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Thursday in San Francisco

Top Events and Activities This Day in SF

Are you looking for something fun to do this Thursday in San Francisco? This list of events features fun activities every Thursday such as free guided walking tours from the SF Public Library, wine tastings at K&L Wines and extended hours for some of the top museums.

Free Walking Tours

Every day in San Francisco, you will find almost a dozen free walking tours given by the SF Public Library. One of my favorites every Thursday morning is the Golden Gate Bridge walk.

Starting at 11am, you will walk along and around the Golden Gate Bridge. As you walk, your knowledgeable guide offers up pieces of information about its history. You will also learn some fun facts including how often it's painted, how many cars cross every day and more.

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Click here for details on this walk and other tours every day in SF.

Free Self-Guided Neighborhood Walking Tours

If your entire day is free on Thursday in San Francisco, then check out these self-guided walking tours. They offer you the chance to visit all the top attractions, sample some amazing foods and try something new if you only have one day.

Click here for a list of my free, self-guided walking tours of SF top districts.

Free Admission to the Chinese Historical Society

On the first Thursday of the month, head over to the Chinese Historical Society for their monthly free admission day. This small, yet interesting museum offers a look at the history of the Chinese American history, culture and traditions.

Click here for a recap from my last visit.

chinese historical society

You will also find several other SF museums with free daily admission. Click here to find a list and learn more about what to expect when you visit.

Wine Tasting at K&L

If you love wine, then you will enjoy the wine tasting sessions at K&L Wines on Thursday evenings. From 5pm to 6:30pm, a select winery will be in the store to share samples of their most talked about wines. You will get the chance to ask questions and learn more about each one.

Prices vary each week. Click here to visit their site to learn more about the featured wines for the next four to five weeks.

First Thursdays

First Thursdays is an art event featuring a number of galleries throughout the city. On the first Thursday of the month, you can stop by for a casual open house at participating galleries. Most open houses are from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Click here for their upcoming dates and a list of galleries participating each month.

NightLife at the Academy

Every Thursday night from 6pm to 10pm, the California Academy of Sciences offers an interesting 21 and older event. Each week is a different theme and all events, discussions and other activities focus on this theme. Previous topics include Robots, Real to Reel and a Cosmic Nightlife.

In addition to adult focused activities throughout the museum, you can also grab a cocktail and mingle with other like-minded individuals. Overall, it's a fun way to get to know the museum as well as a few new friends.

academy of sciences

This is a very popular event for both visitors and locals, so I recommend buying your tickets in advance. You can buy a general admission ticket or the VIP pass, which offers you a guided tour and other behind the scenes adventures.

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Click here to learn more about the California Academy of Sciences and some of their most talked about exhibits.

Evening Hours at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium on SF's Pier 15 and 17 offers two activities on Thursday nights for those 21 and older. On the first Thursday of the month, they host a theme party called After Dark. The party includes topics that range from music, to light, to human perception topics.

You will find a cash bar as well as several small, first come, first served events related to that week's theme. You can buy your tickets in advance on their website.

The Exploratorium is also open the other Thursdays each month for those 21 and older. On these nights, you can visit this science and human perception museum as you would during the day, but without the crowds.

Click here for details about the Exploratorium and pictures from my last visit.

Other Museums Open Late on Thursday in San Francisco

In addition to these two museums, other SF museums also stay open late on Thursday nights. Here is the current schedule for each:

  • Asian Art Museum: Open until 9pm
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum: Open until 8pm
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Open until 8pm

More Fun Thursday Events

Another way to have fun on Thursday in San Francisco is to check out the half-priced tickets offered on They offer almost 200 event, tour and theater tickets each day in the SF and Bay Area.

You can save on museum admissions, guided walking tours of the city and even cruises around the bay. It's a fun way to fill up your day without emptying your pockets.

Click here to see their current selection of tickets and do something new and interesting today!thursday

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