Haight Ashbury is known to be the hippy neighborhood of San Francisco, even if it lost some authenticity and became more of a touristic attraction. However it’s still a really cool district and you can still feel the hippy vibe when you walk down Haight Street, and admire some of the nicest Victorian houses of the city. If you only have 2 days in San Francisco I wouldn’t recommend to spend a whole day in Haight Ashbury but rather some part of an afternoon, but if you stay 4 days or more, definitely take your time to stroll in the neighborhood! It is easily accessible from Powell Station with buses 6 and 7.
October is here but it doesn’t mean summer is over! There is still tons of free outdoors events and movies, so let’s enjoy as much sun as we can!!
Special free stuff to do for Halloween:
Visit a Pumpkin Patch from October 1st to 31st! The San Francisco one is located on 1620 7th Ave.
October 8th: Journey to the End of the Night from 5pm to 11:30pm. Free street game / scavenger hunt (almost 2,000 people participating). Wear your best costumes! Free but RSVP required
October 15th+16th: Half Moon Bay art and Pumpkin Festival from 9am to 5pm on Main street. Pancake breakfast at 7am, Costume contest, Great Pumpkin Parade, pumpkin carving, and pie eating contests!
September is supposed to be the summer month of San Francisco, so hopefully we will be able to enjoy more outdoors movies and festivals!
What free stuff can you do in San Francisco in September?
First, if you don’t know how to spend your labor day weekend, here are a few ideas:
- From September 2nd to 18th: Free Shakespeare in the Park: ”The Winter’s Tale”, in the Presidio, on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday at 2:00 pm
- September 3rd: Free Vegan Barbecue in Mosswood Park, Oakland, from 12pm to 3pm, organized by Oakland Veg. Enjoy free veggie dogs and burgers, you are also welcome to bring a vegan dish
- September 5th: Free Labor Symphony in the Golden Gate Park, from 1pm to 2:45pm, in the Music Concourse
- September 5th: Salsa Block Party in Berkeley, from 2pm to 6pm, on Blake Street and Ellsworht Street
- You can join a free walking tour of the neighborhoods of the city any day with the San Francisco City guides and Free SF Tours (every day at 10am from Union Square)
And now, for the rest of the month…
So you’re going to spend the day in the Castro District? Good! Welcome to one of my favorites neighborhoods! If I had the money to move closer, oh, how happy I would be!
Here are some suggestions about things to do and see if you are visiting and you have one day or less to spend in the Castro District.
You probably know about it, the Castro District is one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in the world. It’s part of what makes San Francisco so unique. You walk down Castro Street and see a mix of families, naked dudes, homeless, and random people enjoying a 2 for 1 cocktails happy hour.
I hope you don’t have too much planned already, because there are plenty of free stuff to do in San Francisco in August! So let’s start right away.
Since Pokemon Go is super hype right now, I couldn’t do without talking about it (I actually love it myself!). So for all the Pokemon Go fans out there, you don’t want to miss this one: PokeNight Bar Crawl, August 20th, 8pm, 2125 Lombard Street. Teams of 6 players. Scavenger hunt organized by Saturday Night Action Club, it’s free but an RSVP is required here.
Alexis, 23 year old, spent one year as an Erasmus student in Austria (Linz). From preparing his application to settling there, he shares his experience for those who want to follow his lead and study abroad for one year :-).
“Hello everyone! My name is Alexis, I am 23 year old, and I come from Montpellier, in France. After getting my Bachelor degree in Law, I decided to leave for a year and study abroad. I chose to spend one year as an international student in Linz, Austria, with Erasmus.
When I talk about it, I always hear the same 2 questions. First “why did you want to do an Erasmus?”. To be honnest, I needed to take a break from the (too) intense rhythm of Law studies in France. Read more
If you are asking yourself what free stuff to do in San Francisco in July, and where to celebrate the 4th of July in the bay area for free, you are in the right place !
Let’s start with the 4th of July celebrations around the bay area:
Pier 39 and Fisherman’s warf area: There will be free celebrations all afternoon and music from at the Aquatic park (6pm = The Purple Ones and 7:45pm= Cheeseballs, a bay area dance party band), then the firework at 9:30pm. Make sure to arrive early!