Fun, Free, Cheap: What to Do in San Francisco This Week | Culture

By Johnny Funcheap

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Bayview Sunday Streets

Inspired by a similar event in Bogotá, Colombia, San Francisco’s Sunday Streets program has been taking over the city’s car-crowded streets one neighborhood at a time since 2008. This Sunday is Bayview’s chance to enjoy fun- you with a brand new Sunday Streets course which was originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic. In addition to more than 1 mile of car-free streets, five different “activity centers” dot Bayview with free bike rentals at Mendell Plaza, a jumbo bouncy house on Revere Avenue, free massages, free shopping and a day Free swim at MLK Jr. Pool on 3rd Street. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane St., Keith St. and vicinity, SF free.

A Sunset Squares pizza will be provided for Bitcoin Pizza Day. (Courtesy picture)

Free “Bitcoin Pizza Day” Pizza Party

What does bitcoin have to do with pizza? Twelve years ago today marked the very first retail transaction involving cryptocurrency. And what did Laszlo Hanyecz buy with 10,000 bitcoins (worth around $40 at the time in 2010)? Two large pizzas. Today, this bitcoin stash would be worth around $300 million. Whoops. And that story is what inspired Bitcoin Pizza Day. Luckily, at this annual party, you’ll get your pizza for free (delicious pies from Sunset Squares), plus an NFT exhibit from a blockchain project called “Rare Pizza” (of course), plus a night of music from Domino of hieroglyphs, DJ and a promised “secret special guest”. Sunday, 4-9 p.m., 21+, Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St., SF Free.

Fun, Free, Cheap: What to Do in San Francisco This Week

Sundown Cinema is bringing its giant screens back to eight San Francisco parks as it kicks off the season at Dolores Park with “Sister Act 2.” (Courtesy picture)

Movie night at sunset

Bring a blanket, an evening picnic and bundle up for the first of eight free outdoor movie nights this year as Sundown Cinema brings its giant screens back to San Francisco parks. This year sees the biggest schedule yet with movie nights at eight parks. The season kicks off at Dolores Park with “Sister Act 2” (which was filmed in SF). But get there early, because it’s not just what’s on the big screen. Each movie night is preceded by unique themed entertainment, such as this week’s pre-show performances by the nun-inspired Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and live music from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Friday, 6:30-10 p.m., Dolores Park, SF free.

Fun, Free, Cheap: What to Do in San Francisco This Week

Union Square in Bloom brings together live music, dancing and large flower displays. Everyone who dances in the final event on May 28 gets a free bloom from the San Francisco Flower Mart. (Union Square Alliance)

Union Square in Bloom finale, outdoor salsa party

Spring may be coming to an end, but Union Square wants to give us one last burst of color and send us dancing. Union Square in Bloom was a new tradition started this year with parts of the square and Maiden Lane filled with beautiful, bright flowers. Saturday is the last chance to see these floral art displays before they are taken down for the year. To celebrate, Los Kimberos plays salsa in the square. To get people moving, there are free dance lessons every hour, and everyone who dances (even if you move a little) will get a free flower from Flower Mart San Francisco. Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Union Square Park, SF free. Free flowers, while supplies last. visit

Fun, Free, Cheap: What to Do in San Francisco This Week

Sekar Jaya, a famous Gamelan, or Balinese orchestra, returns with a performance at Yerba Buena Gardens. (Susanna Millman)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Balinese music and dance

San Francisco boasts a wonderfully diverse arts and culture scene. So there is a lot to see, but also a lot to miss. Fortunately, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has become a showcase for cultural performances that would not normally be in the spotlight. We therefore look forward to the return of Sekar Jaya, one of the most famous “gamelan” (Balinese orchestras) outside of Indonesia. The group has performed everywhere, from the Hollywood Bowl to the squares of remote villages in Bali. Here they present the world premiere concert of ‘Sudamala’, a new work by a famous Balinese-American composer, followed by a dance performance and music by the company’s flagship ensemble. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, SF free.

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