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The Big Cheap 2018: 100 Things to Eat, Do + See in SF Under $20



Whether you’re looking to buy a home or simply grabbing a bite in the Mission, life in the city can be a bitch on a budget.

Which is why we’ve come up with 100 things to do in San Francisco for under $20. Go on, live a little.



  1. Take Western Addition

    art walk

    .

    // FREE, (Western Addition)

  2. Get the Lion’s share.


    Fatted Calf Butcher’s Happy Hour Demonstration

    // FREE, (Hayes Valley)

  3. Walk from Bay to Breakers.


    SF City Guides

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  4. View cherry blossoms.


    Japanese Tea Gardens

    // $6 (Golden Gate Park)

  5. Take a tour of Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco.


    San Francisco City Guides

    // FREE (Mission)

  6. Beat the Sunday scaries.


    SoMa StrEAT Food Park

    // FREE (SoMa)

  7. Bring cash.


    The Saloon

    // $6 (North Beach)

  8. Drink your brunch.


    Bloody Mary hot spots

    // $3 to $9 (Citywide)

  9. Buy DIY.


    Urban Air Market

    // FREE, (Hayes Valley)

  10. Take a soundbath.

    Last Thursdays at

    Halcyon

    . // $20 advance, (SoMa)

  11. #Matchamonday.


    Matcha Tea Hubs in San Francisco

    // $3 to $6 (Citywide)

  12. Be weird.


    How Weird Street Faire

    // FREE, (SoMa)

  13. Snug a pug.


    Pug Sunday, Alta Plaza Park

    // FREE, (Pacific Heights)

  14. Stock up on the classics.


    Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

    Book Sale // Free, (Fort Mason)

  15. Cool off.


    Hamilton Pool

    . // $3 to $6 (Pacific Heights)

  16. Free Waffle Wednesday.


    Capital One Lounge

    // FREE (FiDi)

  17. Expand your horizons.


    The Roxie

    // $12, (Mission)

  18. Get a slice of

    the Big Eat



    .

    Pizzetta 211. // $15, (Outer Richmond)

  19. Get your game on.


    The Emporium

    . // (Fim)

  20. Shout “Bingo!”


    The Knockout

    // FREE, (Bernal Heights)

  21. Shuck your own oysters.


    El Rio

    // FREE, (Mission)

  22. Play all 18 holes.


    Urban Putt

    // $12, (Mission)

  23. Hock your CDs.


    Amoeba SF

    // FREE, (Haight)

  24. Wear a leotard.


    Alonzo King Lines Ballet

    // $15, (Civic Center)

  25. Unearth the next big appraisal.


    Treasure Island Flea Market

    // $11, (Treasure Island)

  26. Go on a safari.


    San Francisco Zoo

    // $17, (Lake Merced)

  27. Hear dueling banjos.


    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

    // FREE, (Golden Gate Park)

  28. Hang with Mickey.


    Walt Disney Museum

    // $20 for students, (Presidio)

  29. Listen to a sonnet.


    Shakespeare in the park

    // FREE, (Golden Gate Park)

  30. Stalk writers.


    Lit Crawl

    // FREE, (Mission)

  31. Find Nemo

    .

    Aquarium of the Bay

    // $10 to $20 (Embarcadero)

  32. See a Keith Haring triptych.


    Grace Cathedral

    // FREE, (Nob Hill)

  33. Broaden your horizons.


    Exploratorium

    . // FREE Community Days (Embarcadero)

  34. Caffeinate after 10 p.m.


    Revolution Café

    // $1.50-$4 (Mission)

  35. Get sum.


    China Live

    // $9 (Chinatown)

  36. Buy vintage by the pound.


    Clothes Contact

    // $10 per pound, (Mission)

  37. Jam with Kool & The Gang.


    Stern Grove Festival

    // FREE, (Stern Grove)

  38. Dine on demand.


    Sprig

    . // $10-$18 (Lower Haight)

  39. Witness Backroom operations.


    Adobe Books

    // FREE, (Mission)

  40. Go off the Grid.


    Off the Grid

    // FREE, (Fort Mason)

  41. Beyoncé-worthy lemonade.


    Dirty Habit

    // $5 (South of Market)

  42. Purr-fect cup of tea.


    KitTea

    // $3-$5, (Fillmore District)

  43. March for equality

    .

    SF Pride Parade

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  44. Conquer

    Billy Goat Hill

    .

    // FREE (Noe Valley)

  45. Eat fish & chips on Treasure Island.


    Mersea

    // $15 (Treasure Island)

  46. Do a Doubtfire driveby

    . 2640 Steiner Street // FREE, (Pac Heights)

  47. See Julian Schnabel’s

    Symbols of Actual Life

    .


    Legion of Honor

    . // $15, (Sea Cliff)

  48. Re-enact Full House.

    Painted Ladies // FREE, (Alamo Square)

  49. Ask for sprinkles.


    Powder Shaved Snow

    . // $7, (Lower Haight)

  50. Walk a Rainbow.

    // FREE (Castro)

  51. Get garlic breath.


    Thanh Long

    // $9, (Outer Sunset)

  52. Read up.


    City Lights Books

    . // FREE, (North Beach)

  53. Travel across Fog Bridge.


    Pier 15 and 17

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  54. Steam your buns.


    The Chairman Truck

    // $3-$4, (Little Saigon)

  55. Catch the light show.


    Bay Lights

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  56. Explore a

    tide pool

    .

    // FREE

  57. Read the rare prints.

    Prelinger Library //FREE, (SoMa)

  58. Drink the Kool-Aid.


    LSD Museum

    // FREE, (Mission)

  59. Ogle the Buns.


    Tartine Manufactory

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  60. Feel the good vibrations.


    Antique Vibrator Museum

    // FREE, (Nob Hill)

  61. Be sketchy.


    111 Minna

    // $20, (SoMa)

  62. Remember the good times.


    Harvey Milk Photo Center

    // FREE, (Lower Haight)

  63. Pay your respects.


    Presidio Pet Cemetery

    . // FREE, (Presidio)

  64. Elevate happy hour.

    Lord Stanley. // $15 (Nob Hill)

  65. Listen to a primo uomo sing a bel canto

    .

    Maiden Lane

    // FREE (Union Square)

  66. Might as well jump.


    House of Air

    // $18, (Presidio)

  67. Sink 100.


    Skeeball Tour of SF

    // FREE, (San Francisco)

  68. Hustle on rollers.


    Church of 8 Wheels

    // $10, (Lower Haight)

  69. Recreate

    The Notebook

    .


    Stow Lake

    // $20, (Golden Gate Park)

  70. Volunteer in exchange for lunch.


    Free Farm Stand

    // FREE, (Mission)

  71. Rebel against breakfast norms.


    Craftsman and Wolves

    // $7, (Mission)

  72. Get on the TL.

    Tenderloin Museum. // $10, (Tenderloin)

  73. Slow dance.


    Makeout Room

    // FREE, (Mission)

  74. Get in line.


    Burma Superstar

    // $11, (Richmond)

  75. Measure romance.


    Musée Mécanique

    // FREE, (Embarcadero)

  76. Get insider access.


    Detour App

    // FREE

  77. Scramble on.


    Planet Granite

    // $20, (Presidio)

  78. Find peace.


    SF Zen Center

    // FREE, (Lower Haight)

  79. Learn to Lindy Hop.

    920 Special // $9, weekly beginner drop-in (Pacific Heights)

  80. Camp with a view.


    Kirby Cove Campground

    // $12.50 (Marin Headlands)

  81. Plant something you can’t kill.


    Succulence

    // $3-$20, (Bernal Heights)

  82. Dunk it.


    Bob’s Donuts

    // $0.95-$1.75, (Nob Hill)

  83. Dip it.


    Fondue Cowboy

    // $20 for sweet fondues, (South of Market)

  84. Snap a selfie.


    Slacker Hill

    // FREE, (Marin Headlands)

  85. Enter the



    Sequence



    .

    SFMOMA.


    // FREE for members, (SoMa)

  86. Save a rat.


    San Francisco SPCA

    // $20, (Pacific Heights)

  87. Get groovy.


    DNA Lounge

    // $15, (Mission District)

  88. Pre-roll with your homies


    .


    The Apothecarium

    // $7, (multiple locations)

  89. Stream the movie adaptation.


    San Francisco Public Library

    // FREE (multiple locations)

  90. Go ahead, order extra guac.


    El Tonayense

    // $2.50, (Mission)

  91. Real-life Night at The Museum.


    Cal Academy Nightlife

    // $12-$15, (Golden Gate Park)

  92. Know your status.


    San Francisco Aids Foundation

    // FREE, (South of Market)

  93. Eat some crickets.


    Don Bugito

    // $6.50-$10.50, (Embarcadero)

  94. RSVP

    .

    Muir Woods

    . // FREE (Marin)

  95. Snap a

    killer IG

    .

    //Free (City Wide)

  96. Blossom.


    Conservatory of Flowers

    . // $9 (Golden Gate Park)

  97. Sushi meets burrito.


    Sushirrito SOMA

    // $9-$13, (South of Market)

  98. Chill with your fur-child.


    Dog-friendly parks and beaches

    // FREE, (San Francisco)

  99. Bike the Presidio.


    Presidio

    // FREE, (Presidio)

  100. Make your voice heard.


    City Hall

    // FREE, (Civic Center)


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