San Francisco festivals in February 2017 include many popular indoor and outdoor events. Highlights this month include the Chinese New Year Festival, SF Giants Fanfest, and the Chronicle Wine Tasting event.
You will also find several great film festivals and other wine tasting events this month. Read on for details on the best options all around town in February.
Dates: 1/21 - 2/19, Parade on 2/11
Of the many San Francisco festivals in February, the Chinese New Year parade is one of the largest and most colorful. It's certainly a unique opportunity for people to recognize and celebrate SF's long history of Chinese-American culture and customs.
On Saturday, February 11, the parade makes its way through Chinatown, complete with lion dancers, firecrackers, drums, lanterns, and the famous 28-foot-long Golden Dragon. In addition to the parade, there are lunar new year festivities taking place during the weeks leading up to and after the parade.
Dates: 2/2 - 2/16
The SF Indie Fest has been a San Francisco tradition for 19 years, allowing many independent, alternative, and subversive filmmakers over the years to bring their work to larger audiences.
Throughout the two-week festival, you'll have the chance to watch nearly 80 films screened at three locations in the Mission District: the Brava Theater, Roxie Theater, and Alamo Drafthouse. Go ahead, take a break from all the big budget movies out there and delve into something new.
Dates: 2/3 - 2/8
SF's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival features exciting and provocative work from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You are invited to watch the film screenings at the Castro Theater and the Goethe-Institut, and stay for engaging Q&A sessions afterward. Films include major box office hits, award winners, and small productions.
While baseball fans eagerly await the upcoming season which starts in March, they can get a head start by heading over to AT&T Park for the Giants Fan Fest. This is your chance to meet the players, get their autographs, and stock up on new black and orange merchandise.
You can also watch last season's highlights, take your picture with the World Series trophies, and play catch on the field. Take the whole family for a fun-filled day at the ballpark.
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Dates: 2/16 - 2/19
The 9th Annual Salsa Rueda Festival is one of the must-do San Francisco festivals in February for dance and music lovers. This is the genre's premier festival on the West Coast, offering four days of social dances, professional shows, live music and DJs, and classes for all levels.
Don't hesitate to go, even if you've never danced salsa before, as there is a beginner's boot camp and plenty of fun for all. There are even late night parties in the city so you can try out and show off your newly polished skills in salsa, rueda, rumba, and more.
Dates: 2/16 - 2/23
The Mostly British Film Fest features more than just films from the UK. In its 9th year, this festival brings the best of cinema from Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa, and New Zealand to the big screen, including new and classic films as well as documentaries. Head to the Vogue Theater to attend the screenings and engage with the directors and actors, including stars like Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, and more.
Dates: 2/17 - 2/26
Among the San Francisco festivals in February, Noise Pop is the place to be for people who love live music. The festival spans 11 days and features over 160 bands at more than 25 venues. The music styles run the gamut from jazz to electronic to rock, and the festival focuses on highlighting up-and-coming artists. The lineup this year includes Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Deafheaven, Animal Collective (DJ Set), and more.
The Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world, and at the Grand Tasting you get to sample the award-winning wines in more than 100 different categories representing over 800 U.S. wineries.
The event is held at the Fort Mason Center, where you will also sample savory meats, exotic oils, hand-crafted cheeses, and desserts. It's a top-notch experience for those who love to wine and dine and learn more about pairing.
Dates: 2/23 - 2/25
Do you love the fruity, full flavor and touch of spice that Zinfandel wines offer? Considering that California is the leading producer of this red varietal, it only makes sense that San Francisco host the Zinfandel Experience tasting festival. For three days, you'll have the opportunity to sample wines and mingle with the winemakers at three venues in the city: One Market, Bently Reserve, and Pier 27.
Dates: 2/23 - 2/26
sf|noir is yet another one of the amazing San Francisco festivals in February featuring the pairing of wine and food. However, this event is not just about the culinary experience. It's actually a benefit for the non-profit organization sf|noir, which honors and promotes African American arts and culture. Celebrating their 15th year, the festival offers not only great wine and food, but cooking demonstrations, fascinating films, workshops, and more.
Are you planning to spend a night or two as you check out some of our best San Francisco festivals in February? If so, then make sure to search for the best deals on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. Both offer you the chance to save on your nightly room rate, parking, and other amenities.
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You will find some tips to help you prepare for your visit on my weather in February page. On this page, you will find average highs and lows and what a typical day is like this time of year. I've also included a packing list and other great tips to help you prepare for your stay.