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5 free things to do in San Francisco this weekend including a Frida Kahlo-inspired art show, Japan Week

The Peace Pagoda stands at the Japantown Peace Plaza on March 24, 2023. | Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard

As the first weekend of July rolls in, check out our curated selection of free events happening all over San Francisco to round out your weekend itinerary. Cozy up for a movie under the stars (or fog), explore the delicate art of origami folding for Japan Week and more. 

1. Pasión de Frida Art Show in the Mission

🗓️ Saturday | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
📍 Puerto Alegre

Frida Kahlo’s artistic footprint is undeniable, but you may not know that she spent time living and painting in San Francisco in the 1930s when her partner, Diego Rivera, was commissioned to paint murals in the city. This Saturday, over 35 artists from the Bay Area and beyond will collectively honor Kahlo’s image and impact in a group art show—a collaborative event between Bird Levy of Polu Manu Productions and the city’s annual Fiestas Fridas celebration. In addition to the art show, there will also be merchandise inspired by Frida Kahlo for sale by participating artists. 

2. Blankets & Blockbusters in Mission Bay

🗓️ Saturday | 4 p.m.
📍 Thrive City

Pet and film lovers unite! Grab your layers, picnic blanket and favorite movie snacks for an outdoor movie on one of San Francisco’s biggest big screens at Chase Center’s Thrive City. This weekend’s flick is DC League of Super-Pets. Be sure to show up with enough time to explore the family-friendly pre-show entertainment options like crafts, games and face painting for kids, plus cinema-inspired food and drinks. The event is first come, first served as well, so RSVP to secure your spot.

3. Get Free Festival: Timing Is Synchronicity in SoMa

🗓️ Saturday | 1-3 p.m.
📍 Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens

The Get Free Festival, a celebration of hip-hop culture through a program of dance, music and spoken word performances, is concluding this Saturday with an innovative performance titled “Timing Is Synchronicity” at Yerba Buena Gardens. Prepare to be kept on your toes through the energetic act combining elements of street dance battle culture, live music and improvisation. 

4. Inner Sunset Flea Market in the Sunset

🗓️ Sunday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
📍 Irving Street between Ninth and 10th avenues

Every second Sunday from the spring through fall, the small but mighty Inner Sunset flea market pops up on Irving Street between Ninth and 10th avenues. Roam with a coffee and an Arizmendi croissant in hand through the booths to see what treasure may catch your eye. 

5. Japan Week in Japantown

🗓️ Through Sunday | Various times
📍 Various locations, Japantown Peace Plaza

Japan Week returns to San Francisco for a five-day celebration of Japanese cultural arts. During the week, you can learn the delicate practice of origami paper folding or shodo calligraphy at workshops and demonstrations. The week concludes with Japan Day on Sunday, when thrilling performances of taiko drums, traditional dance, karate and more will take over three stages around the Japantown Peace Plaza.