Wednesday in San Francisco: The Best Activities Each Week in SF

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Wednesday in San Francisco offers you the chance to catch a free walking tour, head to a Farmer's Market, or see a show at a film festival. It's also the day when you can see a live comedy show or watch an SF Giants Baseball game.

The GLBT Museum offers free admission the first Wednesday of the month too. It's the perfect time to visit this small, but powerful history museum.

Film Festivals

Almost every week, San Francisco plays host to at least one film festival. You will find some that cover broad topics such as the Independent Film Festival in April or the SF Doc Fest (all documentaries) in June.

You will also find dozens more that cover specific topics such as the Jewish Film Festival, the Greek Film Festival or the Atheist Film Festival.

They last from just a couple of days up to more than two weeks. This means that you will find shows from a film festival almost every Wednesday in San Francisco.

If you love movies, check out the SF Film Festival calendar and more details on these annual events.

Farmer's Markets

Almost every day, you will find a Farmer's Market. Wednesday is San Francisco is one of the biggest Farmer's Market days outside of the weekend.

Here are the top Farmer's Markets every Wednesday:

  • Castro Farmer's Market: 4pm to 8pm, March to December
  • Kaiser Permanente: 10am to 2pm, year around
  • Mission Bay at UCSF: 10am to 2pm, year around
  • UCSF Parnassus: 10am to 3pm, year around
  • Upper Haight: 3pm to 7pm, April to October
  • VA Farmer's Market (Veteran's Drive off Clement & 42nd Avenue): 10am to 2pm year around

Free Walking Tours

Every Wednesday in San Francisco, you will also find several free walking tours given by the SF Public Library. One of my favorite tours this day is Tastes and Tales of North Beach where you walk through the district learning about its history as you sample its Italian delights.

Other top tours this day include Gold Rush City, a tour about how the Gold Rush changed SF forever; Nob Hill, all about this upper scale district and its previous residents; and the Japanese Tea Gardens, a walk through this lovely area inside Golden Gate Park.

The cafe inside the Japanese Tea Gardens in SF.Flowers and plants inside the Japanese Tea Gardens

Click here for a full list of tours given on Wednesday (and every day) in SF.

Live Music

One of the top activities every Wednesday in San Francisco is catching a live music performance or concert. SF has dozens of live music venues from the large Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to smaller places such as the Slim's and the Independent.

All offer multiple shows every week with a number of performances every Wednesday night. Click here for a full schedule of shows for the next few months.


One of my favorite things to do on Wednesday night (or any night in SF) is head over to a local comedy club. Most of them are in and around the North Beach District.

You will also find some great improv theater around town.

Click here for a list of places to see comedians from around the world or catch a comedy show.

Giants Baseball

One of my favorite summer activities is to catch a Giants baseball game at Oracle Park. On Wednesday, they often play in the afternoon, so you can enjoy a little sunshine during the game.

A Giants sign outside AT&T ParkA sign at one of the entrances to Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) where the Giants play

The Giants play at home every other week from April through the end of September. Find their current schedule as well as tips to attend a game here.

Happy Hours

You can also head out and enjoy Happy Hour on Wednesday. There are so many great options throughout the city. Many offer food and drink specials for a couple of hours after work. However, others have a longer time where you can receive these discounts.

Click here to find my ten favorite places to enjoy Happy Hour.


Throughout the year, the SF Theater calendar offers a variety of performances from large productions such as The Lion King to lesser known shows at small theaters. Every Wednesday night, you will find at least three to four theater productions on the calendar.

Here is where you will find an up-to-date calendar with dates, short descriptions and tips to find discounted tickets.

Union Square Live

Every Wednesday between May and October, you can catch a free performance at Union Square Live. They offer two shows on Wednesday. The first is in the afternoon around 12:30pm. The second show is in the evening and starts around 6pm.

Shows include everything from magicians to salsa dancing lessons. You can also see the locally famous Taiko Dojo group perform as well as many musicians.

Click here for more details.

Free Admission to the GLBT Museum

This small, but informational museum sits in the heart of the Castro district. It offers you a chance to learn more about the GLBT community and its history here in SF.

A bottle of Q Beer in the GLBT Museum.One of the displays at the museum, this one shows Q Beer from a short-lived brewing company called Q Brewing out of SF.

You will also see a small display dedicated to Harvey Milk, a local GLBT advocate that was murdered in SF's City Hall in the 1970s.

It's a quick visit, but one you must see.

On the first Wednesday of the month, they offer free admission to everyone. Click here to learn more about visiting this unique SF museum.

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