We all know the Golden City isn’t a cheap place to live or visit as a tourist, but there’s plenty to do here even if you’re on a shoestring budget—you just have to know where to look. Check out 50 of our favorite free things to do in San Francisco, from the most iconic experiences that never get old to some hidden gems that locals might not know about yet. Whether you’re looking to take in the city’s natural and architectural beauty or more interested in arts and culture, there’s something on this list for you…and all your out-of-town guests to do.
1. Listen to live music in a magical forest at the annual Stern Grove Festival (June 18 to August 20), going strong for more than 80 years.
2. Pack up a picnic and spend an entire afternoon with the kids at the new-ish, 14-acre Presidio Tunnel Tops Park.