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

18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival

Was there really any question that graffiti can be “art?” Watch hundreds of talented street artists turn blank canvases into murals during an afternoon of live painting at the park — all set to live music pacing the brushstrokes and spray cans.

Saturday, July 19, noon-6 p.m. at Precita Park (Precita Ave. and Folsom St.), S.F. Free; visit

F*ckFest VII

Smuggle your forties to the edge of Islais Creek for this annual waterfront punk music fest. Don't expect to hear anything as mainstream as Green Day; instead, bring your earplugs for nearly nine hours of off-the-radar bands playing it raw and dirty in short, combustible bursts.

Saturday, July 19, noon-9 p.m. at Indiana and Tulare streets, S.F. Free; visit

J-Pop Summit Festival

A kaleidoscope of Japanese fashion, music, and food takes over the city for one of the biggest J-Pop festivals in the U.S. Lovers of ramen, over-the-top cosplay outfits, and bands with silly names like Pinky Doodle Poodle should find themselves happily distracted for two days.

Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, at Japantown and Union Square, S.F. Most activities are free; visit

“The Fox Case” Scavenger Hunt

Even adults can be tricked into having some educational fun. Play private eye during a puzzle hunt based on Lisa Lutz's New York Times bestseller, The Spellman Files. Hunt for clues and try to be first to solve a mysterious case.

Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at San Francisco Main Library. Free but RSVP required before July 18; visit

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