Things To Do In San Francisco

2014 San Francisco artMRKT – Up to 60% Off Expo

Fort Mason Center

$50 $20

Three-day art festival showcases works and installations from more than 70 galleries

#HellaFunny – Up to 41% Off Standup

The Great Star Theatre

$16.82 $10

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San Francisco comedian and three-time winner of Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition cracks jokes in a BYOB showcase

42% Off Walking Food Tour

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

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Guides share facts about local history and culture while participants taste pizza, falafel, and bakery treats

50% Off Movie Red Carpet Movie Gala

Marina Theatre

$50 $25

Get caught up in this movie shot in a 100 year old haunted house

Tour and Photograph Vibrant Neighborhoods with a Storyteller

San Francisco

$45 $45

Garry Bowden kicks things off with a Chinese tea ceremony, then shares photography tips as he guides you through several neighborhoods

58% Off Jewelry-Making Class

Market Street

$235 $99

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Students use included materials to make copper bracelets or silver rings while working at a traditional jewelry bench inside a pro studio

50% Off Wedding Fair for Two

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 55% Off Membership

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $49

Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 38% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Boxer Stadium

$16 $10

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After advancing to the league championship last year, the Dogfish reload with their sights set on bringing home a trophy

Up to 51% Off Summer Theater Camp

Mission

$325 $160

Children will explore through movement, improvisation, trust building and teamwork.

Up to 50% Off Indian Cooking Class

SoMa Cookloft

$150 $79

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Culinary expert teaches guests to cook traditional Indian cuisine

71% Off at Purusha Yoga

Outer Richmond

$99 $29

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Students gain strength and flexibility in community-oriented yoga, Zumba, and dance classes held in a sunny studio

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Eastside West Restaurance

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to Half Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Café

$90 $45

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One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

"Foodies! The Musical" – Up to 53% Off

The Shelton Theater

$36.18 $17

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

Roll Your Own Sushi with a Japanese Chef

Chinatown

$89 $89

Kaz Matsune shows you how to handcraft hand rolls and Rainbow and California maki; your creations are shared during a communal dinner

$10 for Standup at Punch Line Comedy Club

Punch Line San Francisco

$25 $10

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

83% Off Beginner Jiu Jitsu Classes

SoMa

$150 $25

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Developed and taught by award-winning martial artists, beginner jiu jitsu classes follow the facility's martial-arts philosophy

Up to 64% Off Food Tour

San Francisco

$40 $19

Tour takes guests through North Beach to learn about its rich heritage and Italian cuisine

Up to 70% Off Cardio-Boxing Classes

Third Street Boxing Gym

$100 $29.99

Golden Gloves champions lead classes that include cardio drills, jump-rope practice, shadowboxing, and core toning

72% Off Boxing Classes at Polk Street Gym

Civic Center

$175 $49

Classes help beginning boxers tone their cores, arms, and legs while practicing jabs, hooks, footwork, and head movement

70% Off Cardio Kickboxing

SoMa

$120 $36

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7D Experience - Up to 56% Off Interactive Laser-Shooting Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

$30 $15

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Choose one of two interactive rides that combine roller-coaster movement with interactive laser shooting, surround sound, and 3-D visuals

55% Off Services

Lower Pacific Heights

$100 $45

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Up to 76% Off Boot Camp from Functionally Fit SF

San Francisco

$400 $99

Results-driven training that combines cardio- and strength-based exercises; designed for trainees of all ability levels

Up to 83% Off Membership to Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

$340 $59

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Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

Up to 82% Off at 108 Heroes Kung Fu

Financial District

$160 $29

Kung fu lessons teach essential self-defense moves as well as confidence and skills useful for a lifetime of overall wellness

88% Off Fitness Classes at I Luv My Body Fitness

I Luv My Body Fitness

$250 $29

A certified personal trainer helps clients tone their bodies and burn calories with challenging, action-packed workouts

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings

San Francisco

$50 $25

Explore the tastes of the 19th-century Ghirardelli shop, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and the traditional pralines of Leonidas

51% Off Lessons at 1st Russian Ballet School

Lower Pacific Heights

$200 $99

Director Julia Zharova and a team of Russian-trained dancers help adults and children master the graceful, precise movements of ballet

Half Off Maritime Parks Association Membership

Fisherman's Wharf

$60 $30

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Association membership entitles holders and guests to free entry into historic ships and a submarine, as well as event invites

Up to 76% Off Cardio-Boxing Classes

Mission

$60 $19

Certified trainers lead exercisers through a routine of kicks and punches

Up to 71% Off Filipino Martial Arts Classes

San Francisco

$185 $59

Experts guide students through Filipino self-defense techniques, a versatile fighting style utilizing weapons and bare hands

Up to 54% Off Pilates or Barre Classes

Mission

$150 $69

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Pilates mat classes strengthen core muscles while Booty Barre blends Pilates, yoga, and dance; private Pilates sessions with skilled teacher

Up to 51% Off Two-Hour Kayak Trips from City Kayak

South Beach

$64.16 $32

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Paddlers drift past city views on the way to Brannan Street Wharf

73% Off Chauffeured Wine-Country Tour

Civic Center

$750 $199

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Chauffeurs guide groups to wine country destinations inside SUVs

75% Off Dance Lessons

San Francisco

$75 $19

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Up to 54% Off from San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

$75 $35

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

Up to 58% Off SF Bay Photo Club and Ecology Tours

Multiple Locations

$69 $34

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Travel through San Francisco Bay, searching for marine life or snapping pictures of Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

51% Off a Starter Bread-Making Class at Sour Flour

Mission

$80 $39

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Learn to maintain wild yeast and incorporate it into recipes for sourdough pizza crust, rustic loaves, and flatbreads

Up to 61% Off at Being Yoga with Trishna

First Voice Studio

$60 $29

Hatha yoga classes fuse breath and movement with held poses and meditation for a dynamic yet relaxing experience

Up to 55% Off Fitness Sessions

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

US Navy veteran trains clients one-on-one or in groups of up to eight people, with both indoor and outdoor locations available

Up to 82% Off at BayFit Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$160 $39

Kettlebells, weighted bags, push-up boards, and more at ever-changing boot-camp sessions

Up to 50% Off Bike Rental at Blazing Saddles

Multiple Locations

$72 $36

Deluxe rental bikes whisk riders away on self-guided or guided tours of San Francisco, the Bay, and surrounding landmarks

55% Off

San Francisco

$170 $76

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Up to 67% Off Personal Training

Marina

$100 $39

Mike Jigalin and his fellow certified personal trainers can help you reach goals such as improved athletic performance and weight loss

50% Off Historical Walking Tour

Downtown San Francisco

$60 $30

"Deep dive" guided walking tour that presents the beautiful sights and amazing stories of early San Francisco

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

Up to 55% Off Golden Gate Bridge Tour

Russian Hill

$80 $39

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A guide leads guests past the iconic bridge and down to the beachfront, spotting architectural landmarks, sea life, and the Sutro Baths

Up to 75% Off at Integral Yoga Institute

Castro

$120 $35

Instructors teach yoga and meditation classes that emphasize breath, form, and the harmonious development of the individual

Up to 83% Off Group Fitness or Mom's Boot Camp

Panhandle

$175 $39

Group-fitness classes and indoor/outdoor boot camps for moms combine endurance drills, exercises, and strength training

Up to 73% Off at Hot Yoga Ocean Ave

Ingleside

$99 $49

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Bikram-inspired and Vinyasa yoga classes in 60- to 90-minute sessions

74% Off Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes

San Francisco

$185 $49

Boxing classes, Brazilian juijitsu, and muay thai taught by experienced instructors in a fully stocked gym

Up to 75% Off Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$400 $99

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During a private dance lesson or fun group lessons, an experienced instructor teaches the basic technique and musicality of the tango

Half Off Wine Tasting from Wineluv Wednesdays

Blu Restaurant

$30 $15

Boutique wineries pour samples of their favorite vintages as guests dine, sway to music, and gaze at local art

Up to 83% Off Bikram Yoga

San Francisco

$280 $49.99

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Each 90-minute, heated class is designed to stimulate every organ, gland, muscle, and body system with a sequence of 26 postures

Up to 40% Off Improv Comedy Show

Downtown

$20 $12

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Improvisers involve the crowd in weekly 90-minute performances of short-form improv, comedy games, and live music

69% Off Kids' Kung Fu or Adult Kickboxing Classes

Inner Parkside

$160 $49

Students learn self-defense skills while simultaneously gaining physical and mental strength

Up to 70% Off Salsa Classes at Dance SF

Multiple Locations

$40 $12

Beginners' classes focus on basic footwork and rhythm; intermediate classes cover more complex patterns

70% Off at AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Portola

$129 $39

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A variety of martial arts classes s are complemented by pilates and cardio conditioning

Up to 53% Off a Grilling and Smoking Class

Bay Area Location

$180 $89

Students work with Weber gas grills and three different smokers to prepare buffalo wings, pork tenderloin, rib racks, brisket, and more

Up to 80% Off Martial Arts Classes

Inner Parkside

$150 $39

Martial arts classes for kids or adults held inside a family-oriented facility

50% Off

Golden Gate Park

$190 $95

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$44.01 Off Romantic Yacht Tour of the Bay

Potrero

$200 $155.99

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Couples cruise the harbor for up to two hours, marveling at the skyline and the twinkling lights on the Bay Bridge

53% Off Lock-Picking Lesson for Two

Fisherman's Wharf

$104 $49

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Surveillance and investigative experts demonstrate the basics of lock picking during each semi-private session

Up to 68% Off at Yoga Flow SF

Ocean Ave

$150 $49

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Instructors set Vinyasa sequences to music in heated studio, modifying poses to suit all levels; massage & childcare services also available

89% Off at Bikram Yoga Seacliff

Bikram Yoga Seacliff

$260 $29

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Certified instructors guide students through Bikram yoga's 26 postures to limber up and detoxify physiques in a heated studio

Up to 69% Off Yoga Classes

Cow Hollow

$160 $59

Students stretch their way to better health in a variety of yoga classes including power yoga, sunrise yoga, and yoga for athletes

50% Off Boot Camp

Russian Hill

$160 $80

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Up to 59% Off Haight is Luv Tour Company

Chinatown

$40 $20

Tours focus on the people who made the magic happen, and use 100+ photographs in order to complete the picture of the corner in 1967

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers San Francisco's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 77% Bikram Yoga Classes

Civic Center

$130 $49

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Bikram Yoga classes in a heated studio engage major muscle groups and boost flexibility in a sequence of 26 asanas

Up to 82% Off at Navarrete's Black Belt Academy

Noe Valley

$215 $39

Black-belt instructors teach martial arts and self-defense skills, as well as values such as discipline and self-confidence

Up to 62% Off Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Karate Team USA

Multiple Locations

$65 $29

Instructors bake kicks into Western boxing training techniques to increase stamina and flexibility in students off all skills levels

65% Off Fitness Classes

Marina

$200 $70

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Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
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Since 1963, the Chinese Historical Society of America has collected the documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of Chinese American citizens. The society's permanent collections are typified by pieces such as One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in America, a vivid mural by Chinatown native James Leong that charts the progress of Chinese Americans over the course of 100 years. On a smaller scale, the Chinatown Miniatures Collection depicts three-dimensional scenes of San Francisco's Chinatown as it looked before artist Frank Wong built his shrink ray. Other exhibits change frequently, often in conjunction with special events hosted for members and their guests.

The museum can't contain every bit of Chinese American history, however. With that in mind, the society’s guides lead school groups on walking tours through the bustling streets and alleyways of San Francisco's Chinatown. Free from the confines of the museum, they point out the neighborhood’s distinct architectural landmarks and underlying social significance. Throughout the year, the museum also puts out publications such as the CHSA Bulletin, which chronicles different stories within the Chinese American community.

965 Clay St
San Francisco,
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After walking through the studio’s namesake entryway, visitors to Funky Door Yoga Polk Street are greeted by the grunts of Bikram practitioners carried on waves of steamy heat. The stretch dojo's seven-day schedule boasts early-morning, afternoon, and evening classes that take place in a classroom stoked to up to 105 degrees, the perfect temperature for facilitating flexibility or melting a corporate rival's ice statue in effigy. Students run through Bikram Choudhury’s 26 poses that pique muscles, organs, veins, and ligaments while the sweltering heat flushes toxins from the body. After a 90-minute session, students can hop into one of Funky Door Yoga Polk Street's showers, or down a bottle of water or sports drink available for purchase. The studio also stocks rentable mats and towels for greenhorn yogis not quite experienced enough to levitate.

The bright studio helps students fine-tune posework with wall-to-wall mirrors, and the expansive floor space affords enough space to execute even the most complex poses. Two nearby parking lots and metered parking afford convenient parking for car-toting students.

1749 Waller St
San Francisco,
CA
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When Sheila Kelley broke into the fitness scene, fitness pole-dancing classes were unheard of. However, in just a few years, the S Factor—her unique fusion of yoga, ballet, Pilates, and striptease—became renowned for its physical benefits and confidence-boosting ability. Due to this focus on both mind and body, the S Factor garnered widespread acclaim, with endorsements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Martha Stewart. The workout's mission is clear: engendering female empowerment, confidence, and respect through sultry pole dancing. The S Factor's healthful impact on its students' bodies can be attributed to its combination of diverse workout methods, all of which build lean muscle mass. The course's six levels build on one another, relying on stretches, pole work, and traditional dance to get students twirling around the pole safely regardless of their athletic experience.

2159 Filbert St
San Francisco,
CA
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"If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighborhood as you walk it," says Fodor's, "consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin or one of his local guides." Medin is one of the founders of Local Tastes of the City Tour/SF Food Tours, and he personally leads many of the company's walking tours, which seek out the soul of the city in its bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. The hunt for hidden gems might lead to Chinatown's oldest bakery and a fortune cookie-making demonstration, or through an authentic Western saloon. The North Beach tour, which has been recommended by Lonely Planet, presents a behind-the-scenes look at coffee-roasting by way of the favored hangouts of the Beat Generation. Even when a tour skirts the city's iconic landmarks via painted bus, each stop is replete with tastings and demos, which is why the guides recommend that visitors avoid eating before a tour or swallowing their backpacks for safekeeping.

2179 12th Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
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Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.

She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.

2330 Polk St
San Francisco,
CA
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