Free Stuff to do in San Francisco

SF MOMA Being on your own means you have a lot more “free” time. Well, honestly, it’s not free, because any time you waste now is your own time. And time is money.

But if you’d like to take a break from business and do something cost-effective (read: free), then here are some suggestions:


Take a nice stroll through one of San Francisco’s wonderful parks. Walk your dog, read a book, go for a run. Or just breath in the fresh air.

Museums, Art Galleries, & Zoos

Soak in some culture and brain candy at these great institutions. After all, one of San Francisco’s main charms is its culture! Some are free only on certain days of the month, others are free all the time.


Tours can be full of fascinating knowledge and surprisingly fun. At the very least, they make for interesting conversation pieces or help jump-start your brain when you’re in a mental standstill.

Movies & Concerts

Sometimes it’s fun to just relax and watch a good movie or listen to a good performance. During the summer and fall, San Francisco is full of such fun events.

Book Readings & Story Tellings

Another great way to get your creative juices flowing is to experience the creativity of others. These bookstores and organizations offer book readings and story tellings by established and up-and-coming authors.

Free Wifi Cafes

And what list of free stuff would be complete without free wifi cafes? These sources all list lots of great free wifi hotspots in San Francisco.

I’m sure there are a ton of other free things you could do in San Francisco. This city is a treasure trove of culture and activities. I haven’t even listed the yearly events that take place. That could be a whole other article in itself.

Do you know of any other great free activities?

Author: Mike Lee

An idealistic realist, humanistic technologist & constant student.

6 thoughts on “Free Stuff to do in San Francisco”

  1. Thought you’d like to know: I copied and pasted that list above into an e-mail I sent to myself and starred it for future references. Thanks!

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