When you visit San Francisco in February, you will find an amazing variety of activities. Although it can be cool with a little rain, you can still enjoy dozens of activities both indoors and out.
Highlights this month include the SF Sketchfest, one of the top comedy festivals in the US, and the SF Chronicle Wine Tasting Event, a place to sip and sample amazing American wines. In February 2015, you can also enjoy craft beers during SF Beer Week, surprise your sweetie with an amazing Valentine's Day Weekend, and swing by Pier 39 for their annual Tulipmania.
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If you love comedy, then check out SF Sketchfest. This comedy festival lasts for two weeks and features dozens of local and internationally known artists. You will see everything from stand-up comedy to hilarious skits. Shows are at venues throughout the city, with several performances each day.
Dates: January 22 - February 8, 2015
Learn More: This Year's Schedule
During the first two weeks in February, make sure to check out the free admission days for some of SF's top museums. On the first Sunday of the month, stop by the Asian Art Museum to take a look at their permanent collection for free. On the first Tuesday of the month, stop by the Conservatory of Flowers and stroll through their exhibits at no cost.
Learn More: February Free Museum Day Calendar
In February, you will find three film festivals. They include the SF Indie Fest (February 5 - 19), the Mostly British Film Festival (February 12 - 19), and the Ocean Film Festival (February 27 - March 1). All three feature independent films on their topic.
Dates: Starting February 5
Learn More: SF Film Festival Calendar & Details for February
One of the best beer events all year long is SF Beer Week. This 10-day event offers you the chance to check out local brews, talk to brew masters, and participate in dozens of other fun beer related events. In addition to the events in SF, you will also find a number of SF Beer Week festivities in the North, South, and East Bay areas.
Dates: February 6 - 15
Head over to the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion for this year's Tribal and Textile Art Show. It features fine art from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and The Americas. Admission is $15 per person.
Dates: February 6 - 8
Laugh all night long with Wayne Brady at Feinstein's. This popular comedian is well known for his hilarious work in TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He's also made appearances on How I Met Your Mother, Chappelle's Show, The Drew Carey Show, Reno 911!, Stargate SG-1, and, of course, The Wayne Brady Show. He will perform 3 shows in February.
Dates: February 6, 7, and 8
Learn More: Full February Calendar of Comedians in SF
Join the 2014 World Series Champions, the SF Giants, at the 2015 Fan Fest celebration. This year's event is on Saturday, February 7. Meet some of the players, get autographs, and find your gear for this year's season. Buy single game tickets, get your picture taken with the World Series trophies, and more. All activities are at AT&T Park.
Dates: Saturday, February 7 from 10am to 3pm
Learn More: More Details on Fan Fest & 2015 Giants Schedule
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson on Tuesday, February 10 or Wednesday, February 11 for an evening of conversation about science, exploration, and the world around us. To start the evening, he will offer a 60 minute overview on these topics. He will then open it up for a Q&A session. No children under 5 allowed. The show starts at 7:30pm.
Date: February 10 and 11
Through the month of February, you can stop by the Asian Art Museum to see their special exhibit called From Two Arises Three. It's a collaborative exhibit with works from both Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney.
Dates: All of February 2015
Learn More: Full February 2015 Museum Exhibit Calendar
Surprise your sweetie with an extra special Valentine's Day in San Francisco! This year, you will find dozens of restaurant specials, Valentine's bay cruises (with dinner and entertainment), and several other fun activities. On my Valentine's Insider Guide, you will also find some of the top romantic hotels and places to grab a quiet drink either before or after dinner.
Dates: February 13 - 15
Learn More: Valentine's Day 2015
Head over to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater to see Tommy Emmanuel live on stage. This Australian virtuoso guitarist, singer, and songwriter is known for high energy performances as well as his complex fingerstyle technique.
Dates: February 13 & 14
Don't miss out on SF's iconic Beach Blanket Babylon. This crazy and colorful cabaret show pokes fun at popular culture from politicians to others that make it into the news. It's full of eclectic costumes, crazy characters, and outrageous songs. It's a night you will never forget!
Dates: All Month Long
Learn More: Beach Blanket Babylon FAQs
The best way to save on your hotels is to check out the great deals on TripAdvisor.com. Each month, they add new deals to their Special Offers section. The discounts you will find here range from free breakfast to savings on your room rate.
One of the biggest wine events every year is the SF Chronicle Wine Competition. This wine event focuses on American wines and includes the chance for you to sample wines from hundreds of US wineries. The 2015 Public Tasting Event is on Saturday, February 14 at the Fort Mason Center.
Dates: Saturday, February 14
Learn More: Details About the Event and Ticketing Info
This year's Chinese New Year is on Thursday, February 19. You will find a month long celebration in SF's Chinatown. The celebrations start on February 14 & 15 with the annual Flower Market. You will also find the Miss Chinatown Pageant and the Basketball Jamboree in February. The large parade is in March.
Dates: February 14, 15 & 28; Additional Celebrations in March
Learn More: Full 2015 Chinese New Year Celebration Schedule
All month long, you can catch live music performances at several venues all over San Francisco. Highlights this month include Seether & Papa Roach at The Warfield on February 5, Tommy Emmanuel at The Palace of Fine Arts Theater on February 13 & 14, and ALO at The Fillmore on February 27 & 28.
Learn More: Full February Live Music Calendar
One of the biggest theater productions this month is Newsies. This award-winning musical by Disney offers a high-energy performance and new music. It tells the story of a group of people that fight for what they believe in and take on some of the most powerful people in New York. In the end, they become an unlikely group of heros by fighting hard and staying true to themselves.
Dates: February 17 - March 15
Learn More: Full February Theater Calendar
Save money on top SF attractions such as the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium with the SF CityPass. This discount card offers you admission to these top museums as well as tickets to a cruise around the bay and a 7-day Muni pass. Overall, you will save more than 40% on the admission price vs. buying them separately. Click the link below to find out more details and for a list of all the attractions covered with this discount card.
Dates: All Month Long
Head over to the Hotel Whitcomb for the 7th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival. This festival has daytime workshops for everyone. Make sure to come out and have fun dancing to live bands each night. It is one of the biggest parties in San Francisco and goes all night long with people coming from all over the world to enjoy themselves!
Dates: February 19 - 22
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Head over to Davies Symphony Hall for this month's SF Symphony performances. Highlights this month include Peter Serkin playing Mozart, Brahm's A German Requiem, and MTT & Anne-Sophie Mutter. You can also catch an extra special event on Saturday, February 21, the Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner.
Dates: All Month Long
Learn More: February 2015 SF Symphony Calendar
Throughout February, you can also catch performances by the SF Ballet. The month starts off with Giselle, which runs through February 10. The season continues on February 24 with the start of Program 3. This performance includes The Vertinginous Thrill of Exactitude, Variations or Two Couples, Myles Thatcher World Premiere, and The Kingdom of the Shade from La Bayadere - Act II.
Dates: Several Dates in February
Learn More: February SF Ballet Calendar
The 23rd annual Noise Pop Festival is February 20 - March 1. The event features independent films, art, and music. This year's headliners include Caribou, Dan Deacon, and Slow Magic. Shows are at venues all over San Francisco.
Dates: February 20 - March 1
Discover interesting facts and history about San Francisco on one of the free walking tours provided by the SF Public Library. These tours include walks through Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Haight Ashbury District. You can also learn more about SF's major attractions such as the Palace of Fine Arts or the Golden Gate Bridge.
Learn More: Find a Full Schedule of Walks for Each Day