The Big Cheap 2017: 100 Things to Eat, Do + See in SF Under $20

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From buying a home to grabbing a bite on Valencia, it seems almost impossible to find anything in the city these days that won't put a critical wound in your wallet. Which why we've come up with 100 things to do in San Francisco for under $20.

  1. Scope out Clarion Alley. Between 17th and 18th Streets off Valencia // FREE, (Mission)
  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. Get on a Boat. Angel Island Ferry // $15, (Angel Island)
  6. Beat the (Sunday) blues. SoMa StrEAT Food Park // FREE (SoMa)
  7. Bring cash. The Saloon // $6 (North Beach)
  8. Cook with the pros. Ferry Building // FREE, (Embarcadero)
  9. Buy DIY. Urban Air Market // FREE, (Hayes Valley)
  10. Gallery hop. Art Walk // FREE, (Lower Haight)
  11. Relive the Summer of Love. de Young Museum. // FREE for Members (Golden Gate Park)
  12. Be weird. How Weird Street Faire // FREE, (SoMa)
  13. Snug a pug. Pug Sunday, Alta Plaza Park // FREE, (Pac. Heights)
  14. Stock up on the classics. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Book Sale // Free, (Fort Mason)
  15. Summon your inner Katniss. GGP Archery Fields // FREE, (Golden Gate Park)
  16. Practice safe sax. Amnesia // FREE, (Mission)
  17. Expand your horizons. The Roxie // $12, (Mission)
  18. Get turned on. Pizza Orgasmica // $12, (Inner Richmond)
  19. Cash in your coins. Brewcade SF // (Upper Market)
  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. Do a dragon dance. Chinatown Street Fair // FREE (Chinatown)
  32. See a Keith Haring triptych. Grace Cathedral // FREE, (Nob Hill)
  33. Visit Whoville. Dennis Rae Fine Art // FREE (Union Square)
  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. Get the latest scoop. Castro Fountain // $4-$6, (Cole Valley)
  45. Ogle fishes. WaterBar // $17, (Embarcadero)
  46. Do a Doubtfire driveby. 2640 Steiner Street // FREE, (Pac Heights)
  47. Look into Victor's eyes. 836M Gallery // FREE, (Jackson Square)
  48. Re-enact Full House. Painted Ladies // FREE, (Alamo Square)
  49. Don't settle for one slice. The Pizza Shop // $8 for two slices, (Mission)
  50. Beer or bust. The Eagle // $4.50 (North Beach)
  51. Get garlic breath. Thanh Long // $9, (Outer Sunset)
  52. Snap your fingers. 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. Get toasted. Trouble Coffee Co. // $4, (Outer Sunset)
  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. Nibble single-origin bars. Dandelion Chocolate Tour // FREE, (Mission)
  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. The Free Farm Stand // FREE, (Mission)
  71. Rebel against breakfast norms. Craftsman and Wolves // $7, (Mission)
  72. Tour the TL. Del Seymour Walking Tours // $10 Donation, (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. Calligraphy is cool again. FLAX Art and Design // $5-$20, (Fort Mason)
  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. See art from across the Pacific. Asian Art Museum // $15, (Mid-Market)
  86. Save a rat. San Francisco SPCA // $20, (Pacific Heights)
  87. Get groovy. DNA Lounge // $15, (Mission District)
  88. Read a book. San Francisco Public Library // FREE, (Mid-Market)
  89. Buy that book—used. Green Apple Books // $2-$20, (Inner Richmond)
  90. Go ahead, order extra guac. El Tonayense // $2.50 tacos, (Portola)
  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. Meditate on the mountain. Mt. Davidson // FREE, (West Portal)
  95. Put your free time to use. Volunteer Match // FREE, (San Francisco)
  96. Walk through wildflowers. Lake Merced // FREE, (Parkmerced)
  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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