco is, of course, famous for its exotic locations but also there are ample of free things to do in this picturesque city. It’s also known for having more green space than any other municipality in the U.S.—with fantastic weather to boot. It’s not hard to find its hidden free gems with our list down below.
· Bundle up at the Presidio
Yet today you can catch Off the Grid’s popular Twilight at the Presidio campfire party. Every Thursday, from April through October from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., there are cocktails services, food trucks, fire pits, live music and cabanas illuminated with lanterns that take over the Presidio’s lavish lawn for appreciative crowds.
· Catch a Flick, Alfresco
Catch a free film in the screenings that happen in parks across the Bay Area each summer, spanning from the Mission to Napa. Picnic and blankets advised for the best experience; then kick back beneath the stars. You can still catch films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Selma,” and classics like “Ghostbusters,” through October 16.
· Hike Inside the City Limits
When you’ve had enough of hauling it up and down San Francisco’s concrete hills, go for one of the many urban hikes throughout the city. Definitely one of the best, it is the Lands End trail, which begins near the Ritzy Sea Cliff neighborhood, then winds around the craggy coast along the Pacific, dropping you at the foot of another urban treasure: the Sutro baths.
· Scale the City’s Most Scenic Stairway
From Sansome Street, make your way up the Filbert Street Steps which is a steep wooden staircase that meanders through fairytale gardens and past candy-colored cottages to the top of Telegraph Hill, where you’ll find Coit Tower and a breath-taking 360-degree view of San Francisco and the Bay.
· Get a Local Art Fix
Crossing the pond to Oakland for many reasons is much worthy, but especially for the monthly Art Murmur event, where you’ll find dozen of local galleries open their doors to the art-curious, while food trucks and street performers take over the streets. It goes down the first Friday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
· Listen to the Waves
You may not know about the Wave Organ. Wave Organ is an acoustic metal sculpture that the Exploratorium installed nearly 30 years ago. It is found at the end of a jetty stretching out of the Marina Green. When the tide comes in, the waves push wind through the massive instrument, as if the ocean is serenading you.
· Sneak into a Giants Game
Well not exactly sneaking, but it is the only stadium in the U.S. that offers a designated space where fans can watch the games for free. Sneak around the ticket office to the promenade on the east side of the building and you’ll find the “hole,” where security guards allow non-paying patrons to catch an inning or two from a ground-floor viewing area.
· Catch a Comedy Night
Milk Bar, a small trendy bar in the Upper Haight, hosts a free comedy night every 2nd and 3rd Tuesday with local and national comics. There’s no cover or drink minimum, but that shouldn’t stop you from tossing back a few.
· Dance it Out
The annual People in Plazas festival begins at squares across the city from July to October. During the 4 months festival, more than 140 free lunchtime micro concerts sound off, celebrating music and culture from around the globe that represents the diversity of the Bay Area.
· Learn About the Iconic Cable Car
You can get a free crash course in the lore of San Francisco’s most Instagramable transport system at the Cable Car Museum, which houses a trove of cable cars and historic photographs, also you can have a look on their mechanical displays with their free admission.
· Grove in Golden Gate Park
Probably the best music festival in San Francisco is free to the 750,000 people who attend it. Hardly Strictly Bluegrassis coming up October 2 through 4 in Golden Gate Park, the annual festival sets up multiple stages for three days of totally free musical fun. What would you want more?
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