Monday in San Francisco is often a slow day for events and other special activities. Since it is the start to a new work week, many organizers leave the day and night open. They often schedule top events on other days.
However, you can still find some great things to do in the city on Monday. It's also fairly quiet, so it is the perfect time to get out and explore.
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Almost every night in San Francisco, you will find a number of fun live music shows and concerts. They range from larger performances at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to the smaller shows at places such as The Independent and the Great American Music Hall.
Top recent performers here include Robin Thicke, New Order and Melissa Etheridge. Others that recently played here are Echo & the Bunnymen, Lynyrd Skynyrd and B.B. King.
Every day in San Francisco, the public library offers a number of free walking tours. Each Monday, you can learn more about the devastating 1906 Earthquake & Fire, walk through the back streets of Chinatown or learn more about the famous Fisherman's Wharf district.
All tours last around two hours and, to keep the program running, request a donation at the end.
No matter what night you plan to visit, you will always find something funny going on! Click here for the latest list of shows and comedians in the coming months.
One of my favorite things to do on Monday in San Francisco is enjoy a little wine tasting. There are a number of places to taste right in the city. You will find a great place in Fisherman's Wharf as well as other great wine tasting rooms all around SF.
It's also fun to head up north for the day and do a little wine tasting in Napa or Sonoma. It's amazing to go on a Monday as the wineries are not very busy, and you usually can get some special treatment.
GoCar Tours: If you haven't had a chance to explore San Francisco on one of these yellow two-seaters, you are in for a treat! You'll zoom around San Francisco's top attractions and learn about them along the way. Find out more here.
Evening Ghost Tour: You can also hear about San Francisco's darker side on this daily evening tour. You'll walk around Nob Hill and Union Square hearing stories from SF's history. Your guide will point out haunted locations and tell you about some of the dark events that took place there. Find tickets for this tour.
Blue Painted Lady House Tour: Did you know you can step inside one of the famed Painted Ladies of Alamo Square? On this tour, the owner of the blue painted lady invites you inside their home for a wonderful, insider's tour of their home. It's offered daily. Find out more here.
You will find almost 50 film festivals each year in San Francisco. SF hosts all types and sizes of festivals from the large International Film Festival in April to the smaller Irish Film Festival in September.
Many of these film festivals play over several days or even up to two weeks. This means that most weeks, you will find some interesting independent films playing on Monday in San Francisco.
From April to September, you can also catch Giants baseball games some Monday evenings. Every two to three weeks, the Giants play at home over the weekend and finish up their play on Monday evening.
In addition to the San Francisco Giants games in the spring, summer, and early fall, you will also find some other great sporting events around the SF Bay on Mondays.
Golden State Warriors: Our NBA team plays several games a month from October to April (and then hopefully onto the post-season through June). They typically have one to two Monday games a month. Find their current schedule here.
Oakland A's: If you love baseball, but the Giants aren't in town during your visit, you can easily head over the bay to Oakland to watch the A's. They also play from April to September/October every year. They have one to two Monday games a month. Find out more here.
San Jose Sharks: We also have a professional hockey team, the San Jose Sharks. They play about an hour south of San Francisco and offer several games from October to April (and sometimes into the post season in May and June). Find out more about them and their schedule here.
You will also find that a few museums and other attractions close almost every Monday. This makes the list short of those that are open on Monday. Here are the ones you can visit to kick off your week.
Theater: Most nights of the week, you can also catch a theater performance at one of SF's historic theaters. Here you will find big name productions such as the Lion King, Wicked and Hamilton as well as lesser known shows in smaller theaters. Click here for a list of SF theater performances for the upcoming months.
SF Symphony: The SF Symphony plays several nights a week. They often have shows on the weekend, but you can also catch some great performances during the week. Some of my favorites are when they play music from a movie or feature a specific artist. Click here to learn more and see their entire schedule.
SF Ballet: I also LOVE going to the Ballet in San Francisco. The company here in SF was the first to perform the Nutcracker in the US, so that is one of their best-selling shows each year. Click here to learn more about SF's Ballet and when you can catch a show.
Wine Tasting Festivals: The Bay Area is also known for their amazing wine tasting festivals each year. The biggest is the Chronicle Wine Tasting Festival in February. One of my favorites is Pinot Days, which is usually in either May or June each year. If you love wine, then I highly recommend checking out this year's calendar of wine tasting festivals.