San Francisco Events in February 2016

Wine Tasting, Valentine's Day Activities, & More in SF this Month

Discover a variety of fun events and activities in San Francisco this February. Enjoy sampling American wines at the Chronicle Wine Tasting, celebrate the SF Giants at the annual Fan Fest at AT&T Park, and admire the performers and floats during the Chinese New Year's Parade.

SF is the perfect place to spoil your sweetie this Valentine's Day. Read my full guide to get ideas on how to make this holiday (and weekend) extra special.

This February, you will also find Jersey Boys at the Orpheum Theater as well as several SF Ballet and SF Symphony performances in the Civic Center District.

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Half-Priced Tickets

Discover a variety of half-priced tickets this month on Goldstar. They offer tickets to events, tours, and other activities all around San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Some of the tickets currently offered include:

Red & White Bay Cruise Adventure

  • 60-minute daytime cruise around the bay
  • Choose from one of several cruises between 10am and 3:45pm
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge - twice!
  • See other attractions from the deck such as Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts
  • Listen to narration on your personal headphone audio (available in 16 languages)
  • Full Price: $30 | Goldstar Price: $15*

The Book of Liz

  • Zany comedy written by Amy and David Sedaris
  • Play about discovering your own self-worth
  • Hilarious story of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, a maker of cheeseballs
  • Features several colorful and eccentric characters
  • Several dates in February
  • Full Price: $39 | Goldstar Price: $19.50*

North Beach Food Tour

  • Three-hour food and beverage sampling tour
  • Stop at six authentic mom and pop restaurants in North Beach
  • Sample rosemary focaccia from a 100-year-old bakery, visit a world famous deli that presented salami to the pope, and enjoy handmade truffles
  • Learn more about the history of each location and the district
  • Several dates in February
  • Full Price: $60 | Goldstar Price: $39*

*Each ticket will also have a small service fee.

Jersey Boys at the Orpheum Theater

This high energy musical is based on the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It shows how a group of blue collar workers became one of the most well known acts in the US. Hear top songs such as "Oh What a Night," "Sherry," and "Walk Like a Man."

Dates: January 20 - February 14

Learn More: See the full February theater calendar

Beach Blanket Babylon

If you are looking for a San Francisco original, then head over to North Beach to see Beach Blanket Babylon. This long running musical pokes fun at pop culture and other stories in the news. Their vibrant costumes, large, detailed hats, and funny skits will keep you entertained all night long.

Dates: Every Wednesday - Sunday

Learn More: Find FAQs about this unique theater production

Super Bowl 50

The SF Bay Area is home to Super Bowl 50. This event takes place on Sunday, February 7. You will find dozens of events the day of the game, as well as, the week leading up to it. Top activities include the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center and Super Bowl City at Justin Herman Plaza.

Date: Sunday, February 7 with activities starting on January 30

Learn More: Find out more about the activities & events for Super Bowl 50

Salsa Rueda Festival

Learn to dance salsa and show off your talent at this year's Salsa Rueda Festival. This three-day event offers dozens of workshops all day long on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You will also find performances as well as plenty of time to practice your new skills each night on Thursday - Sunday. It's great for beginners as well as those that have been dancing salsa for years.

Dates: February 11 - 14

Register Today: Visit the official Salsa Rueda website to learn more & register today

SF Writers Conference

If you're a writer, don't miss the 13th Annual Writers Conference over Presidents Day weekend. There will be over 100 presenters, including bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing sources.

Dates: February 11 - 14

Learn More: Find out more on the official SF Writers page

SF Independent Film Festival

The SF Indie Fest features the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from all over the world. Catch one or several screenings at various venues in the city, including the Roxie Theater and Humanist Hall.

Dates: February 11 - 25

Learn More: Find out more about what to expect at this year's festival

Chronicle Wine Tasting

Get ready to taste the best American wines at this year's Chronicle Wine Tasting Event. After the judges have selected the best of the best, you get the chance try them along with hundreds of other entries. This one day tasting event always sells out in advance, so buy your tickets early.

Date: Saturday, February 13

Learn More: Additional details for the 2016 event

SF Giants Fan Fest

Kick off the 2016 Giants baseball season with this fun annual gathering, where fans get to meet some of the players, get their autographs, stock up on gear, see the World Series trophies up close, watch highlights from last season, and more!

Date: Saturday, February 13

Learn MoreGet the details about this year's fun at the annual Giants Fan Fest

SF Heart Race

Head out on this unique scavenger hunt on February 13. The goal of the SF Heart Race is to find as many of SF's hearts as possible. You have two hours to find them and take selfies as you do! The group that finds the most (and has proof) wins! The race starts at 2:45pm in Union Square.

Date: Saturday, February 13

Tulipmania at Pier 39

February is the time for Tulipmania at Pier 39 in SF's Fisherman's Wharf. From February 13 - 21, stop by to enjoy hundreds of tulips in full bloom. You can see these lovely flowers on both levels of Pier 39. Do you want to learn more? Then stop by at 10am on any of these days for a free informational walking tour. It starts at Pier 39's Entrance Plaza.

Dates: February 13 - 21

Learn More: Additional activities at Pier 39

Free Museum Days

Enjoy free admission to some of SF's top museums this February. Many of the top museums offer one free day per month or quarter. It's a great time to see the amazing exhibits on display throughout SF.

Dates: Vary by month

Learn More: Find the full February calendar of free days

Great San Francisco Pillow Fight

This year, San Francisco will once again be home to the Valentine's Day Pillow Fight. The event is in Justin Herman Plaza. It starts at 6pm on February 14. Bring along your own pillow in a bag. When the clock strikes 6pm, the pillow fight begins!

Date: Sunday, February 14 at 6pm

Alcatraz & City Tour

Your visit would not be complete without a visit to the famed Alcatraz Island and a tour around SF. On this combo tour, you will do both in just one day. You will start with a visit to Alcatraz, a former high security prison that home to inmates such as Al Capone, Robert Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), and Machine Gun Kelly. You will spend two to three hours here, return to shore, and then set off on a journey around SF. You will see other top attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chinatown, North Beach, and more. Book early as these tickets don't last long!

Dates: Every day of the week

Valentine's Day

Uncover the best activities, events, and romantic hotel retreats for the love of your life this Valentine's Day in San Francisco. The city offers dozens of romantic options and my insider's guide will make it easy for you to find the right one to make this a Valentine's Day to remember.

Date: Sunday, February 14

Learn More: Discover fun activities on Valentine's Day in San Francisco

Noise Pop Music Festival

It's that time of year again for SF's favorite indie music, arts, and film festival. With performances at venues all over town, the 2016 festival will spotlight emerging artists like Metric, American Football, and Drive Like Jehu. Notable groups who have performed here before they hit fame are: the White Stripes, Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, and many more.

Dates: February 19 - 28

SF Ballet

This February, the SF Ballet performs both Program 2 and Program 3. Program 2 runs from January 27 - February 2 and includes three parts: Continuum - Liam Scarlett - Rubies. Program 3 is Swan Lake and it runs from February 19 - 28. All shows are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center neighborhood.

Dates: Several in February

Learn More: Find out more about the SF Ballet

Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in SF in 2016. It will be the Year of the Monkey. This month-long festival starts on January 30 and lasts through February 21. The big parade is on Saturday, February 20. Most events are free and open to the public.

Dates: January 30 - February 21, Parade is on February 20

Learn More: Find additional details for this year's Chinese New Year

Tribal & Textile Arts

Admire fine art from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and The Americas at this year's Tribal and Textile Arts Show. This three day event includes more than two dozen exhibitors. It's open to the public and costs around $15 per person. It will once again be at the Fort Mason Center.

Date: February 19 - 21

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow

Head over to the Fort Mason Center for the 5th Annual BAAITS Powwow, a traditional Native American gathering that features dancing, drumming, and strengthening connections.

Date: February 20

Learn More: Discover more about this unique event and the Two-Spirit people

Free Walking Tours

Did you know that SF City Guides offers free walking tours every day of the year in SF? You will find five or six tours every day and more on the weekends. These informational walks take you on the Golden Gate Bridge, around the Haight Ashbury District, and through the Mission to see its colorful murals. While the tours are free, they do request a small donation to keep the program running.

Dates: Every day in February

Learn More: Find a full list of tours by day

CityPass Discount Card

Another great way to save on your visit is with the San Francisco CityPass. It includes admission to three must see attractions: The California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, and the Exploratorium (or you can opt for both the de Young Fine Arts Museum & the Legion of Honor instead of the Exploratorium). This pass also includes skip the line privileges as well as a ticket on a 60-minute bay cruise and a 7-Day Muni Pass with unlimited rides.

ZAP Wine Festival

Discover the world of Zinfandel wine at this year's ZAP (Zinfandel Advocate's and Producers) Wine Festival. This three day event will be held at both the Bentley Reserve in downtown SF and at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. Sample Zins and learn all about this flavorful, and bold variety.

Dates: February 25 - 27

Learn More: Find additional event details

Museum Exhibits in February

Stop by one of SF's museums to check out their permanent collections as well as their traveling exhibits. Some of the top exhibits this month include Looking East: How Japan Inspire Monet, Van Gough, and Other Western Artists at the Asian Art Museum (thru Feb. 7), Royal Hawaiian Featherwork at the de Young Fine Arts Museum (thru Feb. 28), and Pierre Bonnard at the Legion of Honor (all month long).

Dates: Vary by museum

Learn More: Find the entire museum exhibit calendar for February

Pacific Orchid Expo

This year's popular Pacific Orchid Expo is on February 26 - 28. It will again be held at the Festival Pavilion in the Fort Mason Center. This colorful event showcases hundreds of different type of orchids. You can head over for the day to look around or pick up one for your home. You can also attend an educational seminar, a potting demonstration, or join a special docent lead tour.

Dates: February 26 - 28

Learn More: Other activities at the Fort Mason Center

SF Symphony

The SF Symphony offers several shows this February. Some of their shows are Prokofiev’s Cinderella (Feb. 18 - 20), Vertigo - Feature Film with the SFS performing the score live (Feb. 12 & 13), and Mendelssohn’s Travels (Feb. 5 & 6). All shows are at Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center District.

Dates: Several this Month

Learn More: Find the full SF Symphony schedule

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