Cheap Things to Do in San Francisco: How to Save $100 a Week
From sampling spirits at a Bayview meadery to taking in the holiday lights on a double-decker bus tour, there are plenty of great cheap things to do in San Francisco in December—especially if you're keeping an eye out for our deals. In fact, you can save up to $100 each week just by following this itinerary of San Francisco events and activities, which collects three ideas each week: one weekend plan, one weeknight outing, and one errand you might need to get done.
It's proof that saving big and having fun aren't mutually exclusive, whether you're looking for fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend or just trying to save a little cash on what you already do every day.
Week 1: December 1–7
Weekend Idea: Tasting and Tour at The San Francisco Mead Company
The Deal: $51 for a "Meet the Maker" tasting tour for four with souvenir glasses ($80 value)
Amount Saved: $29 for four people
The Story: Take an hour-long guided tour through a facility that produces mead, the world's oldest fermented alcoholic spirit. Then, sample in-progress and finished meads made with raw honey from local beekeepers.
Weeknight Idea: Prix Fixe Dinner at Izzy's Steaks and Chops
The Deal: $72 for a three-course prix-fixe dinner for two ($102.35 value)
Amount Saved: $30.35 for two people
The Story: Celebrate Izzy's 30th anniversary with a special deal that includes appetizers such as Cajun fried oysters, entrees such as steak Diane and braised lamb shank, and desserts such as crème brûlée.
Get It Done: Bike Tune-Up at Go Bike It
The Deal: $45 for a pro tune-up for one bike ($99 value)
Amount Saved: $44
Weekly Savings: $103.35
Week 2: December 8–14
Weekend Idea: Bread-Making Class at Sour Flour
The Deal: $40.50 for a starter workshop breadmaking class for one ($80 value)
Amount Saved: $39.50
The Story: Learn breadmaking basics, such as maintaining wild yeast, then bake a crispy flatbread during a two-hour class. At the end you'll take home your own wild yeast along with several new recipes to try.
Weeknight Idea: Crab Dinner at Capurro's
The Deal: $67 for a crab dinner for two ($115.94 value)
Amount Saved: $48.94 for two people
The Story: Feast on woodstone-roasted dungeness crab served in white-wine-garlic sauce at a Fisherman's Wharf outpost with more than 70 years of history.
Get It Done: Grocery Delivery from Mercato
The Deal: $12 for $30 worth of grocery delivery
Amount Saved: $18
Weekly Savings: $106.44
Week 3: December 15–21
Weekend Idea: Global Winter Wonderland
The Deal: $65 for admission and wristband for two ($108 value)
Amount Saved: $43 for two people
The Story: Take a drive to Cal Expo to see this internationally themed festival complete with 30 family and thrill rides, shopping, food, shows, and the colorful Circus of Light.
Weeknight Idea: Seafood Dinner at Catch
The Deal: $26 for $40 worth of seafood for dinner
Amount Saved: $14
The Story: Grab a table near the fireplace on the enclosed patio, then dine on freshly caught seafood dishes such as miso-glazed black cod and striped bass with crab risotto.
Get It Done: Smog Check at Henry's Smog Check
The Deal: $29 for a smog check for a sedan from model year 2000 or newer ($78 value)
Amount Saved: $49
Weekly Savings: $106
Week 4: December 22–28
Weekend Idea: Holiday Lights Tour from City Sightseeing
The Deal: $27.99 for an adult ticket valid Dec. 17–30 ($39.99 value); $20.99 for a child ticket valid Dec. 17–30 ($29.99 value)
Amount Saved: $42 for two adults and two kids
The Story: See the colorful seasonal displays at Pier 39, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, and more from the top of a double-decker bus during a 90-minute tour. You'll also sip hot chocolate, sing holiday songs, and play games for candy canes with your guide.
Weeknight Idea: Wine Tasting at Winery Collective
The Deal: $59 for a wine-tasting package for two, including five samples, a bottle of your choice, and a custom corkscrew ($107 value)
Amount Saved: $48 for two people
The Story: Visit a tasting room that sources wines from more than two dozen California wineries to try a flight of five samples and take home a bottle of your favorite.
Get It Done: Gel Manicure at California Nail Salon
The Deal: $20 for one gel manicure ($30 value)
Amount Saved: $10
Weekly Savings: $100
Total Monthly Savings: $415.79