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By Polly Fitz

So you want to travel this summer, but you’re on a budget … No problem! Book one of your favorite San Francisco hotels  and head to the City by the Bay because we’ve got a roundup of free activities you can enjoy on a cheap San Francisco vacation.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Enjoy nearly 100 free arts programs, including concerts, theater and dance. There’s a Latin Jazz Series and children’s programs including a puppet show, a sing-along and more. Events typically run Thursdays through Saturdays — and some Sundays — through October. On Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets. San Francisco hotels close to Yerba Buena Gardens include the San Francisco Marriott and the W San Francisco.

Fillmore Jazz Festival: It bills itself as the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, with music on three stages for two full days: July 5-6. Plus, there’s food and art. On Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets.

Film Night in the Park: This eight-movie series alternates between three locations: Washington Square Park, Dolores Park and Union Square. The July 26 showing of "The Breakfast Club" may be the highlight for the 30s set, but other titles include "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "O Brother Where art Thou?" The free shows are Saturday nights at dusk. Viewers can bring picnics but no chairs.

Stern Grove Festival: What could be better than Sunday afternoons in the park? Sunday afternoons with free concerts. The Sigmund Stern Grove outdoor amphitheater at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard is the setting for free concerts June 15 – August 17. There is no public parking, so visitors are encouraged to take public transportation or ride their bikes.

Golden Gate Park Band Concerts: Big band swing, Broadway show tunes, classical band songs and more are on tap for this free concert series. Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Spreckles Temple of Music at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

So much to do! So choose one of the cheap San Francisco hotels and enjoy your summer travel to the city.

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Polly Fitz is an editor for CheapTickets.

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