San Francisco events in February 2019 include Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater, Golden State Warriors basketball games, and the Chronicle Wine Tasting event. This is also the month for the Chinese New Year's Parade & Festival, the SF Writer's Conference, and the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.
On my insider's guide to Valentine's Day, you will find plenty of ways to spoil your sweetie, from the best places for dinner to other romantic ways to spend the weekend. Read on for more ideas on the best things to do this month in SF!
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Dates: 2/12 - 9/8
One of the biggest San Francisco events in February is the Broadway hit Hamilton.
It's the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of our founding fathers. In this musical, his story is told through song and rap with a vibrant cast of characters.
It's won dozens of awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. It also won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and many others.
This is a hot ticket, so make sure to pick up yours today.
Come from Away (1/8 - 2/3): Another award winning Broadway show on stage this February in San Francisco is Come from Away. This musical tells the story of the more than 7,000 passengers that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11. It shows how this small town greeted these weary passengers and the life long relationships that came from a terrible situation. Find tickets on sale for all dates.
Hello Dolly (2/19-3/17): Head over to the Golden Gate Theater this month for the revival of Hello Dolly! Set in the late 1930s, Hello Dolly tells the story of a young matchmaker that heads to New York to find a match for a very difficult client. Four people in her client's entourage follow them and it makes for a fun, interesting adventure for all. Find tickets for all dates.
Dates: 2/2, 2/6, 2/10, 2/12, 2/21, & 2/23
You'll find Warriors pride all over the SF Bay Area in support of the team that became last year's NBA Champions again.
Join in on the hype at one of the home games this month at the Oakland Coliseum. Watch them take on teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and the Houston Rockets.
This is one of the San Francisco events in February you do not want to miss!
Some of the best San Francisco events in February are our daily bay cruises. You can cruise around the bay for an hour or two and soak in the sights along the way. It's a relaxing experience that also offers you the chance to learn more about our attractions along the coastline.
Our day cruises typically start at Fisherman's Wharf and take you along the SF coast. You will then make your way under the Golden Gate Bridge (twice) and then make your way around Alcatraz. Most are around an hour to and hour and a half.
Our evening cruises are usually a little longer. You can head out on a sunset cruise, a dinner & dancing cruise, or even a happy hour cruise. The choice is yours! Most of these last between two and four hours.
Here are just a few of my favorites for February.
Blue & Gold Bay Cruise: This 60-minute day cruise is the most popular. It leaves from Pier 39 several times a day along the coast, under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and back to Pier 39. Find ticket availability for this daily cruise.
Sausalito Ferry: Voted as one of the most popular ferry rides, this cruise will take you from SF over to Sausalito where you can shop, enjoy seafood, and soak in the views. It runs several times a day and you can either return to SF on another ferry or take the bus back from Sausalito (which drives over the Golden Gate Bridge). Check for availability for this daily ferry ride to and/or from Sausalito.
Dinner & Dance Cruise: This 2.5-hour evening cruise offers a fun and relaxing night out on the town. It includes a four course dinner, live music, and dancing. You can also buy drinks at the bar. It leaves nightly in February from Pier 3. Check for ticket availability.
Dates: 1/31 - 2/14
If you get tired of Hollywood blockbuster movies and appreciate a good independent film, these first two weeks of February in San Francisco are a real treat.
The annual SF Indie Fest, now in its 21st year, celebrates independent, alternative films and filmmakers.
During these two weeks, you'll have the chance to watch nearly 80 original works, mostly screened at the Brava Theater and the Roxie Theater in SF.
Dates: All month long
Every month, SF and its surrounding Bay Area cities host a wealth of concerts by the biggest bands in pop and rock, as well as local, independent, and emerging artists.
This February, you can see top bands at venues all around SF. Top spots include the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Nob Hill Masonic Center and the Fillmore. Other popular venues include the Warfield, The Independent, and the Great American Music Hall.
Don't miss you chance to catch one of the top live music San Francisco events in February in 2019.
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Dates: 2/1 - 2/10
SF Beer Week features more than 30 San Francisco Brewers Guild members, plus dozens more Northern California craft breweries.
Throughout the following week, you're invited to taste beers at many different locations throughout the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz in the south, all the way up to Santa Rosa.
There will also be several Meet the Brewers nights in different SF neighborhoods.
It's not quite baseball season yet, but the SF Giants and their fans are going to kick into action this month with the annual Fan Fest event.
This is your chance to meet players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, get their autographs, take photos with the World Series trophies, play catch on the field, and purchase new merchandise.
Admission is totally free, so get on your orange and black and get ready for a fun-filled day at beautiful Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) from 10am to 3pm.
Dates: 2/23 (Parade), 2/2 - 3/3 (All Events)
The Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco is a long running tradition that boasts one of the biggest parades of its kind in the world.
Held in the vibrant Chinatown community, the festivities include lion dancers, giant dragons, traditional drums and firecrackers, colorful decorations, and much more.
In addition to the parade, you'll find the Miss Chinatown USA pageant, a flower market, a 10K run, and other activities for several weeks.
Explore San Francisco on one of our popular bus and city tours. These tours allow you to sit back and relax as you drive by all of SF's top attractions.
Along the way, you will learn about our history, get some good tips on what to see and do, and discover some of our hidden gems. Many also offer stops, so you can jump off the bus and get some great pictures from around SF.
Here are just a few of my favorites.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: The Hop On Hop Off tours offer you the chance to jump out at one of more than 30 predetermined stops. You can spend a little time exploring and then hop back on the next bus. The City Sightseeing bus includes stops at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (California Academy of Sciences, deYoung, Conservatory of Flowers, and others), and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square. Find availability for this February.
Night Tour: City Sightseeing's Night Tour offers the best views of SF at night. This 2-hour tour includes live narration and two small walking tours. You will see Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill and the gorgeous Bay Bridge lights. Find tickets for this February.
Grand City Tour: The Grand City Tour is a 3.5-hour tour that takes you all around SF. Your live guide will tell you all about SF's top attractions as you view them out the window. You will also get the chance to stop for some photographs as some of our iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Civic Center, and Twin Peaks (weather permitting). Find ticket availability for this February.
Date: Thursday, 2/14 & surrounding weekends
What's your idea of the perfect date night?
Whatever it is, you're sure to find it in San Francisco so you and your sweetheart can enjoy a memorable February 14 in the City by the Bay.
Click the link below to discover a list of restaurants that offer special Valentine's Day menus, as well as dinner cruises, live performances, dance parties, and the most romantic bars and hotels in the city.
If you haven't booked your hotels yet, then make sure to check out these great deals before you do! Each website offers a variety of discounts from free parking to a % off each night you stay. Click the links below for more details and start saving today!
Dates: 2/15 - 2/18
This is the 9th year of the Salsa Rueda Festival in SF, an annual encounter of legendary instructors, Latin musicians and DJs, and dance enthusiasts of all levels.
Join in on the fun at Hotel Whitcomb for four days of dancing, performances, live music, workshops, a beginner bootcamp, lectures, and late night parties.
Dance styles include rueda, salsa, casino, folklore, rumba, son, and more. This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is always over President's Day Weekend.
Dates: Every day in February
A fantastic way to explore San Francisco is on foot. But it's a big, diverse city with so many pockets, how can you be sure to hit all the highlights and hidden treasures? Luckily, the SF Public Library offers a plethora of FREE informative, guided walking tours--of specific districts, attractions, and themes.
You will find several of these San Francisco events in February on each day of the month. Popular ones include the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Japanese Tea Garden, Chinatown, and North Beach, just to name a few.
There are also tours that focus on Victorian homes, art deco architecture, Gold Rush history, and the legacy of the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Dates: 2/14 - 2/17
This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is a special treat for those who love writing--the 16th Annual Writers Conference.
Seek advice from over 100 bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing sources, as well as experts on self-publishing, book promotion, social media, and more.
The keynote speeches, classes, and networking events all take place at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel over these four days. Also look out for after-hours open mics, poetry happenings, and pitch contests.
Trying to hit all the major attractions in San Francisco can be expensive, but fortunately you can purchase the San Francisco CityPASS to save on your sightseeing adventures!
In addition, you can ride Muni public transit for free for 3 days and enjoy a 60-minute cruise on the bay.
Dates: 2/15 - 2/18
Are you planning to visit San Francisco for the long President's Day Weekend?
If so, you will find plenty of fun things to do from cruises to tours to events.
Dates: Throughout February
One of the best ways to kick back and relax is at a San Francisco comedy show.
Both of SF's large venues, the Punch Line and Cobb's, have been known to host the best stand-up comedians in the industry.
This month, you can catch several comedians live on stage. In addition, you will find improv, sketch comedy, variety shows, and hilarious musicals at other venues around town.
Dates: 2/25 - 3/3
This year marks the 27th anniversary of Noise Pop in San Francisco, a huge celebration of independent music, film, and art.
Over 150 bands will play at different venues around the city, such as The Bottom of the Hill, Bimbo's, and the Great American Music Hall.
This festival is well known for featuring emerging independent groups that have gone on to become big names, such as The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, and many more.
Dates: 2/1 - 2/24
The SF Ballet offers three different shows this month.
The first is Don Quixote and it runs from January 25 - February 2.
The other two performances this month include Divertimento No. 15, Appassionata + Anima Animus (2/12 - 2/23) and The Fifth Season, Snowblind, Etudes (2/14-2/24).
Click the link below to find additional details on these San Francisco events in February.
Location: Fort Mason Center
Do you admire art pieces from different parts the world?
At the Fort Mason Center all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can view amazing, diverse collections of artwork, textiles, and photography from places like Southeast Asia, Oceanic Islands, Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Polynesia.
In addition, you'll find special exhibits on India and the aboriginal people of Japan.
Dates: 2/9 - 2/18
Spring is almost here, and the garden is in full bloom at Pier 39!
If you love looking at, learning about, and gardening your own vibrant flowers, you'll love taking a stroll or a free guided tour through this seasonal garden with more than 39,000 colorful tulips in bloom.
So head over to Fisherman's Wharf, take in the waterfront breeze, and enjoy some outdoor activities!
Dates: Varies by Museum
Each month, dozens of traveling exhibits make their way to SF's top museums. Many include rare pieces that you won't get the chance to see in each museum's permanent collection.
Here are just a few of the top traveling shows in San Francisco in February.
Kimono Refashioned: Asian Art Museum (2/8 - 5/5)
Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe at the Legion of Honor (10/5 - 2/23)
Art & China After 1989: Theater of the World at the Museum of Modern Art (11/10 - 2/24)
Although you will never run out of fun San Francisco events in February, I also think you will enjoy some of the sights just a few hours away from SF.
If you love wine, make sure to spend a day or two in Northern California wine country. Both Napa Valley and Sonoma County are about an hour to two hours away. You will also find some fun things to do in Monterey and Carmel-By-The-Sea this time of year.
Millions of visitors also like to make the short trip north to visit Muir Woods and some will swing by Sausalito on the way back. Muir Woods is home to towering Coastal Redwood trees that are hundreds of years old.
If you don't want to head out on your own, then check out these fun guided tours.
Date: Saturday, 2/16
Wine lovers must not miss this wonderful opportunity!
The Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting Event is the largest event in the world celebrating American varieties of wine.
Spend this Saturday afternoon at the Fort Mason Center sampling the best wines in over 100 categories (selected from more than 5,000 submissions!).
Along with your wine samples, you'll have the chance to try savory meats, exotic oils, handcrafted cheeses, and amazing desserts.
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday evenings
San Francisco's wildly popular original musical, Beach Blanket Babylon, represents the best of entertainment.
This long-running and ever-changing musical has been poking fun at current events and pop culture since 1974.
You'll love the outrageous performers in fantastic costumes and one of the show's best known elements--the huge, elaborate hats. This show sells out quickly, so plan ahead!
Dates: Several in early February
If you love art, technology, history, or gardening, you are in luck!
San Francisco has several world-renowned museums featuring each of these themes, including the de Young Fine Arts Museum, Legion of Honor, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and more.
And you can you visit each of them for free on designated days throughout the month!
Check the schedule for free admission days.
Say you wake up in San Francisco on your dream vacation, but don't quite know where to start your day or how to pack in all your top priorities.
That's where these one-day itineraries come in handy!
Written from my experience as a local, designed for tourists who want to make the most of each day they have in the city, these itineraries guide you through the major highlights of the whole city or of specific neighborhoods, including transportation and places to grab tasty grub along the way.
Going to a show at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district is a great excuse to get a little dressed up, enjoy a nice dinner in the area, and attend one of SF's great cultural offerings.
This month, the SF Symphony's performances include Herbert Blomstedt-Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony (2/1 & 2/2), Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony (2/7 - 2/9), and La La Land in Concert (2/27 & 2/28).
Find more San Francisco events in February by clicking the link below!
Dates: 2/22 - 2/24
Tickets: On sale at a discount on Goldstar
Another one of the San Francisco events in February is the SF Orchid Society's biggest fundraiser. This year's event is at the Golden Gate Park's Hall of Flowers.
For three days at the exposition, you will not only encounter thousands of beautiful orchids from around the world, but specialty plants, high quality gardening equipment, and landscaping materials as well.
Go ahead and indulge your green thumb!
The weather in February is cool with some rain most days. You will find highs in the lower 60s and lows in the upper 40s. However, it's a great time to visit as there are fewer other tourists around and you will find fewer lines.
Are you looking for more fun things to do this month in SF? Check out my planning guide for visiting this time of year. It includes some tips on what to wear and what you should visit this time of year.
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