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San Francisco Events in January 2017

Theater, Concerts, Festivals, and More in SF this Month

San Francisco events in January 2017 include Finding Neverland at the Orpheum Theater, Sketchfest, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Festival. Additional things to do this month include New Year's Day activities, free walking tours, and SF Ballet performances.

Read on for a full calendar of this month's events.

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New Year's Day Events

Start 2017 off right, with whatever makes you happy. For some of you, that might mean a hearty Sunday brunch to recover from a long night out on the town. For others, that might mean heading back out to the bars for some good college football. And if you're only in SF during the holidays, don't worry; lots of attractions will still be open on New Year's Day for you to enjoy, including the SF Zoo, the Japanese Tea Garden, bay cruises, and more.

Date: January 1

Learn More: Find more events and activities this NY Day in SF

Top Upcoming Shows & Performances

Sporting Events in SF & the Bay Area

You will find several sporting events this January all around the Bay Area. The month starts with a game between the SF 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on January 1 in Santa Clara. Basketball fans can also catch one of eight Golden State Warriors home games in Oakland. And for hockey fans, the Sharks will be in action in San Jose.

Dates: Several in January

Info: Golden State Warriors schedule and ticketing information

More: 49ers full schedule

Additional Games: Find a schedule of all upcoming sporting events in SF

Shen Yun Performing Arts

The Shen Yun Performing Arts company--the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company based in New York--makes their way to San Francisco this January. Their shows are acclaimed for their demandingly athletic yet graceful movements, the color and energy, the fusion of eastern and western music, and of course the exquisite costumes and backdrops. All shows will be performed at the elegant War Memorial Opera House.

Dates: January 1 - 8

Tickets: On sale for all performances

Tickets at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar

Before you book any tours or event tickets, make sure to check out the deals on Goldstar. They offer tickets to a variety of things to do at up to 50% off the full price. Here are a few of their most popular tickets on sale for January.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $31, Goldstar price $15.50*

  • Segway by Night, Discover SF's Ghostly Past: Cruise around SF's top districts on a Segway as you hear spooky stories about SF's history, runs nightly through Halloween, Full price $75, Goldstar $37.50*

  • California Sunset Cruise: 2-hour sunset cruise around the SF Bay, includes a light appetizer buffet, offers spectacular views of the city of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and more, Full price $68, Goldstar $40*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Cirque du Soleil

Catch the final few performances of this year's Cirque du Soleil. The show this year, Luzia, is a colorful and magical walking dream of Mexico. The beautiful costumes and talented performers are sure to make it a night to remember. All of their San Francisco performances in January are under the Big Top near AT&T Park.

Dates: January 1- 29

Discounted Tickets: Find tickets at up to 50% off for certain performances

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Details: More information on this year's show here

SF Symphony

San Francisco events in January 2017 include several performances by the SF Symphony. Their first show, On the Waterfront (feature film with live orchestra), is on January 7 and 8. Other top performances include MTT conducts Das klagende Lied: A Semi-Staged Event (1/13 - 1/15) and Mozart's Symphony No. 36 (1/19 - 1/22). All shows are at the Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center District.

Dates: Starting January 7

Details: Find their full schedule here

Free Walking Tours

One of the great things about this city is its pride in its rich history, neighborhoods, architecture, parks, and other famous sites. That's why SF City Guides offers fantastic FREE walking tours throughout the year based on a variety of themes, where you get to explore virtually every corner of the city in depth with the experts. "Tastes and Tales of North Beach," "Gold Rush City," and "Downtown Deco" are just a few of the tours offered.

Dates: Every day of the month

Learn More: Find the full schedule this January

Hotels Deals for Your Stay

If you are looking for a great hotel for your stay, I recommend starting your search on one of these three sites. The links below take you directly to their deals page, so you can find the best rate right away!

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in San Francisco? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

What better a way to fight the cold and explore the city than in a fun footrace with thousands of others, all working your way towards a mug of hot chocolate and chocolate fondue at the finish line! The course will take you by some star attractions in Golden Gate Park and along SF's Ocean Beach, and periodically there will be "Sweet Stations," where you can grab an energizing bite of marshmallows and chocolate.

Date: January 8

Learn More: Visit their site to register

SF Sketchfest

One of the largest comedy festivals and San Francisco events in January is SF Sketchfest. It features two and a half weeks of comedy sketches and performances by well known comedians. There are also a handful of workshops, panels, and other fun activities. Each day, you will find three to four shows at venues all around SF.

Dates: January 12 - 29

Learn More: Additional details on this year's festival

FOG Design+Art Fair

If you are fascinated by art, innovation, and design, you won't want to miss the 2017 FOG fair at the Fort Mason Center, put on in collaboration with the SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The event will feature dozens of dealers and galleries of furniture, fine art, and design objects, in addition to special panel discussions and forums about the industry.

Dates: January 12 - 15

Learn More: Visit their website for more details

Yoga Journal LIVE! Conference

Is yoga an important part of your daily routine? Whether you are a yoga teacher, longtime practitioner, or just getting started, this fantastic four-day conference is the perfect place for people of all levels to participate in workshops, learn from the world's best, and deepen their practice. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero Center, where the yoga market and some classes are free and open to the public.

Dates: January 13 - 16

Learn More: Read more about this event and register

Free Museum Admission Days

Touring museums can be a hefty investment, and you may feel limited to picking just one or two if you're on a budget during your visit. But seeing the city's intellectual and artsy side doesn't have to be expensive. Throughout the year, there are several free admission days at San Francisco's world-renowned museums, including the de Young Museum of Fine Arts, the Legion of Honor, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and more.

Dates: Several early in the month

Learn More: Find the full schedule for January

More: Additional free things to do this month in SF

Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Festival

The MLK, Jr. March & Festival is on Monday, January 16. This annual event includes a march over the Lefty O'Doul Bridge near AT&T Park and through downtown San Francisco. It commemorates the famous Selma-to-Montgomery march over the Edmunds Pettus Bridge. Other events include a Black Comix Arts Festival, a Health & Wellness Festival, and the Liberation Film Festival. You will also find a few activities and events the days leading up to this important national holiday.

Date: Monday, January 16 & Other Events Throughout the Weekend

More: Additional details for the MLK Jr. annual event

SF Theater: Finding Neverland

One of the top theater performances this month is the new Broadway hit Finding Neverland, based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp. Be enchanted by the scenes and music of this heartwarming play, as you watch the story of a struggling playwright who meets a family of young boys and their widowed mother, and takes a leap of faith into the world of childhood wonder.

Dates: January 18 - February 12

Tickets: On sale now

Learn More: See all theater productions this month

SFMOMA Exhibit: British Sculptors

This exhibition, drawn from the Fisher Collection, brings together more than 40 years of beautiful sculpture work by artists born or working in Great Britain, including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The sculptures you will see reflect the natural world and encourage you to move around them. This delightful exhibition is available to view from now through Fall 2017 on the 5th floor of the recently renovated SFMOMA.

Dates: All month long

Learn More: Visit the SFMOMA page for details on visiting this newly remodeled museum

SF Restaurant Week

SF Restaurant Week is your chance to dine at nearly 130 of the city's best restaurants at a fixed price and try some star dishes as well as new menu items. All week long, these participating restaurants will be offering specially designed prix-fixe menus that show off the best of their unique cuisine. Two-course lunches will cost $15 - $25 and three-or-more-course dinners will cost $40 - $65. Take advantage of these offers and head out on the town to check out SF's booming food scene.

Dates: January 18 - 29

More: Find more details on the event website

Arrival of the Sea Lions at Pier 39

A beloved icon of the popular Pier 39, the barking sea lions lounging about on the docks were not always part of the attraction. These playful creatures began frequenting the Fisherman's Wharf area shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, and have been an institution ever since. Every January, San Francisco celebrates the anniversary of their arrival, and this is year marks 27.

Dates: January 20 - 22

Learn More: Discover even more things to do & see on Pier 39

Noir City Film Festival

This year, the Noir City film festival will again be held at the Historic Castro Theater. You'll enjoy 10 days of not only great movies, but live music performances and presentations by some of the actors and artists of these classic films. The festival is put on by the Film Noir Foundation, which celebrates film noir as an original American cinematic movement. In the past, they've shown such films as Rear Window, The Dark Corner, Los Tallos Amargos, and Deception.

Dates: January 20 - 29

More: Get the full movie lineup and more on their website

Winter Fancy Food Show

Attend the 42nd Winter Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty food and beverage convention on the West Coast, which welcomes over 33,000 industry professionals. You'll discover the next big trends, innovative products, and creative companies as you sample and mingle with the producers. For foodies and folks in the restaurant business, this is an amazing opportunity to enjoy three full days of talks, workshops, and tastings of the latest in this industry.

Dates: January 22 - 24

More: Read more details about this exciting, delicious conference

SF Ballet's 2017 Season

The SF Ballet kicks off their 2017 season this month on January 24. Their first performance includes Haffner Symphony - Bubenicek World Premiere - In the Countenance of Kings and runs from January 24 - February 4. This month, they also perform Seven Sonatas - Possokhov World Premiere - Pas/Parts 2016 from January 26 - February 5.

Dates: Starting January 24

More: Additional details on the SF Ballet

Two Days in SF: A Self-Guided Itinerary

Is your visit to San Francisco a short one? There is so much to see in this beautiful city, it may seem impossible to cover in 48 hours, but I have designed a two-day itinerary that allows you to visit all the top attractions, and sample some of the city's best food, without having to backtrack. Click the link below to find out how to squeeze in the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, a cable car ride to crooked Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Chinatown, and more.

Dates: Every day of the week

Learn More: Find the full itinerary here

What to Wear in SF

Are you looking for some tips on what to bring with you to San Francisco? If so, then check out my guide to the weather in January. It offers tips on what a typical day is like this month as well as packing advice and a few other fun things to consider when visiting in January.

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