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

Tuesday, Aug 19 2014
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Festival of the Chariots

Grab a rope and help pull an ornate chariot through Golden Gate Park — a tradition that's been celebrated in India for thousands of years. Work up your appetite for a free vegetarian feast in Sharon Meadow at the festival that follows.

Sunday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in Golden Gate Park, S.F. Free; visit

Hike it Up: 3 Peaks, 2 Stairways, 0x000Aand 1 Pub

Spend a few hours exploring some of the city's highest peaks, amazing views, and gorgeous mosaic-tiled stairways. This six-mile group jaunt (don't worry, it's appropriate for casual hikers) ends with a well-deserved celebratory beverage at a nearby pub.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 1-4 p.m. Meet at Miraloma Drive and Marne Avenue near Mount Davidson, S.F. Free; visit

20th Street Block Party

If you're not ready to come down from the high of Outside Lands yet, keep your ears buzzed at this free summer concert block party. Noise Pop curates an always-stellar lineup of DJs and indie bands — this year headlined by lo-fi jangly rockers, Rogue Wave.

Saturday, Aug. 23, noon-6 p.m. at 20th Street in the Mission, S.F. Free; visit

24 Hours of Wandering

Be one of the rare few to discover new neighborhoods, side streets, and oft-overlooked corners of the city as part of an unusual travel challenge. The "Wanderers Union" (yes, it's a real club) invites you to join it to experience the city for 24 hours straight by foot, Muni, and ferry.

Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. Meet at Caltrain, S.F. Free;

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