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The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to Do in and Around S.F. This Week 

Tuesday, Sep 23 2014

Art Beats

In an effort to reinvigorate the traditional art fair, the cavernous historic shipyard at Pier 70 loads itself with highly-curated public art, workshops, performance art, and dance for a three-day festival. Things kick off Friday evening at 5 p.m. with DJs and live music pushing the feeling until the wee hours of the morning.

Sept. 26-28 at Pier 70, 420 22nd St., S.F. Most events free; visit

Bboy Connection

Poppers, lockers, DJs, graffiti artists, and cyphers shut down traffic for an afternoon as part of Sunday Streets. Free classes offer attendees an opportunity to learn to breakdance. Or just kick back and watch others strut, highlighted by a kids-only dance battle.

Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Excelsior District (exact location to be announced). Free; visit

50th Annual Big Book Sale

Forget your Kindle; it's time to load up on good old fashioned books for winter. The San Francisco Public Library sets out over 500,000 books, vinyl, and other media on endless tables for a five-day blowout sale, with everything $3 or less. On Sunday the pickings are slimmer, but everything remaining is just $1.

Sept. 24-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Free; visit

Now & Zen

Alice 97.3 commandeers Sharon Meadow for its annual shindig of pleasing pop in the park. Slick new-wavers Neon Trees headline with folk rocker Matt Nathanson and whirling violin diva Lindsey Stirling warming up the crowds of picnickers.

Sept. 28, noon-5 p.m. at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Free; visit

Visit for a hand-picked list of more fun, free, and cheap things to do in S.F.

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